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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4.39
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Photo of renegadeburger
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok lets meet mr edward here

ok nice to meet you ed i see you are light golden and little but hazy but you have a nice white fluffy head of hair on you very gentlemen like of you

ok nice aroma here softer than the ephraim for sure and is expected but i get less citrus and fruit there and more pine and spice in this one very nice

nice thin to medium body here this one is a real quencher

its hard to make a good pale these days everyone is making double triple quadruple ipas i like edward though he is a good dude

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Photo of badbeer
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange coor with a white head leaving some good lacing. Nose jumps out pretty well with all sort of citrus, bitter grapefruit with a little dankness and some biscuity character. Taste opens up immediately with hops, grapefruit at first, but I also get some mango and orange coming through too. Malt is almost not even present save for the faintest bit of bread hidden beneath all the hops. A touch heftier than light bodied with a little under medium carbonation levels. I fill up a growler with this regularly if I could.

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Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very slight head quickly fades leaving a celestial lacing pattern that was quite inviting... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... The color was a mix of amber and straw with both a slight glow and moderate haziness...

S - A wonderful hoppiness jumps out of the glass... A mix of earthy, piney, and citrusy hops... There is a solid malt base lying beneath the surface as well which takes on a very biscuity character...

T - The nose translates perfectly to the palette but becomes a bit more assertive and vibrant... Hop forward, but never overpowering... The malt base is strong enough to support the hoppiness... A very slight spicy component on the finish...

M - Dense... Medium bodied... Light to moderate carbonation with a bit of a bite... Crisp... Even and consistent...

D - Excellent American Pale Ale... I'm convinced that the folks at Hill Farmstead are amongst the top brewers in the entire world... Exceptional flavor and depth all weighing in at 5.2% ABV...

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold/orange with a couple fingers of white head. Tons of lacing as usual for a HF beer.

Very bright and hoppy aroma. Citrus hops (grapefruit, lemon) jump out with a little pine as well. Just a touch of caramel malt.

Tastes follows the aroma. Bright citrus fruits with a little cereal graininess to provide some backbone. Finishes a little drying while picking up some pine flavors. Nothing spectacular, but a very solid combo of hops and malt. Passed the bitterness taste with my IPA disliking companion, so definitely a great pale ale.

Medium to light bodied but with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Finishes somewhat dry with just a bit of resin on the back of the tongue.

A very solid pale ale. Pales in comparison to some of the other HF hoppy offerings, but still a pale ale, I'd be glad to order anytime.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to Aberration for the 750ml growler fill. Thank you, Nick. My first hoppy Hill Farmstead beer.

Mildly hazy (I'm surprised there's a little sediment in the growler!), this beer is a dull orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. Bright, fruity, juicy with a melange of tropical and citrus fruits, there's ripe clementines, pineapple, a little mango and a touch of grapefruit. There's also a slight minty component, also from the hops (I'm guessing). A mild malt backbone is present, with a mildly doughy, bready character.

The flavors on the palate are enjoyable, but not quite as good as the nose would suggest. While present in copious amounts, the hop flavor seems slightly dulled and dare I say, a little oxidized? As with the nose, the flavor leans heavily on the fruity hops. Mango, clementines and grapefruit lend plenty of flavor, and the bitterness is low. The Cascade (dry hop?) character is particularly noticeable. The malt character is clean, cracker-like, mildly doughy and unobtrusive. Drying on the finish with a lingering hop flavor (particularly the citrus) and a mildly resiny (and gorgeous) bitterness. Light in body with soft, gentle carbonation that's perfect for the style, this beer is extremely enjoyable. I'm glad to have tried it, but I have a feeling this batch is just a touch old.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Edward took the top spot for APAs for me. I love the Stoneface and Peeper... but have to put this higher in the pecking order of APAs. I feel bad... had this after an Abner... and didn't get to really clean out my taste buds before this one. At a low 5% with the flavor you get... outstanding. EFB just has the magic touch... but like all their brews... just so hard to get your hands on... which in my opinion... goes to my sense of "feel."

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Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange gold with lasting thick white head. Pleasant aroma of mango and pineapple. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Less pronounced fruit in the taste, with a good malt balance. Bitter, grapefruit rind aftertaste. Comes together exceptionally well.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Somewhat of a pale, murky, light-amber colored body with a big, frothy bone white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S- Big citrus and piney hops mixed in with some tropical fruit aromas. The hops really come through and shine.

T- Citrus and pine flavors up front. Grapefruit flavors come through in the middle and stay until the finish. Slight caramel malt in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and drinkable with a slight bite towards the end.

