rodenbach99 (3244) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL Growler, purchased at the brewery today. Uber-fruity resin aroma, leaning in that fresh, raw sticky ganja direction, definitely with strong Simcoe and friends qualities. Flavors get a little more wild and funky. A bit of faint onion pairs up with a nip of cat and some chewy green plant juice. I can’t get into this one like I can get into Abner and the early Society & Solitudes. The hop flavors really huddle around Simcoe and find themselves releasing some almost stink-gland like plant chemicals. It’s certainly hop flavor turned up to an eleven, but it might be too loud? I think the hop work is certainly excellent, it might just be more of a matter of taste in terms of the varieties used and the intensity of the flavors from those varities (i.e. Simcoe and Chinook). It certainly is broadly expressive in a quality of hop flavor.
tom10101 (3012) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Hazy golden with a rocky white head, good retention and impressive lacing. Aroma is powerful with pine, resinous, peach, mango, orange and hints of grass. Taste is of pine/resinous and fruits/citrus. Medium bitterness, but very hoppy. Medium to full body. Mouthfeel is dry. Alcohol is noticeable. Heavy DIPA but still very drinkable. Nice beer!
callmemickey (2967) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy pineapple, mango, guava, and papaya aroma...sweet, malty, and fruity. Dark honey and tangerine-colored hue, especially in the deepest part of the glass. Small eggshell head leaving only a film and spotty lacing. Flavor is filled with tropical influences and fruit cocktail syrup...a little alcohol noticeable as well. Get some pear, peach, and candied oranges also. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Really good and different. Not sharp, biting, and assertive...but amazing!
Steve_0 (2822) - 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!
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
iowaherkeye (2695) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft from the Hillstead Farm release 10/2 and from a growler @ home. Minimally hazy medium orange with a one finger creamy off-white head that lasted the duration on tap, but didn’t last near as long from the swing top growler. Big fruity hoppy nose that consists of tangerines, tropical fruit, and some delicious leafy dry hopped notes, with some light cotton candy caramel sweetness. Aroma reminds me a lot of Pliny the Younger. Flavor is more bitter than PtY. Flavor has a tinge of pine, but otherwise full of the fruits and tons of dry hopped notes that lingers to the finish, which was dry. The light sweet cotton candy caramel malt blends exceptionally well with the hops. Bitterness peaked at a 7-8 with some mild alcohol noted, warming in the belly. Burps pine. Full body with light to medium carbonation. This was friggin’ tasty, and glad I got to try it (gf included). Thanks for not using Cascades!
Damico (2647) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The IPA pours pure amber with an off white head and decent head rfetention. It smells piney, lightly sweet, and hoppy in a clear, well-balanced manner. The flavors are similar, with hops, piney notes, and some more bitter than sweet notes. There is no bite at all; it is so smooth on a fitting medium palatable body.
Huhzubendah (2637) - 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