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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.58%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Three Penny Taproom (Montpelier, VT) on 9/25/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with some richness around the edges and some thinner wisps in the center, leaving a rather heavy looking sticky cascade of lacing back. The aroma is bright in the nostrils with full citrus flavors of grapefruit, sharp rind, and a dash of lemon zest. Some sweeter tropical character mixes in as well but this feel mostly bitter overall. Malts add an almost sugary and doughy sweetness to the back of the nostrils and really help take the balance of this here in the nose to a new level.

The taste is just fantastic, with full-on bitter grapefruit and citrus peel giving this a sharp yet still flavorful bitterness, while that mix of tropical notes (which are more pronounced here) and the sugary and bready sweetness (but not overly so) of the malts giving this a tremendous feeling balance. This finishes with pine and spice that adhere to the tongue with a dry resinous stickiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creaminess that is equal parts sharpness and an oily slickness that really keeps this moving across the palate despite just a touch of alcohol beef on the back of the swallow.

A full flavored hop profile, great balance (the sugary feel of the malts really makes this work) and a smooth drinking body really set this apart big time from your everyday Pale Ale. I REALLY enjoyed this and I'd have to say that this was probably a top three APA for me. This would be a hoppy go-to for sure if I was local to it. Another great offering here from this new brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 17:18:06 | More by Kegatron
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SneezyAchew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Rock Art growler into a Heady Topper stange glass. I have also had this on tap a couple times at the Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Thanks to BaconSausage for hooking me up with this. It's one of my favorite pale ales to date.

A: Pours a clean pumpkin orange with a brief white head.
S: Sweet, tropical smell. Oranges at the forefront.
T: Strong notes of grapefruit, citrus and pine hit the palate more fiercely than one would expect for just a pale ale. Really intensely hopped. Somewhat sugary sweet, too, and the malt is barely noticeable.
M: Not all that carbonated. Medium bodied, and a tad juice-like.
D: Pretty extreme. I could drink this all night. Not really any less aggressive than a lot of the DIPA's I've had.

Haven't had a lot of Farmstead yet, and this one clearly stands out against the Harlan for me. I look forward to the Fear & Trembling BaconSausage also gave me. Thanks again, Tucker!

Serving type: growler

12-26-2010 23:55:32 | More by SneezyAchew
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womencantsail

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared from a growler by Bobby.

A: This one is much like all other hoppy Hill Farmstead beers: a murky orange color with a white head.

S: A very nice citrus aroma to this one. Plenty of grapefruit and tangerine with a mild tropical fruit character to it. Mild bread notes to go with it and perhaps some grass. Nice and fruity without being overly sweet.

T: Lots of tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple flavor to this beer. A mild bitterness with some clean bread and cracker malt flavor. The amount of tropical fruit flavor really kind of creeps up on you as you continue to drink the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

O: Tried this again and the descriptors are similar but the beer is far better.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2011 03:54:59 | More by womencantsail
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Mike recently. Thanks.

Beer is yellow / slightly darker yellow and mostly clear. Forms a decent white head of small and medium bubbles, moderate carbonation, and some lacing on the glass. So far so good.

Aroma of the beer is like grapefruit and other citrus / fruit varieties, you can also cut through the hops and get to the mild malt presence in the aroma.

Beer is medium in body and quite hoppy but without being too bitter. I kept thinking to myself what a great base beer this would be for just about anything you wanted to do. It is a solid APA and one of the best I've ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2011 00:05:05 | More by drabmuh
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rtepiak

Poland

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the most dry hopped beer i think i've ever had. straight out of the tap it smells like hop pellets. had a whole twenty liter keg with some buddies over a weekend. orange with nice sticky head. that wouldn't go away. nose opened up to pine, cannibus, and a thick orange mango note. the nose is very much so that but the beer itself is so light and refreshing it sort of designs the palate for the hops as a very delicate matter. this feels like a belgian table beer in spirit and the american craft hopping. palate is light and effervescent and nice and floral. a fruit that is sent dry with hops but not bitter. the beer is dry but its not one dimensional. there are subtle hints of citrus in this rainbow of hops... all expressed once your nose is attuned to it's glory. the first APA i could have everyday.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 04:37:51 | More by rtepiak
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/8/2011

Thanks, Barry (bring)! Growler opened with Javier and poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

A: Hazy orange with a frothy white head. The head lingers for a minute and leaves scattered white lacing all over the glass.

