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Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 1,210
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw-amber-apricot-peach pour, good head and lacing

Smell: This beer is huge. Enormous, over-the-top load of hops. Pine resin, grapefruit, tropical fruits, papaya. Slightly sweet

Taste: Just enormous in the hop department. It is like they backed a dump truck full of hops and forced it into this growler. Just huge. Tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit, orange. A bit sweet. Bitterness is perfect, strong and present without being overbearing. That said, I think they dialed it up to 11 and should have stopped at 10.

Mouthfeel: Again, this is a big beer. You don't gulp it. You don't drink it. You sip it, otherwise it will overpower you.

Drinkability/Overall: This is so huge it is hard to consume in quantity, but it does run with the big boy DIPAs. Well done. This thing is a hop grenade, although I prefer the boy king / pliny the younger type ones.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 16:58:53 | More by craytonic
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear gold with a finger white creamy head.

Smells of citrus, tropical fruits with a little bit of earthiness.

Up front lots of citrus flavors with a little bit of sweet maltiness. Rounds out into a sweet pineapple flavor near the end with a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Carbonation level is low, but I'm assuming that has to do with the growler.

Very solid beer. I love the distinct pineapple flavor, but having had this right after Heady Topper it falls short of that standard.

Serving type: growler

10-07-2011 20:59:25 | More by jmarsh123
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a pint glass

A - inviting bright yellow body with a nice two finger foamy top. great retention and lacing.

S - big hop smells here and good grapefruit edge to it as well.

T - good hop presence here with some bread malts lying beneath. great grapefruit edge to this.

M - lots of carbonation medium bodied beer with good hop puckering.

O - a fine DIPA and well worth the ride out to pick it up.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2011 17:00:36 | More by celticfutblclub
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery filled May 3, Chugged down May 7. From notes.

A - Poured a dark orange colour and cloudy. Two finger pillowy and thick head of an off white persuasion. Great thick rings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Similar to other HF pales and IPAs. Tons of citrus and passionfruit. Melon is a nice addition. Grapefruit and mango too. There is a distinct element I can't pin down that I really enjoyed. Sweet fruits, mango, canteloupe, some alcohol. Gorgeous.

T - Much of the same with more grapefruit. Grapefruit pith and pineapple. Less sweet fruit. Some orange. Bit rougher than the aroma leads on. More darker, sweet tropical fruits, and more grapefruit-esque citrus. Less bright citrus in the flavour. Some good maltiness is there. A little alcohol is present. Complex.

M - Gripping bitterness, fairly strong carbonation, medium to full body that seems a bit oily.

O/D - Flavour is weaker than the aroma. But seriously, this is quality. Complex, tasty, and fairly balanced for what it is. Malt shows, but doesn't play too big a role. Well done and easy to drink for what it is.

Serving type: growler

05-08-2013 04:47:43 | More by tbeckett
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared with good friends again. Notes from just a day ago. Great way to sum up a VT weekend.

A- Cloudy as can be, like a murky glass of orange colored swamp juice. Creamy white head forms with a few fingers in size, decent retention. Lace forms immediately and continues down the glass nicely.

S- Big hops lead the way in the aroma. Orange and lemon zest are big along with notes of tropical fruit, pine resin and citrus juice. Slight grains and malts.

T- Hops big here too with lots of fruity things going on. Mango, huge orange juice/zest, citrus bonanza, grapefruit is big, pineapple and some peppery herbal hints. Definitely a bit of sweetness, caramel and alcohol to back those hops up.

MF- Creamy and moderately thick, oily body with a crisp carbonation. Big bitterness and some alcohol warmth.

Big hop blast with tons of nice citrus fruit notes. Really nice use of hops.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2012 00:54:47 | More by cbutova
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Semi clear orange nectar color, nice creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with nice lacing.

nose pure hop awesomeness, bit of pine, lots of citrus tropical fruit, guava, passion fruit, some earthy hop, and even a bit of candy. Some light sweet malts underneath.

Taste is more of the same hops, quite bitter, hops galore, pine, citrus, tropical fruit, fresh resin musty, little earthy, candy orange rind and pine. Big malty backbone with bit of sweetness to balance well, and hint of booze. Finish is even more bitter, little sticky but dry, lingering citrus, pine, light musty fresh hop.

