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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 2,228
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.5%
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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Reviews: 307 | Hads: 2,228
Photo of billab914
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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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 smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a Hill Farmstead wine taster glass at the brewery/tasting room.

A pale honey gold body is presented. Opaque, solid. With a real nice classic white creamy head that seems so common on Hill Farmstead beers. Pretty attractive.

Nose brings light hints of melon and cantalopue, with a bit of floral hints. Some lemon like citrus kicks in a bit too. Pretty nice.

Light bodied and quite a lively carbonated palate. Lime hop forward in the mid palate, with a real light toasty almost mix of burnt grain. Playful carbonation feel giving a hint of spicy pepper.

Overall real interesting beer, perhaps not as drawn to it, but it's quite a unique pale ale style beer by these guys and a very well crafted solid brew.

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Photo of rab53
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2L growler poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Deep hazy copper. Big white head. Excellent lacing. Excelleng retention.

Smell - Simple but clean hop aroma. Variety of citrus and pine. Nothing necessarily distinct or strong, but a nice hop nose. Biscuit malt rounds it out.

Taste - Perfect balance of hop and malt. Never overpowering. Citrus, slight sweetness to the malt, then pine hops. Biscuit malt in the back and just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Drinkable in its balance. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It took me two glasses to really appreciate the majesty of this beer. It's everything I want in a pale ale and just about perfect.

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

On-Tap at Union Jack's.

Edward is a darker shade than a normal pale ale, not to say that he is not normal but the color resembles a light shade of brown with amber while a mass of white foam is up top, kinda sticky lace. Smell is hop laden with citrus, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Small malts sweetness as well. Taste is good, I had two pints and I hardly repeat myself. Semi citrus grapefruit and pine with a small sweet candi like maltiness. Feel is bold, somewhat bitter and nicely carbed. This is easy drinking here with low alcohol and enough ummmphh to make you come back for more.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my home-brew clubs Christmas party tonight.
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a nice bone white head that persists forever. Wow that aroma has got lots of hops in it for a Pale ale! Juicy citrus and pine with a hint of green onion and a touch of bready malt make for a wonderful smelling beer. The flavor is loaded with pine and citrus with a bit of sweet malt to back it up. Flavorful bitterness, but never harsh. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a bready resinous mouthfeel. This is a great little beer, that at times feel more like and IPA, but its so damn good I'm not going to quibble of stylistic designations.

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Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of yourefragile
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed orange color with a white head. Aroma is piney and full of tropical fruits. The taste is also tropical, lots of pith, pine, pineapple, papaya. The taste is very fruity and hoppy. Nice pine, resin, mild tropical punch, light citrus. Refreshing take on a pale. Light body, light to medium carbonation, slightly drying hop finish. Overall, this is a great brew, thx to K0IZ for the pickup.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a bright, orange-gold coloring with a dense, short-stacked, clingy, white head. Good carbonation action throughout the body. Nose of lemon-lime citrus sweetness, pepper and basil spice, and a subtle biscuit backbone. Wow! Flavors of citrus and spiced hops on the forward tongue, followed by a light caramel sweet and bready backbone. Very balanced and very easy to drink. Body kept light by the carbonation. The aftertaste has piney and grassy hops characteristics, with a subtle citrus sweet linger. Clean, dry finish, begging for more. Flavorful and easy to drink, this one could be trouble. Great brew!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks, Barry (bring)! Growler opened with Javier and poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

A: Hazy orange with a frothy white head. The head lingers for a minute and leaves scattered white lacing all over the glass.

S: Resinous pine with notes of orange and grapefruit flesh. The hop profile is bright and expressive, opening up more and more with every second of warming. Light passion fruit notes. The fruit is mostly flesh, with just a dash of rind. Killer aroma. No alcohol and no real malt presence.

T: Moderate bitterness with lots of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Pine resin melds with a light crackery malt profile. No evident alcohol or harsh notes. A massive amount of hop flavor. It's like a hop juice.

