Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 2,098
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.61%
Wants: 611
Gots: 180 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 295 | Hads: 2,098
Photo of silentjay
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very hazy copper with a decent pure-white head that lasts for a while leaving some decent lacing.

very hoppy aroma giving plenty of pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit and citrus, with a floral kick.

follows the nose being very hoppy, but not bitter. juicy and refreshing with tons of citrus and an herbal, slightly peppery kick that makes it finish quite dry. some pale malt sweetness lies behind everything.

lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slightly resiny feel left behind, but little bitter aftertaste.

as an APA, I don't think there is one better. Maine Beer Co.'s Peeper is close though. almost in IPA territory. (647 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of thechaser
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pour into a straight pint glass.  

Pours a hazy orange   Thin white head.

Smells like a classic ipa, piney, resinous, citrus. Light biscuity notes under the hops.

Taste is amazing. Completely hop forward. Malty sweetness tries to shine but is out weighed by hop bitter deliciousness.

Overall I love this beer. I want to see it everywhere and drink it all the time.  (382 characters)

Photo of codysjb
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 (517 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Lord Hobo, served in a goblet.

Cloudy golden amber, layer off white head, good retention 4

Malty, mild hops, touch of sweetness 3.5

Mild hops, well balanced, citrus peel and bready finish. 4

Medium, lots of carbonation, dry finish 4.5

Really solid pale ale, nice balance 4 (298 characters)

Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. 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. Great overall. (325 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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, with some citrus. I get the sense simcoe is in it. 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. (694 characters)

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edward poured from a 750mL HF growler into a HF oversized wine glass on 1/22/2012.

A- Beautiful hazy hay or straw color. Nice pale ale appearance topped by a 1/2 finger white head that dissipated quickly wit lots of nice lacing.

S- This beer smells like an Ipa. Really nice hop aroma, picking up pine, citrus and some floral notes. Very clean smelling beer.

T- The taste is not as hoppy as the nose but still a nicely hopped pale ale. Really nice malt character with a touch of bitterness from the hops. Its dry clean and refreshing. Nice balance

M- Light bodied with medium carbonation nice mouthfeel for the style.

O- Enjoyable to smell, enjoyable to taste , and enjoyable overall. This is a very well put together Pale it has great aroma bitterness and taste while staying unbelievably drinkable. This one gets an A. Well done Shaun Hill (846 characters)

Photo of modernartblues
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed from a Tulip
at DeCicco's Brewster on 01/20/12,
Reviewed from Notes

A: hazy orange with half inch head, lots of lacing, very pretty, very hazy

N: world class nose, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical over drive

T: lives up to the other-worldly nose, plenty of hop flavor, but not a ton of bitterness on the back-end (which I usually see with really hopped up low ABV beers), malt profile manages to live up the hops, but not a whole of lot of the biscuity malt profile that's more common to the style. Truly a superb beer that doesn't really conform to the APA style and is all the better for it. An IPA in hiding.

M: extremely quaffable, extremely. the mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of carbonation to make this beer heavenly to drink.

O: the best APA I've ever had. maybe my favorite beer ever. with this amount of flavor and hop aroma at 5.2%, this beer lives up to the hype and haunts my dreams (917 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice amber golden color that is perfectly clear and has a finger if head that dissipates rapidly, leaves a decent amount of spotty lacing
S: pure grapefruit hop notes, clean, sour, and solid
T: great taste, extremely reminiscent of flower power from Ithaca brewery, grapefruit hops, sweet and sour
M: gentle carbonation, slightly thick, leaves the mouth feeling sticky and dry
O: a great brew close to flower power but doesn't drink quite as fresh or bright, still awesome (508 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of Finatic
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Cigar City on 1/2/12.

A: Pours a dark amber with a frothy 1inch white head. Excellent lacing retention.

S: Awesome tropical, citrus smell.

T: Very hoppy for a pale ale and rivals Zombie Dust for taste IMO.

M: Very drinkable, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O: Has overtaken Zombie Dust as my favorite pale Ale. This brewery is really making me take notice. (381 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a murky, dull amber color with a thin, bubbly white head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a bright, juicy, fresh citrus hoppiness to it. I get some bitter citrus rind and grapefruit mixing with some juicier, fruitier notes of orange, peach and pineapple. Fantastic aroma overall.

