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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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Thanks to partner Mike (Gushue3) for filling this guy up for me and to Sean (I think) providing my second tasting of this brew. Never thought I’d get to try it and I get it twice in one weekend! Poured from a 750ml Hill Farmstead growler and served in a Founders snifter. A: Pours a chilled hazy amber color, but clears up once it warms up, with a one finger fluffed white head that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass. S: Smells of sweet fruits, grapefruits, apples, some pine and a little booze all fill those nose. Such extreme variations in hops is really an explosion to the nose. You can also pick up some malts somehow. T: The taste is just exploding as the nose. Buttery and fruity with a nice sugary sweetness. The main fruit I’m picking out is a sweet apple for some reason. Little resin/pine quality with a full malt body. Finish is a slightly bitter. M: Medium to light bodied with a nice bubbly carbonation and a very refreshing quality. The drinkability is ridiculous. I could drink this all day, every day. O: This is my first Hill Farmstead beer and it was great. There was a lot going on with all the hop variations, but it worked out nicely and the drinkability was insane. If only Vermont wasn’t an 18 hour drive. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 10-17-2011

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11315) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
On tap at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival VIP Event, Vermont. Pours cloudy orange-gold with a lively, white froth head. The beer is marked by its intense, juicy citrus, which seems to just keep going and going. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and the high ABV doesn’t mar the beer at all; indeed, I suppose it allows for the depth and intensity of character in the beer. Full bodied with that creamy, luscious HF carbonation everyone loves. Lots of juicy grapefruit and orange linger, with pectin, some pale malts, mild piney bitterness. Glorious stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Clementine, cotton candy, northwest rainforest aroma; alive and whimsical.

Subtle layering of rich blonde malts and tropical, misty hops. Stunning.

Viscous at first, settling into an awesome, brittle and wintery dryness.

Another fully inspiring example.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernbourbon (1309) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Growler thanks to Adam in a recent trade, thanks a ton! Enjoyed along side Society and Solitude #5. Pour is cloudy light orange with a smallish white head. Still quite nicely carbonated. Aroma is a little less aggressive than the SS5. Loaded with light pine, grapefruit, faint resin. Notes of resin, pineapple, and grapfruit seem to be the most elevated aromas. Flavor is true to nose with the hop profile being a bit more on the resinous side as compared to SS5, but the profile is still loaded with citrus notes too. maybe a touch of ash in the finish too. Very late hay on a few of the sips too. A more cohesive beer than SS5, but there are no bad options with these beers. Delightful.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1491) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Growler from Ernie. Pours orange with sold head.big citrus aroma taste match so fruity juicy abv well hidden

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2012
On draft pour at the farmhouse in burlington. Nice orangish color with a nice thick white head. Well balanced and smooth for such a strong beer. Nice bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jool (185) - - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Growler 750mL. Jaune paille trouble avec belle mousse blanche. Nez tropical sur une dominance de kumquats. Bouche de tangerines bien mures avec une finale de pin et une amertume persistante doublée d’une finale chaude qui révèle la haute teneur en alcool. Le corps tapisse la bouche de façon quasi-visqueuse et possède un caractère asséchant qui stimule la sécrétion de salive. Excellente.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (4031) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 18, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours cloudy golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of strong, citrusy, floral, piney hops with a nice light maltiness that balances the hops well. Flavor the same with a great hoppy profile. Smooth texture. Incredible.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Hazy golden orange poured out of a 750ml growler Two finger head. Taste of citrus and tropical fruit. Suttle sweetness, very juicy ipa. 9%+ abv masked extremely well

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1319) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours golden with nice head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Flavor is nice pine with hints of caramel. Hints of citrus poke through make this quite a treat. Another wonderful HF brew.


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