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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (4710) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
Une grosse bouteille partagée par le 3-R Crew. Un geste apprécié! Donc, une robe jaunâtre et voilée sur laquelle flotte un anneau de mousse. Un nez vraiment intéressant de fruits tropicaux et de choses bien vertes. Des aiguilles de pin, des fleurs et du chanvre frais avec des herbes sauvages. Une base maltée qui ne s’impose jamais. Sur les papilles, un jus tropical et forestier qui se choque à la verdure des prés et des champs. Une étonnante fraîcheur. En bouche, un liquide construit pour une buvabilité extrême. 10% d’alcool? Ce n’est pas croyable. Une finale qui offre tout un spectacle houblonné. Chapeau bas.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours a hazy brilliant orange with a medium creamy/bubbly white head. Aroma of crisp grapefruit hoppy notes, other citrus notes, resiny and light bready malt. Flavor of grapefruit, pine resin, crisp hop bitterness that’s aggressive yet smooth. Bitterness and hop flavor linger. Perfumey, with light alcohol notes.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (4348) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2014
Un armada de fruits tropicaux et d’agrumes dans un liquide intensément juteux. probablement la bière la plus juteuse d’Hill Farmstead. Une certaine résine s’y trouve aussi mais pas autant que le nez laissait entrevoir. L’alcool reste sur la langue une fois que la marée se retire et seul une autre gorgée peut éteindre le feu. Spectaculaire et franche.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamChandler (4239) - 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
750ml Growler shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured pale golden with a thick white head. Quite bitter and in your face with hops. Residual and loads of alpha bitterness here. Some citrus, orange peel, oily hop extract flavors, and not a whole lot malt.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4148) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (4041) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4019) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Thanks for the taste, Dale! Beautiful pour, lustrous gold, gleaming and majestically frothed. Superb nose, oily, resinous, and dank, but with a lightness and elegance that suggests something more in the 8% range. Very impressive. Smooth mouthfeel, just a touch creamy without sacrificing the bracing, prickly qualities. Long, dry finish. Flavors are outrageously good, as one now expects from HF IPAs. Never overdone or merely over the top, this one is fragrant, floral, and herbaceous, with loads of tropical fruit and bitterness in one. No astringency or harshness, just balance and depth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3999) - 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.


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