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Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by abriggs1 on 04-27-2010

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Reviews: 332 | Ratings: 2,447
Photo of PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light orange/dark blonde pale ale. Notes of tangerine and pine balance back and forth. Fairly bitter pale ale. Soft mouthfeel with good carbonation.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Mildly turbid, burnt orange color, nice thick off white head, really solid lacing.
S: Sweet, honey like malts and tropical fruit notes. Maybe a tiny touch of dankness.
T: Malts are interesting, sweet with an almost corn like graininess. A touch of bitterness but very well balanced. Tropical notes mesh well with sweetness and make for a great drinking experience. But overall flavors are expertly balanced on the palate and the drink is very smooth and drinkable.
F: Body is smooth and full yet not at all heavy. Very frothy and cream like. Carbonation is medium and balances well with the bitter hop notes.
O: Really enjoyable, flavors more on the mild side, reminding you of their presence without being overbearing and having no balance. Great pale ale.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edward is a very well crafted beer with just the right balance and hippiness aroma. I really enjoyed this beer at the brewery and look forward to drinking it again!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Whetstone Station Restaurant in Brattleboro. The beer had an incredible murky thick orange appearance and a thick bubbly head that only dissipated slightly throughout my time drinking it. The beer had one of the sharpest orange peel-citrus flavors I personally have had. The aromas were dense and floral. Taste follows the nose with that sweetness from the orange-citrus really coming through. The carbonation to this beer was great as well; excellently crisp and refreshing. Overall, a fantastic drink across all dimensions.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has an incredibly delicate clean malt with clear lemon citrus notes. Tongue is much the same, the citrus lemon is very precise and elegant, blended in very well with the main beer notes. Very easy finish, and an excellent, more subtle pale ale.

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Photo of diemilio
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is out of this world. Beautiful and unique smell and taste. I glad I am fortunate enough to have it available close to where I am and have it on a regular basis.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spicy, citrusy orange and peach nectar. Sweet malt aroma. Fruity, herbal pine. A dirty orange, an almost rusty color that anticipates the juiciness nicely.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If this is the original IPA from Hill Farmstead, they have set a very high standard. Great deep, hazy orange hue with two finger fluffy head. Citrusy with mild bitterness, soft mouthfeel, earthy / smoky wood end notes and sensational drinkability. My only fault is that it is a tad simplistic, but other than that another stellar brew.

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

Great color and lacy head. Felt like i either had an older bottle or let if breathe a little too long and the aroma was a little low. However, I completely enjoyed the complexity of this beer. I'm extremely impressed with everything they turn out.

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just about as close to perfection as you can get. Probably gets a lower score from many than Abner, Susan and other HF beers because of the moderate ABV, but the look, taste and feel of Edward are all on par with, if not better. It's an insult to call a beer this great "sessionable," but if it weren't so prohibitively expensive, I couldn't think of anything better than to have an endless supply of this on a breezy summer day. Outstanding.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pony Bar. From notes. Reviewed 28 January 2016.
4/4/4/4.5/4.25
Hazy brown-yellow pale.
Smells traditionally Americanly hoppy. Pine and citrus zest.
It tastes vaguely bubble gummy (Sorachi Ace?) and very vegetal with heavy citrus note. Long, heavy flavor is a bit murky. Thick-bodied for such a light beer and packed with flavor.
Recommended, certainly, but not exceptional. Solid pale ale devoid of flaws.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at armsby abbey poured into a snifter

Hazy orange , off white one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of citrus

Hop taste on the font and sides of the tongue

Sudsy , bitter at the roof of the mouth, lingering hop bitterness

Good beer

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Photo of LaurenPreston
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap on bridge view tavern - a great local pub featuring hillstead beers. Looks wise has a short head and great lasting lacing. Earthy, mossy aroma followed by a dank resin. Delightful first taste of an evergreen forest with overtones of an orange orchard. Rounds out with a smooth, caramel like finish. Overall, a fav.

