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Hill Farmstead Ephraim
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RATINGS: 177   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%, 21ºP, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow (1956) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
Big thanks to Dany for a ridiculously generous trade that allowed me to share this along side Abner with the Ottawa crew. Cloudy vibrant but somewhat pale yellow with a generous foamy white head. Wet fresh hops, smooth, some farmhouse funk, can’t get over how finely balanced all the hop flavours are - would gladly drink this every day. Moderate carbonation, smooth with a full body, long finish that keeps on giving.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
writerljberg (635) - Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2013
750mL courtesy of Jim. Huge thanks. A: Beautiful golden-orange with a foamy white head. A litte sediment mars the overall beauty, but it still looks quite nice. N: Wonderfully balanced. Pine, earth, mango, pineapple. Deep and rounded. Some grass and a little bit of caramel around the edges. T: Quite sweet at the front with a moderate bitterness. Showcases the hops very well. Both stinging and balanced. Big kudos here, though it’s just a tad sweet for me. M: Very good mouthfeel. Carbonated nicely with a slight dryness and a round, heavy mouthfeel. O: A top tier beer that might get a few more points from me with a touch more dryness and a little less malt. Still, well done. Would have time and time again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Thanks for the taste, Dale! Beautiful pour, lustrous gold, gleaming and majestically frothed. Superb nose, oily, resinous, and dank, but with a lightness and elegance that suggests something more in the 8% range. Very impressive. Smooth mouthfeel, just a touch creamy without sacrificing the bracing, prickly qualities. Long, dry finish. Flavors are outrageously good, as one now expects from HF IPAs. Never overdone or merely over the top, this one is fragrant, floral, and herbaceous, with loads of tropical fruit and bitterness in one. No astringency or harshness, just balance and depth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
knickskicks (685) - - APR 17, 2014
Orange pour, white head with nice lacing. Nose is tang, biscuit, some tropical fruits, lemon, fresh well water. Taste is very tangy, pulpy lemon, some mango, well water, tangy bitter finish. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Great but preferred Abner by a wide margin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jntfan1978 (44) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Orangish pour with small white head. Tropical fruit, citrus and hoppy on the nose. Nice hop bitterish and citrus flavor with slight malt on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (1881) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2014
Growler from kfarrell7, thanks Kristin. Unclear yellow body with a medium white head. Tropical fruit, pine needles, grass, pineapple, grapefruit, hops, light alcohol. Yet again Hill Farmstead blow me away. This must be the best brewery in the world.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4387) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2014
29/IV/14 - 75cl growler bottle @ De Hopduvel - BB: IV/29/14 (2014-444) Thanks to AdamJackson and Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy deep yellow golden beer, small irregular aery yellowish head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, sweet, bubble gum notes, lots of passion fruit, exotic fruits candy, sweet ripe peach and aprcot, little sourish, faint hint of bretta. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very very fruity, peach candy, some exotic fruits, mango, citrus, little sourish. Aftertaste: citrus, tangerines, little bitter, sweet malts, caramel, some honey, mango, peach candy, exotic fruit, citric, little sour, nice balanced bitterness, almost sweet, very fruity. Very very nice! This is more my kind of an (i)ipa than the Society Solitude #5!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markducommun (143) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pale cloudy yellow, light head. Intensely floral nose, some sweeter grassy notes. Some mild breadiness. Quite bitter a and hoppy upfront, little sweetness. Lighter body, fairly acidic and fairly carbonated. Ever so slightly oily. Alcohol is quite understated. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (305) - - JUL 2, 2014
Growler shared by dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan! Pours a clear golden color with thick head and leaves solid lacing. Aroma is fresh hops and citrus, with a slight boozy note. Flavor is solid, with citrus notes and hops being the main monkey business. The growler is fresh, and my glass empties too quickly. Alcohol is certainly prominent in the finish, but well masked for 10.5% beer. From notes March 2, 2011.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Growler. Pours a golden yellow amber color with a very white head that forms a nice 1 finger head of foam that falls rather quickly. I can smell the hop aroma as I pour this out into the glass. Very aromatic with nice tropical type hop notes like pineapple and mango, also some citrus rind. Medium mouthfeel. Fruity malty sweetness gives way to a nice bitter hop bite. Wow, bitter bite, might be a tad much. Very slight alcohol notes but otherwise the alcohol is fairly well hidden.


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