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Hill Farmstead Ephraim
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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   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.


4.3
   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, I’m sure the malt bill is much heavier than you’d imagine with the boatload of hops). Kudos to Hill Farmstead for the next big IT in DIPAs.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Big thanks to Tyler for this treat. Nice slightly hazy orange pour, with nice lasting but oily white head. Aroma is chewy hops, with big resinous, pine, grassy, slight tropical fruit with mango, and some slight caramel. Taste is sweet mango, oily pine, grass, resin, and a nice bitter finish balanced by some caramel notes. The best DIPA that is not overly bitter by far, they managed to pack hop notes without the palate wrecking bitter. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Review altered after 2011 EBF. Had this very fresh at EBF. The characteristics are similar to what is described below, but everything was so much more pungent. The nose absolutely exploded with raw hops that carried through to over-the-top hops in the flavor along with a really nice amount of bitterness for a seriously drinkable brew. Old Review: 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4 On tap at the Three Penny Taproom. Super-friendly staff and I’m really glad that this was still on we Amyliz4 and I made it in. Pours a really bright orange color with two fingers of white head and a load of sticky lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose is really nice and over-the-top hoppy with a lot of pine, resin, orange peel, citrus, and some light tropical fruits. The taste has many of the same components of the nose, though those are often overshadowed by the absolutely bruising bitterness that comes through in the mouthfeel. Citrus, tropical fruits, and a bit of pine. The feel is really, really hoppy and mixes well with the light alcohol that comes through. I’d love to try this again and will hopefully be making a trip back up North to visit all these magnificent Vermont breweries at some point soon. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-14-2010

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
Growler… This beer rocks!… Clear golden ale with a small, fat-bubbled, white head. Flimsy retention. The nose offers a plethora of hop greatness – pine, pineapple, orange peel, peach and white pepper. Medium-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. This beer is dripping with fresh lupulin flavor, but is amazingly balanced. The high alcohol content is not remotely evident. Finishes bittersweet and continues to provide fantastic hop flavor for an extensively long time after each sip… including the final one… that I am somewhat sad to take. This world class growler of bliss was shipped to me by one of my favorite Canadians; Glouglouburp!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pours copper clear with a thick white head. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Extremely rich aromas of pine and sweet grapefruits and mangoes. Heavy caramel malts, sweet citrus fruits, grapefruits, mangoes. The finish is long and bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadIndian (2305) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
OMG! This is incredible. A filtered peach / golden pour with an aroma of mild alcohol, pine, grass and grapefruit. The initial taste that hits your tongue is sweet malt. Than the orange peel, resin and hoppy bitterness fills the rest of your tastebuds. Leaving the drinker satisfied with its perfect blend.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Thanks to Alex for sharing this growler. Poured a hazy tangerine, with a big white head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Taste is sweet citrus, mango, grapefruit resin, and a nice bitter finish. Super balanced and refreshing, with great hop notes on the finish. Nice stuff!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (884) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
750ml growler via Zane on another beer site. Pours a golden orange with a 1/4" head that lasts. Aroma is of tropical fruit and sweetness. Taste, DEAR GOD, is of peaches and orange! I’ve never tasted a DIPA this fruit forward and I love it. peaches peaches peaches! The mouth feel was very nice as well without being watery or light. Overall, ok, I give in, this is a top 5 DIPA that wasn’t brewed here in California. Hype is real!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pour from a growled and thanks to Tucker for sending it from Vermont. Pour into the glass gave a golden orange color with a modest snow white head. Aromas were somewhat earthy and grassy.The feel in your mouth was smooth and not syrupy or sticky. Flavors were excellent with tropical fruit of mango, pineaple, lemon, and tangerine. Bitter hop pungency is up front but balanced. Alcohol not over powering for this big beer. Finish is long tasty and a balanced dryness. Really great beer and one of the best big IPA’s in my book.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Pours a slim white head with good retention and a pleasing droopy lace. A bit hazy. gold colored brew. Juicy hop nose, resiny with notes of honey and a little biscuity malts.Nicely orangey and piney, lil arm pit, a very pleasant whiff. Body is medium, resiny and oily on the palate, coating with a soft carbonation, a tad chewy. I,m diggin this. Lotsa hoppy goodness. Large tastes of citrus, cattyness, pine notes, pineapple and tropicals. Largely hoppy but i guess there is some lightly sweet malts shining through, lil grainyness, more resin, sticky, somewhat. ABV is just on the edge of HELLO! Adds to the entire experience nicely. Finish is long and lasting. Only bitch would be a little more bitterness. Otherwise no disappointment here.A large DIPA. Swing top bottle from jleblanc served in my lovely Hill Farmstead glass. Both received in a most excellent trade. Awesome! Thanks much Jeff ! I could drink this shit, alot! Totally enjoyable...


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