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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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (3104) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2011
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
umich03jm (3101) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2966) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
On tap at HF. Pours hazy golden with high white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, malt. Taste is of pine, citrus, malt. Somewhat bitter, but not overly. Good body. Overall: very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2906) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
75cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, UFO’s, off white stable large head. NOSE: hoppy, fruity, peppery, some peaches. TASTE: peppery, quite heavy, little alcohol noticeable. Quite nice!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (2903) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Shared much thanks to Inspectorbob at BA gathering. Pours out a mostly clear orangy color with not much of a head. Aroma is of intense juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and light alcohol. Taste is intense hops, and in a good way, tropical fruits resiny citrus, light sweet malts, light alcohol and a nice bitter punch on the finish. This is one awesome beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (2853) - Gray, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Was able to walk away from the festival with two 750’s one for me and my wife.... also had a glass at the festival. Holy DIPA... I can not believe the complexity, balance and drinkability of this beer. Big fruity tropical notes on both the palate and nose... mango, pineapple and touches of honeydew backed by some piney slightly resinous touches to give the slightest edge and punch up the juicy flavors. Damn this is one of those beers I wish i could drink everyday !

3.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2011
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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ed5388 (2761) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2013
750ml growler. Pours a cloudy straw color with thick fluffy white head. Aroma of potent tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is full of citrus bitterness. Lemon, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Some pine and a slightly spicy aftertaste. My first offering from Hill Farmstead and I'm very pleased! Definitely worth the hype.


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