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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:
348
Ratings:
2,555
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
22.05%
 
 
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Reviews: 348 | Ratings: 2,555
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 cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had st the good life. arrived super cloudy in a point glass. los unfiltered and peach in color. smells like classic pale ale but the taste has a bit of a hop bite. quite nice. a bit grapefruit. flavored. nice unfiltered feel medium to light bodied. very easy drinker. why yes, I will have another.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a filmy golden orange color with some bright hues. A thick, frothy white head rests on top of the glass and retains throughout the pour, leaving tons of lacing.

Explosive hoppiness balanced with some doughy malts and biscuit tones. Decent amount of citrus and grapefruit, light sweetness and spice.

Bold hop punch up front with bitter citrus and grapefruit. Not overly hoppy, but aggressive enough to wake the senses. Decent malt backbone on the bready and biscuit side, some notes of caramel sweetness. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and dry.

Medium body and carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. Crazy drinkability on this and solid flavor - I could easily plow through a growler with a friend during the summer months.

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Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed @ Prohibition Pig last weekend.

A totally hazy, orange-yellow body, draped lacing, great retention; dry, clean and crisp finish, bursts with flavor, nice grapefruit aroma reflected in the flavor. Easy drinking APA thank doesn't compromise on taste.

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Photo of mynie
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm worried, right now, that my recent trip to Vermont has destroyed my tolerance for hop-heavy IPAs that are even a little bit less than perfect. When all you drink for 2 weeks straight is Zombie Dust, Double Sunshine, and Heady, then even regular, very good beers might being to appear less very good by dint of comparison.

This is good. Totally. But it's like I tell it's not Xtreme and so that makes it seem less good. Weird, huh?

Anyhow, a straight up single American IPA. The hop profile is wondrously variegated, meaning the aroma is damn near perfect. The hops dominate the first end, bitter moving into sweet, but then the finish is a little watery, a bit of a let down.

Very good. Potentially excellent, even, if I hadn't been so spoiled lately.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is hazed pale golden amber with a perfectly tight white head. Nose is huge hop, well balanced pale malt and grain bill with notes of weed and a strong citrus punch. Taste is a touch more balanced, very drinkable. Grain bill is more pronounced with a light pale malt. Hops are herbal ad citrusy, grassy notes linger with a very light bitterness, assertive carbonation and a light airy body.
Growler - nose is stronger citrus, orange and peach. Taste also has more hops, some citrus and some fresh fruity green notes, still well balanced grain, clean and fresh. Bitterness is a touch less than I remember.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with me! Had during Hobo Tasting #5 while sitting inside RJ Rockers! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a very minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. The citrus aspect on this one kept me coming back for more. I really like citrus in my beer (no, not like the citrus people like in their Blue Moons) so this one was a no-brainer for me. Really glad I got to try this one. Just hate Mike left me with a half a growler of this at Rockers when he left. I blame this growler for getting me drunk that night by the way... An absolute must try!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer brought by Sean to our UFC 126 gathering.

A - Burnt orange color with a white head that had some good lacing.

S - Bready malt, citrus hops, bittering resin. This is a great smelling hoppy APA, one of my favorite regular drinking styles.

T - Citrus which is slightly grapefruit, and some mild pine and floral notes. Resin is nice and bittering there on the end, and the malt backbone supports the hops well. If you gave this to my blind I would believe you if you said it was Daisy Cutter, albeit a slightly less flavorful version. Good stuff.

M - Just a touch watery, lighter side of medium bodied, healthy dose of carbonation.

D - Really good brew, this would be a perfect post-workout beer for me. good stuff i would drink regularly if I have the chance.

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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 jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ABC Beer Co in New York.

Beer is a cloudy dark yellow colour. Small white head, decent retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell is very nice. Bright citrus, grapefruit, pine. Very fragrant.

Like the smell, taste is excellent. Grapefruit, pine. Quite bitter. Tastes very fresh. Somewhat simple in flavour, but a really wonderful simple- everything tastes bright and juicy.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Slightly oily.

Overall, just a terrific APA. Really well done.

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Photo of Gmann
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky golden color with some orange hues. No head to speak of, looks quite flat.

The aroma is quite nice. Fresh grapefruit hops dominate the aroma. Some light pine and pepper as well. A bit of musty aromas from the yeast. Definitely has a "home-brew" aroma to it.

Again, nice fresh grapefruit hop flavor. The hop profile ranks right up there with SNPA for the style. There is a yeast presence that dirty ups the flavor but its fairly light and gives the beer a rustic tone. Solid malt flavor, bready enough to support the hops but doesn't really add any flavor.

