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Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 1,229
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/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.

280 Theoretical IBU

Pale Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops, Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 09-28-2010)
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Reviews by PeterIngemi:
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%

On tap @ blackback pub in waterbury VT

A: hazy golden with a touch of amber, served with about a finger of white head that dissapates nicley and leavs some nice lacing. Looks delicious.

S: wow, this smells so good, loads of grassy and citrusy hops, pleanty of tropical fruit aroma, mango, pinneapple, passion fruit... Smells like citrusy juicy hop deliciousness. Amazing aroma.

T: tastes like biting into a tropical fruit hop salad, some much tropical citrusy hop flavor, oh my, a touch of caramel sweetness. So yummy and resinous and juicy. Loads of grapefruit and pinneapple, and no overly bitter, wonderfully balanced.

M: medium heavy body with a very lush an juicy feel, nice creamy moderate carbonation.

O: this an amazing dipa one of the best I've had hands down. So much hop flavor, so well balanced...

10-14-2012 01:48:57 | More by PeterIngemi
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-08-2014 10:53:31 | More by tectactoe
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-24-2013 02:39:02 | More by SkiBum22
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-27-2014 22:36:49 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.7%

Simply said, this is as close to perfect an imperial IPA you can ask for. From the aromatic piney esters, to the cirtrusy flavors, to the soft round mouth feel, to the dry finish. This is simply outstanding. The only negative is the exclusivity that makes this hard to get. I'm sad that I may not have it again.

05-03-2014 01:46:00 | More by DWolf
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muntana83

Sweden

5/5  rDev +8.7%

08-23-2014 15:20:18 | More by muntana83
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renegadeburger

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev -0.4%

got to visit hill farmstead and even try lots of their rare brews had to take a while to take it all in there were a lot of memorable experiences and some really awesome things going on...

beer poured really deep orange color had some little bit of sediment in there some floaties i believe or stray yeast either way not that big of a deal small head pops like rice krispies

smell absolutely fantastic i think my favorite aroma of any double ipa i had to date pure fruit punch right in your face real strong and potent

taste outstanding too real nice hop overtone not bombarded by booze here

big mouthfeel with nice tart citrus in the end

overall this has to be one of my favorite double ipas out there wow super awesome

07-10-2011 18:14:30 | More by renegadeburger
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-22-2014 01:09:10 | More by Callmecoon
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cincysig

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-10-2014 12:22:09 | More by cincysig
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bierdabbler

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8.7%

10-23-2012 23:09:11 | More by bierdabbler
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codysjb

Florida

5/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a growlers into a cup.
A: Large head that takes a while to dissipate, lot of foam and a cloudy golden color.
S: Grapefruit, lemon zest, hops.... this is without a doubt the best smelling IPA I have ever smelled. I want a candle made out of this smell, I want to make my house smell like this forever.
T: Wow grapefruit and minor hop notes coat the mouth with nice overall hops.
M: Balanced. very hoppy and balanced.
O: Great, its like heady but better. The hops dont rush forward but rather linger to stay in your mouth for minutes.

06-09-2013 00:03:03 | More by codysjb
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

2l pop-top growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a nice slightly hazy orange with very little head (growler is 48 hours old and has been in a fridge the whole time), looks like some light bubbles and carbonation up the side. Nose is amazing! fresh grapefruit and citrus, mango and orange, very fresh and effervescent.

This is criminally good. So fruity and fresh, it's one of the all time greats of the IPA/IIPA world. It's got that east coast sweetness (think 90 min IPA) but it's got such a fresh floral, piney and bitter hop profile that's it's very west-coast oriented as well. Even 2 days old the carbonation has held up very well, although I'll say it's gone down a bit (as to be expected) from the draft version I had the other day. That being said it's still got a nice light carbonation level (which I know many of my fellow BAs appreciate) which makes it damn easy drinking.

There is a slight alcohol bite here, but at over 10% that's no surprise. Event still, I hardly notice it in the mouth - I get more of a warming sensation down my throat into the stomach.

