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Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 592
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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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TCassell1 for this beer, a treat to have. Notes from 3-3-11

A: Clear Orange to yellowish color with epic lacing and small bubbly head. Nice carbonation from the growler, which I was pleased to see. I expected the color to be brighter than normal IPA's since I saw there was so little malt.

S: Dank Hops, hop resin and sugary malt. Huge citrus notes and bitterness in there, wow.

T: Really crazy concentrated hops at the back of the palate with a huge bitter note and soft sugary feel up front. Grass, citrus, pine its all there in a huge hammer at the back of the palate. It's very nice how the beer has such a nice ease to it at the front of the palate and then really slams you with a multitude of hop flavors that I really dig. This is not the most balanced beer, but it is a dream for hop lovers and bitter loving people!

M: As I said, sugar up front and huge bitter back, maybe the most bitter palate wrecker I've had. Medium feel, not too much heat actually.

D: Great huge IPA, but it definitely taxes your palate fast! Excellent beer, I hope to get more of their stuff.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2011 00:26:43 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andrewinski1 for making the trek down to Hill Farmstead to grab this one up. Dedication. Poured into a tulip. Beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with about a finger of white fluffy head. It retains nicely and eventually settles down a bit leaving thin soapy lace.

Perfect balance on the aroma for this one. Bitter pine hops are really in your face on this one. The hop aroma blends itself nicely with a candied blood orange aroma that give a nice touch of sweetness in the aroma.

It's official. This is a hop bomb. Right away tropical juice flavors take over my pallet. Pineapple juice and orange flavors to start it off. If finishes with a really piney hop flavor.

A little bit of a sticky feel to this but the body is still pretty good. Lively carbonation, so it held up nicely in the growler. Overall, this is amazing. Drinkable to no end. 10.5? Like hell. Drinks like it's half that.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 01:33:13 | More by Bendurgin
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice yellow golden color with a huge sticky white head that laces the glass as it slowly recedes. the smell is citrus hops with a touch of malt. the taste is bold grapefruit with a strong bitter finish. the mouthfeel is slightly thick which i normally don't find appealing, but it works here. overall this is one excellent ipa

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 01:57:20 | More by rowingbrewer
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321jeff

Maryland

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

Growler brought over by Michael, thanks!

Pours a vibrant clear golden amber with a couple fingers of white head made up of some very thin bubbles. It almost glows when held up to the light. The head soon fades, leaving some bits of lacing in the glass.

The aroma is a very complex mix of pine resin, some citrus grapefuit and orange and some sweet malt in the background. It's almost reminiscent of a honey sweetness. Some alcohol becomes more evident as it warms.

The taste starts off slow up front, but as soon as it hits the middle of the tongue a serious load of citrus and malt sweetness, again almost like honey, hits you and the finish is a heavy bitter does of pine and resins. Although the description says a theoretical 280 IBU's, the bitterness is very well balanced and not as overpowering as the number would suggest.

The mouthfeel is really nice, but just a touch thin and not quite as "sticky" as I would expect from something this heavily hopped and 10.5%. Carbonation is thin and prickly and really spot on. This one goes down way too easy and I can only wish that something half this good was on tap locally.

Serving type: growler

03-09-2011 01:48:08 | More by 321jeff
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SubpoenaDeuces

California

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

Hillfarmstead Ephraim, 10.5% abv, Imperial IPA

A: This beer exudes an amazing golden profile straight out of the bottle. I don’t want to reach for an Alad- ok it feels like a hop genie. The pour reveals a petulant ghost that traveled 3000 miles to meet my mouth and isn’t too disturbed by the prospect. Nice lacing, the glass looks as baroque as the day will allow with marshmellow foam everywhere. The rim feels like a late 90s rave/foam party. You know the drill.

S: This must feel what old Sutter felt like when he discovered gold at his mill, except replace gold with amazing hop assault to my dome piece. It initially hissed when I opened the growler and a hop cloud literally escaped like Patrick Swayze and nestled an herbal dissonance on my couch. Ok, not literally. But it smelled a lot like husking limes, apricots, tangerines, and lemons: WHICH I DO OFTEN.

