Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.85/5 rDev -13.3%
A huge thanks to Steve for this one. 12oz. pour from a 64oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.
A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head with low retention. Beer is a cloudy orange-grapefruit. Stringy and frothy lace with moerate stick. Good legs. Average.
S: Nose is pine, astringent citrus, dank hops, and some caramel and cane sugar. Very aromatic with good balance. Nice.
T: Opens citrus, pine, and bark bitterness. Filmy. Grassy mellow hops towards the middle. Mango, papaya and cane sugar round out the flavors. Finish is bitter pine with the same aftertaste. IPA-like almost.
M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and mellow in the mouth and soft going down. Quiet and subtle finish with an oily aftertaste. Again, pretty standard.
O: Very drinkable and quite quenching, Edward is definitely a beer that you get by the growler-full. I could drink this one all day on a hot summer afternoon.
06-05-2011 13:35:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.63/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
02-15-2014 16:23:13 | More by Stevedore
4.28/5 rDev -3.6%
Enjoyed @ Prohibition Pig last weekend.
A totally hazy, orange-yellow body, draped lacing, great retention; dry, clean and crisp finish, bursts with flavor, nice grapefruit aroma reflected in the flavor. Easy drinking APA thank doesn't compromise on taste.
09-24-2013 19:39:01 | More by papat444
4.13/5 rDev -7%
On tap at Blind Tiger back in March. Reviewed from notes.
Golden-orange pour sprouts mountains of white head. Decent lace, not super sticky though.
Super fresh hops dominate the aroma. Smooth, crisp, citrusy. Taste follows suit, though not as impeccably crafted as was the nose. Hoppy bitterness lingers in the back of my throat.
A very good APA; about on par with Daisy Cutter in my book. Zombie Dust still reigns supreme!
08-15-2012 23:03:39 | More by brystmar
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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