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Hill Farmstead Ephraim
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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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%, 21ºP, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Orangish pour. White head. Tropical fruit, citrus and resin hop aroma. Nice bitter and citrus flavor. Damn amazing beer. Thanks gn0sis!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
Growler… This beer rocks!… Clear golden ale with a small, fat-bubbled, white head. Flimsy retention. The nose offers a plethora of hop greatness – pine, pineapple, orange peel, peach and white pepper. Medium-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. This beer is dripping with fresh lupulin flavor, but is amazingly balanced. The high alcohol content is not remotely evident. Finishes bittersweet and continues to provide fantastic hop flavor for an extensively long time after each sip… including the final one… that I am somewhat sad to take. This world class growler of bliss was shipped to me by one of my favorite Canadians; Glouglouburp!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Amber in color with an averaged sized head. Wow, nice and hoppy all the way around! citrus, resiny, pine, fruity, doughy, and did I say nice and hoppy. Nice and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
Deep golden pour. The nose is very bright and tropical. Lots of soft tropical fruit. Chewy and fruity with a lot of soft dank hoppiness. Very citrusy and fruity - sweetish but the malts are well-balanced by the hops. It’s crazy how drinkable this stuff is - dangerously drinkable. Fruity grapefruit/mango and pineapple. A little twinge of peppery ethanol on the finish. Awesome stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8176) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 750mL growler thanks to oteyj. Pours a clear amber with a modest white head. Looks very different from other samples I’ve had which looked glowin yellow. Nose here is pretty sticky, sugary, muted, candy, maple, orange, 3C hops. Decent. Taste up front is sticky with some very obvious booziness moving to vanilla and maple. But overall, sticky and resinous. Not vey fruity or tropical like I was expecting. Very different from the Double Citra. Good stuff, yummy, but nothing too exciting.

Tap at Capone’s. Definitely not good enough to warrant the iPhone theft that happened to my girlfriend. Small, dense off-white head on a dirty, ugly yellow. Nose is caramel and meaty jackfruit. Taste is boozy, spicy, loads of candied orange slices and orange peel. Sticky, candy body. Butterscotch comes through. Not bad- pretty enjoyable but the opposite of what I was expecting.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2013
Pale UFO’s completely obscuring an orangey-ochre beer; small white rim. End of bottle solid yeast. Very fruity/citrussy aromas, jumping out of the glass; bit resiny. Very balanced, but one could also maintain unidimensional smell. Cakey sweetness absolutely superbly balancing the resiny, citrussy hopflavours. Utterly remarkable balance, certainly for such a strong beer. Part of the sweetness might be ethanol-related, but it’s nowhere ’boozey’ in character. Medium carbonation, feels smooth & oily; medium bodied, some alcoholwarming. Very impressive beer with outstanding balance. Many Belgians feel that double IPA’s are lopsided, but this kind ought to convince them otherwise. Many thanks to L &M!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Draft notes from CAH. Wow, Very deep copper caramel pour with off-khaki head. Nose is Caramel malt, huge piney and citric fruit, tangerine, black pepper, honeydew, with a smooth, rich, complex, and dense palae and finish, This one is outstanding, Let’s go ahead and put HF against the IBU heavy hitters, bec ause HF has shown that they are a BOTY candidate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Honey-laced tropical fruit burst from this luxurious strong ale’s aroma and flavor profile, developing sagacious resinous bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A misty orange golden is capped by creamy foam.
-Alcohol is not prominent, which I appreciate.
-This is not just another hop bomb of a Double IPA. It is complex and well polished, and almost tastes 3/4 Double IPA, 1/4 Blond Barley Wine.
-Dare I say this is balanced?

Growler, and on tap at the brewery and at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Thanks Joey! Poured hazy medium orange with a looser-bubbled, but well-retained off-white head. The aroma was totally decadent.. fresh, bright orange, pineapple, and floral hoppage over semi-sweet caramel and bready notes.. warm undertones, but no overt boozage. The flavor was just about there.. peppery alcohol and bright citrus & pine bitterness led, with sweet caramel and bready notes backing.. lively and bitter on the edges, with citrus, pine, and floral again.. picked up some peppery warmth on the back-end.. long, resiny finish.. delicious! Medium-plus bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. memorable feel to it.. great brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (6934) - 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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