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Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by abriggs1 on 04-27-2010

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Reviews: 325 | Ratings: 2,378
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 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 hoppytobehere
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

My first HF beer and man this did not disappoint. Dry hopped to hell for a pale ale. They served this too cold, and it only got better as it warmed up.

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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 bs870621345
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 FFreak
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Pomodoro in downtown Burlington. Served in a tulip alongside a fantastic pasta dish. A fairly hazy light yellow-orange color with a soft finger of bubbles, which sticks around and leaves big lace on the glass. Aroma is not too distinct, but features some citrus and pine. Taste is very nice, a very fine example of pale ale. Mouth is just about perfect, medium-body, smooth, creamy, nicely carbed, super easy to drink. Overall, a great pale ale from Hill Farmstead.

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

My last brew before the CBS raffle and I wasn't about to pass up my first shot at a Hill Farmstead beer.

A- Very hazy, turbid gold brew. Crackly white large head. Yellow and orange hues. There also looks to be a film to the texture of this beer in the glass.

S- A fine bouquet to this pale ale of lemon, lime, citrus, orange peel and alpine needles. Lots of floral notes in here which leads me to believe there was some good dry hopping. Very fresh hop scents.

T- Nice & bitter. Mostly citrus, with lemons and piney hops. There's also some honey suckle in this beer which is different yet delicious.

M- Medium bodied pale ale with medium carbonation. Lip smacking is repeated throughout drinking due to bitterness.

O- Great smell, great bitterness, and taste. All qualities in this beer you would expect from an IPA rather than a pale ale. So smooth and so drinkable. I can't wait to try more from HF.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest.

Pours a light amber-orange with a dense off-white head.

Aroma of onion, grass, and herbal hops. Little tropical fruit presence.

Citrus, lemon, light pine, some onion, and herbal hoppiness upfront. Bready malt middle. Lemon, onion, and pine finish. Lingering lemon citrus bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly foamy finish.

Pretty good--a solid pale ale.

9/22/2012

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange gold with lasting thick white head. Pleasant aroma of mango and pineapple. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Less pronounced fruit in the taste, with a good malt balance. Bitter, grapefruit rind aftertaste. Comes together exceptionally well.

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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 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 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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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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