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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,420
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 449
Gots: 55 | 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.

(Beer added by: abriggs1 on 04-27-2010)
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 23:09:57 | More by smakawhat
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Mcooly

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-23-2012 02:20:55 | More by Mcooly
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.9%

08-22-2012 04:51:04 | More by bostonryan
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

08-19-2012 21:53:09 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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BigLittleHokis

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

08-19-2012 15:35:12 | More by BigLittleHokis
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ABC Beer Co in New York.

Beer is a cloudy dark yellow colour. Small white head, decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very nice. Bright citrus, grapefruit, pine. Very fragrant.

Like the smell, taste is excellent. Grapefruit, pine. Quite bitter. Tastes very fresh. Somewhat simple in flavour, but a really wonderful simple- everything tastes bright and juicy.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall, just a terrific APA. Really well done.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 22:51:24 | More by jrenihan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Prohibition Pg. Cloudy peach coloured body, with no head. OK drinkability, good hop flavour, citrus tangerine not necessarily my favourite flavours. Carbonation right there. Decent flavour but not my favourite Hill Farmstead nor pale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 12:02:11 | More by Sammy
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a couple proper pints of Hill Farmstead Edward (in an English pub-style nonic glass) at The Crop, a great new restaurant in Stowe, Vermont. Edward was the only HF beer they had on tap, but it was in excellent company–they had stuff by Ommegang, Green Flash, Lagunitas, and Rodenbach as well, and Alchemist Heady Topper in cans, as well. Review is from notes.

Appearance (5/5): Edward pours a brilliant, opaque, deep orange hue with some yellow highlights when held up to the light. Very cloudy, due to it being completely unfiltered. A 1.5 inch, billowy, crown of off-white foam sits atop this beauteous nectar. Plenty of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass as you drink. This is absolutely the BEST LOOKING pale ale I have ever seen.

Smell (4.5/5): Edward smells very hoppy, hinting at a decidedly hop-centric flavor profile: sweet tropical fruit and piney hop notes dominate. Biscuity and bready notes can also be discerned, along with an interesting...buttery note (?). An excellent, excellent nose.

Taste (5/5):This is most certainly one hoppy pale ale. Edward features serious complexity, though: the hops are fruity (grapefruit, passion fruit, and mango–flavors common to many hoppy Hill Farmstead beers), earthy, grassy, and deep. They are very nicely balanced by a biscuity malt backbone–as with the smell, notes of butter in there again. There is a lingering, dry bitterness that is refreshing and not overly astringent. Very impressive, and in my eyes, a perfectly executed hop-forward American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Edward is medium bodied and has a pleasing medium level of carbonation that compliments the hop bite and dryness of this beer. It is slightly creamy. Hop resins prickle and coat the tongue. All these factors make Edward a pleasure to drink. The low ABV (5.2%) means you can (must, really) have a couple of these whenever you see it. Drinkability is absurdly high.

Overall (5/5): Hill Farmstead Edward is a superior American Pale Ale. Its delicious aroma, its exceptionally well-balanced fruity hop and biscuit malt flavors, and its out-of-this-world drinkability make it a true stand-out among not only beers of its style category, but among all the beers in the wide world of beerdom. Now, Edward may not be the most unusual or sought-after of Shaun Hill's fermented creations, but it certainly is one of the best and makes a great introduction to his other beers. Bravo, Hill Farmstead!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 02:59:23 | More by hagbergl
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled at HF Festival of Farmhouse Ales last Saturday (5 days ago). Shared with Brian (Auror) and DonFrap. Had on tap at the Festival and bought a growler to bring home. Poured into a HF tulip.

A- Pours a hazy dark brownish yellowish orange, slightly grapefruit colored but a little bit darker, decent carbonation, about half finger of head that receded fairly fast, nice layered lacing.

S- Citrus hops, light grapefruit, some pine, a little bit of lemon, caramel malts mixed with a little bit of pale malts.

T- Citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, a tiny bit of pine, finishes with caramel malts, a tiny bit of pale malts, and some lemon zest and bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of citrus hops and pale malts.

M- Medium bodied, refreshing, slightly juicy, nice carbonation, very easy to drink.

O- This was a very nice pale ale, one of my favorites. The only one I would say is maybe a little bit better that I've had is Row 2/Hill 56. Has a very nice hop taste for a pale ale and is very well balanced between the citrus hops and caramel/pale malts. I will definitely be drinking this one again. Definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2012 00:20:03 | More by jaasen64
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brystmar

Texas

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

On tap at Blind Tiger back in March. Reviewed from notes.

