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

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Reviews:
354
Ratings:
2,619
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
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Reviews: 354 | Ratings: 2,619
Photo of Seanniek91
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2L growler into an Alchemist nonic.

Appearance- Hazy orange with half finger of white head tha left some fine lacing.

Smell- Citrus and pine abound. Hops are earthy and citrusy. Very clean with nice malt nose.

Taste- Pine and bread. Very herbaceous hops. Malts are there, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel- Ample carbonation and crisp body. Easy drinking.

Overall- This is a great pale up there with Zombie Dust and Blue Lobsters Gold Claw.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Edward was the first Hill Farmstead beer I ever had. Because it's so well crafted and is not overwhelmingly hoppy, it's a great beer to introduce people to craft beer.

It pours a light gold color with an off white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma is nice, but not in your face. Smells of citrus with some grassy and some pine in there as well. Taste is very smooth with great citrus pine hop character. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a solid brew. Not the type of brew that's going to knock your socks off or fatigue your palate. This is the type of pale ale you will go back to again and again.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger:

A: Golden hay with a small white head, a bit of lacing.

S: TONS of citrus hops. Hits the nose in a crushing blast. It really smells amazing.

T: The flavor does not let down, a juicy tropical hop nugget coats the mouth. There is just a hint of toasty bread somewhere in there, but the hops dominate (in a good way). For such huge hop flavor, the bitterness is minimal.

M: Moderately carbonated, juicy velvet feel.

D: I could drink this as a daily brew. At 5.2% this is a beer that would be a regular go to if it was more available.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 4.6.13
Thanks NYCBuckeye

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a soapy off-white head with good retention.

S - Citrusy, mostly orange with some lemon, mango, pineapple.

T - Subtle orange and pineapple with a touch of grass.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A nice citrusy-tropical pale, goes down so easy. Amazing beer.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes. On tap at The Black Door in Montpelier, VT. I'm surprised this is listed as a pale ale, because everything about this beer made it seem like a high-quality, unique American IPA. The floral nose is exceptional, with a two-finger head and lacing that lingers for quite some time. Taste is delicious and sesionable - good hoppy bite up front, though not as hop-forward as a West Coast IPA, but very smooth with a mild creamy aftertaste, likely aided by the residual lacing. I highly recommend this beer. I am very excited to try some more offerings from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with lots of carbonation bubbles but limited head and a lingering lacing.
Smells of faint citrus but lots of floral, the smell is outstanding
Taste has a bit of hops and citrus but not much bitterness
Mouthfeel has some rolling bubbles but not creamy, leaves a dry aftertaste

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip this beer was a hazy orange color. There was a medium-sized white head and an abundance of lace.

Very much citrus for aroma. Tinge of pine. Sweet malt.

What a taste! Grapefruit, tropical fruit, a bit of pine, some grassy hops. Bready.

A nice hoppy beer, but still somewhat restrained.

The first Hill Farmstead beer I've tried. Am looking forward to many more.

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Photo of weonfire
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden brown, full finger white head, light lacing, opaque haze

S - Juicy hops. Tropical/ grapefruit and carmel.

T - Tropical fruit hops, juicy, wheat, bread, piney finish

M - Frothy, fully body, carbonation is very good.

O - Not the super juicy tropical nose I have been accustomed with HF beers. It could be entirely possible I hold HF at higher level. Bc nose is very very good. Juicy hops do explode in mouth. Little more piney than expected from a pale ale. It does come close - buy ZD still holds the crown.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight up orange colored beer with a big off white head (even out of the growler). Aroma is like a floral bouquet with light citrus and pine. Malts hold up well. Nice delicate mix. Flavor is sweet and sharply citrus initially, twhen turns to spicy and herbal. A lot of deliciousness to take in. Texture is smooth but loaded with prickly carbonation, subtle dryness, and slight hop resin grittiness. This is a great beer to have a growler of. It's got a distinct Hill Farmstead taste to it. Very fresh, hoppy, herbal, and spicy. A very likable beer.

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Photo of zep9865
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with Aasher 4/30. Poured into aecht schlenferla snifter. Pours a beautiful orange-copper with lacing foam head. This is one of the best looking pales ive ever seen. The color is so pure.

Smell is very floral, with only a hint at a caramel backbone. Citrus peel and hops galore.

Beer is well integrated with citrus and bitter hops. Everything (grapefruit, lemon and hops) are very well tied in together but not one of these elements stands out specifically.

This beer is as well-balanced as you can get. Carbonation, bitterness, floral notes and citrus mingle perfectly together.

I could session drink this beer all night and pause every couple minutes just to say damn this is a good beer.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a HF stemmed glass. Purchased 5 days ago at the brewery, best by today!

Pours a hazy, cloudy creamy orange body with a white frothy head that reduces quickly to leave some lacing and little retention.
Aromas of pine, flowers, ask me citrus, grapefruit shine though.
On the tongue huge floral notes stand out, light caramel, pine, and citrus on the follow through. Medium light body and medium carbonation, very easy drinker.

This pale ale is no doubt world class, smooth, and balanced: a great start to those who are looking to get into hoppy beers, as well as an excellent session beer for the seasoned craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of cfalls
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super cloudy golden color. Thin head with lots of lacing.

Hops smell and taste really fresh. Really hoppy for an APA. Dry finish. Maybe a hint of funky yeast like a Belgian? Interesting.

