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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 2,225
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 631
Gots: 225 | FT: 1
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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 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 modernartblues
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed from a Tulip
at DeCicco's Brewster on 01/20/12,
Reviewed from Notes

A: hazy orange with half inch head, lots of lacing, very pretty, very hazy

N: world class nose, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical over drive

T: lives up to the other-worldly nose, plenty of hop flavor, but not a ton of bitterness on the back-end (which I usually see with really hopped up low ABV beers), malt profile manages to live up the hops, but not a whole of lot of the biscuity malt profile that's more common to the style. Truly a superb beer that doesn't really conform to the APA style and is all the better for it. An IPA in hiding.

M: extremely quaffable, extremely. the mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of carbonation to make this beer heavenly to drink.

O: the best APA I've ever had. maybe my favorite beer ever. with this amount of flavor and hop aroma at 5.2%, this beer lives up to the hype and haunts my dreams

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 2-liter growler and poured into a glass chalice. Filled on 7/19/2013 and consumed on 7/22/13

Pours a large white, creamy, foamy head with super small bubbles – almost three fingers worth. Color is hazy yellow amber, touching on orange. I’m smelling huge amounts of citrus - predominantly grapefruit but also orange peel and a little bit of lemon zest. There’s a slight amount of piney aroma as well. The taste is almost perfection. It’s everything I want a pale ale to be. The malts and hops are completely balanced with an unrivaled lingering finish. The pale malt is wonderful. All the citrus is still there as it was on the nose and the fruity, citrusy hops are just enough without going too far. Mouthfeel is super creamy and it the head is retained all the way to the bottom of the glass. It would be tough to ask for a better pale ale. It quenches my thirst like none other.

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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 BrewUSA
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Edward

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 97/100

About as perfect as a beer can be in my eyes... Such a easy drinking and refreshing Pale Ale. Refreshing and easy. If i had to pick one beer to have forever, just so incredibly drinkable.

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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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4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
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?


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

16 oz pour into a straight pint glass.  

Pours a hazy orange   Thin white head.

Smells like a classic ipa, piney, resinous, citrus. Light biscuity notes under the hops.

Taste is amazing. Completely hop forward. Malty sweetness tries to shine but is out weighed by hop bitter deliciousness.

Overall I love this beer. I want to see it everywhere and drink it all the time. 

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Photo of jonathanturf
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Extremely flavorful and hoppy pale ale. Great golden pale color, fantastic hop aroma of citrus. Has a better hop profile than most generic IPAs on the market. If I had to choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life. I think Edward would be it...

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Photo of phishphorce
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on draft, taken from notes. Into a stemmed tulip. Devil's Den, South Philly

A - Hazy, Unfiltered orangish yellow color a pale ale should be. I love this look.

S - Grapefruit/Citrus smell.

T - Lots of Citrus, best tasting pale Ale I have had yet. There is really nothing that I would change about the taste of this beer. Nice amount of hops.

M -Texture is creamy and smooth. Not like most Pale Ale's a little thick for a PA but still great.

O - Wonderful Pale Ale. This is probably the best Pale ale I have had next to Zombie Dust . I just wish you could get this easier. In bottles also. But since that probably isn't going to happen I'll have to enjoy it on Tap when I see it around Town. This was my first Hill Farmstead beer and I want to try them all now. If this is any indication of how they brew I want more NOW.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - The beer is golden amber tinged yellow with a mellow white head. good lace in glass

S - jammy-citrus with other touch of pine

T - delicious; grapefruit hop that keeps me coming back to this ale

M - extremely well balanced citrus and hop mouthfeel

Hill farmsteads flagship beer; easiest to find; always spectacular pale ale

Serving type: growler

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Photo of Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first taste of the highly coveted Hill Farmstead Ale was just a brief encounter: we had concert tickets and 15 minutes to kill, so the opportunity was there. Requesting Double Galaxy and Abner was a waste of time as all the Farmhouse had on tap was Edward.

For $6.50 you get a 13 oz goblet of this cloudy rust colored nectar that left a nominal head and has a very flowery nose with a bit of citrus in there,slightly malty: not a knockout punch aroma but a very pleasant one at that. This is a rich, delicately flavored ale that is nicely balanced with subtle flavors that rest on the palate beautifully, and fade into a caramel,floral, slightly citrusy aftertaste that disappeared a bit quicker than I would have liked, but this is not a DIPA either.

Most definitely a top notch Ale made with a thoughtful selection of hops, ale malt and well water from the Hill Farm. Very inviting and for those that appreciate a moderate amount of bitterness, it is a great choice: those expecting a wallop to the palate might feel let down on that front, but there is no denying the quality and the high level of craft to produce this complex and delicious Vermont ale.

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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 jbertsch
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at publick house in Brookline.

Appeared rusty amber in color. Foggy. A cap of white head stuck around until the head.

Its smell offers earthy bread and earthy hops, with some citrus. I get the sense simcoe is in it. Right off the bat I can tell this is a more robust pale ale than other pale ales. The flavor is full and balanced with noticeable bread like malts and hops that offer fruit, grass, and bittersweetness on the back of the tongue. What's amazing iis the mouthfeel and body - very full and texturous for a pale ale. Creamy, even. A breeze to drink yet satisfyingly filling.

If this was readily available this would be my go-to pale ale. It raises the bar for the style.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

A: Orange-ish color, good sticky head, a bit hazy. Rustic and appetizing appearance.

