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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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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.

4.2
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.

4.2
Macegan75 (848) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. I can’t believe I got two pours the second day.ours agolden wheat color with little head. Nose is pine needles, juicy fruits, pale malt sweetness. first sip is simcoe, warrior bitterness balanced with that Vermont style pale malt sweetness. finish is lime and bergamon. really great stuff.

4.2
Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
A hazed blonde DIPA with a thin off white head. In aroma, wonderful floral hops with light catty notes, orange pulp, smooth and wonderful. In mouth, loads of citrusy hops, over grassy malt, catty hops, superb.

4.2
pushkinwow (2888) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
Big thanks to Dany for a ridiculously generous trade that allowed me to share this along side Abner with the Ottawa crew. Cloudy vibrant but somewhat pale yellow with a generous foamy white head. Wet fresh hops, smooth, some farmhouse funk, can’t get over how finely balanced all the hop flavours are - would gladly drink this every day. Moderate carbonation, smooth with a full body, long finish that keeps on giving.

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.

4.1
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Growler, thanks Jason. A - Pours a clear orangish/yellow, white head that dissipates to a thin film, very sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass, and a thin ring around the glass. S - Sweet burnt sugars, lots of malts, bitter citrus notes, dankness. Pretty damn solid combo of stuff going on here. T - Sweet malts and sugars up front followed by an onslaught of bitter hoppy dankness. It’s a transition from one to another, but holy shit, the hops are beating my palate into submission. M - Medium bodied, syrupy feel, smooth, light carbonation. D - Now on my second glass, I’m feeling pretty good. Really enjoyed this one and hopefully, I’ll get to try some other offerings from this brewery.

4.1
RCL (2030) - 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.

4.1
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Growler. Pours a golden yellow amber color with a very white head that forms a nice 1 finger head of foam that falls rather quickly. I can smell the hop aroma as I pour this out into the glass. Very aromatic with nice tropical type hop notes like pineapple and mango, also some citrus rind. Medium mouthfeel. Fruity malty sweetness gives way to a nice bitter hop bite. Wow, bitter bite, might be a tad much. Very slight alcohol notes but otherwise the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

4.1
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Draught at Willy’s. 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.


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