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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Review altered after 2011 EBF. Had this very fresh at EBF. The characteristics are similar to what is described below, but everything was so much more pungent. The nose absolutely exploded with raw hops that carried through to over-the-top hops in the flavor along with a really nice amount of bitterness for a seriously drinkable brew. Old Review: 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4 On tap at the Three Penny Taproom. Super-friendly staff and I’m really glad that this was still on we Amyliz4 and I made it in. Pours a really bright orange color with two fingers of white head and a load of sticky lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose is really nice and over-the-top hoppy with a lot of pine, resin, orange peel, citrus, and some light tropical fruits. The taste has many of the same components of the nose, though those are often overshadowed by the absolutely bruising bitterness that comes through in the mouthfeel. Citrus, tropical fruits, and a bit of pine. The feel is really, really hoppy and mixes well with the light alcohol that comes through. I’d love to try this again and will hopefully be making a trip back up North to visit all these magnificent Vermont breweries at some point soon. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-14-2010

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of hops, hop oil, fruit, citrus, tangerine, light pine, and melon. Poured orange in color with a tiny, white head around the edges only. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, hop oil, pine, citrus, grapefruit, resin, tangerine, and fruit. Light to medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter, hop, tangerine, resin, hop oil finish is dry. 10.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamChandler (4540) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4285) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4258) - 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (4187) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (4066) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2016
Growler shared by kermis. Thanks! Clear honey golden with off white head. Quite resinous, sweet tropical fruits, bitter grapefruit peel, some dank weed notes too, spring onion, herbs, lots of sweet malts, syrup, toffee. Quite sweet and bitter. Full bodied with syrupy feel. Nice stuff, but very heave too.

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