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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%, 21ļP, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours golden with nice head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Flavor is nice pine with hints of caramel. Hints of citrus poke through make this quite a treat. Another wonderful HF brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sarlacc83 (1893) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2013
750mL courtesy of Jim. Huge thanks. A: Beautiful golden-orange with a foamy white head. A litte sediment mars the overall beauty, but it still looks quite nice. N: Wonderfully balanced. Pine, earth, mango, pineapple. Deep and rounded. Some grass and a little bit of caramel around the edges. T: Quite sweet at the front with a moderate bitterness. Showcases the hops very well. Both stinging and balanced. Big kudos here, though itís just a tad sweet for me. M: Very good mouthfeel. Carbonated nicely with a slight dryness and a round, heavy mouthfeel. O: A top tier beer that might get a few more points from me with a touch more dryness and a little less malt. Still, well done. Would have time and time again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
umich03jm (3465) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2013
750 ml growler from 46er3498. Pours a cloudy orange color with a perfect medium sized head that fades normally and never completely goes away. Leaves oily webbing when swirled. Aroma is awesome. Dank tropical fruit and grapefruit hops mixed with pine and a little malt. Taste is juicy hops. Nice moderate sweetness countered with a strong bitterness. Packed with tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges, pine, and spicy hops. Enough malt to hold it together. Medium to thick body with a nice oily mouthfeel. Just an amazing DIPA and reminds me of Heady Topper. Must be something in the water there in Vermont. Wow.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2013
On tap at Brouwerij Lane!

Bright orange, slightly cloudy. Creamy white head and lace adorn the goblet. Grapefruit and fresh hops in the nose arenít as bold as other HF offerings, but admittedly thatís a ridiculous standard.

Ephraim is intense; strongly piney. Much more bitter flavor profile than any other HF DIPA Iíve tasted. Aggressively fruited with tons of grapefruit and bitter orange peel. Reminds me of biting too close to the rind of an orange. Boozy, very hoppy.

Massively viscous body for an IPA, and I love it. Another stellar offering from HF; these guys can do no wrong.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Hazy golden orange poured out of a 750ml growler Two finger head. Taste of citrus and tropical fruit. Suttle sweetness, very juicy ipa. 9%+ abv masked extremely well

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle courtesy of bytemesis, big thanks! Musky aroma with hints of citrus. Lots of foam and lacing, golden color, slightly hazy. The muskiness is prominent in the flavor as well, at turns spicy with some pine flavors. Long lasting bitterness, sort of metallic. A good beer, distinctive muskiness, but doesnít elevate to my favorites for this style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow (2552) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
Big thanks to Dany for a ridiculously generous trade that allowed me to share this along side Abner with the Ottawa crew. Cloudy vibrant but somewhat pale yellow with a generous foamy white head. Wet fresh hops, smooth, some farmhouse funk, canít get over how finely balanced all the hop flavours are - would gladly drink this every day. Moderate carbonation, smooth with a full body, long finish that keeps on giving.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dpaquet (418) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Pours a cloudy golden with white head and some lacing. Aroma of mangos, piney, some grapes(?), smell a bit sweet. Taste is mangos, grapefruits, big malts, a bit too sweet. Full body and medium carb. pretty good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6596) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 Tap. Pours cloudy medium amber with a medium creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly with decent lacing. Aroma is not strong with citrus, grapefruit and mango/passionfruit notes. Flavor is about the same, juts a bit of sweetness, medium bitterness, lingering dry bitter finish. Medium creamy soft mouthfeel. ABV well masked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11184) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Another nice HF DIPA here. THis one is very balanced, nice herbal hops, pine, some citrus.


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