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RATINGS: 180   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Draft from the Hillstead Farm release 10/2 and from a growler @ home. Minimally hazy medium orange with a one finger creamy off-white head that lasted the duration on tap, but didn’t last near as long from the swing top growler. Big fruity hoppy nose that consists of tangerines, tropical fruit, and some delicious leafy dry hopped notes, with some light cotton candy caramel sweetness. Aroma reminds me a lot of Pliny the Younger. Flavor is more bitter than PtY. Flavor has a tinge of pine, but otherwise full of the fruits and tons of dry hopped notes that lingers to the finish, which was dry. The light sweet cotton candy caramel malt blends exceptionally well with the hops. Bitterness peaked at a 7-8 with some mild alcohol noted, warming in the belly. Burps pine. Full body with light to medium carbonation. This was friggin’ tasty, and glad I got to try it (gf included). Thanks for not using Cascades!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3558) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Finally a tick from Hill Fargstead! Growler (and hand bottle) shared by Arbitrator. Let’s see see what these crazy homers are all yappin’ 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Amber in color with an averaged sized head. Wow, nice and hoppy all the way around! citrus, resiny, pine, fruity, doughy, and did I say nice and hoppy. Nice and bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alexsdad06 (5553) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
Snifter poured from growler shared by a local BA. Pours a clear dark golden color with a small bubbly white head. The intense aroma comes leaping from the glass bringing tropical fruits, grapefruit, honey sweetness and a touch of pine. The nose is first class. The flavor does not disappoint either. More big tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit, a sweet caramel malt base, honey, and more pine noticeable toward the finish. I don’t know about 280 IBU’s, but the bitterness it has is well integrated. This is insanely drinkable for what it is. I would have to classify this as an instant classic.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5451) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Draft with Pat at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event. Pours a hazy orange amber body with nice white head. Aroma is perfect blend of citrus and fresh pine notes. Mouthfeel is extremely refreshing - especially considering the +10% abv content - notes of fresh resin, pine, citrus, and some soapy accents as well.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2011
64 oz. growler consumed on 3/19/11. A very clear orange color beer with a small but nice head that clings to the glass. The clarity of this beer surprised me. The aroma is money and is everything I want out of a DIPA. Huge orange, loads of various tropical fruits, orange rind, grapefruit rind. This is the aroma of love. One thing to note is it smells very clean. The taste is great very smooth like orange and grapefruit almost like this is those juices mixed together with a nice layer of malt. I was a little shocked at how hot this was and the alcohol is fairly noticeable. Other than that this is a big new player on the DIPA front and I cannot wait to try it again.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3768) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2011
At hill farmstead festival, huge citrus up front, tons of hops all over the flavor. Big Bitter finish. Beautiful

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (2349) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Had this on draft at the Harvest festival at the brewery. Pours a hazy golden/orange color with white head. Aroma is perfection with notes of grapefruit, peach, orange, grass, and some pine. Taste is very citrus upfront with nice bittering finish and lasting dry citrus taste. Slight warming from the alcohol but very very tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerman6686 (4417) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
This poured a lighter amber to dark yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was very inviting indeed nice fresh citrusy and slightly herbal hops, with a small note of alcohol there as well. Flavor was just incredible. i can say without a doubt that I have never had an IPA that was as tropical tasting as this one. It almost doesnt even taste like beer, more like a blend of pineapple and mango juice with some nice orange rind for bitterness. Aside from the alcohol content, I dont see how this one could possibly be any more refreshing.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johnsense (824) - - OCT 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 pours a slightly hazy copper with 2 fingers of eggshell head. Aroma is something else - delicious scents of pine, grapefruit, mango and that was BEFORE I poured a glass. Wonderful! Taste is a big blast of citrus hops balanced out by caramel malt - Mango, Grapefruit, Orange, Papaya - think a killer citrus fruit salad with a bit or earthiness and caramel for balance . For a 10.5% beer this one is as smooth as they get. No hyperbole here - this one is worthy of every ounce of hype it gets. Worth the drive to the farm.


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