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Edward - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 302
Hads: 2,181
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 623
Gots: 208 | FT: 1
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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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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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Photo of nkersten
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for hooking this one up at growlerfest part one. Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler, a pale orange with a small off white bubbly head that sits at the edge of the glass. Grassy hop aroma with a straw like malt, very subtle and clean. Taste is hoppy and bitter, very grassy, some grapefruit, malty bread crust, some biscuit malts, not too sweet. Medium/light bodied with a light carbonation, kind of watery. A very solid APA, this one is very drinkable.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a couple proper pints of Hill Farmstead Edward (in an English pub-style nonic glass) at The Crop, a great new restaurant in Stowe, Vermont. Edward was the only HF beer they had on tap, but it was in excellent company–they had stuff by Ommegang, Green Flash, Lagunitas, and Rodenbach as well, and Alchemist Heady Topper in cans, as well. Review is from notes.

Appearance (5/5): Edward pours a brilliant, opaque, deep orange hue with some yellow highlights when held up to the light. Very cloudy, due to it being completely unfiltered. A 1.5 inch, billowy, crown of off-white foam sits atop this beauteous nectar. Plenty of sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass as you drink. This is absolutely the BEST LOOKING pale ale I have ever seen.

Smell (4.5/5): Edward smells very hoppy, hinting at a decidedly hop-centric flavor profile: sweet tropical fruit and piney hop notes dominate. Biscuity and bready notes can also be discerned, along with an interesting...buttery note (?). An excellent, excellent nose.

Taste (5/5):This is most certainly one hoppy pale ale. Edward features serious complexity, though: the hops are fruity (grapefruit, passion fruit, and mango–flavors common to many hoppy Hill Farmstead beers), earthy, grassy, and deep. They are very nicely balanced by a biscuity malt backbone–as with the smell, notes of butter in there again. There is a lingering, dry bitterness that is refreshing and not overly astringent. Very impressive, and in my eyes, a perfectly executed hop-forward American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Edward is medium bodied and has a pleasing medium level of carbonation that compliments the hop bite and dryness of this beer. It is slightly creamy. Hop resins prickle and coat the tongue. All these factors make Edward a pleasure to drink. The low ABV (5.2%) means you can (must, really) have a couple of these whenever you see it. Drinkability is absurdly high.

Overall (5/5): Hill Farmstead Edward is a superior American Pale Ale. Its delicious aroma, its exceptionally well-balanced fruity hop and biscuit malt flavors, and its out-of-this-world drinkability make it a true stand-out among not only beers of its style category, but among all the beers in the wide world of beerdom. Now, Edward may not be the most unusual or sought-after of Shaun Hill's fermented creations, but it certainly is one of the best and makes a great introduction to his other beers. Bravo, Hill Farmstead!

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Photo of DavidBart
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Small drought serving (6oz) at Prohibition Pig.. Just minutes away from the Alchemist Brewery. .

Beautiful light straw color. Small head, and some lacing.
Smell is light and refreshing but still with a hint of what's to come.
Beautifully done. Considering it's light alcohol it has enough character to go the distance.
I've had it a while ago, but all I can say that it followed a Heady Topper and did not disappoint!
One of the better pale ales I've had. Give it a try if you get a chance.

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

Had on tap at Cigar City on 1/2/12.

A: Pours a dark amber with a frothy 1inch white head. Excellent lacing retention.

S: Awesome tropical, citrus smell.

T: Very hoppy for a pale ale and rivals Zombie Dust for taste IMO.

M: Very drinkable, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O: Has overtaken Zombie Dust as my favorite pale Ale. This brewery is really making me take notice.

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Photo of juhl31
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to nevins for the growler and the fact that he decided i would better enjoy it from a hill farmstead tulip!

