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E. | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks to Jones153 for the bottle!

Hazed pale orange colour, one finger of white head, good lace. Smell is musty and bretty, funk and citrus, well hopped, orange, peach and apricot with some oak as well. Taste is dry and oaky, fruity as well, apricot, fuzzy peach rings, nice hoppy/funky finish. Medium carbonation, medium-full body. Really solid stuff, another incredible offering from these guys.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle ended up being a slow gusher; after pouring the first glass, the head within the bottle slowly formed and pushed itself out at a snail's pace. And when I returned to the bottle, it was now sitting in a pool of E.

A: Clear pale yellow on the first pour, but becomes a very cloudy orange-yellow on subsequent pours. Forms a massive foamy white head that sticks around for longer than I'd like it to. Moderate lacing.

S: Complexly aromatic. First thing I notice is a blend of citrus and yeast. The citrus is quite juicy, with orange and lemon. The yeast is the slightest bit bready, with notes of allspice, clove and coriander. Then there is a fragrant floral component within the mix as well.

T: Taste is full on citrus. Lots of orange. A little lemon. Then it turns fairly spicy, though the spice in the flavor is drier and earthier than it was on the nose. There is a bit more of the floral quality mixed in with a good dose of yeast.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Medium carbonation. Unfortunately, there is an odd dry bitterness on the back end that is over-excentuated by the dry spice in the flavor leaving my mouth feel as if I have just chewed on a peppercorn.

O: I has this beer when it was first released and I found it to be quite a bit more enjoyable. I suspect the Brett has really started to dry this one out in a way that I feel doesn't add to the beer. Still a good beer, but not nearly as good as when I first tried it.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch on draft at the 2015 Festival of Farmhouse Ales. This is pretty funky and went through a major transformation as I could not detect any trace of Edward, the base beer. Excellent, as usual, but not a standout among the Hill barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage shared at the Chicago Burbs Random Thursday Mega Tasting. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow, frothy white head, sticky lace.

S - Funky yeast and citrus from the start, oranges, grapefruit. The hops are still very much there and compliment the funk really well.

T - A mix of hoppy bitterness a yeast funk are the main showcase of this beer. Citrus, orange peel, hay, light must, and grass. Alcohol is well-hidden and it's way too refreshing to be anything over 3% (haha). Finish is funk with some bitterness.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, dry clean finish.

O - I love Edward and I love HF Saison's, so I don't see how this couldn't be a winner. Not quite as good as Edward alone or Anna alone, but still, a really nice beer and a cool experiment. I look forward to opening up one of my bottles in the near future.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with sticky white head and tons of lacing. Nose is funky with waves of lemon and sourdough bread. The taste starts off with citrusy hops which become a bit tart as the flavor develops. Very yeasty with a clean tart finish. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, very tasty... Nice combo of ipa and Saison.

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serious gusher alert!

Appearance: Pours a murky dull orange with a massive 3 finger white crown composed of tight and fine carbonation bubbles. Moderate retention and lots of lace.

Smell: Definitely my favorite aspect of this brew. Mango, apricot, peach, lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, and belgian esters.

Taste: Has most of the same notes the nose possesses, but they blend to the point where they are harder to pick out individually. The overly carbonated mouthfeel also makes picking them out more difficult.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. The carbonation is so velvety smooth but its simply over carbonated to the point where it takes away from both the flavor and the mouthfeel.

Overall: I really really like this beer and think its one that Hill Farmstead could really dial in and improve upon in the future.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy, hazy, orange. HUGE 4 inch head even with a very cautious, slow pour. Settles to a 1/2 inch fluffy white head with thick, chunky lacing.

Bready yeast dominates the scent. The funkiness is in the background. I LOVE the way IPA smell and with the added funk, the aroma is a winner!

The taste is good. If it were considered a 'true' Saison, I'd probably rate it lower, but being a bretted IPA makes it hit the mark. It isn't my first choice in style, but it is very good. First taste is of mostly bready. Once past the breadiness (is that a word??) you get hit with a fantastic funk fromthe Brett. Then a smooth, tart finish.

