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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2011
[...]

Why didn’t I, from the full, beloved face
as I raised it to my lips, why didn’t I drink
world, so near that I could almost taste it?

Ah, I drank. Insatiably I drank.
But I was filled up also, with too much
world, and, drinking, I myself ran over.

- Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. Stephen Mitchell

* * *

750ml bottle opened on May 7, 2011.

Sweet passionfruit, fresh orange juice, pineapple (brett), and a [mineral, earthy] bitterness.

A single, fragrant flower grows at the node of each passionfruit: fresh-cut flowers - grassy and floral - grow out of the tropical and stone fruitiness mid-palate. There’s a pithy bitterness throughout the palate that is most noticeable on the finish, but it blends seamlessly into the other elements of the beer, and the fruitiness becomes more and more expressive the further I get into the bottle.

As with most good things, E. is, more than anything, ponderable.

The only further compliment I can give is this: E. will, if only for a few hours, strip you of your worldliness.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Whatup14 (668) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
Bouteille 750ml. Couleur orangée légèrement voilée, mousse blanc cassé ayant une belle tenue et laissant une jolie dentelle. Arôme vineux, fruité, levures sauvages, touche d’alcool, carambole? Goût vineux, boisé, acidité moyenne, alcool en fin de bouche et cuir en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense, texture ample.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jool (183) - - JUN 14, 2014
Bouteille 750mL, vintage 2014. Edward est disparu au profit du brett qui prend la majorité de la place alors que les houblons sont peu perceptibles. Bof, pas de complexité.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
New batch (2014). Funky, earthy, yeasty depth augmented by aged hops. Bitter yeast at the back, lemon zest, good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2014
750 bottle, vintage 2014. Glowing bright yellow color with thick lasting head retention. Aroma is baby diaper and funky ass Brett, light citrus.

Flavor shows me dusty yeast, barnyard hints upfront with a Brett and citrus in the center. Finish has a citrus rind, grass and Brettanomyces. Medium body with a soft creamy carbonation. Complex funky citrus flavor, anybody who likes lightly funky brews with enjoy this a great deal. Layers of funky Brett.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2014
26/IV/14 - 75cl swing top bottle @ ZBF 2014 (Leuven) - BB: n/a (2014-405) Thanks to AdamJackson for sharing the bottle!

Slow gusher alert! Little cloudy pale yellow beer, bit milky, big aery white creamy head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: floral, bit spicy, some sweet notes. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sour start, floral, bit spicy, some bitter yeast. Aftertaste: bit sourish, spicy, dry, elder flowers, coriander, bitter ending.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ester_ (92) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Orange with a little head. Aromas of bretts, fruity hops, Belgian yeast, ground cherry and wood. Flavors of bretts, fruity hops, a little bit of hops bitterness, ground cherry, wood and lemon. Couleur orange avec un petit col de mousse. Arômes de bretts, houblons fruités, levure belge, cerise de terre et bois. Saveurs de bretts, houblon fruités, un peu d’amertume de houblons, cerise de terre, bois et citron.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3063) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
E est la cinquième lettre de l’alphabet. E est aussi une bière. E est orange et trouble mais n’a pas de mousse. E est simple et citronné. E est aigre, vinaigré, E est rustique et citronné. E est simple. E mérite 7 sur 10.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1569) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle shared at Zythos beer festival by AdamJackson. THX for sharing! APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, small stable white head. NOSE: fruity, amazing hops, balanced. TASTE: fruity, balanced, amazing, wine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luk_ (84) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 First bottled batch. Hazy golden pour with kick-ass lacing. Aroma is definitly hoppy, very funky (lots of bretts). You can also feel the white wine barrel. More bitter than expected, crushed by funky bretts and a splash of citrus. On top of it, bready malts for taming purposes. Full bodied with lively carbonation. This is a multilayered masterpiece by Shaun, once again succeeding in incorporating many different flavors harmoniously. 4.7 2nd bottled batch (april). Lots of white wine in the aroma but bretts and funk are definitly more subtle. Taste is less powerful, it has moderate bitterness and wildness. I will give some time to my other bottle to develop. 4.2.


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