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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 280   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.6
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks, wherever you are! Poured a clear light orange color with a thin white head. Smelled of buttery caramel and a bit of vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Moderate bitterness and light warming alcohol. Caramel, vanilla, pine, and herbal/earthy hop.

4.4
ddfrazee (66) - Flat Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Woohops. Out of a growler thanks to Daknole! Beautiful amber color, strong taste and rich with a beautiful alcohol taste.

4
ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Growler at Black Friday tasting. Great aroma. Super fresh hoppiness. Cat pee. Slightly sweet, but not all that much considering the ABV.

4.7
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Orangish pour. White head. Tropical fruit, citrus and resin hop aroma. Nice bitter and citrus flavor. Damn amazing beer. Thanks gn0sis!

2.9
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Was really looking forward to this beer after hearing good things and was a little let down when I tried it. Pours a proper golden hazy straw with a slight head. A little syrupy and overly sweet for my liking. Maybe too much dextrose..Hops were subdued by the sweetness and not as up front present for the style like other double IPA’s that rate in the top tier. A good beer yes but not worthy of the lofty company it has around it on the rate list. I’ll take a fresh Hop Slam or Alchemist Heady Topper though a good beer and i’m glad I got to try it it’s just not my thing and is pushed up the ratings by local loyalty

4.5
pineypower (3347) - 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.

3.6
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
750ml Growler shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured pale golden with a thick white head. Quite bitter and in your face with hops. Residual and loads of alpha bitterness here. Some citrus, orange peel, oily hop extract flavors, and not a whole lot malt.

4.2
dmac (6429) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Growler thanks to InspectorBob during the BA South Jersey gathering. Poured a cloudy orange/gold body under the tiniest of heads, hey it’s from a growler but it was super fresh so a bit surprised by yhe lack of head, story of my life actually. Aroma is phenomenal, loads of grapefruit, tangerine, cat piss, hint of pine needle. Fuller bodied that is almost chewy with softer carbonation. Flavor of grapefruit rind, hop syrup, honey topped bread, super bitter towards the end. This shit is the bomb.

4.1
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Heavy pineapple, mango, guava, and papaya aroma...sweet, malty, and fruity. Dark honey and tangerine-colored hue, especially in the deepest part of the glass. Small eggshell head leaving only a film and spotty lacing. Flavor is filled with tropical influences and fruit cocktail syrup...a little alcohol noticeable as well. Get some pear, peach, and candied oranges also. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Really good and different. Not sharp, biting, and assertive...but amazing!

4.2
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Thanks Joey! Poured hazy medium orange with a looser-bubbled, but well-retained off-white head. The aroma was totally decadent.. fresh, bright orange, pineapple, and floral hoppage over semi-sweet caramel and bready notes.. warm undertones, but no overt boozage. The flavor was just about there.. peppery alcohol and bright citrus & pine bitterness led, with sweet caramel and bready notes backing.. lively and bitter on the edges, with citrus, pine, and floral again.. picked up some peppery warmth on the back-end.. long, resiny finish.. delicious! Medium-plus bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. memorable feel to it.. great brew!


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