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Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 7.59%


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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to be able to drink this growler with calton last night. certainly the highlight of the night, this was no doubt a crazy beer. poured into a white birch glass and enjoyed on 5.14.11

the pour was insane as a crystal clear amber color came gurgling out of the glass. a three inch high head of white comes up and tops the glass and leaves tons of sticky and web like lacing down the glass.

such a fresh herbal smell, wreaks of cannabis with lots of sticky pine and semi sweet orange notes that percolate through. the flavor is as intense as the aroma if it was possible. so clean and fresh i was literally blown away by this beer. the alcohol is non existent but the hops are soo strong but soo clean without any bite. the smoothest it could possibly be.

overall this one is up there with pliny and citra. it is certainly worthy of it reputation!

Serving type: growler

05-15-2011 18:17:03 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Todd for hooking me up with a growler of this. So far I've been a big fan of Shaun's IPAs, so I've been looking forward to trying this one.

A: The pour is surprisingly clear, and is a nice golden amber color with a couple fingers of white head and sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Intensely fruity on the nose. Excellent grapefruit, but perhaps even better tropical fruit aromas. Lots of pineapple and mango, perhaps some grass and certainly a little bit of pine. A mild sugar aroma provides some additional sweetness.

T: There is a touch of sweet malt flavor, but after that, it's just a ton of fruity hops. Pineapple, mango, and peaches give the beer a really nice flavor and the grapefruit and pine notes provide the requisite bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not super bitter on the finish.

D: Damn good stuff, but the alcohol does catch up with you on this one. Deceptively easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 17:03:15 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

11-14-2010 13:52:34 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for procuring a growler of this highly regarded brew. Served in a Rodenbach tulip.

A - Not much hiss from the growler, which was literally filled to the brim. A hard pour yields a finger of big-bubbled orange-tinged foam that dissipates to a chunky ring, leaving behind spotty lace. Subsequent pours were normal, with a more smooth and creamy appearance to the foam. The body is a pleasant lightly hazed golden peach color.

S - Huge citrus rind and zest, light dank and catty notes, candied citrus and touch of tropical fruits, burnt sugary malt and a touch of alcohol. There's also a sugar character that reminds me of the Flossmoor beers that contain Jaggery - a quick trip to Ratebeer confirms the addition of dextrose.

T - This was the hardest category for me to evaluate. Around mid-palate the beer really takes off, with intense citrus and bruising bitterness in the finish that lingers well into the aftertaste. It's just the initial flavor seems a big unfocused and flaccid. If I could, this would probably get a 4.25, but I'm going to round up as I was a little hard on the appearance of a beer from a week-old growler sent by mail.

M - Body is big, thick, and juicy, but offset with some low carbonation tingle. There's a bit of warmth, but not an offensive amount by any stretch. Super enamel-melting and resiny residual feel.

D - I really liked this, even with the alcohol and bitterness mounting quickly after the first glass. Still, I couldn't keep myself from returning to the growler throughout the evening. I know this is supposed to be a "triple" IPA, but I prefer more medium and punchy DIPAs that have a bit less sugar character. Still this was a very enjoyable brew and I'd gladly have it again.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2010 14:37:40 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler sent to me by baconsausage, thanks! Shared at a recent beer tasting that went from zero to epic in three minutes. Served in a Hill Farmstead becher glass (thanks bacon), because I am able to.

Beer is amber, light amber and mostly clear with a wonderful thick head of small and medium bubbles, head has some retention to it too. Some lacing left on the walls of my HF glass, the lacing probably only works in the right glassware.

Aroma is awesome. It is hoppy, like a fruit salad, with mango and peaches and cantaloupe and papaya. Complex, fruity, hoppy, good.

