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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   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%, 21ļP, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mcberko (7236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
750mL growler, pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma is bursting of tropical fruits, full of mangos and pineapple, some of that signature funky Hill Farmstead smell, and loads of citrus hops. Flavour is absolutely orgasmic, bursting of pungent tropical fruits as mentioned, truckloads of pungent citrusy hops, a bit of floral presence (as with most Hill Farmstead), and just enough malt presence to back without influencing the taste. Ridiculous amount of depth and flavour to this, characterized by the pungent tropical fruits and citrus hops, with no astringency at all. ABV is no where to be detected - drinks like a 5% IPA rather than 10%. Fuck it, a perfect 5 - my first one awarded. Absolutely amazing - I donít know how Hill Farmstead do it.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kimjongill (207) - - MAY 10, 2013
Hefty citrus aroma. brilliant orange/grapefruit colored pour. Great flavor balance. The sweetness Mouthfeel is somehow both thick and light at the same time. Best mouthfeel on a double IPA.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harmfillstead (8) - - MAY 2, 2013 does not count
Wonderful ! This is a beer that you always want to have around. The only reason I didnít rate this tops across the board is that the sheer intensity of it nullifies the taste buds so you can find yourself temporarily unable to gather the full flavor or the beer. Sooooo delicious , but not there very best.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Growler courtesy of Adam Jackson. Thanks for hitting this want Adam. Ephraim pours a relatively clear bright yellow gold in color with a one finger, soapy white head. The nose is very fresh and aromatic with plenty of tangerine and pineapple. Right off the bat it reminds me of Dreadnaught with just a touch more malty sweetness. The flavors are very bright and clean tangerine, pineapple, and grassy hop character with a moderate level of pale malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol. The best part of all of this is how well rounded the flavors are. It drinks pretty light in body and for the style isnt bitter at all, increasing drinkability. Overall this is an excellent beer worthy of high praise. To this Midwesterner, Ephraim is a slightly sweeter, fruiter Dreadnaught.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
In short: A truly fantastic 10% IIPA bursting with tropical fruits that drinks like a 6% session IPA. Just Wow!
How: Tap at the brewery
The look: Cloudy golden-orange body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention.
In long: The nose is an explosion of tangerines, pineapples, mangos and other tropical fruits. Body is packed with fresh slightly toasted cereals with some honey and a tiny bit of caramel. Just enough sweetness to provide some kind of balance while not getting in the way of the hops. Fresh fruity hops and more fresh fruity hops. Beers on tap at a brewery/brewpub are always fresh but some just taste fresher than others. With its bright tropical fruits hops Ephraim is vibrant with freshness. The bitterness of medium-high intensity does not feel intense at all because of its refreshing character. I went for more than one glass and I was drinking it like a 5% session IPA. No alcohol presence at all. Very few beer above 10% can be described as refreshing, but this one is uber-refreshing. As of summer 2010, I declare that this beer is the best east-coast IPA ever brewed and I declare Osama Bin Laden the Hide And Seek world champion.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1630) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Whatís this? An East Coast IPA that would stand out even amongst the great West Coast IPAs? Dank tropical and citrus fruit aromas, light crisp malt giving perfect body, really, really good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2011
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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Orangish pour. White head. Tropical fruit, citrus and resin hop aroma. Nice bitter and citrus flavor. Damn amazing beer. Thanks gn0sis!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
The third attempt at getting a growler was the charm, and the best part was I didnít have to give up anything insanely rare, just good beer!A - Pours a golden color with pillowy white head, great legs.S - Resinous hops, pine, grapefruit, and light malt backbone.T - The nose x5. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and all those delicious fruity hop tastes. The malt is there, but sits harmoniously in the background. For the 280 theoretical IBUs this beer is pretty damn tame, or just balanced really well. Alcohol is present but also seems no where near 10.5%.M/D - Great cabonation from a 6 day old growler that was shipped to Texas, excellent full body as well, with a slightly dry bitter finish. This was an excellent DIPA and according to another at a tasting, is right on par with PtY. Itíd be awesome if people didnít ransom these growlers because they had to drive 90 minutes... Everything in Texas takes a least that long of a drive unless itís in your city.I got lucky, but itíd be awesome if more people had a chance to try this beer because it really is an exceptional DIPA.Serving type: growlerReviewed on: 03-29-2011

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
umich03jm (2177) - 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.


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