Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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

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Photo of Kaiden29
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pour, heavy nose.
Appearance looks like a double. Good head but disappears within minutes.
Taste -floral notes with Piney finish but as it sits the pine gets lost.
One would think it has a higher abv it is only 5.2
Overall great beer excited to try more from this brewery.

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

We pop the top on our refillable Hill Farmstead 750mL bottle, pouring a brew of muted sunset orange into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a two finger head of creamy, cakey, and massive off-white bubbles, showing nice retention, and leaving honeycomb lacing all around the glasses as it bubbles and crackles away. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is beautifully sweet, with the hops taking you off your feet from the first whiff. Varietals give notes of sopping wet citric juiciness, sweet fruitiness, bright florals, and resiny slickness. The malts are pale crisp, and evenly sweet, with a light toast, and a soft powdery dryness to them. The water is hard, with mineral, mud, and stoned gravel. With warmth comes light booziness, white grape sweetness, biting lemon rind, grapefruit, and tangerine, green grassiness, and spice of sesame seed, black pepper, and mustard greens. Our first impression is that the beer is incredibly flavorful, with a surprising lack of sweetness that goes well with the bittered grain and well watered depth, making it uniquely refreshing. As we sip, the taste opens with floral, herbal, and syrupy grapefruit hoppiness, booze and black pepper, mineral water heaviness, tart lemon, flashes of honey sweetness, softness of oat and grittiness of pale malts, concrete dustiness, and nectarine sweetness. The middle comes to a peak with browned apple sweetness, continued earthy, lemony and grapefruity hops, enhanced bitterness of rind, sulfur bite, wet clay, more fusel boozy warmth, and echoes of soured plastics as we transition to the finish. Here we are given the final mixture of tangy green grapes, white florals, nectary and ever-so-brightly citric and syrupy hops, pale and powdery raw maltiness, bittered grit of grass and plant blub, light cherry fruitiness, and a final flash of white sugar and clover honey. The aftertaste breathes of authentic grapefruit flesh juiciness and bitterness, further airs of herbal hops, tangerine and apricot sugars, tannic herbal teas, mineral and clay, biting yeasty puck, and that pale malt mash. The body is light to medium, and carbonation is high, but inoffensive. Each sip gives hearty slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with the mouth left fully coated with foam. There is an interesting involuntary shutter of the mouth into a moderate puck, leaving things left feeling tartly tingly and astringently dried. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the hop explosion on the nose, and the wonderfully interwoven realism of the farm’s well-water. As in some of their other hoppy beers, this plays an integral part in the aroma and the flavoring, giving a certain genuine brush to it, and making the grain and oily hoppiness that much more close, wholesome, and real. The hops through the flavoring, here, were insanely flavorful, juicy, and authentic, giving the illusion that one was literally sucking on a thin slice of dripping wet grapefruit. Again, this mixed with the exquisite base components, making for yet another memorable, thoughtful, and deliberate beer with true character.

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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 utopiajane
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured the color of grapefruit juice. Golden hazy and with a slight orange blush on it. Fat creamy head of white foam that lasted well and left lace. This beer smells floral and fruity. Lovely light citrus, pineapple and mango for intense sweetness. Earthy pine that is not heavy and does not stand out past the other scents. The malt on this nose is a light sweet perfume. So wonderful how all Hill's beer has this quality of lightness both in the nose and in the drink. I think if I had to summarize Hill's trademark as a brewer I would do it like this - He is trying to put the hops in the beer and leave them on the vine at the same time. He has a way with hops and in this beer they are so fruity and yet so light on the palate. That's his other trademark, the light malt that is so light it's like the beer wants to just float out of the glass. Crisp, light sweetness like a floral nectar, a bit of light sweet cracker that has exactly the perfect balance. The beer has a resonance rather than an aftertaste and it's light floral and fruitiness. As the beer warms some sweet grass and pine comes forward and this is just a lovely beer.

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Photo of mick303
4.4/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the brewery. Aromas of clean grapefruit, citrus, pine, white peach, full growing bitterness. Aromas of strong C-hops, with a really nice clean malt profile and bitterness. Delicious, mouthfeel is really full with a moderate carbonation. Very well balanced and a beer I will certainly look forward to having in the future.

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

Drank from a 750 ml swing top growler purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT
Served in a Hill Farmstead Brewery stemmed glass

The beer poured a super hazy, peachy-amber color with a small, bubbly, bright white head that quickly dissolved. Spotty drips of lacing stuck along the glass.