Golden-orange pour sprouts mountains of white head. Decent lace, not super sticky though.

Super fresh hops dominate the aroma. Smooth, crisp, citrusy. Taste follows suit, though not as impeccably crafted as was the nose. Hoppy bitterness lingers in the back of my throat.

A very good APA; about on par with Daisy Cutter in my book. Zombie Dust still reigns supreme!

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 23:03:39 | More by brystmar
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.7%

08-15-2012 02:14:58 | More by Chugs13
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halfway between copper and gold. Slight haze. A nice, solid, thin head with staying-power.

Nice sweet citrus on the nose.

Sweet citrus up front, orange flavours. Nice clean malt flavours through the middle. Hops and malt combine in the finish to make it dangerouslt moreish.

I love being surprised by an APA. Brewers in the US have mastered the style, and even the efforts from mediocre breweries are usually nice enough. Hill Farmstead's Edward focuses on freshness to make a quenching APA, with very little of the resinous bitterness that sometimes blurs the lines between this style and AIPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2012 02:55:01 | More by CanuckRover
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

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

On tap several times. Copper body with thick white head and beautiful lacing. Intense aroma of tropical fruits (pinneaple, grapefruit, mango puree), spicy and grassy hops. Taste is simply amazing. A rush of grassy and piny hops with subtle caramel malts and some grapefruit skin. Awesome hop profile. I thought it was very robust for an IPA before I read the menu and found out it was an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 02:49:13 | More by Luk13
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Pahn

New York

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

1 liter growler into Duvel tulip. Bought from the brewery a week ago (consuming now).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch fluffy white head that dissipates steadily. Pours a glowing opaque yellow orange and leaves tons of lacing everywhere. One of those "walls of lacing" beers, nice.

Smell: Slight piny-ness, and kind of an orange / grapefruit grove thing happening. Smells citrusy and outdoorsy. Not an explosion of hops, but a very bright, fresh aroma. Bit of banana/melon-y aroma that Hill Farmstead seems to get into every hoppy beer that I have hitherto been unable to wring out of hops myself.

Taste: Orange juice, with mild weed pungency and mango highlights, as well as a nice hop bitterness. Bitterness kind of gives way to an indistinct toasted malt backbone. Finishes very clean, with a tiny bit of lingering sweetness.

Bitterness eventually starts to take on a strong grapefruit pith character as the citrus hop notes build up (the beer is at times uncannily similar to drinking orange juice or eating a grapefruit). That same melon I love can be tasted underneath everything, but the primary flavor is citrus. There's a sweetness that I think is coming from a higher-than-expected percentage of crystal malt. Large crystal malt additions are generally an unwelcome guest in non-barleywine hop forward beers (even in barleywines, actually), but here the sweetness puts a nice balancing touch on the juicy, citrusy hop flavor.

Par for the course with Hill Farmstead: a well thought out, delicious tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very juicy. Moderate carbonation. Not particularly dry or crisp, but finishes clean.

Overall: My first thought about this beer was "There really is no difference between American Pale Ale and American IPA nowadays, is there?" As I made my way through the first glass though, I started to appreciate all these beautiful little details that wouldn't necessarily make sense in a full on IPA (the lack of dryness, the high--at least perception-wise--amount of crystal malt), playing well alongside IPA staples (high but satisfying bitterness, American citrusy hop-centric flavor highlighted by a variety of interesting hop flavors--mango, pine, melon, weed).

In the end, I felt the beer to be a really subtle affair, unique and immensely satisfying. It rewards careful attention, yet also hits the spot if you just need a good, soul-satisfying pale ale--the hallmark of a great beer.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2012 23:16:26 | More by Pahn
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

08-03-2012 11:44:46 | More by Donsmitty
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LaChupacabra

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

08-02-2012 17:11:51 | More by LaChupacabra
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 14:58:25 | More by stakem
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber hued ale a tad cloudy and a desent size head sitting on top.There was good lacing on the glass also. Carbonation seemed a bit average.
Aroma is mostly citrus and grapefuit with some bready malts too.
Taste is rich sweet malts and grapefuit hops with additinal citrus notes.
had this at the blue dog and was quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 12:10:16 | More by micromaniac129
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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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AndrewK

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-24-2012 22:59:48 | More by AndrewK
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-24-2012 21:46:47 | More by wizo
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-22-2012 00:09:54 | More by SPRichard
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redblacks75

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-20-2012 11:28:51 | More by redblacks75
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Mosman445

Utah

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

07-20-2012 07:12:39 | More by Mosman445
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

07-20-2012 00:29:34 | More by FreshHawk
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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