Hill Farmstead Edward

Posted: September 17, 2015 in American Pale Ale, Hill Farmstead Brewery, Reviews

The next place we ended up at was Earth Eagle in the middle of Portsmouth. It was a small brewery/restaurant that is well-known for their gruits. As soon as we sat at the bar, we were greeted by the bartender who gave us the rundown of their beers. We got a sampler paddle as we took in the ambiance. It had a decent size bar along with some table seating. They do offer food, but we didn’t try any. We got into a conversation with the bartender, who upon learning that we were visiting from Jersey, wrote us a list of every place we should try in the area, which was incredibly nice. Their beers were quite impressive, and this was another place that I should have gotten a growler from. My favorite was their hot pepper gruit, which had perfect heat. If you’re in Portsmouth, do yourself a favor and go visit them.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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 and dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, with the impressions of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Edward.”

Random: We stopped at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, who had a few Hill Farmstead beers on tap. Needless to say, I needed to try them.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with light carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant and filled with grapefruit, lemon and grass. The taste was exactly the same as the nose. It had a lot of grass, citrus (specifically lemon and grapefruit). It also had some floral notes that were very nice. It was light and crisp and had high carbonation. The finish was moderately long with grass. This beer was just outstanding. It had a lot of clean flavors and was insanely drinkable. This is my new favorite pale ale and I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0


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