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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 2,228
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 631
Gots: 226 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: abriggs1 on 04-27-2010

Edward (1917-2002) is our grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his five children. In his honor, this American Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Edward’s well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, with impressions of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edward.

85 IBU

Pale and Caramel malt; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops; House Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Photo of nobadeer
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What more can be said. And quite frankly droning on for more than 140 characters in this day and age is droll. Unreal smell. Wants to be an IPA. Bitter aftertaste. Great to look at. Day old growler. 2L is just enough for my wife and I to share on a cold New England fall night.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Review from notes.

A: Beer came orange/amber in color with a nice white head which lasted for the duration of the beer. Sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Hop forward for an APA, very tropical, but has a little pine undertones. Get some grapefruit, mango, and a little orange peel. Smells great.

T: Tropical fruits up front followed up by more citrus fruits. Has a sweet malt flavor the round it out.

M/D: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Leaves a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, extremely easy drinking. Would love to have this in my fridge as a go to beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from gn0sis. Thanks!

Appearance: Cloudy and rather turbid, straw-blond in color. The head is dense and full, leaving behind sheets of sticky lacing as it settles.

Smell: Bright citrus; lemon, orange, pineapple; fresh yeast, dough. Faint earthy and spicy notes. Smells bright and fresh.

Taste & mouthfeel: Opens with a blast of citrus flesh (grapefruit, pineapple), bitter lemon peel, astringent fresh herbs, doughy/bready malt. Little bit of spiciness up front. Biting, bitter finish. Delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of iadler
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dciba for sending this grower my way.

A- Pours a hazy sunset gold with a two finger head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- Very floral with fresh flowers followed by light citrus snd tropical fruits with mandarine, green melon, pear, mango and some grapefruit with a subtle caramel malt presence.

T- A variety of tropical and citrus notes with green melon, mango, orange, pear, and pineapple followed by floral hops, caramel malt and a bit of pine at the end.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

O- This may be my second favorite pale ale behind Zombie dust. A nice amount of complexity for being just over 5%. I could have easily drank the whole growler myself.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at ? (Capone's?)
This review is applies to recent tastings at Reservoir (Waterbury, VT), and Hill Farmstead (Greensboro, VT).

Served in a signature HF stem glass, Edward poured a murky golden-apricot color with a small bubbly white head; decent retention and lacing. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus and grass. Fresh, crisp blast of all kinds of citrus in the taste, juicy hops, bitter in the finish; biscuity malt base as a distant afterthought. Even though considered an APA, I say this one is pretty comparable to higher end IPAs like Pliny the Elder. Medium body, full of flavor and highly drinkable, for an excellent beer overall.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ABC Beer Co in New York.

Beer is a cloudy dark yellow colour. Small white head, decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very nice. Bright citrus, grapefruit, pine. Very fragrant.

Like the smell, taste is excellent. Grapefruit, pine. Quite bitter. Tastes very fresh. Somewhat simple in flavour, but a really wonderful simple- everything tastes bright and juicy.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall, just a terrific APA. Really well done.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color is an orange/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty fruity with some hops coming out first then letting the aroma of peach mix a little tangerine. A floral aroma also comes out toward the end and makes the nose pretty inviting.

The taste is hoppy with a decent bitter pine flavor that is none too strong. The hops are pronounced but more mellow then some hop forward beers I have tried. The malts come out with some biscuit flavor that balances things a bit. The hops lend some orange or grapefruit flavor as things ease back into a slight bitter flavor toward the end.

The feel of this beer is pretty well balanced and easy drinking. There is a medium body to this beer that seems to glide through your palate. A well made beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 growler courtesy of Camden. Thank you very much for the opportunity! I will take care of you as soon as I can leave the hospital.

Two thick fingers of white fluff rides atop a lush orange base. Plenty of stick and stay. Looks nice.

Smell is predominantly juicy peach, which while the texture of peaches makes my skin crawl the flavor and smell of the flesh touch my happy places. That is found here in spades. A sticky nectary quality oozes throughout the nose and while not overly diverse, it smells delicious.

The taste shows more depth than the nose. More white nectarine than peach at the start. Middle shows fresh cut grass that's supported by a malt profile of sourdough bread. The end is tongue coating bitterness that dries the palate, leaving a lingering prickle on the tongue.

Hop oils play a massive role in the feel of Edward. Carbonation is low. The oily nature of this is a bit distracting and is, if you can term it such, the only real flaw of this beer.

Considering my evening consisted of enjoying a fresh growler of this beer while alternatively having my week old twins asleep on my lap, I'd say life is pretty good.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4 - Pours a hazy orange color with light reddish tint, one fingered head dies down to a sticky lace, light carbonation.