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Photo of FFreak
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Pomodoro in downtown Burlington. Served in a tulip alongside a fantastic pasta dish. A fairly hazy light yellow-orange color with a soft finger of bubbles, which sticks around and leaves big lace on the glass. Aroma is not too distinct, but features some citrus and pine. Taste is very nice, a very fine example of pale ale. Mouth is just about perfect, medium-body, smooth, creamy, nicely carbed, super easy to drink. Overall, a great pale ale from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange gold with lasting thick white head. Pleasant aroma of mango and pineapple. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Less pronounced fruit in the taste, with a good malt balance. Bitter, grapefruit rind aftertaste. Comes together exceptionally well.

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Photo of CHickman
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pony Bar, NYC; pours very hazy gold orange color with a small off white head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Wow, is this really an APA as it smells and tastes like an extremely fresh hopped IPA. Dank and pungent, the nose reeks of citrus and tropical fruit with a nearly perfect mix of lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, papaya, resiny piney hops, herbs, mild pepper spices, graham cracker, pizza crust and some floral notes. It's hop dominant yet masterfully balanced with a kiss of bitterness. Delicious and sessionable.

This was fantastic and lived up to the hype. Hope it comes down to this area more often as I will seek this out.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Yellow-orange color, decent head. Aroma is pine, citrus, hops. Flavor is the same but has a decent malt and you just know it is a pale ale and not an IPA. good stuff.

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Photo of danh53
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a light IPA at less than 6%. It has a smooth and soft mouth feel with very little carbonation. Tastes of lemon, lime, and grapefruit with floral notes. Basil and orange peel come through on the finish. Its a nice IPA, but certainly not worth the price to acquire if you are outside of New England.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

My first HF beer and man this did not disappoint. Dry hopped to hell for a pale ale. They served this too cold, and it only got better as it warmed up.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has, surprisingly, become pretty easy to get around me, which is great! It's definitely a go-to beer for me - I will be picking it up whenever I can. Hill Farmstead is spot on when it comes to balancing flavors with alcohol content. I could drink this dank APA all day long, which is actually not too bad considering it's only 5.2% ABV.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey-yellow with a little haze. Head is a finger of dense white foam with lots of lacing. Smell is a bit muted, but I pick up grapefruit, pine and a little lemon. Taste is similar, with a bit of breadiness coming in occasionally. Nice lingering pleasant bitterness. Feel is stellar--smooth and soft, yet balanced by perfect carbonation. Overall, an outstanding pale ale that doesn't shout, but speaks quietly with convincing eloquence.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasting notes from November 11th, 2015
Had on-tap@ La Puerta Negra in Montpelier, VT

Appearance - Served up in a tall pint, the brew is cloudy and dull orange in color with an off-white, half finger width head. Fair retention, breaking down to a thin layer of surface suds. Lacing comes in the form of broken sheets and a few spots between.

Smell - Pungent, juicy orange aroma with distant, zingy pineapple.

Taste - Doesn't quite deliver on the strength that the nose promised. Hits first on moderate orange notes, balanced by a near equal bready malt sweetness. Faint pineapple acidity creeps in near the finish, then a lingering citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky quality lends itself to a stupid ease of drink.

Overall - This is a fantastic pale ale, but if I'm being frank the flavor profile leaves a bit to be desired. It does well to balance between the hops and malts, and it goes down as easy as they come. It's a bit of a shame that HFS has such limited visiting hours; it would have been nice to have visited their brewhouse my one night in town, but I suppose getting to try their brews on tap will have to suffice.

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

Pours a deep orange. Minimal head. Plenty of citrus aroma. The taste follows suit. Some orange, some melon. There is some vegetal bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is very soft and inviting. Edward is a great pale ale.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap and poured into tulip glass at whetstone brewery, Brattleboro VT

Hazy yellow with 2 finger head.
Hops and citrus upfront with a bit of sweetness in the end of the nose.
Nice citrus, lemon and pine notes. A bit of malt adds a bit of sweetness on the finish. Very delicious.
Super delicious pale ale, boarders the line of IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery last time I was up there. Orange color upon being poured with a decent amount of head. The aromas and taste are spot on with each other; grapefruit, citrus, pine, possibly some peach. The feel is clean with a slight bitterness and moderate carbonation. This is a very well balance beer and expected from Hill Farmstead. I would definitely recommend this one, cheers!

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.