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Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
336
Ratings:
2,468
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
22.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 336 | Ratings: 2,468
Photo of daudelin2000
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Edward was the first Hill Farmstead beer I ever had. Because it's so well crafted and is not overwhelmingly hoppy, it's a great beer to introduce people to craft beer.

It pours a light gold color with an off white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma is nice, but not in your face. Smells of citrus with some grassy and some pine in there as well. Taste is very smooth with great citrus pine hop character. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a solid brew. Not the type of brew that's going to knock your socks off or fatigue your palate. This is the type of pale ale you will go back to again and again.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

simply great stuff, wish it could be more available, on tap delicious look, smell and taste. would pick this up or drink on tap all day long, the high rating is NO farce.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy tan-orange with a soft, pillowy, creamy eggshell head.

I detect light wheat, biscuit, and lemon.

Being my first Hill Farmstead pale ale, it is becoming very clear to me that balance is the focus here, with the malt, yeast and hops all working together to make a very pleasant, easy drinking beverage.

Edward is just ultra-smooth and well executed. Refined through and through with no bitterness, and a semi-dry finish. There is also a delicate farmhouse yeast that keeps this grounded and earthy.

When we were in Boston, we had a growler of Alter Ego from Tree House. It had been a long day and we didn't end up actually finishing it before zonking out. In the morning, we took the leftover beer and poured it into a glass with some fresh, cold orange juice, then plopped some fresh pineapple, orange and grapefruit into the concoction. Cutting to the chase, Edward reminded us of that beermosa. Considering Edward is not a juice-bomb, this says something about its balance in that fresh fruit does not necessarily impart overpowering sweetness, and does often have an earthy quality to it. The quest for juicier and juicier IPAs must be checked at some point, and looking back at well crafted beers like this is not a bad idea to keep brewers from going into Tang territory.

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Photo of MamaHoney
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was my first HF that I tried years ago, and absolutely loved everything about it.
Still a classic and always welcomed! Citrusy & light, with an incredible aroma

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light orange/dark blonde pale ale. Notes of tangerine and pine balance back and forth. Fairly bitter pale ale. Soft mouthfeel with good carbonation.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Mildly turbid, burnt orange color, nice thick off white head, really solid lacing.
S: Sweet, honey like malts and tropical fruit notes. Maybe a tiny touch of dankness.
T: Malts are interesting, sweet with an almost corn like graininess. A touch of bitterness but very well balanced. Tropical notes mesh well with sweetness and make for a great drinking experience. But overall flavors are expertly balanced on the palate and the drink is very smooth and drinkable.
F: Body is smooth and full yet not at all heavy. Very frothy and cream like. Carbonation is medium and balances well with the bitter hop notes.
O: Really enjoyable, flavors more on the mild side, reminding you of their presence without being overbearing and having no balance. Great pale ale.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edward is a very well crafted beer with just the right balance and hippiness aroma. I really enjoyed this beer at the brewery and look forward to drinking it again!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Whetstone Station Restaurant in Brattleboro. The beer had an incredible murky thick orange appearance and a thick bubbly head that only dissipated slightly throughout my time drinking it. The beer had one of the sharpest orange peel-citrus flavors I personally have had. The aromas were dense and floral. Taste follows the nose with that sweetness from the orange-citrus really coming through. The carbonation to this beer was great as well; excellently crisp and refreshing. Overall, a fantastic drink across all dimensions.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has an incredibly delicate clean malt with clear lemon citrus notes. Tongue is much the same, the citrus lemon is very precise and elegant, blended in very well with the main beer notes. Very easy finish, and an excellent, more subtle pale ale.

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Photo of diemilio
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is out of this world. Beautiful and unique smell and taste. I glad I am fortunate enough to have it available close to where I am and have it on a regular basis.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spicy, citrusy orange and peach nectar. Sweet malt aroma. Fruity, herbal pine. A dirty orange, an almost rusty color that anticipates the juiciness nicely.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

If this is the original IPA from Hill Farmstead, they have set a very high standard. Great deep, hazy orange hue with two finger fluffy head. Citrusy with mild bitterness, soft mouthfeel, earthy / smoky wood end notes and sensational drinkability. My only fault is that it is a tad simplistic, but other than that another stellar brew.