Beer is medium to light in body and really really bitter. This beer likely maxes out the bitterness scale for beer in general but specifically this beer is quite quite bitter. There is very little hint of malt at the lead off and there is an unfolding on flavors on the midpalate with a variety of fruity esters from the hops. The beer has good connectivity and I thoroughly enjoyed two full pours of this beer. A great great great IPA for sure. I could hurt myself with a growler of this beer.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 16:31:09 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Semi clear orange nectar color, nice creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing.

nose pure hop awesomeness, bit of pine, lots of citrus tropical fruit, guava, passion fruit, some earthy hop, and even a bit of candy. Some light sweet malts underneath.

Taste is more of the same hops, quite bitter, hops galore, pine, citrus, tropical fruit, fresh resin musty, little earthy, candy orange rind and pine. Big malty backbone with bit of sweetness to balance well, and hint of booze. Finish is even more bitter, little sticky but dry, lingering citrus, pine, light musty fresh hop.

Mouth is heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of booze but drinks much better than 10.5%.

Overall awesome but I think I like edward better. Nice balance, juicy hops and malts, a bit more tropical fruits would be more up my alley.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 23:41:32 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

New York

4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/19/11 notes. Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; thanks Matt. Got to try a 2 oz. pour of this at EBF last week and loved it so was excited to get a bigger pour of it this time.

a - Pours a clear orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grapefruit, citrus hops, sweet fruity malts, tropical fruits, melon, and maybe a hint of pine hops. Lots of hops and different fruits coming out in the smell, it's reall nice.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, melon. Also a crazy amount of bitterness up front. I wish it had been slightly less bitter, but it was still very good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Huge bitter kick up front.

d - A really nice DIPA; one I would certainly try and trade for again. Lots of citrus hops and different fruits in the nose and if you like that bitter taste in DIPA's, you'll love this one. Would like to have again.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 17:22:08 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT

I've had my fair share of HF beers, but for some reason this one has eluded me for years. Now I've had it, and despite it's reputation, I must say, I'm not a huge fan. I actually think the bartender may have poured me the wrong beer, because it just didn't match the bill.

Appearance-wise, the beer was tremendous. Served in a HF stem glass, slightly hazy, bright amber color with a large, foamy, white head that retained amazingly and left blankets of lacing on the glass. Aroma of somewhat muted tropical and stone fruits, musty grass, somewhat bready; none of the intensity I'd expect from a fresh IPA though. More in line with a Belgian IPA or even moderately hoppy saison (further leading me to believe it could have been a mis-pour). Unexpected hit of funkiness up front in the taste, soft peach, citrus zest, mango, pear, bready malts, slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Hmm. Yep. This was either a fresh saison or an old Ephraim. Medium body, somewhat sticky and chewy. Overall fairly drinkable, but not quite what I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 19:52:45 | More by Rifugium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

The nose on this beer is absolutely fantastic. Just bursting through with a ton of tropical and citrus fruit along with some slight earthy pine, pale malt and sweet booze. Lots of mango and pineapple as well as some grapefruit and lemon peel. One of the best smelling IPAs I've encountered.

This beer looks great and smells incredible but unfortunately the flavor falls way off. The citrus and tropical fruit notes are there but anywhere near as prominent as the aroma suggests. More bitter and earthy than expected with piny/soily flavor but not overly dry. Also, it is very hot and the strong booze component kills the best of the hop flavor. Hints of grapefruit and lemon peel with a very faint tropical presence. The malt backbone is also stronger than expected with hints of biscuit and an overly grainy graham cracker presence. Toward the end of the palate the beer is almost all booze. Kind of all over the place an very disappointing.

I have heard very good things about this beer and was really looking forward to it but it was an enormous let down. I'm gong to be trying it again on draft in a few days and will update my review if my opinion changes.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2011 22:19:00 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 4/23/11. On Tap at Capones served in a 6oz snifter. This brew appears a clear golden copper color that haze some hop haziness about it keeping it from being perfectly clear. There are some orange and yellowish hues about the brew when it is held to the light. A finger of white fluff holds decent across the top leaving webby and spotty lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew is extremely juicy with hops. It fills the nose with fruit and rinds along with dank indications, weed and herbs. There is a faint toasty malt backing that provides a solid base of sweetness for the bright fruity hops to play off. The smell of this brew is very enjoyable. As it warms, it picks up some catty notes that come across to me as even being a bit cheesy.

