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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

1,238 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 1238
Reviews: 253
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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Dubber55

New York

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2012 03:36:04 | More by Dubber55
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

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

I had this on draft a few times while in Burlington on vacation.

A: A dark golden color.
S: Citrus and pine. A perfect hop balance in the smell.
T: The taste delivered on the smell. So well balanced with the perfect hops to malts.
M: Nicely carbonated. The pine resin lingers which makes the next sip more intense and enjoyable.
D: Probably one of the best american pale ales I have ever consumed.

This beer is about as perfect as they get. Seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 00:07:19 | More by mymrnngjckt
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rab53

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 04:07:49 | More by rab53
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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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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

A: Orange-ish color, good sticky head, a bit hazy. Rustic and appetizing appearance.

S: HOPS. Wonderful fragrance that *almost* makes it a shame to drink, as the aroma diminishes with every swallow. Over the top hop aroma that is mellow at the same time.

T: Wonderful. Lots of raw American hop flavor backed up by solid malt. Hops and malt blend perfectly; finishes smooth in spite of the IBU load. Lingers very pleasantly upon swallowing.

M: Medium bodied for an American IPA; sort of an English malt bill with American hops. The obvious comparison is Alchemist Holy Cow.

D: Fantastic. Again, referencing the Alchemist, this beer has the taste and drinkability of Holy Cow with the aromatics of Heady Topper - the best of both worlds. The hops are intoxicating in their own right; hard to believe this is only 5.7%ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 22:53:01 | More by skivtjerry
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the growler filled today. Always get Edward whenever I can on tap in vt, have never gotten a growler to bring home. Always overlook it because of the great double ipas. Poured in my HF tulip. Murky, bright gold, nice two finger head, sticks around for a bit. Great lacing on the glass. Smells so fresh. Juicy. Citrus mostly, small amount of grassy pine. The taste is very crisp. Lots of orange flavor upfront. Very light and refreshing. Nice hoppy aftertaste, but not huge. Makes this an easy drinker.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2014 00:25:22 | More by Mikeypnh
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zep9865

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with Aasher 4/30. Poured into aecht schlenferla snifter. Pours a beautiful orange-copper with lacing foam head. This is one of the best looking pales ive ever seen. The color is so pure.

Smell is very floral, with only a hint at a caramel backbone. Citrus peel and hops galore.

Beer is well integrated with citrus and bitter hops. Everything (grapefruit, lemon and hops) are very well tied in together but not one of these elements stands out specifically.

This beer is as well-balanced as you can get. Carbonation, bitterness, floral notes and citrus mingle perfectly together.

I could session drink this beer all night and pause every couple minutes just to say damn this is a good beer.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2012 04:40:28 | More by zep9865
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xenjoiii

New York

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep golden color with an apricot-orange tinted hue with about a finger and a half of white head. The head receded into suds and a thick rim around the walls of the glass. This category is quite identical to Society and Solitude #4.

S: lots of sweet orange in the aroma.

T: Sweet malts upfront that are quickly washed away by the middle of the mouth, as combination of sweet orange and grapefruit steals the show (super juicy); the finish is completed with a touch of bitterness. Excellent.

M: tingly carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

O: I could drink this all day. Another excellent beer from Hill Farmstead; am I surprised? No. And thats a great thing.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2012 03:16:00 | More by xenjoiii
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Finatic

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 23:01:27 | More by Finatic
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While it's not an IPA, Edward is the beer that last fall renewed by interest in hoppy IPAs and pale ales after moving away from them a bit over the previous year. It's a phenomenal beer brewed in a unique and earnest setting, and one of my favorite beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

A: Pours a beautiful, reddish-copper amber with a haziness that glows beautifully when held to the sun. The head is quick and bubbly white, but leaves a nice bit of sticky lacing.

S: O! the Joy! The smell is exquisite and exceptionally fresh, with crisp, clean floral notes and a hint of cut grass. There's not much pine or citrus in here, but a bit, as well as a hint of bready malts. The floral, grassy hop notes are what dominant though, and their dominance is benevolent.

T: The taste follows the nose with the hops dominating, balanced as they are by the malts which don't do much talking of their own. The taste is floral and grassy as is the nose, with again a bit of pine, but very little in the way of citrus or herbal. It's incredibly clean with a wonderful bitter bite that never overwhelms.

M: Medium-bodied, fuller than expected but not in a bad way. The malts, which seem to stand well behind the hops in the nose and taste are evident here propping up the body. Carbonation is spot on and the feeling is dry without being dehydrating.

