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Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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Photo of Dope
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml growler filled yesterday. Thanks Alex :)

A: Pours a cloudy pale gold. Enormous frothy off-white head. Head retention is absolutely top-notch as it almost doesn't move at all. Easy five minutes before it has settled enough to drink. Heavy lacing to boot.

S: Oh yeah. Fresh, pungent and juicy. Lots of citrus - oranges specifically. Very light pine. A pleasure just to smell it.

T: Lots of floral hops up front with plenty of citrus backing. Spicy pine kicks in in the middle. The hop flavors don't so much as meld together as they have distinct starting and ending points. Very interesting. And delicious. Light grainy malt helps sweeten it up just enough. Mild wave of bitterness and then a crisp finish with lingering floral hops primarily. Very little aftertaste, just sort of a lingering grainy bitterness.

M: Surprisingly heavy bodied for 5.2%. I assume the unfiltered nature has given it a little more heft? Hard to say, it is shockingly heavy and silky smooth to boot. A little lower carbonation helps the mouthfeel too I think.

O: One hell of an APA. I've had most of the top 10 APAs on this site (currently anyway) and this one is right up there. It might just be the best of them. The mouthfeel especially is a notch above, so full and smooth it really makes this incredibly drinkable - further enhancing the APA character. Ridiculously good, on a level that I didn't even realize was possibly. Having said all of that, how could I give it anything but a 5 here?

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

Poured from a 750ml flip-top growler into a stemmed tulip glass (Filled Aug 2; Poured Aug 6).

A: A hazy, copper color (an unfiltered beer so hazy is expected); A big sudsy white head (3+ fingers) slowly settling leaving a curtain of lace.

S: An awesome huge hop nose with lots of sweet citrus (oranges and tangerines), a bit of spicy floral bittering hops, nice pine character; a touch of sweet malt.

T: A bit dryer than the nose; the American bittering hops hit first (spicy and floral) with a good deal of resinous pine; still present are all the citrus notes (oranges and grapefruit zest). The finish is dry and very clean.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and clean holding up well in a growler.

O: Delicious. Edward achieves a great balance of hops and malt with a massive hoppy nose and an enticing appearance.

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Photo of jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big fluffy 2 finger head crawls over the edges of the glass, making me take my time before I can even attack it, fades semi slowly with soapy lacing over a hazy golden peach color.

Nose has great hops, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, light floral and juicy hops, hint of musty resin.

taste brings juicy fruity hops, lots of tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, this would make that fruit I met in P-town feel like a dried fruit, light sweet silky smooth malts. Theres a light wheat vanilla but fruity like soft flavor in there I can't put my finger on. Finishes pretty bitter with soft luscious malts, lots more soft tropical fruits and citrus fresh hops without the oily flavor. This is delicious!

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, nice silky smooth like malt feel too.

Overall just awesome. Great hops, nice soft smooth malt, great tropical fruits without the big oily resinous kick, not super hoppy or super bitter, and malts are not only kept in check, but have a really nice flavor addition with that silky smooth malt kick, I wish I knew how they did it.

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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 imyourhero21
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great pale ale. Well balanced and easy drinking. I could drink this everyday and not complain ever . cant wait to try more of his hoppy offerings !!

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

Had it with the boys at Three Penny Pub in Montpelier. Served in a narrow Hill's Farmstead glass. My first experience with Hill's did not disappoint. It was one of,if not the best pale ales that I've ever tasted. Reminded me of Maine Brewing Mo which is a great thing. Started and ended smooth. I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32-oz swing top growler.

The color is a hazed amber straw, which is topped by about 2 fingers' depth of head. The head fades quickly leaving slight ghostly lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is without a doubt on of the best I have ever experienced in a pale ale. So much going on, and yet, so crisp. There is no muddled feeling, even with the various hop notes that I am pulling out of it. Floral and citrusy hops (grapefruit and lemon zest) contrast nicely against the background of a hint of sweet caramel malt. A touch of piney hop aroma in there for some emphasis, and a good dose of bitterness, to boot.

The flavor is phenomenal. Bitter enough that I thought it was an IPA. I was shocked to hear that it was not. However, the levity of the palate certainly does track more closely to a pale ale. The hop characteristics from the aroma are again all present in the flavor, with the floral notes overwhelming the citrus a bit. As much as I like floral, I felt that the citrus was a starring component in the nose, and I was sad to lose it.

