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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 2,304
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 637
Gots: 263 | FT: 1
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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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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 Reagan1984
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BearsonAcid for providing this in a recent trade.
Another treat from Hill Farmstead.
Good looking pint of beer. A somewhat creamy off white head sits atop a slightly hazy peach/orange/amber colored beer. Rings of lace line the glass.
Very nice aroma that certainly screams hops, but also hints to a nice balance ahead (yes, it delivered on this) Juicy citrus, slight green grass and a whiff of light toasted malt..
Wonderful balanced Pale Ale. I could drink this all day long. Frankly, I would love a keg of this for the house. Really a testament to a balanced beer with a nice hop presence. Fruit in front.. Lots of nice bread flavors in the rear. A consistent and wonderful hop bitterness from front to back. This beer screams fresh…. The bread flavors are so inviting it’s wonderful. A touch of yeast at the end.
Really feels unfiltered. I want to say gritty, but I don’t want it to sound like a negative. It isn’t.. Opposite of slick. Just a hint of carbonation.
What a great pale ale. The freshness is unreal. Balance, flavor and feel. Well done.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour in a tall thin glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Edward pours a nearly solid (opaque) orange, with a thin bit of white foam sitting atop the beer. That little head is definitely spunky, it sticks around longer than I would have expected, but it only leaves a tiny bit of lacing. The nose is absolutely wonderful, dank with grapefruit, pineapple, and orange aromas. Forget IPAs, this bad boy is more pungent than some imperial IPAs that I've had. There's a brief flash of cracker maltiness at the front of each sip, before some (but not all) of the hoppy goodness hinted at by aroma is delivered. There's also a bit of an off aftertaste that I usually associate with Simcoe hops that lingers for a second after each sip. The body is a bit on the light side, appropriate for the style, yet still sturdy enough not to be completely overrun by the hops. The carbonation is just a little off though, the beer falls dull by the time it reaches the back of my palate. Still though, Edward is one of the better American Pale Ales I've had, and an excellent choice for someone who wants a serious hop fix within a lower ABV beer.

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

On tap at blackback pub.

Excellent example of an American pale ale.

Bitter up front, citrus on the back. Extremely well balanced beer. Good carbonation, zesty on the tongue. Slight residue left on the palate after every sip but a pleasurable aftertaste so no worries there.

One of the better apa that I've ever consumed!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington, VT

Appearance: Hazy gold with a crazy white head. Lacing is intense and sticks to everything. A faint carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit, pine, and weed. A nice tropical hop touch lingers on the top and screams mango.Pineapple and tangerine. Ripe and juicy. I'm sensing some Citra action here. Biscuity malts come from behind the strong hop nose and add some sweetness to the whole thing. Soft yeast profile with some fruity esters. Balanced approach with hops and malts playing well. Pine needle bitterness.

Taste: Big juicy hop explosion melds with a softer, almost biscuity, malt base. Faintly sweet pale malts. Toasted homemade white bread. Solidly tropical on the front with a dank weed flavor and a solid pine needle bitterness. Tangerine and some pineapple with touches of peach and mango. Lingering pithy, bordering on aspirin, bitterness. As it warms the malts up their game a touch and round out the profile. Ends up balanced outside of the lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Ever so slightly dry. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly creamy. Medium body. Exactly what you would expect from Hill Farmstead.

Overall: A solid APA. Bitter and easy drinking. Actually sits a bit too bitter on the finish and it impacts the general flavor on subsequent sips. Incredibly drinkable regardless.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of BaconSausage. Thanks a lot man--- This was one of my favorite beers from DLD weekend! (and that says a lot!)

This looks gorgeous. Slightly cloudy, yellowy gold like an afternoon sunset hues floating around in there. Really creamy off-white head composed of giant loose lazy bubbles and leaves excellent lacing and has fantastic legs.

Smells citrusy... Like hugely citrusy. Perhaps I'm thinking some citra hops used in this one? Definitely a combo of the big C's American hops to give a lot of grapefruit punch. It's clean and crisp.
Little bit of malt, but it's not sweet-- it's dry, allowing the hops to shine.

The finish has a great dry bitterness with tons of hop flavor still.

This is a beer I can absolutely sit and drink all day. This is spectacular. If this were on tap around me, I would stop out regularly to grab a pint... But it's also a beer that I could totally kill a growler solo.

The body has a bit of an oily feel on the back end but it is well-carbonated with a general prickly feel.