S: Resinous pine with notes of orange and grapefruit flesh. The hop profile is bright and expressive, opening up more and more with every second of warming. Light passion fruit notes. The fruit is mostly flesh, with just a dash of rind. Killer aroma. No alcohol and no real malt presence.

T: Moderate bitterness with lots of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Pine resin melds with a light crackery malt profile. No evident alcohol or harsh notes. A massive amount of hop flavor. It's like a hop juice.

M: Upper light to lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Light, dry, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent hoppy pale. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2011 01:27:08 | More by HopHead84
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at my house...yeah, that doesn't suck. 1/6bbl in the kegerator poured into a Surly Imperial Nonic. Oh yeah!

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, nice white frothy head, very sticky lacing, thin filmy cap, thick collar.

S - Light hoppy bitterness, lots of pine, slight floral and tropical citrus notes. Very mellow but still lots going on, just the way I like my IPAs.

T - More hoppy/bitter then the nose suggests. Pine, tropical citrus, slight herbal/floral notes that really adds nicely to the bitterness. Not overdone or trying to be an IPA, it's just right and exactly what I want. Light hoppy, slightly floral finish.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, perfect carbonation, clean finish.

O - As far as APA's go, this one is really hard to beat. It's amongst the class of Alpine Hoppy Birthday and Russian River Parking Violation, my two favorites. It's good out of a growler, but on-tap, it's at the top of its class. If you're in Chicago, come on by for a pint (while it lasts!).

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 00:41:06 | More by Sean9689
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. I'm sensing some Citra action here. Biscuity malts come from behind the strong hop nose and add some sweetness to the whole thing. Delicate yet assertive.

Taste: Big juicy hop explosion melds with a softer, almost biscuity, malt base. Faintly sweet and delicious all around. The hops really shine here. The flavors blend well, leaving the tongue reeling from the sheer volume of flavor experienced. As it warmed, the malts upped the ante a touch and rounded the experience out, preventing this from tasting like a straight up hop-bomb.

Mouthfeel: Ever so slightly dry. Solid carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. It drink like magic with a nice hop bite on the back to remind you of what you're drinking.

Overall: Easily one of the best APAs I've encountered. It's decidedly drinkable and has a ton of flavor without ever being overpowering. I could drink this all day every day and never regret it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 01:14:22 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Aberration

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at blackback pub.

Excellent example of an American pale ale.

Bitter up front, citrus on the back. Extremely well balanced beer. Good carbonation, zesty on the tongue. Slight residue left on the palate after every sip but a pleasurable aftertaste so no worries there.

One of the better apa that I've ever consumed!

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 18:24:38 | More by Aberration
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plaid75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one and a half ding frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured waves of resinous citrus and pine.

The taste consisted of a full piney hop atop a subtle soft pale malt. There was a nice lightly sweet doughiness at the finish along with a lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior hop forward APA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 19:41:35 | More by plaid75
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2L swing-top growler filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 3/4" off-white head, over the cloudy peach-hued brew. Frothy head pops away, with excellent lacing. Aroma is tangerine with a light undercurrent of sweet.

Taste continues the tangerine presence for me, an initial sweetness which promptly cedes the baton to the juicy fruitiness. Closes with a sedate bitterness and a touch of pine. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very good. Another thirst-quenching brew here from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2012 23:49:39 | More by ppoitras
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a fruit juice'y haziness and a pale dirty golden color. A three finger cap of dense, tightly bubbled foam lingers for a long time before falling and leaving behind thick webs of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smells wonderful - filled with lots of piney hops, plenty of grapefruit and tropical fruits and pineapple. Mild hop bitterness finds its way into the aroma. Not much for malt here...but the hops smell so good, it doesn't matter.

