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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1243
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.58%


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.

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mdaschaf

Washington

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Review from notes.

A: Beer came orange/amber in color with a nice white head which lasted for the duration of the beer. Sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Hop forward for an APA, very tropical, but has a little pine undertones. Get some grapefruit, mango, and a little orange peel. Smells great.

T: Tropical fruits up front followed up by more citrus fruits. Has a sweet malt flavor the round it out.

M/D: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Leaves a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, extremely easy drinking. Would love to have this in my fridge as a go to beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 01:22:11 | More by mdaschaf
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nickd717

California

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwerij Lane.

Pours like grapefruit juice, cloudy pinkish with minimal head.

The aroma is huge and hoppy with grapefruit dominant, a little pine, and not much maltiness.

Amazing flavor, hop forward with enormous grapefruit, really intense. Some pine and just a touch of sweet malt.

Big resinous hoppy palate with low carbonation and medium body. A little undercarbed.

Great overall, although at 85 IBUs, come on, this is an IPA...or at least something other than a pale ale, although I'm not sure the appropriate style even exists.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 18:47:55 | More by nickd717
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SneezyAchew

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Rock Art growler into a Heady Topper stange glass. I have also had this on tap a couple times at the Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Thanks to BaconSausage for hooking me up with this. It's one of my favorite pale ales to date.

A: Pours a clean pumpkin orange with a brief white head.
S: Sweet, tropical smell. Oranges at the forefront.
T: Strong notes of grapefruit, citrus and pine hit the palate more fiercely than one would expect for just a pale ale. Really intensely hopped. Somewhat sugary sweet, too, and the malt is barely noticeable.
M: Not all that carbonated. Medium bodied, and a tad juice-like.
D: Pretty extreme. I could drink this all night. Not really any less aggressive than a lot of the DIPA's I've had.

Haven't had a lot of Farmstead yet, and this one clearly stands out against the Harlan for me. I look forward to the Fear & Trembling BaconSausage also gave me. Thanks again, Tucker!

Serving type: growler

12-26-2010 23:55:32 | More by SneezyAchew
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aerozeppl

New York

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very nice burnt orange color. Quite a bit of haze. A finger of white head with a decent amount of lacing. One of the nicer looking pale ales that I have seen recently.

S: Wow. This is the hoppiest pale ale I have ever smelled. Huge citrus notes. Resiny and piney as well. They dry hopped the hell out of this thing and it does not come across as vegitle at all.

T:The taste is not nearly as intense as the nose. Tons of citrus hops. Nice bitterness that can be a little harsh at times. Little bit of lemongrass. They managed to get every taste that hops can impart in a beer with an ABV of 5.20. I am impressed.

M: It feels thin but it is to style. It is just this tastes like a DIPA so my mind expects the body to be a little thicker. Carbonation is nice.

D: Yes. This is one of the best sessionish beers that I have ever had hands down. I would love to see the hop schedule on this beer. My first beer from them and hopefully not my last.

Serving type: growler

12-13-2010 22:48:50 | More by aerozeppl
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claspada

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of super citrus; mainly orange and lemon. No malt character worth mentioning.

The taste is extremely bitter with a strong lingering bitterness which last throughout. You really cannot detect any malt worth speaking of; maybe some light pale and crystal malts, but are those really malt flavors. The citrus hops resonate throughout the palate and are unrelenting.

Mouthfeel is smooth with ample carbonation.

Very drinkable and definitely a good session beer. I couldn't drink more than one or two though (my personal preference), because it kinda kills your palate/tongue from the abundance of hop bitterness. A real tasty offering to have just one pint of though. Crisp and refreshing with light bitterness. One of the best APAs I have have in recent memory.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 00:33:23 | More by claspada
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger:

A: Golden hay with a small white head, a bit of lacing.

S: TONS of citrus hops. Hits the nose in a crushing blast. It really smells amazing.

T: The flavor does not let down, a juicy tropical hop nugget coats the mouth. There is just a hint of toasty bread somewhere in there, but the hops dominate (in a good way). For such huge hop flavor, the bitterness is minimal.

M: Moderately carbonated, juicy velvet feel.