Moderate feel with soft to tingly carbonation. Sweet and bitter on the palate.

Great hop profile on this APA, very tasty. It does have a home brew character to it but its damn delious.

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

Poured from tap into tall HF pint at three penny Montpelier, VT. Pours a hazy orange with really nice foam head, with sticky as hell lacing. Really hoppy citrus/grapefruit aromas. Slight citrus and malt flavours with a "raw" hop flavour but not bitter. Its creamy smooth for an APA and really easy to drink. Such a fantastic brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first tango with HF is Edward. I sense the beginning of a wonderful romance if this lives up to the hype. Poured lovingly into a pint glass from a shapely HF growler.

4.5 A: Hazed orangish brown color. Two fingers of off-white creamy/frothy hybrid head. Retention is very good and the lacing is leaving no glass exposed. Can't get much better than this.

4.5 S: Hops are quite floral and citrusy, with some grassiness in there as well. Grapefruit, pine, and some mandarin orange. What is really amazing is how well the yeast is controlled. For an unfiltered pale ale, this is magnificently clean. Just a small touch of bready yeastiness.

4.0 T: The taste is much like the nose: clean and hoppy with excellent yeastmanship. Grapefruit and pine are a bit stronger than in the nose and work with a moderate hop bitterness to please the hophead's palate. Hops can be described as resiny. Touch of neutral sweetness from the malt to balance the bitterness and a smaller touch of bready yeast.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, very good for a growler. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: I have doubts that labeling this a APA is appropriate, but I don't doubt that this is a great beer. Very drinkable as I got through half a growler very quickly. The hop flavor is good, but the impressive aspect is how clean the yeast is. Not the most complex of brews, but worth a drink.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazyopaque golden amber color with a small white head and some retentive lacing

S-citrus and some pine and herbaceous notes

T-citrus and pine with nice malt flavor and a solid bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp mouth feel

O-a great pale ale with solid mouth filling flavor

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange, as hazy as it gets, about an inch and half of white fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Hop heaven. Tons of juicy citrus: ripe orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango. Amazing. Fresh hops just burst from the nose. I think there are simcoe hops in here, has the characteristic aroma in the background.

T: Really fresh, juicy, citrus hops. Same depth and profile as the nose. A bit of bitterness and pine, but not anywhere near what I'd call a bitter IPA. Really light and clean malt that has a little of crystal sweetness, but finishes is pretty dry. Citrus hops are a bit mild compared to the nose and seem to fade to some floral notes in the middle and finish. Finish is a little bitter with floral, pine, and some citrus. Fairly light, dry, and clean. It tastes unbelievably fresh.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderate to slightly high carbonation, somewhat sticky and resinous. Very nice crisp, dry finish. About as smooth as any dry IPA can be.

O: Easily one of the best American Pale Ales I've had. It has more hop flavor than most IPAs, but with a great balance of bitterness and malt. It is a lot more dry than it is sweet, but I think it's a perfect balance of sugar. Crazy good crisp finish with a really pleasant lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Manhattan Gingerman into a goblet.

A: Lightly hazy pale orange body with a thin but sticky off-white head. Light lace. Just fine.

S: Fruity hops burst forth with huge mango, guava, and grapefruit. Nothing but hops here. Awesome.

T: Fruity hops start things off, followed by some cattiness, some chalkiness, and a super bitter finish. Very clean and dry, but not entirely pleasant flavor-wise.

M: Lively medium body. Great.

D: Good not great.

Notes: I love a pale ale that just bombards you with hops, and Edward does just that. It can't be denied, though, that the results of this hops attack aren't entirely pleasant. I'm guessing some young Citra or Simcoe vines contributed both to the luscious flavors and the astringent cattiness - let's hope that soon these delicious hops will reach maturity and leave the roughness behind.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BearsonAcid for providing this in a recent trade.
Another treat from Hill Farmstead.
Good looking pint of beer. A somewhat creamy off white head sits atop a slightly hazy peach/orange/amber colored beer. Rings of lace line the glass.
Very nice aroma that certainly screams hops, but also hints to a nice balance ahead (yes, it delivered on this) Juicy citrus, slight green grass and a whiff of light toasted malt..
Wonderful balanced Pale Ale. I could drink this all day long. Frankly, I would love a keg of this for the house. Really a testament to a balanced beer with a nice hop presence. Fruit in front.. Lots of nice bread flavors in the rear. A consistent and wonderful hop bitterness from front to back. This beer screams fresh…. The bread flavors are so inviting it’s wonderful. A touch of yeast at the end.
Really feels unfiltered. I want to say gritty, but I don’t want it to sound like a negative. It isn’t.. Opposite of slick. Just a hint of carbonation.
What a great pale ale. The freshness is unreal. Balance, flavor and feel. Well done.

