Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #8
Ranked #258
4.44 | pDev: 7.88%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored and hazy in complexion. There’s a fingernail of off white on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is just a bit of citrus and light malt. I’m tasting equal parts citrus and light, biscuity malt. The finish offers just a hint of the citrus hop flavor. The mouth is very smooth and lightly creamy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the source on October 16, 2019. Also saw it in a few bars in VT. Was my first beer of the day.

Pours a professional clear golden appearance with 5/8" white head. Aroma showcases what conventional, non proprietary hops can still do. Wonderful notes of pine, grapefruit and tangerine push weight in the oldest of aromatic ways, before there was Mosaic or Citra, much less Amarillo, you had this hardcore C bangers like Chinook and Centennial. Of course, the outdoor grown weed notes of CTZ (Columbus here, somewhat ironic given how he has fallen out with "progressives" that they aren't calling it Zeus, I guess Tomahawk has equally problematic connotations). Country roads, take me home. . .

Taste, man this is just a clean, dry, hoppy pale ale. Could crush boatloads on a outdoor day. Amplified hops, but the 85 ibu seems high relative to taste, or maybe its that super clean pale toasted malt dryness that whisks any residual bitterness heft away, something something banishes it to the land of wind and ghosts, Mr. Edward Sparkle. I gotta agree, this is on the cusp of a world class pale ale with a great back story.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Woodstock VT. Pours nearly clear golden with small white cap. Aromas and flavors are both similarly citrus and pine combined and fairly balanced. A little light on the mouthfeel, but very solid offering.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer off the tapper at Farm House restaurant in downtown Burlington, VT. The scent had subtle mix of bitter fruit and pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus start and pine finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of landoflizards
4.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was just up Northern Vermont and hit a few of the hot spots, Lawson's, Alchemist, Lost Nation and of course Hill Farmstead. To my mind they make the perfect beer, Edward. If you like the latest Big & Juicy, fine, but Edward has perfect balance, taste, aroma, etc. It is a beer you can sip all afternoon, your third is going to be just as good as the first, maybe even better. enjoyed reading user ryan's review from Oct '18 but one small quibble, he keeps calling it an IPA, it is an American Pale Ale, sorry to be a nitpicker but it is definitely not an IPA....and that's a good thing. Hill Farmstead remains committed to the production of great beer and a dedication to tradition that make it arguably the best brewery in the country.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best Pale Ale I've ever encountered!
Co-workers that don't even like beer we're blown away with a growler share! Delightful, only wish VT was closer of a drive!

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Photo of leantom
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wowsers. Another good one by HF. Here goes:

A: Cloudy orange. Not quite an emulsion, however. Head and lacing are good, like in all HF beers.

S: Smell is exquisite. Orange and lemons, some grapefruit, and pine. Very well balanced between all of these - none is particularly overwhelming.

T: Follows the nose. Complex without being overwhelming - i.e., it goes down without any lingering aftertaste, which is quite a feat not just for an NEIPA, but any American IPA.

F: Light without being watery. Gotta love the Vermont water.

O: A great beer.

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Photo of ryansmith2596
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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Photo of keith40
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury Vermont. Hazy amber color and fruity(maybe peach) nose. Tastes included peach, pineapple, mango and a slightly grapefruity finish. A very smooth mouthfeel. An enjoyable and flavorful beer.

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Photo of Beeraphernalia
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Anything this company makes is PURE GOLD!!!! I had their beers at the Whetsone in Brattleboro, VT., the Mount Snow Brewer's Festival in West Dover, VT., and at The Milling Room in Manhattan, NY. This company is fantastic. I have never been disappointed and every sip is orgasmic. Can I say that on here without getting in trouble? I would invest my lifesavings into this company if I could. Contact me if you need venture capital. No joke!! I'd take a Hill Farmstead over a Heady Topper or anything from Treehouse or Toppling Goliath any day of the week.

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Photo of SSS
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Hazy orange with little head and great lacing
S-luscious tropical fruit and citrus with pine
T-Lots of orange rind in the back end, yet sweet and juicy upfront. This beer comes off as a supercharged orange flavoured soft drink in the best way and an awesome well crafted beer on the other.
M-The delicate and well balanced mouthfeel makes this beer wonderful. Resinous and juicy while dry and

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Photo of Holderness
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Whetstone Station, Brattleboro

L — Orangey amber haze with a small white head that dissipates quickly but laces well. Looks pretty similar to Susan.
S — Smells like a field of wildflowers, with notes of sweet citrus, honey, peppermint, and papaya in the background
T — Musty musk, crackery malts, mint, wildflowers, and fresh orange rind
F — Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Fluffy and easy drinking, with the usual elegant restrained hop bitterness that is characteristic of HF
O — This is probably the most distinctively minty brew I’ve ever had. Didn’t pick up on it at first, but as soon as I did it was one of the most predominant aromas/flavors. Makes for a really unique, refreshing character