It is a medium body and on the dry side.

I reslly enjoyed this beer and the IPA w/ brett thing...but I prefer a more traditional saison. That being said, I'd never turn this away. Really enjoyed it and glad to have had the opportunity.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 release

Pours a hazy orange with a nice one finger bubbly head. Dissolves down to some bubbles clinging to the side of the tulip glass. Smell is sour and citrusy, with some nice funk/Brett. Starting to pick up some sour grapes and green apple, as well. Really juicy. The taste is somewhat mellow compared to the smell. Much smoother than I was expecting. Not overly sour, also not as juicy. Still some slight citrus flavor. Very earthy. Sharp bitterness towards the end. The Belgian yeast shows through and the oak barrels are in there some where. Medium mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to be bubbly, not overwhelming, though. It's a pretty easy drinker. As the glass warmed up, the orange flavor came out more, too.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Pours a hazy slightly translucent brownish golden, at least 3-4 fingers of white frothy head- had a problem with this bottle foaming up, decent amount of carbonation definitely above average, leaves foamy layered lacing.

S- Some light brett funk, a little bit of lemons, a hint of oranges, some grassy notes. Not overly aromatic, a little bit below average aroma strength.

T- Orange peel, lemons, a little bit of grapefruit, with some light grassy/hay funk. Slightly tart + bitter on the finish. Leaves an orange peel aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

M- Light, average carbonation, abv hidden well, drinkable.

O- I wasn't a huge fan of this beer, especially since I had such high expectations after trying a few other HF beers. It might have tasted better fresh (I think the hops might have faded a bit too much), but to me it was just too lacking in strength- both aroma and taste. The orange peel citrus flavor balanced with the light funk also wasn't that appealing to me. Overall not a terrible beer, but definitely not as good as the other HF beers I've had (Everett, Abner, Daybreak).

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Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light orange with a huge white head that takes a while to settle. Settles as a nice rocky cap leaving good lacing.

Nice scent, bright fruits of all kinds (green apple, citrus, peach) with a bretty hay feel.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell but still good. The Belgian-ness takes over a bit more with a good dose of oak, brett, farmy saison yeast. Light funk and fruits.

Mouthfeel felt a bit thin and light to me.

This was a good beer to kick off the fest with. It feels more like a saison than a Belgian IPA to me. Light, interesting, good beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HF FOFA 2015. HF Taster glass. Nose is bright melony hops, but taste is kinda overwhelmed by an earthy bitterness. Not particularly enjoyable.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Split with my fiancé.

Pours a very nice hazy golden orange color with a thick white head. Seems like a gusher. Yep it is. The bubbles slowly rise above the bottle neck and slowly spill out. (4.0)

Aroma of spice and grainy malt. Delicious malty aroma with some coriander and some nice horse blanket funk. Nice grassy and citrusy hop notes come in strong. Very indicative of the Pale Ale base beer. The aromas of funk and hops play together perfectly. (5.0)

Flavor is amazing. Nice funky notes with some slight malty grain and sweetness underneath, slight fruit juice notes like pear and some apple are noted. Awesome spice notes of coriander and some clove. Funk-a-plenty with nice grassy and herbal hop notes. A nice slightly tart note mingles with the citrus hop notes to finish with a nice dry bitterness. Simple yet deliciously crafted beer. (4.5)(4.0)

My first Hill Farmstead try was a success. Very enjoyable beer with great flavor and mouth feel. Aroma is top notch as well. (4.0)

