E. | Hill Farmstead Brewery

E.E.
BA SCORE
96.2%
Liked This Beer
4.29 w/ 552 ratings
E.E.
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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:
#726
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
552
Liked:
531
Avg:
4.29/5
pDev:
7.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
318
Gots:
73
Trade:
9
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hill Farmstead Anniversary Celebration. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a bright yellow-golden color that is mostly clear with a really nice white head. Loads of foam and lacing. Early pour from the keg that was mostly foam to start, but really nice retention. The nose carries a good dosing of funk along with some light floral hops and a good dosing of stone fruits. Some citrus as well. Nice funk throughout. Really really nice nose. The flavor has a moderate amount of funk and good hop flavor, but doesn't quite hit the level of the nose. Body is dry and funky with a good background bitterness. Dry finish. Light body. Delicious.

Update. Bottle batch two on May 14, 2012. Citrus, funk, and all around near perfection. Similar to batch one but taken up a notch. Brett mixes so incredibly well with the underlying beer and the hops add another layer. As close to perfection as a beer can get. Absolutely stunning.

Original scores (on tap): 4.5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was one of my favorite things I have ever put in my mouth.
Pours a pale straw color with a thick fluffy head.
Perfect weight. Somewhere between Saison, Sour, and IPA.
Smells very funky and inviting. Tons of barnyard. Horse Blanket.
Flavors of stone fruits and citrus with brett. Dry, juicy, refreshing. But that funk is to die for.

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4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared tonight with Robert (rtepiak) that came all the way from New York, stopped today at Hill Farmstead and to my place in Montreal for a massive trade and to try a couple of beers. Amazing BA.

Easter special release. This is a Belgian IPA with Brett. 750 ml.

A: Light honey color beer, hazy. The head is just massive, creamy looking and pure white. Retention is really good as well as lacing. Head is pure white.

S: At first, both of us were thinking mango and passion fruit. But then, Robert said lychee and it was most definitely lychee in the beer. Some trace of musk from the brett. It has an earthy character in the smell as well as real subtle honey and pepper. Strong strong smell overall.

T: Most like the smell, mango, passion fruit but most of all lychee are the main players. This beer is so fruity (it is also extremely fresh). Much dryer than expected too (maybe the brett?). Also, good amount of pine resin, orange zest and herbal hops. The hay, the muskiness and the earth characteristics just blend perfectly with the beer. Light honey and pepper at the very end. Very dry, thanks to brett. I really would have a hard time imagining a better Belgian IPA that has the west coast at heart (aka very hop forward).

M: Light to medium body with medium to strong carbonation. Lighter than expected, but I doubt the Brett had something to do with this.

O: A wonderful beer from a wonderful brewery. It is very fruity, dry, hop forward, earthy, musky, dry. It was weird but wonderfully easy to approach. Most definitely the most taste you can get out of a 6.2 ABV beer. Sharing it with an amazing BA just made the whole experience better.

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4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Birthday boy pour from the 750ml into a H.F. wine glass. Cascades out with an ever so slightly hazy golden body and a thick, tall puffy cap. Good head retention as a wide belt and a general haze remain atop the brew. A mix of plentiful sheets and webs of lacing.

S- Even after almost six months in the barrels the Galaxy hops pop off the top and combine with Brett tropical funk and lactic acid bugs to really create something special. Lemon juice tartness, vinous woody barrels, underripe apricots, a massive push of passionfruit and a bit of horsey funk really come to mind.

T- Juicy, sour and vinous. The tropical aspect of the brew comes from both the seemingly massive portion of Galaxy hops and the resident Brett strains as passionfruit, tangerine, mandarin orange, mango, sour apricot, lemony lactic acid and even peach come to mind. The barrel is smoothed out and drops a touch of vanilla sweetness to almost give the brew a masterful pie element marrying the fruits and the funk. A slight hint of freshly mashed pale barley and also some woody oak tannins comes to mind.

MF- Body drops towards the light side of the scale but a very high end carbonation brings on creaminess and some foamy texture. Finishes with a medium, perhaps a shade below that lactic acid tartness.

Sean Hill brews with consistency of Tiger Woods in his prime era. His masterful brews are the best in the world and his misses are still better than almost anything else out there; this one is another excellently crafted beverage. The use of dry hops after aging a hoppy pale on oak allows the brew to come full circle as lactic tartness marries funk, hops and wild buggy flavors.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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E. from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96.2% out of 100 with 552 ratings
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