Mouth is heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of booze but drinks much better than 10.5%.

Overall awesome but I think I like edward better. Nice balance, juicy hops and malts, a bit more tropical fruits would be more up my alley.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 23:41:32 | More by jlindros
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litheum94

California

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by daysinthewake.

Murky but ultimately clear golden body. Thick, off-white head. Sits atop the body for quite awhile, leaving some nice lacing as it drops.

Pine and citrus, with some papaya. Biscuit malt profile. Some brown sugar sweetness.

Intense bitterness at first, piney and earthy. Sweet peach fruit flavors. Some subtle biscuit malts. those are immediately put in their place by more pine and tropical fruit hops.

Another winner by Hill Farmstead. An easy drinking DIPA, and who knew this was 10%!?! Phenomenal.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 03:35:05 | More by litheum94
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 19:24:10 | More by stakem
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2010 23:53:55 | More by mothman
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Verecund

Texas

4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finished writing an appellate brief from hell tonight, so thought I would reward myself with a couple of glasses of Ephraim. From a growler sent by a generous BA. Opened on 03.03.2011.

Pours a glowing orange peel orange with a full, thick-lacing-leaving head. A patch of thick bubbles sits idly on a quarter of the surface area.

Tropical fruit hits the nose, emanating bright orange and citrus, peach, mango and papaya. There's some resinous pine on the end of the nose, but it fades quickly into the light caramel malt backbone. As it opens, I get more caramelized sugar sweetness running through this.

Surprisingly (why am I surprised) bitter. It opens with the featured tropical fruitiness, but quickly transforms into a punch of pine and grapefruit pith. You can almost feel it tingle on your tongue. I get a nice dose of citric sweetness mid-palate that is washed away by the pithy and resinous bitterness. Sharply bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, somewhat dry mid-to-late palate. Sticky. Medium to medium-low carbonation. There's some heat on it.

This tests my personal limits for bitterness, as I've never experienced anything quite like the finish here - it's assaulting. Still, surprisingly complex - the hints of orange that peek through are bright and brilliant - and my first glass is empty before the review is done. A DIPA to be reckoned with.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2011 00:06:54 | More by Verecund
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of soft pale malts with large amounts of citrus and light floral hops. Also present are hints of tropical fruit and lighter hints of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus and slight herbal hops. Midway through the sip hints of breadiness work their way into things before being pushed aside by mild tropical fruit flavors. The tropical fruit, pale malt, and citrus flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very easy-drinking beer and the only thing keeping it from entering the upper tier of the style was a defining characteristic - nothing about it is outstanding. A very nice beer with no flaws that's worth a shot.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2011 00:01:01 | More by glid02
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Kinsman

California

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit, lemon zest, pine resins... what more could you want in an IPA? Fills the glass with a nice hazy orange body and a creamy white head. Citrus fruits dominate the initial aroma before the pine notes come through. A hint of alcohol comes through as well as it warms.

On the palate it's more bitter than some other HF IPAs I've had. Still, the citrus punch makes for an incredibly refreshing beverage. Slightly spicy as well and the 10.5% ABV is well noted after the first sip or two.

Overall, truly a top-notch IPA as expected but not quite on the same level as Abner or Heady in my book. The slightly higher ABV is the most notable difference on my tastebuds and I guess I prefer the lower ones.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2012 23:02:18 | More by Kinsman
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden Orange look with white and even lace.

S- Smell of hops and orange zest and grapefruit .

T- Hoppy with fruits and herbal and alittle grassy.

M- dry like a wet bone but hoppy and floral linger the mouth.

D- must try . This is a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 15:49:32 | More by SamuelJackson45
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iadler

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Swing Top - Thanks to pushkinwow!

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone and there are some floaties.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, lemons, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with lots of hops. It also has apricots, pineapples, lemons, grapefruits, tangerines and a little bit of a candied fruit sugary sweetness. It ends with a pungent citrusy bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - It reminded me of a sweeter Heady Topper. Definitely one of the better beers I've had to date. I'd like a touch less sweetness but it is an imperial IPA afterall I guess. Happy I had the chance to try this, truly world class.

