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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.


4.1
   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 – 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 (1351) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (6111) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2228) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2011
750ml shared with mattyb83. Pours a thin pale orange color with not much head at all. Wonderfully elegant aroma of Orange, mango, pineapple, slightly floral even. Very nice. The flavor has a heavily resinous, yet still retains a very light body. Orange citrus dominates the flavor with a strong backbone of tropical fruit, mainly mango and pineapple. Really nice. Its a little thin overall in the body, A tad more there would have been nice, otherwise this is a wonderful DIPA. Thanks matty!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
The IPA pours pure amber with an off white head and decent head rfetention. It smells piney, lightly sweet, and hoppy in a clear, well-balanced manner. The flavors are similar, with hops, piney notes, and some more bitter than sweet notes. There is no bite at all; it is so smooth on a fitting medium palatable body.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of hops, hop oil, fruit, citrus, tangerine, light pine, and melon. Poured orange in color with a tiny, white head around the edges only. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, hop oil, pine, citrus, grapefruit, resin, tangerine, and fruit. Light to medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter, hop, tangerine, resin, hop oil finish is dry. 10.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7909) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2013
Pale UFO’s completely obscuring an orangey-ochre beer; small white rim. End of bottle solid yeast. Very fruity/citrussy aromas, jumping out of the glass; bit resiny. Very balanced, but one could also maintain unidimensional smell. Cakey sweetness absolutely superbly balancing the resiny, citrussy hopflavours. Utterly remarkable balance, certainly for such a strong beer. Part of the sweetness might be ethanol-related, but it’s nowhere ’boozey’ in character. Medium carbonation, feels smooth & oily; medium bodied, some alcoholwarming. Very impressive beer with outstanding balance. Many Belgians feel that double IPA’s are lopsided, but this kind ought to convince them otherwise. Many thanks to L &M!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Not sure why this wasn’t in my ratings list, but stuck in my "offline" ratings. Anyhow, I have had this twice, once at the Harvest fest in 2012 and recently with the latest batch. Pours pretty much identical to Shaun’s other hoppy beers, opaque pale yellow orange with a great white head. Smell is heavy grapefruit, and some alcohol sweetness, with some hay and barnyard. Taste is again great, but I feel Ephraim is just a tad too sweet for me compared to the other fantastic HF hoppy beers.


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