E. | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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E.E.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
E is definitely not a Belgian IPA - it's a funky version of Edward (american pale ale) - fermented with brettanomyces, dry hopped with galaxy, and aged on stainless for four months. Basically, we refer to it as a farmhouse pale ale - a cross between a saison and an american pale.

2012 Release: Aged in Mimosa barrels.
2014 Release: Aged in wine barrels with resident yeast and microfloa for 1.5 years.

Added by flipper2gv on 04-24-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,127
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
583
pDev:
7.69%
 
 
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318
Gots:
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Photo of trygelski1
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

plenty of hints at fruity and grassy hop character, earthy, hay, mellow barnyard, pineapple and grapefruit dancing around with orange peel, medium acidity and lactic character, some floral quality, oaky.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Clear gold with a big fluffy white head. It has high carbonation. The beer smells of citrus, lemon, orange peel, and brett Funk. It tastes funky, with brett, hay, orange peel, and lemon. The feel is medium light and crisp. A nice funky pale ale from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with white head that dissipates to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma -Big funky nose, brett, ton of oak

Taste - lots of funk, barrel, grass, malt, floral notes.

Feel - Medium bodied really dry finish.

Overall - Hts all the funky dry saison notes really well done.

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Photo of johnlatona
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gcamparone
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2018 bottle into a hill farmstead bulb. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a bright yellow-orange hazy body with a frothy white head that reduces to leave a ring of retention and spotty lacing.

Aromas are delicate and complex, ripe citrus and hay fields, floral sweetness, light pale malt, musty hops and a herbal earthyness.

On the tongue, E. is lightly tart with flavors of soft citrus, bready, lightly hoppy, earthy, yeasty funk, finishing dry and crisp. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

E. Was quite the treat. Such a delicate, complex beer that goes down so easily, demanding sip after sip.

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Photo of aleigator
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a medium sized white head.

Smells of fresh cut garden herbs, orange zest and a flowery note, which mingles into the oaken barrel, acting as a calming antagonist to the fresh hops. This appears very well rounded on the nose, topped off by a hint of passion fruit and blue cheese. A unique combination, which works very well on the nose.

Drinks light and refreshing with a thirst quenching finally, in which dry and sour flavours team up to a powerful combination.

Tastes of dry, herbal hops among sour yeast and dried orange zest. Turns even drier then, with a subtle, sour funkiness coming up, adding a note of wet cellar and leather to the flavors. Finishes heavier on the funk than on the hops, creating a short, dusty toffee peak, covered in old leaves and mushrooms.

Truly complex on the palate, this is a great split between saison and pale ale, full of daring and more subtle flavors, combined to a fantastic blend on the palate.

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Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cavedave
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottling, cellar temp.

Cloudy gold pour with a finger of white foam that relaxes to a thick and lasting skim and leaves bubbly lace legs on glass.

Full aroma with lemon limey funk, vinous notes, and bright tart leading the way. Some real tasty bread crust and light doughy sweet round it out. Delectable.

Sightest hints of hormonal funk join a panoply of vinous flavor, overripe peach and pear notes, bright citrus notes, lemon-limey funk, lightest bready sweet, and a finish that gains some righteous citrus pith. Lightly tannic, delicious oak flavors join the party at sip end. Very complex and satisfying, perfectly balanced, simply superb.

Full bodied, yet refreshing, highly viscous, just enough spritzy carb., but with a finish that is this clean and bright the more resiny the better!

Just a delightful beer it is a pleasure well worth the four year wait. Can't imagine it is gonna get better than this so pop em if you got em or talk a friend into it if you don't.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phurley2
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keith40
2.83/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

750 bottle dated 2/7/18 purchased at the brewery on 4/18/18 and consumed on 5/3/18. We found this HF beer to be slightly more enjoyable for our palates than the 3 Saisons we had previously but the salty taste did not agree with us.

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Photo of xtonytx
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2017 release, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 7.27.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep copper color, orange hues that is fairly hazy but not overly cloudy with a super foamy white head, nice height with excellent retention and tons of lace. The aroma is very good, lots of hops, dry funkiness that is crisp and earthy, really plays nicely with the underlying hops from Edward while there is a nice floral character, bright and soft with pale doughy malt, the signature Hill Farmstead mineral water character, and a lingering earthy and grassiness. The flavors are awesome, candied hops, tons of dry, earthy, leafy funk, lightly piney but with some bright fresh galaxy hops, nice doughy malt, a bit of spicy yeast, crisp mineral water and some floral flavors appear at the finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, coating medium body, nice and lively yet gentle and smooth, not abrasive or prickly at all with a lightly tart and lightly dry finish.

Verdict: A great Saison/Pale Ale hybrid from Hill Farmstead. Bright, hoppy, funky, balanced, crisp and refreshing. Tons of flavor, nice Brett expression and the bitterness is quite mild, definitely floats in between the styles well and stands out as a top notch beer.

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Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 583 ratings