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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   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.

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3.8
Stoned99 (1674) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
750ml growler trade with Hop Resident and bought today @Hill Farmstead. Thanks man! Aroma: I bet there are some New Zealand hops in there. White wine, resinous, that typical Hill Farmstead water smell. Kinda woody. Weird I know, but still I find it woody. Not much fruits. Some biscuit malt as well. App: cloudy golden, small white head and big bubbles on the sides and as usual for HF great lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, oily and resinous, soft texture, medium long bitter finish. This is also dry. Overall: funny because lately I’ve been drinking lots of Trillium and Tree House. To me Trillium and Tree House are slightly better when comparing IPA’s and Pale Ales than HF. But, Saison... Omg, Trillium is so far behind! Anyway, for this Imperial Pale Ale, I thought it was good. Was it as good as what I tasted lately? No. But it’s still good.

4.1
Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Growler. Pours murky orange with a bubbly head that lingers around the edges. Smells of pine and orange over medium carbonation. It's hop forward with limited complexity. Good not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
bellco33 (845) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Poured from growler into a tulip: Pours clear gold / amber with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, resin, and sugar. Taste is fairly boozy, sweet, slightly citrus and pine on the back end. Full body, pretty sticky, 10.4% is a lot of alcohol.

3.8
yourilevesque (1865) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2016
Growler avec Ju-Lo. Cheers mec! Un liquide voilé par un mystérieux haze. Je m’attendais à une tête plus dense et fournie. La mousse n’a tenu qu’une minute puis s’est dissipée sans faire d’histoire, libérant des arômes de pin, de résine et de fruits. Une habile fusion des styles East Coast et West Coast. Le fruit n’est pas plus présent que l’épinette et réciproquement. L’alcool occupe cependant une place importante. En bouche le même manège se poursuit avec cette salade de fruits pour adulte où le fruit a macéré dans du Triple Sec. Le conifère murmure en canon une douce mélopée aux notes botaniques. J’aime bien, surtout que je ne reconnais pas la Signature de la Maison dans cette bière qui aurait pu venir d’ailleurs. Très bien faite, cette bière ne réinvente toutefois pas le style.

3.9
VastActiv (7601) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery. Colour is very cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, some alcohol, hops and malts.

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Heather_B (256) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Cloudy golden pour with no head from a growler - had it 4 times between 4.12.14 and 4.19.14. Love this stuff. Smell has some citrus and a pine. Flavor is really nice, easy drinking grapefruit. The simcoe hops really shine.

4.3
biggsbowler (629) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2015
From my notes 4/18/11 Growler - Pours a golden yellow with white frothy head. Nose is very citrusy. Taste is oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, lemon zest with a bitter finish. Very smooth and clean overall.

4.9
ctipping (2236) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
750 mL growler. Originally reviewed 10/8/2011. Hazy golden orange body with a slightly dark tint to it. Not a huge head, but what’s there is a sticky and lacey and all that is wondeful. Smell - Gobs of citrus hops. The sweetness is there, but even at 10.5% it doesn’t dominate in the aroma. The sweetness does come through in the taste, but it’s secondary to the hops and it even incorporates itself pretty well. Once the waves of citrus hops die down, the sweetness comes about in mango and pineapple flavors. It’s as if the malt is an appendage of the hops. It finishes ever-so-slightly bitter. Low carbonation. I wonder if that’s a growler thing or if that’s just how it is. The body comes off a bit heavy from the lack of carbonation, but the flavors bring you back for more and more. I have increased my rating of this beer every time I’ve had it.

3.5
BREWMUSKCLES (2744) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
aged fruit old ale is what i got from this one. full and smooth but not dense in the body perhaps a little oil which killed the head. nice hop quality trying to compete but winning in the aroma. a bit rummy.brandy look to it.

4.2
RussianDragon (877) - - JUL 2, 2014
Growler shared by dreadnaught33. Thanks Jonathan! Pours a clear golden color with thick head and leaves solid lacing. Aroma is fresh hops and citrus, with a slight boozy note. Flavor is solid, with citrus notes and hops being the main monkey business. The growler is fresh, and my glass empties too quickly. Alcohol is certainly prominent in the finish, but well masked for 10.5% beer. From notes March 2, 2011.


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