Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.4/5 rDev -0.9%
We pop the top on our refillable Hill Farmstead 750mL bottle, pouring a brew of muted sunset orange into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a two finger head of creamy, cakey, and massive off-white bubbles, showing nice retention, and leaving honeycomb lacing all around the glasses as it bubbles and crackles away. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is beautifully sweet, with the hops taking you off your feet from the first whiff. Varietals give notes of sopping wet citric juiciness, sweet fruitiness, bright florals, and resiny slickness. The malts are pale crisp, and evenly sweet, with a light toast, and a soft powdery dryness to them. The water is hard, with mineral, mud, and stoned gravel. With warmth comes light booziness, white grape sweetness, biting lemon rind, grapefruit, and tangerine, green grassiness, and spice of sesame seed, black pepper, and mustard greens. Our first impression is that the beer is incredibly flavorful, with a surprising lack of sweetness that goes well with the bittered grain and well watered depth, making it uniquely refreshing. As we sip, the taste opens with floral, herbal, and syrupy grapefruit hoppiness, booze and black pepper, mineral water heaviness, tart lemon, flashes of honey sweetness, softness of oat and grittiness of pale malts, concrete dustiness, and nectarine sweetness. The middle comes to a peak with browned apple sweetness, continued earthy, lemony and grapefruity hops, enhanced bitterness of rind, sulfur bite, wet clay, more fusel boozy warmth, and echoes of soured plastics as we transition to the finish. Here we are given the final mixture of tangy green grapes, white florals, nectary and ever-so-brightly citric and syrupy hops, pale and powdery raw maltiness, bittered grit of grass and plant blub, light cherry fruitiness, and a final flash of white sugar and clover honey. The aftertaste breathes of authentic grapefruit flesh juiciness and bitterness, further airs of herbal hops, tangerine and apricot sugars, tannic herbal teas, mineral and clay, biting yeasty puck, and that pale malt mash. The body is light to medium, and carbonation is high, but inoffensive. Each sip gives hearty slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with the mouth left fully coated with foam. There is an interesting involuntary shutter of the mouth into a moderate puck, leaving things left feeling tartly tingly and astringently dried. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very well.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the hop explosion on the nose, and the wonderfully interwoven realism of the farm’s well-water. As in some of their other hoppy beers, this plays an integral part in the aroma and the flavoring, giving a certain genuine brush to it, and making the grain and oily hoppiness that much more close, wholesome, and real. The hops through the flavoring, here, were insanely flavorful, juicy, and authentic, giving the illusion that one was literally sucking on a thin slice of dripping wet grapefruit. Again, this mixed with the exquisite base components, making for yet another memorable, thoughtful, and deliberate beer with true character.
07-29-2013 02:46:57 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev -1.1%
Great pour, heavy nose.
Appearance looks like a double. Good head but disappears within minutes.
Taste -floral notes with Piney finish but as it sits the pine gets lost.
One would think it has a higher abv it is only 5.2
Overall great beer excited to try more from this brewery.
06-24-2014 20:12:26 | More by Kaiden29
4.05/5 rDev -8.8%
Pours a hazed orange color with a white head. Aroma is piney and full of tropical fruits. The taste is also tropical, lots of pith, pine, pineapple, papaya. The taste is very fruity and hoppy. Nice pine, resin, mild tropical punch, light citrus. Refreshing take on a pale. Light body, light to medium carbonation, slightly drying hop finish. Overall, this is a great brew, thx to K0IZ for the pickup.
08-06-2014 22:39:00 | More by Stinkypuss
4.44/5 rDev 0%
In a tulip this beer was a hazy orange color. There was a medium-sized white head and an abundance of lace.
Very much citrus for aroma. Tinge of pine. Sweet malt.
What a taste! Grapefruit, tropical fruit, a bit of pine, some grassy hops. Bready.
A nice hoppy beer, but still somewhat restrained.
The first Hill Farmstead beer I've tried. Am looking forward to many more.
02-23-2014 15:56:29 | More by lordofthewiens
4.22/5 rDev -5%
ok lets meet mr edward here
ok nice to meet you ed i see you are light golden and little but hazy but you have a nice white fluffy head of hair on you very gentlemen like of you
ok nice aroma here softer than the ephraim for sure and is expected but i get less citrus and fruit there and more pine and spice in this one very nice
nice thin to medium body here this one is a real quencher
its hard to make a good pale these days everyone is making double triple quadruple ipas i like edward though he is a good dude
07-10-2011 18:33:42 | More by renegadeburger
4.22/5 rDev -5%
On tap at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT. Pours a glowing ruby tinged amber, under a delicate off white head, tiny bubble film. collar and respectable sheeting, then well developed fine lacing. Nice looking ale.
Soft and mild pine infused nose.
Respectable pale, packing a better then average hop package.
Nice pale, moderate fruit, ample malt, counter balancing a gritty hoppy finish. Tight, flavorful and enjoyable. I'd love to be able to order another and another.
09-14-2010 02:48:39 | More by Billolick
4.78/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from a growler into my Hill Farmstead stem glass.
A: A Beautiful yellow orange with no head. Cloudy, but perfectly uniform.
S: Belgian, funk, sour and hops with some pine on the end. Absolutely the best smell from a non-stout yet.
T: Orange, and some lemon, incredibly balanced with hops on the end.
M: Pine, hops, and some sour funk on the end of the gulp.
O: Wow, this is my first hill farmstead after the February 18th, 2012 release and it’s amazing. Absolutely one of the best beer’s I’ve ever had. A
02-22-2012 00:30:52 | More by codysjb
4.8/5 rDev +8.1%
Had on tap at the Three Penny Tap Room
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-yellow in color, hazy, moderate carbonation
Smell: toasted malt, and tropical citrus hops
Taste: pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus hops, and light toasted malt in the back to balance the beer out nicely
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, slightly bitter with some sweetness built in.
Overall: Another Hill Farmstead beer where the citrus just jumps. If all hops jumped like this, I could turn into a hop head. This certainly tastes more like a well crafted IPA than a pale ale. It may be my favorite pale ale. This is a bitter beer, but not overly so. Just really flavorful.
08-14-2011 19:06:28 | More by tigg924
4.22/5 rDev -5%
Pours a hazy yellow orange coor with a white head leaving some good lacing. Nose jumps out pretty well with all sort of citrus, bitter grapefruit with a little dankness and some biscuity character. Taste opens up immediately with hops, grapefruit at first, but I also get some mango and orange coming through too. Malt is almost not even present save for the faintest bit of bread hidden beneath all the hops. A touch heftier than light bodied with a little under medium carbonation levels. I fill up a growler with this regularly if I could.
06-20-2011 02:53:43 | More by badbeer
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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