George | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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…

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is truly a brown ale. Probably the best brown ale I'll ever taste, but at the end of the day it is a brown ale. Based off the description, I was hoping this would be a hop forward version, but it's very true to style. Nutty malt dominated the flavor, and the hops round everything out. Hazy brown in appearance, with cascading bubbles rising to the surface. About a finger of fluffy white head when poured and the mouth feel, with the amount of carb in this beer, really helped to push the flavor. Smelled like every other brown ale. Not a huge fan of this style, but based off of all the brown ales I've had, this was by far the best tasting.

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Photo of NuclearRich
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Deep dark brown. Simple as that. Light tan head forms nicely, fades mostly, and laces heavily.

S. Minerally, a little roasty, medium caramel malt.

T. Roasty, minerally robust, earthy, a slight hoppy bite

M. Farily light, but carries a solid enough backbone, a crisp bite of carbonation, a little bitter hop tang.

O. Simple, but simply perfectly done. It doesn't excite me but it nails the style down nicely.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. One pint poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/10/2014.

App- Dark cola brown with a one finger medium brown head with good retention. Some lacing.

Smell- Brown sugar malt sweetness, caramel and a little bit of roast undertones.

Flavour- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a little bit of molasses. Fairly sweet but it is cut by the right amount of earthy bitterness. Not terribly complex but quite good.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied, perfectly carbonated, easily drinkable. 6% ABV is nowhere to be found. Aftertaste is an espresso-like earthy, roasty bitterness that cuts the sweetness.

Overall- It's a very good brown ale. The style is nothing super special or variable, and this is no exception. No need to take a trip to the moon to get this beer, but if it happens to be available when you want a brown ale, then it's definitely a good one to drink.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is heavily roasted malt with notes of roasted coffee, hint of vanilla, dark chalky malts. Taste is a touch less roasty, more malt richness with some fudge and a hint of vanilla, fairly clean and no sugars left over. Rich body, not heavy, nice carb, great feel.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead George

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 88/100

Had this on tap at Blackback Pub, was just ok compared to the other HF brews, great still... was an hard to judge this coming off such great brews. Besides its super fresh and classic great body, nothing jumped out to me. Ironically, had i had this amongst other(non HF) brews it would of probably been mind blowing

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hill Farmstead. Reviewed while waiting in line for growler fills. Consumed on 11/2. Review written from notes.

A - Light brown with a purplish hue. Pour yielded ~1 finger head. Light lacing as liquid receded. No sediment. Moderate carbonation.

S - Not very fragrant. Light black tea.

T - Not very complex. Some sour black tea, but the flavor was somewhat light.

M - As with all HF products, mouthfeel is superior. Light bodied. Very crisp and clean with good carbonation.

O - Smell and taste were a little underwhelming, but mouthfeel was very nice. Tried it because I was at the brewery and the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is mahogany with a small, bubbly, beige head. The aroma offers dank hops and brown bread rolled together as one, caramel malt, sweet chewy candies. The flavor follows suit. Well balanced and flavorful, with caramel and toffee tones. Highly drinkable. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of Luk13
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler. Pours a brown with beige head. Very aromatic brown ale. I get decadent nuts and burnt toast with some light earthy hops. Taste is a nice showcase of malts with nuts and caramel. Some light bitterness. Palate is on the lgiht side. Very well executed brown ale and as good as it can be for me. I do prefer Shaun hoppy offerinf by a mile though

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Photo of Chico1985
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11-22-14 - Updated from a 3.75 'Had' review. I've had this on-tap a few times and this was a review from a 750ml growler shared at a tasting.

A - A dark brown pour revealing red highlights/translucence when held to the light. A small beige head retains decently. 4

S - Good toasted nuts, dusty cocoa, spicy and some light piny hop, slight brown sugary brownie. Good stuff. 4.25

T - Hops get a bit of a boost here, with good resiny and citrusy tones that meld great with toasty nutty cocoa brown malts. 4.25

M - Good body, bitter hops, nice lowish ABV. 4

O - Solid and awesome, and I'm not a huge brown ale fan. Great brown ale flavors and good hops that don't detract. Go HF Go. 4.25

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Huzzah! My 100th reviewed beer!