D: Supreme. The reasonably low ABV, exceptional body, aesthetic beauty, and superb taste and smell make this one of the best, most drinkable beers I've ever had. I imagine it owes some of its greatness to its freshness, but either way this is an excellent beer. It's wonderfully hoppy, bitter and flavorful without having some of the dehydrating characteristics of some IPAs and APAs, and would make a great all-night beer. At the anniversary party and in the three growler fills I've had, Edward is the beer I keep coming back to at Hill Farmstead. I dream of one day having a bierkeller with old shelves stocked full of beer around an old oak table and a keg of Edward at hand.

Serving type: growler

07-22-2011 18:42:55 | More by FrankLloydMike
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DevilsCups

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft, taken from notes. Into a stemmed tulip.

A - Super hazy orange in body. Looks very much like Blue Moon for easy reference. Fluffy white head. This one's a looker. Photo of the pour. http://tinyurl.com/74ns3g9

S - Citrus rind, grapefruit, mango. Awesome aroma. Could be a bit more pungent, but then again it's only a Pale.

T - Follows the nose. Big citrus notes with clean grapefruit. A touch or mango-style fruit note. Malt backbone cleans everything up. Outstanding.

M - Great creamy texture. Not sure how Hill Farmstead conditions their beers but this works perfectly.

O - Just a fantastic Pale Ale. If you were to make Zombie Dust more bitter and flavorful, you would end up with Edward. Very similar notes and flavors, just a bit more pronounced. Absolutely wonderful.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 03:43:14 | More by DevilsCups
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Edward

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 97/100

About as perfect as a beer can be in my eyes... Such a easy drinking and refreshing Pale Ale. Refreshing and easy. If i had to pick one beer to have forever, just so incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 04:22:54 | More by BrewUSA
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hillvt4me

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - The beer is golden amber tinged yellow with a mellow white head. good lace in glass

S - jammy-citrus with other touch of pine

T - delicious; grapefruit hop that keeps me coming back to this ale

M - extremely well balanced citrus and hop mouthfeel

Hill farmsteads flagship beer; easiest to find; always spectacular pale ale

Serving type: growler

Serving type: growler

12-21-2013 00:37:09 | More by hillvt4me
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KornWallace

New York

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4/17/14
Location: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Glassware: Pint Glass
Appearance: Hazy golden wheat color. Fluffy white head that is large for a Pale Ale. Nice cascading as the beer is consumed and a short head remains on the beer throughout.
Aromatics: Lively citrus aromas. Loving some pineapple and mango scents. Some sweetener like honey. Grassy odors from the wheat.
Flavor: The hops resonate in the flavor adding a touch of bitterness to go with that smooth sweet and fruity flavor.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth on the tongue. Light to Medium body with a very nice natural carbonation.
Notes: Bottled on 4/9/14 and drank on the suggest serve by date of 4/17/14. Served from a 2L HF growler.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2014 00:43:18 | More by KornWallace
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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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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 2-liter growler and poured into a glass chalice. Filled on 7/19/2013 and consumed on 7/22/13

Pours a large white, creamy, foamy head with super small bubbles – almost three fingers worth. Color is hazy yellow amber, touching on orange. I’m smelling huge amounts of citrus - predominantly grapefruit but also orange peel and a little bit of lemon zest. There’s a slight amount of piney aroma as well. The taste is almost perfection. It’s everything I want a pale ale to be. The malts and hops are completely balanced with an unrivaled lingering finish. The pale malt is wonderful. All the citrus is still there as it was on the nose and the fruity, citrusy hops are just enough without going too far. Mouthfeel is super creamy and it the head is retained all the way to the bottom of the glass. It would be tough to ask for a better pale ale. It quenches my thirst like none other.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2013 03:44:15 | More by greenmtn1111
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL growler filled on location at the brewery

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Lovely golden straw yellow. Hazy to a point. Reasonable head forms on pour but dissipates pretty fast, leaving some thin lacing that doesn't look like it's going to stick around much. Very appetizing look, I just want to dive in there.

SMELL : First nose is malts and citrus hops with some herbs as well. Definite tropical fruit undertone. Second nose releases some sharper herbal hop aromas, making the hop profile more precise. Malt is still just as present. Third nose follows this but amplifies the malt.

TASTE : Oh man, this is good stuff. A full palette of malt flavours just burst into your mouth, beautifully supported by the hops. As it goes down, the sharper hop aromas become somewhat earthy and crisper. There's also a certain minerality hidden behind the whole thing and even though it might seem too discreet to be of importance, I get the feeling that this is what actually supports the whole thing and holds it together.

