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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 306
Hads: 2,220
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 631
Gots: 223 | FT: 1
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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 jvillefan
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A little too hazy for a pale and a little too heavy on the mouthfeel for a pale but a great beer. I feel like I would have given a higher rating if this was classified as an American IPA.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into tall HF pint at three penny Montpelier, VT. Pours a hazy orange with really nice foam head, with sticky as hell lacing. Really hoppy citrus/grapefruit aromas. Slight citrus and malt flavours with a "raw" hop flavour but not bitter. Its creamy smooth for an APA and really easy to drink. Such a fantastic brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's today...

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and lacing. Pretty hard to tell the difference between this and the abner/double citra, except this beer is even drier with an obviouly lower abv. As a result, this beer is almost light tastting, but with a long, hoppy, bitter finish. The sweet malt is barely noticeable in this beer, and is at most a foil for the impressive hoppy bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a long, bitter finish.

This is just an amazingly good pale ale.... for a hop head. Just lovely...

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Photo of Maxwell
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow and several shades darker than Society and Solitude #6 (I just reviewed that beer, and that is why I am comparing them in color). The beer also pours with a big rocky, egg shell white head of varying sized bubbles which leaves sticky fat strings on the glass as it mellows into a finger’s width head. In body the beer is a cloudy haze, like most hoppy beers from Hill Farmstead. On the nose, the beer smells of juicy citrus hops with touches of tropical fruit and a solid backbone of pine. The malt is present as a light spicy bread and sweet caramel that melds nicely with the Hill Farmstead ale yeast’s breadiness. This is a nice smell that highlights the hops while still giving a good light malt character. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter sweet with a slight acidity from the hops. In flavor, the beer begins as juicy hops, featuring sweet orange and tangerine flavors with touches of tropical fruit before it blossoms into grapefruit, bitter pine, and then aspirin flavors that properly bite. Beneath the bitters rise a nice malt character that is slightly caramelly and mellow, it also features a slight spice grain flavor. The finish is surprisingly long and returns to the beginning’s juicy hop flavors only now with a solid cereal caramel flavor that is mellow and warming on the throat. The aftertaste brings the bitters back to the tongue with lingering whiffs of cereal malts. In the mouth, this beer feels medium light and creamy in body with a beautiful fluffy carbonation that I’m coming to expect from Hill Farmstead. The mouth is left bitter-dry but wet on the sides of the tongue from the hop acids. Overall, this may be my favorite American pale ale of those I have tried. Mo from the Maine Beer Company is a little behind it, though I think Mo had a better nose, but this beer handles its bitters beautifully and melds them into the malts so that each has its turn to shine on the palate. Its taste definitely surpasses Mo, and that is where it counts. This is another beautiful beer from Hill Farmstead. Try this beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Union Jack's.

Edward is a darker shade than a normal pale ale, not to say that he is not normal but the color resembles a light shade of brown with amber while a mass of white foam is up top, kinda sticky lace. Smell is hop laden with citrus, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Small malts sweetness as well. Taste is good, I had two pints and I hardly repeat myself. Semi citrus grapefruit and pine with a small sweet candi like maltiness. Feel is bold, somewhat bitter and nicely carbed. This is easy drinking here with low alcohol and enough ummmphh to make you come back for more.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2lt growler I grabbed at hill farmstead yesterday. Poured into a hotel glass

A: pours a murky golden amber with a finger of white head that leavs tons of lacing... A very nice lookin beer

S: this deffinatly is hoppy and aromatic, a good amount of hops jump right out with citrus and pine aromas, a light graininess and a touch of caramel malt as well when the beer hits room temperature, but the aroma is mostly a delicious medly of hops.

T: is much like the aroma, delicious hop flavor over a bready and lightly caramely malt backbone, deffinatly delicious. The hops give loads of citrus flavor, mango, citrus rind... Along with some nice, slightly resinous pine.... Never getting overly bitter, very nicley done.

M: nice medium lush and creamy mouthfeel, highly drinkable with a dry finish and a touch of lingering bitterness.

O: an amazing pale ale, loads of hoppy citrus goodness, excellent all the way through, awesome.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Super hazy with a gorgeous creamy head, this is how a hop-bomb apa is supposed to look.

A: Big pine resin, citrus, and peach hops notes with some fruity esters that lay in the back. Malt is very sublte in the nose, a touch bready.