The taste of this brew is dank and oily with hop resins. It is modestly bitter, dank, grassy, herbal, oily and very resinous. It lingers in the mouth with a rindy aftertaste. Lots of alcohol warmth and fusel flavor is well integrated into this brew and enjoyable. A Attu aftertaste is evident that evolves into a flavor I keep associating with cheese...interesting just like the nose.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is dry and spicy in the finish but includes a lingering oily resinous power that lasts inside the mouth and seemingly coats it. Overall this is an exceptionally well balanced brew with a significant hop bite, depth and balance. Excellent job and cheers to Hill Farmstead for a top shelf product.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 19:24:10 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this on tap at the brewery on 9/24/10 and knew that I immediately needed to grab a growler. 2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into an oversized tulip glass.

Initially pouring hazy, this clears out nicely into a golden apricot color, topped with a rich foamy head that quickly settles down into a tight finger. This retains with a frothy ¼ finger or so which throws a robust spotty cascade of sticky lacing up on the sides of the glass. Really nice look here once this clears up. The aroma literally smells like a hop grenade went off in your nose. Grapefruit and pine cut through the nostrils like a knife, tempered on the edges by juicy tropical fruit notes (pineapple is especially strong) and sweet sugars from the malt. This is all wrapped up in a blanket of floral, herbal, dank, and spicy tones. This is just so fresh and powerful in the nose; I could literally just sit here and sniff this all night long.

The hop flavors in the taste are just unbelievably fresh and bright feeling, with a blast of bitter grapefruit and resins that stick in the mouth. The balance here is just impeccable though, with the sugary sweetness of the citrus and malts swooping in off the side to do their thing, leaving the fullness of the hop flavors behind but without a completely overly bitter bite up front either. The bitterness does come out to play big time in the backend though, with citrus rind, spice, and pine, all just smashing the finish of this and leaving back a resinous and dry feel that hammers the tongue and roof of the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth at first, with a combo of sharpness and smooth slickness from the hop oils, but the alcohol definitely adds some fuller feeling heft to this as well. Warmth hangs on the breath after each sip and gets a little borderline hot at times, especially when paired up with that intense dry-hopped finish.

With full and brilliant hop flavors, awesome balance, and an excellent drinkibility for a nearly 11% Triple IPA, it's hard to not want to compare this (and quite favorably I might add) to a certain similar beer out on the West Coast. The only drawback I could possibly find here is that there is maybe a little too much warmth coming out of the body at times but it's hard not to argue that the hop profiles here are just world class. I had the opportunity to try about five different hoppy offerings while visiting the brewery and to say that they've got a handle on these styles would be an understatement. Just awesome stuff here!

Serving type: growler

09-28-2010 16:37:03 | More by Kegatron
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a golden peach color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. This beer is very aromatic, showcasing dry citrus, fruit cocktail, orange marmalade, vanilla and considerable pine. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose pretty closely in this tasty DIPA. Also, while there is a considerable tropical fruit component to this beer, there's more than enough hoppy goodness to balance it, leading to a long, bitter, pine infused finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and while you can tell the alcohol is up there in this one, the beer is not at all hot or boozy on the finish.

This is an excellent DIPA, no doubt about that. Still not sure I'd put it in the same category as Hopslam, younger and elder, but there's no denying that this is a well made, well crafted DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 13:20:44 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2012 06:23:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

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

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by drabmuh (the growler king). Thanks Matt!

The beer appears clear and golden hued. The head is thick, has last retention, and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a bouquet of fresh hops and citrus, with a very slight hint of alcohol.

The flavor is bold and fantastic, with the expected hop and citrus coming through beautifully. A truck load of bitterness and fresh hops assault the palate in the best possible way. Alcohol presence gently reveals itself near the finish, but I wouldn't have guessed this was 10.5% abv. Wow, this is incredibly drinkable at that potency. This brew is certainly worthy of attention and praise. I thoroughly enjoyed Ephraim and would relish the opportunity to have it again.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 17:45:34 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am so happy to have a second chance to enjoy this great beer -this time on tap at Capone's in Norristown 4/23/11 served chilled in a snifter and allowed to gradually raise in temperature.

