RATINGS: 243   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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   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.

neongolden (1829) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2017
(Tap sample @ CBC 2016 Red Session, Copenhagen) Pours cloudy medium gold with a beautiful huge white frothy head and lace. Aroma is a full-on blast of fruit, one of the punchiest hop noses I've encountered. Super-ripe peaches, nectarines, apricots, passion fruit, lychee, behind which is a layer of oak notes that surprise me since I don't think it's BA, minerals, and a saison-like pale malt and yeast body. On the tongue, it's dry, crisp and balanced, with that oak-like richness I can only assume comes from yeast. Lots of fruit notes again, ripe peach, lychee, guava, passion fruit, cantaloupe, moderate grain, yeast, moderately bitter grassy hops in the back end. Medium-full body, soft creamy effervescent carbonation. This was a really pleasant surprise even for HF, the hop notes are up there with the best IPAs, massive fruit from the Galaxy. Awesome stuff.

pushkinwow (2896) - Ottawa, CANADA - SEP 14, 2017
On tap at FoFA 2017...not sure what year though. Found this to be nicely mellow and delicious, incredibly funky with a full body and moderate carbonation, but it was towards the end of rating beers and can't read much else.

Sudz4Dayz (160) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2017
750ml bottle shared with Julien. Pours golden orange with a huge frothy head. Slowly dissipating leaving a bunch of lacing. Hazy and thick throughout. Smells hoppy and sweet winey at the same time. Sweet galaxy hops. Pineapple citrus hops and sweet wine barrel oak. Tastes like a good Edward, hoppiness and bitter finish to boot with a winey crisp citrus profile. Dry grapefruit bitterness on the end. Very nice. Smooth, full and crisp mouthfeel. Very nice. Not my favorite style but great nonetheless.

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skrip (230) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2017
4/2/2013 750ml bottle poured into a Gandhi Bot snifter. A~ hazy golden copper with crazy huge head and lots of lacing. S~ peppery, citrus, and lots of bready yeast. just like a great saison should smell! T~ more hop bitterness up front then i was expecting, definitely a nice treat. followed by a lot of lemon/lime citrus, a tad orange. nice pepper and tartness on the finish. mmm..! M~ very carbonated but not overly so. you can kind of feel the bitterness from the hops if that makes sense lol O~ definitely different then most HF saisons i’ve had but i’m gonna blame that on the hops! in a good way of course =] i love how HF saisons get sour with a little age, this one especially!

beerplace (2040) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2017
750ml bottle (thx, Reginald D.!) shared with Jamey W. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is funky, fruity and woody, very sophisticated. Taste is similar with lots of funk and barrel notes. Fruity, funky and hoppy aftertaste. Good stuff, as usual :-)

hallinghansen (3421) - 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 (574) - 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 (826) - 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 (1564) - 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.

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