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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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99
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1,780 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 512
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
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:
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.

(Beer added by: abriggs1 on 04-27-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

kaelingirl, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Smarty_Pints, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Brew33, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

MacQ32, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Zach136, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled growler into a glass. Thanks!

A: Pours a murky, nearly opaque, soft peach body. Clearly unfiltered, which is something I usually criticize in APAs and IPAs. Forms a finger of off-white head that vanishes after about 30 seconds. Some register marks during the initial sips.

S: Bright citrus pith: cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapefruit. A touch of pine needle rounds out the back end. Very little malt character, with a small biscuit note throughout.

T: That bright, beautiful citrus nose dominates the taste. Melon and grapefruit flesh lead the way, gradually segueing into pine needles. The aftertaste is moderately bitter, which the biscuit malt base does little to offset. The exhalation resurrects honeydew and brings some peach. Lovely.

M: Medium-bodied; this feels a little heavier than most pale ales. But it cleans up well; bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for only a little while before falling off. No unpleasant stickiness. It makes the beer eminently drinkable.

O: Russian River's Row 2, Alpine's Hoppy Birthday, and Three Floyds' Zombie Dust are probably the most popular pale ales on BA right now. This and Hill Farmstead's Citra should be in the conversation, as well. Superlative for the style. I feel almost like a broken record saying how good Hill Farmstead's hoppy beers are, but when it's true...

Arbitrator, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Chugs13, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's in Norristown, PA at a HIll Farmstead event and again on 2011-10-19 at Al'sof Hampden in Enola, PA.

A - Cloudy golden-amber with a 1-finger head and mild lacing into a 13 oz tumbler.

S - Tropical and orange fruit, some caramel malt, mild pine, hop floral. It's not as strong smelling as the Abner or the even stronger Ephraim, but once it warmed a bit, it had a very good malt, fruit and pine aroma.

T - The malt is quite noticeable and reminded me of a Zwieback cracker. The other flavors are a citrus tartness, a little yeast, fresh hops and significant pine. The finish is dry, bright, slightly sour/tart-citrus and a combination of lemon and grapefrutit bitterness. Very nice.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp, mildly resinous, refreshing.

O - Very good. I think it could pass for an IPA. Reminds me of a Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale. It's more bitter than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Wish this was available every day in PA. Good stuff.

This beer was the 4th (and last) to run out at the Capone'sevent.

Tucquan, Oct 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

baybum, Nov 05, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber hued ale a tad cloudy and a desent size head sitting on top.There was good lacing on the glass also. Carbonation seemed a bit average.
Aroma is mostly citrus and grapefuit with some bready malts too.
Taste is rich sweet malts and grapefuit hops with additinal citrus notes.
had this at the blue dog and was quite good.

micromaniac129, Jul 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

DonFrap, Mar 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

oglmcdgl, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jampics2, May 09, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edward pours a hazy honey amber color with a thick rocky, white head on top. The foam fades quickly down to a sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be. It seems more malty than hoppy. Pale malt and apricot notes are balanced with orange citrus and lemon rind.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate; feels soft and watery. The flavor is excellently balanced between sweet pale malt and citrus hops. It starts with light malt and fruit (apricot, tropical fruit) before hoppy grass and citrus notes move in. It finishes with a mild bitterness and once gone the bitter citrus and pale malt linger on the palate.

This is a fantasticly well balanced beer. Not too hoppy, not too malty. Very easy to drink.

WanderingFool, Apr 28, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very slight head quickly fades leaving a celestial lacing pattern that was quite inviting... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... The color was a mix of amber and straw with both a slight glow and moderate haziness...

S - A wonderful hoppiness jumps out of the glass... A mix of earthy, piney, and citrusy hops... There is a solid malt base lying beneath the surface as well which takes on a very biscuity character...

T - The nose translates perfectly to the palette but becomes a bit more assertive and vibrant... Hop forward, but never overpowering... The malt base is strong enough to support the hoppiness... A very slight spicy component on the finish...

M - Dense... Medium bodied... Light to moderate carbonation with a bit of a bite... Crisp... Even and consistent...

D - Excellent American Pale Ale... I'm convinced that the folks at Hill Farmstead are amongst the top brewers in the entire world... Exceptional flavor and depth all weighing in at 5.2% ABV...

philbe311, Jun 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

CuriousMonk, Mar 18, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Edward from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 90

Three week old 750 ml growler served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours an opaque golden-orange color with a golden halo outline and pulpy orange core when held up to light. A finger-plus of creamy off-white head at pour settles almost entirely, leaving behind streaky lacing on the of the glass. Good lacing, decent retention. 4/5

Smell: Lemon pinesol, grapefruit and orange. Fresh pine, a touch of sap and a little candied tropical fruit. 4/5

Taste: Orange and pine up front. Very "hops oil" forward on the tongue. A little caramel, juicy orange and lemon. A growing amount of sweet-and-sour lemonade flavor on the midpalate. A think I detect a hint of "stainless steel" flavor in the aftertaste when the beer hits room temperature, but neither of my two friends who are sharing this growler with me concur with that assertion. Ample juicy citrus behind the piney hops. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. I feel like the flavor profile could have benefited from more carbonation here. 3.5/5

Overall: Super solid pale ale from Hill Farmstead, but it did not quite stack up to the other hoppy beers of theirs that I have tried. I will have to try a fresher bottle of this next time.

