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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 2,226
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 631
Gots: 226 | 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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Photo of mr-jj
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Draft at Mad Taco in Waitsfield. Review from 10/8/14.

Pours an orange amber color. Very hazy with a creamy white head and good lacing.
Smells delicious! Very juicy with lots of tangerine, grapefruit and tropical fruit.
Flavor follows the nose with an amazing citrus profile that gives way to just a touch of malt sweetness with a nice crisp bitterness on the finish. Really nicely balanced.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lots of resinous hop oils contribute to a dry finish that demands the next sip!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Exceptional balance and great hop flavor. I was very sad to see the last of it in my glass.

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

Picked up at the Hill farmstead anniversary party after they blew out double citra and whatever the other double IPA was while I was in line with growlers. settled for two of these and one of the florence, which then broke in the truck on the way back home. Sadness envelopes us all. THis is for the shorties..
Clear and pale, like an ale. Clean and hoppy deliciousness with tangerine sexy, I suppose this is the product of their style of hop additions. Leave no wort behind! A little bit of malt character but not much body overall, leaving behind a clean and hoppy beer. Pretty tasty, glad to share it with some good folks.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Black Back in Waterbury VT
Appears a hazy orangish amber color. Large cream colored head falls to a big lump floater. Big lacing. The smell is of grapefruit, sweet malt a nice balance. It smells super fresh. The taste was of delicate floral hops with a nice sweet malt backbone. Fruity in the middle and finishes floral and slightly dry. Mild carbonation and very smooth. the body is on the heavy side of light.

Overall I really enjoyed this malt based beverage. If I had easy access I would have it regularly - an excellent pale ale.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of badbeer
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange coor with a white head leaving some good lacing. Nose jumps out pretty well with all sort of citrus, bitter grapefruit with a little dankness and some biscuity character. Taste opens up immediately with hops, grapefruit at first, but I also get some mango and orange coming through too. Malt is almost not even present save for the faintest bit of bread hidden beneath all the hops. A touch heftier than light bodied with a little under medium carbonation levels. I fill up a growler with this regularly if I could.

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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 Seanniek91
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of -Rick
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Dive Bar. This beer pours a hazy yellow, and clean white head. The smell is a tropic face slap! huge aromas of orange and pineapple. Taste was even bigger than the smell. Tropic flavor that linger forever. Loved it. At the top of the pale ale list for me.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeah the guys at the brewery told me to drink this growler no later than 3 days after the filling but I saved it 5 days for lap and papaya salad at Winooski's Tiny Thai. Very good idea.

A- Copper with golden accents. Glad to see some head, It stays until you take a sip. You'll then be left with patches and messy lacing. Just right.

S- Very nice. I remember it being stronger fresh from the brewery but the grapefruit, berry, subtle pine and perfect alcohol all smell great. Not entrancing (like some DIPAs but this isn't a DIPA). It smells great.

T- Grassier than the smell, but still very floral and citrussy. Grapefruit rind taste and bitterness. Tasty.

M- Well this is a relatively old growler so I might be off. Fizzy, very, very dry. I remember this being more effervenscent. Very good body. Especially for how light and easy to drink it is.

D- Great. Interesting with lots to taste but very little to offend (nothing really). Pretty much a perfectly drinkable beer.

Might be the best Vermont beer I've tried in my séjour here. Shared the growler with a bunch of wine drinkers and suprisingly (to me at least) they all liked it. Top notch. I'd obviously like some details to be different (more crazy floral hoppiness) but that's just me. Objectively, this is a close to perfect beer.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler compliments of Gluglouburp- thanks again Dany! Pours a hazy light orange with average white head and soapy lacing. Nose- resinous pine, white and pink grapefruit rinds and sweet tropical fruits. Just an amazing hop assult to the nostrils. Taste- light bodied cookie dough followed by a juicy and dank wave of hops. Finishes very crisp, and dry to the pallete although with just a touch of sweet creaminess. Great stuff

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Photo of stella77artois
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this is considered a Pale Ale. So darn hoppy, it really should be an IPA! But really, that doesn't matter. What does matter, is this beer's awesomeness. Taste is out of this world. Fruity, with notes of mango, citrus and even some strawberry. Piney, bitter, and dank as well! And so drinkable, it's scary. Try this stuff. ASAP!

