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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
blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Fruity hoppy aroma with piney notes and light sweet malty notes. The flavor has piney citric hops, sweet malts, and floral notes. Good stuff.

4.3
arminjewell (9729) - 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!

4.1
czar (9616) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
pours dark golden-orange with a decent cap, good retention and lacing. floral, spicy, strawberry - medium to high hopping. malt depth, very hint of sweetness. tanginess. soft carbonation, medium body, medium long grapefruity finish. very good brew.

4
bytemesis (9516) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 Tap. Pours cloudy medium amber with a medium creamy off-white head that dissipates slowly with decent lacing. Aroma is not strong with citrus, grapefruit and mango/passionfruit notes. Flavor is about the same, juts a bit of sweetness, medium bitterness, lingering dry bitter finish. Medium creamy soft mouthfeel. ABV well masked.

4.2
nimbleprop (8949) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Growler pours a transparent, bright orange with some spitty white head. Great color, OK head retention. Nose is dank hops, resinous, peachy, candied orange, oily American hops, grapefruit zest, vinous fruit, honey, flower pollen. Flavor is strong pine, sweet, honey, grapefruit, orange zest, lemons, some corn sugar, a touch peppery, nectarine. Full bodied, touch hot with some bracing bitterness. Very nice. Could probably use a touch less bitterness and a little more sweetness to round things out.

4.3
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Courtesy of daknole. Growler at the Black Friday Tasting pours clear deep gold with big off white head. Certainly has held up very well. The aroma is big gulps of mango, malt sweetened tangelo and grapefruit and faint sweet maltiness around the edges. The taste is just as yummy as the nose with thick citrus hops running from tangelo to orange peel to malt sweetened grapefruit like hoppiness. The hops begin with chewy malt enhanced flavor hops and grow quickly into a pleasing level of bitterness. Darn nice IIPA.

4.1
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2017 Draft with Pat at Blind Tiger for the Hill Farmstead event. Pours a hazy orange amber body with nice white head. Aroma is perfect blend of citrus and fresh pine notes. Mouthfeel is noticeably restrained - considering the alcohol content - notes of fresh resin, pine, citrus, and some soapy accents as well.

3.9
drfabulous (8833) - 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.

3.5
radagast83 (8625) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2011
I think this one was out of a growler. Poured a reddish-orange color pour. Aroma was relatively mild, with a malt-forward first and foremost. Caramel notes, orange, yeasty character. Flavor was earthy hops, malts. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Perhaps the malt character was just not exactly what I wanted from this particular beer.

4.6
PhillyCraft (8202) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
On tap at Capones, there is a ton of hype surrounding this beer. I was glad that Capone’s in Norristown was able to get a keg of this juicy double IPA. 5 oz snifter pour. Color was a haze infused glowing yellow with minimal head and good sporadic lacing. The nose is truly incredible on this beer. Grapefruit, resinous, dank pine, tangerine, and butterscotch. Taste is like the aroma but not as pronounced. Flavor dominated by tropical citrus, pine, peach, tangerine, full hops, crystal malt. Finishes smooth and perfectly bitter for this style. Awesome IPA that is fast becoming the new target of hopheads around the world.


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