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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
750ml Growler shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured pale golden with a thick white head. Quite bitter and in your face with hops. Residual and loads of alpha bitterness here. Some citrus, orange peel, oily hop extract flavors, and not a whole lot malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
Sampled at Dark Lord Day 2014. Pours a yellow color with a medium white head. Aroma is mostly pine with mild tropical fruit notes. Taste is too much sweetness, with forward bitterness and mild fruity and woodiness. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Somewhat boozy in the finish. Considering how highly regarded this beer is, somewhat of a disappointment.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Thanks for the taste, Dale! Beautiful pour, lustrous gold, gleaming and majestically frothed. Superb nose, oily, resinous, and dank, but with a lightness and elegance that suggests something more in the 8% range. Very impressive. Smooth mouthfeel, just a touch creamy without sacrificing the bracing, prickly qualities. Long, dry finish. Flavors are outrageously good, as one now expects from HF IPAs. Never overdone or merely over the top, this one is fragrant, floral, and herbaceous, with loads of tropical fruit and bitterness in one. No astringency or harshness, just balance and depth.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Thanks to Kan for this handbottle. Pours golden with white head, bit aroma of piney and sugary goodness with citrus grapefruit notes. wow awesome aroma. flavors of spruce and grapefruit, citrus resiny flavors, awesome finish wow long lasting sprucy,. piney, and earthy finish. so bitter and no malty Alcy finish awesome stuff! Perhaps the best iipa ever!?!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2012 Growler at Dans shared with friends. Big thanks to Adam for this one!! Pour is hazy, golden, orange, with a bright white head and decent lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, grass, resin, and orange juice. Super tropical aroma! Taste is more dank, but still really fruity; grapefruit peel, mango, tangerine, tang, grass, and resin ending lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation. There is something special about this beer, it is full-bodied and lightly bitter but well-balanced and elegant. A ton of flavor with dangerously hidden alcohol. I could drink this shit all night long. Delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
On tap at Capones. Almost clear golden brown with a thin layer of white froth. Nose is toffee, pink grapefruit, pine and watermelon. Medium body, resiny but not overdone. Light carb with a tingle. Taste is peachy pine and toffee with grapefruit pith and hints of strawberry and banana. Hops linger gracefully. For me just shy of the Younger. Exceptional.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3685) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Growler shared by drabmuh (the growler king). Thanks Matt! The beer appears clear and golden hued. The head is thick, has last retention, and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a bouquet of fresh hops and citrus, with a very slight hint of alcohol. The flavor is bold and fantastic, with the expected hop and citrus coming through beautifully. A truck load of bitterness and fresh hops assault the palate in the best possible way. Alcohol presence gently reveals itself near the finish, but I wouldnt have guessed this was 10.5% abv. Wow, this is incredibly drinkable at that potency. This brew is certainly worthy of attention and praise. I thoroughly enjoyed Ephraim and would relish the opportunity to have it again. Serving type: growler Reviewed on: 03-21-2011

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks, wherever you are! Poured a clear light orange color with a thin white head. Smelled of buttery caramel and a bit of vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. Moderate bitterness and light warming alcohol. Caramel, vanilla, pine, and herbal/earthy hop.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3576) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2011 Just another SICK growler provided by hopscotch. Clear golden pour with small frothy white head. Hop and peach aromas. An easy sippin DIPA with a somewhat thinner body. Tangy/citrusy hop flavors with a subtle spicy finish. Not as bold and in your face as some DIPAs, but still very good...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3/6/2011 Re-review thanks to Chris. This is batch 2, drank from a counter-pressurized growler. This batch is more hot, way too much alcohol on the finish. Still pretty good, just not the epic level of the first batch, still recommend trying. Growler provided by sleepydave, drank into my Narke tulip...The top pops without an whiff and Im a bit concerned, then I see theres only about a half centimeter of air, so Im good. Pours a dark peach, nice color. At first it pours without any head, then as it settles about a full finger of light tope head. Pretty good retention, but really nice lacing; thin drops around the glass but super sticky...The aroma is not at as strong as expected, but in a good way; doesnt overpower. Very light grapefruit on the front, light sugar, and sweet pine hops. The backbone is light pine and alcohol but exactly what you are looking, makes me really want to drink it...The taste is a super nice perfect combination of sweet and bitter. The sweetness doesnt really show as fruits, but sugar and alcohol. The finish is hoppy, gives you want you want but not at all harsh or so much hops it distracts you from drinking. The finish is pine resin, sugar, alcohol and a little metal....The feel is outstanding. Sticks to your palate start to finish, its full, coating, makes you lick your lips, a smooth and lasting finish...Incredibly drinkable. Another beer that was crazily hyped but actually lived up to expectations. Would LOVE to try this fresh.


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