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Edward | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
337
Ratings:
2,473
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
22.05%
 
 
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Photo of portia99
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a fruit juice'y haziness and a pale dirty golden color. A three finger cap of dense, tightly bubbled foam lingers for a long time before falling and leaving behind thick webs of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Smells wonderful - filled with lots of piney hops, plenty of grapefruit and tropical fruits and pineapple. Mild hop bitterness finds its way into the aroma. Not much for malt here...but the hops smell so good, it doesn't matter.

T - The smell doesn't lie. Lots of piney hops, thick and resiny with complementing white grapefruit - sharp, citrusy, juicy. Faint trace of malt underneath...a bit biscuity. Bitterness is mid-level and clean/crisp. This reminds me quite a bit of RR's Blind Pig...not a bad thing to be reminded of...

M - Body is a thinnish medium with an assertive mid/high carbonation level. Crisp and clean bitterness lingers for a long time past the swallow. Balance is good - easy to drink a lot of this one.

O - Another well made hoppy beer from Hill. They really know how to do these beers well. Tons of hop flavor, excellent balance, smooth and easy to quaff a bunch of this. If it was more plentiful, this would probably be in my fridge all of the time.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Mildly turbid, burnt orange color, nice thick off white head, really solid lacing.
S: Sweet, honey like malts and tropical fruit notes. Maybe a tiny touch of dankness.
T: Malts are interesting, sweet with an almost corn like graininess. A touch of bitterness but very well balanced. Tropical notes mesh well with sweetness and make for a great drinking experience. But overall flavors are expertly balanced on the palate and the drink is very smooth and drinkable.
F: Body is smooth and full yet not at all heavy. Very frothy and cream like. Carbonation is medium and balances well with the bitter hop notes.
O: Really enjoyable, flavors more on the mild side, reminding you of their presence without being overbearing and having no balance. Great pale ale.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful light copper orange color, translucent but not transparent, a substantial head fades to spotty capping. Lacing is extensive and lovely.

S - Citrus in the form of grapefruit zest and pith. Slight spiciness underneath.

T - Powerful citrus up front, with bright flash of orange and grapefruit. Middle brings some pine and light malt elements, a subtle sweetness that fades quickly into a more bitter close. Nothing extreme, but definitely present.

M - Bright and carbonated, with mild drying in the close.

O - One of the best APAs I've had. This delivers a full blast of citrus notes and definite bitter elements while keeping it all together. Clean, precise and exacting, this is what you hope for in a craft beer. Exceptional.

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Photo of mynie
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm worried, right now, that my recent trip to Vermont has destroyed my tolerance for hop-heavy IPAs that are even a little bit less than perfect. When all you drink for 2 weeks straight is Zombie Dust, Double Sunshine, and Heady, then even regular, very good beers might being to appear less very good by dint of comparison.

This is good. Totally. But it's like I tell it's not Xtreme and so that makes it seem less good. Weird, huh?

Anyhow, a straight up single American IPA. The hop profile is wondrously variegated, meaning the aroma is damn near perfect. The hops dominate the first end, bitter moving into sweet, but then the finish is a little watery, a bit of a let down.

Very good. Potentially excellent, even, if I hadn't been so spoiled lately.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep golden color with an apricot-orange tinted hue with about a finger and a half of white head. The head receded into suds and a thick rim around the walls of the glass. This category is quite identical to Society and Solitude #4.

S: lots of sweet orange in the aroma.

T: Sweet malts upfront that are quickly washed away by the middle of the mouth, as combination of sweet orange and grapefruit steals the show (super juicy); the finish is completed with a touch of bitterness. Excellent.

M: tingly carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

O: I could drink this all day. Another excellent beer from Hill Farmstead; am I surprised? No. And thats a great thing.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier on Monday, 9/26. Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small head that leaves great lacing. Smell is juicy and pure hops, lots of citrus swirling around. BAM! Instant orange flesh and malt sweetness in the flavor. Hop oils and bitterness in the back give off some herbal qualities and some grapefruit rind. Never gets too malty and never gets too bitter. Just a total orange juice bomb with a light body and delicate carbonation. Easily one of my favorite pale ales now, world-class.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2L growler poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Deep hazy copper. Big white head. Excellent lacing. Excelleng retention.

Smell - Simple but clean hop aroma. Variety of citrus and pine. Nothing necessarily distinct or strong, but a nice hop nose. Biscuit malt rounds it out.

