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Hill Farmstead Edith (2010)

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Edith (1897-1992) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this hop forward black wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, Organic Vermont wheat, plenty of American hops, American Ale yeast, and water from our well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped. Black, bitter, and aromatic - this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edith.

Ingredients: Pale, Caramel Wheat Malt; Roasted Barley; Vermont Organic Wheat; Centennial and Chinook Hops, American Ale yeast, and our Well Water.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2238) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
On tap at the Farmhouse. Dark brown pour with a small off-white head. Aroma holds lots of nice grain character, some grassy hop, and a touch of roasty bitterness. Flavor is much the same, with a great grain bill headlining. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation; drinks nicely. Interesting, but seems a bit one-dimensional; probably my least favorite from the brewery so far.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2010
In short: A lot of dry roasted wheat and a ton of fresh aromatic fruity hops. Great brew.
How: From a very fresh growler. Post Ebenezer camping party
The look: Dark amber-brown body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is uber-hoppy bursting with fresh fruity hops and some freshly cut pine-tree. From the nose you’d never guess this is a black beer. Taste has a lot of roast but none of the chocolaty/coffee/molasses/etc flavors associated with highly roasted malts. This is pure dry roasted earthy wheat followed by a ton of fresh refreshing fruity hops and some pine-tree to dry out the beer even more than it is already. Great brew. I’m not sure I ever had something that I would describe as “Black Wheat IPA” but I know that I want more!!! Thanks to the generous soul who brought the growler. People are generous with me because deep down I’m a good person. My only fault is drinking a little too much beer. That, and having a totally distorted opinion of myself.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Spicy, citrusy hops swirl around and within roasted, caramelized cereals, effortlessly evolving into a levelled earthy, resinous bitterness. Black Wheat Ale? Whatever it is, this is yet another succulent Farmhouse creation from Shaun.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy veil of foam skirts the darkest brown.
-This one yielded a lot more complexity upon warming up.
-The earthy finish, accompanied by light roastiness, was not too different from the character of some freshly-picked mushrooms.
-The soft carbonation and calculated dextrins make this really drinkable.

On tap at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
From growler at campsite tasting at Ebenezer’s Belgian Beer Fest
Appearance : Nice brown creamy head. Long head retention.
Aroma : Very piny and slightly resinous. Very leafy and fresh hops. Some fruits.
Taste : Quite fruity and piny. Slightly roasted. Light wheat but not a lot. Finish hoppy and resinous. Very very dry.
Overall : Amazing nose. Nice fruity and leafy hops. Taste is enjoyable but a bit light. Body is a bit too thin maybe. Still very enjoyable. Could smell this all day.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 6, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Brisk, biting hop aroma with a murky sugar profile and some faint darkness. The hops are zesty and sharp. Pours a muddied dark brown, with minimal head. Flavors are mingling and odd. Some distant wheat sugar, a nip of caramel, some catty hop flavors and a light bit of piquant yuzu zest. Kind of like a hoppy dunkelweizen, except done a bit thin. Interesting, but maybe not overly successful.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On tap at the Three Penny Tap Room - Poured a dark brown in color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is a bit roasty, a bit sour and a bit hoppy. I like it just a bit... Flavor follows pretty closely, but a bit more roastiness in the flavor profile. Finish is mild of roasted malts and slightly sour... Another good one from Mr. Hill...


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