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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (9748) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2014
Growler thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong fruity hop, citrus, and pine. Thick mouthfeel with nice dry hop, bitter malt, so good. Really enjoyed this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9548) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9393) - Ursel, 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9310) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9267) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (8934) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Gowler shared during the London Bimble 26/04/2014. Big thanks to Leighton for the big HF tick. Translucent yellow / straw coloured pour with a lsting loose white head. Aroma is spicy, citrus hop, lemon rind and slight cut grass. Flavour is sticky resin, juicy citrus and warming alcohol in the finish. Palate is stciky resin. Very smooth and drinkable. Very tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
Snifter poured from growler shared by a local BA. Pours a clear dark golden color with a small bubbly white head. The intense aroma comes leaping from the glass bringing tropical fruits, grapefruit, honey sweetness and a touch of pine. The nose is first class. The flavor does not disappoint either. More big tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit, a sweet caramel malt base, honey, and more pine noticeable toward the finish. I don’t know about 280 IBU’s, but the bitterness it has is well integrated. This is insanely drinkable for what it is. I would have to classify this as an instant classic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (8680) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2016
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Very thin white head. Low carbonation (but it was very fresh). Slightly hazy golden pour. Tropical fruits bitterness. Some malt.


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