Serving type: growler

05-21-2013 15:43:32 | More by spinrsx
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Todd for hooking me up with a growler of this. So far I've been a big fan of Shaun's IPAs, so I've been looking forward to trying this one.

A: The pour is surprisingly clear, and is a nice golden amber color with a couple fingers of white head and sticky lacing all down the glass.

S: Intensely fruity on the nose. Excellent grapefruit, but perhaps even better tropical fruit aromas. Lots of pineapple and mango, perhaps some grass and certainly a little bit of pine. A mild sugar aroma provides some additional sweetness.

T: There is a touch of sweet malt flavor, but after that, it's just a ton of fruity hops. Pineapple, mango, and peaches give the beer a really nice flavor and the grapefruit and pine notes provide the requisite bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Not super bitter on the finish.

D: Damn good stuff, but the alcohol does catch up with you on this one. Deceptively easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 17:03:15 | More by womencantsail
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml picked up at the brewery last weekend

A: Pours Golden orange honey, super hazy, and completely opaque.

S: THe aroma is strong of peaches or apricots and other tropical fruits. Very citrusy.

T: The taste follows the smell with lots of peaches and fruity citrus up front but then the hops take over and come through with the goodness that comes with a good Imperial pale ale. The high abv is almost unnoticeable as a caught myself drinking it a little too fast. The finish has just the right amount of hoppy bitterness for my liking,

M: THe mouth feel is smooth, oily, and very drinkable

Overall there isn't much more to say another fantastic offering from Hill Farmstead get this if you get the chance, I love Vermont Beers!

Serving type: growler

10-10-2012 01:17:02 | More by Pinknuggets
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing this growler last night.

Poured a hazy orange amber color. Light beige head that kept a thin lace with moderate stick on the sides.

Smell was very fresh and floral, with big citrus and pine aromas in particular. Very fruity, with grapefruit and sweeter tangerine aromas, plus the resiny pine. Really nice.

Taste really showcased some nice hop flavor without overwhelming the palate with bitterness. Citrus and pine were the dominant characteristics again, with some orange sweetness and more bitter, pithy grapefruit flavor as well. The bitterness was substantial, however, and I found that by the time I was done with a second glass it seemed much more bitter than when I started. Malt flavor was pretty minimal, some pale malt sweetness was all. A hop showcase for sure.

Mouthfeel was maybe not as creamy as you'd expect at this level of hoppiness, but was still quite smooth and clean in the finish. I did get a quick shot of alcohol burn at one point, as well.

Glad I got to try this as it's a really good DIPA. Tons of hop flavor with a sneaky, mounting bitterness that takes its toll on the palate before you realize it. So much flavor that it goes down awfully easy, however. One of the best DIPAs on the East Coast for sure.

Serving type: growler

10-11-2010 13:31:08 | More by number1bum
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ blackback pub in waterbury VT

A: hazy golden with a touch of amber, served with about a finger of white head that dissapates nicley and leavs some nice lacing. Looks delicious.

S: wow, this smells so good, loads of grassy and citrusy hops, pleanty of tropical fruit aroma, mango, pinneapple, passion fruit... Smells like citrusy juicy hop deliciousness. Amazing aroma.

T: tastes like biting into a tropical fruit hop salad, some much tropical citrusy hop flavor, oh my, a touch of caramel sweetness. So yummy and resinous and juicy. Loads of grapefruit and pinneapple, and no overly bitter, wonderfully balanced.

M: medium heavy body with a very lush an juicy feel, nice creamy moderate carbonation.

O: this an amazing dipa one of the best I've had hands down. So much hop flavor, so well balanced...

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 01:48:57 | More by PeterIngemi
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Treebs

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to partner Mike (Gushue3) for filling this guy up for me and to Sean (I think) providing my second tasting of this brew. Never thought I'd get to try it and I get it twice in one weekend! Poured from a 750ml Hill Farmstead growler and served in a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a chilled hazy amber color, but clears up once it warms up, with a one finger fluffed white head that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Smells of sweet fruits, grapefruits, apples, some pine and a little booze all fill those nose. Such extreme variations in hops is really an explosion to the nose. You can also pick up some malts somehow.