S - 4 - Aroma is light to moderate grapefruit, papaya, spicy, crisp caramel malt.

T - 4.5 - Big on flavor for a Pale Ale. Light colored tropical fruit from start to finish, tartness nips the tip of the tongue and gives way to a sweet and spicy ruby grapefruit, papaya, and mangos and finishes off with an assertive pine grapefruit bitterness of an IPA.

M - 4.5 - Light medium body, sprightly carbonation, and a lingering piney, grapefruit finish.

O - 4.5 - A flavorful pale ale that drinks like an ipa without the higher ABV, hits the spot, nicely executed!

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Photo of Resuin
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a stemmed glass. This growler was filled 4 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber and leaves a finger or two of white head.

Smell: Piney hops - surprising potent for a pale ale, and very enticing. Perhaps some honey and mild spices as well, but delicious pine definitely dominates.

Taste: Pine upfront, perhaps some citrus as well as honey and floral hops. It has the hop flavor of an IPA and is really light and crisp. Delicious.

Mouth-feel: Really light bodied and very refreshing - a decent amount of carbonation, just the right amount.

Overall: A great version of hop-forward pale ale. The piney hop flavor is very dominant and surprisingly strong for such a light ale. A great session ale for hop-lovers.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This particular glass came from a growler but I've had this beer several times previous.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a thick, frothy white head that builds to 3 fingers and slowly recedes into a persistent creamy crop throughout the drink. Sticky, high lacing tangles down the edges.

Aroma is entirely hop forward, with strong notes of tropical fruit and piney, gooey goodness. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango apricot, pineapple and pine cones. Only light residual sweetness with very little malt qualities come through. Wonderful and intoxicating.

Taste is fruity, bold but clean. Starts with tropical fruit notes and moves to light citrusy bite with pney after notes. Nice resinous flavors blend the malt backbone with full, round hop notes that dominate the mouth.

Mouthfeel is nice. Clean, light-to-medium bodied with some stickiness around the mouth the peels away in the final swallow.

This beer is so hard NOT to drink...it has that inescapable "more-ishness" that the English apparently say. My staple beer from now on...whenever I can get it.

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Photo of Dubber55
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with 1 finger of head that does not stick around for too long. I see some yellow highlights when I hold it up to the light

Strong aroma of pine/fresh cut grass along with tropical fruits like mango. I also get some melon, tangerine, and a little grapefruit. Very nice.

Taste starts off exactly like the smell- initial hit of pine, grass and grapefruit rind. Then the tropical fruit flavors come- mango and melon along with tangerine. I taste some biscuit/bread flavor from the malt. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale and I like it. Very nicely balanced as well.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with some low carbonation. Dry finish with some bitterness but nothing over the top.

One of the best tasting pale ales I have had- like an IPA with no detectable alcohol flavor. I thought the beer could use some more carbonation but it wasn't a big deal. Great, complex flavors and very nicely balanced. I could drink a lot of this stuff.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml growler into a snifter. Color was a medium dark amber hue, with a very thin white lacing. Aroma was a fruity floral with strong citrus notes. Flavor started off with a hoppy flavor, but sweet hops with a bit of a orangy profile. Felt great in the mouth. Just a bit of cling to the insides, a tad too much kick on the tongue for my liking. Overall a great beer. Easily accessible for most people, but refined enough to enthusiasts to enjoy.

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Photo of SebD
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: It has a nice nice murky golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pine resins, citrus, loads of grapefruit and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of grapefruit, citrus, a nice piney bitterness, light grass and some sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwerij Lane.

Pours like grapefruit juice, cloudy pinkish with minimal head.

The aroma is huge and hoppy with grapefruit dominant, a little pine, and not much maltiness.

Amazing flavor, hop forward with enormous grapefruit, really intense. Some pine and just a touch of sweet malt.

Big resinous hoppy palate with low carbonation and medium body. A little undercarbed.

Great overall, although at 85 IBUs, come on, this is an IPA...or at least something other than a pale ale, although I'm not sure the appropriate style even exists.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half pint draft pour into a mini-nonic glass.

Peachy orange, nearly opaque, a thin layer of white froth sits on top, leaving behind a ring of delicate lacing. The skim parts to one side after a couple of sips.

Big citrus aroma of tangerine and grapefruit, citric with a green undercurrent. Bitter grapefruit pith and resiny pine bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable with a light carb level. My personal jury is still out if this is any better than Zombie Dust.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml growler from my first trip to the brewery. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a yellow glow around the edges. A small layer of white head formed.

S - Grapefruit, peach and pine accompany a fairly prominent bitter aroma with a faint malt sweetness evident in the background. Very fresh.

T - A decent bitterness up front with grapefruit, pine and some orange rind flavours coming through. Just a touch of malt sweetness in the background.