Super sweet and fragrant tropical fruit notes came through strong in the nose. Lots of mango and pineapple. Strong orange and clove notes as well. Somewhat floral and slightly grassy. Overall, remarkably interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was also quite hoppy, yet not as dynamic as the nose. Crisp, citrusy and slightly bitter. A sturdy, pale malt backbone kept the hops in check. Lots of grapefruit pith and orange rind. Super dry, piney and resiny on the finish. Bitter, yet not overly so.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slick and smooth on the palate with a fine, moderate effervescence.

This is a pale ale? Really? The quantity of hops in this brew, and the overall complexity, would have me believe that this is an IPA (or even perhaps a double IPA). Impressive, to say the least.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the Central PA group for this awesome growler. Shared with members of the NW Chicago tasting group.

A: pours a slightly hazy orange, thin white head with some retention

S: waves of aromatic hops on the front, lots of tropical fruit with features of Mangos, Tangerine, and grapefruit. Slight malty character noticeable in background.

T: awesome balance, hops aren't as fruity on the palate, but they provide a nice amount of bitterness to balance nicely with slightly bready malts.

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: this is an awesome and drinkable APA. It features a nice presentation of tropical smelling hops. Worth a try!

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Photo of zoso1967
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edward arrives at my table an ever so slightly hazy orange amber. It is dressed in a nonic pint glass with a wonderful frothy white head. The head has slightly above average retention, but leaves some of the prettiest lace I have ever seen, perfectly chronicling the volume of every sip on the side of the glass. The aroma is wonderfully fruity with a nice citrusy "C" hop vibe as well as some bright grassiness. I also catch a hint of bready malt in there. The taste is killer with plenty of citrusy grapefruit, lemon and pine hoppiness, as well as some more earthy and grassy notes. This is definitely a very hop forward APA, but it also has a very pleasantly bready, slightly caramel malt backbone that does its job well. It holds up firm bitterness and keeps this beer from being a tongue bruiser. This has to be the most enjoyable straight up pale ale that I have had in a very long time. The mouthfeel is pretty much perfection. Lighter side of medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and an amazingly clean finish. This beer has great drinkability and I can very easily imagine throwing a few back with good friends. I am definitely looking forward to trying more of Hill Farmsteads offerings after enjoying this awesome brew.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks gorgeous to my eyes.

The aroma is full of grassy, slightly floral hops with a hint of bready malt underneath.

Taste is crisp with grapefruit being the main citrus flavor that I can pick out from the hops. This is all about the hops but it doesn't go overboard either.

The grassiness/citrus tones of the hops coat the mouth. Finishes well. As stated, no harsh flavors of any type.

Very good! Nice to have another local brewery in which to sample and this is a great beer to start with from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4/17/14
Location: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Glassware: Pint Glass
Appearance: Hazy golden wheat color. Fluffy white head that is large for a Pale Ale. Nice cascading as the beer is consumed and a short head remains on the beer throughout.
Aromatics: Lively citrus aromas. Loving some pineapple and mango scents. Some sweetener like honey. Grassy odors from the wheat.
Flavor: The hops resonate in the flavor adding a touch of bitterness to go with that smooth sweet and fruity flavor.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth on the tongue. Light to Medium body with a very nice natural carbonation.
Notes: Bottled on 4/9/14 and drank on the suggest serve by date of 4/17/14. Served from a 2L HF growler.

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Photo of abriggs1
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. A very fresh tasting and well balanced IPA with a solid backbone of hops. A well crafted amber-ish IPA. The freshness of the hops really jumps out of the glass. It's obvious the ingredients that went into this beer were of the highest quality. Very well done! Looking forward to more from these guys.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a two finger head. Smells of citrus fruit with a slight yeast aroma. Taste is crisp and clean, light cracker-like malts. Easy bitterness that's not at all challenging. Great flavor with a dry finish. Overall an excellent pale ale from a brewery with an exceptional reputation for pale ales. This beer is what it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - There's a finger-plus of soapy white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind solid lacing. The body is a hazed peach-golden color with some transparency.

S - It's a hoppy pale ale! Pine and citrus zest, pale bready malt, and a bit of herbal aromatics as well.

T - Nice zesty grapefruit, some pine and floral notes. Medium residual bitterness that doesn't get out of hand. Thankfully doesn't have the yeasty character some other low-gravity hoppy beers have. Solid balance between hops and malt.