T: The taste is just exploding as the nose. Buttery and fruity with a nice sugary sweetness. The main fruit I'm picking out is a sweet apple for some reason. Little resin/pine quality with a full malt body. Finish is a slightly bitter.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice bubbly carbonation and a very refreshing quality. The drinkability is ridiculous. I could drink this all day, every day.

O: This is my first Hill Farmstead beer and it was great. There was a lot going on with all the hop variations, but it worked out nicely and the drinkability was insane. If only Vermont wasn't an 18 hour drive.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2011 23:05:57 | More by Treebs
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2011 20:10:06 | More by Satchboogie
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler picked up at the brewery yesterday, 10/8. Poured into their Belgian stemware glass.

A - Pours a typical light caramel-gold with a thin wisp of head. Head is retained at this wisp-level throughout. Nice clarity and a decent amount of carbonation. The head and carbonation levels make it look like a lower ABV beer-- it is impressive for a beer at 10.5% to look like this. A more aggressive re-fill yielded a larger, frothy head, which dissipated at an average rate.

S - Fresh tropical fruit sweetness, bitter hops, and a subtle caramelly malt base. One of the better-smelling east-coast IPAs I have had. You can smell the grains as if you were walking through the Hill Farmstead fields.

T - An initial sweetness transforms quickly into intense bitterness. The caramel provides the sweetness, but just can't compete with the hops. Strong notes of grapefruit and a hint of papaya. Finishes with a bomb of bitterness that only a hophead could enjoy. No booze at all, which is amazing.

M- Medium to full in body, this beer is a big one. It envelops your mouth and fires on every tastebud. Initially round, it sharpens very quickly. Finish dries out the mouth, but not too much.

O - Overall this beer is exceptional. While I don't think it gets any one category perfect, it exemplifies each to a degree that few other beers can. The bitterness is intense, and would overwhelm the unprepared, but at at "280 IBU" level, that makes perfect sense. I think I might still prefer Heady Topper to this beer as far as East Coast IPA whales go, but I wouldn't mind having this every day, either! I need to get my hands on some Abner, since that'll compare more closely to what Head Topper really is.

Is this the Pliny the Younger of the East Coast? Hard to say. I'm going to go with "Maybe."

Serving type: growler

10-09-2011 17:10:07 | More by greenmonstah
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a tulip

The body sits a glowing orange color with a one+ finger of creamy, off-white foam. Good retention and spider web lacing coating the inside of the glass.

Ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruit, and ethanol leap out of the glass. Pineapple, mango, apricots, pine resin, orange peel. Intensely hoppy aroma. Malt is an afterthought.

The flavor really explodes mid-palate. A burst of tropical fruit and pine resin with some sugary sweet notes. A mild breadiness holds things down on the back end. This is not an all out onslaught, but rather a calculated attack. Refined.

Medium body, with a dry, bitter finish, engulfed in tropical fruit. Smooth and borderline lush as it rolls around your palate. There is a decent amount of ethanol that lingers, detracting from the delicious flavors.

Ephraim is an excellent beer with tons of delicious flavors and aromas. The booze is a little more in your face than its bretheren, detracting from the overall beer.

I've been lucky to try Pliny the Younger, Heady Topper, and now Ephraim. I will say that Ephraim is firmly in the middle of both. Heady is raw and in your face, while PtY is the well-refined cousin at family gatherings. Ephraim has equal elements of both. Clean and refined, while still being a little brash (in a good way.)

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 14:30:37 | More by ColForbinBC
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in tap at their autumn festival and thought it was too hoppy for me. Got to sit down with it again a few days later and now I can see what the big deal is about.

Pours the color of a refined honey. It glistens and sparkles in the glass. HUGE layers of dank herbal hops, piney grapefruit and candied hops greet your nose. Smooth sweet hoppy taste. Just layer upon layer of a brutal hop assault. The big alcohol burns this mammoth into your tongue. The only hop I could clearly make out was Simcoe. I'm also getting some mango and passion fruit. There's just an insanely complex hop profile in this beer. With all that is going on, it is incredibly drinkable for a beer of this caliber.

Serving type: growler

10-06-2010 19:31:15 | More by BearsOnAcid
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John_M

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 13:20:44 | More by John_M
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