E. - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 458
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 3.31%
Wants: 313
Gots: 62 | FT: 9
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: flipper2gv on 04-24-2011

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
5/5  rDev +18.2%
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 (996 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (852 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of white head. Leaves a lot of lace. Color is a hazed sunset golden orange.

Aroma: A little bit of hops. Some floral notes and then the saison funk in the background. A lot of spices. Bready malts. Fruity flavors. Pepper.

Taste: More crushed pepper. Floral hops. Grapefruit and lemons. Very fruity. Bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter, sticky. Hop resiny. Tons of hops. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a really good beer. A really hoppy saison. Pretty drinkable. Definitely enjoyed this one. (549 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is light orange and hazy with a white head. Aromas include wine, honey, grass, sunshine, citrus. Smells great. Similar flavor. lemons and grass with citrus and floral notes. Medium bodied and tangy. Another fabulous saison from Hill Farmstead. (300 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Not sure if I should rate its appearance well. It's a hazy orange with a huge off white head. It slowly oozes out of the bottle pushing gunky crap with it. Sticky lacing.

Smell - Extremely bretty, but lots of flavor behind it. Still some hops there. Lots of citrus.

Taste - Earthy and very bretty. Mimics the nose almost identically. Citrus more prominent. Lots of earthiness in the finish. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated but not overly so.

Overall - Arguably better than Mimosa. Has more complexity than Mimosa because of the fresh hop character. (631 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/31/2011

Bottle opened with Carlos (Seaoflament) and a few others.

A: Bright orange with great clarity and an enormous sea foam head that recedes in a cavernous fashion. Excellent retention.

S: Floral notes with a little mineral and wet leather. Fruit is vibrant, with notes of orange, peach, and tangerine. Malt is restrained, reminding me of toasted bread.

T: Leather, mineral, and earth, with orange, grapefruit, pear, and stone fruit. Bitterness is at an upper low level. Sulfur is faint. Malt is light and bready. This is fantastic.

M: Upper light in body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is light, dry, and crisp.

Overall: An outstanding Saison. Highly recommended. (678 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At Capone's today...

The beer pours a golden amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is very impressive and complex, showcasing citrus, light clove, considerable funk and slight sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, hoppy, Belgian IPA, and I'm impressed by the melange of flavor I get. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a hoppy, bitter, funk infused finish. The alcohol is barely noticeable in this excellent beer.

Impressive... (481 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml 2014 bottle into a teku glass

dark murky golden color with a finger and half foamy head. smell of farmhouse yeast... you can definitely tell this was aged in wine barrels. funky funky funky! taste starts out with a lot of brett and then progresses into that funky farmhouse taste and ends with a slight bitterness. wine barrel is again apparent. i think this would just get better with more age. real complex and interesting. body is much lighter than i was expecting and i love it. carbonation is pretty high.

over interesting and great! thanks tommy. (560 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was shared by muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

E. pours a light bodied, very, very cloudy tangerine orange witha three finger, root beer esque foamy bright white head. The nose is very dry, full of Brett, with a moderate fruitiness. It drinks really dry with loads of Brett and almost a grapefruit like fruit presence. Its funky and has plenty of barnyard characteristics. It's interesting, just very dry. It drinks light and smooth. I like it but not nearly as much as I like Anna. (487 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened 2/16/2013.

This is a bit of a gusher, and pours with a massive head. Head sticks around forever and leaves huge sticky lacing all over the glass. Looks awesome.

Smells of bright citrus, orange and grapefruit, some bretty funk. Really great, complex aroma.

Taste is similar but a little more tame. Wish I could've tried this when it was really fresh, probably would have been even better with a more pronounced hop character.

Great beer, one of the best of the HF beers we opened.

8.7/10 (498 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.11.12.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy light orange with an explosive fine-bubbled, near-white head that takes forever to fade down.

S - Funky, citrusy-lemons mostly.

T - Lemons, funk, slight wood.

D - Great carbonation and a light body.

O - A funky, lemony farmhouse pale ale. It's been awhile since I have had a HF brew, and man do I miss them. (363 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aromas begin with a substantial amount of tropical fruit and other lighter fruits like green apple and grape skin. Next I get the yeast induced aromas of earth and light spice along with a clean light crackery, pilsner malt base. The Bretty must and funk emerges more and more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with light crackery breadiness and then some earthy, slightly musty and funky yeast flavors. The tropical and citrus fruit hops pop next with some passionfruit and lemon and orange peel. Some phenolic spiciness with light sour citrus and other non-discript fruitiness. The oak and rustic funk emerges more as it warms as well.

The mouthfeel is medium boided with medium carbonation. Finish is lighly dry and oaky but mainly clean for the most part with balanced funk and hop bitterness as well.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, I wonder what it was like when it was released fresh as the hops were probably super aromatic where here they are more of a complement to the Bretty and funk but now the Brett is probably better than it was earlier this year. A fine line for sure but regardless this was a super solid beer from Hill Farmstead and would gladly revisit if it was more readily available or even easier to trade for. (1,247 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Hill Farmstead last month. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Its worth noting this years was aged in the Mimosa barrels!