-orange with a brownish hue in the color. a good white head involved and it is pretty foggy which i actually enjoy

-an orange smelling hop to it at the start. there is some malt in the back as well. it may have lost some of that huge dry hopping smell to it on its travels across the US, but still smells very nice...maybe some vanilla in there too which is interesting

-great hop taste and great hop bitterness. yet not overboard at all for the style. the hops are orange tasting with a bit of grassiness involved. citra? this is all balanced out very well by a malty sweetness

-good body, and almost a thick, creaminess to it even though it's a low ABV. carb is nice. just feels nice on the palate

-wow, this is exceptional. i could drink this stuff like crazy. probably the best PA i've had

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep golden color with an apricot-orange tinted hue with about a finger and a half of white head. The head receded into suds and a thick rim around the walls of the glass. This category is quite identical to Society and Solitude #4.

S: lots of sweet orange in the aroma.

T: Sweet malts upfront that are quickly washed away by the middle of the mouth, as combination of sweet orange and grapefruit steals the show (super juicy); the finish is completed with a touch of bitterness. Excellent.

M: tingly carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

O: I could drink this all day. Another excellent beer from Hill Farmstead; am I surprised? No. And thats a great thing.

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

Poured from a growler into my Hill Farmstead stem glass.
A: A Beautiful yellow orange with no head. Cloudy, but perfectly uniform.
S: Belgian, funk, sour and hops with some pine on the end. Absolutely the best smell from a non-stout yet.
T: Orange, and some lemon, incredibly balanced with hops on the end.
M: Pine, hops, and some sour funk on the end of the gulp.
O: Wow, this is my first hill farmstead after the February 18th, 2012 release and it’s amazing. Absolutely one of the best beer’s I’ve ever had. A

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

L: Super hazy with a gorgeous creamy head, this is how a hop-bomb apa is supposed to look.

A: Big pine resin, citrus, and peach hops notes with some fruity esters that lay in the back. Malt is very sublte in the nose, a touch bready.

T/M: Very big bitterness up front, much more akin to an IPA. Moves into the same hop flavors as the aroma, perhaps a tad more piney and zesty. The malt provides very little balance which is totally fine because this beer is all about the complex hop character. Mouthfeel is super dry but not watery, perfect for the style.

Overall, what an awesome APA (tastes like a West-Coast IPA), Hill Farmstead is totally living up to the hype. HOPS!

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

This particular glass came from a growler but I've had this beer several times previous.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a thick, frothy white head that builds to 3 fingers and slowly recedes into a persistent creamy crop throughout the drink. Sticky, high lacing tangles down the edges.

Aroma is entirely hop forward, with strong notes of tropical fruit and piney, gooey goodness. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango apricot, pineapple and pine cones. Only light residual sweetness with very little malt qualities come through. Wonderful and intoxicating.

Taste is fruity, bold but clean. Starts with tropical fruit notes and moves to light citrusy bite with pney after notes. Nice resinous flavors blend the malt backbone with full, round hop notes that dominate the mouth.

Mouthfeel is nice. Clean, light-to-medium bodied with some stickiness around the mouth the peels away in the final swallow.

This beer is so hard NOT to drink...it has that inescapable "more-ishness" that the English apparently say. My staple beer from now on...whenever I can get it.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Farmhouse in Burlington VT. Presented in a snifter.

A: Amber, of the variety you'd expect to see a perfectly preserved ancient mosquito full of ancient DNA extracted from terrestrial mammals. Minimal seafoam head quickly went extinct.

S: Touch of musty fruit with a moderate smell of fresh pine resin.

T: Same as nose. Light fruitiness is smothered and encased by the strong, piny hops. Faintly bitter finish.

M: Light and smooth. Carbonation on the tongue is like troupe of tap-dancing mosquitos.

O: We're all food that hasn't died. Except for Edward, who has been encased in amber and poured out into our cups.

Pales aren't usually my thing. The hops are heavier than I'd expected. I'm sure Edward is very nice but I wouldn't want to hang around with him for more than a pint. We're different people.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

8 or so oz. pour into a plastic cup at Hawthorne's "Ales for Tails event." Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy, murky red, not unlike an amber ale. Sub-optimal glassware aside, there's a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal lacing.