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Photo of Maxwell
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy orange-yellow and several shades darker than Society and Solitude #6 (I just reviewed that beer, and that is why I am comparing them in color). The beer also pours with a big rocky, egg shell white head of varying sized bubbles which leaves sticky fat strings on the glass as it mellows into a finger’s width head. In body the beer is a cloudy haze, like most hoppy beers from Hill Farmstead. On the nose, the beer smells of juicy citrus hops with touches of tropical fruit and a solid backbone of pine. The malt is present as a light spicy bread and sweet caramel that melds nicely with the Hill Farmstead ale yeast’s breadiness. This is a nice smell that highlights the hops while still giving a good light malt character. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter sweet with a slight acidity from the hops. In flavor, the beer begins as juicy hops, featuring sweet orange and tangerine flavors with touches of tropical fruit before it blossoms into grapefruit, bitter pine, and then aspirin flavors that properly bite. Beneath the bitters rise a nice malt character that is slightly caramelly and mellow, it also features a slight spice grain flavor. The finish is surprisingly long and returns to the beginning’s juicy hop flavors only now with a solid cereal caramel flavor that is mellow and warming on the throat. The aftertaste brings the bitters back to the tongue with lingering whiffs of cereal malts. In the mouth, this beer feels medium light and creamy in body with a beautiful fluffy carbonation that I’m coming to expect from Hill Farmstead. The mouth is left bitter-dry but wet on the sides of the tongue from the hop acids. Overall, this may be my favorite American pale ale of those I have tried. Mo from the Maine Beer Company is a little behind it, though I think Mo had a better nose, but this beer handles its bitters beautifully and melds them into the malts so that each has its turn to shine on the palate. Its taste definitely surpasses Mo, and that is where it counts. This is another beautiful beer from Hill Farmstead. Try this beer.

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


A: Golden amber with a white, frothy, head.

S: Citric notes, Pine, Caramel, Hint of tropical fruit.

T: Pine, Citric notes, Hint of tropical fruits, Caramel, Floral hops and some resin.

M: Very balanced and refreshing. Smooth and quaffable with a medium bitterness at the end.

I'd like to have access to this brew on a daily basis. Very tasty and quaffable. Lovely hopjuice!

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2lt growler I grabbed at hill farmstead yesterday. Poured into a hotel glass

A: pours a murky golden amber with a finger of white head that leavs tons of lacing... A very nice lookin beer

S: this deffinatly is hoppy and aromatic, a good amount of hops jump right out with citrus and pine aromas, a light graininess and a touch of caramel malt as well when the beer hits room temperature, but the aroma is mostly a delicious medly of hops.

T: is much like the aroma, delicious hop flavor over a bready and lightly caramely malt backbone, deffinatly delicious. The hops give loads of citrus flavor, mango, citrus rind... Along with some nice, slightly resinous pine.... Never getting overly bitter, very nicley done.

M: nice medium lush and creamy mouthfeel, highly drinkable with a dry finish and a touch of lingering bitterness.

O: an amazing pale ale, loads of hoppy citrus goodness, excellent all the way through, awesome.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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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 BrewUSA
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass. Cloudy apricot in color. Forms a dense 1 finger head.

S: [3.75] Floral nose with slight hints of pine.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose closely. Nice piney resin flavor. Hint of lemon rind at the finish.

M: [3.75] Carbonation is just right. Not cloying or bitter. Clean finish.

O: [3.75] Really nice beer. This was my first Hill Farmstead beer. Maybe I was expecting unicorns with rainbows shooting out of them. But this didn't totally blow me away. This was a solid beer but did not overwhelm me.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I live 1.5 hours from Greensboro and make the trip out there every other month.
Edward I enjoy from growler fills on site at HFB.
Pouring into a snifter the color is a medium golden hue. Nice head forms from an aggressive pour.
The aromas I get from the glass are stunning. Fruit, citrus, sweetness and alcohol. Glorious. It rivals Double Sunshine for magnificent aroma.
Taking a mouthful reveals a glorious balance of hop based citrus flavors and mellow sweetness. This is beer I could drink all day. It's not overwhelming, yet not overly subtle. Perfectly crafted.
Nice light bubbles form a nice mouthfeel.
Edward is a perfectly crafted beer and one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from fresh 64 oz growler filled at the brewery.

