Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #26
Ranked #93
4.56 | pDev: 7.89%
Jun 15, 2022
Sep 28, 2010
Notes: 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.
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 5/25/22; consumed on 6/14/22

Pours a hazy, largely translucent dark orange body topped with two fingers of fluffy, slightly off-white foam; good head retention leaves a half-finger of cap, a slim, frothy collar, and myriad spattering of webby/spotty lacing strewn across the walls of the glass.

Aroma highlights dank orange oils and accents of sunflower petals/general florality upfront, leaving crackery malt lingering into soft, grassy resins glossing over soft lemon peel over time.

Taste features waxy peach zest within a resinous overlay as grapefruit steadily washes over a catty/peppery undertone; light moss and wilted mint over the mid-palate fade to residual pine past the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body and a choppy fluff of moderate carbonation, dispersing dry textures and a pseudo-bittering over the mid-palate before eventually fading to a flaky crispness; a resinous glide brightens over the back end as bits of residual grit prickle the finish.

A warming aggression peeks through the stability of crackery malt and floral resins, an unforeseen grit waving across the normally clean Hill IPA profile; the subtle bittering and choppier tones of earth the result ultimately lend to a slightly more varied and intense profile to contrast the largely delicate base.

Jun 15, 2022
4.44 by Benish from Wisconsin on Jun 02, 2022
4.9 by JAWS from New York on Jun 02, 2022
4.6 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 20, 2022
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Nov 22, 2021
4.5 by gelasin from California on Nov 11, 2021
4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida on Oct 30, 2021
4.31 by cshafer7 from Massachusetts on Oct 21, 2021
4.49 by notchucknorris from California on Oct 19, 2021
4.5 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Oct 14, 2021
4.65 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Oct 10, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of PStone530.
Absolute banger.

Oct 09, 2021
4.5 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Oct 09, 2021
4.5 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Sep 28, 2021
4.63 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Sep 25, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by aetherness from Massachusetts

One of the more hop forward IPA from Hill, and certainly unlike their usual offerings, but still quite quenching and has an irresistible flavor.

Jan 12, 2021
4.56 by nollie77 from Ohio on Nov 19, 2020
4.34 by 22Blue from Kansas on Nov 17, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Can to snifter. Share with DC.

Look: super hazy, bright yellow, beautiful creamy head, off white.

Aroma: Light citrus, hint of pine. Grass. Fresh rain.

Taste: grapefruit, grass, pine, hint of some actual pine wood (not needles) or maybe even oak. Hay.

Feel: as creamy as a cream ale, medium body. Not sticky but Sticks to the tounge.

High quality again from HF.


Nov 12, 2020
4.62 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Nov 03, 2020
4.66 by Jstuart23 from North Carolina on Oct 31, 2020
5 by HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California on Oct 29, 2020
4.69 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Oct 27, 2020
4.66 by unclekeith from Alaska on Oct 27, 2020
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Oct 22, 2020
4.68 by Markyg21 from Connecticut on Apr 18, 2020
4 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2020
4.67 by eddiefl from New York on Mar 01, 2020
4.5 by DraftDaddy from Illinois on Feb 22, 2020
4.5 by absoluthamm from Illinois on Feb 19, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 750mL growler into a snifter. pours a semi hazy orange with frothy white head. lacing remains throughout the pour. smell is subtly fruity with a fairly strong butter hop aroma. it’s floral, bitter and fruity all at the same time. taste is dominantly bitter. almost west coast style bitterness but it finishes with more well rounded and balanced fruity finish. mouthfeel is extremely thick, soft and very pleasant on the tongue. might be the highlight of this pour or at least what ties this beer together. very glad to have tried this. very well made IIPA with attributes of both west and east coasts all tied together with HF’s best traits.

Feb 16, 2020
4.75 by MTKATL from Georgia on Feb 13, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

On tap at Three Penny in Montpelier

Delicious and robust offering from Hill Farmstead that reflects their 'older school' approach to an NEIPA -- big citrus and pine notes that fly off the palate with only a light astringent bitterness on the tail end


Feb 09, 2020
4.5 by Beerbom from California on Feb 07, 2020
4.75 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Feb 07, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like intensely resinous piney hops, grapefruit rind, booze, pineapple, and grapefruit.

This is definitely a bruiser, and easily the booziest HF IPA I've had, which makes a lot of sense. It's quite resinous and bitter, with lots of pine and earthiness. There is a lot of juicy and citrusy type things, too, as I get grapefruit, melon, pineapple, and some lemon. There's not too much malt character, but it does finish a touch boozy.

This is medium bodied, with an intense lingering bitterness, both from the hops and higher alchohol. Despite that, it's still pretty drinkable for me.

I've been waiting to try this one for a long time now. It's not quite the absolute revelation I was hoping for, but I'm still really with it.

Feb 03, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at the Archives

Feb 02, 2020
4.6 by zotzot from Vermont on Feb 01, 2020
5 by WolverineFan1243 from Colorado on Jan 29, 2020
4.31 by Mikexw from New York on Jan 27, 2020
Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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