Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 2,090
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.61%
Wants: 610
Gots: 179 | FT: 0
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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: 2,090
Photo of Andrew041180
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL growler filled on location at the brewery

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Lovely golden straw yellow. Hazy to a point. Reasonable head forms on pour but dissipates pretty fast, leaving some thin lacing that doesn't look like it's going to stick around much. Very appetizing look, I just want to dive in there.

SMELL : First nose is malts and citrus hops with some herbs as well. Definite tropical fruit undertone. Second nose releases some sharper herbal hop aromas, making the hop profile more precise. Malt is still just as present. Third nose follows this but amplifies the malt.

TASTE : Oh man, this is good stuff. A full palette of malt flavours just burst into your mouth, beautifully supported by the hops. As it goes down, the sharper hop aromas become somewhat earthy and crisper. There's also a certain minerality hidden behind the whole thing and even though it might seem too discreet to be of importance, I get the feeling that this is what actually supports the whole thing and holds it together.

MOUTHFEEL : I could've done with a rounder, fuller mouthfeel, but that's just me. As it is now, it seems too close to the mouthfeel an IPA might show. Still very nice, but a little too thin, I think.

OVERALL : Incredible beer that, even though it's called American Pale Ale, might actually be a hybrid of APA and IPA. Not quite hoppy enough to be an IPA, but in my own opinion, not quite round and generous enough to be an APA. Still, I'm glad I still have a couple glasses of this where that came from. I'll enjoy every last drop of it. (1,642 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm worried, right now, that my recent trip to Vermont has destroyed my tolerance for hop-heavy IPAs that are even a little bit less than perfect. When all you drink for 2 weeks straight is Zombie Dust, Double Sunshine, and Heady, then even regular, very good beers might being to appear less very good by dint of comparison.

This is good. Totally. But it's like I tell it's not Xtreme and so that makes it seem less good. Weird, huh?

Anyhow, a straight up single American IPA. The hop profile is wondrously variegated, meaning the aroma is damn near perfect. The hops dominate the first end, bitter moving into sweet, but then the finish is a little watery, a bit of a let down.

Very good. Potentially excellent, even, if I hadn't been so spoiled lately. (759 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 Chriscrundwell12
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml growler poured into darkness snifter shared with Mothman

A- very attractive, beautiful lacing white frothy head sticks to side of the glass. Dissipates slowly. Golden brown color slight haziness.
S- aroma is amazing, big juicy fruit characteristics, grapefruit, peach, pineapple
T- taste is more balanced, malt is upfront, nice fruit notes come out the more you drink it. Grapefruit, pineapple.
M- light mouthfeel,clean finish, very refreshing
O- very impressed, great session beer, well balanced, could drink this all day. (534 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing this!

White head. Color is a golden orange.

Flavors of pine and lots of fruit. Very fresh and earthy. Pineapple and orange.

Mouthfeel: Juicy with a bit of bitterness. Well balanced. Light to medium bodied.

Overall, a treat. Very well done. Easy to drink. (283 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of Abilow33
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is very sweet and piney. The taste is sweet yet very bold. It has a smooth feel that hangs around in the back of the mouth. This beer is a dark gold color with a very thick white head. This beer is all that it is cracked up to be. Very nice. This guy can brew. (270 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml flip-top growler into a stemmed tulip glass (Filled Aug 2; Poured Aug 6).

A: A hazy, copper color (an unfiltered beer so hazy is expected); A big sudsy white head (3+ fingers) slowly settling leaving a curtain of lace.

S: An awesome huge hop nose with lots of sweet citrus (oranges and tangerines), a bit of spicy floral bittering hops, nice pine character; a touch of sweet malt.

T: A bit dryer than the nose; the American bittering hops hit first (spicy and floral) with a good deal of resinous pine; still present are all the citrus notes (oranges and grapefruit zest). The finish is dry and very clean.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and clean holding up well in a growler.

