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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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Dicers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

05-18-2014 16:32:06 | More by Dicers
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jenray

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-25-2011 14:47:58 | More by jenray
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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

10-05-2010 22:18:29 | More by koopa
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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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DarthKostrizer

California

3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

06-07-2013 23:38:58 | More by DarthKostrizer
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-20-2012 02:09:56 | More by millerbuffoon
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

05-26-2013 20:14:09 | More by oldp0rt
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-16-2012 23:47:17 | More by ncaudle
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +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.

09-24-2012 19:06:36 | More by DrinkSlurm
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-05-2014 00:34:10 | More by threedaggers
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.58/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

03-30-2011 14:29:10 | More by wagenvolks
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nickd717

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.8%

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?

10-16-2010 20:27:13 | More by nickd717
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

06-30-2013 18:34:31 | More by LoveStout
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

05-15-2014 03:03:02 | More by akang
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-10-2013 20:24:41 | More by IrishColonial
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +3%

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!

06-24-2014 04:55:44 | More by SadMachine
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seeswo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

10-16-2012 13:40:25 | More by seeswo
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-12-2014 01:56:46 | More by twenty5
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev -10.9%

Chilled growler into a glass. Thanks Kristin!

A: Pours a hazy golden peach body with not a ton of head. The growler has been in transit for a week and it was apparently filled right to the top; the paper towel wrapped around the neck showed that it might have leaked in transit, so I'm forgiving any carbonation issues in appearance or mouthfeel. This special is today only! Anyway, the foam is lightly beige in color; it slowly comes out of solution, then vanishes very quickly. Some spotty lace left behind.

S: Carbonation issues or no, it is not affecting the aroma at all. A nice, pungent blend of orange rind, candied grapefruit, pineapple, passionfruit, and a touch of mossy weed (I wrote this down as 'dank' to widespread mockery by the tasting group, but I stand by it). There's an expressive sugariness and booze.

T: Initially the taste is a rough bitterness. I'm unused to this, considering that I mostly drink West Coast IPAs with a lot of hop flavor but not necessarily a lot of hop bitterness. But the flavors come together pretty nicely: orange rind, passionfruit, pineapple. Grapefruit and substantial sugar cookie give the impression of candied grapefruit. The mossy, weedy flavors are particularly noticeable here; they pull into the finish with a sticky, resinous presence. This reminds me heavily of fresh Moylan's Hopsickle.

M: Full, expressive flavors abound. There's a touch of booze that I don't enjoy, but having had a 3-week old growler of Pliny the Younger that was boozier than the tap version, I'm attributing this change to the serving format. It's also low in carbonation, but again, I'm forgiving it. It has an enamel-peeling bitterness and stickiness that made it hard to taste anything afterward. I was a little stupid in opening it so early in the night.

D: I still find that Pliny the Younger takes the cake when you're talking about triple IPAs. I prefer the sweeter presence of that beer to the bitterness of this one. But I've also had the former under optimal serving conditions, and this one less so; I wouldn't be surprised if that makes a difference. This is a great beer. I'd love to have it again. But given most of the trade demands for it, I'd probably get some fresh Hopsickle on tap, instead...

10-16-2010 19:45:18 | More by Arbitrator
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

04-10-2014 13:13:17 | More by Davepoolesque
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malfunxion

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-31-2014 05:39:25 | More by malfunxion
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vonnegut21

New York

5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-09-2013 18:27:25 | More by vonnegut21
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-26-2012 01:16:04 | More by DonFrap
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev 0%

On tap at capones. Nuff said.

A- comes to me in a small snifter with a nice cap of bright white head that has a bit of hold before settling to a thin ring and a nice spray of lace. Lightly hazy golden yellow orange in color.

S- super bold tropical hops bust out of this one like you wouldn't believe with tangerines, mangos, pineapple, the grapefruit is in there as well. Light powdered sugar sweetness. Very impressive.

T- aggressive hop bite right up front with an astringent grapefruit and under ripe pineapple. Tropics are less then the nose but still play a roll. Malts bring a lot of dry biscuit and a bit of sweetness but very light up against the hopping. Unbelievably long bitter hoppy finish.

M- a bit above medium in body with a bright carb that really tingles all over. Super dry finish.

O- this lives up to the hype but that being said I like abner better. E is a monster hop bomb and a very good one at that. I hope this and many more hill beers make it down.

04-23-2011 15:59:30 | More by oglmcdgl
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-17-2011 20:10:06 | More by Satchboogie
Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.