Huhzubendah (2499) - 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
sloth (2476) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slim white head with good retention and a pleasing droopy lace. A bit hazy. gold colored brew. Juicy hop nose, resiny with notes of honey and a little biscuity malts.Nicely orangey and piney, lil arm pit, a very pleasant whiff. Body is medium, resiny and oily on the palate, coating with a soft carbonation, a tad chewy. I,m diggin this. Lotsa hoppy goodness. Large tastes of citrus, cattyness, pine notes, pineapple and tropicals. Largely hoppy but i guess there is some lightly sweet malts shining through, lil grainyness, more resin, sticky, somewhat. ABV is just on the edge of HELLO! Adds to the entire experience nicely. Finish is long and lasting. Only bitch would be a little more bitterness. Otherwise no disappointment here.A large DIPA. Swing top bottle from jleblanc served in my lovely Hill Farmstead glass. Both received in a most excellent trade. Awesome! Thanks much Jeff ! I could drink this shit, alot! Totally enjoyable...
MadIndian (2373) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OMG! This is incredible. A filtered peach / golden pour with an aroma of mild alcohol, pine, grass and grapefruit.
The initial taste that hits your tongue is sweet malt. Than the orange peel, resin and hoppy bitterness fills the rest of your tastebuds. Leaving the drinker satisfied with its perfect blend.
adrian910ss (2353) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
on draft at Capones. Pours a slightly cloudy orange vistalite with a medium sized frosty white head. Aroma of freshly squeezed grapefruit, malted barley, tons of hops and light tropical notes. Taste is much the same as the aroma with a hint of tangerine citrus and lemon.
italianjohn (2326) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy/hazy golden pour with a nice orange tint and a thin ring of white head, light sticky lacing ... aroma of grapefruits, light lemon and light sugar with a rindy and resiny hop quality as well .... mouthfeel is bitter and taste is of grapefruit and citrusy rinds, light lemon, little sugary, mango and light malts on the back end along with a nice bitter bite that continues in to a dry hoppy finish .... I’d say its pliny the elderish minus the piney qualities ... the abv is hidden so amazingly well .... very dangerous, fresh and sessionable
Reynolds314 (2303) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on draft at the Harvest festival at the brewery. Pours a hazy golden/orange color with white head. Aroma is perfection with notes of grapefruit, peach, orange, grass, and some pine. Taste is very citrus upfront with nice bittering finish and lasting dry citrus taste. Slight warming from the alcohol but very very tasty.
craftycarl21 (2221) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear red-orange pour. Nose holds huge sweet caramel, candied orange, and some surprisingly breadiness. The flavor hearkens more to what I was expecting with awesome notes of sweet sap, green sapling, caramel, and earthy hops. The palate hides the 10% exceptionally well, and the sweetness dries out a touch to a massive resin character. Overall, very very good.
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.
The nose on this beer is absolutely fantastic. Just bursting through with a ton of tropical and citrus fruit along with some slight earthy pine, pale malt and sweet booze. Lots of mango and pineapple as well as some grapefruit and lemon peel. One of the best smelling IPAs I’ve encountered.
This beer looks great and smells incredible but unfortunately the flavor falls way off. The citrus and tropical fruit notes are there but anywhere near as prominent as the aroma suggests. More bitter and earthy than expected with piny/soily flavor but not overly dry. Also, it is very hot and the strong booze component kills the best of the hop flavor. Hints of grapefruit and lemon peel with a very faint tropical presence. The malt backbone is also stronger than expected with hints of biscuit and an overly grainy graham cracker presence. Toward the end of the palate the beer is almost all booze. Kind of all over the place an very disappointing.
I have heard very good things about this beer and was really looking forward to it but it was an enormous let down. I’m gong to be trying it again on draft in a few days and will update my review if my opinion changes.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(growler shared by Dak at the Black Friday tasting). Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with thin white head. Aroma is citrus and some dank hops. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is bitter, but smooth. Pretty good stuff.