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…

Added by cosmicevan on 10-27-2011

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Porter-like in appearance and mouthfeel. Big roast. Hops add plenty of bitterness. Interesting take on a brown ale that was certainly delicious. Well paired with beef stew to combat the bitterness and enhance the roast and malt.

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Photo of Rutager
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 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 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 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 tempest
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Proletariat. It's a dry brown with giant citrus hops that come off with a cracked pepper effect. The malts and mild with a light roast that's largely overpowered by the hops — I'd have liked more malt character to complement the hops. Expect an India brown ale.

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Photo of benzalman
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this both from a bottle and on draft at the brewery. Not a style I usually drink, but this likely sets the bench mark for me. Nice roast character.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull mahogany hue with a loose, 1/8th inch cream-colored head that disperses towards the edges. Nose is malty with a trace of smoke. Taste follows nose with a hint of molasses sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. All and all, a top-notch example of the style.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looked like motor oil, micha legs that linger for quite a while!

Malty and toasty smell

Taste a bit better than the run-of-the-mill brown (not a huge fan of this version of beer)

Has a good amount of carbs that linger and give this beer some life!

This brown as pretty good. I would drink it if it were given to me, but probably wouldn't actively seek it out (again brown ales aren't my thing).

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Photo of Roguer
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown brew, creamy beige head with great retention and lacing.

Hoppy and roasty aroma, balanced and inviting.

Flavor follows: bitter and roasty, but smooth. Coffee notes and extremely bitter chocolate, almost like Baker's. Balanced with earthy, almost spicy hops with a lasting hint of citrus peel.

Extremely lively, medium full feel; smooth, with a very long, semi-dry, bitter finish.

Fantastic brown ale, reminds me of a lighter but more bitter Everett.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft into a hill farmstead stemmed glad at Piecassos in Stowe, VT

Pours a deep brown body with cherry highlights, a light mocha head that reduces to a layer of foam and leaves nice lacing.

Aromas are reminiscent of a porter, coffee and toffee are big with caramel and peanuts also present.

On the tongue is slightly sweet caramel and coffee, light vanilla, a nuttyness on the finish and a slight bitter hoppyness on the finish.

Very nice brown, more characteristic of a porter but delicious nonetheless

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep and complex brown ale. Rich chocolate hits you on first taste as well as in he nose. A slight citrus hop punch comes through on the back end. Medium bodied and well balanced. Not easy to find a better brown ale.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sampler in HF line, second sample tasted (after Edward). Lots of dark chocolate on the nose. Not really a lover of Brown but this was very drinkable. I found that after in warmed up a bit the cacao aroma and flavors really came out and for me it was much better.

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Photo of braican
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2L growler bought from the brewery into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, almost opaque. Retains a small head and leaves a nice lacing down the glass as you drink.

S: Chocolate, roasted nuts. Mild aromas.

T: Similar to the nose: earthy, with bitter chocolate and roasted nuts and a little bit of alcohol. Hoppier than I was imagining. Sweetens up a bit as it warms.

F: Full flavor with initial sweetness giving way to a bitterness that lingers a bit. Very easy to drink.

O: Initially was thrown off by more bitterness than I was expecting, but it mellowed out into a nice sweetness. The roast-y chocolate-y flavors give it a bit of a porter feel.

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

Thanks Chico1985, didn't realize I hadn't reviewed this yet!

A- 750ml flip-top growler poured to my chalice with a dark mahogany brown body, mostly opaque with some lighter shades at the edges. Frothy tan cap with large bubbles forms to just over a finger with good retention. A large ring remains and spotty lace remains.

S- Rich toasty Brown malts and hops pretty much strike a balance half and half; certainly hoppier than other Browns but it doesn't dominate. Citrus, pine, floral and earthy tones probably from the combination of the malts and hops.

T- Very similar to the aroma as far as the general balance and major flavors go. Gently sweet grains deposit heavily toasted, nutty, milk chocolate, bittersweet cocoa and caramel. Hops provide contrast and compliment with citrus, orange, pine, earthy soil and herbal notes.

MF- Medium bodied overall leaning just below that by a tiny bit. Consistency is silky, semi-creamy and frothy. Medium bitterness falls gently with the rich grains present.

Smooth all around with a balance struck between malts and hops that provides both equally. Luscious grains with not roast but some chocolate mixes well with citrus and earthy hops.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 9 hours ago


A: Deep brown with some medium brown around the edges - pours with a fluffy, medium-sized, off-white head, fades to very little, leaves minimal lacing

S: Roasty, cooked and caramel malts - dark malts, nicely roasty and lightly burnt - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel - some brown sugar sweetness - earthy, with some minerality - some hoppiness, with some citrus elements, but not particularly hoppy

T: Dry chocolate, a respectable dessert - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, cocoa - roasty coffee - caramel candy and some molasses - earthy and a little grassy - something that reminds me of oats - lightly sweet, but mostly dry - very clean finish, which is not surprising considering... Hill Farmstead

M: Medium body, very smooth, very clean, very dry finish

O: It's a brown ale. It's good.

