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RATINGS: 194   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%, 21P, 280 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (7130) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2014
UPDATED: APR 26, 2014 Draft. Orange pour with some head. Sweet, tropical, pine hop aromas. Flavor is pretty hop dominant and more pungent that our hF IPAs, pine, grassy and citrus tones.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (7106) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Growler at our Stoutfest Pre-shindig shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a sunset golden orange with a great amber glow, a decent frothy offwhite head dies to a bubbly foam, ok lacing overall. Aromas knock you back, a blast of hops, citrusy grapefruit and tropical mango mix with lemons, peach, florals, grass, and weeds. Some grainy and bready maltiness, pale with touches of toast and slightly sweeter caramel. More lemon fruit and rind, with some life. Initial is medium bodied, the lighter end, light and airy on the palate with strong hops, bitter and dry with big fruit, mango, grapefruit, and lemons. Bready malts, toast, and pale malts. The sweetness falls back, giving solid fruity hops, a fairly complex profile of melon, mango, tropical with grapefruit, lemons, grass and florals. A touch of sweet bubblegum towards the back with a very dry finish. Touches of fruity elements, dry, hoppy. Very nice, complex, and goes down remarkably easy for a bigger beer like this. Dry, with just a touch of maltiness making it a little more substantial on the palate (Though, Im sure the malt bill is much heavier than youd imagine with the boatload of hops). Kudos to Hill Farmstead for the next big IT in DIPAs.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6698) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2012
750 ml growler direct from the brewery. The aroma is a nice blend of hop varieties. Sweet floral hops, mango, grapefruit with just a bit of Earth. Taste starts out with caramel malt that flows into a burst of tropical fruits; pineapple and grapefruit for sure. Lots of citrus bitterness that lingers for just a bit after the sip. The resin shows itself in the taste but I didnt smell it at all until the end of the growler. If this latest batch is over 10 % then Im amazed; because its barely noticeable at all. I enjoy Abner a bit more BUT this is really a great DIP in its own right.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (6691) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
On tap at Capones, there is a ton of hype surrounding this beer. I was glad that Capones 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerman6686 (6543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
This poured a lighter amber to dark yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was very inviting indeed nice fresh citrusy and slightly herbal hops, with a small note of alcohol there as well. Flavor was just incredible. i can say without a doubt that I have never had an IPA that was as tropical tasting as this one. It almost doesnt even taste like beer, more like a blend of pineapple and mango juice with some nice orange rind for bitterness. Aside from the alcohol content, I dont see how this one could possibly be any more refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Draught at Willys. Pours a hazy orange/amber with an off white head. Smells of intense citrus, floral, some dry malty undertones. Tastes of citrus, pepper, wildflowers, grassy, some dry malty hints on the finish. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (6297) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery. Colour is very cloudy golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, some alcohol, hops and malts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (6276) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2010
[Draft @ Kennett] Golden amber color with a small, white head that left sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, some sweetness, toasted malts, hop resin, and alcohol. Taste of citrus, pine, resiny, nearly tobacco flavor, with grapefruit, and light alcohol in the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2010
In short: A truly fantastic 10% IIPA bursting with tropical fruits that drinks like a 6% session IPA. Just Wow!
How: Tap at the brewery
The look: Cloudy golden-orange body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention.
In long: The nose is an explosion of tangerines, pineapples, mangos and other tropical fruits. Body is packed with fresh slightly toasted cereals with some honey and a tiny bit of caramel. Just enough sweetness to provide some kind of balance while not getting in the way of the hops. Fresh fruity hops and more fresh fruity hops. Beers on tap at a brewery/brewpub are always fresh but some just taste fresher than others. With its bright tropical fruits hops Ephraim is vibrant with freshness. The bitterness of medium-high intensity does not feel intense at all because of its refreshing character. I went for more than one glass and I was drinking it like a 5% session IPA. No alcohol presence at all. Very few beer above 10% can be described as refreshing, but this one is uber-refreshing. As of summer 2010, I declare that this beer is the best east-coast IPA ever brewed and I declare Osama Bin Laden the Hide And Seek world champion.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5912) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Growler thanks to InspectorBob during the BA South Jersey gathering. Poured a cloudy orange/gold body under the tiniest of heads, hey its from a growler but it was super fresh so a bit surprised by yhe lack of head, story of my life actually. Aroma is phenomenal, loads of grapefruit, tangerine, cat piss, hint of pine needle. Fuller bodied that is almost chewy with softer carbonation. Flavor of grapefruit rind, hop syrup, honey topped bread, super bitter towards the end. This shit is the bomb.


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