T: Things get real in the field once it touches your lips. This beer is fantastic and, wait for it, is likely the best DIPA that I have ever had. I know this betrays my Pliny roots and the west coast in general but it just cannot be denied or overstated. The hops start out in a sweet/tart note then the deceptacons gather and a huge herbal robot assembles all up in my grill. HE BEGS FOR AMISTAD. The herbal wafts expand like I am all into home growing except my mouth is the botanical garden, and there is only consumption.

M: This beer has an amazing character that I would liken to a Subaru STI, an incredible speed and efficiency to it that just whips me about effortlessly, takes my money, and leaves me wanting more. The coating is minimal but perfectly balanced for the style. It somehow doesn’t fall into the old trap of east coast IPAs where there foolishly seek balance. This is just crazy from beginning to end.

D: I can’t even seriously address this section without hyperbole. Live Oak Hef and this beer need to go head to head for the most ridiculously drinkable beer ever made. I will judge Live Oak Hef the winner but only for its galleon speed and not the man-o-war impressive notes that this beer imparts. In sum, this beer is incredible and the growler barely made its way to the Stone Sour Fest where it was met with mild nods of approval and summarily dispatched. For a beer so apparently lackluster, its 64oz were torn limb from limb. My handkerchief remained damp throughout the proceedings.

Narrative: “If you know not for the elusive Ephramus, it is because he is of the forest, never to be held.” The camp counselor told the youth, staring into their entranced faces. “Many years ago, I was visited, if only for fleeting moments, down by the lake, by Ephramus.” One child whose front two teeth were clearly missing whistled annoying “geesy, tells us more counshelors Morrish!” Counselor Morris lowered his brow severely, “if you ever see the Ephramus ghost, you must flee immediately, for it will consume your heart and spirit as easily as I consume this Fruit by the Foot.” Demonstratively, he consumed 3 feet of fruit roll up, much to the dismay of the children. Suddenly, Ephramus approached the campfire and moaned waning, “Ooooohhh Morrisss you could have invoked me more ofteeeennnn but you refused to payyy Fed Exxx” Counselor Morris fell to his knees with careless abandon, sobbing. He knew that he gave up his love for his bitter distrust of shipping systems. Ephramus never crossed the streams.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2011 08:01:49 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
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dubinsky

California

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

Special thanks to jcojr72 who brought me a 750ml growler for an in person trade. No bottle date, but im drinking it a week after the trade date. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a nice hazy deep orange with a very thin wispy white head. The normal pour barely yielded a head and i'm worried this may be a somewhat flat beer. Whatever head there is seems to crawl to edges of the glass and just sits there leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S - Fresh tropical fruit sweetness. Huge tangerine, mango, pineapple notes are followed by light citrus wafts. Nicely bitter hops are present with a really nice caramel malt base. I’m not a huge fan of the way east coast ipa's smell but this is easily one of the best smelling beers from the east that I have had.

T – The taste really follows the nose closely. Huge tropical fruits with an initial sweetness quickly give way to a rather intense bitterness and citrus bite. The sweetness from the caramel malt is very evident and provides a good balance which is equally matched with the hop bitterness that I described in the smell.

M - Medium body, with low carbonation. I fear this was a tad on the flat side and would like to try it again to compare. My mouth went through some serious exercises with this beer with all the varied and complex flavors and textures that I provided.

O – This was a truly awesome beer that lived up to the hype for me. I think that this on par with the best DIPA's I have had, hoplsam and Pliny. Is it better than those, no. But is it close, hell yes. Very well done.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2011 03:21:34 | More by dubinsky
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silentjay

Massachusetts

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

pours like all HF pale hoppy beers, hazy golden straw colored with a HUGE off-white head that sticks around forever and leaves chunks of lacing on the glass when it finally recedes.

lots of tropical fruit on the nose, with some dank hops, tons of citrus, a bit earthy with some powdered sugar hiding behind that.

Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, dank and earthy hops just fill your palate. overtake it, one could say. not bitter overly bitter, but jam packed with hop flavor. gets more dank and earthy as it warms and your palate adjusts. wonderfully balanced blend of hops to make this way too drinkable for a beer of this magnitude.

medium bodied and with a pleasant carbonation with a tropical/bitter hoppiness that lingers for a while. a long while.

the first beer from HF that "wowed" me two years ago at the Extreme Beer Fest. probably the only time I've gone up for multiples of one beer at a festival like that. just tremendously balanced, in your face, yet nuanced. genius.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2012 04:15:47 | More by silentjay
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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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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Shared by Liam back in May a day or two after he picked it up at the brewery

Lightly hazed pale orange colour, ring of white headwith a bit of lace here as well. The nose ihas a huge citrus to it, lots of tropical fruit, tangerine, orange, a bit of grapefruit with a bit of sugary malts as well, fantastic hop aroma here. Taste is equally amazing lots of juicy hops and sweet malt up front, followed by loads of citrus flavours, grapefruit and orange, good bitterness throughout, hoppy aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, fairly full bodied. Outstanding stuff, incerdibly drinkable and just an impressive display of hops here.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2013 12:01:17 | More by peensteen
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SABERG

Massachusetts

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

Served at the autumn fest in Greensboro. Wine glass.
Appearance medium golden color, not cloudy at all.
Great lacing all around.
Smell was floral and wide,no big alcohol nose to it, lots going on.
Taste was enen handed for a huge (3X)IPA, the most striking part IMO. Lots of hop profile while not to overwhelming pucker.
Mouthfeel was not to oily but fabulously complex for such a big IPA.
Drinkability, well that is a slippery slope, at 10+ ABV it should not be taken lightly.
Easily in the top tiers of IPA and yes, I know that is big talk for a big beer.

Well done Shaun

Cheers

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 01:11:01 | More by SABERG
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GatheringBrews

Vermont

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

This is a dangerous beer because of it's smoothness, balanced and big ABV. I can easily drink a few of these if not careful.

On tap and in growlers.

It pours a hazy yellow with a medium creamy head that holds nicely and laces in the glass. Big hop aroma with notes of citrus and pine. The taste is slightly resinous, citrusy and fruity, but smooth and no alcohol hotness at all. It finishes with a balanced bitterness and slight dryness that begs for a repour.

Really fresh taste overall and one of the few Imperial IPAs I can enjoy more than one of in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 02:00:05 | More by GatheringBrews
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

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

Poured into Kate bulb

A modest 1 finger white head with good retention is above murky light orange body. some lace is lace is left after the head goes down and a thin layer of foam is above the body. Beer is very lively in the glass.

S Big time tropcial fruits. Tangerine , grapefruit, and a hint of grass. Sweet.

T Bitter upfront with bitter tropical and citrus. Pink grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, some pineapple and grassy hops Sweetness opens up in the middle thats all fruit followed by a piney finish. There's alot going on for a DIPA, serious stuff.

M medium feel that ends a little somewhat sticky. Carbonation feel nice and prickly on the tongue but not too much.

O Great balance between bitterness and the citrus sweets. As my friend described it "Boner milk of Zeus"

Serving type: growler

10-01-2012 23:29:50 | More by Gushue3
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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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brewdan

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all a shout out to Ryan who traded for this growler so he could send it to me?!?

Appearance: Clear golden pour

Smell: Deep piney hoppy goodness with a touch of orange.

Taste: Resinous piney hop blast. As it warms there is some orange or tangerine. I am sure there is a significant malt bill here but it definitely takes a back seat to the huge hops. Nice dry finish that is a touch bitter but not exceedingly so and it lasts a long long time. Superb.

Mouthfeel; Nice creamy resinous mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good, would be better at lower ABV but the wife and I had no problem polishing off the growler.

My first Hill Farmstead beer and a great one at that. I can't wait to try more of their hoppy goodness.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2011 20:55:56 | More by brewdan
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ejyoung

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared by Phelps, which was won in Beer Puzzle IV.

Pours a light copper/orange color with a 1/4" head that falls into a nice lacing.

Oh man, the smell! Loved the aroma - in your face hops with plenty of grapefruit, pine, grass, and some tropical notes. Overwhelming amount of hop smell. Mmmmm, I smelled this over and over again.

Taste follows the smell very well. Grass, pine, grapefruit and orange citrus with some honey sweetness. Nice bitter finish. Medium body with great carbonation, even from a growler. Pretty easy to drink for the strength.

Overall, definitely one of the best double IPAs I've had. Very glad to have gotten to try it.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2011 22:26:04 | More by ejyoung
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple 750mm flip top bottles at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest. The beer was poured today.

Ephraim pours a clear, light amber color with a small, creamy white head on top. The foam lingers on the surface and leaves behind a fair amount of lacy spots on the glass.

