Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev -7%
On-tap at the Manhattan Gingerman into a goblet.
A: Lightly hazy pale orange body with a thin but sticky off-white head. Light lace. Just fine.
S: Fruity hops burst forth with huge mango, guava, and grapefruit. Nothing but hops here. Awesome.
T: Fruity hops start things off, followed by some cattiness, some chalkiness, and a super bitter finish. Very clean and dry, but not entirely pleasant flavor-wise.
M: Lively medium body. Great.
D: Good not great.
Notes: I love a pale ale that just bombards you with hops, and Edward does just that. It can't be denied, though, that the results of this hops attack aren't entirely pleasant. I'm guessing some young Citra or Simcoe vines contributed both to the luscious flavors and the astringent cattiness - let's hope that soon these delicious hops will reach maturity and leave the roughness behind.
01-09-2011 16:21:44 | More by woosterbill
4.5/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-04-2013 02:44:18 | More by blackie
4.47/5 rDev +0.7%
A -Poured into a standard pint glass a hazy light golden hue with a great creamy one finger off white head that fades super slow to leave average lacing and a thick blanket.
S - Super amazing aroma. Great tropical apart notes...my goodness. Mangos my god. Slight bitterness and citrus. Tropical galore.
T - More of the amazing nose. A sheer palette assault of sunny tropical mango. Sweet zombie jesus. Not that bitter just glorious tropical hops. Light candy malts..dammit the tropics!
M - Smooth creamy nice carbonation. Super inviting.
O - Overall this was insanely good. So juicy and tropical. To quote a film, I want to freeze this in winter and skate on it, then thaw it in summer and drink it.
10-06-2011 20:37:42 | More by rudzud
4.65/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a hazed golden orange with stiff and fluffy cap of white foam, long lasting and great lacing. Scent is of juicy and fruity hops with grapefruit, tangerine and pineapple the stars, perfect levels of biscuity malt sweetness in the backbone. Taste follows the amazing scent, fruity and juicy, full flavored (this is a pale ale? stronger than many IPAs!) without being overly bitter. Medium bodied, smooth and lightly creamy, great carbonation. Hands down the best pale ale on the market. A great intro to the brewery a few days before the full visit.
10-09-2011 23:20:19 | More by rfgetz
4.49/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-11-2013 03:58:31 | More by mynie
4.24/5 rDev -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.
02-06-2014 23:05:14 | More by cpetrone84
4.05/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
02-20-2011 02:54:02 | More by Gmann
4.08/5 rDev -8.1%
On-tap, served in a pint
A slightly burnt, golden orange body with a creamy, two+ finger cap. The head fell slowly, in raindrop fashion, clinging to the sides of the glass as it fell.
The nose is grassy, floral with citrus and pine. Grapefruit, oranges, and lemons with some light tropical fruits hanging back. Fresh flowers. A sturdy pale malt bill props up these hops.
More balanced than I expected. Pine resin and citrus up front. Pale malt works through mid-palate before fresh cut flowers, pine and citrus return for the finish.
Medium body, creamy. Well-balanced.
I was impressed with the depth of the hop profile and how damn balanced this is. A good sturdy APA, without the sticky caramel of others in the style.
06-27-2012 16:07:08 | More by ColForbinBC
4.78/5 rDev +7.7%
Thanks to BearsonAcid for providing this in a recent trade.
Another treat from Hill Farmstead.
Good looking pint of beer. A somewhat creamy off white head sits atop a slightly hazy peach/orange/amber colored beer. Rings of lace line the glass.
Very nice aroma that certainly screams hops, but also hints to a nice balance ahead (yes, it delivered on this) Juicy citrus, slight green grass and a whiff of light toasted malt..
Wonderful balanced Pale Ale. I could drink this all day long. Frankly, I would love a keg of this for the house. Really a testament to a balanced beer with a nice hop presence. Fruit in front.. Lots of nice bread flavors in the rear. A consistent and wonderful hop bitterness from front to back. This beer screams fresh…. The bread flavors are so inviting it’s wonderful. A touch of yeast at the end.
