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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 456
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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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:
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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 02:28:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2013 03:32:45 | More by HuskyinPDX
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jrallen34

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sean for bringing this to our UFC tasting. Growler fill poured into a perfect pint glass... This pours a murky medium peach with some orange notes, wish it was filtered but I like the color. The head is a bright white, good retention and lacing... The aroma is very hoppy with lots of citrus notes. Oranges, flowers, dry hopped pine, and a bit of citra hops. Pretty good... The taste is more oranges than anything, orange peel, orange juice, a little pine, with a floral finish. Tastes like a dry hopped lighter Daisy Cutter. Not bad, a little simple but a crushable pale.

I'd have this again but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 16:06:57 | More by jrallen34
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-02-2013 22:07:33 | More by Rhettroactive
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-draft at Liberty Taproom
Poured into a 12 oz goblet

A: Extremely hazy golden orange body with a creamy, fluffy white head. Really wonderful sticky lacing on the walls and a nice retention circle around the edge with minor patches. Not what I expected for a Pale Ale, especially the very cloudy nature of it.

S: Big citrus fruits, orange, mango, papaya and peach. Hints of earthy bitter hops come through, along with a very nice floral element. Clean aroma with lots of big notes.

T: Nothing but juicy citrus hops and fruits up-front. More orange and mango mostly which quickly turns into a bitter floral flavor. Back of the palate brings some pale malts with a hint of peach lingering around. Very flavorful for being a lower ABV beer, and certainly one of the best tasting in the style.

M: Creamy, smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. This has the mouth feel down essentially perfectly for a Pale Ale. It's not too thin or full, but the creaminess is something you don't see often.

Easily my favorite Pale Ale I've tried to date. This had a wonderful mouth feel and the flavors were so prominent, citrusy and juicy which is just what I like. Great stuff once again from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2012 14:35:37 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-26-2013 00:44:49 | More by Alieniloquium
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with me! Had during Hobo Tasting #5 while sitting inside RJ Rockers! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a very minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The citrus aspect on this one kept me coming back for more. I really like citrus in my beer (no, not like the citrus people like in their Blue Moons) so this one was a no-brainer for me. Really glad I got to try this one. Just hate Mike left me with a half a growler of this at Rockers when he left. I blame this growler for getting me drunk that night by the way... An absolute must try!

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 12:46:04 | More by thagr81us
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2012 22:18:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer brought by Sean to our UFC 126 gathering.

A - Burnt orange color with a white head that had some good lacing.

S - Bready malt, citrus hops, bittering resin. This is a great smelling hoppy APA, one of my favorite regular drinking styles.

T - Citrus which is slightly grapefruit, and some mild pine and floral notes. Resin is nice and bittering there on the end, and the malt backbone supports the hops well. If you gave this to my blind I would believe you if you said it was Daisy Cutter, albeit a slightly less flavorful version. Good stuff.

M - Just a touch watery, lighter side of medium bodied, healthy dose of carbonation.

D - Really good brew, this would be a perfect post-workout beer for me. good stuff i would drink regularly if I have the chance.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2011 01:00:39 | More by AgentZero
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.7%

11-30-2012 03:23:23 | More by chippo33
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2011 02:36:08 | More by DefenCorps
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-29-2012 01:41:48 | More by iL0VEbeer
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claspada

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of super citrus; mainly orange and lemon. No malt character worth mentioning.

The taste is extremely bitter with a strong lingering bitterness which last throughout. You really cannot detect any malt worth speaking of; maybe some light pale and crystal malts, but are those really malt flavors. The citrus hops resonate throughout the palate and are unrelenting.

Mouthfeel is smooth with ample carbonation.

Very drinkable and definitely a good session beer. I couldn't drink more than one or two though (my personal preference), because it kinda kills your palate/tongue from the abundance of hop bitterness. A real tasty offering to have just one pint of though. Crisp and refreshing with light bitterness. One of the best APAs I have have in recent memory.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 00:33:23 | More by claspada
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gford217

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-12-2014 19:20:56 | More by gford217
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.7%

07-29-2013 11:01:09 | More by Cynic-ale
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -9.7%

08-31-2012 01:39:19 | More by bsuedekum
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Reservoir in Waterbury and sampled at the brewery. From notes.

A - Really cloudy orange pour with one finger of white head. Good carbonation. Film retention and great drapes of lace all around.

S - Passionfruit, orange, bright citrus. Very bright and poppy hops coming at you. Smells like ripe, light tropical fruits. Maybe galaxy?

T - Passionfruit, grapefruit pith, citrus, orange, peach. Lot's more bright and tropical hops.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, and a good citrus bitterness.

O/D - A pretty nice pale ale. Seems pretty heavy with that bright, lovley fresh citrus flavour, and it's really thirst quenching and complex. Really well made, to the point, and tasty. Very drinkable too. A good one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 22:58:11 | More by tbeckett
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

07-20-2013 19:00:02 | More by DmanGTR
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

12-28-2013 22:19:39 | More by KAF
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-16-2011 14:08:06 | More by whartontallboy
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT - served in a Hill Farmstead tulip. Hazy orange complexion with a loose, quarter inch off-white head that dissipates into a consistent skim. Concentric bands of lacing encircle the shoulders of the glass. Nose expresses citrus and floral notes; slightly grassy and delicate with some biscuity aromas towards the back. Taste follows nose; however, more of an earthy/grassy character comes out in the flavor profile with the citrus notes lingering lightly and some hops bittering in the background. There's also a trace of wet cardboard at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a pleasant, palate cleansing carbonation. Overall, an immensely quaffable American Pale Ale that is a hallmark of the style in my humble opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 00:24:47 | More by Jwale73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Manhattan Gingerman into a goblet.

A: Lightly hazy pale orange body with a thin but sticky off-white head. Light lace. Just fine.

S: Fruity hops burst forth with huge mango, guava, and grapefruit. Nothing but hops here. Awesome.

T: Fruity hops start things off, followed by some cattiness, some chalkiness, and a super bitter finish. Very clean and dry, but not entirely pleasant flavor-wise.

M: Lively medium body. Great.

D: Good not great.

Notes: I love a pale ale that just bombards you with hops, and Edward does just that. It can't be denied, though, that the results of this hops attack aren't entirely pleasant. I'm guessing some young Citra or Simcoe vines contributed both to the luscious flavors and the astringent cattiness - let's hope that soon these delicious hops will reach maturity and leave the roughness behind.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 16:21:44 | More by woosterbill
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blackie

Virginia

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

various draft servings in and around Waterbury

Served a slightly hazed, apricot in color with a frothy, dense white head that retains well and leaves heavy lace. From the first encounter, this uniquely flavorful and balanced pale really showed off how great a typically simple style can be if crafted properly. Lots of tropical, citrusy hop character with a lovely presence softened by notes of herbal grass, peach, and the pale bready malt body. Lush hops notes with a very tempered, midrange bitterness complimenting a light malt sweetness. Light-moderate body with a moderate carbonation and dry finish with a touch of resin. Rests near the top of the apa heap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 02:44:18 | More by blackie
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aasher

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2012 04:36:56 | More by aasher
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%

09-16-2013 14:00:31 | More by sweemzander
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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