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage
Not among my favorite Hill Farmstead beers, but this is still a really nice Saison. Great mouthfeel; light, crisp, lively, and dry. Pleasantly musty aroma with pepper and tropical fruits from the Galaxy hops, tho I'm sure this has faded a bit by now since bottling. Taste is oaky, bitter, and citrusy with a strong floral/grassy bite. Wish I'd had a fresh one to compare it to. A good compliment to a funky Stilton and some terrine.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's got that nice brett feel, with a bit of grape candy and grapefruit coming through in the aroma and taste. The hops are absent except for a bit of bitterness on the back-end. It really starts to shine as it warms. Very nice!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured cloudy and murky the color of grapefruit juice and had a big head with good retention and lace. It was definitely my least favorite beer form Hill Farmstead. This beer has a mellow smoothness from the aging in oak, a prominent woody flavor and one heck of a sharp hop bitter in the finish. The fruit flavors were also mellowed in the drink but luckily it still had some juicy tartness. Bone dry. I think the bitter does eclipse the fruitiness and the pepper in the finish. As it drank the bitter became unconscionable. The mouthfeel of the beer was uncomfortably dry and powdery. It had a dominant floral rather than a fruitiness. Some orange peeks out as it warms but it's mostly lemony. It's ok but my favorite is Edward.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a HF wine glass.

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a huge white head, very sticky and pillowy with a ton of nice lacing. Nose is a bit funky and maybe some bret? It reminds me of a hoppy Orval or houblon chouffe, very nice.

Mouthfeel seems a bit light, carbonation is there but not quite as big as I was expecting/hoping. Taste though, does not disappoint. Very hoppy and citrusy with yeasty Belgian spice that is very well done and balanced.

Congrats on one year!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AutumnBeerLove for sending this my way.

Pours a hazy golden hay color with a huge white head. Carbonation is a bit intense, but nothing to complain about. Smell is a fantastic mix of hops and brett, the two really come together nicely to give it a great citrus smell. Flavor follows the smell, brett is predominant, but the citrusy hops really combine with it to give it a fantastic taste. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but a little too over-carbonated. It's a pretty great beer that really is only hurt by its heavy carbonation. Another impressive effort from HF.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet malt, brett, earthy leaves aroma. Medium to full body with a slick dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy sour & bitter finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded with a standout change of pace brew.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

my grandmother always said that you can't come without something for everyone. a beer for philippe and i on my wild ride to some great beers and a giant trade.

pour is a beauty. about 3 finger on a light orange yellow body of a bit of haze. had it a bit warm and it displayed a wonderful vibrancy. the nose seems to have two dimensions to it. the brett citrus and the hop citrus. this was all sort of underlying in the belgian soft sweetness. this is not a brisk bitter edge of a BIPA. there is an accent to it that is american. but its formally just right. this was somewhere in the realm of fruit and earth and holds a lot of transitional flavors. lemon zest and mineral dryness give it a hint of lemon grass. a mango and white grape fuse with a oak crisp mild sense of mineral that very much give it that lychee quality. from the tough skin to the strange grape, mango, rotten pear note of the fruit inside. there was a nice pollen note even... hints of floral hops play against the perfume sweet of a tulip. i didn't get particularly any overbearing imbalance. as a first bottle it quite interesting and a great culmination of flavors. i have another that i plan on sharing with a friend in august. wondering about the possibilities.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with bstyle, poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip (10/2012)

Pour: Hazy golden orange, with a massive three finger white, soapy head. Head is super thick, and hangs around to a long time. This heavy lacing.

Smell: Starts with an earthy funk, followed by some bready yeast, pepper, and citrus. Some lemon zest and clove in there.

Taste: E. has really started to brett out. Earthy funk right off the bat, followed by some citrus zests. Biscuity sweetness mingles with peppers and spices. Clean and bitter on the finish, with a substantial amount of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, yet dry. The funk own the mouthfeel as well. Really quite refreshing, and the best part of this beer.


Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem (4/5/13) - score based on this review!

Pour: Hazy, bright pale orange with a giant three plus finger white, foamy head. This bottle was an excessive gusher right away. Some sticky lacing, and the head hangs around the entire glass.

Smell: Big, bright, tropical brett. Lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and papaya. A touch of earthiness, and a very light funk. Some saison like qualities.