MOUTHFEEL : I could've done with a rounder, fuller mouthfeel, but that's just me. As it is now, it seems too close to the mouthfeel an IPA might show. Still very nice, but a little too thin, I think.

OVERALL : Incredible beer that, even though it's called American Pale Ale, might actually be a hybrid of APA and IPA. Not quite hoppy enough to be an IPA, but in my own opinion, not quite round and generous enough to be an APA. Still, I'm glad I still have a couple glasses of this where that came from. I'll enjoy every last drop of it.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2013 19:34:38 | More by FrostBlast
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Poured into a tulip glass from a 2L growler filled yesterday and stored over night in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line: This is a mediocre beer that does not live up to the hype. It is certainly not worth the long trip to the brewery, located in the middle of nowhere, and it is NOT worth the wait in the long, non-moving, weekend lines to obtain a fill of this mediocre, overpriced beer that is being sold from a keg/tap/growler-fill system that reeks of amateur hour. My score above is not influenced by my poor experience at the brewery - it is based on the beer alone - but the experience did leave a bad taste in my mouth and I can't help but think that this underwhelming beer is not even good enough to wash that taste away.

A: Beautiful, opaque, golden orange colored beer with a small, 1cm head if poured down the side of the glass. (Another pour directly into the bottom of a pint glass resulted in a thick, foamy head)

S: A medium, hoppy nose, with hints of grapefruit. Not yeasty. A little bit ambiguously citrus-y

T: A mild, undeveloped flavor. Mild, cold, bitterness is the only flavor to speak of in a way that is almost identical to the skin of an orange or a grapefruit. The flavor is really shallow, with no interesting initial note and no finish, other than mild grapefruit skin bitterness. Not bad, but extremely underwhelming. WHERE IS THE FLAVOR?

M: Nice mouthfeel, with medium carbonation, that imparts a nice, fully, mouthfeel

O: Very mediocre. it had promise based on the smell and look, but the taste is so underwhelming one-dimensional, that I am completely unable to understand why this beer is more well-rated than so many other quality beers.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2013 17:32:20 | More by tkdchampxi
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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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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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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great! Beer! This was the first beer beside The Heady once I went to Waterbury, Vermont. This beer fills your mouth with a nice hoppy taste. Tasted very very fresh. Hill Farmstead mastered brewing beers. This beer is right on point. I believe it's a American Pale Ale BUT it punches you in the face like a Double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 15:42:15 | More by Guess2814
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thezach

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Real orangey. Seriously, it smells like someone peeled a clementine, but no, it's just this beer. Sweet orange aromas, great light mouthfeel with enough body to keep it interesting, but not get heavy after drinking a pint of it. I don't know if I could only drink this beer for eternity, there's no pine or resin to kick me in the teeth, but for a night, a week, I could really dig this in the springtime sun.

Serving type: growler

01-04-2014 04:38:06 | More by thezach
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Levich

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a tulip glass.

Edward pours a nice dark golden color with a thick two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving the glass laced. This beer definitely showcases the hops. The aroma is of pine and grapefruit. The flavor is goes along and one gets the citrus first followed by the piney essences. There is almost a resiny flavor from the hops. The bitterness lingers for a little bit on the back of the tongue before fading away slowly. This beer is light and mildly bubbly leaving just a hint of stickiness after the swallow. Overall, Edward is a very nice Pale Ale on the hoppier end of the spectrum.

Serving type: growler

01-01-2013 01:23:45 | More by Levich
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80x2HopHead

Vermont

4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell isn't too overwhelming however I can pick up on just the right amount of hops with grapefruit and subtle lemon and orange. Reminds me of a toned down galaxy- I would say more prominent citrus notes and a bit of subtle tropical fruit in the background. The hops are lightly floral but still very juicy and I can still get some risinous tastes, but not too overwhelming. Taste is very well balanced- juicy and fruity hops come at you with grapefruit, tangerine, and a little lemon? I can notice the malt however its in the background and doesn't take away from the hoppy PA nature of the brew. Balance between the hops and malt is the key for this PA - however the hops are certainly brought to the forefront which is what I would want out of an PA of this nature. I prefer DIPAs above all else, however I loved this HF brew and I would certainly recommend it to anyone- don't let the APA style fool you, it still has tons of excellent hoppy character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 06:14:53 | More by 80x2HopHead
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Abilow33

New York

4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is very sweet and piney. The taste is sweet yet very bold. It has a smooth feel that hangs around in the back of the mouth. This beer is a dark gold color with a very thick white head. This beer is all that it is cracked up to be. Very nice. This guy can brew.

Serving type: growler

08-16-2013 23:21:27 | More by Abilow33
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.