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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 306
Hads: 2,220
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 631
Gots: 223 | 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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Reviews: 306 | Hads: 2,220
Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the most dry hopped beer i think i've ever had. straight out of the tap it smells like hop pellets. had a whole twenty liter keg with some buddies over a weekend. orange with nice sticky head. that wouldn't go away. nose opened up to pine, cannibus, and a thick orange mango note. the nose is very much so that but the beer itself is so light and refreshing it sort of designs the palate for the hops as a very delicate matter. this feels like a belgian table beer in spirit and the american craft hopping. palate is light and effervescent and nice and floral. a fruit that is sent dry with hops but not bitter. the beer is dry but its not one dimensional. there are subtle hints of citrus in this rainbow of hops... all expressed once your nose is attuned to it's glory. the first APA i could have everyday.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in NYC.

Appearance is burnt orange with a thick one finger head. Taking in the aroma of Edward is small event in itself. This APA is beautifully fragrant with citrus, hops, grass, some other elements as well. Its` taste includes more of the hops, pineapple, grape, pine. MF is medium with a bitterness, as well as lemon in the end. Overall, this beer is quite good.

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Photo of bpalfrey10
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful, unfiltered goodness in a 12 oz glass. Slight head that receded quickly, but impressive lacing. A deep rusty color, opaque.
Smell: A mild citrus at first, orange I think, but as it sat in front of me, I began to get more pine.
Taste: Very refreshing, balanced, but definitely tipping towards the bitter side. Some lasting bitterness and pine towards the end. Didn't really get much citrus in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Incredible, carbonation was a little higher than I thought it would be (not a bad thing), and it seemed a perfect balance of substance and not being too heavy of a beer (it is a pale ale after all)
Overall: Wonderful pale ale. I walked 3 miles in Brooklyn just to taste this beer and it was well worth the journey. Exact type of beer I'd like to spend all day drinking in the summer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first tango with HF is Edward. I sense the beginning of a wonderful romance if this lives up to the hype. Poured lovingly into a pint glass from a shapely HF growler.

4.5 A: Hazed orangish brown color. Two fingers of off-white creamy/frothy hybrid head. Retention is very good and the lacing is leaving no glass exposed. Can't get much better than this.

4.5 S: Hops are quite floral and citrusy, with some grassiness in there as well. Grapefruit, pine, and some mandarin orange. What is really amazing is how well the yeast is controlled. For an unfiltered pale ale, this is magnificently clean. Just a small touch of bready yeastiness.

4.0 T: The taste is much like the nose: clean and hoppy with excellent yeastmanship. Grapefruit and pine are a bit stronger than in the nose and work with a moderate hop bitterness to please the hophead's palate. Hops can be described as resiny. Touch of neutral sweetness from the malt to balance the bitterness and a smaller touch of bready yeast.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, very good for a growler. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: I have doubts that labeling this a APA is appropriate, but I don't doubt that this is a great beer. Very drinkable as I got through half a growler very quickly. The hop flavor is good, but the impressive aspect is how clean the yeast is. Not the most complex of brews, but worth a drink.

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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 drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Mike recently. Thanks.

Beer is yellow / slightly darker yellow and mostly clear. Forms a decent white head of small and medium bubbles, moderate carbonation, and some lacing on the glass. So far so good.

Aroma of the beer is like grapefruit and other citrus / fruit varieties, you can also cut through the hops and get to the mild malt presence in the aroma.

Beer is medium in body and quite hoppy but without being too bitter. I kept thinking to myself what a great base beer this would be for just about anything you wanted to do. It is a solid APA and one of the best I've ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears mostly clear and orange in color. For some reason, my pour was more transparent than others. Interesting.

The aroma brings an array of pleasant hop and citrus notes.

The beer is very flavorful and enjoyable. Light on the palate, and effortless to drink, this is only one of two growlers that enticed me enough to go back for seconds that evening. Well balanced and delicious. By well balanced, the hops play the lead role, but the various citrus and hop flavors meld together harmoniously.

The feel is a bit on the thin side, but at 5.2% and packed with flavor, I'm OK with that.

I definitely recommend this beer. It would be quite easy to throw back a few pints of Edward.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what a friggin tasting hobo 5 turned out to be. i ended up coming out with two beers that were damn near perfect 5's and on two totally different ends of the spectrum, from the growler to the pint glass.

the best pour a pale ale could have hands down. bow down to it. a deep amber that was soo cloudy and hazy you could not see through to the other side of the bottle no matter what you tried. amazing looking beer with a huge which head that stuck to anything it came close to.

the aroma was to die for as the hops were soo fresh, soo clean it made you cry. such a deep resonant citrus aroma coming off of this, i hardly could speak.rich orange, pineapple, tangerine, juicy it was soo fresh, no bitterness or harshness, soo full and fresh like you were sucking on a whole cone, again just amazing here. clean finish with a dry, juciy finish that left you searching, begging to find more.

overall this was a simply amazing beer that really just has to be tried. i have ephraim in the fridge, cannot wait.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 03/05/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike.

a - Pours a murky yellow golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, pine hops, and bready, pale malts. I wasn't expecting this to be as hoppy as it was, and was pleasantly surprised.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of citrus hops, and fruity malts, followed by some smooth bready malts. Also some light pine hops and tropical fruits. Very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. had a nice smooth body.

d - Overall I thought this was a great APA; one of the best ones I've had along with Alpha King. Lots of hops in the nose and taste, and at 5.2% ABV it's insanely drinkable; I felt like I wouldn't have a problem finishing a growler by myself. Would love to have this one again.