A - This one was a slow gusher, resulting in both glasses I poured into but after some time I got enough to pour into my Duvel tulip. The pour was a hazy, murky golden dandelion yellow with a nice two finger rocky fluffy head that leaves enormous side lacing.

S - Nice typical Hill Farmstead saison aromas here with good yeast and light funk. There is a slight, gentle orange note in the background along with some barrel note. Super faint and light. Some slight sourness there too.

T - Taste is awesome. Great saison yeast notes and barnyard type funk. That is immediately overtaken by sharp orange peel type acidity. That background is orangejuicey, much like Mimosa. Such a different quality in a saison. Juicey, acidic, with a heavy funk/yeast background.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, some carbonation loss due to the fact it was a slow gusher. Still, lowerish carbonation with that tart, acidic backing. Nice mouthfeel though, would like a little more carbonation. (1,112 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batches 1 & 2 side by side. Thanks to Joe for trading me the bottle of batch 1 and Mike for sharing a bottle of batch 2. The scores are for batch 2.

**Batch 1**

Moderately orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose is excellent. A nice Brett character is present, but as it warms up, it grows increasingly clove and plastic-like, along with some herbal character (cilantro stalks). The dry hop character has fallen off. Still, this is nice. The palate is significantly better than the nose would suggest. Opening grassy with some clove and a little plastic, there's plenty of Brett flavor. Mildly fruity as well, and a touch spicy too. Drying, yeasty, mildly cheesy, this is nice.
4.5/4/4.5/4/4

**Batch 2**

Orange with a thin, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has more of a fruit character than batch 1 did, with an aroma of cantaloupe and mango, along with some dry hops. Faintly clove and plastic like, with a little bit of sea breeze, this smells excellent. The palate is a little less complex, a little more watery and a fantastic balance and blend of flavors. Nice dry hop character. Drying, long finish with mild clove and citrus, this is excellent.
4.5/4.5/4/4/4 (1,236 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a compilation of golden and yellow tones with some lighters straw hints around the edges. Super volatile pour, even being somewhat conservative creates a head that grows thicker than the amount of beer that's been poured already; eggshell-white, cloudy, and foamy, leaving huge chunks of lacing as it slowly recedes.

I bring E. up to my face and I'm met with a huge bouquet of roses; the aroma is largely floral, comprised of fresh, wet roses and bitter grassy notes. The hops are clearly the key component in this one. Successive whiffs reveal a more refined hop character, rounded out with tones of earth, dirt, and musk. Light hints of funk and wet wood (as well as some of the musk) is probably from the brett yeast used. There isn't much to be said in terms of malt, at least as far as the aroma is concerned. The hop profile here is certainly different - one of the most purely, raw, floral things I've smelled in quite some time. Very, very light tropical fruit and citrus peek in more and more with each sniff - maybe apple skins and/or pears?

I take my first swig of E. and I'm not sure if I just drank a beer or if I ate a flower and a handful of grass. There should be no surprise, however, as the aroma was largely floral and grassy. The vegetal notes are pretty huge on this one; grass, roses, and perfume. The hops are raw and dirty, giving off a very weedy, grassy, and bitter tone. They must have used a ton of bittering hops on this one - the bitterness charges in, rides the wave hard, and doesn't come close to being settled by the end. I would have like more aromatics to accompany this dry, leafy bitterness. A mild citrus zest sits quiet in the background, but never jumps out and strong as I was hoping for. There's a heavy bit of funk and wet oak in the aftertaste - hard to pick it up throughout the sip, as the hop notes are so profound. Medium bodied, heavily carbonated.

Hm... I don't love E. like the scores and reviews said I would. Listening to others describe it, it definitely sounds like something right up my alley. Don't get me wrong - it was a good beer, but I guess from the way people talk about HF, I was possibly expecting a bit too much. I like the funk and oak in the end, but the bittering hops just don't make my palate dance like they should. Either way, still a solid brew, but likely nothing I'll seek out again. (2,373 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden-orange with a rocky, one-inch, off-white head embedded with tiny craters. Big brett nose on this beer - horse blanket, bandaids and a hint of citrus. Taste follows nose; however, there's less of a brett character in the flavor profile. There's also a bit more citrus as well as what I perceive to be chamomile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a soft carbonation and some astringency. Overall, a decent beer; however, the brett is a bit too much on the palate. (487 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is extremely cloudy orange with tons of bubbly white head. Nose is lemony, notes of Saison yeast, a touch dusty and citrusy. Taste is a bit bland, some lemon, maybe faint yeast. Fairly celtzery and leathery, thin finish. Overly bretted, body is decent, high carb and drinkable, faintly dry. (295 characters)

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E. from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.