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RATINGS: 194   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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Jesterdeal (1985) - 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.

4.3
mikem409 (2022) - 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

4.2
Macegan75 (843) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. I can’t believe I got two pours the second day.ours agolden wheat color with little head. Nose is pine needles, juicy fruits, pale malt sweetness. first sip is simcoe, warrior bitterness balanced with that Vermont style pale malt sweetness. finish is lime and bergamon. really great stuff.

3.9
drfabulous (7813) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Much thanks to Evan for sharing from a 750 growler. Apple. Big apple in nose and taste. Hoppy and bitter. Orange gold body. Very tasty and yet very different from other Hill Farmstead IPAs I’ve had.

4.3
beernbourbon (1590) - 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
Stine (1779) - 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.

3.9
AirForceHops (7140) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2012
750 ml growler direct from the brewery. The aroma is a nice blend of hop varieties. Sweet floral hops, mango, grapefruit with just a bit of Earth. Taste starts out with caramel malt that flows into a burst of tropical fruits; pineapple and grapefruit for sure. Lots of citrus bitterness that lingers for just a bit after the sip. The resin shows itself in the taste but I didn’t smell it at all until the end of the growler. If this latest batch is over 10 % then I’m amazed; because it’s barely noticeable at all. I enjoy Abner a bit more BUT this is really a great DIP in its own right.

3.5
rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
Bouteille partagée par Pierre-Luc et Julien. Dégustée lors de la journée Armand chez Patrick. Bière jaune avec une fine couche de mousse. Le nez est particulier avec de la mangue et des oignons. C’est juteux et à la limite un peu désagréable. Il y a du chanvre pour ne pas dire autre chose dans ce nez. La bouche est amère, piquante. Les houblons sont sur les stéroïdes avec 280 IBU théoriques. L’alcool est discret. 7/10

4.3
Leighton (21085) - 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
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


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