George (Hill Farmstead Brewing Company)

Style: American Brown Ale

6% ABV

15.5º P

From: Greensborough, VT

Brewery’s Note: “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…”

The beer pours a deep, chocolatey brown, taking an almost
reddish glow in the light. The beer forms a seamless head of creamy, mocha
frappe bubbles which leave a thick, latte lacing clinging to the sides of the
glass. In body, the beer is a dark opacity full of mysteries. Faint splashes of
light seem to make their way through, but overall it is darkness. On the nose,
the beer smells of stale ground coffee, bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, and
just the faintest pine/herb snap. This not especially sweet smelling, despite
the descriptors, but comes off slightly earthy, and nicely reserved. It smells
like I could drink a few. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly chocolate/malty
sweet, with a very, very, very faint tingle of coffee-like acidity, perhaps
with a touch of dark fruit. Bitterness slowly ebbs its way into the sip, mixing
dried pine with fresh, roasty coffee, and taking to a punch of resinous, bitter
pine in the finish. Earthiness bridges the chocolate sweetness and coffee
bitters nicely in the middle of the sip, getting a slight tingle of wet dirt
and graphite. The graphite returns on the finish, mingling nicely with the
bitter resin, and sharpening the overall aftertaste. As the beer warms, the
chocolate takes a milkier turn, while not really growing any sweeter, adding a
nice tug to the tongue, and enriching the sip. In the mouth the beer feels
sharp, and crisp. There is an oh-so-slight effervescence from the carb, mixed
with a bite from the rest of the beer, which leaves the tip of the tongue
tingling and fresh, while the sides of the tongue grow sticky and resinous, and
the mouth is left dry and begging for more beverage. The beer is medium bodied,
wavering on the lighter line, but carrying enough girth in parts of the sip
that it manages to keep a firm medium weight. Overall, this is just a damn good
American Brown Ale. Its bitter, and it definitely has some hop bite, but this
is not really in the “India Brown” range by any measure. It is balanced,
delicious, and wonderful to knock back. Throw it with greasy, American pub
food, and enjoy a game, good conversation, or quiet contemplation. This is
simple, beautiful beer, and Hill Farmstead does it so damn well.

 

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