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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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3519) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
On tap at Capones, there is a ton of hype surrounding this beer. I was glad that Capone’s in Norristown was able to get a keg of this juicy double IPA. 5 oz snifter pour. Color was a haze infused glowing yellow with minimal head and good sporadic lacing. The nose is truly incredible on this beer. Grapefruit, resinous, dank pine, tangerine, and butterscotch. Taste is like the aroma but not as pronounced. Flavor dominated by tropical citrus, pine, peach, tangerine, full hops, crystal malt. Finishes smooth and perfectly bitter for this style. Awesome IPA that is fast becoming the new target of hopheads around the world.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3485) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3474) - 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.

4.1
   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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3415) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3387) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Hill farmstead Ephraim. 12oz handbottle from a growler fill from Joey... Pours a moderately pale orangey flow with a thin soapy white head... Quite vivid and brilliant hops most akin and resembling exponential hoppiness and younger in nature. Assertive of honey infused piney and sweet tropical fruit juiciness. Very much in your face and totally appreciated... Flavors are vividly wild and assertive with vibrant tropical hops that finishes off with a semi-intense piney bitterness. Semi-sweet overall and just so very good and satisfying with a big hop punch. 9/4/8/4/17

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3296) - 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
SrSilliGose (3278) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 tap at harvest fest. tried side by side with simcoe single hop for some reason. notes of juicy pink grapefruit, soft wet grass, spruce, fog. hop forward for sure, but not overly abrasive. alcohol very well hidden. but still a tad big for my liking, nod to the simcoe single hop, as the hoppy 5ish % beer is more in my wheelhouse.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Tap at the Blind Tiger, 3-4 weeks since brewed. It is, perhaps, surprising how mellow this beer feels compared to its brothers and contemporaries. The 10.5 is hardly there. It is punchy and bright, juicy and perhaps just a touch sweet, with very little bitterness to disrupt the raw hop power on display. The hop is lemony, orange, skunky and earthy, if not somewhat fecal, but more the "forest floor" the wine critics love using as opposed to, say... Well, you know. Hill himself has already set the bar so impossibly high that, even with this being so many words ahead of pretty much every ipa ever made, one almost still feels let down that there isn’t just... more. More power. More oomph. Because this is not Edward, a supposed pale ale, that asks to be taken lightly. This is the big daddy, and compared to Double Sunshine, or his Double Galaxy, or the rare Younger keg, this feels the softest, and most wanting for just a little more juice.


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