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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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Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 On tap at the Barcade Phila anniversary. Aroma of sweet citrus and slight resin. Pours hazy peach with little head. Taste is very juicy with orange peel, grapefruit, and slight resin. Easy to drink and everything I like in an IPA.

4.4
Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2013
750ml growler. Pours a cloudy straw color with thick fluffy white head. Aroma of potent tropical fruits and citrus. Taste is full of citrus bitterness. Lemon, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Some pine and a slightly spicy aftertaste. My first offering from Hill Farmstead and I'm very pleased! Definitely worth the hype.

4.4
jmarsh123 (166) - Indiana, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours a very clear gold with a finger white creamy head. Smells of citrus, tropical fruits with a little bit of earthiness. Up front lots of citrus flavors with a little bit of sweet maltiness. Rounds out into a sweet pineapple flavor near the end with a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light. Carbonation level is low, but I’m assuming that has to do with the growler. Very solid beer. I love the distinct pineapple flavor, but having had this right after Heady Topper it falls short of that standard.

4.4
Marheb (6334) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Un armada de fruits tropicaux et d’agrumes dans un liquide intensément juteux. probablement la bière la plus juteuse d’Hill Farmstead. Une certaine résine s’y trouve aussi mais pas autant que le nez laissait entrevoir. L’alcool reste sur la langue une fois que la marée se retire et seul une autre gorgée peut éteindre le feu. Spectaculaire et franche.

4.4
Ataraxia (587) - California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Translucent golden orange, white head. Citrus fruits dominate: orange, grapefruit, and hints of lemon. Also, some peach and mango in the background. Mild sweetness rounded out with bitterness at the edges and a fruity tang in the back. Smooth and crisp, though just a little bit of oiliness. Resinous finish with a bit of booziness.

4.4
Luk_ (243) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
On tap at the Harvest Festival [transfered from BA]. The most stinky and dank IPA I’ve had. Lots of onions, some earth, very farmhouse. Some citrus of course. The bitterness is higher than most Hill Farmstead. Unique and very tasty.

4.4
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.

4.4
thepatrickman (1503) - 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.

4.3
egajdzis (6830) - 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.

4.3
pantanap (3367) - 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


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