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Hill Farmstead / Cigar City Nor

Hill Farmstead / Cigar City Nor
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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Imperial IPA brewed in collaboration with our friends at Cigar City Brewing Company...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
uhljoseph (66) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Best IPA I've had. The aroma is unbelievable! The taste and finish will surprise you. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko - growler from glouglouburp. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is incredibly fresh, with loads of tropical fruits, resin, and piney hops. Flavour is very fruity, tropical, pine, caramel malts, with an oily, buttery bitter hop finish. Leaves somewhat of an earthy aftertaste. Fresh, light, full bodied, oily smooth and bitter. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (13894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2011
750mL growler, sent from my man Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pour a beautiful cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma screams tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, tangerine), grapefruit, loads of resinous and piney hops, balanced by sufficient caramel malt. Flavour is intensely flavourful, with mounds of tropical fruits (as mentioned), orange / grapefruit rind, loads of citrusy, resinous and piney hops, and lots of caramel malt to balance, offering a perfect amount of sweetness to counterbalance the intense fruitiness and hoppiness. Finishes fruity and hoppy, with a bit of earthy character and sort of an oily feel. Once again, Hill Farmstead have churned out an amazing double IPA. This is just delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
750ml growler courtesy of ernesto, thank you! very delicious beer here. something about seans iipas makes them drink like pale ales, incredibly light and drinkable. this is no exception. seems like maybe half the abv when you taste it. drinks with the best like alpha king, but its over 9%!!! pours a cloudy prangish yellow with a dense cascading head that leaves nice lacing and skimming. i delicious aroma, hoppy, slightly funky too, you can tell it was made at the farmstead. crisp and musty, bright and dusty, this beer is trusty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2012
On draft at TND. Pours a cloudy gold color with a medium sized white head. Aroma of fresh hops, grapefruit, oranges and tropical fruit. Taste of fresh bitter hops, grapefruit, oranges and tropical fruit. Slight caramel malty backbone. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (5585) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2012
On tap at TND with Pat, pours a cloudy straw orange, small white hjead, awesome lacing. Aromas and taste of pineapple, piney hops, lightly roasted grains, pineapple, caramel malt, bitter somewhat dry finish. Easy going for 9.2%. All around amazing beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. Poured turbid gold with white head and a lot of carbonation. Nose was intense resiny hops, tropical citrus, including tangerine, pineapple, and quite a bit of funk. Tasted rich, extremely complex, with big flavors of tropical citrus fruit, piney hops, some funk, and a very complex finish. This one is delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Served in a HFS tasting glass by Mr. S. E. Hill. Appears a bright golden orange color that is mostly clear. small white cap holds up for a minute. Smell is an intense blast of mango, pine, melon hop resins and accompanied by a soft sweet golden malt. Taste is rich with hop flavors of mango, melon and pine. the malt flavor is a bit candied with a light sweetness that is cleaned up by a moderate to high bitter bite. the malt definitely lets the hop flavors shine through. The is no alcohol to smell taste or feel. The mouthfeel is full body rich liquid with mild carbonation that is a touch creamy. Overall what stands out about this offering is how clean and intense the flavors are. It’s everything an Imperial IPA should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Thank you to my main man oteyj for bringing a 750 of this back. Hazy apricot pour with a smallish bubbly white head. Nose is rife with pineapple, apricot, mango, pot, manure, hot earthiness, and interesting rice graininess. Flavor brings WAY more citrus to the table with big pink grapefruit, blood orange, aggressive lemon, and more of that nectar/tropical fruit that mixes with the earthy and herbal presence that is so prevalent in many of HF’s IPAs. This beer strikes me as a mixture of Jai Alai and Abner but with extra nuance on the side. Superb.

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