M: Upper light to lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Light, dry, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent hoppy pale. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml growler from my first trip to the brewery. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Cloudy medium orange with a yellow glow around the edges. A small layer of white head formed.

S - Grapefruit, peach and pine accompany a fairly prominent bitter aroma with a faint malt sweetness evident in the background. Very fresh.

T - A decent bitterness up front with grapefruit, pine and some orange rind flavours coming through. Just a touch of malt sweetness in the background.

M - Light to medium body. A touch water at times but some good hop stickiness helped to bring up the mouth feel. Light carbonation.

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

On tap at Capone's today...

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and lacing. Pretty hard to tell the difference between this and the abner/double citra, except this beer is even drier with an obviouly lower abv. As a result, this beer is almost light tastting, but with a long, hoppy, bitter finish. The sweet malt is barely noticeable in this beer, and is at most a foil for the impressive hoppy bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a long, bitter finish.

This is just an amazingly good pale ale.... for a hop head. Just lovely...

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This growler was courtesy of the infamous Adam Jackson and filled on 4/22.

This beer pours a medium bodied and very cloudy apricot orange in color with a one finger soapy head. The nose is essentially clean citrusy hops through and through. There is orange and tangerine everywhere. It's citrusy chaos haha. The flavors too are 100% citrusy hops. I can't get away from Minute Maid. It's hard, really hard to pick out anything else so i can't say the nose or flavors are incredibly complex. It drinks medium in body and moderately dry. It has nice flavor and I could drink a lot of it. It is just that it's an all out orange assault on your senses without much depth.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lightly cloudy, with a large dense head.

S: Piney and citrusy with light tropical notes. Definitely the strongest aspect of the beer.

T: Very piney and fairly bitter.

M: Medium-high carbonation and medium body.

O: Didn't live up to the hype for me. Flavor was a bit one-note and the harsh bitterness in the finish really hurts drinkability. I can't really imagine that I'd want to drink more than a single pint of this. Smells lovely, though.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington. Pours hazy and shimmering orange with a small off-white head that settles slowly and leaves little patches of lace on the glass. Fresh hoppy aroma wafts up, citrus in front, pine and floral notes following. Little in the way of malt detected.

The flavor has slightly more malt presence, with subdued caramel and biscuit character and mild sweetness. Hops are front and center, again citrusy tangerine, orange, and grapefruit, with lesser pine and floral notes. Finishes dry with a very lightly lingering bitterness remaining. Overall a mild but flavorfull pale heavier on the aromatics than the taste.

Medium to slightly light bodied with smooth but clean carbonation. Elegant and totally drinkable. One could drink a lot of this one, a perfect candidate for a session, American style. Not as exciting as the HF IPAs perhaps, but more of an everyday drinker to be sure.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2L swing-top growler filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 3/4" off-white head, over the cloudy peach-hued brew. Frothy head pops away, with excellent lacing. Aroma is tangerine with a light undercurrent of sweet.

Taste continues the tangerine presence for me, an initial sweetness which promptly cedes the baton to the juicy fruitiness. Closes with a sedate bitterness and a touch of pine. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very good. Another thirst-quenching brew here from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -Poured into a standard pint glass a hazy light golden hue with a great creamy one finger off white head that fades super slow to leave average lacing and a thick blanket.

S - Super amazing aroma. Great tropical apart notes...my goodness. Mangos my god. Slight bitterness and citrus. Tropical galore.

T - More of the amazing nose. A sheer palette assault of sunny tropical mango. Sweet zombie jesus. Not that bitter just glorious tropical hops. Light candy malts..dammit the tropics!

M - Smooth creamy nice carbonation. Super inviting.

O - Overall this was insanely good. So juicy and tropical. To quote a film, I want to freeze this in winter and skate on it, then thaw it in summer and drink it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.6.13
Thanks NYCBuckeye

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a soapy off-white head with good retention.

S - Citrusy, mostly orange with some lemon, mango, pineapple.

T - Subtle orange and pineapple with a touch of grass.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A nice citrusy-tropical pale, goes down so easy. Amazing beer.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.