S: HOPS. Wonderful fragrance that *almost* makes it a shame to drink, as the aroma diminishes with every swallow. Over the top hop aroma that is mellow at the same time.

T: Wonderful. Lots of raw American hop flavor backed up by solid malt. Hops and malt blend perfectly; finishes smooth in spite of the IBU load. Lingers very pleasantly upon swallowing.

M: Medium bodied for an American IPA; sort of an English malt bill with American hops. The obvious comparison is Alchemist Holy Cow.

D: Fantastic. Again, referencing the Alchemist, this beer has the taste and drinkability of Holy Cow with the aromatics of Heady Topper - the best of both worlds. The hops are intoxicating in their own right; hard to believe this is only 5.7%ABV.

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Photo of Finatic
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Cigar City on 1/2/12.

A: Pours a dark amber with a frothy 1inch white head. Excellent lacing retention.

S: Awesome tropical, citrus smell.

T: Very hoppy for a pale ale and rivals Zombie Dust for taste IMO.

M: Very drinkable, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O: Has overtaken Zombie Dust as my favorite pale Ale. This brewery is really making me take notice.

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Photo of Gatch
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2L Hill Farmstead growler filled on Wednesday the 21st of November, the day before Thanksgiving. Reviewing on the third pint over the past week...should have reviewed sooner. It's still fantastic but obviously the fresher the better.

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a huge, soapy, bubbly, white head. It's an APA, after all.

S: Massive bursts of fresh, fruity, juicy hops. Citrus, pine, cedar, some spice, some booze, all balanced by a hint of malt at the back.

T: Incredibly fruity, floral, grassy, earthy, spicy, piney, woody, juicy hops. Not many other adjectives to use when describing fresh American hop cones. This APA showcases the power of the hop without being shy. An absolute dream to drink from first sip to last. Very happy I had the opportunity to drink 2L of this beer.

M: Naturally, the carbonation has diminished with each pint but it's still there as is the incredible smoothness that's been there since I popped open the growler. Creamy, thick, luscious body with a delicious lingering aftertaste of fresh hop oils.

O: My first and certainly not last beer from Hill Farmstead. As I can already tell, the hype is real. A nearly perfect version of the style and a great utilization of all the characteristics of hops that beer lovers cherish. You can taste all the ingredients and differentiate them as unique to this brewery. Incredible stuff.

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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 PVMT
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Coopers Craft Chelsea 9/25/15. Clear orange pour, firm head, tons of lacing. Smell is citrus, taste is clean pine and muted (not sweet) fruit. Remarkably easy drinking with a clean dry finish. Superb.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I live 1.5 hours from Greensboro and make the trip out there every other month.
Edward I enjoy from growler fills on site at HFB.
Pouring into a snifter the color is a medium golden hue. Nice head forms from an aggressive pour.
The aromas I get from the glass are stunning. Fruit, citrus, sweetness and alcohol. Glorious. It rivals Double Sunshine for magnificent aroma.
Taking a mouthful reveals a glorious balance of hop based citrus flavors and mellow sweetness. This is beer I could drink all day. It's not overwhelming, yet not overly subtle. Perfectly crafted.
Nice light bubbles form a nice mouthfeel.
Edward is a perfectly crafted beer and one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Growler bottled 3/8/2014 and consumed shortly thereafter. Poured into a HF tulip.

A - Classic HF appearance: murky with a nice head and excellent lacing. Lighter colored than their IPAs and DIPAs, but still a rich golden hue. For an < 6% beer, it gives the appearance of a full bodied IPA.

O - Super aromatic and intensely hoppy for a pale ale. Mounds of citrus. One of the most pleasant smelling APAs I have had.

T - Very crisp, bursting with hops for a nice grassy flavor. Just enough breadiness to balance the hops without weighing down the beer. Restrained a bit, so it leaves you wanting more.

M - Oily and super creamy, provides that expected HF mouthfeel. This beer is extremely drinkable.

O - My favorite pale ale. Hill Farmstead is my favorite brewery for a reason, and its no surprise that their "standard" brew hits all the right notes. Edward is simply a classic.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a bright, orange-gold coloring with a dense, short-stacked, clingy, white head. Good carbonation action throughout the body. Nose of lemon-lime citrus sweetness, pepper and basil spice, and a subtle biscuit backbone. Wow! Flavors of citrus and spiced hops on the forward tongue, followed by a light caramel sweet and bready backbone. Very balanced and very easy to drink. Body kept light by the carbonation. The aftertaste has piney and grassy hops characteristics, with a subtle citrus sweet linger. Clean, dry finish, begging for more. Flavorful and easy to drink, this one could be trouble. Great brew!

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Photo of MitchD14
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I enjoyed this on tap at Hop and Vine in Portland, Oregon. They did a beer exchange with some Vermont breweries and got like 20 different beers. I had Edward in a 12 oz glass and I must say, it was very smooth. It had a nice amount of hops, yet was not at all overpowering. There was a little foam when poured, but that quickly dissipated. It poured a nice light orange color and smelled very nice. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of dmgnyc
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best East Coast Pale Ales I've had as of late. Ridiculously fruity nose of pineapple, grapefruit and passion fruit....initially thought there were Galaxy hops involved, but the profile on the Hill Farmstead site claims otherwise. Tastes similar to a citrus-forward IPA a'la Flower Power, but the 5.2 abv means you can easily drain multiple pints without wanting to fall over...it almost feels like cheating. Magnifique.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.