Ephraim - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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850 Ratings
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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 8.03%
Wants: 1,316
Gots: 16 | 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 rudzud
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey during Hill Farmstead tap takeover. Reviewed from notes.

A - Very nice clear orange hie with a one finger head that left super nice side lacing. Very creamy blanket.

S - Dank, musty citrus hops along with some super light/faint pineapple and tropical.

T - Taste is more of the musty goodness with some orangy citrus with more of the subtle pineapple and tropical fruits.

M - Mouthfeel is so creamy, and this ABV is hidden perfectly. Incredibly, and dangerously, drinkable.

O - Excellent example of a super hoppy double IPA. Stuff is crazy good drinkable. So glad I got to try this on tap. Very juicy.

Photo of BGsWo22
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of gford217
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cpetrone84
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is hazy bright golden amber with tons of egg white head leaving a thick lacing. The nose is pungent, light clean grain, dusty, strong tropical fruits, mango and grapefruit behind. Taste also has nice balance with huge hop punch. The grain is up front, clean and lightly dusty. Hops surround with a creamy dough and more tropical fruit. Plenty of mango and fuzzy peach with a grapefruit hit in back and crisp bitterness with little lingering effect. Body is light, a touch creamy mid palate, softer carbonation in the finish.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
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.)

Photo of rfgetz
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing and hazed amber color with frothy and soapy white head. Scent leads with big bitter pine resin before mellowing into a blend of citrus and tropical fruit (grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine)... quite impressed. Taste follows suit, big and bitter upfront with pine and herbal hops, mellows quickly into a fruit cocktail like blend of citrus and tropical fruits, ends with a touch of tangy bitterness and light alcohol presence. Medium bodied, smooth, clean, perfect carbonation, dry finnish. Simple fantastic brew which showcases many nuances of hops.

Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another overt thanks to a top-notch trader, baconsausage, who tossed this growler my way with no expectation of anything in particular in return. In turn, the growler was shared with a bunch of other BAs & non-BAs at an impromptu weekend tasting. Reviewed from admittedly sketchy notes.

Pours an amber, leaning towards yellow, plenty of pop in the head even after hundreds of miles of travel. Smell is dead-on luscious, tons of citrus, grapefruit, a frontal assault of all that is good & holy about the hop. Top of the line nose on this one, just fantastic.

My first impression was damn! The taste doesn't live up to the singing-angels aroma, but hey, what could? Another metric ton of hop variety, grapefruit, rinds, citrus, wrapped in a slick, slippery feel. Surprisingly, there's also a backbone of malt steel here, & the middle of the beer is sticky, syrupy sweet. Wham! The hops come back & that malt is just a warm memory on the tongue.

The consensus was this was an excellent beer, & there was a marked difference once it warmed - a collection of "yeah, it's OK" changed to "damn, this is good" after 10-15 minutes. Really glad I got to try this one, thanks again Tucker!

Photo of woosterbill
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a La Chouffe tulip; sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release. Huge thanks to whoever brought this one to share.

A: Clear, glowing orange-gold body with a nice cap of rough off-white bubbles. Good retention for the strength. Attractive, and its paleness promises a real, pure hop-bomb.

S: Yup, this is hugely hoppy. Tons of spice, grapefruit, spruce, pine, grass, and earth. Just about every possible aspect of hop aroma (except, notably, sweet tropical fruits) jumps out of the glass. Lovely.

T: Full, rich, overpowering hoppiness. Everything from the nose comes through in spades, delivering wave after wave of deliciousness. Super bitter finish, but still with plenty of great flavor. The pine is unreal - Ephraim is hands-down the piniest, resiniest DIPA I've ever had, and I love it.

M: Smooth, slick body - quite viscous, and lightly carbonated. Good, but not as great as everything else about this beer.

O: Fantastic beer, plain and simple. It's incredible to me how a 10.5% brew could manage to taste like absolutely nothing but hops - no caramel or bready malt, no alcohol. The hop profile wasn't quite as much to my personal tastes as, say, Heady Topper, but I can see how many people could find this to be the best DIPA in the world. Awesome, awesome beer.

Cheers!

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of FosterJM
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.

Photo of Holland
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.

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mtardiff for providing this gem in trade. Marc is an excellent trade partner.

Pours with a finger of thick tight bright white head that shows excellent retention. The beer is a bright clear brass color with no visible carbonation. Some nice lace clings to the glass. At times the deposits are quite thick.

Bright sweet juicy aroma. Not quite as floral as I would have guessed. A touch of grapefruit, but much more juicy sweet thick fruit. A slight whiff of the alcohol to come.

Lots going on here. The flavor is as thick as the aroma. Initial sweetness, flips to thick fruit and then a moment of alcohol. This then melds into a nice finish that is part light malt and resin like bitterness from thick green hops. No doubt a nice beer, but the alcohol is a bit too present for my liking. A pretty thick dose of mango comes through as I drink this. This mixes well with the alcohol flavor.

Pretty thick and sticky DPA. Again the word juicy applies.
I am surprised that this beer is getting some of the highest scores from Hill Farmstead. It’s good, but does not reach the heights of some of their other brews. Having said that, this is rarified air since most of their beers are quite excellent.

Thanks Marc

Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of malfunxion
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SadMachine
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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!

Photo of williamjbauer
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cbutova
4.38/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of deapokid
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.