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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
On tap at Gingerman prior to going to Joe’s going away party. Pours a lightly hazed orange with a medium sized white head. A touch of alcohol hides gracefully behind the huge citrus and thick pine notes on the nose. Lightly sweet, sticky citrus and hop flavors. Big hop candies, ridiculously sticky resinous character. Big candied grapefruit and loads of slow lingering quinine on the finish. Awesome stuff. First beer in quite a while that I’ve ordered a second of at a bar. Would have gladly sat around all day drinking this but had to go to a crazy tasting so I reluctantly stopped at two.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Draught at Willy’s. Pours a hazy orange/amber with an off white head. Smells of intense citrus, floral, some dry malty undertones. Tastes of citrus, pepper, wildflowers, grassy, some dry malty hints on the finish. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3900th rating. Draft at Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Met up here with lushawn and our ladies on the way in to visit him in Boston. What luck to find this on tap! Pours a hazed gold with a massive, rocky, frothy white head that laces the glass heavily. Aroma of oily, herbal, grassy, and piney hops, straw, lemon citrus, and mellow spice. The flavor is like a slightly milder version of the same, and not as oily but shows more sweet malts and more complex citrus. Light-bodied for the ABV, with low carbonation on the palate and a resinous mouthfeel that dries up. Great DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
Growler, big thanks to Leighton buddy. London Bimble. It pours hazy gold with a small white head. The nose is fresh, orange, tangerine, sherbet, light funk, earth, candied peel and juicy mango. The taste is crisp, sherbet, grapefruit rind, mango, tangerine, alcohol kick, resin and minerals with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Crisp, fresh and rather tasty. Very nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Big thanks to Tyler for this treat. Nice slightly hazy orange pour, with nice lasting but oily white head. Aroma is chewy hops, with big resinous, pine, grassy, slight tropical fruit with mango, and some slight caramel. Taste is sweet mango, oily pine, grass, resin, and a nice bitter finish balanced by some caramel notes. The best DIPA that is not overly bitter by far, they managed to pack hop notes without the palate wrecking bitter. Excellent!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (5936) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
In short: A truly fantastic 10% IIPA bursting with tropical fruits that drinks like a 6% session IPA. Just Wow!
How: Tap at the brewery
The look: Cloudy golden-orange body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention.
In long: The nose is an explosion of tangerines, pineapples, mangos and other tropical fruits. Body is packed with fresh slightly toasted cereals with some honey and a tiny bit of caramel. Just enough sweetness to provide some kind of balance while not getting in the way of the hops. Fresh fruity hops and more fresh fruity hops. Beers on tap at a brewery/brewpub are always fresh but some just taste fresher than others. With its bright tropical fruits hops Ephraim is vibrant with freshness. The bitterness of medium-high intensity does not feel intense at all because of its refreshing character. I went for more than one glass and I was drinking it like a 5% session IPA. No alcohol presence at all. Very few beer above 10% can be described as refreshing, but this one is uber-refreshing. As of summer 2010, I declare that this beer is the best east-coast IPA ever brewed and I declare Osama Bin Laden the Hide And Seek world champion.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mcberko (5919) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (5826) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2011
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Fruity hoppy aroma with piney notes and light sweet malty notes. The flavor has piney citric hops, sweet malts, and floral notes. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Growler at our Stoutfest Pre-shindig shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a sunset golden orange with a great amber glow, a decent frothy offwhite head dies to a bubbly foam, ok lacing overall. Aromas knock you back, a blast of hops, citrusy grapefruit and tropical mango mix with lemons, peach, florals, grass, and weeds. Some grainy and bready maltiness, pale with touches of toast and slightly sweeter caramel. More lemon fruit and rind, with some life. Initial is medium bodied, the lighter end, light and airy on the palate with strong hops, bitter and dry with big fruit, mango, grapefruit, and lemons. Bready malts, toast, and pale malts. The sweetness falls back, giving solid fruity hops, a fairly complex profile of melon, mango, tropical with grapefruit, lemons, grass and florals. A touch of sweet bubblegum towards the back with a very dry finish. Touches of fruity elements, dry, hoppy. Very nice, complex, and goes down remarkably easy for a bigger beer like this. Dry, with just a touch of maltiness making it a little more substantial on the palate (Though, I’m sure the malt bill is much heavier than you’d imagine with the boatload of hops). Kudos to Hill Farmstead for the next big IT in DIPAs.


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