JulienHuxley (4319) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2013 On tap at HF harvest fest and at The Reservoir. Aroma of super dank hops, wet, light onion aroma, pine but also a and grapefruit and citrus bomb . Taste is definitly bitter and in your face, alcohol is definitely noticeable, more dank hops on the palate, grapefruit rinds, grassy finish. Palate is rich but finishes dry. A real hop bomb. Second try was definitly smoother and more balanced.
radarsock (1120) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Had a few growlers filled at Harvest. One of the growlers was passed around Saturday night. Pours a hazy nectar orange with a line of white ringed around the rim, but no head. Smells of orange peels and hop pellets, not much else. Tastes unexpectedly maltier than I had anticipated: there’s also piney and oniony hops, plastic and yeast. Ends bitter and thin. I thought it was just the littlest too bit aggressive in both the hops and the malt profile.
AdamChandler (3743) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler fill of the 2012 Edition of Ephraim 24 hours ago while I was volunteering at the HFS Harvest Festival. This was in the fridge at 45 and enjoyed in a tall snifter.
A - What little head that is here took until after my pour to appear. Solid white and then fades fast. This is a very complex and gorgeous beer. Bright orange on the edges and darker more golden orange at the center. Extremely cloudy and clearly zero-filtering happened on this one.
S - The Centennial and Simcoe are easy to pick out. The others, not so much. The piney resinous scent I expected from a (theoretically) 280IBU beer is not there. Pine and Grapefruit juice are present followed by lemon juice and orange with a hint of pepper.
T - Okay, now there is that bitterness I expected. Wow. Well, a lot or citrus (tang from grapefruit and sweet from tangerine). This is followed by some pine cone taste and a very manly malt-backbone. The bitterness is on the border of domination but never reaches that point of being too intense.
M - medium carbonation, heavy body. Almost grape skin sort of dry finish.
O - It tastes like what a working farmer would enjoy after a long day. It’s not my favorite HFS beer by a long shot but still was a pleasure to drink.
Huhzubendah (3071) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Growler shared by drabmuh (the growler king). Thanks Matt!
The beer appears clear and golden hued. The head is thick, has last retention, and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a bouquet of fresh hops and citrus, with a very slight hint of alcohol.
The flavor is bold and fantastic, with the expected hop and citrus coming through beautifully. A truck load of bitterness and fresh hops assault the palate in the best possible way. Alcohol presence gently reveals itself near the finish, but I wouldn’t have guessed this was 10.5% abv. Wow, this is incredibly drinkable at that potency. This brew is certainly worthy of attention and praise. I thoroughly enjoyed Ephraim and would relish the opportunity to have it again.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 03-21-2011
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
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.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.