Well-done. This is the best of the HF beers I've had. Hands down.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head. Awesome lacing.
S - Super fruity, biscuity nose. Pineapple and other citrus with some kind of melon-yness. Undercurrent of malted wheaty goodness.
T - Awesomely flavorful fruity flavor followed by a bitter punch. A nice toasty flavor in the background.
MF - Smooth- perfect carbonation. Somewhat creamy.
O - Brilliant beer. Perfection, or near perfection, in a glass.
You can't do much better than this. Beautiful in its simplicity.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at my house...yeah, that doesn't suck. 1/6bbl in the kegerator poured into a Surly Imperial Nonic. Oh yeah!

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, nice white frothy head, very sticky lacing, thin filmy cap, thick collar.

S - Light hoppy bitterness, lots of pine, slight floral and tropical citrus notes. Very mellow but still lots going on, just the way I like my IPAs.

T - More hoppy/bitter then the nose suggests. Pine, tropical citrus, slight herbal/floral notes that really adds nicely to the bitterness. Not overdone or trying to be an IPA, it's just right and exactly what I want. Light hoppy, slightly floral finish.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, perfect carbonation, clean finish.

O - As far as APA's go, this one is really hard to beat. It's amongst the class of Alpine Hoppy Birthday and Russian River Parking Violation, my two favorites. It's good out of a growler, but on-tap, it's at the top of its class. If you're in Chicago, come on by for a pint (while it lasts!).

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best pale ale i have ever had, better than alpha king and peeper
this beer ours a light slightly hazy yellow with a good off white head. the smell is earthy and citrusy with almost not malt presence (nice and dry just the way i like it) the taste is dy hoppy citryusy and wonderful. the mouthfeel is well carbed and light boddied. I wish hill farmsead distributed to mass, maybe someday they will

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Photo of tigg924
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Three Penny Tap Room

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-yellow in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, and tropical citrus hops

Taste: pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus hops, and light toasted malt in the back to balance the beer out nicely

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, slightly bitter with some sweetness built in.

Overall: Another Hill Farmstead beer where the citrus just jumps. If all hops jumped like this, I could turn into a hop head. This certainly tastes more like a well crafted IPA than a pale ale. It may be my favorite pale ale. This is a bitter beer, but not overly so. Just really flavorful.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler compliments of Gluglouburp- thanks again Dany! Pours a hazy light orange with average white head and soapy lacing. Nose- resinous pine, white and pink grapefruit rinds and sweet tropical fruits. Just an amazing hop assult to the nostrils. Taste- light bodied cookie dough followed by a juicy and dank wave of hops. Finishes very crisp, and dry to the pallete although with just a touch of sweet creaminess. Great stuff

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Photo of Avantyawn
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

13 ounce pour at Gingerman NYC

A: Very pretty hazy yellow orange. Nice small head. Looks on point for the style.

S: Wow, the smell of this is truly special. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, mango swirling together in a blissful mixture. This beer has the "wow" factor as far as the scent. One of the best smelling ales I've ever had.

T: While the beer is very tasty, dare I say , after the scent, the taste was SLIGHTLY disappointing. This is not to say that the beer isn't very good, which it clearly is. This beer has complexity going for it, the swirl of flavors is intriguing. This is definitely a pale ale and not an IPA as people hint. It is the hoppiest pale ale I have ever had, but the bone dry finish and bready malty biscuit flavors lend itself to the PA rather than IPA category. This is not an oily beer. As tasty is this is, the low APV leaves the brew a tad bit thin for my personal preference, although this is a personal comment. For the style, I should probably give this a 4.5, but I am going to give it a 4 because I didn't flip out over it.

M: Impressively medium bodied for a beer clocking in at 5.4%. Rare is a palette wrecker at under 6% APV, but here you have it! This beer really is bitter as hell and is intense as it could possibly be.

O: Overall, sometimes a sublime work of art is not "enjoyable" but is disturbing. I am being poetic here, but I did not love the experience of drinking this beer, yet I know it was something unusual and special. The bone dry bitterness of this would keep me from actively seeking it out so I'll give it a 4, but this is a really memorable and intense beer. this pushes the limit of a Pale Ale, and is fresh and vibrant tasting. The smell is truly exceptional. This is my first Hill Farmstead tasting and I look forward to trying some of their higher APV offerings.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Boy does these Hill Farmstead brews look pretty pouring out of their cool looking growlers. The growlers are just as pretty. The beer pours hazy honey/amber in color. The head is big and bubbly and leaves a bunch of lacing.

S-Hoppier smelling than most IPAs. Fresh resinous hops. Hops are juicy, tropical, and also piney and herbal. It does have a great balance with some pretty delectable smelling malts as well. Quite bready.

