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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
2,619
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
8.2%
 
 
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666
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Photo of Boto
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Brewery: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a bit of an off white head on it that leaves some lacing. The nose is good. Citrus, pine, some grassiness, spiciness and maybe a hint of pineapple. The taste is very good. Just a bit of bitterness. Pine, pineapple, citrus, faint spices. Subtle but a lot going on in there. Definitely a very good brew.

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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 CHickman
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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 macrosmatic
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass.

A: This one is hazy, light copper in color, with only a bit of amorphous white foam floating on top - no true head. Minimal visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruit, grass, orange, caramel malt.

T: Tropical fruit and dank bitter grapefruit hop flavors primarily. These very nearly overwhelm any flavor from the malt - maybe a bit of bready malt if I really use my imagination.

M: Nice mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation but tingly from all the hops. No alcohol presence. Bitter hang that lasts.

O: Good, but for my preference it's overly bitter with no sweetness as a counterpoint. That being said, I did enjoy it & would have it again.

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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 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 WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edward pours a hazy honey amber color with a thick rocky, white head on top. The foam fades quickly down to a sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be. It seems more malty than hoppy. Pale malt and apricot notes are balanced with orange citrus and lemon rind.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate; feels soft and watery. The flavor is excellently balanced between sweet pale malt and citrus hops. It starts with light malt and fruit (apricot, tropical fruit) before hoppy grass and citrus notes move in. It finishes with a mild bitterness and once gone the bitter citrus and pale malt linger on the palate.

This is a fantasticly well balanced beer. Not too hoppy, not too malty. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edward is a very well crafted beer with just the right balance and hippiness aroma. I really enjoyed this beer at the brewery and look forward to drinking it again!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at my house...yeah, that doesn't suck. 1/6bbl in the kegerator poured into a Surly Imperial Nonic. Oh yeah!

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow, nice white frothy head, very sticky lacing, thin filmy cap, thick collar.

S - Light hoppy bitterness, lots of pine, slight floral and tropical citrus notes. Very mellow but still lots going on, just the way I like my IPAs.

T - More hoppy/bitter then the nose suggests. Pine, tropical citrus, slight herbal/floral notes that really adds nicely to the bitterness. Not overdone or trying to be an IPA, it's just right and exactly what I want. Light hoppy, slightly floral finish.

M - Light, crisp and refreshing, perfect carbonation, clean finish.

O - As far as APA's go, this one is really hard to beat. It's amongst the class of Alpine Hoppy Birthday and Russian River Parking Violation, my two favorites. It's good out of a growler, but on-tap, it's at the top of its class. If you're in Chicago, come on by for a pint (while it lasts!).

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Photo of homebrew311
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the Central PA group for this awesome growler. Shared with members of the NW Chicago tasting group.

A: pours a slightly hazy orange, thin white head with some retention

S: waves of aromatic hops on the front, lots of tropical fruit with features of Mangos, Tangerine, and grapefruit. Slight malty character noticeable in background.

T: awesome balance, hops aren't as fruity on the palate, but they provide a nice amount of bitterness to balance nicely with slightly bready malts.

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

O: this is an awesome and drinkable APA. It features a nice presentation of tropical smelling hops. Worth a try!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Very slightly hazed golden yellow with a moderately sized near-white head that leaves dots of lace down the glass.

The aroma is a nice combination of floral and citrus hop components. This doesn't bash you over the head like other hoppy pale ales, but what's here is very nice. Complete, earth, hoppy aroma.

The flavor too is quite nice, with only a moderate level of bitterness accompanied by earthy, citrus, and floral hop character, along with enough of a bready malt backbone.

Medium bodied with moderate/high carbonation.

A very nice, straightforward, classic, incredibly drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in a trade with the ever generous MtGoat thanks!

Appearance: Pours an attractive transparent pale orange with a 2 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: The nose sings with fruity hops (pineapple and grapefruit mainly) and slightly dank juicy hops over a fairly pale and neutral bready malt base.

Taste: Same as nose. Great blend of fruity hops, citrusy hops, and small notes of wet grass / flowers over a biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation and a slight touch of heft that makes it satisfy.

Drinkability: I want to drink this all day long.

