JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!?!
Steve_0 (3743) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
chibuck (3507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Bulk_Carrier (3464) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler from HF.
Tagged best consumed by March 01, 2016.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a semi-hazy almost burnt orange color with a thin wisp of a white head that quickly dissipated. Light bubbles of broken head float around the top. Light wispy lacing.
The smell takes in sweet danky onion sliding on into through resinous pine and then a light grapefruit underneath.
The taste had a full bittersweet flavor revolving around the resinous piney part. Dry resinous aftertaste leads into a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. ABV, whoah, where did that go? Its not really there, well hidden.
Overall, wow, just wow, just an absolutely stellar job by HF. I’d love to have this again.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Huhzubendah (3376) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Growler shared by drabmuh (the growler king). Thanks Matt!
The beer appears clear and golden hued. The head is thick, has last retention, and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a bouquet of fresh hops and citrus, with a very slight hint of alcohol.
The flavor is bold and fantastic, with the expected hop and citrus coming through beautifully. A truck load of bitterness and fresh hops assault the palate in the best possible way. Alcohol presence gently reveals itself near the finish, but I wouldn’t have guessed this was 10.5% abv. Wow, this is incredibly drinkable at that potency. This brew is certainly worthy of attention and praise. I thoroughly enjoyed Ephraim and would relish the opportunity to have it again.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 03-21-2011
umich03jm (3374) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml growler from 46er3498. Pours a cloudy orange color with a perfect medium sized head that fades normally and never completely goes away. Leaves oily webbing when swirled. Aroma is awesome. Dank tropical fruit and grapefruit hops mixed with pine and a little malt. Taste is juicy hops. Nice moderate sweetness countered with a strong bitterness. Packed with tropical fruit, grapefruit, oranges, pine, and spicy hops. Enough malt to hold it together. Medium to thick body with a nice oily mouthfeel. Just an amazing DIPA and reminds me of Heady Topper. Must be something in the water there in Vermont. Wow.