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


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Honey-laced tropical fruit burst from this luxurious strong aleís aroma and flavor profile, developing sagacious resinous bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A misty orange golden is capped by creamy foam.
-Alcohol is not prominent, which I appreciate.
-This is not just another hop bomb of a Double IPA. It is complex and well polished, and almost tastes 3/4 Double IPA, 1/4 Blond Barley Wine.
-Dare I say this is balanced?

Growler, and on tap at the brewery and at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sean9689 (271) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Growler, thanks Jason. A - Pours a clear orangish/yellow, white head that dissipates to a thin film, very sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass, and a thin ring around the glass. S - Sweet burnt sugars, lots of malts, bitter citrus notes, dankness. Pretty damn solid combo of stuff going on here. T - Sweet malts and sugars up front followed by an onslaught of bitter hoppy dankness. Itís a transition from one to another, but holy shit, the hops are beating my palate into submission. M - Medium bodied, syrupy feel, smooth, light carbonation. D - Now on my second glass, Iím feeling pretty good. Really enjoyed this one and hopefully, Iíll get to try some other offerings from this brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Amazing aroma of tropical fruits Ė mango, mostly. Intensely hoppy flavor; prickly on the tongue with massive pine and pineapple flavors.

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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Draught at Willyís. Pours a hazy orange/amber with an off white head. Smells of intense citrus, floral, some dry malty undertones. Tastes of citrus, pepper, wildflowers, grassy, some dry malty hints on the finish. Very enjoyable.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10596) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
A: The pour is surprisingly clear, and is a nice golden amber color with a couple fingers of white head and sticky lacing all down the glass. S: Intensely fruity on the nose. Excellent grapefruit, but perhaps even better tropical fruit aromas. Lots of pineapple and mango, perhaps some grass and certainly a little bit of pine. A mild sugar aroma provides some additional sweetness. T: There is a touch of sweet malt flavor, but after that, itís just a ton of fruity hops. Pineapple, mango, and peaches give the beer a really nice flavor and the grapefruit and pine notes provide the requisite bitterness. M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not super bitter on the finish. D: Damn good stuff, but the alcohol does catch up with you on this one. Deceptively easy to drink.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Thanks goes to tyler for sharing this growler. Pour is a golden, shining orange with a small white head. Color is clear with tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Possible the best looking DIPA Iíve seen. Big fruity aroma with pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, and tropical fruit. Taste is full of tropical fruit, with pineapple, and a hint of bitterness. Amazingly well balanced for such a large DIPA that keeps its bitterness in check. No presence of alcohol. Pretty full bodied. One of the best DIPAs Iíve had. Thanks once again Tyler!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (5853) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2011
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Fruity hoppy aroma with piney notes and light sweet malty notes. The flavor has piney citric hops, sweet malts, and floral notes. Good stuff.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2011
rating from notes. on tap at HFS. Pours a fairly clear golden with a coper hint. fluffy white head that holds for a bit. smell is potent with mango citrus pine and grapefruit bitterness. somewhat sweet candy like malt a touch alcohol to smell. taste is a load of resionous pine citrus mango citrus rind bitterness. candy like sweet malt lets the hops shine through. a bit of alcohol to taste and feel. smooth mouthfeel rich full body brewski.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
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.


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