The strong hoppy aroma is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus, with a touch of lemon rind and pine.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is creamy, lightly carbonated and moderately chewy. The flavor is full of grapefruit citrus, pine and lemon rind. There's enough caramel and toasted malt sweetness in the background to balance out the hoppy bitterness. It finishes bitter, grassy and dry with a lingering grapefruit citrus when gone.

For nearly 11% abv this is a very drinkable beer. I just wish it was easier to find. Still, a trip to northern Vermont is always terrific.

Serving type: growler

10-02-2011 00:30:32 | More by WanderingFool
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750mL swing-top filled at last weekends event. Kept chilled and poured into an Allagash chalice. Really excited to try this.

A- Pours a bright clear amberish gold hue from bottle. A neat ivory head forms. Sits a great clear amber color in glass. Good lacing.

S- Wow! really fresh and tropical. Fresh picked pineapple ( both sweet and tangy) and orange dominates. Some sweet caramel malt in background with some mellow spice. Really great.

T- hard to find words. Takes a departure from the aroma. Smooth waves of fresh tropical hop magic wash over the palate. Pineapple, papaya & orange. The caramel malt is just strong enough to support the hop showcase. Some spicy pine resin in the end and finish that really lingers. The malt in the finish is dry rye crackers. Really smooth. Could just be a little crisper.

M- a BIG full DIPA that is surprisingly smooth. The bitterness is there in the flavor but fades to leave the palate in a useable state. Feels like a velvety blanket of hop flowers. Starts wet then slowly dries.

O- A truly great DIPA. So fortunate to have been able to try this brew. With DIPA being one of my favorite styles and one that I am most critical of, I can declare this an amazing brew. I could drink this all night and not get bored. Easily one of the best I have ever had. After 3/4 of the bottle, the 4 hour drive to the brewery isn't looking so long and the weekend will quickly be here.

Serving type: growler

10-04-2011 04:03:31 | More by busterthecat
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery release today. Poured into a HF wine glass.

I'll start off by saying this is my favorite IIPA now.

Quick notes from my phone:
Crystal clear golden orange with HUGE creamy off-white head. Nose is barn-yardy, but not with funk, just hay and leather. Lots of angry citrus and bitter foliage.

Palate is obliteratingly bitter! Big orange, lime, bitter lemon, yellow grapefruit and lots of citrus rind. Good whack of residual sugar in the center helps support the MASSIVE amount of hop character/bitterness.

Finish is gripping and destructive!

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 03:18:44 | More by SFLpunk
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler (Harvest Fest)
HF glass

A: Still carbonated! Pours a really pretty bright light orange color. Big fluffy finger plus of white head. Leaving some lacing. More spotting when drinking. Some ABV feet.

S: Tropical fruit bomb! Great nose of mango, papaya, overripe peach, dank reisinous hops. Low malt character.

T: Really nice hop bite right on the tip of the tongue. You get that fruit and pine all at once. Really fruity. Getting that mango and peach character. Malt bill is really mild and you can tell that from the color. The ABV is so well hidden. Drinks like 6%! Nice dry bitter hop finish.

M: A very light medium. Awesome!

Serving type: growler

10-01-2012 18:21:25 | More by inlimbo77
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Doug generously bought this growler to share with me and Shaun #1 yesterday, 6/3/2013. Poured into a snifter.

Aroma: Fantastic. Smells like straight up citrus. Very explosive nose that's even more so than Pliny. There's tropical fruit and a hint of pine. Yet its all put together extremely well and explosive to boot.

Colour: Hazy gold body that pours with a nice 1cm white head that dissipates quickly into a thin film and collar. Some lacing, but not a ton. It looks very appetizing and refreshing.

Flavour: Follows the nose- its a well-done, complex combination of hops and malt. Lots of citrus, some tropical fruit, a bit of grassiness and a good bite of pine on the back end. Its also got a nice sweet malt backbone- a bit of candied sugar and honey. Incredibly pleasing to drink, and I had no idea it was 10.5% ABV at any point.

Mouthfeel: A nice surprisingly full bodied beer that definitely has substance more so than a lot of other DIPAs. Its well-carbonated and comes with a fizzly dry finish. Aftertaste is not too bitter which I really appreciated, but it does have a good bit of pine and grassiness to it.