Brown ales are a bit odd. Sometimes they can be stellar, but often they are a bit dull. I feel like this could actually be hoppier, but for what it is, it is very tasty with a solid malt profile. Would drink again!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Deep rich brown. Moderate carbonation on the pour. Head is a very light tan. Starts off dense and creamy. Drops to a vestige of a cap with a tiny collar and touches of lacing.

Smell: Solidly roasted malts. Caramel sweetness. with a deep bready element. Very slightly toasted brown bread. Hops offer a touch of citrus with some earthy elements as well. A touch of minerals, I'm assuming from the well water. Some raisin and a touch of molasses. Sweet and bready. Citrus pushes a little harder as it warms, Roasted. Just a touch burnt. Some brown sugar. Mildly floral.

Taste: Bread. So much brown bread. Slightly toasted. Solid roasted malt character throws a touch of brown sugar and molasses. Caramelized malts. Caramel sweetness as well. Warm brown bread. Hops run a touch floral with some citrus elements. Some hints of dark fruit. Touches of raisin. A vague notion of jam. Bursts of cocoa an some reasonably dark chocolate. Fruity roasted raisins smeared on fresh brown bread. Hints of something earthy with a bit of rock.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy. Clean finish.

Overall: Better than a grill.

It's a damn good brown ale. Hopped in good measure and definitely an American take on the style.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

On tap at Beachwood in Long Beach, CA.

Well, pretty much the George Foreman of Brown Ales. Rich, full, thick with caramel flavors... This beer in a way has more texture than most acclaimed stouts out there - it really is insane in a way. Overall, It's just nice, full and flavorful like a sleepover with Adriana Lima.

Just happiness, my peeps.

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

Poured from 6 day old 30 liter keg into British pint glass.

A - Beautiful brown, slightly opaque. Carbonated extremely well, leading to a
wonderful caramel colored cap.
S - A touch of roast, some hazelnut and caramel. The floral component sets off
an interesting medley of light citrus, lightly roasted malt and brown sugar.
T - Right in the sweet spot, a brown ale that is structured well. Elements of dark fruit,
slightly dry roasted malt, and a fantastic hop finish. Every cylinder is firing on this beer.
The malt, hop structure borders on genius.
F - Medium bodied, starts with a delicate dance from carbonation, leads into a creaminess
that almost befuddles, then a tight dry finish.
O - A wonderful version of brown ale, with the tightly defined signature of Hill Farmstead.
The balanced approach and refined touch make this a favorite.

Cheers all

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Photo of durlta
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Second brown ale of the evening after a long period of avoiding the style. First one was Phil from Marshall Wharf. This was better, but not by much. Both were thoroughly enjoyable and extremely drinkable. Reminded me a bit of Tootsie Rolls. Light with nice carmely, chocolaty notes.

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Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Intense nose of hazelnut. These are back in mouth and give a strong bitter taste. Quickly, aromas of milk chocolate and hops take their place. Bitterness is strong and dry and chocolate taste remains.

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Photo of beerjunky413
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is unusually pronounced for a brown ale with tons of chocolate supported by roasty grains, dark coffee and just a hint of hops. Taste is mostly roasted chocolate/ semi-dark grains on the front end with a nice hop balance towards the finish. I may be getting hints of oatmeal in the finish as well. The grains are so predominant that some can be picked out (brown malt, dehusked black, medium roast crystal, maybe some toasted oatmeal) and each one presents itself without muddling the others. I used to think HF was all about the IPAs but George makes me realize that Shaun Hill's dark beers should be as highly regarded as any of his other creations. If you like this you will like Everett and vice versa.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a pretty dark brown. Head is tan. Head leaves sticky lacing.

S-Brown Ales rarely get me excited just after sniffing. This is one of the few Brown Ales I have had that gets me going immediatley. Chocolate, nuts, molasses and roast in excellent harmony and power.

T-The flavor is also pretty delicious. The brown malt delivers with lots of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, nuts and roast. There is also a pretty noticeable hoppiness in the finish that doesn't overtake the malt and serves as a secondary component.

M-Medium bodied. Creamy feel. Lingering flavors. No alcohol. Surprisingly refreshing.

O-One of the better brown Ales I have come across. Lots to talk about with this one. I love getting to try a Brown Ale with some pop to it. Very well made.

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George from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 697 ratings.
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