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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 570
Gots: 138 | 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:
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange with a very thin white cap that quickly dissipates. First impression is strongly of orange citrus. Nice hints of pine with a bready malt background.

The taste is not as complex as the scent,but interesting in its own ways. It begins somewhat thin, but rounds out nicely developing to a medium bodied mouthfeel. Initially a nondescript bitterness that gives midway through to the bread like malt flavor. Finishes with an agressive hop bitterness. A little disappointing that some of the wonderful scent does not carry through as well into the flavor.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Small drought serving (??oz) at Prohibition Pig Bar. Just minutes away from the Alchemist Brewery. They only have small servings and VERY small servings. And both quite pricey, but hey... whatever. Anything in such close proximity to the worlds top beer brewery is going to milk it any way they can.

Beautiful light straw color. Small had, and some lacing.
Smell is light and refreshing but still with a hint of what's to come.
Beautifully done. Considering it's light alcohol it has enough character to go the distance.
I've had it a while ago, but all I can say that it followed a Heady Topper and did not disappoint!
One of the better pale ales I've had. Give it a try if you get a chance.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Poured into a tulip glass from a 2L growler filled yesterday and stored over night in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line: This is a mediocre beer that does not live up to the hype. It is certainly not worth the long trip to the brewery, located in the middle of nowhere, and it is NOT worth the wait in the long, non-moving, weekend lines to obtain a fill of this mediocre, overpriced beer that is being sold from a keg/tap/growler-fill system that reeks of amateur hour. My score above is not influenced by my poor experience at the brewery - it is based on the beer alone - but the experience did leave a bad taste in my mouth and I can't help but think that this underwhelming beer is not even good enough to wash that taste away.

A: Beautiful, opaque, golden orange colored beer with a small, 1cm head if poured down the side of the glass. (Another pour directly into the bottom of a pint glass resulted in a thick, foamy head)

S: A medium, hoppy nose, with hints of grapefruit. Not yeasty. A little bit ambiguously citrus-y

T: A mild, undeveloped flavor. Mild, cold, bitterness is the only flavor to speak of in a way that is almost identical to the skin of an orange or a grapefruit. The flavor is really shallow, with no interesting initial note and no finish, other than mild grapefruit skin bitterness. Not bad, but extremely underwhelming. WHERE IS THE FLAVOR?

M: Nice mouthfeel, with medium carbonation, that imparts a nice, fully, mouthfeel

O: Very mediocre. it had promise based on the smell and look, but the taste is so underwhelming one-dimensional, that I am completely unable to understand why this beer is more well-rated than so many other quality beers.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.