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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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98
world-class

1,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 1234
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.58%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: abriggs1 on 04-27-2010)
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Tmyhre802

Vermont

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 05:05:08 | More by Tmyhre802
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dar482

New York

4.43/5  rDev 0%
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, pine.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 17:33:58 | More by dar482
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 15:56:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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jonathanturf

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 22:49:43 | More by jonathanturf
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is hazed pale golden amber with a perfectly tight white head. Nose is huge hop, well balanced pale malt and grain bill with notes of weed and a strong citrus punch. Taste is a touch more balanced, very drinkable. Grain bill is more pronounced with a light pale malt. Hops are herbal ad citrusy, grassy notes linger with a very light bitterness, assertive carbonation and a light airy body.
Growler - nose is stronger citrus, orange and peach. Taste also has more hops, some citrus and some fresh fruity green notes, still well balanced grain, clean and fresh. Bitterness is a touch less than I remember.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 23:05:14 | More by cpetrone84
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2013 04:22:54 | More by BrewUSA
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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great! Beer! This was the first beer beside The Heady once I went to Waterbury, Vermont. This beer fills your mouth with a nice hoppy taste. Tasted very very fresh. Hill Farmstead mastered brewing beers. This beer is right on point. I believe it's a American Pale Ale BUT it punches you in the face like a Double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 15:42:15 | More by Guess2814
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dougfur

New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, orangy color, hazy and with a modest, creamy head. The smell is citrusy hops, not overpowering, but solid and nice. The taste follows suit, citrus hoppiness, a touch of malt, but then the hops turn up at the end with a parting shot of orange peel goodness. Mouthfeel, is magical. God, I wish I knew how HF creates the silky, smooth body that they do, even in this very low abv APA... Overall, a very solid APA. One of the best I've had!

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 02:33:30 | More by dougfur
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass.

A- Hazy light golden orange color with a 1f clean white head. Heavy lacing.

S- Big citrus hop nose.

T- Big citrus hop flavor, grapefruit. The pale and caramel malts shore it up.

M- Chewy. Good carbonation. Malt sweet and hop bite balance.

O- I love the 5.2% abv of this brew, so drinkable. 85 ibus are a lot for an APA, but the malts hold their own. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 01:02:47 | More by NiceTaps
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T-34-85

New York

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in a tulip glass.

A: Nice cloudy grapefruit color with a modest head.

S: Citrusy hop aroma

T: Very well balanced with the aroma. Very drinkable.

O: This is a very good beer. Not the biggest beer out there, but well balanced character with great smell and smooth flavor. This would be a great beer to have one after another.

Wish there was better access to more of the Hill Farmstead products.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 20:26:22 | More by T-34-85
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. Consumed on 11/1. Written from notes.

A - Peach in color with a light white head. Cloudy with no sediment. Perfect suspension. Left beautiful foam lacing.

S - Intensely fragrant. Smelled of fresh hops. Absolutely wonderful smell.

T - Orange, lemon, and fresh hops with a lasting moderately bitter finish. Completely hides ABV.

M - Standard HF high quality. Crisp and clean, and left nice tingle throughout mouth.

O - Best APA I have tried. Surprised it was not an IPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2013 17:22:14 | More by Duane_Opfer
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DavidBart

New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 23:30:18 | More by DavidBart
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SnacksForMax

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Vermonter, I've been lucky enough to have Edward on tap at my place of employment at all times. People love it. The Hill Farmstead joke (if you haven't heard it) is that THIS beer is the best beer ever created. But it's not as good as last years. (This works with all Hill Farmstead, obviously).
That said, I only like Edward. I do not love it. Most beer lovers seem to have embraced the idea that the hoppier a beer is, the better it must be. Edward, which must be pretty high in IBU's, represents what I don't like about the current craze.
Edward is beautiful. It's the perfect blonde/golden/orange mix and it always has a pleasant thick white head.
It smells amazing. Sean Hill knows how to use and blend hops better than anyone and I love the mix of citrus/butterscotch/pine that I get from Edward.
When I taste it however, I feel that the hops and bitterness therein mask it's flavor. Or rather, this IS the flavor and I wonder if people are so taken aback by their sudden numbness and so on board with all the hype that they say "Hey! That's a really hoppy pale ale! It MUST be good!" And don't get me wrong. There aren't that many sheep in the world and the true experts agree that this is a great beer. So I'm not trying to say it's bad. I just think that as far as APA's go, this one is a bit extreme in the IBU's and better labeled an IPA. After one Edward, I want an IPA. When possible, I normally switch to Abner or another Hill in which I find the extreme hops use to be more akin to the style and less of an obstruction to its taste.
The mouthfeel, as with all great hoppy beers, is wonderful. Honestly, I like drinking Edward more because of the way it coats your mouth than the way it tastes on your tongue.
Overall, Edward is a solid beer. But compared to other Hill Farmstead offerings (What Is Enlightenment? The single hop Citra, Grassroots Legitimacy IPA or Abner, just to name a few that I enjoy more), I feel that Edward is overrated.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 04:12:00 | More by SnacksForMax
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blackie

