I’m not sure why Hill Farmstead decided to rebrew Edith but in a different style than it’s original 2011 version which was Black IPA. Edith is a Black Saison brewed and bottled in 2013 and available limit 8 per person at the retail shop for $10 a bottle..or maybe it was $15, I can’t remember. A note on the photos, I lost all of my SD cards..all of them so I’m stuck taking photos with my iPhone until my new SD card kit arrives.
adamjackson (1172) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – APR 24, 2013
A – Thank goodness this wasn’t a gusher! Pours a toasted black out of the bottle. Dark brown to black in the glass, 1 finger leathery head with a creamy top. Very persistent lacing
S – This is a hard one to place. There is a lot going on, I get faint cherries, a smudge like almost nonexistent level of roasted barley. There’s a nice level of lactic acid nose creating a tartness and a level of floral like rose petals as well.
T – Wow. This is incredibly interesting. The terroir of Hill Farmstead’s Water, Yeast and Oak process that is similar to Sean’s other bottled farmhouse style ales is apparent. It’s a profile I love a lot so I’mg lad to see it so present in Edith. In addition, there is a minor roast / smokiness, navel juiciness and crisp tart finish that’s really nice. In the middle is a sweet grape taste. It’s complex and just enough “black” to make it stand out from arthur yet shares a lot of the same similarities.
M – Very full body on the mouth swish. Tart and dry finish. Medium in body
O – As I said in the taste notes, it reminds me of the 2 most recent batches of Arthur but with additional bitterness and roastiness that you’d expect from a black saison. Very different from Civil Disobedience 4. A delicious beer that I’m glad there are more in the cellar.
Just some ranting: see this?
So, while the cameras were shot with an iPhone 5 in daylight at f/2.4 and only at ISO 50-80, the amount of graininess on the blue label and terrible depth fuzziness makes me continue to hate the iPhone as a viable camera. Anyone trying to convince you the iPhone can take great photos is an idiot. Just look how terrible the Edith label looks in the firs photo!