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Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 1,192
Gots: 12 | 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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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

12-13-2012 03:45:39 | More by pearljam118
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-12-2012 00:56:03 | More by CypherEnigma
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emdawg

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

12-08-2012 17:27:07 | More by emdawg
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girlmeetsbeer16

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-29-2012 01:55:11 | More by girlmeetsbeer16
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Amalak

New York

4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had during Hill Farmstead's Harvest Fest in September 2012. This is the only one I reviewed, as I was fairly hammered after trying every other brew on displace. But this was the best, in my opinion, followed by Edward.

A. It has a nice deep straw to red color, with a big white head and a good deal of lacing.

S. It has a fruity, hop scent.

T. As the scent would indicate, this is a nice fruity hop taste. A good bitter bite, with some tangy fruit.

M. It has a nice carbonated, bitter bite.

O. This was so good. I went back for more several times during the event.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 03:22:40 | More by Amalak
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jdaddy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-26-2012 01:19:55 | More by jdaddy
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +3%

11-20-2012 04:39:58 | More by JebediahScooter
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lakersfan16

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

11-13-2012 01:23:00 | More by lakersfan16
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

11-10-2012 13:35:37 | More by ScaryEd
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soulkeeper1369

Maine

5/5  rDev +8.5%

11-08-2012 13:10:30 | More by soulkeeper1369
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

Mista brought it all to Darkness Day, thanks! My only "tick" from the said event.

Hazy, amber color. Duh. Looks like any and every Hill Farmstead hoppy beer and I am pleased just by the looks! Grainy and piney aroma. Very clean bitterness but well supported by a clean malt base, if that doesn't seem oxymoron-ic. A good hop flavor heavy on pine sap and citrus rind. Glad to have had it. Thank you again!

Serving type: growler

11-07-2012 09:16:29 | More by tewaris
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chippo33

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

11-02-2012 00:24:10 | More by chippo33
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megsevents

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-30-2012 23:56:39 | More by megsevents
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amnesia85

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

10-28-2012 08:56:12 | More by amnesia85
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iadler

Illinois

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

Another growler pour courtesy of Mista during Darkness Day. This has been a longtime want of mine.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head that leaves minimal lacing.

S- Tropical fruit upfront with mango, passion fruit and pineapple followed by citrus zest, floral notes, fresh herbs, peppery spice, caramel malt, pine and a touch of heat.

T- An abundant amount of tropical and citrus fruit mixed with pine needles, peppery spice, herbs, floral hops, caramel malt and some heat.

M- Low carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly boozy finish.

O- This is one big DIPA. Plenty of dank tropical and citrus hops similar to other HF IPAS. I preferred Abner a bit more, but that doesn't really say much since both are fantastic.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2012 19:04:32 | More by iadler
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kevanb

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

The beer pours a lovely hazy copper color, reminiscent of orange rinds or peach skins. There is a really nice finger of stark white head, good retention, moderate lacing with a light film on top once the head recedes. A fantastic aroma, huge citrus presence, oranges, grapefruit, light floral notes, and a great tropical fruit presence, mangos, pineapples and a touch of alcohol at the end. The flavors are almost as perfect, lovely citrus burst right away, oranges, grapefruits, light lemon zest followed by a tremendous fruit presence, passionfruit, sweet pineapple juice and faint mango. There is a backing of strong bitter earthy hops that bring out a really nice resinous presence that helps counterbalance the bright and vibrant citrus and fruit flavors. A touch of alcohol wraps up an exceptionally complex and balance flavor profile. The body is perfection, smooth, juicy, spot on dry finish, perfect for an IPA.

Verdict: Simply sensational IPA, between this and Abner, there is no clear winner, only incredible beer. My hats off to Hill Farmstead for this, it is just sublime, great complexity on the tongue, awesome dry finish, everything I want in an IPA.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2012 01:06:26 | More by kevanb
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JCrandall

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-26-2012 19:54:48 | More by JCrandall
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Holland

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden color, minimal head, very cloudy

S: citrus, grapefruit, peach, pine

T: amazing combo of citrus, sweetness, bittertness, and pine. None are overwhelming but it is bursting with flavor

M: thick and sticky with low to medium carbonation.

O: beats abner for me. Just delicious. If it had bwttwr carbonation I'd put it ahead of heady.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2012 21:19:02 | More by Holland
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bierdabbler

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-23-2012 23:09:11 | More by bierdabbler
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BeerChanticleer

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-23-2012 03:40:56 | More by BeerChanticleer
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gonzowestwood

Connecticut

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

Hill Farmstead 'Ephraim'
10.3%, 21ºP, 280 Theoretical ibus.

On Tap @ Peekskill Brewery

C- cloudy, light orange,golden color very small head and very light lacing on glass(4)
S- orangey, mango, resin hop with a touch of malt and booze (4.5)
T- citrus, quite bitter. A touch of malt and an fresh resin hop at the end(4.5)
M- silky smooth. Light carnation (4.5)
O- very very good DIPA, has great balance But not my favorite from HF (4.5)

#4> Galaxy>Abner>Ephraim

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 02:08:15 | More by gonzowestwood
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MrRockstar

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3%

10-22-2012 22:30:01 | More by MrRockstar
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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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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

10-22-2012 20:06:21 | More by sholland119
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bentonquest

New York

5/5  rDev +8.5%

10-22-2012 18:15:48 | More by bentonquest
Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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