Nor
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 7.35%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
160
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  57
Gots
  0
SCORE
97
World-Class
Notes: Imperial IPA brewed in collaboration with our friends at Cigar City Brewing Company. Brewed with rice and and an abundance of worldly hops.
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 160 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by MDDMD:
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pineapple, pine, slight malt aromas

T-citrus , pine, nice malt backbone with pineapple and grapefruit, solid hoppy finish, alcohol pretty well hidden

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and a nice crisp bite

O-a solid DIPA with nice flavor and balance

Jun 30, 2012
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nor pours a murky straw yellow with a two finger creamy white head on top. Looks like a hefeweizen. The foam fades away slowly to a thick sheet on the surface, leaving behind a netted pattern of lace.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit and lemon citrus with some grass and pine mixed in.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor is full of hops and fruity notes with a nice light malt background. Grapefruit and lemon citrus blend nicely with mango and tangerine. Sweet pale malt lingers in the background. It finishes moderately bitter with grass and pine notes. Once gone the mango and grapefruit citrus linger on the palate.

This beer is so smooth it goes right down. You don't realize it's over 9% abv until you finish your pint. Fantastic hoppy flavor with enough malt sweetness to balance it out.

Dec 07, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back pub. Cloudy grapefruit coloured body. Apparently with rice and Brett. A good mouthfeel. Lots of orange citrusy taste. Some tropcal fruit.Very smooth drinker. Complex and good drinkability. I would like to try it again.

Aug 17, 2012
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inflatablechair from Idaho

5/5  rDev +11.4%

Dec 12, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile, at the time of this review, this is the #33 top beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list. Fun. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.

Beer is light amber, mildly hazy, white head, soft, nice. Good lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, sweet tropics, nice.

Beer is light in body, moderately bitter finish, moderately dry too, great fruit flavors on the midpalate, a wonderful double IPA here, this is the sort of beer I expect form HF. I'd have this again.

Dec 22, 2011
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jamvt from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Oct 29, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair busted out this bottle (really this is a 750 growler) recently... very cool Sam... excellent.

Pours a hazed pale orange... fluffy white head with good lacing and retention.

Nose is like a tropical fruit bowl... smells pretty sweet... the fruity hops punctuate that sweetness.

Flavor is fantastic mix of tangerine.... light pineapple and melon.. definitely fresh hoppiness, but I think the malts are a touch heavy, though they really help carry the hops. Not nearly as bitter as most DIPAs, instead the flavor hops whallop the palate.

Body is a solid medium with a nice prickly carbonation.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Thanks again Sam... I really liked this one.

Dec 27, 2011
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

Dec 05, 2011
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Jan 10, 2013
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carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes taken at Cigar City Brewing taproom on 7/15/12. Poured on draft into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1 finger fluffy snow white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Grassy and floral hops with a touch of grapefruit.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit and lemon zest with a sweet citrus background. Aftertaste is bitter citrus. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, especially for a beer with 9.2% ABV.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I feel fortunate to have been in Tampa when CCB had this one on draft. An excellent double IPA and one that you should definitely try if you have the chance.

Jul 17, 2012
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into snifter.

A: Hazy light orange brown in color, with a beautiful white head. Nice amount of visible carbonation for a DIPA.

S: Wow, this smells good. Nose is tropical fruit and citrus hops, a little grassy, with caramel malts.

T: Hops dominated (of course) - mango, peach, tropical fruits, orange rind - with sugary caramel malts.

M: Lighter mouthfeel than typical for a DIPA. Nice amount of carbonation on the tongue. Alcohol is essentially absent. Culminates in a bittersweet finish that hangs around for a bit.

O: This is really good. Another excellent beer from Hill Farmstead in a collaboration with CCB.

Jul 17, 2012
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WeisGuy from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Dec 10, 2011
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester MA
Served in a cervoise

Super cloudy, peach color in appearance. The beer was topped by a foamy, bubbly, resilient white head. Thick, clingy rings of lacing coated the sides of the glass.

Tons of tropical fruit notes in the aroma. Peach, mango, papaya and pineapple dominated. Sweet hop juice. Loads of tangerine. Super smooth and well balanced.

Intense tropical fruit notes came through in the flavor profile as well. Lots of mango, papaya and pineapple. Tangerine juice was also noticeable. Some grapefruit pith appeared on the back end. Grapefruit and pine notes combined with each other in the slightly spicy, crisp, off-dry finish.

The mouthfeel was super smooth, creamy and supple. Medium bodied for the style.

