Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
crossovert (6143) - Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another nice HF DIPA here. THis one is very balanced, nice herbal hops, pine, some citrus.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
arminjewell (5590) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours a golden orange body with a white head with mild head retention. Aromatically hoppy fresh grass tones, peach and citrus notes. A mild grapefruit bite. Hints of honey and orange. Delicious HF just put the East coast back on the map for quality IPAs.
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Draft @ Kennett] Golden amber color with a small, white head that left sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, some sweetness, toasted malts, hop resin, and alcohol. Taste of citrus, pine, resiny, nearly tobacco flavor, with grapefruit, and light alcohol in the finish.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.