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Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 1,291
Gots: 15 | 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 Rochefort10nh
4.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed numerous glasses of this at the Hill Farmstead Autumn Fest on Oct. 2nd.

Beautiful burnished gold with slight orange tinge. Moderate carbonation. Sticky lace is left on my tulip glass after each sip.

An explosion of citrus and pine on first nosing - tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, mango and orange zest.

Taste followed the nose with just enough malt to backup the hop assault on the palate. Certainly more of a West Coast IPA hop forward brew showcasing various hop varieties in all their glory.

Mouthfeel is near perfect and this beer finishes dry begging you to take another sip making the drinkability through the roof.

Get this if you can!!

Rochefort10nh, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

drewone, May 13, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +3%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4.75/5  rDev +3%

imperialking, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Capone's earlier today into a 5.5oz taster glass. I got two just to be sure...

A - Pours clear golden orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass. I think this one suffered quite a bit from being in that tiny glass.

S - Smells of lightly toasted caramel malt and lots of hops. Initially it is a bit weak but as it warms up the hops just flood the nose. Citric fruit and a touch of pine resin round things out. If not for the slow start this would have been a five.

T - Starts off with a quick taste of caramel malt that is quickly enveloped by the intense citric hop bite. Hints of tropical fruits; mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and mango; help to balance things out a bit. The finish is pretty dry with lots of hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time. Very well balanced yet still intensely hoppy, great stuff.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, intensely hoppy, feel throughout the entire glass. A tiny bit more carb would have helped but not a huge deal.

O - Having had most of the other hoppy Hill Farmstead beers I can say that this is my new favorite, but only by a very small margin. The hops are strong but not overpowering and it is easy to drink. One of the best for sure.

orangesol, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. 5.5 oz snifter/$6.50. I had this batch from a growler about two months fresher so it's interesting to see how its holding up (this keg had to wait ~ a month for PLCB registration. <3 u PLCB)

Bright white head that hangs around for awhile on top of a crisp, hazed golden orange body.

Aroma is showing no signs of age and is still flawless. Tons of fresh, ripe tropical sweetness and mild cane sugar. Pungent, hoppy and balanced with no trace of alcohol. Perfect.

Flavor is showing some signs of age. Bitter and resiny hops are still abundant but some of the tropical sweetness has been blunted. Biscuity malts are a little stronger than I remember as well. Nice, but no longer perfect.

Exceptionally dry with a medium full body and strong, fine carbonation.

Regardless, this is an exceptional DIPA, but it has tasted better.

yourefragile, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +3%

duceswild, May 30, 2013
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, May 06, 2011
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Paul for sharing!

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white fluffy head on top. Great head retention and lacing.

S: Great aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, orange rind, and a bit of mango. A little bit of grainy malt, but the aroma from the hops in this one dominate.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of grapefruit and pineapple mixed with orange rind and zest. Some nice bitter pine comes in afterwards giving it a slight bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks easy and smooth for its abv.

O: Fantastic DIPA, really bright flavors. Not my favorite DIPA of all time, but definitely up there.

mdaschaf, May 26, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Gonzoillini, May 25, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap At Capone's.

A- Ephraim looks the part, shades of golden orange with some tangerine looks. a nice amount of white foam on top that leaves minor stickage. Decent retention, while some swirls brings it back.

S- A really pungent bouquet of hop aroma blasting out. Smells of ripe tropics such as grapefruit and pineapple with a decent amount of pine. A array of hop types in here, probably including Summit(slight onion), thanks for the tip Bill.

T- First sips, Ephraim just comes out swinging. An assult of hop flavor and tropic mixed in with pine in the beginning. Some malt biscuit barely makes a whimper in between. Just a bit of summit hop flavor under a bevy of others. It's interesting and worth the praise, just not my top pick.

M- Like said, hops and bitterness basically envade the mouth. Astringent and really grabs ahold of the tounge. Medium bodied and carbed up from the tap. Great beer burps afterwards and the flavor sticks around with me forever.

O- A great beer and a banging double eye. Very drinkable, but the bitterness can deter for a bit. the tropics are not as large as expected, Abner really shines in that department. This is another beast.

BARFLYB, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +3%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Kelp, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. 750ml growler shared with some friends over the weekend. It poured orange in color with a thin, bubbly white head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma had a bright, citrusy and juicy hop profile to it. I get notes of peach and pineapple to it mixing with a little grapefruit hoppiness. Some sweeter, almost sugary malty flavors come out in it as well.

The taste also has a juicy, citrus fruit presence to it throughout the flavor. I get a lot of peach and pineapple notes to it, with a touch of grapefruit. It finishes with some sweeter, malty, slightly candy like notes mixing with the juicy hops. It was relatively low on bitterness in the finish for the style as well.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was great beer of the style. It was very big on the juicy, citrusy hoppiness which I liked a lot. Out of the two I tried though this weekend I think I liked Abner slightly better. Abner seemed to balance the juicy citrus with some grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness while Ephraim was all about the juicy, fruity, sweetness. Both were pretty awesome though.

billab914, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +3%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
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!

HopHead84, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +8.5%

PEIhop, May 28, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.75/5  rDev +3%

liamt07, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 09, 2011
Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.