M - This is the weak point of this beer in my opinion, although perhaps it's better on-tap. Somewhat watery medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth texture. Fairly refreshing, but could use a bit more heft to it.

D - Crushable! It's a very good hoppy pale ale. I don't like it quite as much as Daisy Cutter (or Parking Violation), but there'd be no shame in having this as your local pale. Would (will?) have again when I go to Vermont.

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Photo of drewba
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington, VT

A - Murky pinkish orange with a finger of frothy white head and eventually light lacing. This looks like dark pink lemonade.

S - Huge lemon, grass, pine and floral hop action going on.

T - Buttery nut and cracker or white bread malt right away. This hop profile is beefy and complex; lots of lemon, mango and tangerine citrus which adds a little bitter and a little sweet. Unbelievable balance.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D - Drinks very quickly because of the fantastic malt and hop balance in the flavor which ends in a fair amount of bitter. This is a ballsy pale ale, could easily be construed as an ipa thanks to the huge range of tasty hops.

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

Out of a growler. Bright hazy orange with small bubbles. Sweet herbal smell, with a very light and fluffy mouthfeel accentuated by bright citrus and pine. Malt backing is there but not cloying. A very drinkable and solid pale ale.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of billab914
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a murky, dull amber color with a thin, bubbly white head scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has a bright, juicy, fresh citrus hoppiness to it. I get some bitter citrus rind and grapefruit mixing with some juicier, fruitier notes of orange, peach and pineapple. Fantastic aroma overall.

The taste also shows a lot of hoppiness to it throughout the flavor. I again get some very nice tropical fruit notes to it that I love. Towards the finish more of the bitter, citrus rind and grapefruit flavors come out. I get a little bit of a malty, slightly caramel presence in it as well, but the hops definitely steal the show.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a great beer and a fantastic APA. At 5.2% it still had enough hoppy flavors to match or beat a lot of DIPA's. Extremely easy drinking and flavorful for the style and abv%. Just a great beer overall.

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Photo of nobadeer
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What more can be said. And quite frankly droning on for more than 140 characters in this day and age is droll. Unreal smell. Wants to be an IPA. Bitter aftertaste. Great to look at. Day old growler. 2L is just enough for my wife and I to share on a cold New England fall night.

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

Had on tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Review from notes.

A: Beer came orange/amber in color with a nice white head which lasted for the duration of the beer. Sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Hop forward for an APA, very tropical, but has a little pine undertones. Get some grapefruit, mango, and a little orange peel. Smells great.

T: Tropical fruits up front followed up by more citrus fruits. Has a sweet malt flavor the round it out.

M/D: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Leaves a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, extremely easy drinking. Would love to have this in my fridge as a go to beer.

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

Growler from gn0sis. Thanks!

Appearance: Cloudy and rather turbid, straw-blond in color. The head is dense and full, leaving behind sheets of sticky lacing as it settles.

Smell: Bright citrus; lemon, orange, pineapple; fresh yeast, dough. Faint earthy and spicy notes. Smells bright and fresh.

Taste & mouthfeel: Opens with a blast of citrus flesh (grapefruit, pineapple), bitter lemon peel, astringent fresh herbs, doughy/bready malt. Little bit of spiciness up front. Biting, bitter finish. Delicious and refreshing.

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

Big thanks to dciba for sending this grower my way.

A- Pours a hazy sunset gold with a two finger head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- Very floral with fresh flowers followed by light citrus snd tropical fruits with mandarine, green melon, pear, mango and some grapefruit with a subtle caramel malt presence.

T- A variety of tropical and citrus notes with green melon, mango, orange, pear, and pineapple followed by floral hops, caramel malt and a bit of pine at the end.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

O- This may be my second favorite pale ale behind Zombie dust. A nice amount of complexity for being just over 5%. I could have easily drank the whole growler myself.

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

First had: on tap at ? (Capone's?)
This review is applies to recent tastings at Reservoir (Waterbury, VT), and Hill Farmstead (Greensboro, VT).

Served in a signature HF stem glass, Edward poured a murky golden-apricot color with a small bubbly white head; decent retention and lacing. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus and grass. Fresh, crisp blast of all kinds of citrus in the taste, juicy hops, bitter in the finish; biscuity malt base as a distant afterthought. Even though considered an APA, I say this one is pretty comparable to higher end IPAs like Pliny the Elder. Medium body, full of flavor and highly drinkable, for an excellent beer overall.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.
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