Huhzubendah (2431) - 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
AdamJackson (2389) - 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.
MadIndian (2350) - 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 (2331) - 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 (2289) - 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 (2248) - 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.
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.
craftycarl21 (2208) - 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.
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.
50belair (2178) - 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...