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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Edward (1917-2002) is our grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his five children.  In his honor, this American Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Edward’s well.  It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped.  Aromatic and flowery, with impressions of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edward.  13.5ºP, 85 ibus, 5.2% abv. Pale and Caramel malt; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops; House Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 On tap at the brewery. Poured a hazy orange gold with a pink hue and a tan head that lasted throughout the beer and laced nicely. Aroma was full of earthy pine hops and citrus with some backing notes of grass, hay and flora. Flavor started with dank pine that mellowed slightly allowing notes of citrus, grass, bread and flora to come out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 19, 2011
growler poured a dark amber in color witha thin covering of white head. aroma has citrus, pines, resins, grapefruit, and some countering malt. mouth feel has a nice thickness and a light carbonation. flavor is all about the showcase of hops, resins, pine, citrus, some fruit, and a steady bitterness. the flavor hangs on the tongue for a while and there is a light sweetness. really well crafted and packs a nice punch for a small beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBoxer (1881) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Draft @ double windsor. Pours a nice bright brown color with no head and little lacing on the side of the glass. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes flowery with a lemon aftertaste. A very easy drinking good ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Short rating (I’m at work). 500ml hand bottle. Intense citrus with a touch of pine on the nose. Lots of grapefruit, mango, papaya and canned peach syrup. A bit of herbs, cut grass and a tiny amount of balancing bread crust malt. Smells fantastic. Pours a rich, clear copper with a small but resilient eggshell white head (testament to the quality of the hand bottle). Outstanding flavor profile. Very hop-forward, but manages to be restrained, balanced and incredibly drinkable. Just tons of fruity hop flavors: mango, peach, tangerine, grapefruit and papaya. Manages to be quite hoppy but never crosses the line into intense bitterness. Just a kiss of crackery malt to keep everything in check. Clean and crisp on the tongue. Moderate to low carbonation which is nice. Finishes with a lingering resinous bitterness. Outstanding and immensely drinkable. Another winner from Hill Farmstead (which is quickly rising to the top of my list of new favorite breweries). Thanks for the treat Joey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3464) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
On tap at Brouwerij Lane. Pours like grapefruit juice, cloudy pinkish with minimal head. The aroma is huge and hoppy with grapefruit dominant, a little pine, and not much maltiness. Amazing flavor, hop forward with enormous grapefruit, really intense. Some pine and just a touch of sweet malt. Big resinous hoppy palate with low carbonation and medium body. A little undercarbed. Great overall, although at 85 IBUs, come on, this is an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1808) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
tap: light caramel, refreshing dry and piney. sharp hops. Hoppy for a pale ale. very drinkable sweet caramel malts and finishes with some funky astringency that hangs out on the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TroyNYC (31) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2010
This is exactly what I like in an IPA. Fresh citrus hoppy goodness. Light carbonation sticks to your tounge

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours a nice copper color with a rocky white head that laces the glass the entire time. Aroma is citrus and resiny hops. Taste is complex American pale ale that stands out with any I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Draft. Pours a light amber body with an off white head and good retention. Citrus and herbal grass tones, bitter pine and tropical grapefruit notes. Very hoppy soft fresh and a big bag of grass. Great ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 My Bottom Line:
Spicy, grassy and orangey hops flourish within this American Pale Ale’s dry and effervescent mouthfeel, leading to leveled wooden, resinous hop bitterness and much merriment.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam settles atop the cloudy amber.
-The citrusy perfume is not one-dimensional as it can be in a lot of APAs. This one’s decorated by many grassy, spicy tips. It also shares many tropical fruit notes such as passionfruit, mango, etc.
-The frothy carbonation and relative dryness make this poundable, while making it reminiscent of some Belgian brews too (some De Dolles, for example).
-Malts contribute subtle sugary angles and crunchy biscuity flavors to support the hop verbosity.
-This is superbly drinkable yet never short on flavor. Wonderful.

From many growlers, and on tap at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT, and at the brewery itself.

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