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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 2,227
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 631
Gots: 226 | FT: 1
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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Photo of youth-and-art
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very cloudy golden color with a thin head.

Very fresh hops to smell; not as overwhelmingly grassy as many others are - perhaps a smokey quality to them? Very different and refreshing.

Taste follows the scent; overall quite hoppy, but with a dry, almost citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel is just right for this beer; not too light but not too heavy either, perfect balance in the middle. Carbonation is the same.

Overall a great APA, as is to be expected from Hill Farmstead, though it is a touch strong on the hops.

Personal note - first had this beer at Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington with mother at their 2015 Hill Farmstead/Grassroots event.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass. Cloudy apricot in color. Forms a dense 1 finger head.

S: [3.75] Floral nose with slight hints of pine.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose closely. Nice piney resin flavor. Hint of lemon rind at the finish.

M: [3.75] Carbonation is just right. Not cloying or bitter. Clean finish.

O: [3.75] Really nice beer. This was my first Hill Farmstead beer. Maybe I was expecting unicorns with rainbows shooting out of them. But this didn't totally blow me away. This was a solid beer but did not overwhelm me.

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Photo of cfalls
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super cloudy golden color. Thin head with lots of lacing.

Hops smell and taste really fresh. Really hoppy for an APA. Dry finish. Maybe a hint of funky yeast like a Belgian? Interesting.

Medium carbonation.

Amazingly flavorful for the ABV. Sessionable and satisfying.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Worthy Burger. Despite living in neighboring NH, I've been waiting a long time for this. A cloudy pumpkin pour with a thick frothy head that died down quickly, but left excellent lacing throughout the glass. An almost smokey hoppiness on the nose. Big herbal fruity hop flavor; how did they pack all that in an Pale Ale? A strong bitter pop, especially late. The carbonation seems right on, and there is a creaminess to this one, a pleasure to drink. I often forgot I wasn't drinking an IPA because it left me wanting nothing more, like some APAs can. With the possible exception of Zombie Dust (boy would I love to test them side-by-side!) this is easily the best APA I've tasted.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Edward took the top spot for APAs for me. I love the Stoneface and Peeper... but have to put this higher in the pecking order of APAs. I feel bad... had this after an Abner... and didn't get to really clean out my taste buds before this one. At a low 5% with the flavor you get... outstanding. EFB just has the magic touch... but like all their brews... just so hard to get your hands on... which in my opinion... goes to my sense of "feel."

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy opague amber orange much like Abner and similar fruitiness but with a much much lighter mouthfeel. Unlike any other pale ales that I've had and very very VERY crushable and enjoyable. Nose of any and all citrus fruits (particularly orange and mango). Great beer to pair with food as it's so light in texture yet rustic and flavorful. This is a all day on a boat in the hot sun kind of beer at 5.2% and one of the best pales I've ever had. I'd put the Fort Point Pales from Trillium ahead of this but otherwise it's right up there.

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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 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 jvillefan
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A little too hazy for a pale and a little too heavy on the mouthfeel for a pale but a great beer. I feel like I would have given a higher rating if this was classified as an American IPA.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight up orange colored beer with a big off white head (even out of the growler). Aroma is like a floral bouquet with light citrus and pine. Malts hold up well. Nice delicate mix. Flavor is sweet and sharply citrus initially, twhen turns to spicy and herbal. A lot of deliciousness to take in. Texture is smooth but loaded with prickly carbonation, subtle dryness, and slight hop resin grittiness. This is a great beer to have a growler of. It's got a distinct Hill Farmstead taste to it. Very fresh, hoppy, herbal, and spicy. A very likable beer.

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Photo of mick303
4.4/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the brewery. Aromas of clean grapefruit, citrus, pine, white peach, full growing bitterness. Aromas of strong C-hops, with a really nice clean malt profile and bitterness. Delicious, mouthfeel is really full with a moderate carbonation. Very well balanced and a beer I will certainly look forward to having in the future.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Just greatness. A Pale Ale with curves. Right amount of hops, right amount of slight, malt texture... It's just clean. Mr. clean can take a hike. It's just good on good.

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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 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 angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7 , growler filled about 4 hours ago

A: Burnt orange to medium amber with some honey and golden highlights - pours with a big, white head, keeps a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Excellently balanced citrus, pine, and pale malts - not particularly intense, but intensely balanced - fresh, ripe orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - fleshy and floral citrus - pine needles with a hint or resin and dank notes - clean, pale malts with a touch of caramel

T: Balanced, clean, stupidly drinkable - nice level of citrus, with some orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit flavors - very floral - pine, with some resin, some hints of mint - pale malts, with a touch of caramel - grainy bread - medium level of bitterness- extremely clean and drinkable

M: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes somewhat dry

O: Superior to Robert Pattinson

Hill Farmstead makes absurdly clean beers. That being said, this is one of the cleanest, which really shines in an American Pale Ale. Worth the drive.

