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Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 1,315
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Growler Hill farmstead ephiram (thanks capra!): pours a gorgeous orange honey copper with decent head for a 1 ounce pour. The smell is hops all day, but super balanced. This is a 5 smelling beer. I could just sit and smell it, I don’t even need to drink it, but I will. Very balanced taste, hop forward, a touch bitter on the hops. Medium mouth feel, little bitter, little bitter. Overall great beer, glad I got this tick and look forward to our next...

-- EDIT -- had again on 2011-10-26...thanks baconsausage for the 32oz growler.

4 - 5 - 4.5 - 4 - 4.5

same look, perhaps a bit more read...much more sizeable pour yields head at first but that goes quick. i agree with my original assessment of smell. for the flavor, it is 100% grapefruit. nothing else. it tastes EXACTLY like grapefruit. still pretty bitter finish after a sweet grapefruit blast.

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

On tap at Capone's on 4/23/11.

A - Poured a sunny golden liquid with a dried apricot haze and a wispy white head that diminished to reveal plenty of lacing reminiscent of cheese cloth.

S - Ephraim's pungent nose drips with juicy citrus and tropical fruits, a distinct herbal dankness and fresh pine. Wow! While there is a lot going on here with the hop character, this DIPA boasts one of the most unabashedly citrus aromas I've ever come across.

T - Intense hop character bursting with citrus, tropical fruit and pine, just as the nose forewarned. There is a malt presence, which adds support by way of sweet, grainy notes. Some alcohol heat poked its way through as the liquid warmed. Finish is well-balanced yet still retains a full hop character and aggressive bitterness without being over the top.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and crisp, zippy carbonation. Finishes with an assertive bitterness that lingers on the palate for quite some time.

D - Delicious hop bomb that is up there with the best of 'em. Would love to have this side by side with PIY and Dreadnaught in an ultimate DIPA throwdown!

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is the DIPA that rocketed from unknown to superstar at breakneck speed. This has a lot of hype behind it and thus my expectations are appropriately very high. Now for the judgment. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Half the head fell after a short time, but the remainder stuck around for a while. Spotty lacing covers the glass.

4.5 S: Really wonderful aroma! Tons of tropical fruits in this. Pineapple, mango, lots of papaya and orange. Secondarily piney and floral. Fruits combine for a sugary sweetness. Malts are pretty well hidden.

5.0 T: Holy shit is this tasty! I can't believe how wonderful this is. I'm pretty sure a pallet of various tropical fruits had been compressed and molden into the shape of a .50 caliber bullet, then overpacked with powder and shot into my tongue. Pineapple, mango, orange, papaya, and peach are incredibly strong. So fruity, but not too sweet. Malt is easily overshadowed by the hops, but it does well enough to keep the taste balanced. For 280 hypothetical IBUs, the bitterness is quite low and only manifests in the aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a growler. Very creamy (but could be a bit moreso) and incredibly smooth.

5.0 D: I never thought this would live up to the hype, but instead, it has surpassed it. There isn't a damn thing I would change about this beer. It's about as close as you can get to a perfect taste. Absolutely fabulous. Worth whatever you need to trade for it.

Photo of millerbuffoon
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of scottfrie
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 release. 750ml swing-top growler generously sent by SneezyAchew as part of a wedding present. You are too kind, sir.

A: Pours a very hazy dark mango color with a couple fingers of dense white head. Head faded into a thin film that lasted the whole beer through. Great sheets of thick lace were left down the glass.
S: A sweet smelling hop bomb full of citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet notes of passion fruit, kiwi, mint, orange juice, mango and grapefruit peel.
T: Follows the nose with sweet hop flavors of tropical fruits and mild citrus. A citrus rind bitterness shows up in the finish, but overall sweet juicy mango, passion fruit and fruit nectar's dominate. I get a touch of mint in the finish as well, and the aftertaste is full of the lingering citrus rind. I get a touch of peach in there as well.
M: Thick for the style with a sweet but not cloying mouthfeel. Carbonation is fine, fluffy, and smooth. Alcohol is completely hidden, although judging by hope good I’m starting to feel, I’d say it’s in the double digits.
O: Better than I expected, although I’m not sure why as all the hoppy beers I've had from Shaun are amazing. I would drink this on the regular if available. The only thing I can even remotely knock is the sweetness; personal preference is geared toward a dryer bitterer feel. This drinks just fine though, and the alcohol is hidden so ridiculously well. Thanks again, Michael; you’re the man!

Photo of Deuane
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler, thanks Jason.

A - Pours a clear orangish/yellow, white head that dissipates to a thin film, very sticky lacing all along the sides of the glass, and a thin ring around the glass.

S - Sweet burnt sugars, lots of malts, bitter citrus notes, dankness. Pretty damn solid combo of stuff going on here.

T - Sweet malts and sugars up front followed by an onslaught of bitter hoppy dankness. It's a transition from one to another, but holy shit, the hops are beating my palate into submission.

M - Medium bodied, syrupy feel, smooth, light carbonation.

