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Hill Farmstead Ephraim

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Aroma is a punch in the face, extremely grapefruity. Sweet nose. Tangy down the palate, finishing with a slight bitterness. Tons of flavor but nothing unpleasant. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10310) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Growler @ Dan’s house, courtesy of Steve_0. Huge thanks! Pours a cloudy yellow appearance with a small white head. Richly piney, orange citrusy, grapefruity, a bit resiny, spicy hoppy aroma. A bit chewy, rich grapefruity, spicy, zingy orange citrusy, delicious flavor. Super easy to drink with no notice of this 10%. Nice stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (1262) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
Oh my. I tried really hard not to believe the hype. Growler poured into a hill farmstead tulip. Cloudy with a stiff foamy head. This beer just wafts aroma when you pour it. It’s waves of mango, orange, and easy to pick out the simcoe. Resinous hops, with pine, citrusy orange tangerine and grapefruit with a nice but not overpowered bitterness. I hate knowing I wont be having this again any time soon.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mcberko (11001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
750mL growler, pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma is bursting of tropical fruits, full of mangos and pineapple, some of that signature funky Hill Farmstead smell, and loads of citrus hops. Flavour is absolutely orgasmic, bursting of pungent tropical fruits as mentioned, truckloads of pungent citrusy hops, a bit of floral presence (as with most Hill Farmstead), and just enough malt presence to back without influencing the taste. Ridiculous amount of depth and flavour to this, characterized by the pungent tropical fruits and citrus hops, with no astringency at all. ABV is no where to be detected - drinks like a 5% IPA rather than 10%. Fuck it, a perfect 5 - my first one awarded. Absolutely amazing - I don’t know how Hill Farmstead do it.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Tap at the Blind Tiger, 3-4 weeks since brewed. It is, perhaps, surprising how mellow this beer feels compared to its brothers and contemporaries. The 10.5 is hardly there. It is punchy and bright, juicy and perhaps just a touch sweet, with very little bitterness to disrupt the raw hop power on display. The hop is lemony, orange, skunky and earthy, if not somewhat fecal, but more the "forest floor" the wine critics love using as opposed to, say... Well, you know. Hill himself has already set the bar so impossibly high that, even with this being so many words ahead of pretty much every ipa ever made, one almost still feels let down that there isn’t just... more. More power. More oomph. Because this is not Edward, a supposed pale ale, that asks to be taken lightly. This is the big daddy, and compared to Double Sunshine, or his Double Galaxy, or the rare Younger keg, this feels the softest, and most wanting for just a little more juice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (4307) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
Une grosse bouteille partagée par le 3-R Crew. Un geste apprécié! Donc, une robe jaunâtre et voilée sur laquelle flotte un anneau de mousse. Un nez vraiment intéressant de fruits tropicaux et de choses bien vertes. Des aiguilles de pin, des fleurs et du chanvre frais avec des herbes sauvages. Une base maltée qui ne s’impose jamais. Sur les papilles, un jus tropical et forestier qui se choque à la verdure des prés et des champs. Une étonnante fraîcheur. En bouche, un liquide construit pour une buvabilité extrême. 10% d’alcool? Ce n’est pas croyable. Une finale qui offre tout un spectacle houblonné. Chapeau bas.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2677) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Cloudy/hazy golden pour with a nice orange tint and a thin ring of white head, light sticky lacing ... aroma of grapefruits, light lemon and light sugar with a rindy and resiny hop quality as well .... mouthfeel is bitter and taste is of grapefruit and citrusy rinds, light lemon, little sugary, mango and light malts on the back end along with a nice bitter bite that continues in to a dry hoppy finish .... I’d say its pliny the elderish minus the piney qualities ... the abv is hidden so amazingly well .... very dangerous, fresh and sessionable

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2012
750mL Growler, purchased at the brewery today. Uber-fruity resin aroma, leaning in that fresh, raw sticky ganja direction, definitely with strong Simcoe and friends qualities. Flavors get a little more wild and funky. A bit of faint onion pairs up with a nip of cat and some chewy green plant juice. I can’t get into this one like I can get into Abner and the early Society & Solitudes. The hop flavors really huddle around Simcoe and find themselves releasing some almost stink-gland like plant chemicals. It’s certainly hop flavor turned up to an eleven, but it might be too loud? I think the hop work is certainly excellent, it might just be more of a matter of taste in terms of the varieties used and the intensity of the flavors from those varities (i.e. Simcoe and Chinook). It certainly is broadly expressive in a quality of hop flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2012
From a fresh 750ml growler, pours softly with a slowly forming white head. Nose is candied orange peel, very bright and fresh hop and malt interplay, sweet and candied. Hefty feel on the front palate, lots of candied citrus, with a nice piney bitterness through the mid and back. Very piney and long finish, actually. Strangely this reminds me of Mimosa in a way -- big, thick orange peel, heavier feel than I would like, lots of good fresh hop qualities. Definitely nice though I might prefer a 5%er next time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2951) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
On tap at HF. Pours hazy golden with high white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, malt. Taste is of pine, citrus, malt. Somewhat bitter, but not overly. Good body. Overall: very good.


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