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E. - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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E.E.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 275
Gots: 61 | FT: 5
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-13-2014 03:28:30 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and some nice fruity flavors. Taste is much the same with the spices coming through on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make it very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:18:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-19-2012 01:10:12 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hill Farmstead Anniversary Celebration. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a bright yellow-golden color that is mostly clear with a really nice white head. Loads of foam and lacing. Early pour from the keg that was mostly foam to start, but really nice retention. The nose carries a good dosing of funk along with some light floral hops and a good dosing of stone fruits. Some citrus as well. Nice funk throughout. Really really nice nose. The flavor has a moderate amount of funk and good hop flavor, but doesn't quite hit the level of the nose. Body is dry and funky with a good background bitterness. Dry finish. Light body. Delicious.

Update. Bottle batch two on May 14, 2012. Citrus, funk, and all around near perfection. Similar to batch one but taken up a notch. Brett mixes so incredibly well with the underlying beer and the hops add another layer. As close to perfection as a beer can get. Absolutely stunning.

Original scores (on tap): 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 19:11:58 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-04-2012 13:49:12 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma consists of pungent herbal hops with loads of funky notes and some rustic malt also discernable. Taste is a unique and funky mix between some herbal and floral hops with pungent notes with some rustic malt and light residual sugar notes. Brett is well dosed and hard to distinguish. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This beer made for a very nice Christmas eve treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:42:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-30-2012 01:46:12 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-28-2013 00:37:33 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

06-03-2012 17:26:01 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-10-2012 14:11:35 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-13-2013 21:29:57 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to millerbuffoon for opening this one last night. This bottle was alive, lots of foam spewing from the top of the bottle. Even with a gentle pour this beer has a massive white head on top of a cloudy yellow body. The smell of the beer is very good, it smells sour but holds the base malt aromas as well. It's pretty impressive honestly. The taste of the beer isn't really sour at all. The beer tastes a lot cleaner than it looks. The mouthfeel has a pretty active carbonation to it with a lighter body. Overall this beer is good, not something I would seek out for myself in the future but I enjoyed having it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 15:37:59 | More by Knapp85
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.5%

09-11-2012 17:17:29 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-14-2013 04:41:06 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-11-2013 10:39:04 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd for sharing both batches of this beer at various events. Served in various taster glasses.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a ring, haze, and spotty lace. Murky and cloudy orange body.

S - Tons of earthy, peppery, and spicy yeast flavors, with appleskins and fruity notes as well. The second batch seemed to have a bit more malt sweetness and tropical brett character to it. Galaxy hops seem a tad understated, although when I had Batch 1 the bottle was 5-6 months old.

T - The taste is again quite earthy and bready, with some phenolic, pepper and spicy yeast character. Light sour lemon note in the finish. Batch 2 is sweeter and fruitier, with mild and fairly restrained oak presence.

M - Smooth texture, lower carbonation, medium body, lightly dry, with a touch of acidity to it.

D - I prefer Batch 2, probably because it was fresher. The tropical and fruity notes seem to help offset the aggressively spicy yeast that I didn't love in Batch 1. Also, I think I had the dregs of Batch 1, which is partially why I didn't post my review until now. An interesting beer from Hill Farmstead, but doesn't totally work for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 17:56:25 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 Belgian IPA on the best of beeradvocate lists on beeradvocate.com. Bottle shared by Thorpe on a football game day, thanks. Served in a snifter.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice head of small white bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is pretty complex, fruitiness from the galaxy hops and a nice nose of Brett b I assume.

Beer is light and effervescent on the palate, strong through, nice funk, strong yeast character, almost spicy at times, tastes great, the finish is mildly dry, good hop character throughout. The yeast on the palate are the clear winner to me but overall it is a good beer. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:22:46 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle a Armsby Abbey during Hill Farmstead beer dinner.

Huge fluffy rising pillowy head hits multiple fingers and fades very slowly that layers the entire glass with lacing, hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose has lots of funk with farmhouse, quite Brett like funk, little citrus hint orange peel and lemony. Little wet hay like and grassy, little lemony fruit citrus hops, light spicy hops, plenty of barnyard funk.

Taste starts with nice funk, farmhouse yeast and barnyard Brett funk. Light citrus with little orange peel and more lemon like hops. Funk brings light grassy hay, hint of floral saison spices, light bready malts. Hops bring a nice bitterness, light spicy hops and a bit of orange tangerine citrus. Finish is dry and quite bitter and funky long lingering finish.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy with lots of carb.

Overall fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 12:31:05 | More by jlindros
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-26-2014 12:48:02 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 05/19/14 notes. A refreshing break from stouts during our BCS mega-tasting. 2014 release. 750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby stemware.

a - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and high carbonation evident. Looks nice.

s - The nose is amazing. Smells of loads of brett, citrus hops, pineapples, earthy notes, floral hops, oranges, white wine, tart citrus and tart jams. Amazing nose, I'm loving it.

t - Tastes of brett, citrus hops, fruity malts, light pepper and spice, light tropical fruits, lightly soured fruits and white wine, oak, and earthy malts. Taste is very good, though not as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good beer; I love Edward and this might be even better. Lots of brett, citrus, and tropical notes in the nose which is fantastic, and it is easy to drink. I could smell this all day, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 15:56:01 | More by mdfb79
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-26-2011 02:40:21 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-02-2013 17:40:18 | More by mendvicdog
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-08-2011 15:25:02 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer of the day (like most other people it seemed) at the anniversary party.

Light golden colored, hazy body with a massive, dense rocky bone white head. Head takes forever to die down and leaves behind airy clumps of lacing throughout the glass. Aroma is light and delicate blend of barnyard and fruit. Initially muted earthy notes of grass, hay and brett subtly mix with apple, orange and citrus peel. Flavor takes a similar route, initially grassy and subtly funky before light citrus and spice clean up the finish. Trace bitterness or alcohol, this was very refreshing and almost sleight to a fault. Oops, tastes like someone got some Orval in my Dupont.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 22:07:40 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 bottle shared by Shaun Hill during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down most of the glass.

S - Smells of damp earth, musty funk, spicy belgian yeast, and a nice strong fruit aroma - mainly apples and oranges. The hops are there but the other aromas drown them out a bit.

T - Starts off with the musty funk and wet earth from the aroma combining with the bready yeast and light spice to form the saison base. The fruit and hops come through toward the end of each sip, leaving the palate dried after each sip.

M - Light, smooth body with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp feel with a dry finish.

O - I only got a sample of batch one but I thought it was pretty good. Now that I got to try a proper pour I can really really see what this one is all about. The flavors work very well together and make a really awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 18:27:51 | More by orangesol
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E. from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.