D: I could drink this as a daily brew. At 5.2% this is a beer that would be a regular go to if it was more available.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 15:15:48 | More by Neffbeer
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DarkStar2

Taiwan

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

Purchased this at the brewery. As many others have said it is so tasty with a perfect carbonation and overall drinkability that this would be my absolute standard if I could get it regularly. I feel this beer doesnt try to over power you, it comes at you in a subtle classy way with a very fine appreciation of how to deliver the taste of an IPA without overpowering your mouth. Shaun knows what he is doing and has made what I feel is by far the best session IPA out there.

Serving type: growler

11-09-2010 10:28:09 | More by DarkStar2
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes. On tap at The Black Door in Montpelier, VT. I'm surprised this is listed as a pale ale, because everything about this beer made it seem like a high-quality, unique American IPA. The floral nose is exceptional, with a two-finger head and lacing that lingers for quite some time. Taste is delicious and sesionable - good hoppy bite up front, though not as hop-forward as a West Coast IPA, but very smooth with a mild creamy aftertaste, likely aided by the residual lacing. I highly recommend this beer. I am very excited to try some more offerings from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 19:07:29 | More by ElGallo
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Draft pour into a 10.5 oz tulip.

A: Served with two fingers of foamy white head with average (maybe slightly below) retention. Lace sticks fantastically. The body is orange amber with a hazy 70% opacity. Very good looking in the glass.

S & T: Top notch aroma, especially for an APA. Heavy mango pulp aromas. Grapefruit and mandarin orange back it up. Sweet and juicy hop bill. The nose and flavor are perfect and may be the closest an APA has ever come to an IPA. Minimal malts. Truly a work of art.

M: If there are ANY complaints to be made (and there aren't really), it's in the mouthfeel department. Not that Edward *really* needs it, but a heftier malt bill would have saved the mouthfeel from mediocrity. This brew is on the light and thin side and has semi-short flavor duration. Carbonation, however, is more than adequate, lively and fizzy.

D: This brew drinks phenomenally well and is easily better than most IPAs. How often do you come across a Pale Ale that is served in anything-less-than-a-pint-glass, all while commanding the price of a premier DIPA? And deserve it? Huh?

<crickets>

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2010 23:15:33 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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ThirstyBird

Germany

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

On tap at The Black Back in Waterbury VT
Appears a hazy orangish amber color. Large cream colored head falls to a big lump floater. Big lacing. The smell is of grapefruit, sweet malt a nice balance. It smells super fresh. The taste was of delicate floral hops with a nice sweet malt backbone. Fruity in the middle and finishes floral and slightly dry. Mild carbonation and very smooth. the body is on the heavy side of light.

Overall I really enjoyed this malt based beverage. If I had easy access I would have it regularly - an excellent pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 20:16:00 | More by ThirstyBird
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

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

This particular glass came from a growler but I've had this beer several times previous.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a thick, frothy white head that builds to 3 fingers and slowly recedes into a persistent creamy crop throughout the drink. Sticky, high lacing tangles down the edges.

Aroma is entirely hop forward, with strong notes of tropical fruit and piney, gooey goodness. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango apricot, pineapple and pine cones. Only light residual sweetness with very little malt qualities come through. Wonderful and intoxicating.

Taste is fruity, bold but clean. Starts with tropical fruit notes and moves to light citrusy bite with pney after notes. Nice resinous flavors blend the malt backbone with full, round hop notes that dominate the mouth.

Mouthfeel is nice. Clean, light-to-medium bodied with some stickiness around the mouth the peels away in the final swallow.

This beer is so hard NOT to drink...it has that inescapable "more-ishness" that the English apparently say. My staple beer from now on...whenever I can get it.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2010 18:12:10 | More by NoLiberty
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Three Penny Taproom (Montpelier, VT) on 9/25/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white head. This retains with some richness around the edges and some thinner wisps in the center, leaving a rather heavy looking sticky cascade of lacing back. The aroma is bright in the nostrils with full citrus flavors of grapefruit, sharp rind, and a dash of lemon zest. Some sweeter tropical character mixes in as well but this feel mostly bitter overall. Malts add an almost sugary and doughy sweetness to the back of the nostrils and really help take the balance of this here in the nose to a new level.

The taste is just fantastic, with full-on bitter grapefruit and citrus peel giving this a sharp yet still flavorful bitterness, while that mix of tropical notes (which are more pronounced here) and the sugary and bready sweetness (but not overly so) of the malts giving this a tremendous feeling balance. This finishes with pine and spice that adhere to the tongue with a dry resinous stickiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp creaminess that is equal parts sharpness and an oily slickness that really keeps this moving across the palate despite just a touch of alcohol beef on the back of the swallow.