Taste - Perfect balance of hop and malt. Never overpowering. Citrus, slight sweetness to the malt, then pine hops. Biscuit malt in the back and just a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Drinkable in its balance. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It took me two glasses to really appreciate the majesty of this beer. It's everything I want in a pale ale and just about perfect.

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Photo of Luk13
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap several times. Copper body with thick white head and beautiful lacing. Intense aroma of tropical fruits (pinneaple, grapefruit, mango puree), spicy and grassy hops. Taste is simply amazing. A rush of grassy and piny hops with subtle caramel malts and some grapefruit skin. Awesome hop profile. I thought it was very robust for an IPA before I read the menu and found out it was an APA.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

simply great stuff, wish it could be more available, on tap delicious look, smell and taste. would pick this up or drink on tap all day long, the high rating is NO farce.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the prohibition pig in Waterbury

A- edward pours a bright hazy yellow with a fantastic head of white foam floating on top of the glass. Maybe one of the brighter pale ales I have seen

S- a whack of of pine and citrus that becomes really forward with a tangerine citruc scent being massively forward. Very bright and refreshing

T- absolutely fantastic! Bitter and sweet as the citric flavors are massive for a bulk of the taste. Edward really is a real tropical brew. One of the best pale ales I can remember for quite some time

M- well carbonated and crisp on the tongue. The flavor is prickly on the tongue and makes for a good feel

O- Unbelievable pale ale from hill farmstead. The bitter and sweet flavors of citrus and pine made this one heck of a brew. Now I see what all the excitement is about for hill farmstead

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the growler filled today. Always get Edward whenever I can on tap in vt, have never gotten a growler to bring home. Always overlook it because of the great double ipas. Poured in my HF tulip. Murky, bright gold, nice two finger head, sticks around for a bit. Great lacing on the glass. Smells so fresh. Juicy. Citrus mostly, small amount of grassy pine. The taste is very crisp. Lots of orange flavor upfront. Very light and refreshing. Nice hoppy aftertaste, but not huge. Makes this an easy drinker.

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Photo of bpalfrey10
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful, unfiltered goodness in a 12 oz glass. Slight head that receded quickly, but impressive lacing. A deep rusty color, opaque.
Smell: A mild citrus at first, orange I think, but as it sat in front of me, I began to get more pine.
Taste: Very refreshing, balanced, but definitely tipping towards the bitter side. Some lasting bitterness and pine towards the end. Didn't really get much citrus in the taste.
Mouthfeel: Incredible, carbonation was a little higher than I thought it would be (not a bad thing), and it seemed a perfect balance of substance and not being too heavy of a beer (it is a pale ale after all)
Overall: Wonderful pale ale. I walked 3 miles in Brooklyn just to taste this beer and it was well worth the journey. Exact type of beer I'd like to spend all day drinking in the summer.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery last time I was up there. Orange color upon being poured with a decent amount of head. The aromas and taste are spot on with each other; grapefruit, citrus, pine, possibly some peach. The feel is clean with a slight bitterness and moderate carbonation. This is a very well balance beer and expected from Hill Farmstead. I would definitely recommend this one, cheers!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pour: Completely hazy orange with a finger plus of sticky white head. Head leaves a little lacing, but not too much.

Smell: Grapefruit and tangerine mostly, but with a nice bready, raw dough sweetness in the background. Not as in your face on the nose as other HF beers.

Taste: Huge burst of tangerine and mango, followed by a light resin and light doughy oat sweetness. Solid bitterness. Lingers with oranges.

Mouthfeel: This is so drinkable, definitely more so than Zombie Dust. Juiciness hangs around on the palate, but not in a cloying way whatsoever.

Overall: An amazing APA that sets the standard as a drinkable and refreshing go-to beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has an incredibly delicate clean malt with clear lemon citrus notes. Tongue is much the same, the citrus lemon is very precise and elegant, blended in very well with the main beer notes. Very easy finish, and an excellent, more subtle pale ale.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spicy, citrusy orange and peach nectar. Sweet malt aroma. Fruity, herbal pine. A dirty orange, an almost rusty color that anticipates the juiciness nicely.

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Photo of beerbully
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into HF stemware

A-Frothy white head with some mild retention. Thick lacing that quickly runs down the side of glass. light golden hazy beer.