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Photo of AleFaceKilla
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color and lacy head. Felt like i either had an older bottle or let if breathe a little too long and the aroma was a little low. However, I completely enjoyed the complexity of this beer. I'm extremely impressed with everything they turn out.

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just about as close to perfection as you can get. Probably gets a lower score from many than Abner, Susan and other HF beers because of the moderate ABV, but the look, taste and feel of Edward are all on par with, if not better. It's an insult to call a beer this great "sessionable," but if it weren't so prohibitively expensive, I couldn't think of anything better than to have an endless supply of this on a breezy summer day. Outstanding.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pony Bar. From notes. Reviewed 28 January 2016.
4/4/4/4.5/4.25
Hazy brown-yellow pale.
Smells traditionally Americanly hoppy. Pine and citrus zest.
It tastes vaguely bubble gummy (Sorachi Ace?) and very vegetal with heavy citrus note. Long, heavy flavor is a bit murky. Thick-bodied for such a light beer and packed with flavor.
Recommended, certainly, but not exceptional. Solid pale ale devoid of flaws.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at armsby abbey poured into a snifter

Hazy orange , off white one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of citrus

Hop taste on the font and sides of the tongue

Sudsy , bitter at the roof of the mouth, lingering hop bitterness

Good beer

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Photo of LaurenPreston
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap on bridge view tavern - a great local pub featuring hillstead beers. Looks wise has a short head and great lasting lacing. Earthy, mossy aroma followed by a dank resin. Delightful first taste of an evergreen forest with overtones of an orange orchard. Rounds out with a smooth, caramel like finish. Overall, a fav.

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Photo of FFreak
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Pomodoro in downtown Burlington. Served in a tulip alongside a fantastic pasta dish. A fairly hazy light yellow-orange color with a soft finger of bubbles, which sticks around and leaves big lace on the glass. Aroma is not too distinct, but features some citrus and pine. Taste is very nice, a very fine example of pale ale. Mouth is just about perfect, medium-body, smooth, creamy, nicely carbed, super easy to drink. Overall, a great pale ale from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange gold with lasting thick white head. Pleasant aroma of mango and pineapple. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Less pronounced fruit in the taste, with a good malt balance. Bitter, grapefruit rind aftertaste. Comes together exceptionally well.

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Photo of CHickman
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pony Bar, NYC; pours very hazy gold orange color with a small off white head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Wow, is this really an APA as it smells and tastes like an extremely fresh hopped IPA. Dank and pungent, the nose reeks of citrus and tropical fruit with a nearly perfect mix of lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, papaya, resiny piney hops, herbs, mild pepper spices, graham cracker, pizza crust and some floral notes. It's hop dominant yet masterfully balanced with a kiss of bitterness. Delicious and sessionable.

This was fantastic and lived up to the hype. Hope it comes down to this area more often as I will seek this out.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Yellow-orange color, decent head. Aroma is pine, citrus, hops. Flavor is the same but has a decent malt and you just know it is a pale ale and not an IPA. good stuff.

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Photo of danh53
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a light IPA at less than 6%. It has a smooth and soft mouth feel with very little carbonation. Tastes of lemon, lime, and grapefruit with floral notes. Basil and orange peel come through on the finish. Its a nice IPA, but certainly not worth the price to acquire if you are outside of New England.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

My first HF beer and man this did not disappoint. Dry hopped to hell for a pale ale. They served this too cold, and it only got better as it warmed up.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has, surprisingly, become pretty easy to get around me, which is great! It's definitely a go-to beer for me - I will be picking it up whenever I can. Hill Farmstead is spot on when it comes to balancing flavors with alcohol content. I could drink this dank APA all day long, which is actually not too bad considering it's only 5.2% ABV.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey-yellow with a little haze. Head is a finger of dense white foam with lots of lacing. Smell is a bit muted, but I pick up grapefruit, pine and a little lemon. Taste is similar, with a bit of breadiness coming in occasionally. Nice lingering pleasant bitterness. Feel is stellar--smooth and soft, yet balanced by perfect carbonation. Overall, an outstanding pale ale that doesn't shout, but speaks quietly with convincing eloquence.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.
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