Nor is an outstanding double IPA. Similar to Hill Farmstead's Galaxy Imperial Single Hop IPA (which I drank right before this), it is an intensely fruity yet immensely drinkable version of the style. It seems like more and more beers like this one are coming out of Vermont, and that is definitely a good thing.

Dec 30, 2011
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aerozeppl from New York

5/5  rDev +11.4%

Dec 02, 2011
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BeerChanticleer from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Sep 06, 2012
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mcintire78 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Jul 03, 2012
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL growler sent by Tucker, shared with my father.

Pours a milky, cloudy golden orange color with a massive, frothy white head. Light carbonation with a retentive, bubbly finger thick layer throughout and dry, sticky webs of lacing. Creamy orange and pine aroma, with light vanilla. Balance of sweet and bitter leaning more toward the juicy orange and creamy sweet, than bitter pine and resin. Flavor is dominated by hops, but nowhere near as bitter as Abner or Ephraim, instead more juicy and sweet. There is a vanilla-like, creamsicle quality to the flavor which balances out the orange, red grapefruit and tangerine juiciness. Mild resin in the finish, but still pleasantly sweet. Fairly thick and robust body with moderate carbonation; more creamy than chewy. Could use a little more bitterness and crispness in the flavor and finish, but this is exceptionally drinkable and refreshing and drinks much easier than the 9.2% ABV would suggest.

Nov 26, 2011
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Brad007 from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up over 2 weeks ago at the Hill Farmstead bottle release. Nifty 750ml bottles are a good bargain!

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thin head into my Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Lacing lines the edges of the glass.

Pine, grapefruit and minty are aromas that come to mind. If aroma is any indication, this is going to be a good one.

Light and crisp textures bring forth a good mix of grapefruit and mango from the hops. The malt isn't to be forgotten either as it contributes to the drinkability.

Lingering citrus and sweet malt. It literally mellows out in your mouth.

This is a beer that strikes a good balance between a hoppy and malty DIPA. It's a lovely sipping beer and I should mention that it warms the throat as well.

Nov 28, 2011
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wchris21 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Dec 18, 2011
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in South Central Mass.

Appearance is deep golden color, some cloudiness. Its` nose has orange, grapefruit, hops and pine. A smell that is quite enjoyable and builds excitement for this brew. Taste has citrus fruits, pine, hops. MF is even keel, there is bitterness in the finish. Overall a very good dipa from HF / CCB.

Feb 01, 2012
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nathanjohnson from Vermont

5/5  rDev +11.4%

Nov 20, 2011
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sendsilk from Florida

5/5  rDev +11.4%

Dec 21, 2011
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Kadonny from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a snifter glass at TJs in Paoli. They had their Hill Farmstead event yesterday, but this one was still on tap a day later.

A: A real hazy straw color with a very minimal white head. Glass lacing was full and sticky.

S: Tropical fruit smells with some caramel malt. Alcohol is detected on the nose.

T: Nice and tropical, just as expected. Huge notes of pineapple and other tropical fruits mix with the deep caramel malt and some slight pine (very slight). Beer turns a bit bitter but gets smoothed out by the alcohol and sweetness on the finish. Still, the mouth gets a prickly feeling and the flavors linger even through the sweetness and alcohol. Very nicely balanced DIPA.

M: Full, coating, prickly, sweet and a good amount of alcohol that warms.

O: Another fantastic beer by HF. This one carries some alcohol heat, but it is blended superbly with the rest of the beer and it's still really enjoyable.

Overall: Winner! Loved it and glad I got to try it.

Jul 05, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Light creamy head covering, decent lacing, super hazy golden carrot orange color.

Nose hops, mostly candy citrus hops, little earthy, hint of light malty aroma.

Taste starts with more candy citrus hops, little juicy, light pine, tangerine, orange peel, semi bitter, fluffy, some malts bring a light caramel nougat like malt. Candy cookie like flavor, fluffy sweetness. Finish is fairly bitter with decent citrus hop, light tropical fruits, bit oily and sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb, oily with a light booze.

Overall nice, nothing super special like most of the other IPAs from Hill Farmstead, but this doesn't tread any bounds or do anything wrong, just a nice DIPA done pretty well.

Dec 31, 2011
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's

A - Hazy orange with a short head and mild lace.

S - Dank and some citrus. Not real strong but pleasant.

T - Big, bright citrus, touch of pineapple, very subdued malt/rice flavor, hop buds. Alcohol is present but well-integrated. More bitter than Double Citra but less malt. Tasted great.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation. Prickly, resinous yet soft, light and smooth.

O - I don't think I've ever had a beer with an ABV this high that also seemed light and fresh. I had it side-by-side with Double Citra and this almost held it's own with it.

Jul 09, 2012
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 160 ratings