S-Aroma hits as soon as the growler was opened. Aroma is strong and is a precursor of things to come. Lots of sweet smelling hops. Tropical fruits. Peach, oranges, mango. some grapefruit and faint pine

T-not as sweet as the nose at least at first but may change as it warms. Peach, orange, grapefruit, lemon/lime, some bitterness. flavors really pop as there is something about the beer that makes the flavors very bright and upfront. some maltiness to keep the hops in check. Bit of a bitter finish with some lingering pine and bitterness

M-medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. leaves you with a mouthful of flavor

O-strong showing here easy to see why this breweries beers are in such high demand

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. Consumed on 11/1. Written from notes.

A - Peach in color with a light white head. Cloudy with no sediment. Perfect suspension. Left beautiful foam lacing.

S - Intensely fragrant. Smelled of fresh hops. Absolutely wonderful smell.

T - Orange, lemon, and fresh hops with a lasting moderately bitter finish. Completely hides ABV.

M - Standard HF high quality. Crisp and clean, and left nice tingle throughout mouth.

O - Best APA I have tried. Surprised it was not an IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why this is considered a Pale Ale. So darn hoppy, it really should be an IPA! But really, that doesn't matter. What does matter, is this beer's awesomeness. Taste is out of this world. Fruity, with notes of mango, citrus and even some strawberry. Piney, bitter, and dank as well! And so drinkable, it's scary. Try this stuff. ASAP!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from Joe. HUGE thanks! Shared with Pops. Pours slightly hazy golden color with a small fluffy white head. Beautiful aroma of fresh hop pellets, grass, hay, lightly sweet malts, very light citrus peel. Incredibly light bodied and fresh hops, sweet citrus and malt finish. Super easy drinking, medium carbonation, crisp and clean finish. Just awesome. My first HF experience and it is an excellent one.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler compliments of Gluglouburp- thanks again Dany! Pours a hazy light orange with average white head and soapy lacing. Nose- resinous pine, white and pink grapefruit rinds and sweet tropical fruits. Just an amazing hop assult to the nostrils. Taste- light bodied cookie dough followed by a juicy and dank wave of hops. Finishes very crisp, and dry to the pallete although with just a touch of sweet creaminess. Great stuff

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Photo of jbaker67
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

he pour is a reddish orange gold with a thinner white head that leaves a beautiful lace on the brewery tulip. The aroma is incredible. Citrusy hops, with a grapefruit character and a tropical fruitiness to it. Maybe a light piny sensation on the back end. The flavor is so similar. The hoppiness is heavy, but there isn't a overbearing bitterness. The fruitiness and light sweetness at the end is delightful. The mouth feel is almost perfect, and the dryness at the end is outstanding for an APA

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Photo of CHickman
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pony Bar, NYC; pours very hazy gold orange color with a small off white head that faded and left excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Wow, is this really an APA as it smells and tastes like an extremely fresh hopped IPA. Dank and pungent, the nose reeks of citrus and tropical fruit with a nearly perfect mix of lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, papaya, resiny piney hops, herbs, mild pepper spices, graham cracker, pizza crust and some floral notes. It's hop dominant yet masterfully balanced with a kiss of bitterness. Delicious and sessionable.

This was fantastic and lived up to the hype. Hope it comes down to this area more often as I will seek this out.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tap at Capone’s for RBSG Philly 2011. The pour is a glowing hazy to opaque orange with a thin, white head. Scant lace. Actually laces quite well despite the pour. The nose is celery and resiny hops, fresh citrus and melons. Taste is drier, lighter, soapy, nutty bitter with melon rind and fermented jackfruit. Interesting with lots of rich tropical fruitiness. On style for APA. 6/6/2011 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

Tap at the Moll household thanks to yourefragile. Gorgeous pour: thick buttermilk foam, huge rocky retention. Glowing, bright peach color. Huge lacing. Nose has the essential Hill Farmstead sweet cream butter going on in the nose along with fresh biscuit. Oh, there is a ton of dank hops but the malt character is more impressive as always. Taste is very quenching, soft, biscuity, sourdough, light fruitiness like cantaloupe and peach. Grassy, herbal hops come to balance. So nice to have a zero astringency, zero abrasive, zero specialty malt stickiness APA. Hill Farmstead has this style on lockdown and should write the textbook.

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Photo of gcasher
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a growler in Greensboro at brewery. Poured into pint glass next day in Port Clyde, Maine.

Holy Crap, this is a great pale ale. I enjoyed it so much more than their experimental beers, Conduct of Life, Excursions. Double citra ,and Society and Solitude.

Pors a hazy orange with two fingers of bone white head.

Smells of dank and fruity hops.

Great malt backbone with dank and fruity hops dominating.

Don'underestimate the value of their fantastic water.

This would be my go to beer, but I live in Pittsburgh.

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Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.
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