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

Pours a foggy oranges with a beautiful frothy head of thick, foamy goodness. Citrus and grass aromas, on the soft side at first, but deep and fresh. Tangerine juice, lemon zest, flowers, and faint cereal grain with a hint of herbal/scallion/dank weed. Flavor is so green, fresh, and juicy...hoppy grapefruit, tangerine, pine, peachy sweetness, and spicy, slightly herbal notes. Medium bodied and very smooth, lightly carbonated, and dry with a lingering bitter finish. We had no problem killing the growler in short order.

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Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

various draft servings in and around Waterbury

Served a slightly hazed, apricot in color with a frothy, dense white head that retains well and leaves heavy lace. From the first encounter, this uniquely flavorful and balanced pale really showed off how great a typically simple style can be if crafted properly. Lots of tropical, citrusy hop character with a lovely presence softened by notes of herbal grass, peach, and the pale bready malt body. Lush hops notes with a very tempered, midrange bitterness complimenting a light malt sweetness. Light-moderate body with a moderate carbonation and dry finish with a touch of resin. Rests near the top of the apa heap.

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Photo of Holland
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very cloudy golden amber color with a small head that stays

S: amazing smell of citrus grapefruit, melon, and grain

T: delicious fruity flavor with bitter hops and some bread

M: good Spritz carbonation and light body

O: most excellent beer. Looks like a homebrew.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edward on tap at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen NYC.

Appearance: A good 2-finger head, so white it'll make you blind. Foamy, bubbly, appetizing. Classic hazy Farmstead look- pale orange. Great retention, the head is here to stay!

Smell: Not so amazing here, but good enough. Piney, dry, resiny. Reminds of a pine forest in Spain after a fire. Lemon confit, cough drops.

Taste: Shit this is fresh! Bubbly citrus right away. Slightly soapy but nice, dry finish. Pineapple, some sweetness, super tropical. Mild-but-assertive hoppiness. I wanna drown in this!

Mouthfeel: Super refreshing, well balanced. Nice dry finish. Great carbonation. The flavor profile is just fantastic!

Overall: A truly exceptional beer, and with a fresh keg like this- holy shit. Drinkable beyond belief, delicious. An American treasure!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's in Norristown, PA at a HIll Farmstead event and again on 2011-10-19 at Al'sof Hampden in Enola, PA.

A - Cloudy golden-amber with a 1-finger head and mild lacing into a 13 oz tumbler.

S - Tropical and orange fruit, some caramel malt, mild pine, hop floral. It's not as strong smelling as the Abner or the even stronger Ephraim, but once it warmed a bit, it had a very good malt, fruit and pine aroma.

T - The malt is quite noticeable and reminded me of a Zwieback cracker. The other flavors are a citrus tartness, a little yeast, fresh hops and significant pine. The finish is dry, bright, slightly sour/tart-citrus and a combination of lemon and grapefrutit bitterness. Very nice.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp, mildly resinous, refreshing.

O - Very good. I think it could pass for an IPA. Reminds me of a Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale. It's more bitter than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Wish this was available every day in PA. Good stuff.

This beer was the 4th (and last) to run out at the Capone'sevent.

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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 stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Somewhat of a pale, murky, light-amber colored body with a big, frothy bone white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S- Big citrus and piney hops mixed in with some tropical fruit aromas. The hops really come through and shine.

T- Citrus and pine flavors up front. Grapefruit flavors come through in the middle and stay until the finish. Slight caramel malt in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and drinkable with a slight bite towards the end.

O- Very solid pale ale. Good hop presence, good balance, very drinkable.

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Photo of M_chav
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's so ridiculous that anyone can be critical of HF because they make such amazing beer, any style... This is a beautiful hazy orange color and smells slightly more malty than expected but in case it's welcomed, awesomely juicy and at the same time earthy and pine come through.
Taste leaves something to be desired, full bodied and not fair because I had it just after Double Citra (which knocked my socks off)
The pine tastes like home but this is better because of how well HF is able to balance the usually harsh bitters. This is legit, definitely an amazing brew.

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