The taste also shows a lot of hoppiness to it throughout the flavor. I again get some very nice tropical fruit notes to it that I love. Towards the finish more of the bitter, citrus rind and grapefruit flavors come out. I get a little bit of a malty, slightly caramel presence in it as well, but the hops definitely steal the show.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a great beer and a fantastic APA. At 5.2% it still had enough hoppy flavors to match or beat a lot of DIPA's. Extremely easy drinking and flavorful for the style and abv%. Just a great beer overall. (997 characters)

Photo of iadler
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had one draft at The Reservoir in Waterbury 12/7
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, hazy copper color with a one finger of creamy white head. Head recedes at a nice pace leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is complex. Fruity - some mango and pineapple...sweet - definite caramel notes, and bitter - grapefruit is definitely present.

T: Taste starts with a big bitter grapefruit, lemon zest to it. Some pale malts start to ease the palate before a touch of caramel sweetness comes in. Orange peel comes through and completely dominates the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily body with a somewhat dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. (744 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to Aberration for the 750ml growler fill. Thank you, Nick. My first hoppy Hill Farmstead beer.

Mildly hazy (I'm surprised there's a little sediment in the growler!), this beer is a dull orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. Bright, fruity, juicy with a melange of tropical and citrus fruits, there's ripe clementines, pineapple, a little mango and a touch of grapefruit. There's also a slight minty component, also from the hops (I'm guessing). A mild malt backbone is present, with a mildly doughy, bready character.

The flavors on the palate are enjoyable, but not quite as good as the nose would suggest. While present in copious amounts, the hop flavor seems slightly dulled and dare I say, a little oxidized? As with the nose, the flavor leans heavily on the fruity hops. Mango, clementines and grapefruit lend plenty of flavor, and the bitterness is low. The Cascade (dry hop?) character is particularly noticeable. The malt character is clean, cracker-like, mildly doughy and unobtrusive. Drying on the finish with a lingering hop flavor (particularly the citrus) and a mildly resiny (and gorgeous) bitterness. Light in body with soft, gentle carbonation that's perfect for the style, this beer is extremely enjoyable. I'm glad to have tried it, but I have a feeling this batch is just a touch old. (1,384 characters)

Photo of dmgnyc
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best East Coast Pale Ales I've had as of late. Ridiculously fruity nose of pineapple, grapefruit and passion fruit....initially thought there were Galaxy hops involved, but the profile on the Hill Farmstead site claims otherwise. Tastes similar to a citrus-forward IPA a'la Flower Power, but the 5.2 abv means you can easily drain multiple pints without wanting to fall over...it almost feels like cheating. Magnifique. (437 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of haazer
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last brew before the CBS raffle and I wasn't about to pass up my first shot at a Hill Farmstead beer.

A- Very hazy, turbid gold brew. Crackly white large head. Yellow and orange hues. There also looks to be a film to the texture of this beer in the glass.

S- A fine bouquet to this pale ale of lemon, lime, citrus, orange peel and alpine needles. Lots of floral notes in here which leads me to believe there was some good dry hopping. Very fresh hop scents.

T- Nice & bitter. Mostly citrus, with lemons and piney hops. There's also some honey suckle in this beer which is different yet delicious.

M- Medium bodied pale ale with medium carbonation. Lip smacking is repeated throughout drinking due to bitterness.

O- Great smell, great bitterness, and taste. All qualities in this beer you would expect from an IPA rather than a pale ale. So smooth and so drinkable. I can't wait to try more from HF. (906 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with daysinthewake.

Deep, dark golden, almost orange colors. Soap sud, white head. Settles to bubbles. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Lots of tropical fruit, peach and mango. Slight cereal grains, mingles with citrus rinds.

Strong flavors of pine resin. Very earthy. Some tropical fruits. Burnt orange rinds. Dry cracker malts.

Very hoppy and strong for a pale ale. Good drinking. Another great beer from this brewery. (439 characters)

Photo of rab53
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Cloudy golden color with a moderate creamy white head. Smells of tropical fruit and honey, not heavy on pine and citrus. Taste is clean hoppy goodness with just enough biscuit to balance. Smooth and creamy from the tap. Wish this was available regularly in my area. (289 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

Cloudy, unfiltered and golden. Head is small and leaves nice lacing down the glass (Their glasses remind me more of wine glasses than tulips; they're interesting).

Smells like pineapple/mango/grapefruit hops, lightly sweet.

Taste is same as the nose, with a similar hop profile to Abner but much more subdued. Tropical fruits and citrus in the flavor, no real malt and no real bitterness that gets you. There's a watery lightness to this. Flavorful for the low ABV, though.

Mouthfeel is light and easy-going. I don't normally give mouthfeel much notice, but I like the way Hill Farmstead does it.

This is like an IPA light or a session IPA. It tastes great and works if you're looking for the HF hop profile without a stronger beer. On my rare chances to get HF beers, though, I'm more apt to try something bigger. (903 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,069 characters)

Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.