M - Light to medium body. A touch water at times but some good hop stickiness helped to bring up the mouth feel. Light carbonation.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Black Back in Waterbury VT
Appears a hazy orangish amber color. Large cream colored head falls to a big lump floater. Big lacing. The smell is of grapefruit, sweet malt a nice balance. It smells super fresh. The taste was of delicate floral hops with a nice sweet malt backbone. Fruity in the middle and finishes floral and slightly dry. Mild carbonation and very smooth. the body is on the heavy side of light.

Overall I really enjoyed this malt based beverage. If I had easy access I would have it regularly - an excellent pale ale.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazyopaque golden amber color with a small white head and some retentive lacing

S-citrus and some pine and herbaceous notes

T-citrus and pine with nice malt flavor and a solid bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouth feel

O-a great pale ale with solid mouth filling flavor

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Photo of garuda
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky golden, with a white head that has great retention and excellent lacing.

S/T - Assertive pine hops up front, with grapefruit notes coming in after. Little malt aroma/flavor until it warms up a bit, then a nice caramel malt backbone provides a nice balance for the hops.

M - Thick body, medium carbonation, doesn't finish as crisp as I like in an APA, but does dry out. Very bitter for the style, which I do like.

O - Really drinks like an IPA more than a standard pale. Regardless, its delicious, hoppy, and bitter. Excellent take on the style, glad I had the opportunity to have it.

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Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA, served in a standard red wine glass. This is a heck of a pale ale. My only knock is that the hops are so rich, there's no hint of the barley. Still, the hops are fantastic. The aroma is filled with piney, sharp grapefruit and a hint of horse blanket. The flavor is similar with a mix of citrus and pine that feels light and drinkable, but is unusually flavorful. There's also hint of cracked black pepper and the a mild funk that reminds me of young Orval.

I don't know if I've ever had a pale ale quite like this in more than 2,000 reviews - and it's damn good. Find this beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Al's.

A: The pale ale, my first run-in with a hoppy Hill Farmstead brew, is either a brigher golden color or a thicker autumnal brown. The either/or depends on whether we're talking the pint from last night or the pint from today. I'm guessing that today's pour is nearing the end of the keg... A thin white head is all there is.

S: The nose is grapefruity, a rich citrus thickness that wafts out of my glass with a pleasant bite. This pale ale packs a mean wallop, smelling very nice.

T: The citrus is fresh, newly squeezed oranges and grapefruits, all coagulating in my glass. The hops smell, and taste, fresh with plenty of juicy bitterness coming along. Lighter malts, a bit of caramel and a bit of biscuit, don't get in the way. The balance crowds out any boozy heat that may be lingering, leaving a very good pale ale behind. The grapefruit bite is very good.

M: Clean and hoppy, Edward doesn't skimp on the hops. From the first sniff to the last sip, I was in love. Too bad -- no growler fills...

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 03/05/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a murky yellow golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, pine hops, and bready, pale malts. I wasn't expecting this to be as hoppy as it was, and was pleasantly surprised.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of citrus hops, and fruity malts, followed by some smooth bready malts. Also some light pine hops and tropical fruits. Very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. had a nice smooth body.

d - Overall I thought this was a great APA; one of the best ones I've had along with Alpha King. Lots of hops in the nose and taste, and at 5.2% ABV it's insanely drinkable; I felt like I wouldn't have a problem finishing a growler by myself. Would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another generous growler share from Andy. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow straw body with a finger of white head. A little bit of sticky lace.

The nose is primarily orange citrus aromas with some dank grassy hops in the aroma. The taste is a little more tropical. Oranges and grapefruit with some dank grassy hops in the background giving a nice bitter finish.

Nice light body on the feel with good soft carbonation. Overall a well made pale ale. Easy to drink with enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's in Norristown, PA at a HIll Farmstead event and again on 2011-10-19 at Al'sof Hampden in Enola, PA.

A - Cloudy golden-amber with a 1-finger head and mild lacing into a 13 oz tumbler.

S - Tropical and orange fruit, some caramel malt, mild pine, hop floral. It's not as strong smelling as the Abner or the even stronger Ephraim, but once it warmed a bit, it had a very good malt, fruit and pine aroma.

T - The malt is quite noticeable and reminded me of a Zwieback cracker. The other flavors are a citrus tartness, a little yeast, fresh hops and significant pine. The finish is dry, bright, slightly sour/tart-citrus and a combination of lemon and grapefrutit bitterness. Very nice.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp, mildly resinous, refreshing.

O - Very good. I think it could pass for an IPA. Reminds me of a Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale. It's more bitter than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Wish this was available every day in PA. Good stuff.

This beer was the 4th (and last) to run out at the Capone'sevent.

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