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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 2,226
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 631
Gots: 226 | FT: 1
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:
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 Sheppard
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 one of the best pale ales in the world.

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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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Photo of Dope
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml growler filled yesterday. Thanks Alex :)

A: Pours a cloudy pale gold. Enormous frothy off-white head. Head retention is absolutely top-notch as it almost doesn't move at all. Easy five minutes before it has settled enough to drink. Heavy lacing to boot.

S: Oh yeah. Fresh, pungent and juicy. Lots of citrus - oranges specifically. Very light pine. A pleasure just to smell it.

T: Lots of floral hops up front with plenty of citrus backing. Spicy pine kicks in in the middle. The hop flavors don't so much as meld together as they have distinct starting and ending points. Very interesting. And delicious. Light grainy malt helps sweeten it up just enough. Mild wave of bitterness and then a crisp finish with lingering floral hops primarily. Very little aftertaste, just sort of a lingering grainy bitterness.

M: Surprisingly heavy bodied for 5.2%. I assume the unfiltered nature has given it a little more heft? Hard to say, it is shockingly heavy and silky smooth to boot. A little lower carbonation helps the mouthfeel too I think.

O: One hell of an APA. I've had most of the top 10 APAs on this site (currently anyway) and this one is right up there. It might just be the best of them. The mouthfeel especially is a notch above, so full and smooth it really makes this incredibly drinkable - further enhancing the APA character. Ridiculously good, on a level that I didn't even realize was possibly. Having said all of that, how could I give it anything but a 5 here?

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Photo of SupportNewEnglandBrew
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the brewery taproom in a tulip stem.

Beautiful creamy head. Good retention through the first half. Sour/sweet clean smell. Smooth and remarkably balanced. No one flavor stands out from the sweet front end to the bitter hops on the end. Very refreshing and satisfying throughout. World class.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier on Monday, 9/26. Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small head that leaves great lacing. Smell is juicy and pure hops, lots of citrus swirling around. BAM! Instant orange flesh and malt sweetness in the flavor. Hop oils and bitterness in the back give off some herbal qualities and some grapefruit rind. Never gets too malty and never gets too bitter. Just a total orange juice bomb with a light body and delicate carbonation. Easily one of my favorite pale ales now, world-class.

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Photo of PVMT
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Coopers Craft Chelsea 9/25/15. Clear orange pour, firm head, tons of lacing. Smell is citrus, taste is clean pine and muted (not sweet) fruit. Remarkably easy drinking with a clean dry finish. Superb.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Flavor is citrus and pine but incredibly light, bitter, mineral, herbal. The fruit doesn't carry even a hint of sweetness. Malt note is present but biscuity, dry, a bit yeasty. Chewy mouthfeel yet incredibly dry and thirst quenching. This is one where a 750 growler is barely a single serving size.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange color from the tap at Prohibition Pig. Thick two finger head leaves fat rings of lace. Nice scent of pine with hints of citrus. What really stands out is how drinkable and refreshing this beer is ... Taste is piney hop bitterness that is balanced absolutely perfectly. Could drink this shit all day!!

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Photo of anteatr23
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a two finger head. Smells of citrus fruit with a slight yeast aroma. Taste is crisp and clean, light cracker-like malts. Easy bitterness that's not at all challenging. Great flavor with a dry finish. Overall an excellent pale ale from a brewery with an exceptional reputation for pale ales. This beer is what it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Superb brew. Tried some Lawsons Liquids as well as HF while in VT this weekend and while every HF beer was very good this is the one that stood out for me. I can see how HF got their rep. Every brew was amazing and this was the best. Fantastic flavor throughout. Very tasty. Wish I lived closer so I could enjoy this more often. One of the best Ales I've had.

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

Out of a growler. Bright hazy orange with small bubbles. Sweet herbal smell, with a very light and fluffy mouthfeel accentuated by bright citrus and pine. Malt backing is there but not cloying. A very drinkable and solid pale ale.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great pale ale. Well balanced and easy drinking. I could drink this everyday and not complain ever . cant wait to try more of his hoppy offerings !!

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yeah, wow. now that is a beer. All the reviews that talk about a silky smooth almost creamy mouthfeel are spot on. There is nothing that I would change. When it comes to APAs, if there is an equal out there, I sure haven't found it. Perfectly balanced, delicious pale that I could drink every day.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful light copper orange color, translucent but not transparent, a substantial head fades to spotty capping. Lacing is extensive and lovely.

S - Citrus in the form of grapefruit zest and pith. Slight spiciness underneath.