Taste: Really tropical fruits up front, with more pineapple and mango, and some grapefruit. A nice bready sweetness. Not much in the way of funk, but a definite mild earthiness. Finishes juicy with the tropical fruits from the start.

Mouthfeel: Slightly tart, but only just. Really crisp, and despite the excessive gushing, not overly carbonated.

Overall: This beer really evolved in the 6 month span between the times I had it. I definitely enjoyed it with more age.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.56/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 caged and corked into a tulip.

Appearance: E. has a very nice cloudy orange tangerine color with a frothy white head. Like I have come to expect in the style, there is a nice amount of lace that clings to my glass.

Smell: Dry saison yeast, biscuit malt, pepper, pineapple, grapefruit citrus, and a little bit of funk.

Taste: The first flavor to hit my tongue is a light caramel sweetness. A little bit of pepper and spice, then toward the end the flavor turns a little bit sour and some funk comes out. Some fruit is soft - peach, grapefruit, apricot.

Mouthfeel: Dry and light bodied, with a carbonation that is both somewhat crisp and creamy.

Overall: This is too dry for my taste, and it seems like the beer loses focus.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aapp for retrieving my bottle yesterday! 750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date, but released 4/23/11.

Pours with thick (2+ fingers) of fluffy white head atop a warm amber gold body with the signature HF haze.

Nose is very dry smelling with some woody funkiness, a suggestion of apple cider and dried flowers. Somewhat muted or rather understated at first. As it warms and opens up the brett comes out with some stone fruit aromas.

Palate shows the brett right off the bat. That classic woody funk mingles with the citrus notes of the standard Edward. Carbonation is sharp and higher than other HF releases. This with the young acidity (funk) and hop bitterness makes for a sharp, biting mouthfeel. Reminds me a lot of the Spanish Cava effect (hard to hold it in you mouth for very long). The finish is earthy in a dusty dry clay way, some straw and that dried flowers thing comes back.

Notes: A delicious, young, funky, hoppy, slightly sour pale ale. I dig this style - progressive, unique and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over time.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL bottle chilled and split with a friend. Poured into two Sierra Nevafa tulip glasses. Even after chilling, this gushed a little, but almost all of it made it to the glasses.

Appearance: Completely opaque bright orange to yellow in color. Really large sticky head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma: Big orange zest and funk notes upfront. Green apple and citrus juice provides a really nice backing. The hops are definitely present there as well and provide an interesting contrast.

Taste: Bitter pine notes from the hops really take over more here than in the aroma. A light backing of citrus zest and funk does well to balance the bitterness. A really interesting combination of pale ale and saison/wild ale. It works very well together in this case.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and spritzy. Very refreshing and bright.

Overall, a really nice hoppy saison / wild ale. Completely unlike other farmhouse pales I've had. The aroma really highlighted nice citrus and the Mimosa barrel notes really stood out. I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - mostly white but some yellow hints in the gushing head. Body is very cloudy and orange/grapefruit in color. Great lacing

S - some nice citrus mixed within the farmhouse funk.

T - rind comes through strong. Orange and grapefruit.

M - well balanced and appropriate for the style.

O - a nice little beer. Nothing spectacular but enjoyable.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Tom10101 for picking up and sending out this huge want.

A: Copper yellow haze topped with 3 fingers of white foam and settles down to a single layer across the glass. Streams of carbonation race to the top, suggesting a snappy carbonation.

S: Lemony dank basement with muskiness, yeasts and wheatiness topped with some minerals. Finish is a little acid and as it warms some notes of under ripe banana.

T: Lemony acidity with sourness of grape skins and brett funk. Wheaty notes with medical herbal notes and chalky minerals.

M: Light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation combined with light crisp tartness.

O: A refreshing and tangy drink grounded with funkiness and wheat. Light and refreshing it holds nothing back in the tart and sour department and never plays down to a crowd looking for something sweet. Bold and assertive.

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E. from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.25 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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