O- Very solid pale ale. Good hop presence, good balance, very drinkable.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasting notes from November 11th, 2015
Had on-tap@ La Puerta Negra in Montpelier, VT

Appearance - Served up in a tall pint, the brew is cloudy and dull orange in color with an off-white, half finger width head. Fair retention, breaking down to a thin layer of surface suds. Lacing comes in the form of broken sheets and a few spots between.

Smell - Pungent, juicy orange aroma with distant, zingy pineapple.

Taste - Doesn't quite deliver on the strength that the nose promised. Hits first on moderate orange notes, balanced by a near equal bready malt sweetness. Faint pineapple acidity creeps in near the finish, then a lingering citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky quality lends itself to a stupid ease of drink.

Overall - This is a fantastic pale ale, but if I'm being frank the flavor profile leaves a bit to be desired. It does well to balance between the hops and malts, and it goes down as easy as they come. It's a bit of a shame that HFS has such limited visiting hours; it would have been nice to have visited their brewhouse my one night in town, but I suppose getting to try their brews on tap will have to suffice.

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Photo of DavidBart
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Small drought serving (6oz) at Prohibition Pig.. Just minutes away from the Alchemist Brewery. .

Beautiful light straw color. Small head, and some lacing.
Smell is light and refreshing but still with a hint of what's to come.
Beautifully done. Considering it's light alcohol it has enough character to go the distance.
I've had it a while ago, but all I can say that it followed a Heady Topper and did not disappoint!
One of the better pale ales I've had. Give it a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing this!

White head. Color is a golden orange.

Flavors of pine and lots of fruit. Very fresh and earthy. Pineapple and orange.

Mouthfeel: Juicy with a bit of bitterness. Well balanced. Light to medium bodied.

Overall, a treat. Very well done. Easy to drink.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tsblack05 or this growler. it is a testament to him that this held up so well since it was purchased on 6.20.11, shipped, and consumed on 7.10.11, a few days after receiving it in trade. whole foods growler filled right to the very top.
A: hazy orange/light amber, eggshell colored head recedes to a ring of lace.
S: smells fresh, like a growler fill should. piney, citric, floral hops jump out.
T: lightly sweet crackery malts are quickly overtaken by a prominent bitterness. hops dominate here. smooth bitterness lingers with just a hint of aspirin-like astringency. finishes dry.
M: light bodied, frothy.
O: nice and sessionable. i plan on killing the rest of this growler tonight.

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Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Served with a hazy, golden-yellow body...two fingers worth of white head...it falls into a thin cap and leaves nice lacing

S - Big, juicy hops...notes of citrus and pine...the malts are way in the background

T - The malts come out more in the flavor...bready malts up front with a touch of caramel sweetness...the middle of the beer is very earthy from both the hops and malts...the malts remain bready and grainy while the hops taste green and fresh...the finish comes back bitter

M - Medium bodied...nicely carbonated, very crisp, bitter and earthy

D - This was my first offering from Hill Farmstead and I was very impressed...I'm excited to try more from them...this APA was nicely hopped with an earthy flavor profile

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Photo of Gajo74
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at Beer Shop NYC.
Pours a wonderfully hazy golden orange color with a fingernail length head and good lace retention.
In the nose there are light citrusy and pine aromas.
In the mouth it is light and easy drinking with a gentle carbonation. Although many of the flavors are clean at first, as it warms, lots of light tropical fruit notes come out; grapefruit, mango, papaya and pear. The malt flavor is crackery and semi sweet. The pine is modest and not overwhelming.
Lovely example of an American pale ale that is easy to put away. I could have several of these.

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Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy peachy amber in color. Forms a large fluffy white head on an aggressive pour. Good retention with some light lacing.

S: Hugely aromatic aroma of citrus, mango, and peach.

T: Flavor starts off lightly sweet, then turns to a blend of tropical and citrus hop flavors. Mango, orange, lemon. The flavors are light, but well balanced against the pale malts and the mild bitterness. Quick finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation. Very clean feeling.

O: Simply put, this is a very good beer. Easily drinkable, well balanced, flavorful and aromatic.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears mostly clear and orange in color. For some reason, my pour was more transparent than others. Interesting.

The aroma brings an array of pleasant hop and citrus notes.

The beer is very flavorful and enjoyable. Light on the palate, and effortless to drink, this is only one of two growlers that enticed me enough to go back for seconds that evening. Well balanced and delicious. By well balanced, the hops play the lead role, but the various citrus and hop flavors meld together harmoniously.

The feel is a bit on the thin side, but at 5.2% and packed with flavor, I'm OK with that.

I definitely recommend this beer. It would be quite easy to throw back a few pints of Edward.