Appearance: Two-handed growler pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Commercial pour! A hearty 1 finger fluffy dark white head that fades fairly quick. Golden orange color - pretty beer. Faint lacing.

Smell: Citrus and grapefruit dominate, bit o' pine, bit o' hops. Exactly how it's supposed to smell.

Taste: Heavenly. A juicy citrus flavor quite unlike any Pale I've tried. The bitter hop kick says IPA, but the low alcohol and refreshing taste say Pale. Bitter and pine flavor balance out the citrus. Definitely dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carb. Smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability: Off the charts high. At a hair over 5% it's "sessionable", but bows to nobody in flavor. I could easily drink this all night long, and probably will until the growler is gone.

Overall: A revelation. I don't know what's going on in Northern New England, but between this guy and Maine Beer's Peeper, the landscape of the American Pale Ale is being changed. I'm not sure there's a better APA than Edward out there today.

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

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

Cloudy, unfiltered and golden. Head is small and leaves nice lacing down the glass (Their glasses remind me more of wine glasses than tulips; they're interesting).

Smells like pineapple/mango/grapefruit hops, lightly sweet.

Taste is same as the nose, with a similar hop profile to Abner but much more subdued. Tropical fruits and citrus in the flavor, no real malt and no real bitterness that gets you. There's a watery lightness to this. Flavorful for the low ABV, though.

Mouthfeel is light and easy-going. I don't normally give mouthfeel much notice, but I like the way Hill Farmstead does it.

This is like an IPA light or a session IPA. It tastes great and works if you're looking for the HF hop profile without a stronger beer. On my rare chances to get HF beers, though, I'm more apt to try something bigger.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big slightly off white head settles to a cap atop the beer and provides ample lacing that sticks. Big citrus orange, grapefruit and pine in the nose. Taste follows with citrus, mainly orange, and a piney resinous finish that is quite bitter for a pale ale. Slick mouthfeel coats the palate then in a flash goes away clean with a drying bitter finish. IPA like medium body is nice. Overall an amazing pale ale that delivers IPA mouthfeel and big flavor.

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

On tap at the Capone's barrel aged event.

Pours a hazy orange color with a little half inch of head. Minimal lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine, citrus, earth and bread.

Taste opens up with a serious pine presence and moved into a bread flavor. Finishes with pine and a bit of a lingering taste of pine.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy but great carbonation.

Overall, it's good, not a great pale ale.

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Photo of iadler
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dciba for sending this grower my way.

A- Pours a hazy sunset gold with a two finger head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- Very floral with fresh flowers followed by light citrus snd tropical fruits with mandarine, green melon, pear, mango and some grapefruit with a subtle caramel malt presence.

T- A variety of tropical and citrus notes with green melon, mango, orange, pear, and pineapple followed by floral hops, caramel malt and a bit of pine at the end.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

O- This may be my second favorite pale ale behind Zombie dust. A nice amount of complexity for being just over 5%. I could have easily drank the whole growler myself.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed from a Tulip
at DeCicco's Brewster on 01/20/12,
Reviewed from Notes

A: hazy orange with half inch head, lots of lacing, very pretty, very hazy

N: world class nose, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, tropical over drive

T: lives up to the other-worldly nose, plenty of hop flavor, but not a ton of bitterness on the back-end (which I usually see with really hopped up low ABV beers), malt profile manages to live up the hops, but not a whole of lot of the biscuity malt profile that's more common to the style. Truly a superb beer that doesn't really conform to the APA style and is all the better for it. An IPA in hiding.

M: extremely quaffable, extremely. the mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of carbonation to make this beer heavenly to drink.

O: the best APA I've ever had. maybe my favorite beer ever. with this amount of flavor and hop aroma at 5.2%, this beer lives up to the hype and haunts my dreams

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.