I have to say that this is one of the best Pale Ales that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. This stuff comes highly recommended.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL growler filled on location at the brewery

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Lovely golden straw yellow. Hazy to a point. Reasonable head forms on pour but dissipates pretty fast, leaving some thin lacing that doesn't look like it's going to stick around much. Very appetizing look, I just want to dive in there.

SMELL : First nose is malts and citrus hops with some herbs as well. Definite tropical fruit undertone. Second nose releases some sharper herbal hop aromas, making the hop profile more precise. Malt is still just as present. Third nose follows this but amplifies the malt.

TASTE : Oh man, this is good stuff. A full palette of malt flavours just burst into your mouth, beautifully supported by the hops. As it goes down, the sharper hop aromas become somewhat earthy and crisper. There's also a certain minerality hidden behind the whole thing and even though it might seem too discreet to be of importance, I get the feeling that this is what actually supports the whole thing and holds it together.

MOUTHFEEL : I could've done with a rounder, fuller mouthfeel, but that's just me. As it is now, it seems too close to the mouthfeel an IPA might show. Still very nice, but a little too thin, I think.

OVERALL : Incredible beer that, even though it's called American Pale Ale, might actually be a hybrid of APA and IPA. Not quite hoppy enough to be an IPA, but in my own opinion, not quite round and generous enough to be an APA. Still, I'm glad I still have a couple glasses of this where that came from. I'll enjoy every last drop of it.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great! Beer! This was the first beer beside The Heady once I went to Waterbury, Vermont. This beer fills your mouth with a nice hoppy taste. Tasted very very fresh. Hill Farmstead mastered brewing beers. This beer is right on point. I believe it's a American Pale Ale BUT it punches you in the face like a Double IPA.

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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 TheFightfan1
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Hulmeville. Pours a crystal clear apricot color with very thick and fluffy white heading that leaves legs after each sip down to the end. Very alive and bubbley in the glass.

Heavy citrus nose, with a very green floral background. Sourdough like middle with a herbal finish.

Taste is out of this world, All of things mentioned in the nose is apparent here too. Citrusy, green floral bitterness, sourdough like malts with a nice sweet finish.

Medium bodied,excellent carbonation and very alive on the palate. slightly on the chewy side for 5.2% but in no way dims the beer. What seperates Edward from the world of pale ale's is how smooth it is.

I didn't even know what type of beer Edward was when I seen it. I seen Hill Famstead and assumed it was an IPA. I was surprised after the first sip just how bready and crisp this bad boy was. Very impressive style and one of my new favorites.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served on tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. The beer arrived in a pint glass with about a finger's worth of head. The beer is densely cloudy and looks like a golden mango. Not sure how this color comes to be. Nice, light lacing left on the glass.

S - Wonderful mix of citrusy hop scents. Maybe just a hint of bready malt. Maybe.

T - I'm getting all hop flavors here, with minimal bitterness. Excellent flavor.

M - Great medium body with a hint of carbonation. It feels really nice.

O - I'm beginning to understand why these beers are rated so highly. However, I can't help but notice that, while everything I tried on this recent trip has been delicious, it has also been relatively one dimensional. I'd love to try some other non IPA/APA styles.

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Photo of huddyball
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Hill Farmstead growler I had filled at the brewery on 4/12/14.

A: Beautifully hazy, bright golden orange color with a thick white head that subsides leaving some nice lacing.
S: Orange/citrus and mild piney hops.
T: Follows the nose perfectly. Not a dank hop flavor and an easy drinker.
M: Great. Slight dryness to it.
O: Just another hit via the genius that is Hill Farmstead!

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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 tarheels86
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tap at Capone’s for RBSG Philly 2011. The pour is a glowing hazy to opaque orange with a thin, white head. Scant lace. Actually laces quite well despite the pour. The nose is celery and resiny hops, fresh citrus and melons. Taste is drier, lighter, soapy, nutty bitter with melon rind and fermented jackfruit. Interesting with lots of rich tropical fruitiness. On style for APA. 6/6/2011 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

Tap at the Moll household thanks to yourefragile. Gorgeous pour: thick buttermilk foam, huge rocky retention. Glowing, bright peach color. Huge lacing. Nose has the essential Hill Farmstead sweet cream butter going on in the nose along with fresh biscuit. Oh, there is a ton of dank hops but the malt character is more impressive as always. Taste is very quenching, soft, biscuity, sourdough, light fruitiness like cantaloupe and peach. Grassy, herbal hops come to balance. So nice to have a zero astringency, zero abrasive, zero specialty malt stickiness APA. Hill Farmstead has this style on lockdown and should write the textbook.

