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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Growler. Pours a golden yellow amber color with a very white head that forms a nice 1 finger head of foam that falls rather quickly. I can smell the hop aroma as I pour this out into the glass. Very aromatic with nice tropical type hop notes like pineapple and mango, also some citrus rind. Medium mouthfeel. Fruity malty sweetness gives way to a nice bitter hop bite. Wow, bitter bite, might be a tad much. Very slight alcohol notes but otherwise the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

   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 aren’t as bold as other HF offerings, but admittedly that’s a ridiculous standard.

Ephraim is intense; strongly piney. Much more bitter flavor profile than any other HF DIPA I’ve 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1246) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
Draft at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event with James. Pours an electric, glowingly hazy, turbid nectarine orange with a rich, frothy, gorgeous streaky pristine white head. Cathedral window arch lacing throughout the session. The nose is an invitingly mellow, yet misleadingly complex, boquet; freah cream mixes with orange marmalade, chamomile, lavender, piney hop resin, zesty grapefruit juice, apricot, and sublte notes of peaches and earth. These scents follow through cleanly onto flavors of orange sherbert, honey, and smooth, subtle bitter hop. This is an outstandingly rich, intricate, smooth double IPA. Very well done and drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (1237) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whatup14 (1213) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Growler 750ml. Couleur orangée trouble, mousse blanche crémeuse laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de citron, mangue, alcool, zeste de citron. Goût de mangue, houblon résineux, malt mielleux,, amertume moyenne-élevée, alcool en fin de bouche, pamplemousse en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense, huileuse, collante.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1182) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Growler at Black Friday tasting. Great aroma. Super fresh hoppiness. Cat pee. Slightly sweet, but not all that much considering the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1143) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Amazing tropical aroma but too sweet. Lacks the bitterness in the finish for balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
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.

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