T/M: Very big bitterness up front, much more akin to an IPA. Moves into the same hop flavors as the aroma, perhaps a tad more piney and zesty. The malt provides very little balance which is totally fine because this beer is all about the complex hop character. Mouthfeel is super dry but not watery, perfect for the style.

Overall, what an awesome APA (tastes like a West-Coast IPA), Hill Farmstead is totally living up to the hype. HOPS!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled at HF Festival of Farmhouse Ales last Saturday (5 days ago). Shared with Brian (Auror) and DonFrap. Had on tap at the Festival and bought a growler to bring home. Poured into a HF tulip.

A- Pours a hazy dark brownish yellowish orange, slightly grapefruit colored but a little bit darker, decent carbonation, about half finger of head that receded fairly fast, nice layered lacing.

S- Citrus hops, light grapefruit, some pine, a little bit of lemon, caramel malts mixed with a little bit of pale malts.

T- Citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, a tiny bit of pine, finishes with caramel malts, a tiny bit of pale malts, and some lemon zest and bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of citrus hops and pale malts.

M- Medium bodied, refreshing, slightly juicy, nice carbonation, very easy to drink.

O- This was a very nice pale ale, one of my favorites. The only one I would say is maybe a little bit better that I've had is Row 2/Hill 56. Has a very nice hop taste for a pale ale and is very well balanced between the citrus hops and caramel/pale malts. I will definitely be drinking this one again. Definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 10/28/11 in Astoria, NY.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice slightly hazy golden copper color. It has a nice finger of white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of lace on the glass. The nose smells of floral and citrus hops. There are some tropical fruit aromas here as well as a bit of caramel. The taste has a nice citrus flavor with some caramel in background. There is a nice hop flavor that gives a good amount of bitterness. There is a nice bit of pineapple and other tropical fruit flavors. The finish leaves some fruit flavors and hop bitterness lingering on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a nice amount of hop bitterness here, with some nice fruity sweetness that gives it nice balance. This has really good drinkability. I would have no problem downing a bunch of glasses of this throughout an evening. Overall, I think it is a really nice solid Pale Ale. The hop presence is really nice, as are the tropical fruit flavors. I really enjoyed this beer, and I would recommend trying it out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington, VT

Appearance: Hazy gold with a crazy white head. Lacing is intense and sticks to everything. A faint carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit, pine, and weed. A nice tropical hop touch lingers on the top and screams mango.Pineapple and tangerine. Ripe and juicy. I'm sensing some Citra action here. Biscuity malts come from behind the strong hop nose and add some sweetness to the whole thing. Soft yeast profile with some fruity esters. Balanced approach with hops and malts playing well. Pine needle bitterness.

Taste: Big juicy hop explosion melds with a softer, almost biscuity, malt base. Faintly sweet pale malts. Toasted homemade white bread. Solidly tropical on the front with a dank weed flavor and a solid pine needle bitterness. Tangerine and some pineapple with touches of peach and mango. Lingering pithy, bordering on aspirin, bitterness. As it warms the malts up their game a touch and round out the profile. Ends up balanced outside of the lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Ever so slightly dry. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. Medium body. Exactly what you would expect from Hill Farmstead.

Overall: A solid APA. Bitter and easy drinking. Actually sits a bit too bitter on the finish and it impacts the general flavor on subsequent sips. Incredibly drinkable regardless.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml growler poured into darkness snifter shared with Mothman

A- very attractive, beautiful lacing white frothy head sticks to side of the glass. Dissipates slowly. Golden brown color slight haziness.
S- aroma is amazing, big juicy fruit characteristics, grapefruit, peach, pineapple
T- taste is more balanced, malt is upfront, nice fruit notes come out the more you drink it. Grapefruit, pineapple.
M- light mouthfeel,clean finish, very refreshing
O- very impressed, great session beer, well balanced, could drink this all day.

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13 ounce pour at Gingerman NYC

A: Very pretty hazy yellow orange. Nice small head. Looks on point for the style.

S: Wow, the smell of this is truly special. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, mango swirling together in a blissful mixture. This beer has the "wow" factor as far as the scent. One of the best smelling ales I've ever had.