From the very beginning I am anticipating good things -the color is sunflower golden light amber with resplendent appearance when held to the light. Only a mild amount of haze from hop resins with a thick band of cream and lace stickage is great as the bead is tiny. The fragrant smell of hops emanates from the glass immediately as I bring Ephraim to my nose dank odors of herbs and citrus with lots of floral esters fill my nostrils. The grapefruit accents and there is certainly an element of tropical aroma with some grassy bitter notes. I really enjoy the mild sweet ester that backs giving a huge tangerine element to the IPA, so juicy and a slight catty accent is there making me think of Simcoe w/ mild pineapple and light candied fruit aroma.

The feel is juicy and mildly resinous right away, but a high bitter quality backs up the intense hop jolt to the palate with a spiced edge and smooth bitterness is the key to the feel in that there is not much in the way of astringency, just some really nicely layered hop textures giving way to a mild alcohol intensity and mild malt with tons of hoppy body throughout into the semi-dry finish. I taste sweet glorious hops right off - a slight resinous effect carries a subtle acidic flavor and mild pineapple bitter and sweet taste with some herbal elements and tangerine is following closely with a really intense citric bite. The mild golden grapefruit and mild kumquat with tanginess makes you want to rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth. It has a puckering lingering bitter and fruity edge w/ light malt just offsetting the taste in the middle giving brief respite while the second thrust of hop bitterness comes forward in a wave to carry through to the dry mild tea like astringent and herbal lasting dry edge in the finish.

Overall I can't say it enough, just a phenomenal example of an Imperial IPA, I think this just delivers exactly what it promises and more. It has the bitterness, flavor and aroma without the assault on the palate, it has subtlety which gives you the feeling of an exciting ride without being beaten into submission -Dank American Hops, just can't find many Imperial IPA's that do it better, period.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 13:50:23 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled this at the Autumn Harvest Festival. Now, it's time to review it.

Pours a mild blonde color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. It meets the colors.

Grapefruit encircles the olfactory nerves, followed by a slight hint of mint. Malt is sweet and toned down.

The taste? Grapefruit and apricot flavors from the hops mingle with sweet malt. As this elixir unfolds on the tongue, a slight hint of pineapple greets the taste buds.

Mouthfeel can only be described as full of lingering bitterness, especially pineapple.There's some malt underneath.

Obviously, this is all about the hops. It's beautiful, well-crafted and somewhat too drinkable for the amount of alcohol contained within. Top 10? For sure. Top 5 for Vermont? Heady Topper has some competition!

Serving type: growler

10-06-2010 03:25:00 | More by Brad007
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HopHead84

California

4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks! A much anticipated first review from a much anticipated brewery. I'm new to Hill Farmstead brewery, but not to the beers of this brewer.

A: Appears tangerine orange and clear with a billowing white head, great retention, and thick sheets of lacing.

S: Aroma is of grapefruit, peach, tangerine, mango, orange, passion fruit, and a little papaya, a veritable cornucopia of fruit characteristics that coexist harmoniously. Holy shit this smells fantastic. There's a whisper of pine in there as well, but the hop character is mostly fruit. Alcohol is very well hidden for the monstrous ABV, I can't even detect it. Malt is light and reminiscent of caramel. One of the best smelling Double/Triple IPAs I've encountered.

T: Big hop flavor, manifesting itself in the form of a myriad of fruits: peach, mango, orange, grapefruit, papaya, and tangerine. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level with ephemeral sweetness midpalate. Malt is caramel in character but takes a backseat to the bold and unabashed hop profile. This is _outstanding_ stuff. Finish is a hop explosion with a lingering pithy bitterness. Alcohol is deftly masked.

M: Medium bodied with a dry, sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation. The growler held up very well.