Huge, huge aroma from this beer. The hop profile is excellent, with heavy notes of lemons and other citrus fruits. It's quite grassy, with a nice pine scent as well. Silly as it may sound, it's a very pure and "natural" smell.

The hoppiness of this beer is just remarkable given the ABV. Very assertive bitterness, with enough malt sweetness to balance things out. There's a bready, biscuit quality that reminds me of bread, complemented by big floral notes throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel is fine, if a little undercarbonated. A touch more life would make this beer far more drinkable.

Really delicious, and a pretty incredible beer given the ABV. I could easily see this being a summer staple if Hill Farmstead does indeed make its way to Boston.

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Photo of drewba
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT

A - Murky pinkish orange with a finger of frothy white head and eventually light lacing. This looks like dark pink lemonade.

S - Huge lemon, grass, pine and floral hop action going on.

T - Buttery nut and cracker or white bread malt right away. This hop profile is beefy and complex; lots of lemon, mango and tangerine citrus which adds a little bitter and a little sweet. Unbelievable balance.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D - Drinks very quickly because of the fantastic malt and hop balance in the flavor which ends in a fair amount of bitter. This is a ballsy pale ale, could easily be construed as an ipa thanks to the huge range of tasty hops.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While it's not an IPA, Edward is the beer that last fall renewed by interest in hoppy IPAs and pale ales after moving away from them a bit over the previous year. It's a phenomenal beer brewed in a unique and earnest setting, and one of my favorite beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

A: Pours a beautiful, reddish-copper amber with a haziness that glows beautifully when held to the sun. The head is quick and bubbly white, but leaves a nice bit of sticky lacing.

S: O! the Joy! The smell is exquisite and exceptionally fresh, with crisp, clean floral notes and a hint of cut grass. There's not much pine or citrus in here, but a bit, as well as a hint of bready malts. The floral, grassy hop notes are what dominant though, and their dominance is benevolent.

T: The taste follows the nose with the hops dominating, balanced as they are by the malts which don't do much talking of their own. The taste is floral and grassy as is the nose, with again a bit of pine, but very little in the way of citrus or herbal. It's incredibly clean with a wonderful bitter bite that never overwhelms.

M: Medium-bodied, fuller than expected but not in a bad way. The malts, which seem to stand well behind the hops in the nose and taste are evident here propping up the body. Carbonation is spot on and the feeling is dry without being dehydrating.

D: Supreme. The reasonably low ABV, exceptional body, aesthetic beauty, and superb taste and smell make this one of the best, most drinkable beers I've ever had. I imagine it owes some of its greatness to its freshness, but either way this is an excellent beer. It's wonderfully hoppy, bitter and flavorful without having some of the dehydrating characteristics of some IPAs and APAs, and would make a great all-night beer. At the anniversary party and in the three growler fills I've had, Edward is the beer I keep coming back to at Hill Farmstead. I dream of one day having a bierkeller with old shelves stocked full of beer around an old oak table and a keg of Edward at hand.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great! Beer! This was the first beer beside The Heady once I went to Waterbury, Vermont. This beer fills your mouth with a nice hoppy taste. Tasted very very fresh. Hill Farmstead mastered brewing beers. This beer is right on point. I believe it's a American Pale Ale BUT it punches you in the face like a Double IPA.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tap at Capone’s for RBSG Philly 2011. The pour is a glowing hazy to opaque orange with a thin, white head. Scant lace. Actually laces quite well despite the pour. The nose is celery and resiny hops, fresh citrus and melons. Taste is drier, lighter, soapy, nutty bitter with melon rind and fermented jackfruit. Interesting with lots of rich tropical fruitiness. On style for APA. 6/6/2011 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

Tap at the Moll household thanks to yourefragile. Gorgeous pour: thick buttermilk foam, huge rocky retention. Glowing, bright peach color. Huge lacing. Nose has the essential Hill Farmstead sweet cream butter going on in the nose along with fresh biscuit. Oh, there is a ton of dank hops but the malt character is more impressive as always. Taste is very quenching, soft, biscuity, sourdough, light fruitiness like cantaloupe and peach. Grassy, herbal hops come to balance. So nice to have a zero astringency, zero abrasive, zero specialty malt stickiness APA. Hill Farmstead has this style on lockdown and should write the textbook.