T: While the beer is very tasty, dare I say , after the scent, the taste was SLIGHTLY disappointing. This is not to say that the beer isn't very good, which it clearly is. This beer has complexity going for it, the swirl of flavors is intriguing. This is definitely a pale ale and not an IPA as people hint. It is the hoppiest pale ale I have ever had, but the bone dry finish and bready malty biscuit flavors lend itself to the PA rather than IPA category. This is not an oily beer. As tasty is this is, the low APV leaves the brew a tad bit thin for my personal preference, although this is a personal comment. For the style, I should probably give this a 4.5, but I am going to give it a 4 because I didn't flip out over it.

M: Impressively medium bodied for a beer clocking in at 5.4%. Rare is a palette wrecker at under 6% APV, but here you have it! This beer really is bitter as hell and is intense as it could possibly be.

O: Overall, sometimes a sublime work of art is not "enjoyable" but is disturbing. I am being poetic here, but I did not love the experience of drinking this beer, yet I know it was something unusual and special. The bone dry bitterness of this would keep me from actively seeking it out so I'll give it a 4, but this is a really memorable and intense beer. this pushes the limit of a Pale Ale, and is fresh and vibrant tasting. The smell is truly exceptional. This is my first Hill Farmstead tasting and I look forward to trying some of their higher APV offerings.

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Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed @ Prohibition Pig last weekend.

A totally hazy, orange-yellow body, draped lacing, great retention; dry, clean and crisp finish, bursts with flavor, nice grapefruit aroma reflected in the flavor. Easy drinking APA thank doesn't compromise on taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA crew from the Gang Bang BIF for this growler!

And the Gang Bang enjoyment begins here. It pours a cloudy amber-straw topped by a couple fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, papaya, light pine, light caramel, and light vanilla. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, orange peel, pine, lemon peel, dark greens, grass, and flowers. The body is a rather light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry, kinda sticky finish. Overall, a very good APA, one where a seeming lack of balance does not hurt it all too much at all. Damn, I wish I could get more of this whenever I wanted to...

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Holy crap a HF growler of Edward, thanks Central PA group

In my opinion as APAs go they are either good or mediocre, there is no inbetween. This is good, damn good. This pours as most pale ales would a golden body with a white foam topper. The aroma is of many many hop varietals that I dare not have my nose try and decipher them all. All I can say is citrus and flowers work so well together whilst smelling this beer. The flavor is quite tasty as well. It's good for it's style and the malt body accents the perfectly added hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and delicious. Overall this is a good beer and more people should have the grand opportunity to be graced with what is clearly one of the top 5 of it's style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is hazed pale golden amber with a perfectly tight white head. Nose is huge hop, well balanced pale malt and grain bill with notes of weed and a strong citrus punch. Taste is a touch more balanced, very drinkable. Grain bill is more pronounced with a light pale malt. Hops are herbal ad citrusy, grassy notes linger with a very light bitterness, assertive carbonation and a light airy body.
Growler - nose is stronger citrus, orange and peach. Taste also has more hops, some citrus and some fresh fruity green notes, still well balanced grain, clean and fresh. Bitterness is a touch less than I remember.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

8 or so oz. pour into a plastic cup at Hawthorne's "Ales for Tails event." Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy, murky red, not unlike an amber ale. Sub-optimal glassware aside, there's a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal lacing.

Huge, huge aroma from this beer. The hop profile is excellent, with heavy notes of lemons and other citrus fruits. It's quite grassy, with a nice pine scent as well. Silly as it may sound, it's a very pure and "natural" smell.

The hoppiness of this beer is just remarkable given the ABV. Very assertive bitterness, with enough malt sweetness to balance things out. There's a bready, biscuit quality that reminds me of bread, complemented by big floral notes throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel is fine, if a little undercarbonated. A touch more life would make this beer far more drinkable.

Really delicious, and a pretty incredible beer given the ABV. I could easily see this being a summer staple if Hill Farmstead does indeed make its way to Boston.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7 , growler filled about 4 hours ago

A: Burnt orange to medium amber with some honey and golden highlights - pours with a big, white head, keeps a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Excellently balanced citrus, pine, and pale malts - not particularly intense, but intensely balanced - fresh, ripe orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - fleshy and floral citrus - pine needles with a hint or resin and dank notes - clean, pale malts with a touch of caramel

T: Balanced, clean, stupidly drinkable - nice level of citrus, with some orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit flavors - very floral - pine, with some resin, some hints of mint - pale malts, with a touch of caramel - grainy bread - medium level of bitterness- extremely clean and drinkable

M: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes somewhat dry

O: Superior to Robert Pattinson

Hill Farmstead makes absurdly clean beers. That being said, this is one of the cleanest, which really shines in an American Pale Ale. Worth the drive.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, two finger fluffy white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Pine, citrus hops, some malt with good balance.