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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with great head and lace. Acidic/orange aroma with some minimal bittersweet aromas of caramel malt and fruity hops (torn between grapefruit and tropical). The yeast keeps it smooth and adds a touch of sweetness that is underneath the acidic/sharp but not bitter acidic and grapefruit-like hops. Finishes slightly clean and is an easy-drinking beer thanks to great balance and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of moodenba
3.38/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft unfiltered Hill Farmstead Edward Pale Ale tasted November, 2017.

Cloudy pale beer with a short white head. Flavor is reminiscent of the glut of American IPA. It has the aromatic hoppy character, possibly a little less pronounced than typical.

Moderate alcohol of 5.2% is a plus.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A little lighter on flavor but this might be because of the strong beers I had just before this. Still pretty nicely balanced and nice subtle citrus notes all over the beer.

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Photo of DVMin98
3.38/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Buddy brought over a growler that was probably 3 months past its prime. Lost all of its hops. Hate to rate this, but only way I can show I've had it.

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Photo of puck1225
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at a beer bar in New York on Long Island. Nice cloudy yellow color with good head and lacing. Very fragrant citrus smell. Prominent grapefruit taste. Very refreshing. Great beer!

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Photo of ProperGlassesNeeded
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is so velvety smooth from first sip to last gulp.
Not the juiciest, but simply magically crafted and balanced.

You can't put this down on the table. Such a finely made beer at that ABV

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 4 day old 750ml flip top

It is a hazy, orange gold with an average sized off-white cap. It retains a solid ring around the glass that leaves some spotty lacing.

It smells a little earhty/musky, like it has citra or mosaic hops, but mostly like orange, peach, honeydew melon, lemongrass, and limestone.

It tastes even better than it smells. The flowery hops are what I imagine an orange blossom would taste like. Also a lot of peach, melon/cantelope, zesty grapefruit rind, and club cracker like malts before a subtle bitterness comes in. A bit of lingering pine sap, lemongrass, and mineral water. It is hard to describe, but I call this a perfectly clean beer. There are no flaws or off putting flavors.

It has depth, yet is so light and delicate. The body is soft feeling like a Gose, and finishes crisp and dry.

An outstanding beer that could be the picture definition of a pale ale.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml swing top growler poured into shaker pint. Best by of Sept 6.

A: Small white soapy head. Body is a murky tan Gold amber.

S: citrus, cantaloupe, light honey,

T: tons of fresh melon cantaloupe, honeydew, apricot, light lemon a little grass.

M: is lush and juicy without being too heavy. This beer just bursts in your mouth.

O: This is an exceptional super juicy pale ale. The fruit flavors are so melon and apricot forward.

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Photo of Kayakguy
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Mad Taco in Warren, Vt. Looks amazing, very hazy unfiltered with a beautiful citris aroma. Nice hop bitterness but extremely drinkable. Loved it.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Couple of 16oz drafts in a Belgian tulip. Probably the best looking beer I've had. Maybe it was the sunlight hitting the beer just right, or my general stoke over having this on draft, or who knows what - but the beer looked heavenly. Orange gold with a perfect head. Not clear or turbid - just perfect.

Aroma is an intoxicating mix of citrus, leafy and floral hops, and green pine. Delicate and pronounced.

Taste. The taste! Citrus by way of orange, tangerine, grapefruit zest, peach, melon followed by a crisp, zesty green pine and a crackery malt. Not sure how the malt manages to make itself known under the weight of all the hops but therein lies the beauty of this beer. It's unreal balanced.

Smooth, crisp and perfectly carbonated. Such an easy drinker. For all the accolades and undoubted complexity it still drinks like a plain old delicious beer.

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Photo of Rristow
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from draft. Pours a super murky pale gold with white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, and floral. Taste is moderate to heavily bitter with mild sweetness. Lot of grapefruit on the taste with some other citrus fruits and pine. Little bit of caramel. Excellent overall.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light orange amber appearance with one finger of white head. Fairly strong malty citrus aroma. Taste is a very pleasant malt citrus taste with plenty of carbonation and a little dryness at the end

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Photo of Frudel
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hill Farm.
A yellow hazy liquid comes from the tap with a nice white head.

Nose is very inviting, caramel malt, flowers, pine tree, it smells so fresh.

Taste is caramel malt, pine resin, citrus, an APA I wish I could brew.

The glass is empty in no time, it was very refreshing, well balanced, astonishing quality.

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