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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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4.5
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Draft notes from CAH. Wow, Very deep copper caramel pour with off-khaki head. Nose is Caramel malt, huge piney and citric fruit, tangerine, black pepper, honeydew, with a smooth, rich, complex, and dense palae and finish, This one is outstanding, Let’s go ahead and put HF against the IBU heavy hitters, bec ause HF has shown that they are a BOTY candidate.

4.2
cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Growler @ Dan’s house, courtesy of Steve_0. Huge thanks! Pours a cloudy yellow appearance with a small white head. Richly piney, orange citrusy, grapefruity, a bit resiny, spicy hoppy aroma. A bit chewy, rich grapefruity, spicy, zingy orange citrusy, delicious flavor. Super easy to drink with no notice of this 10%. Nice stuff.

4.5
alexsdad06 (10654) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2011
Snifter poured from growler shared by a local BA. Pours a clear dark golden color with a small bubbly white head. The intense aroma comes leaping from the glass bringing tropical fruits, grapefruit, honey sweetness and a touch of pine. The nose is first class. The flavor does not disappoint either. More big tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit, a sweet caramel malt base, honey, and more pine noticeable toward the finish. I don’t know about 280 IBU’s, but the bitterness it has is well integrated. This is insanely drinkable for what it is. I would have to classify this as an instant classic.

4.2
phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3900th rating. Draft at Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Met up here with lushawn and our ladies on the way in to visit him in Boston. What luck to find this on tap! Pours a hazed gold with a massive, rocky, frothy white head that laces the glass heavily. Aroma of oily, herbal, grassy, and piney hops, straw, lemon citrus, and mellow spice. The flavor is like a slightly milder version of the same, and not as oily but shows more sweet malts and more complex citrus. Light-bodied for the ABV, with low carbonation on the palate and a resinous mouthfeel that dries up. Great DIPA.

3.9
deanso (10220) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - FEB 28, 2016
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Very thin white head. Low carbonation (but it was very fresh). Slightly hazy golden pour. Tropical fruits bitterness. Some malt.

4.1
JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2013
Pale UFO’s completely obscuring an orangey-ochre beer; small white rim. End of bottle solid yeast. Very fruity/citrussy aromas, jumping out of the glass; bit resiny. Very balanced, but one could also maintain unidimensional smell. Cakey sweetness absolutely superbly balancing the resiny, citrussy hopflavours. Utterly remarkable balance, certainly for such a strong beer. Part of the sweetness might be ethanol-related, but it’s nowhere ’boozey’ in character. Medium carbonation, feels smooth & oily; medium bodied, some alcoholwarming. Very impressive beer with outstanding balance. Many Belgians feel that double IPA’s are lopsided, but this kind ought to convince them otherwise. Many thanks to L &M!

4.1
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Honey-laced tropical fruit burst from this luxurious strong ale’s aroma and flavor profile, developing sagacious resinous bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A misty orange golden is capped by creamy foam.
-Alcohol is not prominent, which I appreciate.
-This is not just another hop bomb of a Double IPA. It is complex and well polished, and almost tastes 3/4 Double IPA, 1/4 Blond Barley Wine.
-Dare I say this is balanced?

Growler, and on tap at the brewery and at Blackback Pub, in Waterbury, VT.

4.2
tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2014
29/IV/14 - 75cl growler bottle @ De Hopduvel - BB: IV/29/14 (2014-444) Thanks to AdamJackson and Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy deep yellow golden beer, small irregular aery yellowish head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, sweet, bubble gum notes, lots of passion fruit, exotic fruits candy, sweet ripe peach and aprcot, little sourish, faint hint of bretta. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very very fruity, peach candy, some exotic fruits, mango, citrus, little sourish. Aftertaste: citrus, tangerines, little bitter, sweet malts, caramel, some honey, mango, peach candy, exotic fruit, citric, little sour, nice balanced bitterness, almost sweet, very fruity. Very very nice! This is more my kind of an (i)ipa than the Society Solitude #5!

3.7
GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 750mL growler thanks to oteyj. Pours a clear amber with a modest white head. Looks very different from other samples I’ve had which looked glowin yellow. Nose here is pretty sticky, sugary, muted, candy, maple, orange, 3C hops. Decent. Taste up front is sticky with some very obvious booziness moving to vanilla and maple. But overall, sticky and resinous. Not vey fruity or tropical like I was expecting. Very different from the Double Citra. Good stuff, yummy, but nothing too exciting.

Tap at Capone’s. Definitely not good enough to warrant the iPhone theft that happened to my girlfriend. Small, dense off-white head on a dirty, ugly yellow. Nose is caramel and meaty jackfruit. Taste is boozy, spicy, loads of candied orange slices and orange peel. Sticky, candy body. Butterscotch comes through. Not bad- pretty enjoyable but the opposite of what I was expecting.

4.3
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Big thanks to Tyler for this treat. Nice slightly hazy orange pour, with nice lasting but oily white head. Aroma is chewy hops, with big resinous, pine, grassy, slight tropical fruit with mango, and some slight caramel. Taste is sweet mango, oily pine, grass, resin, and a nice bitter finish balanced by some caramel notes. The best DIPA that is not overly bitter by far, they managed to pack hop notes without the palate wrecking bitter. Excellent!


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