T-Malt balanced out with orange, pine and grass. Slight bitterness. What balance.

M- Medium bodied, some carbonation, tad creamy.

O-What an APA, not as good as Zombie Dust but great none the less. The balance is great.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just made a trip up to the Hill Farmstead a few days ago. Awesome place and great beers. Here's the write up on Edward.

Pours a cloudy, burnt orange with a thin white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Looks good for an APA.

Orange citrus, peach, sweet malts and floral hops on the nose. I'm really liking the hop usage on this one. Not too bitter or grassy, just an elegant floral quality.

Tipping back the glass reveals a decent amount of bitter hops, orange and grapefruit on the tongue. Touch of orange peel with light malts. Nice floral presence in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Malty at first with lingering bitterness on the finish.

Very drinkable and definitely a good session beer. Crisp and refreshing with light bitterness. This beer has a lot of flavor for an APA and is a pleasure to drink. Great for a lazy summer afternoon. Nice work Shaun.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour in a tall thin glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Edward pours a nearly solid (opaque) orange, with a thin bit of white foam sitting atop the beer. That little head is definitely spunky, it sticks around longer than I would have expected, but it only leaves a tiny bit of lacing. The nose is absolutely wonderful, dank with grapefruit, pineapple, and orange aromas. Forget IPAs, this bad boy is more pungent than some imperial IPAs that I've had. There's a brief flash of cracker maltiness at the front of each sip, before some (but not all) of the hoppy goodness hinted at by aroma is delivered. There's also a bit of an off aftertaste that I usually associate with Simcoe hops that lingers for a second after each sip. The body is a bit on the light side, appropriate for the style, yet still sturdy enough not to be completely overrun by the hops. The carbonation is just a little off though, the beer falls dull by the time it reaches the back of my palate. Still though, Edward is one of the better American Pale Ales I've had, and an excellent choice for someone who wants a serious hop fix within a lower ABV beer.

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Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Very delicious.

Pours a nice yellow pale color. It is a bit cloudy. Doesn't have much foam, although a head was formed but dissipated quickly. Aroma is of distinct hops. Taste is hoppy, great for those that are not looking for a piney IPA. This growler tasted a bit watery. Mouth feel is light.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. The aroma is hoppy with some citrus and tropical fruits. Maybe tangerine? the taste is bitter apricots with nice tropical fruits. grapefruit notes as well. Nice bitterness with a good amount of fruity hop flavor. Dry and resinous. This is a Pale Ale with a lot of fruity and hoppy that rivals most IPAs. Overall, its bitter, hoppy and drinkable. Glad I got to try it. Fantastic Pale Ale worth seeking out.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had st the good life. arrived super cloudy in a point glass. los unfiltered and peach in color. smells like classic pale ale but the taste has a bit of a hop bite. quite nice. a bit grapefruit. flavored. nice unfiltered feel medium to light bodied. very easy drinker. why yes, I will have another.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler purchased at the brewery on 8-8-13. Poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Colour reminds me of orange or peach marmalade or fruit spreads. Looks rather chewy for an APA, like it has a good malty body to it. Head poured a fluffy white 1" that settled down to 1/4" with minimal lacing on the sides when the glass was tilted so good head retention.
AR: Bready (like toasted baguette) and biscuit malts with a hint of caramel malt. Grapefruit and pine hop aromas. There's more fruity aromas but it's like they're trying to hide from you instead of boldly making their presence known. Peach, nectarine, tangerine and guava are what I'm getting out of this after several more whiffs.
T: The malts flavours are like dinner rolls and chewy grainy bread loaf. Peach and apricot fruits mostly towards the front end with a slightly bitter lemony bite at the finish, reminding me of a Berliner Weiss. A little bit of pine and grapefruit on the lingering aftertaste.
M: Mildy carbonated, medium body, slightly dry finish.
OV: As with Susan, this is a very solid and high quality beer that I would drink regularly if I was able to do so. However, this beer also didn't 'blow my mind' and while I think it's very good, to me it's not quite World Class. I am glad I got to try this.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.