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RATINGS: 186   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.

Verecund's rating

   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

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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ctipping (537) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2015
750 mL bottle. Batch 1. Originally reviewed 5/25/2013. It’s a hazy orange with a huge off white head. It slowly oozes out of the bottle pushing gunky crap with it. Sticky lacing. Extremely bretty aroma, but lots of flavor behind it. Still some hops there. Lots of citrus. Taste is Earthy and very bretty. Mimics the nose almost identically. Citrus more prominent. Lots of earthiness in the finish. Slight bitterness. Medium body. Well carbonated but not overly so. Arguably better than Mimosa. Has more complexity than Mimosa because of the fresh hop character, even at this age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (6053) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Hazy golden with a foamy sticky white head. Amazing aroma of earthy sourness and sweet pink Chapstick. In a good way. Smooth Belgian musty funk flavor with bright yeasty tones and an earthy malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23659) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Bottled. Golden colour, small white head. Aroma is wood, mild spices, some mild acidic notes as well. Flavour is wood, spices, herbs and some floral notes. Quite fruity and earthy aftertaste. Wellbalanced, but not the best of HF beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjs (5614) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2015
(Bottle, 0.75 l - 2014 vintage, at laiti’s, 20150613, thanks) The beer poured golden and cloudy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had tartness, fruitiness, dry wood-like scents and apple seeds. Palate was medium bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, tartness, wood-like dryness, sourness and bitterness. Aftertaste was fruity, sour and hoppy. Very well done balanced brew with tartness and hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 24, 2015
750ml bottle - thanks VastActiv!
Hazy pale orange, but as this was a gusher I have to punish it (-1 to look), brief head. Pleasant apricotty wood aged, bretty, aroma. Sharp palate, refreshing, and nice carbonation. Sharp acidic taste, fruity and apricotty, but predominantly acidic. A strange sour/pale ale hybrid, not entirely sure this is what the brewer was aiming for, in particular if he doesn’t have enough control over the process to keep the beer in the bottle upon opening. Not sure what the fuss is about, this is only decent, nothing to gush over.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (4500) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 18, 2015
750ml bottle (2014 vintage) @Laiti’s, thanks. Cloudy orange color. Medium size, white head, stays. Sour, fruity, vinegar and orange in aroma. Fruity, citrus, oranges, sour, vinegar and bit leather in taste. Sour fruits in aftertaste. Dry mouthfeel. Not for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
75 cl bottle @ home, bottled 2014. Thanks jtclockwork & VastActiv!
Aroma has strong earthy notes, citrus and grapefruit. Feels like a farmhouse saison. Flavour is tart with strong earthy notes, lots of citrus, some grapefruit and orange. Dry finish. Very tart and citrusy. And very farmhouse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (4231) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle 0.75l at Laiti’s, Helsinki. Vintage 2014. Thanks to jtclockwork! Colour is deep golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, sourness, some wood, juicy sweetness and some malts. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5393) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
750ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Thanks VastActiv!

Pours yellowish orange with a massive foamy head. Aroma of oak, ripe fruits, yeast, earthy notes, spices, hops, bretta, hints of herbal notes and grass. Taste is funky yeasty, farmyardy and earthy with some bretta, oak, wood, fruits, grass and herbal notes. Finish is funky, woody, oaky and rustic with some bretta, ripe fruits and funky yeastiness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (993) - - MAY 17, 2015
Golden pour, wispy white head. Nose is funk, lemon rind, yeasty. Taste is barnyard, yeasty, citrus, soapy. Light mouthfeel.

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