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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

1,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 479
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: abriggs1 on 04-27-2010)
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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%

Thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this 1 liter growler filled at Al's of Hampden. Enjoyed multiple times from a 1/2 pint.

An appearance that is very creamy looking -almost like a creamsicle with orange tinged and very resinous look with carbonation still visible, with fast rising bubbles The head is thick rocky and white with small beading and lots of lace stickage. The aroma is dank with herbal qualities and very earthy nose somewhat like fresh mown hay with a slight floral element. The mild grassy nose is only tinged slightly with a citrus odor. The feel is highly bitter, but not sharp, just on the aggressive side with slight resinous quality which is midly oily and drying. The malt is there w/ medium body and a semi-dry texture leaves the balance in the hop side but slightly thin w/ mild citrus tone and gentle alcohol quality.

The taste has a lot of vegetal hoppiness-grassy at times with mild taste of green herbal acidic hops which gives the impression of some tea-like astringency. The hops have a spiciness w/ slight peppery heat and there is mild sweetness from the malt w/ a faint citrus element as it finishes. I think this is a great beer, but it straddles the line between IPA and American Pale: it has the hoppiness of an IPA but lacks the malt and alcohol so it comes off as more bitter and yet still is highly drinkable for the style. I think this is an excellent beer, but hard to rate it higher since it is flavorful but seems slightly out of place in the traditional American pale category.

Slatetank, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

drabmuh, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%

I mean, what more can you do to a pale ale? this destroys zombie dust in my mind, wow is this good. it pours a glorious hazy orange color with an inch of cool whip looking head. the nose is amazing, pine and lemon and grapefruit, intensely hopped, but freakishly drinkable. the malts provide just enough backbone, and the yeast that was used clearly fermented every last sugar in this thing, its dry and clean and bitter and superbly well carbonated, and somehow very light and sessionable despite its packed in flavor. this is a beer drinkers pale ale, brilliantly hopped, literally like nothing else ive ever encountered, the craftsmanship here is unrivaled. what was missing in the hill farmstead saisons is captured here, I desire no more in a pale ale, and I think that I have found the one I am made to drink. like when I saw buddy guy play guitar for the first time, I knew talent and showmanship had reached their pinnacle, this is that same peak in an American pale ale, it is not equaled by any ive ever had, and I doubt if it will be. world class and then some, a must try for anyone who likes sessioning hoppy beers.

StonedTrippin, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

Big fluffy 2 finger head crawls over the edges of the glass, making me take my time before I can even attack it, fades semi slowly with soapy lacing over a hazy golden peach color.

Nose has great hops, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, light floral and juicy hops, hint of musty resin.

taste brings juicy fruity hops, lots of tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, this would make that fruit I met in P-town feel like a dried fruit, light sweet silky smooth malts. Theres a light wheat vanilla but fruity like soft flavor in there I can't put my finger on. Finishes pretty bitter with soft luscious malts, lots more soft tropical fruits and citrus fresh hops without the oily flavor. This is delicious!

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, nice silky smooth like malt feel too.

Overall just awesome. Great hops, nice soft smooth malt, great tropical fruits without the big oily resinous kick, not super hoppy or super bitter, and malts are not only kept in check, but have a really nice flavor addition with that silky smooth malt kick, I wish I knew how they did it.

jlindros, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%

First had: on tap at ? (Capone's?)
This review is applies to recent tastings at Reservoir (Waterbury, VT), and Hill Farmstead (Greensboro, VT).

Served in a signature HF stem glass, Edward poured a murky golden-apricot color with a small bubbly white head; decent retention and lacing. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus and grass. Fresh, crisp blast of all kinds of citrus in the taste, juicy hops, bitter in the finish; biscuity malt base as a distant afterthought. Even though considered an APA, I say this one is pretty comparable to higher end IPAs like Pliny the Elder. Medium body, full of flavor and highly drinkable, for an excellent beer overall.

Rifugium, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -11%

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

oline73, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%

From 03/05/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a murky yellow golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, pine hops, and bready, pale malts. I wasn't expecting this to be as hoppy as it was, and was pleasantly surprised.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of citrus hops, and fruity malts, followed by some smooth bready malts. Also some light pine hops and tropical fruits. Very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. had a nice smooth body.

d - Overall I thought this was a great APA; one of the best ones I've had along with Alpha King. Lots of hops in the nose and taste, and at 5.2% ABV it's insanely drinkable; I felt like I wouldn't have a problem finishing a growler by myself. Would love to have this one again.

mdfb79, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

mendvicdog, Feb 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

beernads, May 18, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -9.9%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

oriolesfan4, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

imperialking, Jun 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -16.7%

Draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with golden tangerine hues and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaky lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hits of dry earthy pine.  Oily and resinous notes countered by hints of orange peel, mango, grapefruit and tangerine.  Pale grainy biscuit malt with hints of graham cracker.  

Lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of dry bitter hops that linger over the sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes and pale malt backbone info a spicy dry finish.  Very good balance of bitter, dry and sweet notes.  Hints of oily pine, mango, pineapple and straw with biscuit and Graham cracker malt notes.  A bit watered down but still plenty hoppy without being one dimensional.  Very easy to drink.

corby112, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Served in a goblet at Canal St.

Pours a radiant, chilled peachy apricot color with a thick cream colored head. Excellent retention, the head never quite fades away and leaves behind thick, sticky rings of lace.

Aroma is fresh and abundantly hoppy. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine with subtle tropical fruit sweetness.

Body is medium thick and chewy with in your face carbonation. Flavor is ridiculously hoppy and rich for a 5% APA. Like the nose, grapefruit and pine hops, resiny and bitter, dominate from start to finish. There is a slight bready malt present and some sweet tropical fruits as the beer warms, but the hops are what linger well into the finish. Incredible flavor and hop presence for what is expected to be a mild APA.

Edit 01/13/13: Changing this score to my first perfect 5's because this is... perfect

yourefragile, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours sunkist orange with a nice thick one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong, grassy, citric hops blend in well with the bready malt to form a nicely balanced nose. While the hops dominate they really never get too out of control. Good stuff.

T - Nice grassy hop bite up front giving way to a mix of graham cracker malt and grapefruit flavors from the citric hops. Finish is a bit chewy with plenty of lingering bitterness. Having had quite a few of the hoppy Hill Farmstead offerings now I would have to say this one is near the top of the list. Glad I finally got to try it.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A mix of pine resin and chewy malt in both the feel and finish.

D - Pretty good. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. The strong hop punch was very nice, as was the lower ABV, but the chewy feel brought it down a notch. Still very drinkable tho.

orangesol, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA, served in a standard red wine glass. This is a heck of a pale ale. My only knock is that the hops are so rich, there's no hint of the barley. Still, the hops are fantastic. The aroma is filled with piney, sharp grapefruit and a hint of horse blanket. The flavor is similar with a mix of citrus and pine that feels light and drinkable, but is unusually flavorful. There's also hint of cracked black pepper and the a mild funk that reminds me of young Orval.

I don't know if I've ever had a pale ale quite like this in more than 2,000 reviews - and it's damn good. Find this beer.

tempest, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Poured a bright, lightly cloudy lighter shade orange with a nice white cap which resedes leaving layers and rings of white lacing and bubbles sticking to the edges of the glass

S: Very big, down right awesome for a 5.6% beer. It smells live a big, fresh liquid orchard ina glass, amazing; grapefruit, peaches, oranges, light lemon and pine. Splendid.

T: Big fresh fruits upfront. What can I say? Excellent. Lots of fresh citrus, peaches, some hints of pin needles dance around the orchard fruits. A nice bitterness rides beneath all of the flavor. The finish is juicy, clean, dry and delicous.

M: Delicate carbonation, light body, lower ABV and immense taste leaves this beer so crushable yet something you want to sip and enjoy.

O: Most excellent.

barleywinefiend, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev -5%

On tap at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT. Pours a glowing ruby tinged amber, under a delicate off white head, tiny bubble film. collar and respectable sheeting, then well developed fine lacing. Nice looking ale.

Soft and mild pine infused nose.

Respectable pale, packing a better then average hop package.

Nice pale, moderate fruit, ample malt, counter balancing a gritty hoppy finish. Tight, flavorful and enjoyable. I'd love to be able to order another and another.

Billolick, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%

Draft served in a nonic. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a quick dissolving off-white cap. Strings of lace stick to the gkassware.

The nose is herbal and catty with pine from the hops. There is some mild straw grain inclusion breaking things up a bit but for the most part the aromatics are all about the hops.

The taste is the same with pulpy zest and rind elements that are more flavorful than they are bitter. The bitterness is modestly pleasing and leaves enough room for a bit of straw like grain inclusion to poke through.

This is a med bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very easy drinking and worth checkin out. I would have this again if presented with the opportunity.

stakem, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

drewone, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%

On-tap at Al's.

A: The pale ale, my first run-in with a hoppy Hill Farmstead brew, is either a brigher golden color or a thicker autumnal brown. The either/or depends on whether we're talking the pint from last night or the pint from today. I'm guessing that today's pour is nearing the end of the keg... A thin white head is all there is.

S: The nose is grapefruity, a rich citrus thickness that wafts out of my glass with a pleasant bite. This pale ale packs a mean wallop, smelling very nice.

T: The citrus is fresh, newly squeezed oranges and grapefruits, all coagulating in my glass. The hops smell, and taste, fresh with plenty of juicy bitterness coming along. Lighter malts, a bit of caramel and a bit of biscuit, don't get in the way. The balance crowds out any boozy heat that may be lingering, leaving a very good pale ale behind. The grapefruit bite is very good.

M: Clean and hoppy, Edward doesn't skimp on the hops. From the first sniff to the last sip, I was in love. Too bad -- no growler fills...

akorsak, Oct 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

duceswild, Nov 27, 2013
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.