T - The smell doesn't lie. Lots of piney hops, thick and resiny with complementing white grapefruit - sharp, citrusy, juicy. Faint trace of malt underneath...a bit biscuity. Bitterness is mid-level and clean/crisp. This reminds me quite a bit of RR's Blind Pig...not a bad thing to be reminded of...

M - Body is a thinnish medium with an assertive mid/high carbonation level. Crisp and clean bitterness lingers for a long time past the swallow. Balance is good - easy to drink a lot of this one.

O - Another well made hoppy beer from Hill. They really know how to do these beers well. Tons of hop flavor, excellent balance, smooth and easy to quaff a bunch of this. If it was more plentiful, this would probably be in my fridge all of the time.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2013 00:31:29 | More by portia99
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, NY.

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange, with amber tints. Perfect look- one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Looks like peach in liquid form. Great, big head, about 3 inches.

Smells and tastes very similar. Tons of citrus, with little bitterness. Insanely drinkable hop elixir here. Pineapple, peach, grapefruit, orange, so many fruit flavors here.

Light to medium bodied, fully and well carbonated.

Hill Farmstead's flagship for good reason. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 20:22:02 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap: Poured a hazy bright yellow color ale with large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral hay and citrus notes with fruity ester and quite incredible. Taste is also dominated by fresh citrus notes with nice floral notes with fresh crisp cereal notes. Body is about average with great carbonation. Loads of hoppy with very limited amount of bitterness. Another winner from this brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 02:29:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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blackie

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

various draft servings in and around Waterbury

Served a slightly hazed, apricot in color with a frothy, dense white head that retains well and leaves heavy lace. From the first encounter, this uniquely flavorful and balanced pale really showed off how great a typically simple style can be if crafted properly. Lots of tropical, citrusy hop character with a lovely presence softened by notes of herbal grass, peach, and the pale bready malt body. Lush hops notes with a very tempered, midrange bitterness complimenting a light malt sweetness. Light-moderate body with a moderate carbonation and dry finish with a touch of resin. Rests near the top of the apa heap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 02:44:18 | More by blackie
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mynie

Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm worried, right now, that my recent trip to Vermont has destroyed my tolerance for hop-heavy IPAs that are even a little bit less than perfect. When all you drink for 2 weeks straight is Zombie Dust, Double Sunshine, and Heady, then even regular, very good beers might being to appear less very good by dint of comparison.

This is good. Totally. But it's like I tell it's not Xtreme and so that makes it seem less good. Weird, huh?

Anyhow, a straight up single American IPA. The hop profile is wondrously variegated, meaning the aroma is damn near perfect. The hops dominate the first end, bitter moving into sweet, but then the finish is a little watery, a bit of a let down.

Very good. Potentially excellent, even, if I hadn't been so spoiled lately.

Serving type: growler

09-11-2013 03:58:31 | More by mynie
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T-34-85

New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in a tulip glass.

A: Nice cloudy grapefruit color with a modest head.

S: Citrusy hop aroma

T: Very well balanced with the aroma. Very drinkable.

O: This is a very good beer. Not the biggest beer out there, but well balanced character with great smell and smooth flavor. This would be a great beer to have one after another.

Wish there was better access to more of the Hill Farmstead products.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 20:26:22 | More by T-34-85
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dougfur

New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, orangy color, hazy and with a modest, creamy head. The smell is citrusy hops, not overpowering, but solid and nice. The taste follows suit, citrus hoppiness, a touch of malt, but then the hops turn up at the end with a parting shot of orange peel goodness. Mouthfeel, is magical. God, I wish I knew how HF creates the silky, smooth body that they do, even in this very low abv APA... Overall, a very solid APA. One of the best I've had!

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 02:33:30 | More by dougfur
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at publick house in Brookline.

Appeared rusty amber in color. Foggy. A cap of white head stuck around until the head.

Its smell offers earthy bread and earthy hops. Right off the bat I can tell this is a more robust pale ale than other pale ales. The flavor is full and balanced with noticeable bread like malts and hops that offer fruit, grass, and bittersweetness on the back of the tongue. What's amazing iis the mouthfeel and body - very full and texturous for a pale ale. Creamy, even. A breeze to drink yet satisfyingly filling.

