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Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by abriggs1 on 04-27-2010

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Reviews: 327 | Ratings: 2,404
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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Photo of SABERG
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a fresh growler into a modified tulip glass.

A - Great fresh haze, golden straw, fine cumulus cloudy head, lacing that lingers for the entire interaction.
S - Grass, lemon, a walk in the pine forest after the rain. A poem written with hops, malt and water.
T - Initial oils lead to a clean tight finish. The Columbus hops trail off into desire. Quite interesting how the taste ends nice and dry. The malt, hop dance is tempered with a hint of tannin, nothing out of balance.
M - The body is decieving, robust, full and well displayed across the palate. From citrus to peppper, with a stop in the pines for a glance, Edward displays true craft.
O - Advertized as an APA, with tinges of IPA. Edward is as creative and interesting as is befitting an ancestral homage.
Thank goodness this is the choice for a "flagship" beer from HFB.

Cheers

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-As Hill Farmstead should be served in a tulip glass. Beautiful golden color with a small head.

S-Fruity smell.

T-Amazing taste, blown away every time. Extremely flavorful and smooth.

M-Hard not to savor!

O-Edward is one of my favorite beers, but who am I kidding anything those guys do up on the farm is unbelievable!

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Superb brew. Tried some Lawsons Liquids as well as HF while in VT this weekend and while every HF beer was very good this is the one that stood out for me. I can see how HF got their rep. Every brew was amazing and this was the best. Fantastic flavor throughout. Very tasty. Wish I lived closer so I could enjoy this more often. One of the best Ales I've had.

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Photo of -Rick
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Dive Bar. This beer pours a hazy yellow, and clean white head. The smell is a tropic face slap! huge aromas of orange and pineapple. Taste was even bigger than the smell. Tropic flavor that linger forever. Loved it. At the top of the pale ale list for me.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy orange color from the tap at Prohibition Pig. Thick two finger head leaves fat rings of lace. Nice scent of pine with hints of citrus. What really stands out is how drinkable and refreshing this beer is ... Taste is piney hop bitterness that is balanced absolutely perfectly. Could drink this shit all day!!

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, as hazy as it gets, about an inch and half of white fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Hop heaven. Tons of juicy citrus: ripe orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango. Amazing. Fresh hops just burst from the nose. I think there are simcoe hops in here, has the characteristic aroma in the background.

T: Really fresh, juicy, citrus hops. Same depth and profile as the nose. A bit of bitterness and pine, but not anywhere near what I'd call a bitter IPA. Really light and clean malt that has a little of crystal sweetness, but finishes is pretty dry. Citrus hops are a bit mild compared to the nose and seem to fade to some floral notes in the middle and finish. Finish is a little bitter with floral, pine, and some citrus. Fairly light, dry, and clean. It tastes unbelievably fresh.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderate to slightly high carbonation, somewhat sticky and resinous. Very nice crisp, dry finish. About as smooth as any dry IPA can be.

O: Easily one of the best American Pale Ales I've had. It has more hop flavor than most IPAs, but with a great balance of bitterness and malt. It is a lot more dry than it is sweet, but I think it's a perfect balance of sugar. Crazy good crisp finish with a really pleasant lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of Abilow33
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is very sweet and piney. The taste is sweet yet very bold. It has a smooth feel that hangs around in the back of the mouth. This beer is a dark gold color with a very thick white head. This beer is all that it is cracked up to be. Very nice. This guy can brew.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Draft at Mad Taco in Waitsfield. Review from 10/8/14.

Pours an orange amber color. Very hazy with a creamy white head and good lacing.
Smells delicious! Very juicy with lots of tangerine, grapefruit and tropical fruit.
Flavor follows the nose with an amazing citrus profile that gives way to just a touch of malt sweetness with a nice crisp bitterness on the finish. Really nicely balanced.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lots of resinous hop oils contribute to a dry finish that demands the next sip!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Exceptional balance and great hop flavor. I was very sad to see the last of it in my glass.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange color with a light head and lacing. I am not sure the ride home over extremely frost-heaved roads, that may have loosened the cap a bit, did much to help the clarity or head.

The aroma on the other hand is outstanding. Hops city! Citrus, pine, and floral notes abound and are quite strong. The flavor is also very hop forward - round and citrusy in the middle with a long pleasantly bitter piney finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and juicy. This is a beer that is thirst quenching and refreshing - sessionable and quaffable at the same time that it is worthy of sipping slowly and contemplating. And with more hop aroma and flavor than many IPA's and some double IPA's, at only 5% alchohol - I'd say that is the definition of perfect drinkability.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed golden orange with stiff and fluffy cap of white foam, long lasting and great lacing. Scent is of juicy and fruity hops with grapefruit, tangerine and pineapple the stars, perfect levels of biscuity malt sweetness in the backbone. Taste follows the amazing scent, fruity and juicy, full flavored (this is a pale ale? stronger than many IPAs!) without being overly bitter. Medium bodied, smooth and lightly creamy, great carbonation. Hands down the best pale ale on the market. A great intro to the brewery a few days before the full visit.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 2L growler poured into a pint glass. Served chilled in the refrigerator on the same day it was filled in a Hill Farmstead fliptop.

