Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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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Let's get one thing right - Hill Farmstead has never made, nor will they ever make, a bad beer. Hill Farmstead happens to make 2 of my all-time favorite beers, the Shirley May (coffee nitro porter) and the Edward. The Edward is, in my opinion, the greatest IPA on the planet. So, now that my bias has been established, let's talk about the beer.

The Edward has a fantastic look to it. The beer is opaque, just like many unfiltered IPAs and how IPA should be. However, the Edwards' color is slightly lighter and brighter than other beers in its class, almost looking more like a pair of light Khakis rather than a typical tan beer. The head is substantial, though not overwhelming and should subside within a minute. The smell of the beer is excellent, there is no unpleasant bitter smell and you can't smell the brewery like you can in so many other lesser beers. To be honest, if there was a Hill Farmstead Edward car freshener, I'd be the first one to buy one. It smells that good.

But screw the look and the smell, the taste is what matters. And this one is perfect. PERFECT. I can't explain it, they just nailed it. The Edward is everything an IPA should be and nothing an IPA shouldn't be. Hill Farmstead did an excellent job masking the bitter flavor of the IPA while adding subtle notes of pairs, peaches, and another citrus. That's not to say the beer is entirely bitter-free. There is a slight bite at the end of the beer but it's overshadowed by an extremely complex and well balanced floral flavor. The floral notes are well balanced and belong in the beer. The fruit flavor of the beer doesn't hit you over the head. Instead, it's a slow progression of different fruits throughout the sip.

I really was hoping to find something wrong with this beer, as everyone and their mother is a fan. However, I'm convinced that Edward is the single best beer brewed in the state of Vermont. And from my experience (limited as it may be) the Edward is the best IPA in the world. I'm sure someone has some other beer they will suggest as a contender. However, if you are looking for a perfect example of what a single IPA should be, the Edward is it.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 2,801 ratings