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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 2,301
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 638
Gots: 262 | FT: 1
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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 thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange gold with lasting thick white head. Pleasant aroma of mango and pineapple. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Less pronounced fruit in the taste, with a good malt balance. Bitter, grapefruit rind aftertaste. Comes together exceptionally well.

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Photo of CHickman
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pony Bar, NYC; pours very hazy gold orange color with a small off white head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Wow, is this really an APA as it smells and tastes like an extremely fresh hopped IPA. Dank and pungent, the nose reeks of citrus and tropical fruit with a nearly perfect mix of lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, papaya, resiny piney hops, herbs, mild pepper spices, graham cracker, pizza crust and some floral notes. It's hop dominant yet masterfully balanced with a kiss of bitterness. Delicious and sessionable.

This was fantastic and lived up to the hype. Hope it comes down to this area more often as I will seek this out.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Yellow-orange color, decent head. Aroma is pine, citrus, hops. Flavor is the same but has a decent malt and you just know it is a pale ale and not an IPA. good stuff.

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Photo of danh53
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a light IPA at less than 6%. It has a smooth and soft mouth feel with very little carbonation. Tastes of lemon, lime, and grapefruit with floral notes. Basil and orange peel come through on the finish. Its a nice IPA, but certainly not worth the price to acquire if you are outside of New England.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

My first HF beer and man this did not disappoint. Dry hopped to hell for a pale ale. They served this too cold, and it only got better as it warmed up.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has, surprisingly, become pretty easy to get around me, which is great! It's definitely a go-to beer for me - I will be picking it up whenever I can. Hill Farmstead is spot on when it comes to balancing flavors with alcohol content. I could drink this dank APA all day long, which is actually not too bad considering it's only 5.2% ABV.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey-yellow with a little haze. Head is a finger of dense white foam with lots of lacing. Smell is a bit muted, but I pick up grapefruit, pine and a little lemon. Taste is similar, with a bit of breadiness coming in occasionally. Nice lingering pleasant bitterness. Feel is stellar--smooth and soft, yet balanced by perfect carbonation. Overall, an outstanding pale ale that doesn't shout, but speaks quietly with convincing eloquence.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasting notes from November 11th, 2015
Had on-tap@ La Puerta Negra in Montpelier, VT

Appearance - Served up in a tall pint, the brew is cloudy and dull orange in color with an off-white, half finger width head. Fair retention, breaking down to a thin layer of surface suds. Lacing comes in the form of broken sheets and a few spots between.

Smell - Pungent, juicy orange aroma with distant, zingy pineapple.

Taste - Doesn't quite deliver on the strength that the nose promised. Hits first on moderate orange notes, balanced by a near equal bready malt sweetness. Faint pineapple acidity creeps in near the finish, then a lingering citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky quality lends itself to a stupid ease of drink.

Overall - This is a fantastic pale ale, but if I'm being frank the flavor profile leaves a bit to be desired. It does well to balance between the hops and malts, and it goes down as easy as they come. It's a bit of a shame that HFS has such limited visiting hours; it would have been nice to have visited their brewhouse my one night in town, but I suppose getting to try their brews on tap will have to suffice.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange. Minimal head. Plenty of citrus aroma. The taste follows suit. Some orange, some melon. There is some vegetal bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is very soft and inviting. Edward is one of the best pale ales in the world.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap and poured into tulip glass at whetstone brewery, Brattleboro VT

Hazy yellow with 2 finger head.
Hops and citrus upfront with a bit of sweetness in the end of the nose.
Nice citrus, lemon and pine notes. A bit of malt adds a bit of sweetness on the finish. Very delicious.
Super delicious pale ale, boarders the line of IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery last time I was up there. Orange color upon being poured with a decent amount of head. The aromas and taste are spot on with each other; grapefruit, citrus, pine, possibly some peach. The feel is clean with a slight bitterness and moderate carbonation. This is a very well balance beer and expected from Hill Farmstead. I would definitely recommend this one, cheers!

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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 SupportNewEnglandBrew
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the brewery taproom in a tulip stem.

Beautiful creamy head. Good retention through the first half. Sour/sweet clean smell. Smooth and remarkably balanced. No one flavor stands out from the sweet front end to the bitter hops on the end. Very refreshing and satisfying throughout. World class.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier on Monday, 9/26. Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small head that leaves great lacing. Smell is juicy and pure hops, lots of citrus swirling around. BAM! Instant orange flesh and malt sweetness in the flavor. Hop oils and bitterness in the back give off some herbal qualities and some grapefruit rind. Never gets too malty and never gets too bitter. Just a total orange juice bomb with a light body and delicate carbonation. Easily one of my favorite pale ales now, world-class.

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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 Kurmaraja
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Flavor is citrus and pine but incredibly light, bitter, mineral, herbal. The fruit doesn't carry even a hint of sweetness. Malt note is present but biscuity, dry, a bit yeasty. Chewy mouthfeel yet incredibly dry and thirst quenching. This is one where a 750 growler is barely a single serving size.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a two finger head. Smells of citrus fruit with a slight yeast aroma. Taste is crisp and clean, light cracker-like malts. Easy bitterness that's not at all challenging. Great flavor with a dry finish. Overall an excellent pale ale from a brewery with an exceptional reputation for pale ales. This beer is what it's cracked up to be.

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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 Mineo
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Out of a growler. Bright hazy orange with small bubbles. Sweet herbal smell, with a very light and fluffy mouthfeel accentuated by bright citrus and pine. Malt backing is there but not cloying. A very drinkable and solid pale ale.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great pale ale. Well balanced and easy drinking. I could drink this everyday and not complain ever . cant wait to try more of his hoppy offerings !!

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yeah, wow. now that is a beer. All the reviews that talk about a silky smooth almost creamy mouthfeel are spot on. There is nothing that I would change. When it comes to APAs, if there is an equal out there, I sure haven't found it. Perfectly balanced, delicious pale that I could drink every day.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful light copper orange color, translucent but not transparent, a substantial head fades to spotty capping. Lacing is extensive and lovely.

S - Citrus in the form of grapefruit zest and pith. Slight spiciness underneath.

T - Powerful citrus up front, with bright flash of orange and grapefruit. Middle brings some pine and light malt elements, a subtle sweetness that fades quickly into a more bitter close. Nothing extreme, but definitely present.

M - Bright and carbonated, with mild drying in the close.

O - One of the best APAs I've had. This delivers a full blast of citrus notes and definite bitter elements while keeping it all together. Clean, precise and exacting, this is what you hope for in a craft beer. Exceptional.

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4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a growler in Greensboro at brewery. Poured into pint glass next day in Port Clyde, Maine.

Holy Crap, this is a great pale ale. I enjoyed it so much more than their experimental beers, Conduct of Life, Excursions. Double citra ,and Society and Solitude.

Pors a hazy orange with two fingers of bone white head.

Smells of dank and fruity hops.

Great malt backbone with dank and fruity hops dominating.

Don'underestimate the value of their fantastic water.

This would be my go to beer, but I live in Pittsburgh.

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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dry, hop bitterness. Some citrus in the aroma, but barely any in the taste. Dark shade of orange/yellow and very cloudy. Solid APA. Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.