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Photo of Skrip
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ glowing copper with minimal head and lots of lacing.

S~ a crazy amount of earthy pine, and lots of citrus. mostly grapefruit.

T~ very crisp right off the bat. pretty much just like the nose, lots of pine and citrus followed by a crazy bitter hop finish.

M~ perfect carbonation, and a dry finish. yet still very refreshing.

O~ very nice pale! now that i've had a good amount of HF hoppy stuff, this is definitely up there! once again Pales/IPA's have always been a summer thing to me and this is another one i could drink all summer. way too kill it again Shaun.

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Photo of gcasher
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a growler in Greensboro at brewery. Poured into pint glass next day in Port Clyde, Maine.

Holy Crap, this is a great pale ale. I enjoyed it so much more than their experimental beers, Conduct of Life, Excursions. Double citra ,and Society and Solitude.

Pors a hazy orange with two fingers of bone white head.

Smells of dank and fruity hops.

Great malt backbone with dank and fruity hops dominating.

Don'underestimate the value of their fantastic water.

This would be my go to beer, but I live in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Very delicious.

Pours a nice yellow pale color. It is a bit cloudy. Doesn't have much foam, although a head was formed but dissipated quickly. Aroma is of distinct hops. Taste is hoppy, great for those that are not looking for a piney IPA. This growler tasted a bit watery. Mouth feel is light.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - The beer is golden amber tinged yellow with a mellow white head. good lace in glass

S - jammy-citrus with other touch of pine

T - delicious; grapefruit hop that keeps me coming back to this ale

M - extremely well balanced citrus and hop mouthfeel

Hill farmsteads flagship beer; easiest to find; always spectacular pale ale

Serving type: growler

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-As Hill Farmstead should be served in a tulip glass. Beautiful golden color with a small head.

S-Fruity smell.

T-Amazing taste, blown away every time. Extremely flavorful and smooth.

M-Hard not to savor!

O-Edward is one of my favorite beers, but who am I kidding anything those guys do up on the farm is unbelievable!

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

Poured into HF stemware

A-Frothy white head with some mild retention. Thick lacing that quickly runs down the side of glass. light golden hazy beer.

S-Aroma hits as soon as the growler was opened. Aroma is strong and is a precursor of things to come. Lots of sweet smelling hops. Tropical fruits. Peach, oranges, mango. some grapefruit and faint pine

T-not as sweet as the nose at least at first but may change as it warms. Peach, orange, grapefruit, lemon/lime, some bitterness. flavors really pop as there is something about the beer that makes the flavors very bright and upfront. some maltiness to keep the hops in check. Bit of a bitter finish with some lingering pine and bitterness

M-medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. leaves you with a mouthful of flavor

O-strong showing here easy to see why this breweries beers are in such high demand

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Photo of mountsnow1010
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head. Awesome lacing.
S - Super fruity, biscuity nose. Pineapple and other citrus with some kind of melon-yness. Undercurrent of malted wheaty goodness.
T - Awesomely flavorful fruity flavor followed by a bitter punch. A nice toasty flavor in the background.
MF - Smooth- perfect carbonation. Somewhat creamy.
O - Brilliant beer. Perfection, or near perfection, in a glass.
You can't do much better than this. Beautiful in its simplicity.

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Photo of dougfur
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, orangy color, hazy and with a modest, creamy head. The smell is citrusy hops, not overpowering, but solid and nice. The taste follows suit, citrus hoppiness, a touch of malt, but then the hops turn up at the end with a parting shot of orange peel goodness. Mouthfeel, is magical. God, I wish I knew how HF creates the silky, smooth body that they do, even in this very low abv APA... Overall, a very solid APA. One of the best I've had!

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Photo of MA_hops
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dry, hop bitterness. Some citrus in the aroma, but barely any in the taste. Dark shade of orange/yellow and very cloudy. Solid APA. Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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