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E. - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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E.E.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

394 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 286
Gots: 64 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
E is definitely not a Belgian IPA - it's a funky version of Edward (american pale ale) - fermented with brettanomyces, dry hopped with galaxy, and aged on stainless for four months. Basically, we refer to it as a farmhouse pale ale - a cross between a saison and an american pale.

2012 Release: Aged in Mimosa barrels.
2014 Release: Aged in wine barrels with resident yeast and microfloa for 1.5 years.

(Beer added by: flipper2gv on 04-24-2011)
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4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with bstyle, poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip (10/2012)

Pour: Hazy golden orange, with a massive three finger white, soapy head. Head is super thick, and hangs around to a long time. This heavy lacing.

Smell: Starts with an earthy funk, followed by some bready yeast, pepper, and citrus. Some lemon zest and clove in there.

Taste: E. has really started to brett out. Earthy funk right off the bat, followed by some citrus zests. Biscuity sweetness mingles with peppers and spices. Clean and bitter on the finish, with a substantial amount of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, yet dry. The funk own the mouthfeel as well. Really quite refreshing, and the best part of this beer.

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Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem (4/5/13) - score based on this review!

Pour: Hazy, bright pale orange with a giant three plus finger white, foamy head. This bottle was an excessive gusher right away. Some sticky lacing, and the head hangs around the entire glass.

Smell: Big, bright, tropical brett. Lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and papaya. A touch of earthiness, and a very light funk. Some saison like qualities.

Taste: Really tropical fruits up front, with more pineapple and mango, and some grapefruit. A nice bready sweetness. Not much in the way of funk, but a definite mild earthiness. Finishes juicy with the tropical fruits from the start.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tart, but only just. Really crisp, and despite the excessive gushing, not overly carbonated.

Overall: This beer really evolved in the 6 month span between the times I had it. I definitely enjoyed it with more age.

cfrances33, Nov 22, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a huge soapy eggshell head. Recedes fairly fast-ish with some splotchy lacing. Nice glowing honey blossom orange color, really nice color. The aroma is simply insane. Citrus, pithy orange, bright grapefruit. The ability to marry the fruityness of hops, fruit from the mimosa barrel and tropical aromas of brett is so impressive. The brett here really takes on its tropical quality. Below this is hay and well yeah a little manure. Flavor pops with citrusy hops, and earthy, earthy yeast flavor. Some more of that pithy orange / grapefruit pops in here. Scouring, scrubby mouthfeel. Terrific. This is the 2nd hill farmstead beer I've had. The 1st was a little bit of a let down, this beer made up for it in spades. Top shelf.

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Bottle thanks to Urbancaver. Hazy golden pour with kick-ass lacing. Aroma is definitly hoppy, very funky (lots of bretts). You can also feel the white wine barrel. More bitter than expected crushed by funky bretts and a splash of citrus. On top of it, bready malts for taming purposes. Full bodied with lively carbonation. This is a multilayered masterpiece by Shaun, once again succeeding in incorporating many different flavors harmoniously.

Luk13, Sep 08, 2012
E. from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.