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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8793) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (8006) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (8000) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7424) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alexsdad06 (7422) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2014
29/IV/14 - 75cl growler bottle @ De Hopduvel - BB: IV/29/14 (2014-444) Thanks to AdamJackson and Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy deep yellow golden beer, small irregular aery yellowish head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, sweet, bubble gum notes, lots of passion fruit, exotic fruits candy, sweet ripe peach and aprcot, little sourish, faint hint of bretta. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very very fruity, peach candy, some exotic fruits, mango, citrus, little sourish. Aftertaste: citrus, tangerines, little bitter, sweet malts, caramel, some honey, mango, peach candy, exotic fruit, citric, little sour, nice balanced bitterness, almost sweet, very fruity. Very very nice! This is more my kind of an (i)ipa than the Society Solitude #5!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Draft with Pat at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event. Pours a hazy orange amber body with nice white head. Aroma is perfect blend of citrus and fresh pine notes. Mouthfeel is extremely refreshing - especially considering the +10% abv content - notes of fresh resin, pine, citrus, and some soapy accents as well.

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