Really feels unfiltered. I want to say gritty, but I don’t want it to sound like a negative. It isn’t.. Opposite of slick. Just a hint of carbonation.
What a great pale ale. The freshness is unreal. Balance, flavor and feel. Well done.
09-12-2011 23:19:54 | More by Reagan1984
4.44/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-23-2014 15:56:29 | More by lordofthewiens
4.8/5 rDev +8.1%
A-Boy does these Hill Farmstead brews look pretty pouring out of their cool looking growlers. The growlers are just as pretty. The beer pours hazy honey/amber in color. The head is big and bubbly and leaves a bunch of lacing.
S-Hoppier smelling than most IPAs. Fresh resinous hops. Hops are juicy, tropical, and also piney and herbal. It does have a great balance with some pretty delectable smelling malts as well. Quite bready.
T-I cannot understand how anything can be so flavorful. The hops are so fresh. Tropical fruits and citrus collide with pine needles. The malt takes a bit of a back seat to the hop bouquet but it adds depth and balance and is delicious in its own regard. Juicy, juicy, juicy. Delicious.
M-Lighter bodied with some beautiful carbonation. Bubbles prickle and tickle. Dry bitter aftertaste. Great feel, this is where you can tell that this is a American Pale Ale.
O/D-This and Abner were so delicious. Hill Farmstead has such a cool this going on at their farm. I could drink this and be happy for my whole life. Such a bold, stylish APA. Vermont is killing it.
07-24-2011 21:58:11 | More by VelvetExtract
4.2/5 rDev -5.4%
A: very cloudy golden amber color with a small head that stays
S: amazing smell of citrus grapefruit, melon, and grain
T: delicious fruity flavor with bitter hops and some bread
M: good Spritz carbonation and light body
O: most excellent beer. Looks like a homebrew.
09-01-2012 15:54:07 | More by Holland
4.8/5 rDev +8.1%
Had on tap at the Three Penny Tap Room
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-yellow in color, hazy, moderate carbonation
Smell: toasted malt, and tropical citrus hops
Taste: pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus hops, and light toasted malt in the back to balance the beer out nicely
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light bodied, slightly bitter with some sweetness built in.
Overall: Another Hill Farmstead beer where the citrus just jumps. If all hops jumped like this, I could turn into a hop head. This certainly tastes more like a well crafted IPA than a pale ale. It may be my favorite pale ale. This is a bitter beer, but not overly so. Just really flavorful.
08-14-2011 19:06:28 | More by tigg924
4.13/5 rDev -7%
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.
03-26-2011 20:09:01 | More by DavoleBomb
3.83/5 rDev -13.7%
A: Lightly cloudy, with a large dense head.
S: Piney and citrusy with light tropical notes. Definitely the strongest aspect of the beer.
T: Very piney and fairly bitter.
M: Medium-high carbonation and medium body.
O: Didn't live up to the hype for me. Flavor was a bit one-note and the harsh bitterness in the finish really hurts drinkability. I can't really imagine that I'd want to drink more than a single pint of this. Smells lovely, though.
04-04-2013 22:13:52 | More by kscaldef
4.5/5 rDev +1.4%
On-tap at my house...yeah, that doesn't suck. 1/6bbl in the kegerator poured into a Surly Imperial Nonic. Oh yeah!
A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, nice white frothy head, very sticky lacing, thin filmy cap, thick collar.
S - Light hoppy bitterness, lots of pine, slight floral and tropical citrus notes. Very mellow but still lots going on, just the way I like my IPAs.
T - More hoppy/bitter then the nose suggests. Pine, tropical citrus, slight herbal/floral notes that really adds nicely to the bitterness. Not overdone or trying to be an IPA, it's just right and exactly what I want. Light hoppy, slightly floral finish.
M - Light, crisp and refreshing, perfect carbonation, clean finish.
O - As far as APA's go, this one is really hard to beat. It's amongst the class of Alpine Hoppy Birthday and Russian River Parking Violation, my two favorites. It's good out of a growler, but on-tap, it's at the top of its class. If you're in Chicago, come on by for a pint (while it lasts!).
08-19-2011 00:41:06 | More by Sean9689
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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