O: Delicious. Edward achieves a great balance of hops and malt with a massive hoppy nose and an enticing appearance. (827 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler purchased at the brewery on 8-8-13. Poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Colour reminds me of orange or peach marmalade or fruit spreads. Looks rather chewy for an APA, like it has a good malty body to it. Head poured a fluffy white 1" that settled down to 1/4" with minimal lacing on the sides when the glass was tilted so good head retention.
AR: Bready (like toasted baguette) and biscuit malts with a hint of caramel malt. Grapefruit and pine hop aromas. There's more fruity aromas but it's like they're trying to hide from you instead of boldly making their presence known. Peach, nectarine, tangerine and guava are what I'm getting out of this after several more whiffs.
T: The malts flavours are like dinner rolls and chewy grainy bread loaf. Peach and apricot fruits mostly towards the front end with a slightly bitter lemony bite at the finish, reminding me of a Berliner Weiss. A little bit of pine and grapefruit on the lingering aftertaste.
M: Mildy carbonated, medium body, slightly dry finish.
OV: As with Susan, this is a very solid and high quality beer that I would drink regularly if I was able to do so. However, this beer also didn't 'blow my mind' and while I think it's very good, to me it's not quite World Class. I am glad I got to try this. (1,293 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 TheBrewo
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We pop the top on our refillable Hill Farmstead 750mL bottle, pouring a brew of muted sunset orange into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a two finger head of creamy, cakey, and massive off-white bubbles, showing nice retention, and leaving honeycomb lacing all around the glasses as it bubbles and crackles away. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is beautifully sweet, with the hops taking you off your feet from the first whiff. Varietals give notes of sopping wet citric juiciness, sweet fruitiness, bright florals, and resiny slickness. The malts are pale crisp, and evenly sweet, with a light toast, and a soft powdery dryness to them. The water is hard, with mineral, mud, and stoned gravel. With warmth comes light booziness, white grape sweetness, biting lemon rind, grapefruit, and tangerine, green grassiness, and spice of sesame seed, black pepper, and mustard greens. Our first impression is that the beer is incredibly flavorful, with a surprising lack of sweetness that goes well with the bittered grain and well watered depth, making it uniquely refreshing. As we sip, the taste opens with floral, herbal, and syrupy grapefruit hoppiness, booze and black pepper, mineral water heaviness, tart lemon, flashes of honey sweetness, softness of oat and grittiness of pale malts, concrete dustiness, and nectarine sweetness. The middle comes to a peak with browned apple sweetness, continued earthy, lemony and grapefruity hops, enhanced bitterness of rind, sulfur bite, wet clay, more fusel boozy warmth, and echoes of soured plastics as we transition to the finish. Here we are given the final mixture of tangy green grapes, white florals, nectary and ever-so-brightly citric and syrupy hops, pale and powdery raw maltiness, bittered grit of grass and plant blub, light cherry fruitiness, and a final flash of white sugar and clover honey. The aftertaste breathes of authentic grapefruit flesh juiciness and bitterness, further airs of herbal hops, tangerine and apricot sugars, tannic herbal teas, mineral and clay, biting yeasty puck, and that pale malt mash. The body is light to medium, and carbonation is high, but inoffensive. Each sip gives hearty slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with the mouth left fully coated with foam. There is an interesting involuntary shutter of the mouth into a moderate puck, leaving things left feeling tartly tingly and astringently dried. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the hop explosion on the nose, and the wonderfully interwoven realism of the farm’s well-water. As in some of their other hoppy beers, this plays an integral part in the aroma and the flavoring, giving a certain genuine brush to it, and making the grain and oily hoppiness that much more close, wholesome, and real. The hops through the flavoring, here, were insanely flavorful, juicy, and authentic, giving the illusion that one was literally sucking on a thin slice of dripping wet grapefruit. Again, this mixed with the exquisite base components, making for yet another memorable, thoughtful, and deliberate beer with true character. (3,201 characters)

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After all the stories, I had to take the 2 hour drive for myself and boy was it worth it. My best description of Edward is a craft brew with the drink-ability of an American-Ale and the hops of an IPA. Medium head, bright amber in color, and definitely a fair share of carbonation. Versatile beer that will appeal to the hop-obsessed majority, but also the sweet, smooth, easy to drink minority of craft beer lovers.

Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT Open Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm (478 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 greenmtn1111
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 2-liter growler and poured into a glass chalice. Filled on 7/19/2013 and consumed on 7/22/13

Pours a large white, creamy, foamy head with super small bubbles – almost three fingers worth. Color is hazy yellow amber, touching on orange. I’m smelling huge amounts of citrus - predominantly grapefruit but also orange peel and a little bit of lemon zest. There’s a slight amount of piney aroma as well. The taste is almost perfection. It’s everything I want a pale ale to be. The malts and hops are completely balanced with an unrivaled lingering finish. The pale malt is wonderful. All the citrus is still there as it was on the nose and the fruity, citrusy hops are just enough without going too far. Mouthfeel is super creamy and it the head is retained all the way to the bottom of the glass. It would be tough to ask for a better pale ale. It quenches my thirst like none other. (903 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pored out of a 750 ml flip top bottle into a snifter glass

Pours a muddled old gold and orange body with a thick lace producing head

Smells like dill pine resin Lemon And faint malt

The taste is very similar to the smell profile

Medium mouth feel

I would certainly put this beer up there amongst the worlds best apa's. not the prototype of a Pliny the elder but close and a pleasant drink. (396 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml growler into a snifter. Color was a medium dark amber hue, with a very thin white lacing. Aroma was a fruity floral with strong citrus notes. Flavor started off with a hoppy flavor, but sweet hops with a bit of a orangy profile. Felt great in the mouth. Just a bit of cling to the insides, a tad too much kick on the tongue for my liking. Overall a great beer. Easily accessible for most people, but refined enough to enthusiasts to enjoy. (459 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (654 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
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 (435 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,128 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy orange color, hues of gold and copper with some sediment floating around, a nice finger of white head that has good retention, and leaves a lot of soapy lace behind. The aroma is of nice, ample hops, pine, citrus, floral character that really balances everything with some sweet malt. Lots of bitter pine on the tongue, crisp citrus and with wildflower that binds everything, sweet malt lingers on the tongue. The body is nice, solid yet light, coats the mouth fairly well, and finishes with a lightly dry kick.

Verdict: A very nice pale ale from Hill Farmstead, quite drinkable, nice hop profile without being an aggressively hopped and bitter pale ale. It's not in the same league as What is Enlightenment, but this is a fine ale that I would love to drink regularly. (849 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2L growler into an Alchemist nonic.

Appearance- Hazy orange with half finger of white head tha left some fine lacing.

Smell- Citrus and pine abound. Hops are earthy and citrusy. Very clean with nice malt nose.

Taste- Pine and bread. Very herbaceous hops. Malts are there, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- Ample carbonation and crisp body. Easy drinking.

Overall- This is a great pale up there with Zombie Dust and Blue Lobsters Gold Claw. (457 characters)

Photo of TychoNDC
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Growler bottled 3/8/2014 and consumed shortly thereafter. Poured into a HF tulip.

A - Classic HF appearance: murky with a nice head and excellent lacing. Lighter colored than their IPAs and DIPAs, but still a rich golden hue. For an < 6% beer, it gives the appearance of a full bodied IPA.

O - Super aromatic and intensely hoppy for a pale ale. Mounds of citrus. One of the most pleasant smelling APAs I have had.

T - Very crisp, bursting with hops for a nice grassy flavor. Just enough breadiness to balance the hops without weighing down the beer. Restrained a bit, so it leaves you wanting more.

M - Oily and super creamy, provides that expected HF mouthfeel. This beer is extremely drinkable.

O - My favorite pale ale. Hill Farmstead is my favorite brewery for a reason, and its no surprise that their "standard" brew hits all the right notes. Edward is simply a classic. (905 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (498 characters)

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