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
Ratings:
2,635
Reviews:
357
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
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Ratings: 2,635 |  Reviews: 357
Photo of brunascle
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmamay22
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange with a very thin white cap that quickly dissipates. First impression is strongly of orange citrus. Nice hints of pine with a bready malt background.

The taste is not as complex as the scent,but interesting in its own ways. It begins somewhat thin, but rounds out nicely developing to a medium bodied mouthfeel. Initially a nondescript bitterness that gives midway through to the bread like malt flavor. Finishes with an agressive hop bitterness. A little disappointing that some of the wonderful scent does not carry through as well into the flavor.

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Photo of pja786
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well balanced, but pretty bitter

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Photo of tleaver33
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bieniek30
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewPalmer
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Lord Hobo, served in a goblet.

Cloudy golden amber, layer off white head, good retention 4

Malty, mild hops, touch of sweetness 3.5

Mild hops, well balanced, citrus peel and bready finish. 4

Medium, lots of carbonation, dry finish 4.5

Really solid pale ale, nice balance 4

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Farmhouse in Burlington VT. Presented in a snifter.

A: Amber, of the variety you'd expect to see a perfectly preserved ancient mosquito full of ancient DNA extracted from terrestrial mammals. Minimal seafoam head quickly went extinct.

S: Touch of musty fruit with a moderate smell of fresh pine resin.

T: Same as nose. Light fruitiness is smothered and encased by the strong, piny hops. Faintly bitter finish.

M: Light and smooth. Carbonation on the tongue is like troupe of tap-dancing mosquitos.

O: We're all food that hasn't died. Except for Edward, who has been encased in amber and poured out into our cups.

Pales aren't usually my thing. The hops are heavier than I'd expected. I'm sure Edward is very nice but I wouldn't want to hang around with him for more than a pint. We're different people.

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Photo of Graffy
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Edward from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 90

Three week old 750 ml growler served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours an opaque golden-orange color with a golden halo outline and pulpy orange core when held up to light. A finger-plus of creamy off-white head at pour settles almost entirely, leaving behind streaky lacing on the of the glass. Good lacing, decent retention. 4/5

Smell: Lemon pinesol, grapefruit and orange. Fresh pine, a touch of sap and a little candied tropical fruit. 4/5

Taste: Orange and pine up front. Very "hops oil" forward on the tongue. A little caramel, juicy orange and lemon. A growing amount of sweet-and-sour lemonade flavor on the midpalate. A think I detect a hint of "stainless steel" flavor in the aftertaste when the beer hits room temperature, but neither of my two friends who are sharing this growler with me concur with that assertion. Ample juicy citrus behind the piney hops. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. I feel like the flavor profile could have benefited from more carbonation here. 3.5/5

Overall: Super solid pale ale from Hill Farmstead, but it did not quite stack up to the other hoppy beers of theirs that I have tried. I will have to try a fresher bottle of this next time.

Recommendation: Fans of Sierra Nevada's pale ale will enjoy this one thoroughly.

Pairings: The vegetarian goat cheese burrito from Burrito Beach.

Cost: $7 for a 750 ml growler or $15 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Filabee
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Samdaddy
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft served in a nonic. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a quick dissolving off-white cap. Strings of lace stick to the gkassware.

The nose is herbal and catty with pine from the hops. There is some mild straw grain inclusion breaking things up a bit but for the most part the aromatics are all about the hops.

The taste is the same with pulpy zest and rind elements that are more flavorful than they are bitter. The bitterness is modestly pleasing and leaves enough room for a bit of straw like grain inclusion to poke through.

This is a med bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very easy drinking and worth checkin out. I would have this again if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest.

Pours a light amber-orange with a dense off-white head.

Aroma of onion, grass, and herbal hops. Little tropical fruit presence.

Citrus, lemon, light pine, some onion, and herbal hoppiness upfront. Bready malt middle. Lemon, onion, and pine finish. Lingering lemon citrus bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly foamy finish.

Pretty good--a solid pale ale.

9/22/2012

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Photo of StoutFox
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skrip
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ glowing copper with minimal head and lots of lacing.

S~ a crazy amount of earthy pine, and lots of citrus. mostly grapefruit.

T~ very crisp right off the bat. pretty much just like the nose, lots of pine and citrus followed by a crazy bitter hop finish.

M~ perfect carbonation, and a dry finish. yet still very refreshing.

O~ very nice pale! now that i've had a good amount of HF hoppy stuff, this is definitely up there! once again Pales/IPA's have always been a summer thing to me and this is another one i could drink all summer. way too kill it again Shaun.

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Photo of SteveD082791
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Liberatiscioli
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, citrus, thin. No lingering bitterness. A solid brew.

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Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Warpigs, pre-CBC. Pale orange. Bitter, with notes of pine, citrus and tropical fruit hops.

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Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this last night at Eulogy in Old City Philadelphia. The bartender described this beer to me as a Belgian-style IPA, but it didn't really have any of that complexity that I expected from a Belgian yeast. So now that I came here to BA to see this listed as an APA it slightly changes my ratings.

The beer was an amber orange, clear with no head. The smell was of fruity hops and a clementine orange and grapefruit aroma that I associate with Amarillo or C hops hops. The beer tasted almost solely of hops: grassy, herbal, with a sustaining bitter finish. The body of the beer was a little thin but good to style, with a dry finish. This was a good beer that I would order again

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Photo of tugg407
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.39 out of 5 based on 2,635 ratings.
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