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RATINGS: 196   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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4.2
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2013
750mL courtesy of Jim. Huge thanks. A: Beautiful golden-orange with a foamy white head. A litte sediment mars the overall beauty, but it still looks quite nice. N: Wonderfully balanced. Pine, earth, mango, pineapple. Deep and rounded. Some grass and a little bit of caramel around the edges. T: Quite sweet at the front with a moderate bitterness. Showcases the hops very well. Both stinging and balanced. Big kudos here, though it’s just a tad sweet for me. M: Very good mouthfeel. Carbonated nicely with a slight dryness and a round, heavy mouthfeel. O: A top tier beer that might get a few more points from me with a touch more dryness and a little less malt. Still, well done. Would have time and time again.

3.9
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2011
(growler shared by Dak at the Black Friday tasting). Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with thin white head. Aroma is citrus and some dank hops. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is bitter, but smooth. Pretty good stuff.

4.7
HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 What’s this? An East Coast IPA that would stand out even amongst the great West Coast IPAs? Dank tropical and citrus fruit aromas, light crisp malt giving perfect body, really, really good.

4.2
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2012 Hazy amber-peach colored pour with a great white head. The nose holds notes of sweet caramel, pine resin, and sappy evergreen. The flavor holds more evergreen proliferation with big sweet sappy resin, and nectar fruit in the form of mandarin and fruit cocktail. A big hoss of a beer for sure. The body is thick, sweet, and sappy with low carbonation and a resinous finish. About as dry as you can get a beer this huge.

4.2
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2010
Thanks to Kan for this handbottle. Pours an orange amber with a thin head. Super fresh nose: fresh hops citrus and dough. Super fresh hop notes with the doughy sweetness is the sign of an excellent IIPA. Bitter citrus dough flavors lots of bitter bitter hops. Lots of citrus pine and super solid. Super bitter but excellent with that doughy malt. Love it. 9/4/8/4/17

4.9
ctipping (2047) - 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.

4.1
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Amazing aroma of tropical fruits – mango, mostly. Intensely hoppy flavor; prickly on the tongue with massive pine and pineapple flavors.

4.3
mikem409 (2026) - 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

4.1
Whatup14 (2003) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Growler 750ml. Couleur orangée trouble, mousse blanche crémeuse laissant une belle dentelle. Arôme de citron, mangue, alcool, zeste de citron. Goût de mangue, houblon résineux, malt mielleux,, amertume moyenne-élevée, alcool en fin de bouche, pamplemousse en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense, huileuse, collante.

4.4
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.


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