Pours an impenetrable blackish brown with a creamy tan head sticks around just about as good as you could hope for. Great retention; good lacing.

Nutty caramel. Rich and sweet (but not sweet, if that makes sense).

Round, rich and nutty. Chocolate, hazelnut, earth and the tiniest touch of slightly medicinal hop flavors at the end to offset it all. Fabulous.

Creamy, light carbonation, medium body. Rich, round, coats your mouth, but isn’t too sticky.

Absolutely stunning and amazing. Super complex but everything about this beer is really clearly delineated. You can taste exactly how well-crafted it is as you notice each individual component and are clearly able to see them as part of the whole. Craft beer at its finest, by which I mean, it is an interesting take on a brown which simultaneously sticks to the style while violating every expectation.
Decadent but drinkable. One of the finest beers I have ever had. Worth searching high and low for.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice amber brown with a taller head on top. The head lingered for quite awhile
The aroma has a slightly roasted smell, toffee and sweet molasses and sugar. It smelled sweet.
I get mostly malts in this one. Roasted and nutty with some earth tones. Hops are quite lean in the taste but drinks pretty bitter so yeah they're in there.
Finishes smooth and bitter.
I enjoyed the nutty sweetness but could do without bitterness.

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

George is one of the more overlooked offerings from HFS, and this 750ml growler was filled 3 weeks ago in Greensboro Bend.

Pours a deep,nearly opaque brown with a tall foamy ecru head that reduces to nothing,lacing only average.

Aroma is filled with roasted malts and coffee along with some balsa wood, with hops certainly present.

Taste is also quite roasty and rich.Deep flavors here and they change as it warms, becoming slightly cedary,some flavors of roasted nuts also lurking in the malty abyss.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, appropriate carbonation, some bitterness and acidity from the roasted flavors.

A very rich and satisfying Brown Ale, though not like one that I've ever tasted before. Definitely worth a try, quite interesting and unique.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler into a NEBCO 668 tulip.

Pours a 1 finger light coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, nearly opaque mahogany. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good stick. Solid.

Nose is roasted malt, walnut and chestnut shell, some caramel, and a touch of molasses sweetness. Surprisingly robust and pretty aromatic. I like this a lot!

Opens nutty. Brown sugar, walnut and chestnut shell and caramel towards the middle. More dark malt flavors float in towards the end. Finishes with a touch of booze and some molasses bittersweetness. Same in the aftertaste. Real rich. Great combination of flavors.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and smooth in the mouth and goes down slick with the slightest bite. Slightly messy finish with a short, sticky aftertaste. I love it!

I'm actually a huge fan of brown ales in general. However, I have a strong preference towards robust browns that are less roasty with a bigger malt presence. George delivers on all fronts here. Its sweet and not too bitter, with a light feel that is, at the same time, full and very smooth. This is certainly a top tier brown!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, brown sugar, hint of coffee

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar, light pine, moderate bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O- a nice brown ale with good flavor, good balance

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at The Prohibition Pig. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with an inch of frothy head. A lot going on in the nose. Malts, bread, earth, nuts, and brown sugar. Hints of booze. The taste is of malts upfront with earth and brown sugar. Nutty with a slight citrus hop bitterness at the end. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a really good Brown ALe worth having again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL growler poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. A few big bubbles. Nothing on the surface.

Smell - Nutty and chocolatey. Moderately hopped. Nice.

Taste - Hoppier than the nose implies. Nice nutty and chocolate flavor. Simple but nice. Just a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Rich flavor. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Quality beer as always. Nothing out of the ordinary but an excellent brown.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at bainbridge barrel house - served in snifter

Pours an opaque chestnut brown with a thick crop of bubbled, tanned head. Dissolves slowly, leaving some rings of lacing on the glass while drinking.

Piny hops in the nose with smooth notes of cocoa beans, dark chocolate and toasted malts.

Smack of mildly bitter hops up front, piny and resinous. Full malt profile with cocoa and chocolate, backed by roasty notes. Nutty and softly sweet, finishes a bit hoppy and bitter.

Medium body, well carbonated, chewy and sticky on the tongue. A well-executed hopped up brown ale - yes, please.

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

Served on-tap at TJ's.

A - Pours deep brown bordering on black with a nice one finger tall off white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malts, plenty of hop bitterness, chocolate, toasted nuts, toffee, caramel and molasses.