T-I cannot understand how anything can be so flavorful. The hops are so fresh. Tropical fruits and citrus collide with pine needles. The malt takes a bit of a back seat to the hop bouquet but it adds depth and balance and is delicious in its own regard. Juicy, juicy, juicy. Delicious.

M-Lighter bodied with some beautiful carbonation. Bubbles prickle and tickle. Dry bitter aftertaste. Great feel, this is where you can tell that this is a American Pale Ale.

O/D-This and Abner were so delicious. Hill Farmstead has such a cool this going on at their farm. I could drink this and be happy for my whole life. Such a bold, stylish APA. Vermont is killing it.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While it's not an IPA, Edward is the beer that last fall renewed by interest in hoppy IPAs and pale ales after moving away from them a bit over the previous year. It's a phenomenal beer brewed in a unique and earnest setting, and one of my favorite beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

A: Pours a beautiful, reddish-copper amber with a haziness that glows beautifully when held to the sun. The head is quick and bubbly white, but leaves a nice bit of sticky lacing.

S: O! the Joy! The smell is exquisite and exceptionally fresh, with crisp, clean floral notes and a hint of cut grass. There's not much pine or citrus in here, but a bit, as well as a hint of bready malts. The floral, grassy hop notes are what dominant though, and their dominance is benevolent.

T: The taste follows the nose with the hops dominating, balanced as they are by the malts which don't do much talking of their own. The taste is floral and grassy as is the nose, with again a bit of pine, but very little in the way of citrus or herbal. It's incredibly clean with a wonderful bitter bite that never overwhelms.

M: Medium-bodied, fuller than expected but not in a bad way. The malts, which seem to stand well behind the hops in the nose and taste are evident here propping up the body. Carbonation is spot on and the feeling is dry without being dehydrating.

D: Supreme. The reasonably low ABV, exceptional body, aesthetic beauty, and superb taste and smell make this one of the best, most drinkable beers I've ever had. I imagine it owes some of its greatness to its freshness, but either way this is an excellent beer. It's wonderfully hoppy, bitter and flavorful without having some of the dehydrating characteristics of some IPAs and APAs, and would make a great all-night beer. At the anniversary party and in the three growler fills I've had, Edward is the beer I keep coming back to at Hill Farmstead. I dream of one day having a bierkeller with old shelves stocked full of beer around an old oak table and a keg of Edward at hand.

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Photo of Damian
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml swing top growler purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT
Served in a Hill Farmstead Brewery stemmed glass

The beer poured a super hazy, peachy-amber color with a small, bubbly, bright white head that quickly dissolved. Spotty drips of lacing stuck along the glass.

Super sweet and fragrant tropical fruit notes came through strong in the nose. Lots of mango and pineapple. Strong orange and clove notes as well. Somewhat floral and slightly grassy. Overall, remarkably interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was also quite hoppy, yet not as dynamic as the nose. Crisp, citrusy and slightly bitter. A sturdy, pale malt backbone kept the hops in check. Lots of grapefruit pith and orange rind. Super dry, piney and resiny on the finish. Bitter, yet not overly so.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slick and smooth on the palate with a fine, moderate effervescence.

This is a pale ale? Really? The quantity of hops in this brew, and the overall complexity, would have me believe that this is an IPA (or even perhaps a double IPA). Impressive, to say the least.

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Photo of afksports
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had the pleasure of having Hill Farmstead's Edward Pale Ale several times on tap, most recently on a trip to Waterbury, where I drank it at the Reservoir with a buddy of mine and my girlfriend. We discussed superpowers. "What if you could speak any language in the world, but 50% of the time you said anything you sh*t yourself?" Ooh la la. I suppose it would Depends.

Edward pours a malty pale golden amber puffy white headed goodness. It smells almost like an IPA, but the malt backbone comes through in the nose too, and that tells you it's more of a pale. Bready biscuits, malt, caramel, and pine and sharp grapefruit hops come through in both the smell of it and the taste of it. It starts sweet, then sweeps through with hops at the end that finish clean. No trace of the 5.2% alcohol, not at all drying, and the carbonation and medium-body drink so sweetly that I want another as soon as I finish the pint. Hands down one of the best pale ales I've had.

And despite that conversation, I will use my words to order this any future time it's on tap. In English. It's a beautiful beer. But perhaps not worth dirty trousers.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok lets meet mr edward here

ok nice to meet you ed i see you are light golden and little but hazy but you have a nice white fluffy head of hair on you very gentlemen like of you

ok nice aroma here softer than the ephraim for sure and is expected but i get less citrus and fruit there and more pine and spice in this one very nice

nice thin to medium body here this one is a real quencher

its hard to make a good pale these days everyone is making double triple quadruple ipas i like edward though he is a good dude

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Farmhouse in Burlington VT. Presented in a snifter.

