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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Ephraim (1823-1913) was our great-great grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery resides several hundred feet downhill from the land that he and his father settled. In his honor, this Imperial India Pale Ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, buckets of American hops, our ale yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and double dry hopped. Intensely aromatic and saturated with resinous hop flavor, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Ephraim. 10.3%, 21ºP, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (339) - - JUL 2, 2014
Growler shared by dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan! Pours a clear golden color with thick head and leaves solid lacing. Aroma is fresh hops and citrus, with a slight boozy note. Flavor is solid, with citrus notes and hops being the main monkey business. The growler is fresh, and my glass empties too quickly. Alcohol is certainly prominent in the finish, but well masked for 10.5% beer. From notes March 2, 2011.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (2529) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Gowler shared during the London Bimble 26/04/2014. Big thanks to Leighton for the big HF tick. Translucent yellow / straw coloured pour with a lsting loose white head. Aroma is spicy, citrus hop, lemon rind and slight cut grass. Flavour is sticky resin, juicy citrus and warming alcohol in the finish. Palate is stciky resin. Very smooth and drinkable. Very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markducommun (171) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pale cloudy yellow, light head. Intensely floral nose, some sweeter grassy notes. Some mild breadiness. Quite bitter a and hoppy upfront, little sweetness. Lighter body, fairly acidic and fairly carbonated. Ever so slightly oily. Alcohol is quite understated. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (847) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Amazing tropical aroma but too sweet. Lacks the bitterness in the finish for balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (564) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2014
From notes. Taster at the source. Pours pale yellow gold with a white clingy headl aroma of pine, citrus, tropical fruit. Taste lots of pale malt sweetness, orange, grapefruit. Grapefruit peel bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4448) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2014
29/IV/14 - 75cl growler bottle @ De Hopduvel - BB: IV/29/14 (2014-444) Thanks to AdamJackson and Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy deep yellow golden beer, small irregular aery yellowish head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, sweet, bubble gum notes, lots of passion fruit, exotic fruits candy, sweet ripe peach and aprcot, little sourish, faint hint of bretta. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very very fruity, peach candy, some exotic fruits, mango, citrus, little sourish. Aftertaste: citrus, tangerines, little bitter, sweet malts, caramel, some honey, mango, peach candy, exotic fruit, citric, little sour, nice balanced bitterness, almost sweet, very fruity. Very very nice! This is more my kind of an (i)ipa than the Society Solitude #5!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (1533) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Growler: Thanks, Oliver! Beaming orange-amber hybrid, just a slight haze running throughout but appears clear from afar, topped with a foamy & frothy, gray-tinted head; moderate webbing left behind. Aroma is an American hop dream... Huge tropical & citric presence; juicy mango, sweet peach, pineapple, orange, guava, all with a lovely undercurrent of herbal pine, evergreen, & freshly cut grass. Pleasant sweetness on the nose, giving a gushing, juicy quality to the hops. Ephraim is even juicier on the palate... Bomb of sweet peach, orange peel, mango, just an explosion of tropical, fruity hops. Lightly bitter, gracefully sweet, like biting into a fruit & taking part of the rind with it. Pine needles & herbal hemp oil cut through & round things out, light resinous & dank quality near the finish. Notes of lightly toasted pale malt & honeycomb coat the palate in the aftertaste, lingering with a combo of candied grapefruit flesh & sugar cookies. Substantial, big body, but not overly viscous or cumbersome for the style. I am not normally a fan of "sweeter" DIPAs, I don’t like the overly sticky, caramel malts getting in the way. Ephraim is definitely sweet, but it’s the addition of dextrose while still keeping an all pale malt bill that makes the delicate sweetness work to accentuate the hops rather than crowd them with an abundance of toffee-like sweetness that comes with darker malt bills (Abrasive takes a similar approach, also a favorite of mine). Ephraim is a fantastic "big" DIPA, done properly.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (1905) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2014
Growler from kfarrell7, thanks Kristin. Unclear yellow body with a medium white head. Tropical fruit, pine needles, grass, pineapple, grapefruit, hops, light alcohol. Yet again Hill Farmstead blow me away. This must be the best brewery in the world.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jntfan1978 (44) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Orangish pour with small white head. Tropical fruit, citrus and hoppy on the nose. Nice hop bitterish and citrus flavor with slight malt on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuperTiti33 (473) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
En fût à la brasserie. Blonde voilé. Nez: houblonné. Pamplemousse. Citronné. Végétale. Bouche: légèrement sucré. Malté. Fruité. Très citronné. Pêche. Fruit tropicaux. Forte amertume. Fine astringence. Bien équilibré. J'aime beaucoup.


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