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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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99
world-class

1,819 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,819
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 528
Gots: 121 | 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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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Hulmeville. Pours a crystal clear apricot color with very thick and fluffy white heading that leaves legs after each sip down to the end. Very alive and bubbley in the glass.

Heavy citrus nose, with a very green floral background. Sourdough like middle with a herbal finish.

Taste is out of this world, All of things mentioned in the nose is apparent here too. Citrusy, green floral bitterness, sourdough like malts with a nice sweet finish.

Medium bodied,excellent carbonation and very alive on the palate. slightly on the chewy side for 5.2% but in no way dims the beer. What seperates Edward from the world of pale ale's is how smooth it is.

I didn't even know what type of beer Edward was when I seen it. I seen Hill Famstead and assumed it was an IPA. I was surprised after the first sip just how bready and crisp this bad boy was. Very impressive style and one of my new favorites.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Duhast500
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color is an orange/gold with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty fruity with some hops coming out first then letting the aroma of peach mix a little tangerine. A floral aroma also comes out toward the end and makes the nose pretty inviting.

The taste is hoppy with a decent bitter pine flavor that is none too strong. The hops are pronounced but more mellow then some hop forward beers I have tried. The malts come out with some biscuit flavor that balances things a bit. The hops lend some orange or grapefruit flavor as things ease back into a slight bitter flavor toward the end.

The feel of this beer is pretty well balanced and easy drinking. There is a medium body to this beer that seems to glide through your palate. A well made beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jacobalindsey
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 growler courtesy of Camden. Thank you very much for the opportunity! I will take care of you as soon as I can leave the hospital.

Two thick fingers of white fluff rides atop a lush orange base. Plenty of stick and stay. Looks nice.

Smell is predominantly juicy peach, which while the texture of peaches makes my skin crawl the flavor and smell of the flesh touch my happy places. That is found here in spades. A sticky nectary quality oozes throughout the nose and while not overly diverse, it smells delicious.

The taste shows more depth than the nose. More white nectarine than peach at the start. Middle shows fresh cut grass that's supported by a malt profile of sourdough bread. The end is tongue coating bitterness that dries the palate, leaving a lingering prickle on the tongue.

Hop oils play a massive role in the feel of Edward. Carbonation is low. The oily nature of this is a bit distracting and is, if you can term it such, the only real flaw of this beer.

Considering my evening consisted of enjoying a fresh growler of this beer while alternatively having my week old twins asleep on my lap, I'd say life is pretty good.

Photo of jawneyt
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of bhir
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of FishPondManager
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of franklinn
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JSkone09
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JJEQ
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Edward from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 90

Three week old 750 ml growler served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours an opaque golden-orange color with a golden halo outline and pulpy orange core when held up to light. A finger-plus of creamy off-white head at pour settles almost entirely, leaving behind streaky lacing on the of the glass. Good lacing, decent retention. 4/5

Smell: Lemon pinesol, grapefruit and orange. Fresh pine, a touch of sap and a little candied tropical fruit. 4/5

Taste: Orange and pine up front. Very "hops oil" forward on the tongue. A little caramel, juicy orange and lemon. A growing amount of sweet-and-sour lemonade flavor on the midpalate. A think I detect a hint of "stainless steel" flavor in the aftertaste when the beer hits room temperature, but neither of my two friends who are sharing this growler with me concur with that assertion. Ample juicy citrus behind the piney hops. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. I feel like the flavor profile could have benefited from more carbonation here. 3.5/5

Overall: Super solid pale ale from Hill Farmstead, but it did not quite stack up to the other hoppy beers of theirs that I have tried. I will have to try a fresher bottle of this next time.

Recommendation: Fans of Sierra Nevada's pale ale will enjoy this one thoroughly.

Pairings: The vegetarian goat cheese burrito from Burrito Beach.

Cost: $7 for a 750 ml growler or $15 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Very slightly hazed golden yellow with a moderately sized near-white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of floral and citrus hop components. This doesn't bash you over the head like other hoppy pale ales, but what's here is very nice. Complete, earth, hoppy aroma.

The flavor too is quite nice, with only a moderate level of bitterness accompanied by earthy, citrus, and floral hop character, along with enough of a bready malt backbone.

Medium bodied with moderate/high carbonation.

A very nice, straightforward, classic, incredibly drinkable pale ale.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edward on tap at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen NYC.

Appearance: A good 2-finger head, so white it'll make you blind. Foamy, bubbly, appetizing. Classic hazy Farmstead look- pale orange. Great retention, the head is here to stay!

Smell: Not so amazing here, but good enough. Piney, dry, resiny. Reminds of a pine forest in Spain after a fire. Lemon confit, cough drops.

Taste: Shit this is fresh! Bubbly citrus right away. Slightly soapy but nice, dry finish. Pineapple, some sweetness, super tropical. Mild-but-assertive hoppiness. I wanna drown in this!

Mouthfeel: Super refreshing, well balanced. Nice dry finish. Great carbonation. The flavor profile is just fantastic!

Overall: A truly exceptional beer, and with a fresh keg like this- holy shit. Drinkable beyond belief, delicious. An American treasure!

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,819 ratings.