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RATINGS: 178   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3685) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
Sampled at Dark Lord Day 2014. Pours a yellow color with a medium white head. Aroma is mostly pine with mild tropical fruit notes. Taste is too much sweetness, with forward bitterness and mild fruity and woodiness. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Somewhat boozy in the finish. Considering how highly regarded this beer is, somewhat of a disappointment.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks, wherever you are! Poured a clear light orange color with a thin white head. Smelled of buttery caramel and a bit of vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Moderate bitterness and light warming alcohol. Caramel, vanilla, pine, and herbal/earthy hop.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3602) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Finally a tick from Hill Fargstead! Growler (and hand bottle) shared by Arbitrator. Let’s see see what these crazy homers are all yappin’ about, shall we? Pours a great bright golden color with a small white head that fades. Big-time citrusy and herbal hop aroma with sweet malt to back it up. Really enticing. The flavor is very nice and hop-forward. Sweet and caramel malt base, with huge grapefruity, orangey, pine, herbal notes, and big resin. Enamel-ripping mouthfeel with fairly lively carbonation despite being from a growler. Medium-full body. Really awesome DIPA, almost up to Younger level.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Transparent peach gold, small Bubbled wispy white head. Coin, peach, orange nose, sweet and not as bright as the best. Flavor is sweeter, thick and sticky, light booze accompanies pine and orange, candy-like residual sugars, sticky dry finish, bit harsh and contrasting. As a sweet IIPA, not my thing at this point.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3510) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Golden orange body with nice clarity and a decent sized foamy cap. Good retention and solid lacing. S: Fruity citrus--grapefruit, orange, and pineapple--plus a bit of pine. Very nice, but not the same depth of fruity goodness of something like fresh sculpin. T: A nice fruit forward amped up IPA. The flavors are muted, and although there is a bit going on here, it doesn’t have the same layered complexity of PtY where you can get lost for days in the flavor interactions. M: Medium bodied, effervescent on the tongue. Nice level of bitterness leaves a refreshing finish. O: Overall this is a VERY NICE imperial ipa. That said, I can name a few that I’d easily take over this. I am sure this was better the day it was first tapped at the Farmstead though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3499) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
On tap at Capones. Almost clear golden brown with a thin layer of white froth. Nose is toffee, pink grapefruit, pine and watermelon. Medium body, resiny but not overdone. Light carb with a tingle. Taste is peachy pine and toffee with grapefruit pith and hints of strawberry and banana. Hops linger gracefully. For me just shy of the Younger. Exceptional.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3498) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
Bouteille partagée par Pierre-Luc et Julien. Dégustée lors de la journée Armand chez Patrick. Bière jaune avec une fine couche de mousse. Le nez est particulier avec de la mangue et des oignons. C’est juteux et à la limite un peu désagréable. Il y a du chanvre pour ne pas dire autre chose dans ce nez. La bouche est amère, piquante. Les houblons sont sur les stéroïdes avec 280 IBU théoriques. L’alcool est discret. 7/10

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3/6/2011 Re-review thanks to Chris. This is batch 2, drank from a counter-pressurized growler. This batch is more hot, way too much alcohol on the finish. Still pretty good, just not the epic level of the first batch, still recommend trying. Growler provided by sleepydave, drank into my Narke tulip...The top pops without an whiff and I’m a bit concerned, then I see theres only about a half centimeter of air, so I’m good. Pours a dark peach, nice color. At first it pours without any head, then as it settles about a full finger of light tope head. Pretty good retention, but really nice lacing; thin drops around the glass but super sticky...The aroma is not at as strong as expected, but in a good way; doesn’t overpower. Very light grapefruit on the front, light sugar, and sweet pine hops. The backbone is light pine and alcohol but exactly what you are looking, makes me really want to drink it...The taste is a super nice perfect combination of sweet and bitter. The sweetness doesn’t really show as fruits, but sugar and alcohol. The finish is hoppy, gives you want you want but not at all harsh or so much hops it distracts you from drinking. The finish is pine resin, sugar, alcohol and a little metal....The feel is outstanding. Sticks to your palate start to finish, its full, coating, makes you lick your lips, a smooth and lasting finish...Incredibly drinkable. Another beer that was crazily hyped but actually lived up to expectations. Would LOVE to try this fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (3493) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Growler fill of the 2012 Edition of Ephraim 24 hours ago while I was volunteering at the HFS Harvest Festival. This was in the fridge at 45 and enjoyed in a tall snifter.

A - What little head that is here took until after my pour to appear. Solid white and then fades fast. This is a very complex and gorgeous beer. Bright orange on the edges and darker more golden orange at the center. Extremely cloudy and clearly zero-filtering happened on this one.

S - The Centennial and Simcoe are easy to pick out. The others, not so much. The piney resinous scent I expected from a (theoretically) 280IBU beer is not there. Pine and Grapefruit juice are present followed by lemon juice and orange with a hint of pepper.

T - Okay, now there is that bitterness I expected. Wow. Well, a lot or citrus (tang from grapefruit and sweet from tangerine). This is followed by some pine cone taste and a very manly malt-backbone. The bitterness is on the border of domination but never reaches that point of being too intense.

M - medium carbonation, heavy body. Almost grape skin sort of dry finish.

O - It tastes like what a working farmer would enjoy after a long day. It’s not my favorite HFS beer by a long shot but still was a pleasure to drink.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Swing top fill thanks to Drewbeerme! Pours a cloudy deep gold, sticky white head. Nose is citrusy and woody, faint ethanol and cat piss. Clean and fruity with some subtle malt balance. Nice. On tasting, big bitterness that is never harsh. Nice woody hop flavor and clean. Alcohol warms my chest. Very fruity with apricots and tangerines. Really well balanced overall and delicate. Could use a bit more punch in the nose but really solid overall!


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