Appearance: Pours a really aggressive, two finger, foamy white head with really nice retention. Cloudy orange to pale yellow in color.

Aroma: Really nice tropical hop notes dominate the aroma. Nice citrus, pine and mango really provide a really aromatic background. Not a ton of malt sweetness in there, but it is still incredibly complex.

Taste: Citrus notes again dominate the taste. Lots of tropical fruit, mango and pineapple throughout. Really complex hop flavors balance the sweetness and bitterness really well. Definitely on the verge of being an IPA. Really easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Really light bodied and crisp. The definition of easy to drink.

Overall, the best pale ale I've ever had, bar none. Simple, fresh, hoppy and really flavorful. Easy to drink and complex. I have had this four or five times without reviewing it and every time I enjoy it immensely. Definitely deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass. Freshly tapped.

A: Wow, how murky is this beer? Super murky and cloudy with a one finger white head. Nice full glass lacing that sticks.

S: Tons of citrus, floral and slight pine smells with some caramel sweetness. Nice.

T: The hops are really jumping. Loads of floral herbal flavors, tons of grapefruit, tangerine, some pineapple, peach and pear. The malt shines through the middle with some caramel sweetness, but the huge hops pound it down so it does not overcome the hops. Slight pine bitterness at the finish and a super clean but lasting finish. Wonderful.

MF: Just perfect. Medium, a bit prickly and bitter but still creamy somehow. No alcohol and just super drinkable.

O: This is one kick ass pale ale, probably the best I have ever had. There is a reason this is the "grandaddy" of HF, it is deserving. Everything you want in a pale ale, and even more. This beer is a thing of beauty. Awesome.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a brewery-filled growler into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized malts and grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to pound down for a very long time.

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Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After all the stories, I had to take the 2 hour drive for myself and boy was it worth it. My best description of Edward is a craft brew with the drink-ability of an American-Ale and the hops of an IPA. Medium head, bright amber in color, and definitely a fair share of carbonation. Versatile beer that will appeal to the hop-obsessed majority, but also the sweet, smooth, easy to drink minority of craft beer lovers.

Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT Open Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm

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Photo of Stevedore
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

75cl Hill Farmstead growler generously shared by Doug while we are brewing beer. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 9/9/2013. Review #200!

Pours a beautiful hazy golden straw colour. Kind of a peach colour, actually. It's got that effervescent Hill Farmstead head- 2cm white, thick and creamy looking head with very good retention. Lacing is there, but not the best characteristic about this beer.

This is an interesting beer to smell. In the beginning with the pour, its 100% papaya. I can't get over how much papaya I smelled. Then as it opens up, there is more of the mango and citrus, and by the time I finish the glass, it is pretty much a citrus bomb. It's really delicious smelling with a nice caramel-tasting malt backbone.

The flavour on this is rather interesting. It doesn't have that progression of hop flavours, but it is rather bready with a ton of tropical fruit on top.. what stands out is that super strong bitterness. We looked it up and its 80 theoretical IBUs.. which is a real surprise treat. It's very bitter in the beginning in a very good way. What's awesome is that by the halfway point, the bitterness has passed and we have a delicious balanced pale ale- tons of citrus without much bitterness. Or did the palate get used to it? We'll never know.

Mouthfeel is that creamy, effervescent Hill Farmstead style.. not as much as Susan, Abner, Ephraim, etc. but still significantly so. I really can't get over how Shaun Hill makes his beer feel like this. No booze going on here. So sessionable but jam-packed with flavours.

This is one hell of an American Pale Ale. It feels like an IPA with that bitterness quotient and hop flavour bombing, but so sessionable. It's probably second only to Zombie Dust I think if you count that as an APA. Really the best APA out there. Hill Farmstead, you never cease to amaze.

Re-visited on tap multiple times on my recent Vermont pilgrimage during the week of 2/11/2014. New thoughts on this beer, having had multiple of highly acclaimed American Pale Ales such as Zombie Dust, pseudoSue, etc. and having had the chance to enjoy this at least 8 times since the first growler I split back in September. The best thing about this beer is that it is so complex that each time I taste it, there's something different that stands out that was previously in the background. It has citrus, passion fruit, mango, floral, pine hop characters in there. Most of the time, citrus and passion fruit stands out, but other times the floral and pine stands out. It just seems to depend on how you're feeling that day. And either way the delicious malt backbone provides just enough sweetness along with the fantastic HF mouthfeel to make drinking this a real treat. It's not overwhelmingly bitter, is flavourful and almost juicy, and a true pleasure to drink no matter where I am in my day or my life. It's by far my favorite American Pale Ale and in my opinion, it is more or less perfect.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks go out to tcassell1 for hookin this one up. Growler poured into a tulip.

