Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #8
Ranked #361
4.43 | pDev: 7.9%
Today at 03:19 AM
Apr 27, 2010
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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3.5 by doctorgary from New York on Today at 03:19 AM
4.54 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Friday at 12:47 AM
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4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a straw color with a tinge of copper and almost a finger of head. The nose has some light citrus hoppiness. The flavor is plenty bitter but other than that it's pretty mild and dry.

Really nice bitterness but lacking in pretty much anything else. A one note chorus.

May 16, 2022
4.7 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa early this evening. Excited to try my first HF beer.

Looks pretty good in the glass. Hazy pale amber body. Bright white head shrinks to a ring and covering, rings of lacing.

Really nice hoppy mixed tropical fruit aroma.

On tasting, really aggressive for a pale ale. Huge grapefruit & pine bitterness. Malt is probably there, but hard to detect.

Mouth between full and medium. Finish a dry grapefruit bitterness.

Overall, I certainly enjoyed the drink, but was expecting an easy end of shift pale ale. This punched me in the taste buds and woke me up.

May 13, 2022
4.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on May 09, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Noteworthy for its look and light and balanced taste (for an IPA). Pours a light golden yellow with billowing white foam. Light hoppy aroma is unique. Taste is bitter pine but yeasty bread, with a light malt aftertaste. Light but creamy and pillowy mouthfeel. Strikes me as almost European in its restraint and balance. Probably a 5 out of 5 of an IPA for a certain kind of consumer who is looking for something less aggressive and more elegant.

May 05, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(shaker pint at Monk's Cafe around 2:30p)

Hazy, orangey-hued liquid; solid pad of dense, pillowy foam... on the nose and palate: orange creamsicle, grapefruit gummies, minty pine... as fluffy on the tongue as it looks; just enough suds and stunning, pithy bitterness to refresh the palate after bites of extra-spicy wings... not too shabby, but also not too memorable (1878)

Apr 27, 2022
4.44 by shelby415 from Oregon on Apr 16, 2022
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4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by mvogt from Massachusetts

Look: hazy medium orange, head retreats quickly, some lacing.

Smell: lots of pine and tropical fruit

Taste: flawless. The pine and sweet tropical fruit work perfectly together, with a bit of sharp bitterness at the end. Easy to imagine the cool pure well water playing a big part too.

Feel: flawless again, with a good proportion of a hazy's smooth satisfaction. Carbonation isn't a big deal here but it helps to keep things lively.

Overall: This is incredibly flavorful, well-balanced, and even refreshing. Can't think of any way it could be a better example of the style.

Apr 10, 2022
4.5 by petewheeler from Maryland on Apr 09, 2022
4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 19, 2022
4.1 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 11, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sparty1224 from Michigan

Serving: 16 oz. can poured into a Tree House teku glass. Canned on 11/30/21, making this just over a month old.

A: Pours way hazier than I remember. Had this on tap at the taproom in 2013 and it was much paler and clearer. Looks real nice now, good hazy, not murky though.

S: A lot of fruit and fruit juice. Mango, pineapple, lots of tropical fruit. Guava. Little bit of pine and earthiness at the back, but not too much.

T: Very nice beer. Real juicy up front, nice burst of papaya and tangerine. Middle and finish are a bit hoppier than I expected, good amount of bitterness on the finish. Not overwhelming though.

M: Nice and clean, full. Very balanced. Super drinkable. Decent amount of oily hop resin on the finish.

O: Quick shout out again to SadMachine for hooking me up with this! So, I haven't had this beer since a small sampler at the tap room while in line waiting for bottles and growler fills ca. Christmas 2013. HF was relatively new back then, and along with Lawson's and Alchemist, they were starting the NE-style IPA craze before we really knew they were. Much like Heady, this feels like progenitor to NE IPA. It's hazy and drinkable, but still retains some of that hop bitterness that we'd see replaced with more of a juicy/sweet profile down the road. I still prefer the more modern style, but it's such a treat to go back and experience the classics. Hill Farmstead is such a special place, and this is truly one of their most special beers.

Recommendation: A great representation of what an HF pale ale can do, this is a must try if you've never had.

Jan 07, 2022
4.27 by metter98 from New York on Dec 10, 2021
4.26 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 10, 2021
5 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania on Dec 06, 2021
4.29 by EMH73 from New York on Dec 05, 2021
4.5 by timmy2b from New York on Nov 28, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

very good ‐ could pass as a hazy. Juicy, clean and good depth without overdoing it. Solid APA, will look for more from Hill Farmstead. Well Done!

Nov 19, 2021
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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Paul9656

Perfectly balanced and is so easy to drink

Nov 13, 2021
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Nov 12, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

Medium light orange, with some amber overtones, to the look. Moderate Mandarin orange peel aroma, with noticeable, medium toasted malt. In the taste, there is more of an off-dry, medium toast malt, with the tangerine peel flavor, that briefly boosts the body and tones down the hop bite. Finishes with some of the malt, supporting the none too bitey, tangerine peel flavored hops.

Nov 10, 2021
4.5 by kuhndog from New York on Nov 02, 2021
4.03 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Oct 31, 2021
4.37 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Oct 23, 2021
4.44 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Oct 20, 2021
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 25, 2021
4.25 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Sep 25, 2021
3.94 by nelsonracite from New Jersey on Sep 23, 2021
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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by trudy7552

The magic of Edward and the allure of Hill Farmstead are on display in this beer's gentle, delicious, flavorful production. Add the beauty of a pilgrimage to the back roads of Greensboro, VT and you'll leave a happier, kinder human being.

Sep 22, 2021
4.64 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Sep 19, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1618
Hillstead Brewing
Date: 18 May 2021
I have wanted to consume a beer from this brewery for some time now. I love the brewery names beers after the family. The beer is 44 degrees, and I used a nonic glass. The pour created a massive three-fingered airy and foamy white head. The retention is excellent and left gobs of lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 7, dark straw yellow with amber hues. The beer is hazy, like a NEIPA. A masterful showing for the appearance.

The aromas in the beer are orange peel, passion fruit, pineapple, toasted crackers, slight malty sweetness, a hint of floral, a touch of resin, and tangerines.

I taste orange peels, mangos, pineapple, passion fruit, toasted bread crust, slight malty sweetness, tangerines, a skosh of pine, and earthiness.

The mouthfeel is coating and crisp.

The body of the beer is light, has medium carbonation, and has a subtle finish.

When you want a NEIPA: but mellowed out, you grab this beauty. What a lovely beer; it's simple, elegant, and refined. Magnificent beer, I enjoyed every sip.

Sep 14, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

On tap at brewery:
Hazy pale amber / bruised peach, with a plush off-white head and foam beneath soapy bubbles, spotty lacing.

Nose is husky and earthy, backed by a light woodsy hop note underneath a peach and melon fruitiness. Taste follows for the first half, but gains a firm pithiness that unfolds to a dry wooden bitterness.

Definitely well constructed, and enjoyable to me as a dry, earthy/woody beer.

Sep 09, 2021
3.33 by Skibum211 from Vermont on Sep 01, 2021
4.42 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Aug 27, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brewme from Massachusetts

Had a single draft at Blackback Pub in Waterbury Vermont for an unknown amount. My sixth brew from these guys. This is excellent, lives up to the hype.

Aug 14, 2021
Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 2952 ratings