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Hill Farmstead Ephraim
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RATINGS: 156   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%, 21P, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (136) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 Review transfered from BA. Was a week old Oct 11 filled swing top HF growler shared with a few other BAs. Loud pop when opening growler; poured into a tulip. Pours a clear, golden orange color with a frothy light yellowish tan. Average retention and plentiful streaks and dots of lacing. Body has a pleasant glow and steady stream of small bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is spectacularly fresh, juicy and hoppy. Tropical and citrus fruits, like tangerine, grapefruit, and pineapple dominate with minimal pulp and resin bitterness. Flavor is not quite as outstanding as the aroma. Well, let me rephrase, its not as intensely sweet and focused on the tropical (pineapple) notes, instead there is a much more pronounced pine and grapefruit rind flavor that particularly lingers in the finish. Front to middle of the palate is where the sweeter fruit and light malt flavors dominate and produce a juicy, slick mouthfeel. The back of the palate and finish are then bludgeoned by intense hop oils and bitterness. Body is medium thick, though slightly thinner than Id prefer, with tight, fine carbonation. Alcohol also provides a slight burn in the finish. Overall this is an exceptional DIPA. A little more sweetness in the body like the nose, instead of pine and resin would push both the drinkability and taste higher for me. In the discussion with PtY, but not quite there. I think I enjoy Abner more than this, though he isnt as remarkable as this.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3237) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Tap at the Blind Tiger, 3-4 weeks since brewed. It is, perhaps, surprising how mellow this beer feels compared to its brothers and contemporaries. The 10.5 is hardly there. It is punchy and bright, juicy and perhaps just a touch sweet, with very little bitterness to disrupt the raw hop power on display. The hop is lemony, orange, skunky and earthy, if not somewhat fecal, but more the "forest floor" the wine critics love using as opposed to, say... Well, you know. Hill himself has already set the bar so impossibly high that, even with this being so many words ahead of pretty much every ipa ever made, one almost still feels let down that there isnt just... more. More power. More oomph. Because this is not Edward, a supposed pale ale, that asks to be taken lightly. This is the big daddy, and compared to Double Sunshine, or his Double Galaxy, or the rare Younger keg, this feels the softest, and most wanting for just a little more juice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (730) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
Oh my. I tried really hard not to believe the hype. Growler poured into a hill farmstead tulip. Cloudy with a stiff foamy head. This beer just wafts aroma when you pour it. Its waves of mango, orange, and easy to pick out the simcoe. Resinous hops, with pine, citrusy orange tangerine and grapefruit with a nice but not overpowered bitterness. I hate knowing I wont be having this again any time soon.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1640) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 On tap at the Barcade Phila anniversary. Aroma of sweet citrus and slight resin. Pours hazy peach with little head. Taste is very juicy with orange peel, grapefruit, and slight resin. Easy to drink and everything I like in an IPA.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2013
750ml growler. Pours a cloudy straw color with thick fluffy white head. Aroma of potent tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is full of citrus bitterness. Lemon, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Some pine and a slightly spicy aftertaste. My first offering from Hill Farmstead and I'm very pleased! Definitely worth the hype.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours a very clear gold with a finger white creamy head. Smells of citrus, tropical fruits with a little bit of earthiness. Up front lots of citrus flavors with a little bit of sweet maltiness. Rounds out into a sweet pineapple flavor near the end with a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light. Carbonation level is low, but Im assuming that has to do with the growler. Very solid beer. I love the distinct pineapple flavor, but having had this right after Heady Topper it falls short of that standard.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2010
[Draft @ Kennett] Golden amber color with a small, white head that left sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, some sweetness, toasted malts, hop resin, and alcohol. Taste of citrus, pine, resiny, nearly tobacco flavor, with grapefruit, and light alcohol in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Hill farmstead Ephraim. 12oz handbottle from a growler fill from Joey... Pours a moderately pale orangey flow with a thin soapy white head... Quite vivid and brilliant hops most akin and resembling exponential hoppiness and younger in nature. Assertive of honey infused piney and sweet tropical fruit juiciness. Very much in your face and totally appreciated... Flavors are vividly wild and assertive with vibrant tropical hops that finishes off with a semi-intense piney bitterness. Semi-sweet overall and just so very good and satisfying with a big hop punch. 9/4/8/4/17

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fred82 (2093) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at Hill Farmstead.
Appearance : Hazy yellow with a medium creamy head. Very creamy.
Aroma : Huge leafy hops, nice citrusy and piny. Very fruity; mangos and passion fruits.
Taste : Leafy fresh hops. Piny and very fruity. Finish is very fruity and quite bitter.
Overall : Wow. Very nice DIPA. Along the lines of PtE and Heady Topper. Very fresh and very hoppy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Growler at our Stoutfest Pre-shindig shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a sunset golden orange with a great amber glow, a decent frothy offwhite head dies to a bubbly foam, ok lacing overall. Aromas knock you back, a blast of hops, citrusy grapefruit and tropical mango mix with lemons, peach, florals, grass, and weeds. Some grainy and bready maltiness, pale with touches of toast and slightly sweeter caramel. More lemon fruit and rind, with some life. Initial is medium bodied, the lighter end, light and airy on the palate with strong hops, bitter and dry with big fruit, mango, grapefruit, and lemons. Bready malts, toast, and pale malts. The sweetness falls back, giving solid fruity hops, a fairly complex profile of melon, mango, tropical with grapefruit, lemons, grass and florals. A touch of sweet bubblegum towards the back with a very dry finish. Touches of fruity elements, dry, hoppy. Very nice, complex, and goes down remarkably easy for a bigger beer like this. Dry, with just a touch of maltiness making it a little more substantial on the palate (Though, Im sure the malt bill is much heavier than youd imagine with the boatload of hops). Kudos to Hill Farmstead for the next big IT in DIPAs.


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