Overall: Top notch stuff. This is one of the best Double/Triple IPAs I've had, up there with Younger. If future batches are as good as this first batch this beer will become very well known. Seek this out!

Serving type: growler

10-20-2010 04:45:37 | More by HopHead84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.38/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Poured into Bells snifter.

Pours 1 finger of white head that fades to a thick ring. Leaves some lacing from there. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Hmm, this smells far better than any east cost XPA I have smelt. Reminds me more of west coast style. Huge pine hop profile with a large amount of citrus. Has a lot of mangoes and grapefruit flavors with a bit of orange. I get a touch of onion, but it is very faint.

Taste: Very hoppy. Floral and pine round this one out with a touch of alcohol. It also has a heavy dose of grapefruit, orange, and mango, much like the nose. There is a touch of bready malts and an light union flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A little boozy. Pretty bitter. Ends clean with a little heat left over.

Overall, this is a great dipa. Either I am very thirsty or this thing is that drinkable, because my glass isn't lasting long. I am glad I have finally had a DIPA from the east coast that has impressed me.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2010 23:53:55 | More by mothman
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one during the Growler Party this weekend! Served from growler into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one and a half finger very slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and pot. The flavor was of sweeet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and pot. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was just plain excellent. Not really any other way to say it. All of the aspects on this one just stood out to your senses to let you know that you were having a great beer. The aroma on this one was other-worldly for the style. You would have never known this was 10.5% at all, and I could see that getting a lot of people in a lot of trouble really easily. Really glad I finally got to tick this beast!

Serving type: growler

05-16-2011 11:24:11 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few pours from a growler thanks to Arbitrator. The growler apparently lost a few ounces of beer in transit, but that didn't seem to harm it much beyond a slight loss of carbonation.

It pours a hazy glowing peach color, capped by a finger of white froth that takes a moment to form and then slowly settles to a collar.

I was taken aback by the huge hop aroma. Tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit instantly remind me of Pliny the Younger, my gold standard for the style, but there's also a resiny/evergreen-like quality to it. There's a lightly sweet sugary (though not overtly caramelized) malt backbone, just enough sweetness to give a beer this big some substance.

Hop flavors hit the tongue first, and mirror the aroma with notes of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, perhaps a touch more juicy tropical fruit. It has a substantial malt character, but I only pick up a hint of sweetness before my palate is annihilated by the hugely bitter finish. The mouthfeel might be my favorite aspect of the beer, it's sharp and resiny, extremely bitter but not necessarily harsh. Truly outstanding stuff, and surprisingly easy to drink for a 10.5% monster. I hope this becomes a somewhat regular release.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2010 00:30:17 | More by largadeer
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/6/2011 Re-review thanks to Chris. This is batch 2, drank from a counter-pressurized growler. This batch is more hot, way too much alcohol on the finish. Still pretty good, just not the epic level of the first batch, still recommend trying.

Growler provided by sleepydave, drank into my Narke tulip...The top pops without an whiff and I'm a bit concerned, then I see theres only about a half centimeter of air, so I'm good. Pours a dark peach, nice color. At first it pours without any head, then as it settles about a full finger of light tope head. Pretty good retention, but really nice lacing; thin drops around the glass but super sticky...The aroma is not at as strong as expected, but in a good way; doesn't overpower. Very light grapefruit on the front, light sugar, and sweet pine hops. The backbone is light pine and alcohol but exactly what you are looking, makes me really want to drink it...The taste is a super nice perfect combination of sweet and bitter. The sweetness doesn't really show as fruits, but sugar and alcohol. The finish is hoppy, gives you want you want but not at all harsh or so much hops it distracts you from drinking. The finish is pine resin, sugar, alcohol and a little metal....The feel is outstanding. Sticks to your palate start to finish, its full, coating, makes you lick your lips, a smooth and lasting finish...Incredibly drinkable.

Another beer that was crazily hyped but actually lived up to expectations. Would LOVE to try this fresh.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2010 01:16:33 | More by jrallen34
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a La Chouffe tulip; sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release. Huge thanks to whoever brought this one to share.

