Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 2,091
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.61%
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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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Reviews: 295 | Hads: 2,091
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.6.13
Thanks NYCBuckeye

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a soapy off-white head with good retention.

S - Citrusy, mostly orange with some lemon, mango, pineapple.

T - Subtle orange and pineapple with a touch of grass.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A nice citrusy-tropical pale, goes down so easy. Amazing beer. (349 characters)

Photo of ElGallo
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with lots of carbonation bubbles but limited head and a lingering lacing.
Smells of faint citrus but lots of floral, the smell is outstanding
Taste has a bit of hops and citrus but not much bitterness
Mouthfeel has some rolling bubbles but not creamy, leaves a dry aftertaste (282 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip this beer was a hazy orange color. There was a medium-sized white head and an abundance of lace.

Very much citrus for aroma. Tinge of pine. Sweet malt.

What a taste! Grapefruit, tropical fruit, a bit of pine, some grassy hops. Bready.

A nice hoppy beer, but still somewhat restrained.

The first Hill Farmstead beer I've tried. Am looking forward to many more. (374 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden brown, full finger white head, light lacing, opaque haze

S - Juicy hops. Tropical/ grapefruit and carmel.

T - Tropical fruit hops, juicy, wheat, bread, piney finish

M - Frothy, fully body, carbonation is very good.

O - Not the super juicy tropical nose I have been accustomed with HF beers. It could be entirely possible I hold HF at higher level. Bc nose is very very good. Juicy hops do explode in mouth. Little more piney than expected from a pale ale. It does come close - buy ZD still holds the crown. (521 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of zep9865
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with Aasher 4/30. Poured into aecht schlenferla snifter. Pours a beautiful orange-copper with lacing foam head. This is one of the best looking pales ive ever seen. The color is so pure.

Smell is very floral, with only a hint at a caramel backbone. Citrus peel and hops galore.

Beer is well integrated with citrus and bitter hops. Everything (grapefruit, lemon and hops) are very well tied in together but not one of these elements stands out specifically.

This beer is as well-balanced as you can get. Carbonation, bitterness, floral notes and citrus mingle perfectly together.

I could session drink this beer all night and pause every couple minutes just to say damn this is a good beer. (702 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of rab53
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Cloudy golden color with a moderate creamy white head. Smells of tropical fruit and honey, not heavy on pine and citrus. Taste is clean hoppy goodness with just enough biscuit to balance. Smooth and creamy from the tap. Wish this was available regularly in my area. (289 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy oranges with a beautiful frothy head of thick, foamy goodness. Citrus and grass aromas, on the soft side at first, but deep and fresh. Tangerine juice, lemon zest, flowers, and faint cereal grain with a hint of herbal/scallion/dank weed. Flavor is so green, fresh, and juicy...hoppy grapefruit, tangerine, pine, peachy sweetness, and spicy, slightly herbal notes. Medium bodied and very smooth, lightly carbonated, and dry with a lingering bitter finish. We had no problem killing the growler in short order. (522 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

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. (217 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bubbles pop across one-finger of pure tan head. Color is is bright orange with reddish hues.

Smell is beaming with citrus hops and a bit of resin and caramel in the background.

A nice flourish of orange and grapefruit is quickly underscored by notes of grain, sugar and caramel. As evidenced with other HF tries this one is about as perfect as you can get with the hop/malt balance.

Light bodied and crisp with a soft middle.

This is a colorful APA that does great justice to an oft overlooked style. (507 characters)

Photo of jhange
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the few APA's I've had that I haven't had to try hard to like. On draft in a tulip at Blue Dog Cafe in Chalfont. Great piney taste throughout the entire beer, more so as it gets warmer. Great lacing and mouthfeel. Very drinkable. My first Hill Farmstead beer is certain impressive. Just having Topper about 2 days again, I'm thinking I need to relocate to VT for sure.

Cheers. (385 characters)

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edward poured from a 750mL HF growler into a HF oversized wine glass on 1/22/2012.

A- Beautiful hazy hay or straw color. Nice pale ale appearance topped by a 1/2 finger white head that dissipated quickly wit lots of nice lacing.

S- This beer smells like an Ipa. Really nice hop aroma, picking up pine, citrus and some floral notes. Very clean smelling beer.

T- The taste is not as hoppy as the nose but still a nicely hopped pale ale. Really nice malt character with a touch of bitterness from the hops. Its dry clean and refreshing. Nice balance

M- Light bodied with medium carbonation nice mouthfeel for the style.

O- Enjoyable to smell, enjoyable to taste , and enjoyable overall. This is a very well put together Pale it has great aroma bitterness and taste while staying unbelievably drinkable. This one gets an A. Well done Shaun Hill (846 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The aroma has bright tropical fruit, light citrus, grapefruit.

The flavor follows hop juice flavor, grapefruit, citrus and tropical, but less than his older sister, Susan. Some light pine and grassiness and a light bready malt backbone.