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Photo of gcasher
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a growler in Greensboro at brewery. Poured into pint glass next day in Port Clyde, Maine.

Holy Crap, this is a great pale ale. I enjoyed it so much more than their experimental beers, Conduct of Life, Excursions. Double citra ,and Society and Solitude.

Pors a hazy orange with two fingers of bone white head.

Smells of dank and fruity hops.

Great malt backbone with dank and fruity hops dominating.

Don'underestimate the value of their fantastic water.

This would be my go to beer, but I live in Pittsburgh.

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

Poured into HF stemware

A-Frothy white head with some mild retention. Thick lacing that quickly runs down the side of glass. light golden hazy beer.

S-Aroma hits as soon as the growler was opened. Aroma is strong and is a precursor of things to come. Lots of sweet smelling hops. Tropical fruits. Peach, oranges, mango. some grapefruit and faint pine

T-not as sweet as the nose at least at first but may change as it warms. Peach, orange, grapefruit, lemon/lime, some bitterness. flavors really pop as there is something about the beer that makes the flavors very bright and upfront. some maltiness to keep the hops in check. Bit of a bitter finish with some lingering pine and bitterness

M-medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. leaves you with a mouthful of flavor

O-strong showing here easy to see why this breweries beers are in such high demand

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

On-tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. Consumed on 11/1. Written from notes.

A - Peach in color with a light white head. Cloudy with no sediment. Perfect suspension. Left beautiful foam lacing.

S - Intensely fragrant. Smelled of fresh hops. Absolutely wonderful smell.

T - Orange, lemon, and fresh hops with a lasting moderately bitter finish. Completely hides ABV.

M - Standard HF high quality. Crisp and clean, and left nice tingle throughout mouth.

O - Best APA I have tried. Surprised it was not an IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this is considered a Pale Ale. So darn hoppy, it really should be an IPA! But really, that doesn't matter. What does matter, is this beer's awesomeness. Taste is out of this world. Fruity, with notes of mango, citrus and even some strawberry. Piney, bitter, and dank as well! And so drinkable, it's scary. Try this stuff. ASAP!

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

Fresh growler from Joe. HUGE thanks! Shared with Pops. Pours slightly hazy golden color with a small fluffy white head. Beautiful aroma of fresh hop pellets, grass, hay, lightly sweet malts, very light citrus peel. Incredibly light bodied and fresh hops, sweet citrus and malt finish. Super easy drinking, medium carbonation, crisp and clean finish. Just awesome. My first HF experience and it is an excellent one.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler compliments of Gluglouburp- thanks again Dany! Pours a hazy light orange with average white head and soapy lacing. Nose- resinous pine, white and pink grapefruit rinds and sweet tropical fruits. Just an amazing hop assult to the nostrils. Taste- light bodied cookie dough followed by a juicy and dank wave of hops. Finishes very crisp, and dry to the pallete although with just a touch of sweet creaminess. Great stuff

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Photo of jbaker67
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

he pour is a reddish orange gold with a thinner white head that leaves a beautiful lace on the brewery tulip. The aroma is incredible. Citrusy hops, with a grapefruit character and a tropical fruitiness to it. Maybe a light piny sensation on the back end. The flavor is so similar. The hoppiness is heavy, but there isn't a overbearing bitterness. The fruitiness and light sweetness at the end is delightful. The mouth feel is almost perfect, and the dryness at the end is outstanding for an APA

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pour: Completely hazy orange with a finger plus of sticky white head. Head leaves a little lacing, but not too much.

Smell: Grapefruit and tangerine mostly, but with a nice bready, raw dough sweetness in the background. Not as in your face on the nose as other HF beers.

Taste: Huge burst of tangerine and mango, followed by a light resin and light doughy oat sweetness. Solid bitterness. Lingers with oranges.

Mouthfeel: This is so drinkable, definitely more so than Zombie Dust. Juiciness hangs around on the palate, but not in a cloying way whatsoever.

Overall: An amazing APA that sets the standard as a drinkable and refreshing go-to beer.

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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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