George | Hill Farmstead Brewery

GeorgeGeorge
BA SCORE
4.12/5
707 Ratings
GeorgeGeorge
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
Ranking:
#1,943
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
707
pDev:
7.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
71
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 707 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of YeastInception
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Montrealbcr89 left me this and some other crappy beers while I was out the other day. I poured it into a fancy schmanzy HF stem ...which he also gave to me a while back. Guy just keeps unloading his unwanted junk on me. I'm polite and just smile and say thanks.

Deep brown in the glass, finger of off-white head that fades to a persistent skim. Nose is caramel, roasted cashews and pistachios, toasty dark malts, toffee and a little milk chocolate.

Tons of flavor for the style. Caramel, toasted malts, lightly nutty, traces of coffee and chocolate, and a decent bitterness in the hoppy finish. Medium body, smooth medium+ carbonation.

Wasn't expecting that hoppy bite in the finish but really diggin' it! Thanks bro.

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Photo of zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

medium almost dark brown body beer with a thick off white colored head with long lasting head retention and lots of residual head clinging to the glass. This smells really roasty and has some nice toasted malt aromas. Light hops are present with this beer too. The beer tastes really roasty, toasted, and has a light malty sweetness. Earthy hops add more bitterness to the bitterness imparted from the roasty malts. This beer is so roasty that it makes me wonder if coffee was used to brew this beer. medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and no booze to this beer at all. This beer does lack the normal creamy carbonation that is common with most Farmstead beers. A well done american brown ale that is more roasty than it is malty sweet. Nice balance of flavors. This is not a normal example of most brown ales that I have had; for example you normally see an over hopped brown or a brown ale that is too sweet/cloying.

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Photo of Prost76
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spyderglx
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FabreezyNHops
5/5  rDev +21.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeMans
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopSynonymous
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 707 ratings
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