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Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Edward pours a hazy pale orange with a one finger head with decent retention.

Smells like wonderful citrus hops. Some grapefruit of course, but it's more complex than that by a lot. Hill uses 5 different hops in Edward, and it shows both on the nose and in the taste.

Taste follows the nose - lots of citrus and tropical fruit, plus some grassy notes and a little pine bite mixed with light sweetness from the caramel malts. The finish is very slightly bitter - the 85 IBUs is very misleading as are IBU listings for all of Hills Beers.

Mourthfeel - Something about Hill Farmstead Water gives all of their beers an amazing mouth. It's soft, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

Edward is just about the perfect Pale Ale. I'd need to drink more of it, and drink it side by side with Trillium Fort Point and Zombie Dust to say which one i like the best, but you really can't go wrong with any of those three APAs.

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Photo of MarcGetty
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Wow, this really is outstanding beer!

Four and a half days after making the pilgrimage to Hill Farmstead I opened up my 750ml bottle of Edward and poured myself a glass. Words can barely describe how well all of the flavors go together.

Like a more hearty saison, this American Pale Ale is a league and a half above anything else in it's class. Moderately hopped, oh so freaking smooth. This beer really is amazing stuff.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Edward, the beer's namesake, but if someone made a beer half as good as this in my name I'd be leaving quite a legacy.

If you can get some of this, please, do so. I can't imagine you would be disappointed.

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Photo of RusseLloyd
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured fresh from a 2L growler to a tulip glass

A - Hazy pour, nice light copper/orange color with a white head. Head diminished pretty quickly after a minute or two.
S - Fresh and crisp with citrus notes that definitely hint to an ensuing bitter taste.
T - Nice upfront bite that provides that citrus flavor and bitterness, and mellows off to a crispy hop flavor. Pleasant aftertaste.
M - Well carbonated, fairly light and fresh feel to it.
O - Really enjoyed the refreshing nature of the citrus and light feel, which accompanied by the 5.2% ABV, provides a great experience beyond that first beer!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a HF stemmed glass. Purchased 5 days ago at the brewery, best by today!

Pours a hazy, cloudy creamy orange body with a white frothy head that reduces quickly to leave some lacing and little retention.
Aromas of pine, flowers, ask me citrus, grapefruit shine though.
On the tongue huge floral notes stand out, light caramel, pine, and citrus on the follow through. Medium light body and medium carbonation, very easy drinker.

This pale ale is no doubt world class, smooth, and balanced: a great start to those who are looking to get into hoppy beers, as well as an excellent session beer for the seasoned craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of SebD
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: It has a nice nice murky golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pine resins, citrus, loads of grapefruit and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of grapefruit, citrus, a nice piney bitterness, light grass and some sweet bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great beer from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed orange color with a white head. Aroma is piney and full of tropical fruits. The taste is also tropical, lots of pith, pine, pineapple, papaya. The taste is very fruity and hoppy. Nice pine, resin, mild tropical punch, light citrus. Refreshing take on a pale. Light body, light to medium carbonation, slightly drying hop finish. Overall, this is a great brew, thx to K0IZ for the pickup.

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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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4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into HF stemware

A-Frothy white head with some mild retention. Thick lacing that quickly runs down the side of glass. light golden hazy beer.

S-Aroma hits as soon as the growler was opened. Aroma is strong and is a precursor of things to come. Lots of sweet smelling hops. Tropical fruits. Peach, oranges, mango. some grapefruit and faint pine

T-not as sweet as the nose at least at first but may change as it warms. Peach, orange, grapefruit, lemon/lime, some bitterness. flavors really pop as there is something about the beer that makes the flavors very bright and upfront. some maltiness to keep the hops in check. Bit of a bitter finish with some lingering pine and bitterness

M-medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. leaves you with a mouthful of flavor

O-strong showing here easy to see why this breweries beers are in such high demand

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 liter growler shared with many PA locals!

poured into HF glass.

Appearance: cloudy golden yellow bodied beer with massive creamy white head.

Smell: Lots of juicy peach and grass in the aroma! Slightly dank and hint of chalk and cat piss. Hint of bready malts.

Taste: Mild bitterness. Lots of juicy peach hops. Hint of citrus and pine. A mildly dankness and a hint of chalk! Light bready malts that are perfect for those hops.

Mouthfeel: light body with low almost moderate carbonation levels. Very creamy and very drinkable.

Overall: This is almost like Pseudosue with a more prodominent peachy hop profile. As expected Edward is an excellent hoppy beer brewed by Sean Hill.

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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.


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