A full flavored hop profile, great balance (the sugary feel of the malts really makes this work) and a smooth drinking body really set this apart big time from your everyday Pale Ale. I REALLY enjoyed this and I'd have to say that this was probably a top three APA for me. This would be a hoppy go-to for sure if I was local to it. Another great offering here from this new brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 17:18:06 | More by Kegatron
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

On-Tap at Union Jack's.

Edward is a darker shade than a normal pale ale, not to say that he is not normal but the color resembles a light shade of brown with amber while a mass of white foam is up top, kinda sticky lace. Smell is hop laden with citrus, grapefruit and a touch of pine. Small malts sweetness as well. Taste is good, I had two pints and I hardly repeat myself. Semi citrus grapefruit and pine with a small sweet candi like maltiness. Feel is bold, somewhat bitter and nicely carbed. This is easy drinking here with low alcohol and enough ummmphh to make you come back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 05:47:04 | More by BARFLYB
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT. Pours a glowing ruby tinged amber, under a delicate off white head, tiny bubble film. collar and respectable sheeting, then well developed fine lacing. Nice looking ale.

Soft and mild pine infused nose.

Respectable pale, packing a better then average hop package.

Nice pale, moderate fruit, ample malt, counter balancing a gritty hoppy finish. Tight, flavorful and enjoyable. I'd love to be able to order another and another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 02:48:39 | More by Billolick
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shivtim

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A colleague brought a growler of this (11 hours in the car from VT to DC) and a group of us shared it on the roof of our office building. Looks great. Syrupy deep golden, with slow rising bubbles, a thin but lasting head, and great lacing. Very viscous and honey-like. Beautiful.

Nose is heavy floral hops. A bit one-noted, but nice.
Taste is strong floral hops, slight grass, more lingering hops.
Solid mouthfeel and drinkability.
Very nice IPA overall!

Serving type: growler

09-09-2010 22:00:58 | More by shivtim
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA, served in a standard red wine glass. This is a heck of a pale ale. My only knock is that the hops are so rich, there's no hint of the barley. Still, the hops are fantastic. The aroma is filled with piney, sharp grapefruit and a hint of horse blanket. The flavor is similar with a mix of citrus and pine that feels light and drinkable, but is unusually flavorful. There's also hint of cracked black pepper and the a mild funk that reminds me of young Orval.

I don't know if I've ever had a pale ale quite like this in more than 2,000 reviews - and it's damn good. Find this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 02:19:37 | More by tempest
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft a few times while in Burlington on vacation.

A: A dark golden color.
S: Citrus and pine. A perfect hop balance in the smell.
T: The taste delivered on the smell. So well balanced with the perfect hops to malts.
M: Nicely carbonated. The pine resin lingers which makes the next sip more intense and enjoyable.
D: Probably one of the best american pale ales I have ever consumed.

This beer is about as perfect as they get. Seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 00:07:19 | More by mymrnngjckt
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baggio

Sweden

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught@Brewery

A: Golden amber with a white, frothy, head.

S: Citric notes, Pine, Caramel, Hint of tropical fruit.

T: Pine, Citric notes, Hint of tropical fruits, Caramel, Floral hops and some resin.

M: Very balanced and refreshing. Smooth and quaffable with a medium bitterness at the end.

I'd like to have access to this brew on a daily basis. Very tasty and quaffable. Lovely hopjuice!

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 13:42:03 | More by baggio
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeah the guys at the brewery told me to drink this growler no later than 3 days after the filling but I saved it 5 days for lap and papaya salad at Winooski's Tiny Thai. Very good idea.

A- Copper with golden accents. Glad to see some head, It stays until you take a sip. You'll then be left with patches and messy lacing. Just right.

S- Very nice. I remember it being stronger fresh from the brewery but the grapefruit, berry, subtle pine and perfect alcohol all smell great. Not entrancing (like some DIPAs but this isn't a DIPA). It smells great.

T- Grassier than the smell, but still very floral and citrussy. Grapefruit rind taste and bitterness. Tasty.

M- Well this is a relatively old growler so I might be off. Fizzy, very, very dry. I remember this being more effervenscent. Very good body. Especially for how light and easy to drink it is.

