1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

822 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 822
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 1,243
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 822 | Reviews: 207 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Jrobertmac
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Jrobertmac, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

threedaggers, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of natbarr
5/5  rDev +8.7%

natbarr, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of matt2591
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

matt2591, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Ant4711
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Ant4711, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Kimberlygail
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Kimberlygail, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Brewzma
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Brewzma, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Crafthunter
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Crafthunter, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of GatorLCA
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

GatorLCA, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of blckout20
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

blckout20, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Twoheartedzombie
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Twoheartedzombie, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Dagsy
4/5  rDev -13%

Dagsy, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Thing
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Thing, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of kyle9128
5/5  rDev +8.7%

kyle9128, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of 314RPG
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

314RPG, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Msudukie
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Msudukie, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of SadMachine
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!

SadMachine, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of noclevername
3.25/5  rDev -29.3%

noclevername, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Kirk
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of sandlansd
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

sandlansd, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of tripelhops
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

tripelhops, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of huskermike12
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

huskermike12, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of HookemHoos
5/5  rDev +8.7%

HookemHoos, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of bluesfortheredsun
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

bluesfortheredsun, Jun 19, 2014
Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.