Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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:
350
Ratings:
2,601
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
8.18%
 
 
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Reviews: 350 | Ratings: 2,601
Photo of Buck89
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. A moderately hazy amber-orange color with a one-finger white head. Berries, earthy notes, pine, and tangerine on the nose. The tangerine showed up first on the palate, followed by a nice blend of herbal flavors, resin, grass, oranges, pine, and mango. Medium-bodied and soft bitterness on the finish. Another exceptional beer from HF.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Happy to be able to tick this off. Had it on tap The Farmhouse in Burlington. Also had it on cask at Mule Bar in Winooski the day after.

Pours a hazy orange.

The smell is crisp and tropical, pineapple, mango, you namit, it's in here.

Crisp taste, all of the fruit elements from the nose are here, followed by along, soft bitterness. Just outstanding stuff.

Refreshing mouthfeel, sharp carbonation. Would be a superb palate cleanser, I believe.

This was one of the beers I most looked forward to having, and oh yes, it lives up to the hype. Just a superb Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy pour, inch and a half of fluffy foam head with moderate retention
Smells of pine, slightly grassy with tones of peach, mango and sweet malt
Citrus up front that fades into a piney slightly bitter finish
A tad thin but pretty spot on for the style

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Photo of smcolw
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, dark gold color. Modest head but it leaves a ring of lace after each sip with a solid blanket in between.

More earthy hop aroma than others from Hill Farmstead, but the rest fits the typical profile.

Malty start but it is overwhelmed by the hop bite. Quite dry. Decent body and carbonation. The swallow and lasting aftertaste are decently blended.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy golden look to this. Smelled like hops and passion fruit. Tasted amazing and juicy with hops coming through. An unbelievable pale ale. Smell was the best part of this beer.

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Photo of BigGold
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had at The Farm House Tap & Grill, Burlington, Vermont, on draft into almost tulip. Drinks much bigger than 5.20 ABV. What an American Pale Ale is meant to be.

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Photo of hgw605
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Nice medium haze golden peach color with small white head.
S: A tiny bit of citrus and pine but mostly light malt coming through.
T: Light bread doughy sweetness. Light bitterness and hop flavor.
F: Soft and delicate.
O: Good beer but very little hop character for hype. HF makes much better beers than this.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to find this at the Penny Cluse Cafe in Burlington, VT. Pours a night light golden colour with some mild cloudiness; a decent look with as much head as you like on a hard pour & some minor lacing. Bright citrus/pine/floral hops with a touch of something else (melon/tangerine) - very nice taste well balanced by malts & having a medium smooth feel. Just a great tasting solid beer with quite a bit of pleasant flavour & nothing harsh on the finish. My first tasting from Hill Farmstead, hopefully not the last!

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Photo of Kdouble
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the brewery. I usually like something a little stronger and this was a good alternative.

A golden color with a hazy white head. A little lacing.

Citrus smell with pine and maybe some pineapple or mango.

I was not expecting the bitterness and really liked it.

Another great brew from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Brewer "Edward"
on tap @ Hen of the Wood, Burlington, VT on 4 June 2016

Notes: Slightly hazy orange-gold or "peach" body beneath a creamy head of white foam. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma is hoppy with notes of citrus, grass, and pine over a delicate biscuity malt base. The flavor follows with a pleasant balance between the delicate malt, the moderate hops, and a solid bitterness. Hill Farmstead is all about the malt, and this one is no exception. It's not full in body, it's just medium, but the malt has a richness of character to it. They must be using a quality malt, and properly mashing and sparging, otherwise it wouldn't have the noticeable character that it does. And it's surprising, overall, that Hill Farmstead beers are so appreciated because, really, they go against the grain in today's beer society where bigger is always better, and even if it's smaller it should hit you over the head - Hill Farmstead beers don't do that. So what else of it? Just the balance I'd say. The malt is balanced, the hops are balanced, and the bitterness is balanced. It's very drinkable, which, I just thought of it, is exactly what Sierra Nevada is, what makes it great, and that's the originator so why not follow in their footsteps? Nicely done.

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Arrived in a tulip glass at City Beer Hall in Albany. Body is a hazy straw-amber color with a small white head. Lots of lace on the glass as I work my way down.

S: Citrusy hops, mainly lemon and grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, with a lot of citrus hitting the palate right away. Lemons, grapefruit pith and even limes. Hint of earthy spice reminds me of rye at times. Modest bread doughy malt provides balance and a jumping off point for tthe citrusy hop characteristics. There's a lot of hop flavor packed into this APA.

M: It's a little on the thin side; carbonation is quite active and a little bit sharp. But I think that active carbonation actually enhances the flavor's vibrancy.

O: Quite good; reminds me of a session IPA in many ways, with a very light heft and feel but big time citrusy hops.

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Photo of eifster82
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Hill Farmstead.

May be the best pale ale I've ever had. Deep yellow-orange hazy with feathery smooth foam-head. Packs an incredible amount of citrus orange flavor into a 5.2% abv brew. If I didn't know any, I would have guessed this is was a robust IPA and not a 'light' PA. Smooth and easy drinking finish. Something to be enjoyed all day.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a growler fill at the brewery served the next day, pours a hazy golden with just a small head (slow pour from 750ml growler). The smell is grapefruit orange and pineapple, and the taste replicates the smells. It is smooth, refreshing with a slight bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel was unexpectedly smooth yet had some body and reminded me a little of the tannins in a good dry red wine. Overall, my first pilgrimage to Hill Farmstead Brewery did not disappoint, and this pale ale is the best I have tasted to date.

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Photo of Boto
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Brewery: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a bit of an off white head on it that leaves some lacing. The nose is good. Citrus, pine, some grassiness, spiciness and maybe a hint of pineapple. The taste is very good. Just a bit of bitterness. Pine, pineapple, citrus, faint spices. Subtle but a lot going on in there. Definitely a very good brew.

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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
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | 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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