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

various draft servings in and around Waterbury

Served a slightly hazed, apricot in color with a frothy, dense white head that retains well and leaves heavy lace. From the first encounter, this uniquely flavorful and balanced pale really showed off how great a typically simple style can be if crafted properly. Lots of tropical, citrusy hop character with a lovely presence softened by notes of herbal grass, peach, and the pale bready malt body. Lush hops notes with a very tempered, midrange bitterness complimenting a light malt sweetness. Light-moderate body with a moderate carbonation and dry finish with a touch of resin. Rests near the top of the apa heap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2013 02:44:18 | More by blackie
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extrablue

Wyoming

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best American beer I have ever tasted. Hands down. It makes me think of a cloistered European unfiltered Marzens perfection. If I could only drink one american beer for the rest of my life this would be it. I really just can't get over how amazing it is. It was shockingly good on the first sip. And many rounds later still just as amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2013 23:15:46 | More by extrablue
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tarheels86

California

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tap at Capone’s for RBSG Philly 2011. The pour is a glowing hazy to opaque orange with a thin, white head. Scant lace. Actually laces quite well despite the pour. The nose is celery and resiny hops, fresh citrus and melons. Taste is drier, lighter, soapy, nutty bitter with melon rind and fermented jackfruit. Interesting with lots of rich tropical fruitiness. On style for APA. 6/6/2011 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

Tap at the Moll household thanks to yourefragile. Gorgeous pour: thick buttermilk foam, huge rocky retention. Glowing, bright peach color. Huge lacing. Nose has the essential Hill Farmstead sweet cream butter going on in the nose along with fresh biscuit. Oh, there is a ton of dank hops but the malt character is more impressive as always. Taste is very quenching, soft, biscuity, sourdough, light fruitiness like cantaloupe and peach. Grassy, herbal hops come to balance. So nice to have a zero astringency, zero abrasive, zero specialty malt stickiness APA. Hill Farmstead has this style on lockdown and should write the textbook.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 21:16:18 | More by tarheels86
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed @ Prohibition Pig last weekend.

A totally hazy, orange-yellow body, draped lacing, great retention; dry, clean and crisp finish, bursts with flavor, nice grapefruit aroma reflected in the flavor. Easy drinking APA thank doesn't compromise on taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 19:39:01 | More by papat444
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beernbike

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had it with the boys at Three Penny Pub in Montpelier. Served in a narrow Hill's Farmstead glass. My first experience with Hill's did not disappoint. It was one of,if not the best pale ales that I've ever tasted. Reminded me of Maine Brewing Mo which is a great thing. Started and ended smooth. I can't wait to go back.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 01:00:43 | More by beernbike
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served on tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. The beer arrived in a pint glass with about a finger's worth of head. The beer is densely cloudy and looks like a golden mango. Not sure how this color comes to be. Nice, light lacing left on the glass.

S - Wonderful mix of citrusy hop scents. Maybe just a hint of bready malt. Maybe.

T - I'm getting all hop flavors here, with minimal bitterness. Excellent flavor.

M - Great medium body with a hint of carbonation. It feels really nice.

O - I'm beginning to understand why these beers are rated so highly. However, I can't help but notice that, while everything I tried on this recent trip has been delicious, it has also been relatively one dimensional. I'd love to try some other non IPA/APA styles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 00:29:06 | More by Andrew041180
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Three Penny Taproom on a recent trip to Montpelier/Stowe/Waterbury, VT. Had this once before at Hill Farmstead a while back, definitely have been looking forward to giving it another go...

Served in a Hill Farmstead narrow pint glass, it has the typical H.F. hoppy beer look to it. Hazy bright orange, nice white head that retains well leaves satisfactory lace.

The scent is solid and promising. Citrus and herbal hops, bready and some sweeter malts. Tropical.

The taste is great as remembered. Citrus/tangerine, good amount of herbal, general tropical flavors, and some pine. Nice soft bready, cracker-y malts balance things out nicely but definitely more hop-forward than your average pale ale. Simply great and easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is fine mostly but felt just a bit on the thin side, maybe could've use more carbonation as well. Maybe the beer's biggest, though slight, flaw.

Loads of hop flavor without a ton of bitterness, great malt backing, very drinkable, this is to be expected from Hill Farmstead. Having had it recently as well, I prefer What is Enlightenment? as far as their pale ales go, but this is certainly very good by all means.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 22:33:31 | More by Chico1985
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap: Poured a hazy bright yellow color ale with large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of floral hay and citrus notes with fruity ester and quite incredible. Taste is also dominated by fresh citrus notes with nice floral notes with fresh crisp cereal notes. Body is about average with great carbonation. Loads of hoppy with very limited amount of bitterness. Another winner from this brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 02:29:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 02:28:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest.

Pours a light amber-orange with a dense off-white head.

Aroma of onion, grass, and herbal hops. Little tropical fruit presence.

Citrus, lemon, light pine, some onion, and herbal hoppiness upfront. Bready malt middle. Lemon, onion, and pine finish. Lingering lemon citrus bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly foamy finish.

Pretty good--a solid pale ale.

9/22/2012

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 22:32:03 | More by sidetracked
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 20:07:06 | More by StonedTrippin
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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half pint draft pour into a mini-nonic glass.

Peachy orange, nearly opaque, a thin layer of white froth sits on top, leaving behind a ring of delicate lacing. The skim parts to one side after a couple of sips.

Big citrus aroma of tangerine and grapefruit, citric with a green undercurrent. Bitter grapefruit pith and resiny pine bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Very smooth and drinkable with a light carb level. My personal jury is still out if this is any better than Zombie Dust.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2013 18:58:51 | More by emerge077
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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.