A: Amber, of the variety you'd expect to see a perfectly preserved ancient mosquito full of ancient DNA extracted from terrestrial mammals. Minimal seafoam head quickly went extinct.

S: Touch of musty fruit with a moderate smell of fresh pine resin.

T: Same as nose. Light fruitiness is smothered and encased by the strong, piny hops. Faintly bitter finish.

M: Light and smooth. Carbonation on the tongue is like troupe of tap-dancing mosquitos.

O: We're all food that hasn't died. Except for Edward, who has been encased in amber and poured out into our cups.

Pales aren't usually my thing. The hops are heavier than I'd expected. I'm sure Edward is very nice but I wouldn't want to hang around with him for more than a pint. We're different people.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tsblack05 or this growler. it is a testament to him that this held up so well since it was purchased on 6.20.11, shipped, and consumed on 7.10.11, a few days after receiving it in trade. whole foods growler filled right to the very top.
A: hazy orange/light amber, eggshell colored head recedes to a ring of lace.
S: smells fresh, like a growler fill should. piney, citric, floral hops jump out.
T: lightly sweet crackery malts are quickly overtaken by a prominent bitterness. hops dominate here. smooth bitterness lingers with just a hint of aspirin-like astringency. finishes dry.
M: light bodied, frothy.
O: nice and sessionable. i plan on killing the rest of this growler tonight.

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Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy peachy amber in color. Forms a large fluffy white head on an aggressive pour. Good retention with some light lacing.

S: Hugely aromatic aroma of citrus, mango, and peach.

T: Flavor starts off lightly sweet, then turns to a blend of tropical and citrus hop flavors. Mango, orange, lemon. The flavors are light, but well balanced against the pale malts and the mild bitterness. Quick finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation. Very clean feeling.

O: Simply put, this is a very good beer. Easily drinkable, well balanced, flavorful and aromatic.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Holy crap a HF growler of Edward, thanks Central PA group

In my opinion as APAs go they are either good or mediocre, there is no inbetween. This is good, damn good. This pours as most pale ales would a golden body with a white foam topper. The aroma is of many many hop varietals that I dare not have my nose try and decipher them all. All I can say is citrus and flowers work so well together whilst smelling this beer. The flavor is quite tasty as well. It's good for it's style and the malt body accents the perfectly added hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and delicious. Overall this is a good beer and more people should have the grand opportunity to be graced with what is clearly one of the top 5 of it's style.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the Central PA group for this awesome growler. Shared with members of the NW Chicago tasting group.

A: pours a slightly hazy orange, thin white head with some retention

S: waves of aromatic hops on the front, lots of tropical fruit with features of Mangos, Tangerine, and grapefruit. Slight malty character noticeable in background.

T: awesome balance, hops aren't as fruity on the palate, but they provide a nice amount of bitterness to balance nicely with slightly bready malts.

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: this is an awesome and drinkable APA. It features a nice presentation of tropical smelling hops. Worth a try!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA crew from the Gang Bang BIF for this growler!

And the Gang Bang enjoyment begins here. It pours a cloudy amber-straw topped by a couple fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, papaya, light pine, light caramel, and light vanilla. The taste holds notes of grapefruit peel, orange peel, pine, lemon peel, dark greens, grass, and flowers. The body is a rather light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry, kinda sticky finish. Overall, a very good APA, one where a seeming lack of balance does not hurt it all too much at all. Damn, I wish I could get more of this whenever I wanted to...

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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 NittanyBeerFan
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32-oz swing top growler.

The color is a hazed amber straw, which is topped by about 2 fingers' depth of head. The head fades quickly leaving slight ghostly lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is without a doubt on of the best I have ever experienced in a pale ale. So much going on, and yet, so crisp. There is no muddled feeling, even with the various hop notes that I am pulling out of it. Floral and citrusy hops (grapefruit and lemon zest) contrast nicely against the background of a hint of sweet caramel malt. A touch of piney hop aroma in there for some emphasis, and a good dose of bitterness, to boot.

The flavor is phenomenal. Bitter enough that I thought it was an IPA. I was shocked to hear that it was not. However, the levity of the palate certainly does track more closely to a pale ale. The hop characteristics from the aroma are again all present in the flavor, with the floral notes overwhelming the citrus a bit. As much as I like floral, I felt that the citrus was a starring component in the nose, and I was sad to lose it.

I have to say that this is one of the best Pale Ales that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. This stuff comes highly recommended.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.