tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Growler: Thanks, Oliver! Beaming orange-amber hybrid, just a slight haze running throughout but appears clear from afar, topped with a foamy & frothy, gray-tinted head; moderate webbing left behind. Aroma is an American hop dream... Huge tropical & citric presence; juicy mango, sweet peach, pineapple, orange, guava, all with a lovely undercurrent of herbal pine, evergreen, & freshly cut grass. Pleasant sweetness on the nose, giving a gushing, juicy quality to the hops. Ephraim is even juicier on the palate... Bomb of sweet peach, orange peel, mango, just an explosion of tropical, fruity hops. Lightly bitter, gracefully sweet, like biting into a fruit & taking part of the rind with it. Pine needles & herbal hemp oil cut through & round things out, light resinous & dank quality near the finish. Notes of lightly toasted pale malt & honeycomb coat the palate in the aftertaste, lingering with a combo of candied grapefruit flesh & sugar cookies. Substantial, big body, but not overly viscous or cumbersome for the style. I am not normally a fan of "sweeter" DIPAs, I don’t like the overly sticky, caramel malts getting in the way. Ephraim is definitely sweet, but it’s the addition of dextrose while still keeping an all pale malt bill that makes the delicate sweetness work to accentuate the hops rather than crowd them with an abundance of toffee-like sweetness that comes with darker malt bills (Abrasive takes a similar approach, also a favorite of mine). Ephraim is a fantastic "big" DIPA, done properly. thepatrickman (1398) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2016
Growler, 4 days old, shared at Stoneface. Exceptional stuff. The dominant flavors and aromas are "classic" American piney hops and just enough malt sweetness to remind you that you’re dealing with a 10.3%ABV beer. It was so light and crisp, though, that it almost reminded me of a hoppy pale ale. The hops, the malt, the booze, everything is all so balanced in this beer. Fantastic. egajdzis (6672) - 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. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Hill farmstead Ephraim. 12oz handbottle from a growler fill from Joey... Pours a moderately
pale orangey flow with a thin soapy white head... Quite vivid and
brilliant hops most akin and resembling exponential hoppiness and younger in nature.
Assertive of honey infused piney and sweet tropical fruit juiciness.
Very much in your face and totally appreciated... Flavors are vividly
wild and assertive with vibrant tropical hops that finishes off with a
semi-intense piney bitterness. Semi-sweet overall and just so very good
and satisfying with a big hop punch.
9/4/8/4/17 Fred82 (2331) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at Hill Farmstead.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Appearance : Hazy yellow with a medium creamy head. Very creamy.
Aroma : Huge leafy hops, nice citrusy and piny. Very fruity; mangos and passion fruits.
Taste : Leafy fresh hops. Piny and very fruity. Finish is very fruity and quite bitter.
Overall : Wow. Very nice DIPA. Along the lines of PtE and Heady Topper. Very fresh and very hoppy.
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, I’m sure the malt bill is much heavier than you’d imagine with the boatload of hops). Kudos to Hill Farmstead for the next big IT in DIPAs. arminjewell (9689) - 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! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Review altered after 2011 EBF.
Had this very fresh at EBF. The characteristics are similar to what is described below, but everything was so much more pungent. The nose absolutely exploded with raw hops that carried through to over-the-top hops in the flavor along with a really nice amount of bitterness for a seriously drinkable brew.
Old Review: 4 / 4.5 / 4 / 4.5 / 4
On tap at the Three Penny Taproom. Super-friendly staff and I’m really glad that this was still on we Amyliz4 and I made it in.
Pours a really bright orange color with two fingers of white head and a load of sticky lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose is really nice and over-the-top hoppy with a lot of pine, resin, orange peel, citrus, and some light tropical fruits.
The taste has many of the same components of the nose, though those are often overshadowed by the absolutely bruising bitterness that comes through in the mouthfeel. Citrus, tropical fruits, and a bit of pine. The feel is really, really hoppy and mixes well with the light alcohol that comes through. I’d love to try this again and will hopefully be making a trip back up North to visit all these magnificent Vermont breweries at some point soon.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-14-2010 hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
Growler… This beer rocks!… Clear golden ale with a small, fat-bubbled, white head. Flimsy retention. The nose offers a plethora of hop greatness – pine, pineapple, orange peel, peach and white pepper. Medium-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. This beer is dripping with fresh lupulin flavor, but is amazingly balanced. The high alcohol content is not remotely evident. Finishes bittersweet and continues to provide fantastic hop flavor for an extensively long time after each sip… including the final one… that I am somewhat sad to take. This world class growler of bliss was shipped to me by one of my favorite Canadians; Glouglouburp! beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pours copper clear with a thick white head. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Extremely rich aromas of pine and sweet grapefruits and mangoes. Heavy caramel malts, sweet citrus fruits, grapefruits, mangoes. The finish is long and bitter.