I thought this was damn good fresh at the brewery, but I'll be honest I was a bit overwhelmed at the time with the excitement of getting up to Hill Farmstead for the first time, getting to meet Shaun, see some buddies, and get to try all this new & crazy beer that although I really enjoyed it there, I didn't appreciate it as much as I do now at home slowly sipping it. I saw another reviewer who said PtY and Heady Topper have nothing on this, I can't speak for PtY (yet) but this is in my opinion of the same caliber of Heady Topper & Hopzilla (two of my all time favorite beers).

Keep up the great work Shaun!

10-04-2010 20:47:57 | More by kingcrowing
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-26-2014 16:58:59 | More by ccurrid
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-17-2013 01:43:10 | More by bpfrush
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-29-2013 10:49:44 | More by Cynic-ale
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doremite

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-13-2013 20:20:19 | More by doremite
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.98/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a vibrant orange glow, slightly over one inch of head on it. Nose just erupts with the juiciest aromas of tropical and citrus fruits this side of Pliny, maybe even moreso. Its magnificent and owes nothing to nobody. Sliding in with the varied fruits are plenty of pine and soft lemon. Pineapple, pine, apricot, mango, you name it, its there. Yum.

Everything that shows up in the aroma takes on a respectful assault on the palate, again, waves of tropical fruit, citrus fruit and pine envelope the tongue. There's tons of bitterness, but it comes off so smooth, and for being ten and a half percent abv, there sure is no sign on of it, this beer really tastes phenomenal and drinks effortlessly, you don't have to feel like you're getting your big boy drinking jeans on, this one just rocks so easily. The malt is so much a distant memory, but somehow manages to carry the gigantic double dry hopped triple ipa. Really one of the natural wonders of the world I says. Finishes very dry, while keeping the fruitiness and green vegetal hop mouthfeel persistently dominating the mouth. The hops are just so herbal, so tasty per bitterness unit. The best hops in massive quantity, making some great teamwork and love.

What more could a guy want? An ipa that is just bursting with hop flavors reeking of tangerine, orange, pine, lemon, melon, mint, apricot, pineapple, green apple, mango, papaya, you could go on forever.

This is what triple ipas are all about. There's really only one other in its class.

12-24-2012 06:23:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-05-2014 15:50:30 | More by williamjbauer
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-30-2013 19:41:37 | More by Bizoneill
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-22-2012 00:10:06 | More by SPRichard
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-21-2013 23:15:21 | More by stereosforgeeks
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hagbergl

Maryland

5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-06-2012 19:16:35 | More by hagbergl
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%

Growler shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of soft pale malts with large amounts of citrus and light floral hops. Also present are hints of tropical fruit and lighter hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus and slight herbal hops. Midway through the sip hints of breadiness work their way into things before being pushed aside by mild tropical fruit flavors. The tropical fruit, pale malt, and citrus flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very easy-drinking beer and the only thing keeping it from entering the upper tier of the style was a defining characteristic - nothing about it is outstanding. A very nice beer with no flaws that's worth a shot.

04-03-2011 00:01:01 | More by glid02
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -13%

05-24-2013 22:07:44 | More by acurtis
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -6.5%

Fresh from the keg @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro VT (Harvest Festival).

Price - $22/Growler

I've had this several times over the last few years and should have reviewed it by now but haven't so here it is.

This beer looks awesome! A huge two inch soapy white head with a long lasting retention covers this golden gem. Lines of bubbles stream from the bottom of my tulip glass and sticky lacing clings to the sides like glue. A quick swirl of the glass and a creamy layer reappears. This beer is screaming for attention.

Aah, the smell of citrus hops is refreshing and appropriate for a DIPA of this size. And with the various types of hops added one can certainly pick up an aroma of something familiar from their hop past. For me it's all about the fruit with caramel malt which adds some sweetness followed by piney resin which is not with out notice.

Grapefruit, orange, mango, and lemon hit the taste buds first followed by honey for a quick flash of raw sweetness. In the end though a big blast of pine with some noticeable alcohol finishes things off.

The mouthfeel pretty much follows in line with a big hop bomb which usually results in a bitter dry finish, as does this. To be expected yes and appropriate. Body is medium and slightly syrupy which I dig.

Overall this beer is just short of fantastic. It's not exactly what I prefer in flavor and mouthfeel, but is so close to the style one has to give it the credit it deserves. Hell it can't be to far off from perfection, I'm nearing the end of my two liters, yikes..

10-22-2011 00:15:27 | More by 05Harley
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Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.