George | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
George was our grandfather’s brother, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings.

George is our American Brown Ale. Hopped, rightfully so, with Centennial, Cascade, and a touch of Columbus…

Added by cosmicevan on 10-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
699
Reviews:
102
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.3%
 
 
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39
Gots:
70
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 699 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of FabreezyNHops
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As far as American brown ales go, this sets the benchmark.

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Photo of pinyin
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting offering for the style. Brown ales don't seem to be that common anymore, but George certianly sets the standard for this style of ale. Yes, there are a ton of black ipa's out on the present market, but the brown ale has kind of diminished in terms of popularity and production. I think most beer advocates consider it a boring style. Hill Farmstead seems to have revived this style with some interesting flare.

Served 37F in a 12 ounce tulip snifter.

Color is a reddish brown. From a distance under poor lighting it would look black, but slide your glass under a decent light source and you will see George produce a reddish brown tint. Really interesting color. I haven't seen many other high end offerings on the market that look and taste like this.

Nose is a nutty chocolate dark malt, with slight single hop dominance. Very aromatic, with higher IBU's.

Palette is heavy, very hoppy, but with lots of dark sugary malts. Really great balance, and well done by Hill Farmstead.

Admittedly this is the first ever beer have tried from this highly esteemed brewery. Distribution to NYC is limited, but I will absolutely seek them out again based on this offering.

I have tried many brown ales in the past 20 years, most notably Bass Ale, but also Samuel Smith's, Red Hook etc. If you have ever enjoyed any of the aforementioned, then George is the pinnacle of that taste profile. Extremely smooth, well balanced .

Seems like the water PH is perfect during the brewing process, as are the sanitization procedures. This is world class brewing.

I really want to try some of HF's IPA's to compare them against Singlecut, Tired Hand's, Treehouse, Other Half and Grey Sail.

Excellent brewery overall. Please send more kegs to NYC.

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Photo of DanforthPewter
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeMans
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopSynonymous
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into my HF chalice while babysitting my pops after his knee replacement. Londonderry, NH.

L- Dark brown pour, mostly opaque but lighter brown with light shining through when held up, thin body, low lacing and thin ring of light tan head.
S- Toasty, roasty, bit of caramel.
T- Roasty coffee up front, solid hop bitterness, bit malty. Complex for the 6%!
F- Light feel and thin body, but lingers after swallow.
O- I am not a brown ale guy (is anyone?) but this is a tasty brew, which is to be expected from HF. Definitely worth a taste and can see myself having it again in the future, but can't see myself choosing it over any HF offerings to date. Definitely solid though!

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Photo of billab914
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kculrich
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, smooth, interesting flavors going on that are hard to identify for me. At 68 I don't always discern those tastes. Overall a very drinkable beer. Very glad I bought 6 the other day!!!!

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma hits of cocoa, milk chocolate, toasty and roasted malts, herbal hops, brown sugar.

The flavor follows with cocoa, roasty malts, toasted whole wheat crust, light brown sugar sweetness, then onto a medium plus herbal and earthy bitterness.

Great complexity for a beer at this ABV.

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Photo of ystazi
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of harsley
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skwalk47
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ctwybeerguy
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Colby8938
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cgskippy
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VaTechPhilly
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 699 ratings.
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