Hill Farmstead George
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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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… 6% ALC/VOL 15.5º P

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Flip top bottle courtesy of chouffe. Well, it finally took one of my least favorite styles for me to be less than thrilled with a Hill Farmstead beer. With that said, this is still a good beer and probably blows most Brown Ales out of the water. The pour is a dark brown with some ruby red sneaking through and on top is a medium sized tan foam. The aroma mixes chocolate, toasted grains, caramel, and mild soot. The initial flavors are of bakers chocolate and sweet caramel, that give way to some roasted coffee, and finally, a bitter hoppy and dry finish. There’s underlying nutty and vanilla notes throughout. Carbonation is spot on and there’s a pretty good firm body to this. This is really well crafted and I bet exactly what the master Shaun Hill was going for. But in the end, it’s still a Brown Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (968) - Vermont, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On tap at the source. Pours a deep brownish mahogany with an off-tan frothy head. Tastes and smells of hop extract, caramel, rust, and earth. I don’t typically enjoy Brown Ales, but this is as close to Brown Ale perfection that I’ve come across. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2394) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On tap at the source. Pours a solid dark brown, black color with a decent sized off white head that persists forever. Smells of caramel and chocolate malts a healthy shot of earthy citrus and pine to provide some balance. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet caramel, bread and chocolate maltiness with a solid shot of citrus and earthy hop flavor. Light hop bitterness provides nice balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy grainy mouthfeel. This is a damn fine brown ale right here. Its tough to get a great brown ale because the style is a bit on the boring side, but this is an exceptional example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Growler at home with my dad. Thanks Adam!! Pour is pitch black in appearance with a big khaki head and great lacing. Roasty chocolate aroma, with notes of marshmallows, graham crackers, a touch of earth, and grass. Taste is very roasty, dark chocolates, light spice, bread, pine, honey and a touch of maple syrup. Sticky mouth-coating body with medium-to-soft carbonation. Definitely the best "brown" I have ever had but really more of a porter/light stout to me. Delicious, nonetheless, and another winner from Hill Farmstead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Aroma: rich chocolate malts, a touch of coffee, very light caramel note, resin and piney hops. Pours brown, tan head with good retention and excellent lacing. Flavor: very nice interplay between rich malts and resiny hops. Chocolate and coffee dominate the malt profile, with a hint of toffee and a good dose of toast. Moderately high bitterness for the style, pine and some citrus, excellent balance. Medium body and carbonation, smooth texture. Another excellent HF brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2312) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 18, 2012
750ml from brewery. Pours a deep umber color with a finger off eggshell colored foam. Rich roasted malts, chocolate and some ripe fruity coffee bean notes in the nose as well. On the palate its dialed in very nicely with a good balance between sweet chocolate notes and bitter fruity hops. Definitely a solid brown ale with all the notes coming in roasty and toasty and not burnt. Solid bitterness cleans up the finish...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Thanks Joey!! Growler, poured dark brown, two inch thick head which dissipated quickly. Nice carbonation left on this. smell of roasted malt, coffee, tastes the same with a clean finish. extremely smooth and easy to drink. I have never been a fan of this style but damn this was good. Highly suggest giving this one a try!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6840) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours a dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted nuts, mild dark fruits, and some crusty bread. Flavour sort of blurs the line between a brown ale and black IPA, with lots of harsh roast, burnt espresso beans, a bit of soot, and moderate earthy hops. Far from being an amazing beer, Hill Farmstead managed to make a fucking boring style into something quite interesting with lots of body. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3003) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
Pour at Hill Farmstead. Dark brown with a small beige head and lots of lacing like most of HF beers. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and caramel with hints of smoke. Taste is sweet with a lot coffee and roasted malt with caramel, toffee, chocolate, smoke and hints of citrus. Slight bitter finish. Incredibly rich and complex for a beer with a "low" ABV (6%). I don’t see how a brown ale can get any better than this. Another great beer by HF!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
On tap at Prohibition Pig.
Appearance : Dark brown with small head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : rich roasted malt with coffee. Nice smokey notes with light caramel.
Taste : Big rich sweet roasted malt with smokey notes. Awesome toffee and coffee bitter notes. Coffee finish with chocolate. Light hops. Persistent finish.
Palate : Nice soft and smooth bubbles.
Overall : Really rich and packed with flavor. Really well balanced. Surprisingly rich for such a low abv beer. Feels complex like a 9% beer but more drinkable and more elegant. Lots of complex flavors all cohesive and well rendered. World class stuff.

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