hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft pour at the farmhouse in burlington. Nice orangish color with a nice thick white head. Well balanced and smooth for such a strong beer. Nice bitterness.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at Black Friday tasting. Great aroma. Super fresh hoppiness. Cat pee. Slightly sweet, but not all that much considering the ABV.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml, swing-top growler, courtesy of baconsausage on BA. thanks, tucker! super stoked to get this one fresh as hell. pours a gorgeous , clear, honey-gold with a rich, creamy, pure white head with excellent retention that leaves bubbly rings of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely fantastic with an elegant balance of sweet floral esters, pine resins, and pink grapefruit backed by beautiful tropical fruit notes of pineapple, guava, apricot, and kiwi with subtle hints of honey and vanilla as is settles in the glass. flavor is simply magnifiscent with massive tropical notes of mango, guava, pineapple, and honeydew up front backed by citrus rinds, and subtle, spicy, pine esters that transition to bitter, grassy hops that add a great balance to the tropical sweetness. palate is medium bodied and amazingly drinkable at 10.3% with perfect carbonation and a fruity, bitter finish that leaves me longing for another sip. overall, an utter gem of a dipa that definitely stands up to the big guns in the style.
thome50 (884) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml growler via Zane on another beer site. Pours a golden orange with a 1/4" head that lasts. Aroma is of tropical fruit and sweetness. Taste, DEAR GOD, is of peaches and orange! I’ve never tasted a DIPA this fruit forward and I love it. peaches peaches peaches! The mouth feel was very nice as well without being watery or light. Overall, ok, I give in, this is a top 5 DIPA that wasn’t brewed here in California. Hype is real!
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to partner Mike (Gushue3) for filling this guy up for me and to Sean (I think) providing my second tasting of this brew. Never thought I’d get to try it and I get it twice in one weekend! Poured from a 750ml Hill Farmstead growler and served in a Founders snifter.
A: Pours a chilled hazy amber color, but clears up once it warms up, with a one finger fluffed white head that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet fruits, grapefruits, apples, some pine and a little booze all fill those nose. Such extreme variations in hops is really an explosion to the nose. You can also pick up some malts somehow.
T: The taste is just exploding as the nose. Buttery and fruity with a nice sugary sweetness. The main fruit I’m picking out is a sweet apple for some reason. Little resin/pine quality with a full malt body. Finish is a slightly bitter.
M: Medium to light bodied with a nice bubbly carbonation and a very refreshing quality. The drinkability is ridiculous. I could drink this all day, every day.
O: This is my first Hill Farmstead beer and it was great. There was a lot going on with all the hop variations, but it worked out nicely and the drinkability was insane. If only Vermont wasn’t an 18 hour drive.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 10-17-2011
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.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
64 oz. growler consumed on 3/19/11. A very clear orange color beer with a small but nice head that clings to the glass. The clarity of this beer surprised me. The aroma is money and is everything I want out of a DIPA. Huge orange, loads of various tropical fruits, orange rind, grapefruit rind. This is the aroma of love. One thing to note is it smells very clean. The taste is great very smooth like orange and grapefruit almost like this is those juices mixed together with a nice layer of malt. I was a little shocked at how hot this was and the alcohol is fairly noticeable. Other than that this is a big new player on the DIPA front and I cannot wait to try it again.
radarsock (823) - Vermont, 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.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at CL Rosso Batch 3 Release. Pours gold/orange, bit of off white head. Huge hop aroma with lots of fruit, citrus, peach. Truly amazing. Taste is very hoppy with more citrus and a bit of malt to balance it out. Bitterness is surprisingly mild given the aroma, fruity hop finish. Quite a treat.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a growled and thanks to Tucker for sending it from Vermont. Pour into the glass gave a golden orange color with a modest snow white head. Aromas were somewhat earthy and grassy.The feel in your mouth was smooth and not syrupy or sticky. Flavors were excellent with tropical fruit of mango, pineaple, lemon, and tangerine. Bitter hop pungency is up front but balanced. Alcohol not over powering for this big beer. Finish is long tasty and a balanced dryness. Really great beer and one of the best big IPA’s in my book.