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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 552
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
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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:
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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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of CanuckRover
4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Luk13
4.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Pahn
4.13/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Donsmitty
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of LaChupacabra
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Mosman445
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of quetzal013
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of xenjoiii
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep golden color with an apricot-orange tinted hue with about a finger and a half of white head. The head receded into suds and a thick rim around the walls of the glass. This category is quite identical to Society and Solitude #4.

S: lots of sweet orange in the aroma.

T: Sweet malts upfront that are quickly washed away by the middle of the mouth, as combination of sweet orange and grapefruit steals the show (super juicy); the finish is completed with a touch of bitterness. Excellent.

M: tingly carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

O: I could drink this all day. Another excellent beer from Hill Farmstead; am I surprised? No. And thats a great thing.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.