Recommendation: Fans of Sierra Nevada's pale ale will enjoy this one thoroughly.

Pairings: The vegetarian goat cheese burrito from Burrito Beach.

Cost: $7 for a 750 ml growler or $15 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).

jegross2, May 28, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass.

A: This one is hazy, light copper in color, with only a bit of amorphous white foam floating on top - no true head. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, grass, orange, caramel malt.

T: Tropical fruit and dank bitter grapefruit hop flavors primarily. These very nearly overwhelm any flavor from the malt - maybe a bit of bready malt if I really use my imagination.

M: Nice mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation but tingly from all the hops. No alcohol presence. Bitter hang that lasts.

O: Good, but for my preference it's overly bitter with no sweetness as a counterpoint. That being said, I did enjoy it & would have it again.

macrosmatic, Jul 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Nichols33, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Oakenator, Oct 24, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazyopaque golden amber color with a small white head and some retentive lacing

S-citrus and some pine and herbaceous notes

T-citrus and pine with nice malt flavor and a solid bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouth feel

O-a great pale ale with solid mouth filling flavor

MDDMD, Mar 24, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had one draft at The Reservoir in Waterbury 12/7
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, hazy copper color with a one finger of creamy white head. Head recedes at a nice pace leaving sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is complex. Fruity - some mango and pineapple...sweet - definite caramel notes, and bitter - grapefruit is definitely present.

T: Taste starts with a big bitter grapefruit, lemon zest to it. Some pale malts start to ease the palate before a touch of caramel sweetness comes in. Orange peel comes through and completely dominates the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily body with a somewhat dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, quite tasty, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style.

Jayli, Dec 20, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

75cl Hill Farmstead growler generously shared by Doug while we are brewing beer. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 9/9/2013. Review #200!

Pours a beautiful hazy golden straw colour. Kind of a peach colour, actually. It's got that effervescent Hill Farmstead head- 2cm white, thick and creamy looking head with very good retention. Lacing is there, but not the best characteristic about this beer.

This is an interesting beer to smell. In the beginning with the pour, its 100% papaya. I can't get over how much papaya I smelled. Then as it opens up, there is more of the mango and citrus, and by the time I finish the glass, it is pretty much a citrus bomb. It's really delicious smelling with a nice caramel-tasting malt backbone.

The flavour on this is rather interesting. It doesn't have that progression of hop flavours, but it is rather bready with a ton of tropical fruit on top.. what stands out is that super strong bitterness. We looked it up and its 80 theoretical IBUs.. which is a real surprise treat. It's very bitter in the beginning in a very good way. What's awesome is that by the halfway point, the bitterness has passed and we have a delicious balanced pale ale- tons of citrus without much bitterness. Or did the palate get used to it? We'll never know.

Mouthfeel is that creamy, effervescent Hill Farmstead style.. not as much as Susan, Abner, Ephraim, etc. but still significantly so. I really can't get over how Shaun Hill makes his beer feel like this. No booze going on here. So sessionable but jam-packed with flavours.

This is one hell of an American Pale Ale. It feels like an IPA with that bitterness quotient and hop flavour bombing, but so sessionable. It's probably second only to Zombie Dust I think if you count that as an APA. Really the best APA out there. Hill Farmstead, you never cease to amaze.

Re-visited on tap multiple times on my recent Vermont pilgrimage during the week of 2/11/2014. New thoughts on this beer, having had multiple of highly acclaimed American Pale Ales such as Zombie Dust, pseudoSue, etc. and having had the chance to enjoy this at least 8 times since the first growler I split back in September. The best thing about this beer is that it is so complex that each time I taste it, there's something different that stands out that was previously in the background. It has citrus, passion fruit, mango, floral, pine hop characters in there. Most of the time, citrus and passion fruit stands out, but other times the floral and pine stands out. It just seems to depend on how you're feeling that day. And either way the delicious malt backbone provides just enough sweetness along with the fantastic HF mouthfeel to make drinking this a real treat. It's not overwhelmingly bitter, is flavourful and almost juicy, and a true pleasure to drink no matter where I am in my day or my life. It's by far my favorite American Pale Ale and in my opinion, it is more or less perfect.

Stevedore, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a fruit juice'y haziness and a pale dirty golden color. A three finger cap of dense, tightly bubbled foam lingers for a long time before falling and leaving behind thick webs of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smells wonderful - filled with lots of piney hops, plenty of grapefruit and tropical fruits and pineapple. Mild hop bitterness finds its way into the aroma. Not much for malt here...but the hops smell so good, it doesn't matter.

T - The smell doesn't lie. Lots of piney hops, thick and resiny with complementing white grapefruit - sharp, citrusy, juicy. Faint trace of malt underneath...a bit biscuity. Bitterness is mid-level and clean/crisp. This reminds me quite a bit of RR's Blind Pig...not a bad thing to be reminded of...

M - Body is a thinnish medium with an assertive mid/high carbonation level. Crisp and clean bitterness lingers for a long time past the swallow. Balance is good - easy to drink a lot of this one.

O - Another well made hoppy beer from Hill. They really know how to do these beers well. Tons of hop flavor, excellent balance, smooth and easy to quaff a bunch of this. If it was more plentiful, this would probably be in my fridge all of the time.

portia99, Feb 21, 2013
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 1,780 ratings.