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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Thanks to Kan for this handbottle. Pours golden with white head, bit aroma of piney and sugary goodness with citrus grapefruit notes. wow awesome aroma. flavors of spruce and grapefruit, citrus resiny flavors, awesome finish wow long lasting sprucy,. piney, and earthy finish. so bitter and no malty Alcy finish awesome stuff! Perhaps the best iipa ever!?!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3895) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3810) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3782) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3688) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3608) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2012 Growler at Dan’s shared with friends. Big thanks to Adam for this one!! Pour is hazy, golden, orange, with a bright white head and decent lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, grass, resin, and orange juice. Super tropical aroma! Taste is more dank, but still really fruity; grapefruit peel, mango, tangerine, tang, grass, and resin ending lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. There is something special about this beer, it is full-bodied and lightly bitter but well-balanced and elegant. A ton of flavor with dangerously hidden alcohol. I could drink this shit all night long. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (3536) - 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.

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