A: Clear, glowing orange-gold body with a nice cap of rough off-white bubbles. Good retention for the strength. Attractive, and its paleness promises a real, pure hop-bomb.

S: Yup, this is hugely hoppy. Tons of spice, grapefruit, spruce, pine, grass, and earth. Just about every possible aspect of hop aroma (except, notably, sweet tropical fruits) jumps out of the glass. Lovely.

T: Full, rich, overpowering hoppiness. Everything from the nose comes through in spades, delivering wave after wave of deliciousness. Super bitter finish, but still with plenty of great flavor. The pine is unreal - Ephraim is hands-down the piniest, resiniest DIPA I've ever had, and I love it.

M: Smooth, slick body - quite viscous, and lightly carbonated. Good, but not as great as everything else about this beer.

O: Fantastic beer, plain and simple. It's incredible to me how a 10.5% brew could manage to taste like absolutely nothing but hops - no caramel or bready malt, no alcohol. The hop profile wasn't quite as much to my personal tastes as, say, Heady Topper, but I can see how many people could find this to be the best DIPA in the world. Awesome, awesome beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

05-14-2011 23:48:58 | More by woosterbill
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL growler poured into a goblet. Massive thanks to Ernesto987/Kirchhoff for hooking me up with this.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange body with a slightly dark tint to it. Reminds of Lunch and canned Heady Topper in this regard. Something about NE IPAs that have a slight darkness to their otherwise bright look. Not a huge head, but what's there is a sticky and lacey and all that is wondeful.

Smell - Gobs of citrus hops. Man I wish I could bottle that smell. I don't wear cologne, but I'd wear citrus hop cologne every day just to smell myself. Amazingly, the sweetness is there, but even at 10.5% it doesn't dominate in the aroma.

Taste - The sweetness does come through in the taste, but it's secondary to the hops and it even incorporates itself pretty well. Once the waves of citrus hops die down, the sweetness comes about in mango and pineapple flavors. It's as if the malt is an appendage of the hops. It finishes ever-so-slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. I wonder if that's a growler thing or if that's just how it is. I didn't notice any leakage, but airtight is a different animal from liquid tight (is that even a valid phrase?). The body comes off a bit heavy from the lack of carbonation, but the flavors bring you back for more and more.

Overall - I'm moving to Vermont. And I need more Hill Farmstead IPAs. I suppose the numbers I choose to rate this beer say it's not as good as Heady Topper and Pliny, but to decide that one is better than the other is an insult to the ability of the individual brewers. Bravo and give me more.

Edit: Numbers changed based on futher growlers. This shit is incredible. Edward is delicate. Ephraim stuffs Edward's delicacy in a locker and steals his lunch money.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2011 00:17:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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FosterJM

California

4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1579th Review on BA
Growler to HF Stem
750ml

Thanks to Rudzud for this one

App- A bit lighter in the glass than Abner was. This was more yellow tinged in color. A smaller one finger head. This was still a bit hazy but less dense in the glass than Abner was. A couple dots of cling and lace. Falls quickly vs. the fluffy Abner.

Smell- A nice nose for a DIPA. Doesnt blow me away but its solid. A couple notches below Abner but yet better than 90% of other DIPAs. A small bit of creamy hops and a bit of citrus. Not sure what fruit combo this one is. More of a dense/dank aroma.

Taste- This was a good DIPA, not a great one. Better than 90-95% of whats out there. It was a nice creamy flavor with some good hoppy bitter behind it. This one on the others from HF was more dank/and dense on the zest behind it. A bit more grapefruit and peach flavors.

Mouth- A nice body similar to Abner with a bit of creamy hops and some creaminess remaining. A nice amount of bitter zest and fruits remain. Call this a solid medium body DIPA with a nice wet carbonation behind it.

Drink- Well the fearsome twosome from HF have been taken down. I liked Abner more but wont say no to this again.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2012 20:59:01 | More by FosterJM
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Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.