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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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4.9
ctipping (1908) - 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.

4.6
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2011
Here is the DIPA that rocketed from unknown to superstar at breakneck speed. This has a lot of hype behind it and thus my expectations are appropriately very high. Now for the judgment. Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Half the head fell after a short time, but the remainder stuck around for a while. Spotty lacing covers the glass. 4.5 S: Really wonderful aroma! Tons of tropical fruits in this. Pineapple, mango, lots of papaya and orange. Secondarily piney and floral. Fruits combine for a sugary sweetness. Malts are pretty well hidden. 5.0 T: Holy shit is this tasty! I can’t believe how wonderful this is. I’m pretty sure a pallet of various tropical fruits had been compressed and molden into the shape of a .50 caliber bullet, then overpacked with powder and shot into my tongue. Pineapple, mango, orange, papaya, and peach are incredibly strong. So fruity, but not too sweet. Malt is easily overshadowed by the hops, but it does well enough to keep the taste balanced. For 280 hypothetical IBUs, the bitterness is quite low and only manifests in the aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. 4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a growler. Very creamy (but could be a bit moreso) and incredibly smooth. 5.0 D: I never thought this would live up to the hype, but instead, it has surpassed it. There isn’t a damn thing I would change about this beer. It’s about as close as you can get to a perfect taste. Absolutely fabulous. Worth whatever you need to trade for it. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 03-27-2011 18:37:27

3.8
yourilevesque (1829) - 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.

4.3
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pour is hazy bright golden amber with tons of egg white head leaving a thick lacing. The nose is pungent, light clean grain, dusty, strong tropical fruits, mango and grapefruit behind. Taste also has nice balance with huge hop punch. The grain is up front, clean and lightly dusty. Hops surround with a creamy dough and more tropical fruit. Plenty of mango and fuzzy peach with a grapefruit hit in back and crisp bitterness with little lingering effect. Body is light, a touch creamy mid palate, softer carbonation in the finish.

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.

4.3
MeadMe (1652) - Fishhawk, 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.

4.4
Johnsense (1624) - - OCT 8, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2017 pours a slightly hazy copper with 2 fingers of eggshell head. Aroma is something else - delicious scents of pine, grapefruit, mango and that was BEFORE I poured a glass. Wonderful! Taste is a big blast of citrus hops balanced out by caramel malt - Mango, Grapefruit, Orange, Papaya - think a killer citrus fruit salad with a bit or earthiness and caramel for balance . For a 10.5% beer this one is as smooth as they get. No hyperbole here - this one is worthy of every ounce of hype it gets. Worth the drive to the farm.

4.5
GMCC2181 (1608) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Draft at Cambridge... Good looking brew, light colored orange with a slight yellow tint. Decent head that faded fast. Nice nose of grass, fruity notes, and pine. Taste is delicious.... Light bitterness but tons of hops... Pine, mango, tree sap, grass, hay, fruity with out one flavor dominating... Some yeast flavor and a malt body to keep it balanced. Crisp and really light for a DIPA. The alcohol is so well hidden. Scary that this is so tasty and drinkable.... Overall: Great beer.... really enjoyed this!

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.

4.4
dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
Oh my. I tried really hard not to believe the hype. Growler poured into a hill farmstead tulip. Cloudy with a stiff foamy head. This beer just wafts aroma when you pour it. It’s waves of mango, orange, and easy to pick out the simcoe. Resinous hops, with pine, citrusy orange tangerine and grapefruit with a nice but not overpowered bitterness. I hate knowing I wont be having this again any time soon.


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