T - Powerful citrus up front, with bright flash of orange and grapefruit. Middle brings some pine and light malt elements, a subtle sweetness that fades quickly into a more bitter close. Nothing extreme, but definitely present.

M - Bright and carbonated, with mild drying in the close.

O - One of the best APAs I've had. This delivers a full blast of citrus notes and definite bitter elements while keeping it all together. Clean, precise and exacting, this is what you hope for in a craft beer. Exceptional.

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Photo of gcasher
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a growler in Greensboro at brewery. Poured into pint glass next day in Port Clyde, Maine.

Holy Crap, this is a great pale ale. I enjoyed it so much more than their experimental beers, Conduct of Life, Excursions. Double citra ,and Society and Solitude.

Pors a hazy orange with two fingers of bone white head.

Smells of dank and fruity hops.

Great malt backbone with dank and fruity hops dominating.

Don'underestimate the value of their fantastic water.

This would be my go to beer, but I live in Pittsburgh.

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

Very dry, hop bitterness. Some citrus in the aroma, but barely any in the taste. Dark shade of orange/yellow and very cloudy. Solid APA. Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester.

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Photo of M_chav
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's so ridiculous that anyone can be critical of HF because they make such amazing beer, any style... This is a beautiful hazy orange color and smells slightly more malty than expected but in case it's welcomed, awesomely juicy and at the same time earthy and pine come through.
Taste leaves something to be desired, full bodied and not fair because I had it just after Double Citra (which knocked my socks off)
The pine tastes like home but this is better because of how well HF is able to balance the usually harsh bitters. This is legit, definitely an amazing brew.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It looks beautiful, feels creamy, but there's no real defining flavor here. Just a vague citrusy bitterness. It's not bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to Double Citra.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Considering I drove from New Mexico to Vermont to taste that 'awesome Vermont beer' I was quite let down to get served this in Brattlesboro. It was still a decent pale ale but I had been lead to believe differently, I hope the other Vermont beers I get to try are better or live up to their ratings more so. We'll see if this was an old keg or whatever OR if Vermonters like to pad the homeboys brews, the latter would be so disappointing.

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Photo of youth-and-art
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very cloudy golden color with a thin head.

Very fresh hops to smell; not as overwhelmingly grassy as many others are - perhaps a smokey quality to them? Very different and refreshing.

Taste follows the scent; overall quite hoppy, but with a dry, almost citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel is just right for this beer; not too light but not too heavy either, perfect balance in the middle. Carbonation is the same.

Overall a great APA, as is to be expected from Hill Farmstead, though it is a touch strong on the hops.

Personal note - first had this beer at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington with mother at their 2015 Hill Farmstead/Grassroots event.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass. Cloudy apricot in color. Forms a dense 1 finger head.

S: [3.75] Floral nose with slight hints of pine.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose closely. Nice piney resin flavor. Hint of lemon rind at the finish.

M: [3.75] Carbonation is just right. Not cloying or bitter. Clean finish.

O: [3.75] Really nice beer. This was my first Hill Farmstead beer. Maybe I was expecting unicorns with rainbows shooting out of them. But this didn't totally blow me away. This was a solid beer but did not overwhelm me.

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Photo of cfalls
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super cloudy golden color. Thin head with lots of lacing.

Hops smell and taste really fresh. Really hoppy for an APA. Dry finish. Maybe a hint of funky yeast like a Belgian? Interesting.

Medium carbonation.

Amazingly flavorful for the ABV. Sessionable and satisfying.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Worthy Burger. Despite living in neighboring NH, I've been waiting a long time for this. A cloudy pumpkin pour with a thick frothy head that died down quickly, but left excellent lacing throughout the glass. An almost smokey hoppiness on the nose. Big herbal fruity hop flavor; how did they pack all that in an Pale Ale? A strong bitter pop, especially late. The carbonation seems right on, and there is a creaminess to this one, a pleasure to drink. I often forgot I wasn't drinking an IPA because it left me wanting nothing more, like some APAs can. With the possible exception of Zombie Dust (boy would I love to test them side-by-side!) this is easily the best APA I've tasted.

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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Edward took the top spot for APAs for me. I love the Stoneface and Peeper... but have to put this higher in the pecking order of APAs. I feel bad... had this after an Abner... and didn't get to really clean out my taste buds before this one. At a low 5% with the flavor you get... outstanding. EFB just has the magic touch... but like all their brews... just so hard to get your hands on... which in my opinion... goes to my sense of "feel."

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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