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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
E. is for Edward (1917-2002), my grandfather, as well as the name of the first beer that I brewed in my brewery on March 30, 2010. E. is for Easter; brewing in Denmark revealed a European tradition of crafting Easter (Påske) beer. Thus, in honor of E., to the past and future emprises here on Hill Road, a special first anniversary release. Edward fermented with yeasts of Belgian origin, tank conditioned over four months, dry hopped with Galaxy hops, and bottle conditioned. E is for Entelechy, the continued actualization of our potential through spirited effort and vision.

13ºP 6.2% abv. Pale and Caramel Malt; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Warrior, and Galaxy Hops; Saison and Brettanomyces Yeast, and our Well Water.

Released usually every year. No 2013 version released. Last batch released April of 2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2664) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Rerated for my 1000th rating!

Original rating from 2013-02-27: Thanks to czar for bringing this one. Wow what an amazing aroma! This one reeks of citrus and hops with some medecinal notes here and there (and in a good way I mean, sorry if that is not clear). There is some pretty intense bitterness, but the juicy flavors smooth it all out and make for a very refreshing beer. Drinkability is extreme here! I need moar!!

Today, 2014-04-25: Bottle shared by Minderbinder, thanks bro! Pours a hazy light golden and is topped by a thin white film that leaves good lacing. First whiff reminded me quite frankly of celery, but going back I got some nice brett leather, hay, fruits and citrus. Taste is juicy with a light sweetness impression, fruity (mostly peaches). Carbonation is medium-high, body light and I could drink a lot of this! Really, really nice! Perfectly balanced and just plain good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (4351) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
Vintage 2014. Une bouteille partagée avec Ben et une autre avec Yan. Un liquide presque orangé sur lequel s’installe une tête un peu sale et résistante. Au nez, les levures qui galopent sur des houblons fruités font lever une petite poussière de campagne qui se colle sur des céréales légèrement douces. En bouche, les bretts transpirent des agrumes et autres fruits passionnés et passionnants. Au palais, je note un corps de moyenne densité avec une adéquate infiltration des bulles. La texture est celle d’un bon jus de fruits. En finale, tout est bien sec, frais et aromatique avec de belles longueurs acidulées. Délectable. Extrêmement facile à boire. Ça ressemble à du grand art.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bretteux (181) - Ste-Julie, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
La version 2014, qui a été relâchée hier le16 Avril à la brasserie même, que moi et mon bon ami Pat avons été chercher sur place.Un col majestueux de couleur blanc cassé( genre meringue ), la mousse colle aux parois de mon verre et demeure.Sa couleur est blond-beige et opaque.Le nez est des plus invitant, les agrumes frais (zeste),petites mures,le chêne (boisé),le vin blanc et une perception poussiéreuse en fin de nez.Au goût,les agrumes,un peu acide (vinaigré mais pas attaquant),vin blanc fruité,les levures fermières et une amertume qui est progressive qui va jusqu’à moyenne.En finale ,on croirait bien boire une saison ( le foin,la paille séchée en arrière-goût. Un bel amalgame de saveurs fut présent et des mieux équilibrés.Wow et encore Wow !!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (5058) - Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy golden/copper with a white head. Aroma of funky yeast, some light oak, floral hops, some pale malts, and light tart notes. Flavor the same. Average texture. A really cool beer. EDIT: November 2014 - had this year’s batch again. The fruitiness of the yeast is starting to come through more and making this even more enjoyable. Wow, this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1474) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Batch 2 bottle. Aroma is very Brett forward with some pineapple and tropical fruit. Quite a bit of overripe pear with some phenolic character and a hint of graininess. Light hop aroma is surprisingly still present. Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a big, pillowy, white head that recedes slowly leaving quite a bit of lacing. Flavor has quite a bit of Brett character as well was a lot of pear esters and spicy phenolics. Phenolic character isn’t quite plastic but getting somewhat close to it. Slight astringency in the finish from the strong phenolic character. Light hop character still present with hints of the galaxy hops. Very dry finish with phenolics, graininess and hops. Light acidity. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with high carbonation. Very dry. Medium low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer but the phenolics are overly strong and a bit unenjoyable. Surprising hop character left, but I assume this was better when fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2270) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Pours pumpkin orange with a fluffy light tan head. Bretty fruity aroma, olive bread, juniper. Flavor is Orval plus sharper floral notes, nice dry bretty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
A- pours a hazy golden orange with an off white head with egg shell white edges that blooms to several fingers. Decent lacing. S- strong fruity brett with lemon zest, lime, fresh straw bales, musty barnyard, zinc, pepper, tarragon, kalamata olives, dawn soap and some lighter pine malts. M- light resin/tacky body with a light to medium dry and acidic palate. T- earth, lemon, orange and mineral water to start. Malts. Tarragon and spruce trees underneath the entry. Mid-palate is relatively mild with lime, bandaid, more citrus notes, musty cellar, funk and wet grasses. Ending is efficient, bitter and fruity with good brett, hops, pepper and more mineral water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1867) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle share 2012. Pour is golden straw with a huge bubbling head. Aroma is of honey, citrus, and light funk. Flavor is great with notes of oranges, grapefruit, apricot, brett, and hay. Finish is dry, and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9051) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
Thanks to Puzzl for this one. Massive gusher upon opening. Pours with a massive white head and the yeast is really kicked up. Some really intense dry Brett aroma and character along with a bit of bone and soft tropical fruit character. A bit of light lemon peel and a bit of soft lingering flinty character. Very, very tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (5465) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle from International trade; cloudy orange pour with massive lively off white head, funky barnyard aroma, herbal tangy taste, some astringency, has a bitter back taste, light citrus.

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