A wonderful beer, though a bit overshadowed by other Hill Farmstead brews. (354 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft, taken from notes. Into a stemmed tulip.

A - Super hazy orange in body. Looks very much like Blue Moon for easy reference. Fluffy white head. This one's a looker. Photo of the pour. http://tinyurl.com/74ns3g9

S - Citrus rind, grapefruit, mango. Awesome aroma. Could be a bit more pungent, but then again it's only a Pale.

T - Follows the nose. Big citrus notes with clean grapefruit. A touch or mango-style fruit note. Malt backbone cleans everything up. Outstanding.

M - Great creamy texture. Not sure how Hill Farmstead conditions their beers but this works perfectly.

O - Just a fantastic Pale Ale. If you were to make Zombie Dust more bitter and flavorful, you would end up with Edward. Very similar notes and flavors, just a bit more pronounced. Absolutely wonderful. (797 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very hazy copper with a decent pure-white head that lasts for a while leaving some decent lacing.

very hoppy aroma giving plenty of pine, fresh cut grass, grapefruit and citrus, with a floral kick.

follows the nose being very hoppy, but not bitter. juicy and refreshing with tons of citrus and an herbal, slightly peppery kick that makes it finish quite dry. some pale malt sweetness lies behind everything.

lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation and a slightly resiny feel left behind, but little bitter aftertaste.

as an APA, I don't think there is one better. Maine Beer Co.'s Peeper is close though. almost in IPA territory. (647 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-draft at Liberty Taproom
Poured into a 12 oz goblet

A: Extremely hazy golden orange body with a creamy, fluffy white head. Really wonderful sticky lacing on the walls and a nice retention circle around the edge with minor patches. Not what I expected for a Pale Ale, especially the very cloudy nature of it.

S: Big citrus fruits, orange, mango, papaya and peach. Hints of earthy bitter hops come through, along with a very nice floral element. Clean aroma with lots of big notes.

T: Nothing but juicy citrus hops and fruits up-front. More orange and mango mostly which quickly turns into a bitter floral flavor. Back of the palate brings some pale malts with a hint of peach lingering around. Very flavorful for being a lower ABV beer, and certainly one of the best tasting in the style.

M: Creamy, smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. This has the mouth feel down essentially perfectly for a Pale Ale. It's not too thin or full, but the creaminess is something you don't see often.

Easily my favorite Pale Ale I've tried to date. This had a wonderful mouth feel and the flavors were so prominent, citrusy and juicy which is just what I like. Great stuff once again from Hill Farmstead. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass

A - the first pour, which was quite cold, didn't produce much head. Subsequent pours after warming a bit produced a good inch or more or loose white head. Appears a translucent golden color. Very nice looking beer.

S - lots of floral hope with some citrus peel. Orange and lemon zest.

T - quick kick of bitter and citrus grapefruit. Some richer orange peel type flavored, ends with a crisp bitter finish, leaving a floral/lemon aftertaste.

M - medium high carb, lots of oily hop, nice.

O - I would drink it all the time if I could. Strays away from the in your face imperial approach and is just a nice medium presentation of hops. (677 characters)

Photo of MikeB1984
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was stop two of our Guys Day Out yesterday. This brewery is in the heart of the boondocks. We sampled 4 different beers from Hill Farmstead.

Edward was a nice and smooth APA. I even bought a growler of it and a bottle of Florence. Magnificent beer. (255 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

64oz, filled 7/25/13, drank 8/3/13
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Cloudy lighter orange color. Unfiltered. Two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Lots of carbonation still. Sticky lacing sheeting is left of the glass.

S: Really nice tropical fruit on the nose. Mango, tangerine, over ripe peach. Some pine in there as well. Smells more of an IPA than a pale ale. Minimal malt character.

T: Nice mild bitterness up front. Getting the fruity hop character that you took from the nose, some pine, and it just works. Typical to HF pale ales, thinner malt bill letting the hops shine. Finish is fairly dry. Clean and refreshing.

M: Medium bodied. Lingering bitterness. (667 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big slightly off white head settles to a cap atop the beer and provides ample lacing that sticks. Big citrus orange, grapefruit and pine in the nose. Taste follows with citrus, mainly orange, and a piney resinous finish that is quite bitter for a pale ale. Slick mouthfeel coats the palate then in a flash goes away clean with a drying bitter finish. IPA like medium body is nice. Overall an amazing pale ale that delivers IPA mouthfeel and big flavor. (452 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with me! Had during Hobo Tasting #5 while sitting inside RJ Rockers! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a very minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The citrus aspect on this one kept me coming back for more. I really like citrus in my beer (no, not like the citrus people like in their Blue Moons) so this one was a no-brainer for me. Really glad I got to try this one. Just hate Mike left me with a half a growler of this at Rockers when he left. I blame this growler for getting me drunk that night by the way... An absolute must try! (924 characters)

Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.