D - Now on my second glass, I'm feeling pretty good. Really enjoyed this one and hopefully, I'll get to try some other offerings from this brewery.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After drinking this for the second time, it reaffirms that this beer is very similar in taste to Heady. I'd say Ephraim is a lot more bitter, a little less sweet and didn't have as good as a smell as HT. Not saying I prefer one to the other, it's just a different amazing beer drinking experience.

Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oh, just one of six half growlers I received recently.

Pours a hazy light apricot with a sheet of light white foam. Smell is juicy. Some pear, some tangerine, some melons and pineappel, and hints of resin, but mostly sweet juicy hops. This is an approach to hops and grain I've not really experienced before, this is really innovative - this does not really smell like an IPA/IIPA. More like a sweet biscuit with some preserves on it. Flavor follows suit, really unassuming for the style. Not overly syrupy sweet, like some IIPAs, but slightly sweet with lots more juicy fruit, biscuity malt and now some bitterness and a little more hop character as it warms. Full bodied with sharp carb and a semi dry finish. This is a really fine brew, I'm not sure I would go nuts for it, and would likely prefer a few cans of Heady Topper over this, or several others as well. i might argue the beer is a little too heavy on the Dextrose, like Hop Henge in the last couple years.

Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours goldfish orange with honey folds. The crown is 1 finger deep, white in color, displays moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: Dank pine/resinous hops, grapefruit, pineapple, a hint of grass and hay, plus a touch of caramel malt.

Taste: Everything in the smell but magnified!

Mouthfeel: Medium body, juicy, the slightest bit chewy, with moderate carbonation and a nice hop bite in the finish.

Drinkability: Very high despite the IBU's and ABV. It has a serious kick though and gets an alcohol / slight ethanol note as it warms.

One of my new favorites of the style. Home Run Hill Farmstead! I had heard rumors of this one being over 200 ibu's (I heard 230 to be exact) and while I'm not sure upon tasting, it is defintely more on the bitter side than fruity side.

Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jenray
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Poured from tap at the Harvest Festival into provided tulip/wine glass. Very very thick foamy white head sits on top of this straw hazey color. This smell is so fragrant you can smell it well before you bring it to your nose. Strong candied hop aroma, vanilla, and more more more sweet hops. Taste is amazing! Very well balanced malts and hops. Citrus, mango, cotton candy, and a hint of sweet vanilla. This is the best Double IPA I ever had..hands down. Highlight of the Harvest Fest for sure.

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Kmlund
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of vonnegut21
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xpimptasticx for the share! Served in an unmarked snifter.

The growler unleashes a gorgeously bright, brassy body that supports a fluffy, crackling tuft of foam. Sticky lacing coats the insides of the glass. The aroma is tropical, with big notes of pine resin and pale malt in the background. Very assertive nose, and a delight to inhale.

The flavor is unmistakably styled after the West Coast IIPA's, as floral, citrusy, and incredibly piny hop flavors explode upon the palate with each sip. Malts keep up a solid, balancing backbone, however, perhaps a testament to the true East Coast nature of this hop monster. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and bright with bitterness. A joy to sip. Definitely a must-try for any hop lover.

Photo of nickd717
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a tick from Hill Fargstead! Growler (and hand bottle) shared by Arbitrator. Let's see see what these crazy homers are all yappin' about, shall we?

Pours a great bright golden color with a small white head that fades.

Big-time citrusy and herbal hop aroma with sweet malt to back it up. Really enticing.

The flavor is very nice and hop-forward. Sweet and caramel malt base, with huge grapefruity, orangey, pine, herbal notes, and big resin.

Enamel-ripping mouthfeel with fairly lively carbonation despite being from a growler. Medium-full body.

Really awesome DIPA, almost up to Younger level. So easy to drink at 10.5%. Man, never thought I'd become a Vermont hyper, but here I go. Do they put hallucinogens in these beers?

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

Reviewed from notes, combination of tap and growler tastings:

A: Pours golden pale yellow, mostly clear, with about a finger of white head, somewhat tight, good retention, good lacing.

S: Huge tropical fruits, some orange, lots of pine, floral notes, and a hint of herbal dankness. Light sugary sweet smell.

T: Just about the hoppiest beer imaginable. Tons of floral notes and pine with a little citrus (not as much as the nose) and decent helping of herbal dankness (much more than the nose). Light to moderate level of crystal/light caramel sweetness on a grainy pale malt base. A little bit of hay. About as clean as 10.5% gets. Finish is dry with a fairly big lingering bitterness of pine needles and flowers. Alcohol is very very well hidden.

M: Medium to slightly full body, moderate to light carbonation, very smooth and velvety/slippery. Not as crisp carbonation as I'd like, it kind of flattens out to the finish. While you can't taste the alcohol, you can certainly get a bit of the heat, especially if you try drinking this too quickly.

O: A gigantic hop bomb with a balanced hop profile and clean taste, probably the easiest drinking 10%+ DIPA I've had. Very well crafted. That said, it's not my favorite DIPA from Shaun. I do prefer the Abner, Double Galaxy, and Double Citra, but then again, those are 3 of the very very best beers I've ever had. Ephraim is still a fantastic beer and something every hop head should try.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.