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Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Very delicious.

Pours a nice yellow pale color. It is a bit cloudy. Doesn't have much foam, although a head was formed but dissipated quickly. Aroma is of distinct hops. Taste is hoppy, great for those that are not looking for a piney IPA. This growler tasted a bit watery. Mouth feel is light.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont.

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. The aroma is hoppy with some citrus and tropical fruits. Maybe tangerine? the taste is bitter apricots with nice tropical fruits. grapefruit notes as well. Nice bitterness with a good amount of fruity hop flavor. Dry and resinous. This is a Pale Ale with a lot of fruity and hoppy that rivals most IPAs. Overall, its bitter, hoppy and drinkable. Glad I got to try it. Fantastic Pale Ale worth seeking out.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had st the good life. arrived super cloudy in a point glass. los unfiltered and peach in color. smells like classic pale ale but the taste has a bit of a hop bite. quite nice. a bit grapefruit. flavored. nice unfiltered feel medium to light bodied. very easy drinker. why yes, I will have another.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler purchased at the brewery on 8-8-13. Poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Colour reminds me of orange or peach marmalade or fruit spreads. Looks rather chewy for an APA, like it has a good malty body to it. Head poured a fluffy white 1" that settled down to 1/4" with minimal lacing on the sides when the glass was tilted so good head retention.
AR: Bready (like toasted baguette) and biscuit malts with a hint of caramel malt. Grapefruit and pine hop aromas. There's more fruity aromas but it's like they're trying to hide from you instead of boldly making their presence known. Peach, nectarine, tangerine and guava are what I'm getting out of this after several more whiffs.
T: The malts flavours are like dinner rolls and chewy grainy bread loaf. Peach and apricot fruits mostly towards the front end with a slightly bitter lemony bite at the finish, reminding me of a Berliner Weiss. A little bit of pine and grapefruit on the lingering aftertaste.
M: Mildy carbonated, medium body, slightly dry finish.
OV: As with Susan, this is a very solid and high quality beer that I would drink regularly if I was able to do so. However, this beer also didn't 'blow my mind' and while I think it's very good, to me it's not quite World Class. I am glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Holland
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very cloudy golden amber color with a small head that stays

S: amazing smell of citrus grapefruit, melon, and grain

T: delicious fruity flavor with bitter hops and some bread

M: good Spritz carbonation and light body

O: most excellent beer. Looks like a homebrew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy yellow orange color with a 2" head.

Smell: lemon and some floral tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, mango, soft pine, and a bit of earthy bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout.

Overall: a real easy to drink beer that is full of flavor.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour in a tall thin glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Edward pours a nearly solid (opaque) orange, with a thin bit of white foam sitting atop the beer. That little head is definitely spunky, it sticks around longer than I would have expected, but it only leaves a tiny bit of lacing. The nose is absolutely wonderful, dank with grapefruit, pineapple, and orange aromas. Forget IPAs, this bad boy is more pungent than some imperial IPAs that I've had. There's a brief flash of cracker maltiness at the front of each sip, before some (but not all) of the hoppy goodness hinted at by aroma is delivered. There's also a bit of an off aftertaste that I usually associate with Simcoe hops that lingers for a second after each sip. The body is a bit on the light side, appropriate for the style, yet still sturdy enough not to be completely overrun by the hops. The carbonation is just a little off though, the beer falls dull by the time it reaches the back of my palate. Still though, Edward is one of the better American Pale Ales I've had, and an excellent choice for someone who wants a serious hop fix within a lower ABV beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7 , growler filled about 4 hours ago

A: Burnt orange to medium amber with some honey and golden highlights - pours with a big, white head, keeps a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Excellently balanced citrus, pine, and pale malts - not particularly intense, but intensely balanced - fresh, ripe orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - fleshy and floral citrus - pine needles with a hint or resin and dank notes - clean, pale malts with a touch of caramel

T: Balanced, clean, stupidly drinkable - nice level of citrus, with some orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit flavors - very floral - pine, with some resin, some hints of mint - pale malts, with a touch of caramel - grainy bread - medium level of bitterness- extremely clean and drinkable

M: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes somewhat dry

O: Superior to Robert Pattinson

Hill Farmstead makes absurdly clean beers. That being said, this is one of the cleanest, which really shines in an American Pale Ale. Worth the drive.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, two finger fluffy white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Pine, citrus hops, some malt with good balance.

T-Malt balanced out with orange, pine and grass. Slight bitterness. What balance.

M- Medium bodied, some carbonation, tad creamy.

O-What an APA, not as good as Zombie Dust but great none the less. The balance is great.

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