Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #8
Ranked #274
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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Squire from Mississippi

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium yellow gold color that is hazy enough that I cannot see my fingers on the other side of the glass yet the appearance is very clean all through. Beautiful fine white cap and lace.

Aroma of citrus zest (not orange or lemon but definitely citrus) with a touch of pine and sharp herbs all presented with a sharp vibrancy.

Taste is hop forward with citrus in the fore and the herbal qualities trailing. Malt presence is subdued, I get more a sense of malt than an actual malt flavor.

Medium velvety texture with balancing carbonation.

Altogether it's a noteworthy brew whose acquaintance is memorable.

Jul 03, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Finally reviewing this beer after drinking many times.

Pours a very cloudy straw color with a touch of caramel color. Slight hints of clear looking beer around the edges of the glass. Beautiful white head with great retention and lacing.

This is one of my favorite smelling beers I’ve ever had. It jumps out of the glass and is so lively. It’s fresh orange colored citrus, a little bit of pine, and grassiness. It’s so complex and balanced all at the same time. Again it just jumps out of the glass at you, my favorite Edward characteristic.

The taste is just as balanced as the nose. All the same things pleasant things too: citrus, pine, and grass. It also has a pleasant minor malt background to go with it.

Mouthfeel is so soft and smooth, it has a light to medium body. Finishes clean, dry and medium bitterness. Like many HF beers this drinks so much cleaner than one would guess by looking at it.

This beer is perfect in almost every way. It has classic hoppy beer character along with its own unique modern aspects. It is it’s own beer it’s not trying to be anything but itself. I love it.

Jul 01, 2021
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewing. Received in early June 2021 in Ninja box from @Roy_Hobbs. 16 oz can stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 26/6/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom rim stamped “CANNED 05/18/21 DRINK BY 06/15/21”. Served at 50.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 57.2 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Straw (SRM 3), hazy.
Body – Pale Gold (SRM 4), opaque. When rear-lite, translucent. Looks dirty but is unfiltered.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), ghost white, high density initially but quickly opening up, average retention, diminishing to leave a 1.6 to 2.5 cm lacy crown and a thick partial cap. Small islands of lacing remain as the head retracts. Second pour produces a dense two cm head.
Lacing – Good. Wide band of torn curtain lacing beneath the ring of islands left as the head retracts.
Aroma – 4 – Some lemony citrus. No malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins with slightly bitter with light lemony hops and a bit of pine and pineapple. No malt, no yeast. No ethanol (5.2 % ABV, according to BA, NOT marked on container) taste or aroma. Gastric warming does not occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. In general, clean and almost refreshing.
Palate – 4 – Medium, watery, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Pretty decent APA, better than most. At shelf life plus 33%, definitely degrading if other reviews are to be believed.

Jun 26, 2021
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received a fresh (5/18/2022) can from @Roy_Hobbs. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a hazy, muddy tangerine color with a half finger of creamy, milk-white head and thick, clinging lacing. Its very fragrant smell includes ripe tangerine, pineapple, and melon, along with fresh pine needles and floral hops. The taste offers a nearly perfect balance of tart, fairly bitter grapefruit rind and lemon peel and the sweetness of tangerine, pineapple, and a hint of berry from the Simcoe hops. At mid-sip there is a burst of resinous pine from the Chinook. Although not overly bitter, the blend of Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus provides a slightly piney, spicy finish. This ale packs a lot of substance for its 5.2% ABV. It has a great mouth feel with pleasant carbonation. Overall, Edward is one of the most satisfying APAs I've had in quite awhile. It absolutely merits its world-class rating.

Jun 06, 2021
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hops_for_thought from New York

4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (01Dec2020) into a willi becher glass

L: pours a semi-translucent gold/orange with a very dense white head. Fading slowly, leaving some chunky lacing and large bubbles

S: can smell is the second can is cracked, so inviting. Beautiful fruit-forward hoppy nose, with a bit of pine and a slight sweetness as well. Get sweeter pineapple/peach notes to start, with a more citrusy bitterness l(grapefruit zest/flesh) following. Piney bitterness as well, bit of pepper, some sweeter malt character as well

T: follows the nose very well, delivering a great mix of fruit with a piney/earthy bitterness. More bitter/piney on the swallow at first, that grapefruit flavor along with some piney/earthy bitterness. Get a kind of green/black tea note quickly following which I really like. That sweeter fruit the nose suggests comes out toward the swallow, along with a bit of malty sweetness that plays against the more bitter aspects but doesn’t override them

F: medium body, medium+ carbonation, moderately drying, easy to drink

O: fantastic APA, checks all the boxes - incredible nose from the moment the can is cracked, excellent flavor that captures the hops and malt so well

Dec 24, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Can to snifter. share with DC. Collaboration with Russian River on hops selection version.

dark yellow, medium haze, big frothy off white head, excellent retention. typical whirlpool of inviting goodness that surrounds HF brews.
Malted Barley, almost scotch like. Rye Grass, palm, pepper.
Soft pine, hay, black pepper, lighter notes of melon, citrus, grass.

smooth, creamy. Medium body, good carbonation with large bubbles.

Very good. Started this around a 4.05, but its growing on me, so I keep upticking my numbers. pepper aroma and taste along with the savory malt flavors make this special.