If this was readily available this would be my go-to pale ale. It raises the bar for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 01:55:18 | More by jbertsch
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-draft at Liberty Taproom
Poured into a 12 oz goblet

A: Extremely hazy golden orange body with a creamy, fluffy white head. Really wonderful sticky lacing on the walls and a nice retention circle around the edge with minor patches. Not what I expected for a Pale Ale, especially the very cloudy nature of it.

S: Big citrus fruits, orange, mango, papaya and peach. Hints of earthy bitter hops come through, along with a very nice floral element. Clean aroma with lots of big notes.

T: Nothing but juicy citrus hops and fruits up-front. More orange and mango mostly which quickly turns into a bitter floral flavor. Back of the palate brings some pale malts with a hint of peach lingering around. Very flavorful for being a lower ABV beer, and certainly one of the best tasting in the style.

M: Creamy, smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. This has the mouth feel down essentially perfectly for a Pale Ale. It's not too thin or full, but the creaminess is something you don't see often.

Easily my favorite Pale Ale I've tried to date. This had a wonderful mouth feel and the flavors were so prominent, citrusy and juicy which is just what I like. Great stuff once again from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 14:35:37 | More by ShanePB
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the first time I have had this but it is always a pleasure. Consumed at Smuggler's Notch State Park while camping, notes taken then. 750ml growler.

A- Cloudy pour with a golden orange body into a 4oz taster glass, quite hazy. A frothy white head forms with a finger in size and retains decently. Good lace webs.

S- Nice hop presence right off the bat, not IPA level or over the top though. Notes of mango, citrus zest and fruits come to mind. Beyond that it is balanced by cereal grains, caramel and yeast bread.

T- Starts off like the nose with some great hop character. Pine and citrus rind make more noise here with some tropical fruit hints behind that. Balanced very nicely with notes of cracked grains, yeast bread and slight caramel sweetness.

Crisp lighter end body with a nice creamy substance to it. Nice carbonation level supports the flavors well. Clean bitterness in the finish.

Right where modern pale ales should be. Hoppy but balanced nicely by malt and yeast. Would probably buy a 12-pack of this bi-weekly if I could, I can dream.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2012 00:49:36 | More by cbutova
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huddyball

New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Hill Farmstead growler I had filled at the brewery on 4/12/14.

A: Beautifully hazy, bright golden orange color with a thick white head that subsides leaving some nice lacing.
S: Orange/citrus and mild piney hops.
T: Follows the nose perfectly. Not a dank hop flavor and an easy drinker.
M: Great. Slight dryness to it.
O: Just another hit via the genius that is Hill Farmstead!

Serving type: growler

04-15-2014 23:13:57 | More by huddyball
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GatheringBrews

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had both on tap and in growlers multiple times.

Pours a nice copper color with a rocky white head that laces the glass the entire time.

Aroma is citrus and resiny hops.

Taste is complex American pale ale that stands out with any I've had. Great, hop finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 02:26:12 | More by GatheringBrews
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with me! Had during Hobo Tasting #5 while sitting inside RJ Rockers! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a very minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The citrus aspect on this one kept me coming back for more. I really like citrus in my beer (no, not like the citrus people like in their Blue Moons) so this one was a no-brainer for me. Really glad I got to try this one. Just hate Mike left me with a half a growler of this at Rockers when he left. I blame this growler for getting me drunk that night by the way... An absolute must try!

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 12:46:04 | More by thagr81us
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -Poured into a standard pint glass a hazy light golden hue with a great creamy one finger off white head that fades super slow to leave average lacing and a thick blanket.

S - Super amazing aroma. Great tropical apart notes...my goodness. Mangos my god. Slight bitterness and citrus. Tropical galore.

T - More of the amazing nose. A sheer palette assault of sunny tropical mango. Sweet zombie jesus. Not that bitter just glorious tropical hops. Light candy malts..dammit the tropics!

M - Smooth creamy nice carbonation. Super inviting.

O - Overall this was insanely good. So juicy and tropical. To quote a film, I want to freeze this in winter and skate on it, then thaw it in summer and drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 20:37:42 | More by rudzud
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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