Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#203
Reviews:
376
Ratings:
2,745
pDev:
8.13%
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Photo of LXIXME
3.71/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Considering I drove from New Mexico to Vermont to taste that 'awesome Vermont beer' I was quite let down to get served this in Brattlesboro. It was still a decent pale ale but I had been lead to believe differently, I hope the other Vermont beers I get to try are better or live up to their ratings more so. We'll see if this was an old keg or whatever OR if Vermonters like to pad the homeboys brews, the latter would be so disappointing.

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Photo of Schlegelq1
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Citrus nose is deceiving and gives way to a floral earthy flavor. At the end you get some pine notes. Not bad,s but not epic.

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Photo of srw
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells good and looks nice. Taste wise there is not much bitterness so. Smooth but there isn't much taste in general and it almost tastes flat. Overall average.

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3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into an 8oz glass.

Pours a nice cloudy amber color with a very thin white head with a tinge of lacing. Nose is lacking here, it's fresh and light but not too hoppy.

Taste is refreshing and quite malty, I just had a chinooker'd so that mght be why I feel like there's so little hops here. Malt is really refreshing and almost reminiscent of a a German beer. It's a good beer but not a hop bomb at all.

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3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with golden tangerine hues and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaky lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with hits of dry earthy pine.  Oily and resinous notes countered by hints of orange peel, mango, grapefruit and tangerine.  Pale grainy biscuit malt with hints of graham cracker.  

Lighter end of medium bodied with a blast of dry bitter hops that linger over the sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes and pale malt backbone info a spicy dry finish.  Very good balance of bitter, dry and sweet notes.  Hints of oily pine, mango, pineapple and straw with biscuit and Graham cracker malt notes.  A bit watered down but still plenty hoppy without being one dimensional.  Very easy to drink.

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3.65/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a murky semi-dark copper color with a little white cap of a head. Moderately slid off to leave some light messy lace.
The aroma had some sharp resin to citrusy smooth hop qualities pretty bold and up front quaintly flowing into a hefty caramel malt base.
The flavor blended fairly well between the malts and the hops, sweet to bitter and coming together fairly nice. Pretty smooth aftertaste flowing into the finish in the same way.
The palate was about medium bodied with a sturdy carbonation that was felt. ABV felt spot on as projected by the brewer.
Overall, pretty nice APA however, there are so many all over that I think I would rather come back to.

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3.65/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.59/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.58/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Poured into a tulip glass from a 2L growler filled yesterday and stored over night in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line: This is a mediocre beer that does not live up to the hype. It is certainly not worth the long trip to the brewery, located in the middle of nowhere, and it is NOT worth the wait in the long, non-moving, weekend lines to obtain a fill of this mediocre, overpriced beer that is being sold from a keg/tap/growler-fill system that reeks of amateur hour. My score above is not influenced by my poor experience at the brewery - it is based on the beer alone - but the experience did leave a bad taste in my mouth and I can't help but think that this underwhelming beer is not even good enough to wash that taste away.

A: Beautiful, opaque, golden orange colored beer with a small, 1cm head if poured down the side of the glass. (Another pour directly into the bottom of a pint glass resulted in a thick, foamy head)

S: A medium, hoppy nose, with hints of grapefruit. Not yeasty. A little bit ambiguously citrus-y

T: A mild, undeveloped flavor. Mild, cold, bitterness is the only flavor to speak of in a way that is almost identical to the skin of an orange or a grapefruit. The flavor is really shallow, with no interesting initial note and no finish, other than mild grapefruit skin bitterness. Not bad, but extremely underwhelming. WHERE IS THE FLAVOR?

M: Nice mouthfeel, with medium carbonation, that imparts a nice, fully, mouthfeel

O: Very mediocre. it had promise based on the smell and look, but the taste is so underwhelming one-dimensional, that I am completely unable to understand why this beer is more well-rated than so many other quality beers.

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3.57/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 2,745 ratings