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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johnsense (1368) - - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Shared much thanks to Inspectorbob at BA gathering. Pours out a mostly clear orangy color with not much of a head. Aroma is of intense juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus and light alcohol. Taste is intense hops, and in a good way, tropical fruits resiny citrus, light sweet malts, light alcohol and a nice bitter punch on the finish. This is one awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tinco (613) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
Pours a orange, cloude, uicy, white head. Looks like juice. Aroma is very citrusy, lemon, sweet orange, hop juice, tree sap, pine. Taste is orange, lemon, bitter, hoppy, no alcohol, grapefuit, juicy, little pine, sweet malts. One of the best DIPAs Iäve every had! So awesome! Had to have two glasses of this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dedollewaitor (15580) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2012
Growler. Trade with Xerenthar. Thanks. Pours hazy orange with a creamy head and lacings. Nose is tropical fruity hops. Flavor is extremely fruity. Mango, pineapple, clementine and oranges. Holy ish. Fruit salad/Fruit Punch. Bitter and dry with hardly any alcohol showing. Intense and very tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Draft at Cambridge... Good looking brew, light colored orange with a slight yellow tint. Decent head that faded fast. Nice nose of grass, fruity notes, and pine. Taste is delicious.... Light bitterness but tons of hops... Pine, mango, tree sap, grass, hay, fruity with out one flavor dominating... Some yeast flavor and a malt body to keep it balanced. Crisp and really light for a DIPA. The alcohol is so well hidden. Scary that this is so tasty and drinkable.... Overall: Great beer.... really enjoyed this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsandman (1104) - New York, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.11.14 @ the source. (Note: ABV on this batch was 9.6%, prior Ephraim’s have been a bit higher (10.3%)... Shaun + employees mentioned folks have been raving about this recent batch.) Pours clearer orange than your average HFS IPA/DIPA/IIPA, standard white head. Aroma is huge passionfruit, mango, pineapple, citrus, super dank hops. Straight up tastes like a candy, citrus/pineapple/tropical fruit mixed with piney hops, faint malt, then more citrus. Light booze on the back end but really ridiculously smooth for ABV. Incredible, home run.. HFS at their best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (10591) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2014
Growler thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is strong fruity hop, citrus, and pine. Thick mouthfeel with nice dry hop, bitter malt, so good. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (3891) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Growler from HF. Tagged best consumed by March 01, 2016. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a semi-hazy almost burnt orange color with a thin wisp of a white head that quickly dissipated. Light bubbles of broken head float around the top. Light wispy lacing. The smell takes in sweet danky onion sliding on into through resinous pine and then a light grapefruit underneath. The taste had a full bittersweet flavor revolving around the resinous piney part. Dry resinous aftertaste leads into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. ABV, whoah, where did that go? Its not really there, well hidden. Overall, wow, just wow, just an absolutely stellar job by HF. I’d love to have this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Thanks to Kan for this handbottle. Pours golden with white head, bit aroma of piney and sugary goodness with citrus grapefruit notes. wow awesome aroma. flavors of spruce and grapefruit, citrus resiny flavors, awesome finish wow long lasting sprucy,. piney, and earthy finish. so bitter and no malty Alcy finish awesome stuff! Perhaps the best iipa ever!?!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (13438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Poured a clear golden amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of biscuit, peach, tropical fruit, tangerine, pink grapefruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, peach, tropical fruit, tangerine and light pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish.

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