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E. - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
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316 Ratings
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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 274
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
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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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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11%

08-19-2012 14:18:36 | More by InspectorBob
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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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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-11-2014 02:52:58 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-28-2014 06:03:39 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:02:29 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

07-29-2013 16:13:37 | More by BARFLYB
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John_M

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 22:21:19 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

07-23-2012 23:54:40 | More by drewone
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-10-2014 02:23:41 | More by Kelp
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-28-2012 01:49:55 | More by Mebuzzard
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 14:53:25 | More by HopHead84
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 04:21:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 06:11:44 | More by Alieniloquium
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-04-2014 13:29:28 | More by ShanePB
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some fine sir shared this at Zwanze Day, but I don't remember who. But thanks!

A - Orangish yellow colored beer with a really big head that foamed up for a long time. Lot of stick on the sides.

S - I really didn't know what this beer was when I smelled it, for some reason I was thinking saison. There was quite a bit of syrupy fruit and a heavy dose of yeast.

T - Very heavy taste, it's kind of a yeast explosion with a lot of syrupy tropical fruit. Not particularly bitter. It tastes good, but the yeast is a little too much for me.

M - Lighter bodied with a lot of carbonation. Fairly dry.

O - This is a good beer for something that is a bastard style. It's just not a style I think is particularly good, and the phenolic quality of the yeast makes it hard for me to drink in large doses. Would like to try this one again though.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:53:13 | More by AgentZero
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +16.8%

06-09-2014 12:29:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:54:46 | More by DefenCorps
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claspada

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 20:06:22 | More by claspada
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-30-2012 03:22:52 | More by chippo33
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-28-2014 21:34:20 | More by iL0VEbeer
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illidurit

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

12-08-2013 06:38:23 | More by illidurit
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-04-2014 08:01:45 | More by Gobzilla
E. from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.