I missed E. the first time around in 2012 and since then it has been near the top of the list of beers I wanted to try from Hill Farmstead. Take Edward, one of my favorite beers, ferment it with brett and age it in wine barrels for 18 months; sounds pretty damn good.
E. does not look much different than other Hill Farmstead beers but the head was a bit thicker. Took a while to get the glass this full. Aroma is a wonderful brett funk and hay. Taste is hard to describe but there is plenty of funk but also a lot of juicy fruits in there. Very interesting and complex beer. Letting it warm slightly brought out another layer of flavors, maybe some linger citrus hops?
I drank this bottle by myself and enjoyed every ounce of it. E. has since sold out at the brewery and I am not sure when it will be on the shelf again but if/when you see it i suggest you make the trip to Vermont to get your share.
Pros: Excellent use of brett
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: E is definitely not a Belgian IPA – it’s a funky version of Edward (american pale ale) – fermented with brettanomyces, dry hopped with galaxy, and aged on stainless for four months. Basically, we refer to it as a farmhouse pale ale – a cross between a saison and an american pale.
2014 Release: Aged in wine barrels with resident yeast and microflora for 1.5 years.