Medium carbonation.

Amazingly flavorful for the ABV. Sessionable and satisfying.

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Photo of theIPAman
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Worthy Burger. Despite living in neighboring NH, I've been waiting a long time for this. A cloudy pumpkin pour with a thick frothy head that died down quickly, but left excellent lacing throughout the glass. An almost smokey hoppiness on the nose. Big herbal fruity hop flavor; how did they pack all that in an Pale Ale? A strong bitter pop, especially late. The carbonation seems right on, and there is a creaminess to this one, a pleasure to drink. I often forgot I wasn't drinking an IPA because it left me wanting nothing more, like some APAs can. With the possible exception of Zombie Dust (boy would I love to test them side-by-side!) this is easily the best APA I've tasted.

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Photo of rab53
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Cloudy golden color with a moderate creamy white head. Smells of tropical fruit and honey, not heavy on pine and citrus. Taste is clean hoppy goodness with just enough biscuit to balance. Smooth and creamy from the tap. Wish this was available regularly in my area.

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Photo of wedge
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
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 RaulMondesi
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Just greatness. A Pale Ale with curves. Right amount of hops, right amount of slight, malt texture... It's just clean. Mr. clean can take a hike. It's just good on good.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So simple, yet so clean and delicious. I don't think I appreciated this until I drank a pint of this with lunch one day. Every other time I had Edward, it was after several other beers. It's too delicate to follow a hop bomb, but it's delicious nevertheless.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 liter growler shared with many PA locals!

poured into HF glass.

Appearance: cloudy golden yellow bodied beer with massive creamy white head.

Smell: Lots of juicy peach and grass in the aroma! Slightly dank and hint of chalk and cat piss. Hint of bready malts.

Taste: Mild bitterness. Lots of juicy peach hops. Hint of citrus and pine. A mildly dankness and a hint of chalk! Light bready malts that are perfect for those hops.

Mouthfeel: light body with low almost moderate carbonation levels. Very creamy and very drinkable.

Overall: This is almost like Pseudosue with a more prodominent peachy hop profile. As expected Edward is an excellent hoppy beer brewed by Sean Hill.

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Photo of stephens101
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bubbles pop across one-finger of pure tan head. Color is is bright orange with reddish hues.

Smell is beaming with citrus hops and a bit of resin and caramel in the background.

A nice flourish of orange and grapefruit is quickly underscored by notes of grain, sugar and caramel. As evidenced with other HF tries this one is about as perfect as you can get with the hop/malt balance.

Light bodied and crisp with a soft middle.

This is a colorful APA that does great justice to an oft overlooked style.

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Photo of jhange
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the few APA's I've had that I haven't had to try hard to like. On draft in a tulip at Blue Dog Cafe in Chalfont. Great piney taste throughout the entire beer, more so as it gets warmer. Great lacing and mouthfeel. Very drinkable. My first Hill Farmstead beer is certain impressive. Just having Topper about 2 days again, I'm thinking I need to relocate to VT for sure.

Cheers.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy golden look to this. Smelled like hops and passion fruit. Tasted amazing and juicy with hops coming through. An unbelievable pale ale. Smell was the best part of this beer.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edward poured from a 750mL HF growler into a HF oversized wine glass on 1/22/2012.

A- Beautiful hazy hay or straw color. Nice pale ale appearance topped by a 1/2 finger white head that dissipated quickly wit lots of nice lacing.

S- This beer smells like an Ipa. Really nice hop aroma, picking up pine, citrus and some floral notes. Very clean smelling beer.

T- The taste is not as hoppy as the nose but still a nicely hopped pale ale. Really nice malt character with a touch of bitterness from the hops. Its dry clean and refreshing. Nice balance

M- Light bodied with medium carbonation nice mouthfeel for the style.

O- Enjoyable to smell, enjoyable to taste , and enjoyable overall. This is a very well put together Pale it has great aroma bitterness and taste while staying unbelievably drinkable. This one gets an A. Well done Shaun Hill

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Flavor is citrus and pine but incredibly light, bitter, mineral, herbal. The fruit doesn't carry even a hint of sweetness. Malt note is present but biscuity, dry, a bit yeasty. Chewy mouthfeel yet incredibly dry and thirst quenching. This is one where a 750 growler is barely a single serving size.

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Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The aroma has bright tropical fruit, light citrus, grapefruit.

The flavor follows hop juice flavor, grapefruit, citrus and tropical, but less than his older sister, Susan. Some light pine and grassiness and a light bready malt backbone.

A wonderful beer, though a bit overshadowed by other Hill Farmstead brews.

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft, taken from notes. Into a stemmed tulip.

A - Super hazy orange in body. Looks very much like Blue Moon for easy reference. Fluffy white head. This one's a looker. Photo of the pour. http://tinyurl.com/74ns3g9

S - Citrus rind, grapefruit, mango. Awesome aroma. Could be a bit more pungent, but then again it's only a Pale.

T - Follows the nose. Big citrus notes with clean grapefruit. A touch or mango-style fruit note. Malt backbone cleans everything up. Outstanding.

M - Great creamy texture. Not sure how Hill Farmstead conditions their beers but this works perfectly.

O - Just a fantastic Pale Ale. If you were to make Zombie Dust more bitter and flavorful, you would end up with Edward. Very similar notes and flavors, just a bit more pronounced. Absolutely wonderful.

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