Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.74/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Reviewed from notes from 4/23/14
A- Pours a clear, bright pale straw yellow with lots of tiny bubbles visible. A bright white head that is about 2.5 fingers in height retains well and leaves excellent lacing.
S- The aroma is bursting with hops! Sweet passion fruit, guava, star fruit, pineapple, kiwi, nectarine, onion grass, and sticky resinous pine. There's a solid backbone of pilsner, caramel, and some cracker-like malts. Smells wonderfully juicy and sweet, but with a little grapefruit zest bitterness to it. Incredible!
T- Just like the aroma this explodes with flavor! The flavor is almost like a blend of tropical fruit juice concentrates. The passion fruit and guava really are in the forefront with other fruits present, especially the nectarine. Some mango not present in the noes makes an appearance. The sweet caramel malt is very present, and just on the edge of being cloying. The pine is there, but subdued. The alcohol is definitely there, but not too much so.
M- The mouth feel is a bit thick, chewy, and sticky. Decent carbonation, but a bit thicker than I like, but still good.
O- This is a freaking awesome Imperial IPA! My only gripes are a bit too much sweetness and a bit too thick, but it's still an incredibly well crafted beer!
Serving type: growler
06-24-2014 04:55:44 | More by SadMachine
4.75/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
On-tap at Hill Farmstead's 4th Anniversary party at Blackback.
A-Beautiful hazy pale yellow.
S-A lot of citrus, but the other fruity smells are very present.
T-Strong pine that perfectly blends in the complex citrus and fruits.
M-Medium bodied, the drinkability is amazing. Can't figure out how they combine the high abv with all the complex elements going on and still create such a smooth beer.
O-Overall this won the day on the IPA side for me along with the society and solitude at the HF Anniversary. Just a really great beer that they make up in Greensboro, can't wait till the next time I can get my hands on some!
Serving type: on-tap
05-29-2014 05:41:19 | More by Tmyhre802
Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.