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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 yourefragile
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a goblet at Canal St.

Pours a radiant, chilled peachy apricot color with a thick cream colored head. Excellent retention, the head never quite fades away and leaves behind thick, sticky rings of lace.

Aroma is fresh and abundantly hoppy. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine with subtle tropical fruit sweetness.

Body is medium thick and chewy with in your face carbonation. Flavor is ridiculously hoppy and rich for a 5% APA. Like the nose, grapefruit and pine hops, resiny and bitter, dominate from start to finish. There is a slight bready malt present and some sweet tropical fruits as the beer warms, but the hops are what linger well into the finish. Incredible flavor and hop presence for what is expected to be a mild APA.

Edit 01/13/13: Changing this score to my first perfect 5's because this is... perfect

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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 orangesol
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours sunkist orange with a nice thick one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of strong, grassy, citric hops blend in well with the bready malt to form a nicely balanced nose. While the hops dominate they really never get too out of control. Good stuff.

T - Nice grassy hop bite up front giving way to a mix of graham cracker malt and grapefruit flavors from the citric hops. Finish is a bit chewy with plenty of lingering bitterness. Having had quite a few of the hoppy Hill Farmstead offerings now I would have to say this one is near the top of the list. Glad I finally got to try it.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A mix of pine resin and chewy malt in both the feel and finish.

D - Pretty good. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. The strong hop punch was very nice, as was the lower ABV, but the chewy feel brought it down a notch. Still very drinkable tho.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared from a growler by Bobby.

A: This one is much like all other hoppy Hill Farmstead beers: a murky orange color with a white head.

S: A very nice citrus aroma to this one. Plenty of grapefruit and tangerine with a mild tropical fruit character to it. Mild bread notes to go with it and perhaps some grass. Nice and fruity without being overly sweet.

T: Lots of tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple flavor to this beer. A mild bitterness with some clean bread and cracker malt flavor. The amount of tropical fruit flavor really kind of creeps up on you as you continue to drink the beer.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

O: Tried this again and the descriptors are similar but the beer is far better.

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Photo of Gmann
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden color with some orange hues. No head to speak of, looks quite flat.

The aroma is quite nice. Fresh grapefruit hops dominate the aroma. Some light pine and pepper as well. A bit of musty aromas from the yeast. Definitely has a "home-brew" aroma to it.

Again, nice fresh grapefruit hop flavor. The hop profile ranks right up there with SNPA for the style. There is a yeast presence that dirty ups the flavor but its fairly light and gives the beer a rustic tone. Solid malt flavor, bready enough to support the hops but doesn't really add any flavor.

Moderate feel with soft to tingly carbonation. Sweet and bitter on the palate.

Great hop profile on this APA, very tasty. It does have a home brew character to it but its damn delious.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Capone's last weekend. Served in a pint glass. Along with Bullfrog Citra-Delic, this is the best pale ale that I have ever had. Congrats and thanks, Shaun.

Pours a very hazy light apricot color with a good white head and a pretty good amount of lacing as it goes down the glass. The nose simply explodes with hoppy notes ranging from tropical to citrus with a bit of floral and pine in there for good measure. Simply a cornucopia of all that hops can do to a beer. The taste drives this up to the next level--simply awe-inspiring. Wow, so good. There really isn't any hint at all of malt, other than that it adds a bit of a base so the beer's not too thin. It is quite dry, however. Dry finish with a very resiny, bitter finish. So much flavor in a 5.2% pale ale. I simply love this. One of the best beers I've had in a long, long, long time.

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Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a hazy, golden-yellow body...two fingers worth of white head...it falls into a thin cap and leaves nice lacing

S - Big, juicy hops...notes of citrus and pine...the malts are way in the background

T - The malts come out more in the flavor...bready malts up front with a touch of caramel sweetness...the middle of the beer is very earthy from both the hops and malts...the malts remain bready and grainy while the hops taste green and fresh...the finish comes back bitter

M - Medium bodied...nicely carbonated, very crisp, bitter and earthy

D - This was my first offering from Hill Farmstead and I was very impressed...I'm excited to try more from them...this APA was nicely hopped with an earthy flavor profile

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Photo of nkersten
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for hooking this one up at growlerfest part one. Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler, a pale orange with a small off white bubbly head that sits at the edge of the glass. Grassy hop aroma with a straw like malt, very subtle and clean. Taste is hoppy and bitter, very grassy, some grapefruit, malty bread crust, some biscuit malts, not too sweet. Medium/light bodied with a light carbonation, kind of watery. A very solid APA, this one is very drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this 1 liter growler filled at Al's of Hampden. Enjoyed multiple times from a 1/2 pint.