D- Great. Interesting with lots to taste but very little to offend (nothing really). Pretty much a perfectly drinkable beer.

Might be the best Vermont beer I've tried in my séjour here. Shared the growler with a bunch of wine drinkers and suprisingly (to me at least) they all liked it. Top notch. I'd obviously like some details to be different (more crazy floral hoppiness) but that's just me. Objectively, this is a close to perfect beer.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2010 19:42:13 | More by Yoonisaykul
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just made a trip up to the Hill Farmstead a few days ago. Awesome place and great beers. Here's the write up on Edward.

Pours a cloudy, burnt orange with a thin white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Looks good for an APA.

Orange citrus, peach, sweet malts and floral hops on the nose. I'm really liking the hop usage on this one. Not too bitter or grassy, just an elegant floral quality.

Tipping back the glass reveals a decent amount of bitter hops, orange and grapefruit on the tongue. Touch of orange peel with light malts. Nice floral presence in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Malty at first with lingering bitterness on the finish.

Very drinkable and definitely a good session beer. Crisp and refreshing with light bitterness. This beer has a lot of flavor for an APA and is a pleasure to drink. Great for a lazy summer afternoon. Nice work Shaun.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2010 02:00:13 | More by sisuspeed
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edward arrives at my table an ever so slightly hazy orange amber. It is dressed in a nonic pint glass with a wonderful frothy white head. The head has slightly above average retention, but leaves some of the prettiest lace I have ever seen, perfectly chronicling the volume of every sip on the side of the glass. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with a nice citrusy "C" hop vibe as well as some bright grassiness. I also catch a hint of bready malt in there. The taste is killer with plenty of citrusy grapefruit, lemon and pine hoppiness, as well as some more earthy and grassy notes. This is definitely a very hop forward APA, but it also has a very pleasantly bready, slightly caramel malt backbone that does its job well. It holds up firm bitterness and keeps this beer from being a tongue bruiser. This has to be the most enjoyable straight up pale ale that I have had in a very long time. The mouthfeel is pretty much perfection. Lighter side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and an amazingly clean finish. This beer has great drinkability and I can very easily imagine throwing a few back with good friends. I am definitely looking forward to trying more of Hill Farmsteads offerings after enjoying this awesome brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 13:32:45 | More by zoso1967
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amccormi

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edward pored a light amber with an inch of white head. Aroma was of fragrant hops, but seemed average for pale ales. Flavor was an excellent balance of sweet caramel malt, clean hop bitterness, and spicy hop flavor. It had more of a hop presence than I expected from a Pale Ale, but it was still balanced and pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 21:45:18 | More by amccormi
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this last night at Eulogy in Old City Philadelphia. The bartender described this beer to me as a Belgian-style IPA, but it didn't really have any of that complexity that I expected from a Belgian yeast. So now that I came here to BA to see this listed as an APA it slightly changes my ratings.

The beer was an amber orange, clear with no head. The smell was of fruity hops and a clementine orange and grapefruit aroma that I associate with Amarillo or C hops hops. The beer tasted almost solely of hops: grassy, herbal, with a sustaining bitter finish. The body of the beer was a little thin but good to style, with a dry finish. This was a good beer that I would order again

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 17:06:27 | More by Soonami
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint poured at Bluebird Tavern in Burlington.

Quick review: Crystal clear yellow-amber with some thin white suds on top. Lots of spotting. Nose is super pine-y and dominated by dry, bitter hops. Tree bark, herbs, etc. Palate is crisp right from the get-go with very little residual sugar. The body is medium-light and the flavors are centralized by the dry/herbal hops. The bitterness creeps up and snatches any malt sugar back from your palate and the finish is clean and crisp.

A great summer IPA and more West Coast in style than the Abner (Imperial IPA). Nice work, Shaun!

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2010 03:50:20 | More by SFLpunk
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Brad007

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks gorgeous to my eyes.

The aroma is full of grassy, slightly floral hops with a hint of bready malt underneath.

Taste is crisp with grapefruit being the main citrus flavor that I can pick out from the hops. This is all about the hops but it doesn't go overboard either.

The grassiness/citrus tones of the hops coat the mouth. Finishes well. As stated, no harsh flavors of any type.

Very good! Nice to have another local brewery in which to sample and this is a great beer to start with from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 00:31:01 | More by Brad007
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,243 ratings.