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

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#311
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379
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2,791
pDev:
7.9%
 
 
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Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with daysinthewake.

Deep, dark golden, almost orange colors. Soap sud, white head. Settles to bubbles. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Lots of tropical fruit, peach and mango. Slight cereal grains, mingles with citrus rinds.

Strong flavors of pine resin. Very earthy. Some tropical fruits. Burnt orange rinds. Dry cracker malts.

Very hoppy and strong for a pale ale. Good drinking. Another great beer from this brewery.

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Photo of msween21
3.81/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hgw605
3.81/5  rDev -14%
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 micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber hued ale a tad cloudy and a desent size head sitting on top.There was good lacing on the glass also. Carbonation seemed a bit average.
Aroma is mostly citrus and grapefuit with some bready malts too.
Taste is rich sweet malts and grapefuit hops with additinal citrus notes.
had this at the blue dog and was quite good.

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Photo of BillySteAlta
3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

It was kind of flat that day...

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Photo of SnacksForMax
3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Vermonter, I've been lucky enough to have Edward on tap at my place of employment at all times. People love it. The Hill Farmstead joke (if you haven't heard it) is that THIS beer is the best beer ever created. But it's not as good as last years. (This works with all Hill Farmstead, obviously).
That said, I only like Edward. I do not love it. Most beer lovers seem to have embraced the idea that the hoppier a beer is, the better it must be. Edward, which must be pretty high in IBU's, represents what I don't like about the current craze.
Edward is beautiful. It's the perfect blonde/golden/orange mix and it always has a pleasant thick white head.
It smells amazing. Sean Hill knows how to use and blend hops better than anyone and I love the mix of citrus/butterscotch/pine that I get from Edward.
When I taste it however, I feel that the hops and bitterness therein mask it's flavor. Or rather, this IS the flavor and I wonder if people are so taken aback by their sudden numbness and so on board with all the hype that they say "Hey! That's a really hoppy pale ale! It MUST be good!" And don't get me wrong. There aren't that many sheep in the world and the true experts agree that this is a great beer. So I'm not trying to say it's bad. I just think that as far as APA's go, this one is a bit extreme in the IBU's and better labeled an IPA. After one Edward, I want an IPA. When possible, I normally switch to Abner or another Hill in which I find the extreme hops use to be more akin to the style and less of an obstruction to its taste.
The mouthfeel, as with all great hoppy beers, is wonderful. Honestly, I like drinking Edward more because of the way it coats your mouth than the way it tastes on your tongue.
Overall, Edward is a solid beer. But compared to other Hill Farmstead offerings (What Is Enlightenment? The single hop Citra, Grassroots Legitimacy IPA or Abner, just to name a few that I enjoy more), I feel that Edward is overrated.

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Photo of Ty_M
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maudrey
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Onemoresolo
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It looks beautiful, feels creamy, but there's no real defining flavor here. Just a vague citrusy bitterness. It's not bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to Double Citra.

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Photo of apasternak
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass. Cloudy apricot in color. Forms a dense 1 finger head.

S: [3.75] Floral nose with slight hints of pine.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose closely. Nice piney resin flavor. Hint of lemon rind at the finish.

M: [3.75] Carbonation is just right. Not cloying or bitter. Clean finish.

O: [3.75] Really nice beer. This was my first Hill Farmstead beer. Maybe I was expecting unicorns with rainbows shooting out of them. But this didn't totally blow me away. This was a solid beer but did not overwhelm me.

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Photo of jwps214
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BradMatton13
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very solid beer but again Hill farmstead has better ones

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Photo of pjvie
3.76/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Dan114
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of MWolverines66
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of JoeD77
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DrunkAl
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 2,791 ratings