Overall: Excellent DIPA, one of the best I've ever had. I would have been able to drink the whole bottle myself in a flash if I wanted to. And let me tell you, I wanted to. To me, it's much more on the Pliny end of the spectrum vs the Abrasive end, but it's just as flavourful if not more so than Pliny is with the same bit of quaffability it has. I'm very impressed and thanks to Doug for sharing this gem.

Re-review: Thanks to Anthony, I was able to repay Doug the favour of bringing a growler of Ephraim to a tasting, almost a year later. Thanks buddy! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 4/13/2014. Basically, this is what I remember this beer as. It's a classic DIPA, compared to Abner, which I really realize is appropriately labeled as more of a double pale ale. Smells so complex, with a lot of citrus, pine and floral notes, and the palate is appropriately more so. It's such a complex, bitter DIPA with a great creamy mouthfeel that really satisfies any aspect of a DIPA that you could look for. Having had this on a fresh palate, this is up there with Double Sunshine for the most complex, drinkable and enjoyable DIPA that I've ever had. That includes Heady, Pliny, Kern Citra, King Sue, etc. that I've been able to try over the past year, and trust me, that's a lot of fantastic DIPAs. Ephraim and Double Sunshine is 1a and 1b at this point for me, and while I prefer Double Sunshine to this, you can't go wrong with this as far as double IPAs go.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2014 02:54:24 | More by Stevedore
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thegoon55

South Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

growler.

A- orange, golden color white fluffy head

S- citrus, pine, orange peel, and grapefruit

T- following the nose, really nice hoppyness followed by orange and a nice bitter ness. not syrupy at all. perfectly balanced.

M- medium carb, medium mouth feel.

O- fucking fantastic, another wonderful ipa from hill farmstead

Serving type: growler

05-17-2013 00:53:31 | More by thegoon55
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Pentastar

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark orange with a thin off white head.

Aroma: The aroma of this is very strong, with a powerful citrus and apricot kick. Just a lot of fruity and sweet essences here. Some pine comes through, but most of the scent is dominated by sweet fruity flavors.

Taste: There are notes of citrus and pine flavors which help to balance the overall effect of this beer. Apricot flavor is noticeable, orange and orange rind come through, but the biggest flavor here would be the grapefruit. Some maltiness too, along with a lot of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Proper amount of carbonation, the high abv is noticeable.

Drinkability: Drinkeable but boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 21:22:49 | More by Pentastar
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2l pop-top growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a nice slightly hazy orange with very little head (growler is 48 hours old and has been in a fridge the whole time), looks like some light bubbles and carbonation up the side. Nose is amazing! fresh grapefruit and citrus, mango and orange, very fresh and effervescent.

This is criminally good. So fruity and fresh, it's one of the all time greats of the IPA/IIPA world. It's got that east coast sweetness (think 90 min IPA) but it's got such a fresh floral, piney and bitter hop profile that's it's very west-coast oriented as well. Even 2 days old the carbonation has held up very well, although I'll say it's gone down a bit (as to be expected) from the draft version I had the other day. That being said it's still got a nice light carbonation level (which I know many of my fellow BAs appreciate) which makes it damn easy drinking.

There is a slight alcohol bite here, but at over 10% that's no surprise. Event still, I hardly notice it in the mouth - I get more of a warming sensation down my throat into the stomach.

I thought this was damn good fresh at the brewery, but I'll be honest I was a bit overwhelmed at the time with the excitement of getting up to Hill Farmstead for the first time, getting to meet Shaun, see some buddies, and get to try all this new & crazy beer that although I really enjoyed it there, I didn't appreciate it as much as I do now at home slowly sipping it. I saw another reviewer who said PtY and Heady Topper have nothing on this, I can't speak for PtY (yet) but this is in my opinion of the same caliber of Heady Topper & Hopzilla (two of my all time favorite beers).

Keep up the great work Shaun!

Serving type: growler

10-04-2010 20:47:57 | More by kingcrowing
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this on draft at Three Penny Tap Room in Montpelier.
A large white frothy head sat upon a light amber bodied DIPA.
First aromas were breathtaking. Citrusy lemon and sweet mango.
First taste was jaw dropping. Citrusy, and dry and full of zing. Delicious.
Mouthfeel was fantastic for a late spring warm day, crisp and refreshing.
This beer is a touch alcohol forward and mixed with Shaun's citrusy profile made for a staggeringly good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 19:06:34 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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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
Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.