An appearance that is very creamy looking -almost like a creamsicle with orange tinged and very resinous look with carbonation still visible, with fast rising bubbles The head is thick rocky and white with small beading and lots of lace stickage. The aroma is dank with herbal qualities and very earthy nose somewhat like fresh mown hay with a slight floral element. The mild grassy nose is only tinged slightly with a citrus odor. The feel is highly bitter, but not sharp, just on the aggressive side with slight resinous quality which is midly oily and drying. The malt is there w/ medium body and a semi-dry texture leaves the balance in the hop side but slightly thin w/ mild citrus tone and gentle alcohol quality.

The taste has a lot of vegetal hoppiness-grassy at times with mild taste of green herbal acidic hops which gives the impression of some tea-like astringency. The hops have a spiciness w/ slight peppery heat and there is mild sweetness from the malt w/ a faint citrus element as it finishes. I think this is a great beer, but it straddles the line between IPA and American Pale: it has the hoppiness of an IPA but lacks the malt and alcohol so it comes off as more bitter and yet still is highly drinkable for the style. I think this is an excellent beer, but hard to rate it higher since it is flavorful but seems slightly out of place in the traditional American pale category.

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

Another beer brought by Sean to our UFC 126 gathering.

A - Burnt orange color with a white head that had some good lacing.

S - Bready malt, citrus hops, bittering resin. This is a great smelling hoppy APA, one of my favorite regular drinking styles.

T - Citrus which is slightly grapefruit, and some mild pine and floral notes. Resin is nice and bittering there on the end, and the malt backbone supports the hops well. If you gave this to my blind I would believe you if you said it was Daisy Cutter, albeit a slightly less flavorful version. Good stuff.

M - Just a touch watery, lighter side of medium bodied, healthy dose of carbonation.

D - Really good brew, this would be a perfect post-workout beer for me. good stuff i would drink regularly if I have the chance.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - There's a finger-plus of soapy white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind solid lacing. The body is a hazed peach-golden color with some transparency.

S - It's a hoppy pale ale! Pine and citrus zest, pale bready malt, and a bit of herbal aromatics as well.

T - Nice zesty grapefruit, some pine and floral notes. Medium residual bitterness that doesn't get out of hand. Thankfully doesn't have the yeasty character some other low-gravity hoppy beers have. Solid balance between hops and malt.

M - This is the weak point of this beer in my opinion, although perhaps it's better on-tap. Somewhat watery medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth texture. Fairly refreshing, but could use a bit more heft to it.

D - Crushable! It's a very good hoppy pale ale. I don't like it quite as much as Daisy Cutter (or Parking Violation), but there'd be no shame in having this as your local pale. Would (will?) have again when I go to Vermont.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sean for bringing this to our UFC tasting. Growler fill poured into a perfect pint glass... This pours a murky medium peach with some orange notes, wish it was filtered but I like the color. The head is a bright white, good retention and lacing... The aroma is very hoppy with lots of citrus notes. Oranges, flowers, dry hopped pine, and a bit of citra hops. Pretty good... The taste is more oranges than anything, orange peel, orange juice, a little pine, with a floral finish. Tastes like a dry hopped lighter Daisy Cutter. Not bad, a little simple but a crushable pale.

I'd have this again but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Cascade77
3.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Black Back.

a - Pale orange and a bit cloudy. Very little head or lace and the bar tender had to work hard to get any on it.

s - This beer smells pretty good. Resiny, tropical goodness. No alcohol, malt, or really anything else. Just hops.

t - Really just hops. Hardly any malt. Very one-dimensional. More citrus than the smell leads on. Maybe a hint of sweet, or is that just wateriness. Not bad if you like all hops. Something a little off though. Maybe burnt rubber or bandaid.

m - Low carbonation and very thin. Not sure if it is just really dry but there is really no body to this beer.

d - I guess if you are a di-hard hophead it might be drinkable but even then I think there is something unpleasent about it. Watery hop juice really.

People seem to love this beer and I've heard great things about Hill Farmstead. I look forward to trying some other Hill beers but this one really just didn't live up to the hype. What am I missing?

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Photo of drewba
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT

A - Murky pinkish orange with a finger of frothy white head and eventually light lacing. This looks like dark pink lemonade.

S - Huge lemon, grass, pine and floral hop action going on.

T - Buttery nut and cracker or white bread malt right away. This hop profile is beefy and complex; lots of lemon, mango and tangerine citrus which adds a little bitter and a little sweet. Unbelievable balance.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D - Drinks very quickly because of the fantastic malt and hop balance in the flavor which ends in a fair amount of bitter. This is a ballsy pale ale, could easily be construed as an ipa thanks to the huge range of tasty hops.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.