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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3504) - 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.

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!

4.3
   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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3327) - 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 (3257) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2012
growler from dak 11/25/11. orange gold color with a soapy white head. fruity aroma... orange and other citrus mixed with dust, malt sweetness, earthy spice and some pine. the flavor is the same.... with some bitterness on the finish. it is a touch too malty sweet for me but the medium body gives no feeling of the alcohol content. 8/4/7/3/15

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3237) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3167) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Just another SICK growler provided by hopscotch. Clear golden pour with small frothy white head. Hop and peach aromas. An easy sippin’ DIPA with a somewhat thinner body. Tangy/citrusy hop flavors with a subtle spicy finish. Not as bold and in your face as some DIPAs, but still very good...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Growler: Thanks, Oliver! Beaming orange-amber hybrid, just a slight haze running throughout but appears clear from afar, topped with a foamy & frothy, gray-tinted head; moderate webbing left behind. Aroma is an American hop dream... Huge tropical & citric presence; juicy mango, sweet peach, pineapple, orange, guava, all with a lovely undercurrent of herbal pine, evergreen, & freshly cut grass. Pleasant sweetness on the nose, giving a gushing, juicy quality to the hops. Ephraim is even juicier on the palate... Bomb of sweet peach, orange peel, mango, just an explosion of tropical, fruity hops. Lightly bitter, gracefully sweet, like biting into a fruit & taking part of the rind with it. Pine needles & herbal hemp oil cut through & round things out, light resinous & dank quality near the finish. Notes of lightly toasted pale malt & honeycomb coat the palate in the aftertaste, lingering with a combo of candied grapefruit flesh & sugar cookies. Substantial, big body, but not overly viscous or cumbersome for the style. I am not normally a fan of "sweeter" DIPAs, I don’t like the overly sticky, caramel malts getting in the way. Ephraim is definitely sweet, but it’s the addition of dextrose while still keeping an all pale malt bill that makes the delicate sweetness work to accentuate the hops rather than crowd them with an abundance of toffee-like sweetness that comes with darker malt bills (Abrasive takes a similar approach, also a favorite of mine). Ephraim is a fantastic "big" DIPA, done properly.


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