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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
On tap at Gingerman prior to going to Joe’s going away party. Pours a lightly hazed orange with a medium sized white head. A touch of alcohol hides gracefully behind the huge citrus and thick pine notes on the nose. Lightly sweet, sticky citrus and hop flavors. Big hop candies, ridiculously sticky resinous character. Big candied grapefruit and loads of slow lingering quinine on the finish. Awesome stuff. First beer in quite a while that I’ve ordered a second of at a bar. Would have gladly sat around all day drinking this but had to go to a crazy tasting so I reluctantly stopped at two.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Thanks to Kan for this handbottle. Pours an orange amber with a thin head. Super fresh nose: fresh hops citrus and dough. Super fresh hop notes with the doughy sweetness is the sign of an excellent IIPA. Bitter citrus dough flavors lots of bitter bitter hops. Lots of citrus pine and super solid. Super bitter but excellent with that doughy malt. Love it. 9/4/8/4/17

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (39084) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
From tap at the brewery. Pours almost clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruity and slight peachy smooth hoppy. Dry. Smooth and lingering fruity hoppy with a touch of alcohol. Ultra clean and bitter fruity finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (6996) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Growler pours a transparent, bright orange with some spitty white head. Great color, OK head retention. Nose is dank hops, resinous, peachy, candied orange, oily American hops, grapefruit zest, vinous fruit, honey, flower pollen. Flavor is strong pine, sweet, honey, grapefruit, orange zest, lemons, some corn sugar, a touch peppery, nectarine. Full bodied, touch hot with some bracing bitterness. Very nice. Could probably use a touch less bitterness and a little more sweetness to round things out.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Draft. Pours a golden orange body with a white head with mild head retention. Aromatically hoppy fresh grass tones, peach and citrus notes. A mild grapefruit bite. Hints of honey and orange. Delicious HF just put the East coast back on the map for quality IPAs.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2011
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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Hazy amber-peach colored pour with a great white head. The nose holds notes of sweet caramel, pine resin, and sappy evergreen. The flavor holds more evergreen proliferation with big sweet sappy resin, and nectar fruit in the form of mandarin and fruit cocktail. A big hoss of a beer for sure. The body is thick, sweet, and sappy with low carbonation and a resinous finish. About as dry as you can get a beer this huge.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
On tap at Capones. Almost clear golden brown with a thin layer of white froth. Nose is toffee, pink grapefruit, pine and watermelon. Medium body, resiny but not overdone. Light carb with a tingle. Taste is peachy pine and toffee with grapefruit pith and hints of strawberry and banana. Hops linger gracefully. For me just shy of the Younger. Exceptional.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Served on-tap at Capone’s earlier today into a 5.5oz taster glass. I got two just to be sure... A - Pours clear golden orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass. S - Smells of lightly toasted caramel malt and lots of hops. Initially it is a bit weak but as it warms up the hops just flood the nose. Citric fruit and a touch of pine resin round things out. If not for the slow start this would have been a five. T - Starts off with a quick taste of caramel malt that is quickly enveloped by the intense citric hop bite. Hints of tropical fruits; mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and mango; help to balance things out a bit. The finish is pretty dry with lots of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time. Very well balanced yet still intensely hoppy, great stuff. M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, intensely hoppy, feel throughout the entire glass. A tiny bit more carb would have helped but not a huge deal. O - Having had most of the other hoppy Hill Farmstead beers I can say that this is my new favorite, but only by a very small margin. The hops are strong but not overpowering and it is easy to drink. One of the best for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3338) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
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


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