T - Starts off with a mix of chocolate and dark roasted malts quickly being joined by the mild hop bitterness, molasses, caramel, toffee, a bit of dark fruit, toasted nuts and dulled mineral earth. Finish is a touch sweet with plenty of dark roast, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dark, slightly hoppy feel from start to finish.

O - A solid brown ale. The hops mesh well with the base flavors, allowing it to still be drinkable while still having lots of flavor. Great to revisit this one after a few years.

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Photo of Skrip
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ dark brown with a slight tan head and a tiny bit of lacing.

S~ roasty caramel, hazelnut, a little coffe, and some bready yeast on the finish.

T~ pretty much follows the nose exactly which is very rare haha definitely a lot of caramel here and hop bitterness on the finish.

M~ creamy caramel feel, with very nice carbonation. smooth and rich!

O~ very all around well balanced brown. if you're in the mood for a brown you really can't go wrong here!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on-tap at "Torst," in Greenpoint, Brooklyn NYC. Review from notes.

George's Ruddy, deep-brown appearance is a bit dark for a brown ale, but ultimately is translucent. The beer is definitely carbonated. There's a thin halo of froth and some slight lacing on the glass as well.

The ale smells great, with some subtle roasted malts, moderate espresso notes, and a dash of resinous hop aromas. Upon tasting, the nuttiness that one would expect from a brown ale comes through, with a bit of cocoa and a rather prevalent smokiness too, which surprised me. The flavor is somewhat similar to an American Porter, but the mouth feel is light. This definitely was easy to finish.

Ultimately, this is a luscious beer with a very vague style bale slapped on it, which doesn't do it justice.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head. Head persists nicely and some lacing present. Aroma is dark malts but nice. Flavor is great with chocolate upfront along with a good mix of malts. On the back it has a peppery spice. Sweet yet somewhat dry. A really nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/15/13 notes. Had a 16 oz. pour of this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one to two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, sugar, molasses, light pine hops, some chocolate, and some caramel malts.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, nuts, toffee, chocolate coffee, some sugar, light fruits, and toasted malts. Nice taste, very roasty.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and quite easy to drink.

o - Overall not my favorite HF beer and not my favorite style, but a good brown ale. Easy to drink and lots of roasted and toasted nuts. Would have it again and would be a great brown ale for people getting into craft beers, but wouldn't strain myself to seek it out like I would most of their other beers.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger cream tan head, with lacing, brown around the edges.

S-Blend of roasted malt, coffee and nuts, good balance.

T-Starts with roasted malt, nuts and coffee. Has some caramel ends with slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation and a tad creamy.

O-Wow. A great, well rounded Brown Ale. Great flavors and it has the tad bit of bitterness in the finish to make it a great beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, medium brown in color with a big, fizzy, fluffy, light brown head that fades into craters and pillows of foam. Great lace and decent retention.

S: Nutty, malty, earthy, woody, hoppy...everything an American Brown Ale should have, but better.

T: Much of the same from the nose. Slightly sweet/sugary malt comes through which is a nice complement to the fairly hoppy quality of this beer.

M: Crazy smooth as is the case with all HF beers, properly carbonated, but a bit cloying in the finish. Finish is all malt with a slight hop bitterness. Overall very nice.

O: At first I was unimpressed. As the beer warms, it develops more character in the nose & flavor. I definitely enjoyed it but it didn't blow me away or stand out above the rest of the beers of this style. But that's one of the issues with popular/delicious breweries like HF...expectations are always high going in so when one doesn't meet the high standards, it disappoints. I am trying to be as objective as possible and put all assumptions aside. Great beer.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler, shared thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Most clear deep mocha brown. A nice two fingers of foamy tan head form, and leave great lacing. Head sticks around.

Smell: Big floral grassy hop presence up front, followed by lots of roasted malt and coffee grounds. Some milk chocolate.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a bitter hoppiness. Some floral flavor to the hops, but only just. Lots of roast, and some caramel. Finishes bitter with coffee.

Mouthfeel: A much more substantial body than I was expecting out of a brown ale, and it is very welcome. Velvety carbonation.

Overall: Probably the first brown ale I've ever enjoyed.

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George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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