Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 302
Hads: 2,180
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.73%
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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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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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Photo of cbeer88
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from fresh 64 oz growler filled at the brewery.

Appearance: Two-handed growler pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Commercial pour! A hearty 1 finger fluffy dark white head that fades fairly quick. Golden orange color - pretty beer. Faint lacing.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit dominate, bit o' pine, bit o' hops. Exactly how it's supposed to smell.

Taste: Heavenly. A juicy citrus flavor quite unlike any Pale I've tried. The bitter hop kick says IPA, but the low alcohol and refreshing taste say Pale. Bitter and pine flavor balance out the citrus. Definitely dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carb. Smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability: Off the charts high. At a hair over 5% it's "sessionable", but bows to nobody in flavor. I could easily drink this all night long, and probably will until the growler is gone.

Overall: A revelation. I don't know what's going on in Northern New England, but between this guy and Maine Beer's Peeper, the landscape of the American Pale Ale is being changed. I'm not sure there's a better APA than Edward out there today.

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

Pours a hazy yellow orange coor with a white head leaving some good lacing. Nose jumps out pretty well with all sort of citrus, bitter grapefruit with a little dankness and some biscuity character. Taste opens up immediately with hops, grapefruit at first, but I also get some mango and orange coming through too. Malt is almost not even present save for the faintest bit of bread hidden beneath all the hops. A touch heftier than light bodied with a little under medium carbonation levels. I fill up a growler with this regularly if I could.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another generous growler share from Andy. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy yellow straw body with a finger of white head. A little bit of sticky lace.

The nose is primarily orange citrus aromas with some dank grassy hops in the aroma. The taste is a little more tropical. Oranges and grapefruit with some dank grassy hops in the background giving a nice bitter finish.

Nice light body on the feel with good soft carbonation. Overall a well made pale ale. Easy to drink with enjoyable flavors.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Hill farmstead anniversary party after they blew out double citra and whatever the other double IPA was while I was in line with growlers. settled for two of these and one of the florence, which then broke in the truck on the way back home. Sadness envelopes us all. THis is for the shorties..
Clear and pale, like an ale. Clean and hoppy deliciousness with tangerine sexy, I suppose this is the product of their style of hop additions. Leave no wort behind! A little bit of malt character but not much body overall, leaving behind a clean and hoppy beer. Pretty tasty, glad to share it with some good folks.

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Photo of bs870621345
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Capone's barrel aged event.

Pours a hazy orange color with a little half inch of head. Minimal lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine, citrus, earth and bread.

Taste opens up with a serious pine presence and moved into a bread flavor. Finishes with pine and a bit of a lingering taste of pine.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy but great carbonation.

Overall, it's good, not a great pale ale.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Thanks, Barry (bring)! Growler opened with Javier and poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

A: Hazy orange with a frothy white head. The head lingers for a minute and leaves scattered white lacing all over the glass.

S: Resinous pine with notes of orange and grapefruit flesh. The hop profile is bright and expressive, opening up more and more with every second of warming. Light passion fruit notes. The fruit is mostly flesh, with just a dash of rind. Killer aroma. No alcohol and no real malt presence.

T: Moderate bitterness with lots of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Pine resin melds with a light crackery malt profile. No evident alcohol or harsh notes. A massive amount of hop flavor. It's like a hop juice.

M: Upper light to lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Light, dry, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent hoppy pale. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a filmy golden orange color with some bright hues. A thick, frothy white head rests on top of the glass and retains throughout the pour, leaving tons of lacing.

Explosive hoppiness balanced with some doughy malts and biscuit tones. Decent amount of citrus and grapefruit, light sweetness and spice.

Bold hop punch up front with bitter citrus and grapefruit. Not overly hoppy, but aggressive enough to wake the senses. Decent malt backbone on the bready and biscuit side, some notes of caramel sweetness. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and dry.

Medium body and carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Crazy drinkability on this and solid flavor - I could easily plow through a growler with a friend during the summer months.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Steve for this one. 12oz. pour from a 64oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head with low retention. Beer is a cloudy orange-grapefruit. Stringy and frothy lace with moerate stick. Good legs. Average.

S: Nose is pine, astringent citrus, dank hops, and some caramel and cane sugar. Very aromatic with good balance. Nice.

T: Opens citrus, pine, and bark bitterness. Filmy. Grassy mellow hops towards the middle. Mango, papaya and cane sugar round out the flavors. Finish is bitter pine with the same aftertaste. IPA-like almost.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and mellow in the mouth and soft going down. Quiet and subtle finish with an oily aftertaste. Again, pretty standard.

O: Very drinkable and quite quenching, Edward is definitely a beer that you get by the growler-full. I could drink this one all day on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's today...

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and lacing. Pretty hard to tell the difference between this and the abner/double citra, except this beer is even drier with an obviouly lower abv. As a result, this beer is almost light tastting, but with a long, hoppy, bitter finish. The sweet malt is barely noticeable in this beer, and is at most a foil for the impressive hoppy bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a long, bitter finish.

This is just an amazingly good pale ale.... for a hop head. Just lovely...

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Photo of juhl31
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to nevins for the growler and the fact that he decided i would better enjoy it from a hill farmstead tulip!

-orange with a brownish hue in the color. a good white head involved and it is pretty foggy which i actually enjoy

-an orange smelling hop to it at the start. there is some malt in the back as well. it may have lost some of that huge dry hopping smell to it on its travels across the US, but still smells very nice...maybe some vanilla in there too which is interesting

-great hop taste and great hop bitterness. yet not overboard at all for the style. the hops are orange tasting with a bit of grassiness involved. citra? this is all balanced out very well by a malty sweetness

-good body, and almost a thick, creaminess to it even though it's a low ABV. carb is nice. just feels nice on the palate

-wow, this is exceptional. i could drink this stuff like crazy. probably the best PA i've had

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

the most dry hopped beer i think i've ever had. straight out of the tap it smells like hop pellets. had a whole twenty liter keg with some buddies over a weekend. orange with nice sticky head. that wouldn't go away. nose opened up to pine, cannibus, and a thick orange mango note. the nose is very much so that but the beer itself is so light and refreshing it sort of designs the palate for the hops as a very delicate matter. this feels like a belgian table beer in spirit and the american craft hopping. palate is light and effervescent and nice and floral. a fruit that is sent dry with hops but not bitter. the beer is dry but its not one dimensional. there are subtle hints of citrus in this rainbow of hops... all expressed once your nose is attuned to it's glory. the first APA i could have everyday.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in NYC.

Appearance is burnt orange with a thick one finger head. Taking in the aroma of Edward is small event in itself. This APA is beautifully fragrant with citrus, hops, grass, some other elements as well. Its` taste includes more of the hops, pineapple, grape, pine. MF is medium with a bitterness, as well as lemon in the end. Overall, this beer is quite good.

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Photo of bpalfrey10
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful, unfiltered goodness in a 12 oz glass. Slight head that receded quickly, but impressive lacing. A deep rusty color, opaque.
Smell: A mild citrus at first, orange I think, but as it sat in front of me, I began to get more pine.
Taste: Very refreshing, balanced, but definitely tipping towards the bitter side. Some lasting bitterness and pine towards the end. Didn't really get much citrus in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Incredible, carbonation was a little higher than I thought it would be (not a bad thing), and it seemed a perfect balance of substance and not being too heavy of a beer (it is a pale ale after all)
Overall: Wonderful pale ale. I walked 3 miles in Brooklyn just to taste this beer and it was well worth the journey. Exact type of beer I'd like to spend all day drinking in the summer.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.