RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 March of 2016.

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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.

hallinghansen (3125) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2017
Bottle @ Warpigs - HF tap takeover, 2016. Clear medium yellow body with a small white head. Citrus, lemon, yeast, funk, tart, brett, hops, malt. Good.

LouisP (464) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2017
Une bière blonde, avec une bonne effervescence, et un gros doigt de carbonatation. Au nez, levure sauvages à la HF d’attaque avec un petit côté sucré et mielleux intéressant. Au goût, la levure avec une certaine influence de levures belges est bien présentes. Il y a un certain manque d’effervescence en bouche, qui laisse le gout sucré des bretts prendre l’ascendant. C’est toutefois bien équilibré, avec le côté belge assez présent, les levures sauvages, et un aspect sucré. Une fois la bière un peu plus réchauffée, on trouve des notes de mangues bien fruitées. Néanmoins, de passer de la Edward à ça m’impressionne parce que ce sont des bières complètement différente, mais efficace.

tapefuzz (470) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2017
750mL bottle. Pours amberish gold with a medium off-white head. Aroma is funk, citrus, grass, white grapes, earth, hay, and oak. Taste is barnyard, funk, earth, grapefruit, lemon, grass, apricot, some tangerine, and a little oakiness. Some pepper in the finish. Some light acidic tartness with a little lingering bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp-ish mouthfeel; yeast sediment makes it a bit slicker. As it warms the fruit brightens and the barnyard diminishes, simplifying the taste to big apricot and tangerine up front with an earthy finish. The beer feels like a combination of Edward and Dorothy (especially in the aroma), although the palate isn’t quite as strong as either of those beers.

JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2017
750ml 2014 bottling of E. Hasn’t dried out as much as expected after all this time, and the funk level is moderate. Not a brett bomb by any means. Hop punch from release is obviously gone, now has a more rounded earthy orange character with some stonefruit and Belgian yeast spice in the finish. Also some touches of light sweet bready grain and honey notes. The fading of the hops revealed much more of a Belgian charactee than expected. Pretty balanced out right now in the profile. I preferred the somewhat dreggy pours from the second half of the bottle. Very enjoyable, but this is definitey one to drink now if you’ve still got it.

fackbesokare (100) - - DEC 26, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016, smells like hill, funky, light sour and pleasant hoppy ending

rouhlas (3584) - GREECE - DEC 7, 2016
750 ml bottle thanks to Mike! Hazy golden to orange color with off white head. Hoppy, yeasty and light malty aroma, floral, light citrusy fruity, light funky, cheesy, light vinous, wood. Sweet, light bitter and light acidic taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

hackobock (4007) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2016
May 12, 2016. Bottle at Hill Farmstead day at Warpigs. .
Hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity with sweet notes of pineapple and peaches, bright lemon, passionfruit and orange, some funky barnyard and hay notes, light grain and herbal peppery notes. Taste is very light sweet, tart, fruity and funky. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation, slightly dry. Finish is slightly dry, some grassy and herbal bitter notes, lemon and passionfruit, some funky barnyard notes and light fruity and malty sweetness.
Nice one!

Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2016
This tastes like a Hill Farmstead beer and that’s a good thing. It’s cloudy w/ a creamy white head. There seems to be a lot of tropical fruit such as you get from some strains of brett. There’s definitely a bit of hops in the mix as well but it’s pretty subdued. There is some implied tartness by some more fruity aromas once tasted. It’s a bit bitter and feels balanced and drinkable. I could drink a ton of this stuff.

b3shine (8795) - Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2016
750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a cloudy orange with white head. Smells and tastes hoppy, funky, and oaky with a pleasantly tart medium-bodied mouthfeel. Tasty.

Klimaet (2539) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2016
Tap @ CBC2016. Pours hazy orange with a medium white head. Aromas of esters, belgian style fruitiness, stone fruits, citrus, vinous. Taste is bretty, vinous, stone fruits, bitter, dark fruits.

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