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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 Review transfered from BA. Was a week old Oct 11 filled swing top HF growler shared with a few other BAs. Loud pop when opening growler; poured into a tulip. Pours a clear, golden orange color with a frothy light yellowish tan. Average retention and plentiful streaks and dots of lacing. Body has a pleasant glow and steady stream of small bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is spectacularly fresh, juicy and hoppy. Tropical and citrus fruits, like tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple dominate with minimal pulp and resin bitterness. Flavor is not quite as outstanding as the aroma. Well, let me rephrase, it’s not as intensely sweet and focused on the tropical (pineapple) notes, instead there is a much more pronounced pine and grapefruit rind flavor that particularly lingers in the finish. Front to middle of the palate is where the sweeter fruit and light malt flavors dominate and produce a juicy, slick mouthfeel. The back of the palate and finish are then bludgeoned by intense hop oils and bitterness. Body is medium thick, though slightly thinner than I’d prefer, with tight, fine carbonation. Alcohol also provides a slight burn in the finish. Overall this is an exceptional DIPA. A little more sweetness in the body like the nose, instead of pine and resin would push both the drinkability and taste higher for me. In the discussion with PtY, but not quite there. I think I enjoy Abner more than this, though he isn’t as remarkable as this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2012
growler from dak 11/25/11. orange gold color with a soapy white head. fruity aroma... orange and other citrus mixed with dust, malt sweetness, earthy spice and some pine. the flavor is the same.... with some bitterness on the finish. it is a touch too malty sweet for me but the medium body gives no feeling of the alcohol content. 8/4/7/3/15

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 10/14/2011. Poured from a 750 mL growler into a tulip. The pour is hazy copper color, kind of a faint color. A light creamy head forms on the pour and leaves some light lace on the glass. The aroma is full of caramel malt, some honey, pineapple, a little grapefruit, and some herbal notes. More sweet than bitter. Ephraim starts sweet and retains a honey and caramel fruity sweetness throughout each sip. The hoppy notes are full of pineapple, dank notes, spicy pine, and a little bit of grapefruit. The finish is bitter, but the sweetness really resonates with on my palate. The feel is lighter than the 10.5% ABV would lead me to have expected. It starts sweet and fnishes a little more dry, with a fair amount of hop resin. Overall: For a DIPA on the malty side, this was pretty good. Compared to the whole range of DIPA’s this is slightly better than mediocre.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
The third attempt at getting a growler was the charm, and the best part was I didn’t have to give up anything insanely rare, just good beer!A - Pours a golden color with pillowy white head, great legs.S - Resinous hops, pine, grapefruit, and light malt backbone.T - The nose x5. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and all those delicious fruity hop tastes. The malt is there, but sits harmoniously in the background. For the 280 theoretical IBUs this beer is pretty damn tame, or just balanced really well. Alcohol is present but also seems no where near 10.5%.M/D - Great cabonation from a 6 day old growler that was shipped to Texas, excellent full body as well, with a slightly dry bitter finish. This was an excellent DIPA and according to another at a tasting, is right on par with PtY. It’d be awesome if people didn’t ransom these growlers because they had to drive 90 minutes... Everything in Texas takes a least that long of a drive unless it’s in your city.I got lucky, but it’d be awesome if more people had a chance to try this beer because it really is an exceptional DIPA.Serving type: growlerReviewed on: 03-29-2011

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Courtesy of daknole. Growler at the Black Friday Tasting pours clear deep gold with big off white head. Certainly has held up very well. The aroma is big gulps of mango, malt sweetened tangelo and grapefruit and faint sweet maltiness around the edges. The taste is just as yummy as the nose with thick citrus hops running from tangelo to orange peel to malt sweetened grapefruit like hoppiness. The hops begin with chewy malt enhanced flavor hops and grow quickly into a pleasing level of bitterness. Darn nice IIPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
On tap at Armsby Abbey. Pours orange with a large pure white head. Aromas of citrus, peach and some pine. Flavors are all there. Bready malt is balanced with a dry bitterness. Velvet smooth. One of the four amazing beers I had from the guys at Hill Farmstead. Awesome beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (7361) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
pours dark golden-orange with a decent cap, good retention and lacing. floral, spicy, strawberry - medium to high hopping. malt depth, very hint of sweetness. tanginess. soft carbonation, medium body, medium long grapefruity finish. very good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
(growler shared by Dak at the Black Friday tasting). Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with thin white head. Aroma is citrus and some dank hops. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is bitter, but smooth. Pretty good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks, wherever you are! Poured a clear light orange color with a thin white head. Smelled of buttery caramel and a bit of vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Moderate bitterness and light warming alcohol. Caramel, vanilla, pine, and herbal/earthy hop.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ddfrazee (66) - Flat Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Woohops. Out of a growler thanks to Daknole! Beautiful amber color, strong taste and rich with a beautiful alcohol taste.


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