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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 SpeedwayJim
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Steve for this one. 12oz. pour from a 64oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Had at a tasting on 6/4/11. Reviewed from notes.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head with low retention. Beer is a cloudy orange-grapefruit. Stringy and frothy lace with moerate stick. Good legs. Average.

S: Nose is pine, astringent citrus, dank hops, and some caramel and cane sugar. Very aromatic with good balance. Nice.

T: Opens citrus, pine, and bark bitterness. Filmy. Grassy mellow hops towards the middle. Mango, papaya and cane sugar round out the flavors. Finish is bitter pine with the same aftertaste. IPA-like almost.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and mellow in the mouth and soft going down. Quiet and subtle finish with an oily aftertaste. Again, pretty standard.

O: Very drinkable and quite quenching, Edward is definitely a beer that you get by the growler-full. I could drink this one all day on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 8oz pour from growler

A-Pour is hazed pale golden amber with a perfectly tight white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is huge hop, well balanced pale malt and grain bill with notes of grass and a strong citrus punch.

T-Taste is a touch more balanced, very drinkable. Grain bill is more pronounced with a light pale malt. Hops are herbal, grapefruit and citrusy, grassy notes linger with a very light bitterness.

M-The mouthfeel is almost perfect, and the dryness at the end is outstanding for an APA. Great carbonation.

O-Overall an awesome APA a must get!

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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 micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
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 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 Kendo
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Arrived in a tulip glass at City Beer Hall in Albany. Body is a hazy straw-amber color with a small white head. Lots of lace on the glass as I work my way down.

S: Citrusy hops, mainly lemon and grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, with a lot of citrus hitting the palate right away. Lemons, grapefruit pith and even limes. Hint of earthy spice reminds me of rye at times. Modest bread doughy malt provides balance and a jumping off point for tthe citrusy hop characteristics. There's a lot of hop flavor packed into this APA.

M: It's a little on the thin side; carbonation is quite active and a little bit sharp. But I think that active carbonation actually enhances the flavor's vibrancy.

O: Quite good; reminds me of a session IPA in many ways, with a very light heft and feel but big time citrusy hops.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A little too hazy for a pale and a little too heavy on the mouthfeel for a pale but a great beer. I feel like I would have given a higher rating if this was classified as an American IPA.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, bright orange color with a large fluffy white head. Leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma brings a ton of fresh orange citrus, as well as some more subtle pine.

Taste follows the nose, but has a nice bready malt backbone.

The feel is medium bodied with solid carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and extremely refreshing.

Overall, a great pale ale. This is HF's flagship beer and it pretty much encapsulates everything great about the brewery in a light, easy drinking package.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light orange/dark blonde pale ale. Notes of tangerine and pine balance back and forth. Fairly bitter pale ale. Soft mouthfeel with good carbonation.

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Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwerij Lane.

Pours like grapefruit juice, cloudy pinkish with minimal head.

The aroma is huge and hoppy with grapefruit dominant, a little pine, and not much maltiness.

Amazing flavor, hop forward with enormous grapefruit, really intense. Some pine and just a touch of sweet malt.

Big resinous hoppy palate with low carbonation and medium body. A little undercarbed.

Great overall, although at 85 IBUs, come on, this is an IPA...or at least something other than a pale ale, although I'm not sure the appropriate style even exists.

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Photo of Damian
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml swing top growler purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT
Served in a Hill Farmstead Brewery stemmed glass

The beer poured a super hazy, peachy-amber color with a small, bubbly, bright white head that quickly dissolved. Spotty drips of lacing stuck along the glass.

Super sweet and fragrant tropical fruit notes came through strong in the nose. Lots of mango and pineapple. Strong orange and clove notes as well. Somewhat floral and slightly grassy. Overall, remarkably interesting and complex.

The flavor profile was also quite hoppy, yet not as dynamic as the nose. Crisp, citrusy and slightly bitter. A sturdy, pale malt backbone kept the hops in check. Lots of grapefruit pith and orange rind. Super dry, piney and resiny on the finish. Bitter, yet not overly so.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slick and smooth on the palate with a fine, moderate effervescence.

This is a pale ale? Really? The quantity of hops in this brew, and the overall complexity, would have me believe that this is an IPA (or even perhaps a double IPA). Impressive, to say the least.

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