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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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4.1
RCL (2032) - 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 (2029) - 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

4.4
Jesterdeal (1986) - 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.

3.9
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
tap: fruity, sweet malts. piney hops, prickly carbonation with a warming booze finish. Nice candied fruits and sticky hops. yum.

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 (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.

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 (1799) - 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.

4.4
Johnsense (1754) - - 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.

4.3
MeadMe (1683) - 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.


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