Steve_0 (1912) - 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 Danís 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!
Reynolds314 (1877) - 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.
callmemickey (1835) - 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 doesnít 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 Iíd easily take over this. I am sure this was better the day it was first tapped at the Farmstead though.
tom10101 (1797) - 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!
zdk (1788) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap: fruity, sweet malts. piney hops, prickly carbonation with a warming booze finish. Nice candied fruits and sticky hops. yum.
adamjackson (1734) - Lyme, 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. Itís not my favorite HFS beer by a long shot but still was a pleasure to drink.
50belair (1718) - 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 sippiní 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...
pushkinwow (1554) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Dany for a ridiculously generous trade that allowed me to share this along side Abner with the Ottawa crew. Cloudy vibrant but somewhat pale yellow with a generous foamy white head. Wet fresh hops, smooth, some farmhouse funk, canít get over how finely balanced all the hop flavours are - would gladly drink this every day. Moderate carbonation, smooth with a full body, long finish that keeps on giving.
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Cambridge... Good looking brew, light colored orange with a slight yellow tint. Decent head that faded fast. Nice nose of grass, fruity notes, and pine. Taste is delicious.... Light bitterness but tons of hops... Pine, mango, tree sap, grass, hay, fruity with out one flavor dominating... Some yeast flavor and a malt body to keep it balanced. Crisp and really light for a DIPA. The alcohol is so well hidden. Scary that this is so tasty and drinkable.... Overall: Great beer.... really enjoyed this!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super short rating. Growler. Shit this is awesome! Pours a glowing, vibrant gold with a resilient, sticky bright white head. Aroma is chock full of juicy hop oils. Slightly leafy and green, but never crosses the line into astringent. Musty, resinous and dank. Pine sap, tropical fruit meat. Like the other HF IPAs, this beer is a textbook example of how a beer can be insanely hoppy, but never cross the line into astringent and offputting bitterness. He hops are floral, resinous, tropical, dank. Never, ever showing a sign of the 10+% at all. Medium to full bodied. Slightly oily, but never greasy leading to a lengthy, bitter, resinous finish. Holy god this shit is amazing! Thanks a ton Dany!