A: I don't think a pale ale could look any better. Cloudy pale orange color. The pour dropped a huge 3 finger head that left tons of sticky lace.

A: The freshest hop nose imaginable. Big grapefruit, tangerine, and grass. The small malt profile shines through but the hops is what this one's all about.

T: again big citrus. Orange, grapefruit, and tangerine, flowed my a nice sweet malt backbone. The brew finishes very dry, and tangy. Just about perfect for an apa.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Again just about perfect for the style.

O: this is one of the best, if not the beat apa I've ever had. This growler will not last long, and I will be extremely sad when it's gone. This is excellent, and well worth seeking out. Skal.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I mean, what more can you do to a pale ale? this destroys zombie dust in my mind, wow is this good. it pours a glorious hazy orange color with an inch of cool whip looking head. the nose is amazing, pine and lemon and grapefruit, intensely hopped, but freakishly drinkable. the malts provide just enough backbone, and the yeast that was used clearly fermented every last sugar in this thing, its dry and clean and bitter and superbly well carbonated, and somehow very light and sessionable despite its packed in flavor. this is a beer drinkers pale ale, brilliantly hopped, literally like nothing else ive ever encountered, the craftsmanship here is unrivaled. what was missing in the hill farmstead saisons is captured here, I desire no more in a pale ale, and I think that I have found the one I am made to drink. like when I saw buddy guy play guitar for the first time, I knew talent and showmanship had reached their pinnacle, this is that same peak in an American pale ale, it is not equaled by any ive ever had, and I doubt if it will be. world class and then some, a must try for anyone who likes sessioning hoppy beers.

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Photo of Blanco
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orange colored (slightly cloudy) with weak white head. strong hoppy notes in the smell, definitely more IPA-ish than pale like. Fruity and slightly piney. Smells are very fruity, like a fresh sculpin. Light and refreshing. grapefruit undertones. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Wow, the drinkability is high on this one. I'd hardly call it a pale ale, but who cares? This is delicious. All time great beer. need to get my ass to Vt.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a bright, lightly cloudy lighter shade orange with a nice white cap which resedes leaving layers and rings of white lacing and bubbles sticking to the edges of the glass

S: Very big, down right awesome for a 5.6% beer. It smells live a big, fresh liquid orchard ina glass, amazing; grapefruit, peaches, oranges, light lemon and pine. Splendid.

T: Big fresh fruits upfront. What can I say? Excellent. Lots of fresh citrus, peaches, some hints of pin needles dance around the orchard fruits. A nice bitterness rides beneath all of the flavor. The finish is juicy, clean, dry and delicous.

M: Delicate carbonation, light body, lower ABV and immense taste leaves this beer so crushable yet something you want to sip and enjoy.

O: Most excellent.

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Photo of Dope
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml growler filled yesterday. Thanks Alex :)

A: Pours a cloudy pale gold. Enormous frothy off-white head. Head retention is absolutely top-notch as it almost doesn't move at all. Easy five minutes before it has settled enough to drink. Heavy lacing to boot.

S: Oh yeah. Fresh, pungent and juicy. Lots of citrus - oranges specifically. Very light pine. A pleasure just to smell it.

T: Lots of floral hops up front with plenty of citrus backing. Spicy pine kicks in in the middle. The hop flavors don't so much as meld together as they have distinct starting and ending points. Very interesting. And delicious. Light grainy malt helps sweeten it up just enough. Mild wave of bitterness and then a crisp finish with lingering floral hops primarily. Very little aftertaste, just sort of a lingering grainy bitterness.

M: Surprisingly heavy bodied for 5.2%. I assume the unfiltered nature has given it a little more heft? Hard to say, it is shockingly heavy and silky smooth to boot. A little lower carbonation helps the mouthfeel too I think.

O: One hell of an APA. I've had most of the top 10 APAs on this site (currently anyway) and this one is right up there. It might just be the best of them. The mouthfeel especially is a notch above, so full and smooth it really makes this incredibly drinkable - further enhancing the APA character. Ridiculously good, on a level that I didn't even realize was possibly. Having said all of that, how could I give it anything but a 5 here?

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Photo of mtomlins
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml flip-top growler into a stemmed tulip glass (Filled Aug 2; Poured Aug 6).

A: A hazy, copper color (an unfiltered beer so hazy is expected); A big sudsy white head (3+ fingers) slowly settling leaving a curtain of lace.

S: An awesome huge hop nose with lots of sweet citrus (oranges and tangerines), a bit of spicy floral bittering hops, nice pine character; a touch of sweet malt.

T: A bit dryer than the nose; the American bittering hops hit first (spicy and floral) with a good deal of resinous pine; still present are all the citrus notes (oranges and grapefruit zest). The finish is dry and very clean.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and clean holding up well in a growler.

O: Delicious. Edward achieves a great balance of hops and malt with a massive hoppy nose and an enticing appearance.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.