Dec 09, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 11/3/20; consumed on 11/18/20

Pours a hazy, dark orange body topped with two fingers of fluffy, white foam; great head retention yields a slight yet chunky cap, a moderate, frothy collar, and vast spread of webby/spotty lacing caked across the entirety of the glass.

Aroma opens with the brightness of fragrant lime leaf with an edge of grassy pine and touches of dankness interwoven; grapefruit introduces more citric leanings through the middle, peaking with pithy pineapple and Mandarin orange as a building florality meets a fresh, peppery/bready malt on the close.

Taste starts off with a soft, flaky malt showcase rife with textured minerality; lime leaf brings out deepening citrus with more herbal leanings through orange peel and touches of grass building in intensity to more robust evergreen tones; dank pineapple eases into the back end while a florality and citrus amalgam dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a light-medium body alongside a moderate carbonation, airy and natural with simply perfect attenuation which informs the characteristic entirety of the palate; a delicately tingly hop acidity competes with the advancing subtleties of a soft, malty grit through the mid-palate, while a mild hop bitterness closes against a semi-juicy peak leveled with a consistent, moderate dryness on the finish and through the swallow.

Perfection in its simplicity, variety, pacing, and complexity, this pale ale is quite simply quintessential Hill Farmstead, with all aspects refined and imminently drinkable to near-enigmatic proportions; masterful and pure.

Nov 19, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/27/20 with a drink by date of 11/17/20. Poured into a BA teku. Very attractive beer. Glowing orange with a ton of thick, fluffy white head with excellent legs, leving behind lots and lots of lacing. Aroma is glorious. When I can smell it from several feet away it's usually a good sign, and this was no exception. Grapefruit, peach, and herbal notes all come through on the nose.

Taste also has notes of grapefruit and all kinds of hops. It's an interesting and well done balance of juicy bitterness. Citrus notes, including orange peel, with a medium amount of bitterness. Feel is medium bodied and very smooth going down.

Nov 08, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

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

Pint can - dated 11/03/20 - poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at 42°F.

Pours a cloudy, but translucent honey golden colour, topped with two fingers of Sunday white head with fair retention. Micro-effervesence is visible. Moderate lacing.

Nose: The aroma opens with some pale, flakey malt beneath a ripe explosion of hops. There is a massive grapefruit zest note that just bombards the senses. Orange creamsicle, pink guava, kumquat, and lemongrass, with some big dank PNW notes of Douglass fir, hemp, and damp plants, with just a touch of musty Simcoe. Very saturated with explosive citrus.

Palate: Edward greets the palate with tons of orange and grapefruit right off the bat. Pulpy and fresh, with a juicy fluidity to it. Some lemon asp emerges. Two things instantly stick out - first, this beer is DRY. This is not a sweet New England juice bomb. Second, there's very little malt weight here. It's fluid and light on its toes - showing that water is the main ingredient. Okay, with that said, after Edward's citrusy greeting, some subtle pink guava and passionfruit notes peek through, along with some white grape, melon rind, and fresh cut grass, nodding to the Mosaic presence. Some classic leafy C-hop notes show up, with some dank earthy Simcoe lending some grit, while the grapefruit note becomes pithy and slightly bitter, taking on some grassiness in the finish, with a lingering touch of Warrior herbal/spiciness.

Mouthfeel/Body: Unlike many popular modern APA iterations, Edward makes no attempt to hide the fact that it's not an IPA. Dry, subdued malt takes a backseat, showcasing the crisp, fluid, light body which is remarkably refreshing and drinkable. That Hill well water minerality just sings here, tingling the palate like vitamin C. Effervescence is ultra-fine, and moderately lively. Dry.

Overall: This really stands out as a unique offering. So many new age pale ales just drink like NEIPAs, while Edward steps back and embraces its crisp, fluid APA lineage. All of the Hill characteristics are here, and everything is so supremely balanced. This would be an excellent pairing beer. It isn't a whirlwind of complexity, but rather an exercise in balance and softness. This should be the house mascot for Hill Farmstead, as it captures everything the brewery is known for.

Nov 08, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 10/27/2020 into a tulip glass.
L - Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head that dissipates slowly.
S - Smells of tropical fruits.
T - Tastes matches the smell, lot’s of tropical fruits.
F - Medium body and carbonation, and really smooth.
O - Delicious smooth pale ale.

Nov 01, 2020
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 8/25/20.

Pours hazy yellow with an inch of white foam. Nice retention with spongy lacing. Mild notes of grapefruit, peach, and orange in the nose. Medium bodied with a soft, thinnish mouthfeel. Light citrus on the palate with zero malt or bitterness. Finishes dry and quick. Pretty average pale ale. Nothing offensive or remarkable to speak of.

Sep 13, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Nov 03, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Oct 29, 2019
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

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.

Oct 29, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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.

Oct 03, 2019
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landoflizards from New York

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.

Apr 15, 2019
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craftaholic from New York

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!

Mar 12, 2019
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leantom from Indiana

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.

Dec 31, 2018
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ryansmith2596 from Vermont

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.

Oct 09, 2018
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keith40 from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 20, 2018
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Beeraphernalia from Connecticut

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.

Mar 22, 2018
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SSS from Canada (QC)

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

Mar 17, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

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


Dec 25, 2017
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clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Dec 18, 2017
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moodenba from New York

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.

Nov 03, 2017
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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 2913 ratings