mcberko (14077) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
kimjongill (207) - - MAY 10, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
ctipping (1274) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750 mL growler. Originally reviewed 10/8/2011.
Hazy golden orange body with a slightly dark tint to it. Not a huge head, but whatís there is a sticky and lacey and all that is wondeful.
Smell - Gobs of citrus hops. The sweetness is there, but even at 10.5% it doesnít dominate in the aroma.
The sweetness does come through in the taste, but itís secondary to the hops and it even incorporates itself pretty well. Once the waves of citrus hops die down, the sweetness comes about in mango and pineapple flavors. Itís as if the malt is an appendage of the hops. It finishes ever-so-slightly bitter.
Low carbonation. I wonder if thatís a growler thing or if thatís just how it is. The body comes off a bit heavy from the lack of carbonation, but the flavors bring you back for more and more.
I have increased my rating of this beer every time Iíve had it.
harmfillstead (8) - - MAY 2, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
aasher (113) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
adrian910ss (2565) - 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.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Orangish pour. White head. Tropical fruit, citrus and resin hop aroma. Nice bitter and citrus flavor. Damn amazing beer. Thanks gn0sis!
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
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