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RATINGS: 178   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2010
This is a dangerous beer because of itís smoothness, balanced and big ABV. I can easily drink a few of these if not careful. On tap and in growlers. It pours a hazy yellow with a medium creamy head that holds nicely and laces in the glass. Big hop aroma with notes of citrus and pine. The taste is slightly resinous, citrusy and fruity, but smooth and no alcohol hotness at all. It finishes with a balanced bitterness and slight dryness that begs for a repour. Really fresh taste overall and one of the few Imperial IPAs I can enjoy more than one of in a sitting.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oakbluff (420) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
Growler via the man Glougloburp. thanks a million Dany- pours a light tangerine with slight haze with a light head and soapy lacing. Nose- huge blast of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, passion fruit). Taste- WOW- intense, wave after wave of hops attack the senses. Citrus, pine resin. Thick chewy hops interplay with cookie dough pale malts. Medium bodied. Carbonation spot (esp for a growler Iíve been sitting on for a few weeks). Booze is not apparent other then a warming heat as this hop delivery vehicle slides down the throat. Its a man among boys in the world of dipas. Drinkability is insance for the power of this brew. World class

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours a hazy brilliant orange with a medium creamy/bubbly white head. Aroma of crisp grapefruit hoppy notes, other citrus notes, resiny and light bready malt. Flavor of grapefruit, pine resin, crisp hop bitterness thatís aggressive yet smooth. Bitterness and hop flavor linger. Perfumey, with light alcohol notes.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2011
Here is the DIPA that rocketed from unknown to superstar at breakneck speed. This has a lot of hype behind it and thus my expectations are appropriately very high. Now for the judgment. Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Half the head fell after a short time, but the remainder stuck around for a while. Spotty lacing covers the glass. 4.5 S: Really wonderful aroma! Tons of tropical fruits in this. Pineapple, mango, lots of papaya and orange. Secondarily piney and floral. Fruits combine for a sugary sweetness. Malts are pretty well hidden. 5.0 T: Holy shit is this tasty! I canít believe how wonderful this is. Iím pretty sure a pallet of various tropical fruits had been compressed and molden into the shape of a .50 caliber bullet, then overpacked with powder and shot into my tongue. Pineapple, mango, orange, papaya, and peach are incredibly strong. So fruity, but not too sweet. Malt is easily overshadowed by the hops, but it does well enough to keep the taste balanced. For 280 hypothetical IBUs, the bitterness is quite low and only manifests in the aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. 4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a growler. Very creamy (but could be a bit moreso) and incredibly smooth. 5.0 D: I never thought this would live up to the hype, but instead, it has surpassed it. There isnít a damn thing I would change about this beer. Itís about as close as you can get to a perfect taste. Absolutely fabulous. Worth whatever you need to trade for it. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 03-27-2011 18:37:27

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
Draft at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event with James. Pours an electric, glowingly hazy, turbid nectarine orange with a rich, frothy, gorgeous streaky pristine white head. Cathedral window arch lacing throughout the session. The nose is an invitingly mellow, yet misleadingly complex, boquet; freah cream mixes with orange marmalade, chamomile, lavender, piney hop resin, zesty grapefruit juice, apricot, and sublte notes of peaches and earth. These scents follow through cleanly onto flavors of orange sherbert, honey, and smooth, subtle bitter hop. This is an outstandingly rich, intricate, smooth double IPA. Very well done and drinkable.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2011
Growler sent to me by baconsausage, thanks! Shared at a recent beer tasting that went from zero to epic in three minutes. Served in a Hill Farmstead becher glass (thanks bacon), because I am able to. Beer is amber, light amber and mostly clear with a wonderful thick head of small and medium bubbles, head has some retention to it too. Some lacing left on the walls of my HF glass, the lacing probably only works in the right glassware. Aroma is awesome. It is hoppy, like a fruit salad, with mango and peaches and cantaloupe and papaya. Complex, fruity, hoppy, good. Beer is medium to light in body and really really bitter. This beer likely maxes out the bitterness scale for beer in general but specifically this beer is quite quite bitter. There is very little hint of malt at the lead off and there is an unfolding on flavors on the midpalate with a variety of fruity esters from the hops. The beer has good connectivity and I thoroughly enjoyed two full pours of this beer. A great great great IPA for sure. I could hurt myself with a growler of this beer. Serving type: growler

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3453) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
On tap at Capones, there is a ton of hype surrounding this beer. I was glad that Caponeís in Norristown was able to get a keg of this juicy double IPA. 5 oz snifter pour. Color was a haze infused glowing yellow with minimal head and good sporadic lacing. The nose is truly incredible on this beer. Grapefruit, resinous, dank pine, tangerine, and butterscotch. Taste is like the aroma but not as pronounced. Flavor dominated by tropical citrus, pine, peach, tangerine, full hops, crystal malt. Finishes smooth and perfectly bitter for this style. Awesome IPA that is fast becoming the new target of hopheads around the world.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
750ml, swing-top growler, courtesy of baconsausage on BA. thanks, tucker! super stoked to get this one fresh as hell. pours a gorgeous , clear, honey-gold with a rich, creamy, pure white head with excellent retention that leaves bubbly rings of lace around the edges. aroma is absolutely fantastic with an elegant balance of sweet floral esters, pine resins, and pink grapefruit backed by beautiful tropical fruit notes of pineapple, guava, apricot, and kiwi with subtle hints of honey and vanilla as is settles in the glass. flavor is simply magnifiscent with massive tropical notes of mango, guava, pineapple, and honeydew up front backed by citrus rinds, and subtle, spicy, pine esters that transition to bitter, grassy hops that add a great balance to the tropical sweetness. palate is medium bodied and amazingly drinkable at 10.3% with perfect carbonation and a fruity, bitter finish that leaves me longing for another sip. overall, an utter gem of a dipa that definitely stands up to the big guns in the style.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Was able to walk away from the festival with two 750ís one for me and my wife.... also had a glass at the festival. Holy DIPA... I can not believe the complexity, balance and drinkability of this beer. Big fruity tropical notes on both the palate and nose... mango, pineapple and touches of honeydew backed by some piney slightly resinous touches to give the slightest edge and punch up the juicy flavors. Damn this is one of those beers I wish i could drink everyday !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Finally a tick from Hill Fargstead! Growler (and hand bottle) shared by Arbitrator. Letís see see what these crazy homers are all yappiní about, shall we? Pours a great bright golden color with a small white head that fades. Big-time citrusy and herbal hop aroma with sweet malt to back it up. Really enticing. The flavor is very nice and hop-forward. Sweet and caramel malt base, with huge grapefruity, orangey, pine, herbal notes, and big resin. Enamel-ripping mouthfeel with fairly lively carbonation despite being from a growler. Medium-full body. Really awesome DIPA, almost up to Younger level.


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