Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #19
Ranked #71
4.6 | pDev: 7.83%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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jheimbigner from Washington

4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful turbid orange appearance with a little white head. Smell of pine, orange, other citrus - hops. Very warm and spicy for a HF IPA. Taste follows the nose with a smack of pine, citrus, and bitterness. Leaves behind a slight bready taste. Feel is superb for a 10% beer. Slightly chewey and so refreshing. Overall, this is a great IPA that is reminiscent of Pliny, but has the color and some of the nose and taste of a NEIPA

May 26, 2019
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detpizzaboi from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, refereshing, peppery, orange citrus, piney, balanced bitterness, nice lingering bitterness. Big, boozy, but so well balanced. Very drinkable for 10%. Great beer.

May 17, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Foggy burnt gold with a fluffy short persistent blanket.

Spicier, sharper and more dank than most of Hill's other IPAs, there's notes of black pepper and a noticeable boozy triple sec character I'm really surprised to experience in a Hill IPA, but at least it makes sense with the ABV. I was expecting a more approachable beer just due to their pedigree, but at 10% I can understand why they don't make this so often, being so far outside of their usual IPA realm. It's not bad though, by all means. There's an additional note of toasted cracker in the medium-light body as the crisp carbonation finishes semi-dry with a hint of vanilla on the exhale.

May 13, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml growler, filled at the brewery 05/08/19. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy, glowing honey-gold with maybe a finger of loose, bubbly suds. For such a scant head, retention is pretty exceptional and leaves a heavy cap of scummy froth. Concentric rings of lacing right to the bottom of the glass.

A fairly low-intensity nose of yeasty bread roll and sweet citrus.

Taste is big and boozy with unexpectedly intense bitterness. Oily orange peel and bitter pith, the whole grapefruit, pith, peel and juice, spicy grass, and maybe a shot of triple sec to boot. Resinous, with tongue-coating hop oils.

Mouthfeel is silky and vodka-like. No more than medium bodied and brightly carbonated.

Overall, well, this is by far the booziest tasting pale ale I’ve ever had from Hill Farmstead which, at 9.6% abv is, I suppose, only right and proper. Compared with a Triple IPA from a brewer like Trillium, which tends to be thick, heavy and muddled like a juice-based cocktail, Ephraim is relatively light and clean, more reminiscent of a flavored or infused vodka.

May 09, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.46/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark straw or light amber very cloudy appearance with significant white head that eventually disipates. Ate ma is a mild citrus. Taste is a nice grapefruit citrus.

Aug 08, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best looking beers ive encountered. moderately hazy golden orange color with bright white head that leaves insane amounts of lacing, each sip is a ring on the glass. aroma and palate is grapefruit, grassy green herbaceous note, resinous pine, bready and sweet malts - honey and caramel predominate, some hints of orange and citrus peel. overall this was an enjoyable brew, cheers!

Jul 30, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh growler drank on 7/18/2017

L-kind of hazy, dark orange, light head
S-grassy/hay, some citrus, piney
T-citrus, piney, resinous, carmel. Pretty sweet
F-creamy with nice bitterness
O-a little disappointed as I've sought this out for a while. Pretty sweet but definitely a nice east coast double IPA. Pretty unique.

Jul 19, 2017
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JohnnyB from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may be the best beverage I've ever tasted! Velvet on the tongue. Dank on the nose. Smooth down the gullet. Hoppy in all over the previous. LOVE IT!!

Jul 17, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best consumed by 7/13/17"; drank 7/16/17 (I did my best).

Opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE white head; frothy lace.

Fruit punch, mild caramel & faint dry grass notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fruit punch & caramel flavors up front; dry grass & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

A bit more caramel forward than I prefer, but this was a balanced, flavor-forward IPA.

Jul 17, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First time trying Ephraim, poured from growler 1 day after being filled into tulip glass. Opaque hazy golden color, decent head, retention, and lacing. Tropical fruity nose and taste, and smooth full mouth feel. Easily in the same league as Abner, Susan, and SS 4&5. Outstanding!

Jul 10, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a semi-hazy almost burnt orange color with a thin wisp of a white head that quickly dissipated. Light bubbles of broken head float around the top. Light wispy lacing. The smell takes in sweet danky onion sliding on into through resinous pine and then a light grapefruit underneath. The taste had a full bittersweet flavor revolving around the resinous piney part. Dry resinous aftertaste leads into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. ABV, whoah, where did that go? Its not really there, well hidden. Overall, wow, just wow, just an absolutely stellar job by HF. I’d love to have this again.

Jun 08, 2017
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MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was malty for my tastes and for most HF hoppy beers. Felt more like a west cost IPA with the malt and pine characteristics. One of my least favorite HF hoppy beers.

Feb 16, 2017
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fireazzi from Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very creamy IPA. Nice hops golden color, hoppy, piney and floral smells coming off one this one. Hazy orange color. Love the light creamy fluffy feel on this one.

Nov 25, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one struck me as a little bitter at first, but I ended up really enjoying it as I went on. The combination of hops in this one works very well, making it another solid DIPA from HF.

Nov 21, 2016
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Mojua from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't generally love hoppy beers that are over 8.5% because they're too heavy and sweet, and this one is just those things. Hill beers have unrivaled mouthfeel and elegance, and this is just overdone. Intended I'm sure, given that it's 10%, but I'd take most of the Hill single and double IPAs over Ephraim.

Apr 23, 2016
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 growler into a snifter. Thanks Rich for hooking me up with this.

Pours an amber slightly hazy body with a big frothy white head that reduces to leave heaving lacing and retention.

Aromas are floral, resinous, light citrus, dank, piney. Taste is very floral, herbal, grassy, finishes dry. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Glad I got to try it. Delicious DIPA from HF.

Mar 28, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear amber, white head to a ring. It's fine, but not what I love.

S: Clean, grapefruit and some caramel malt. A bit of butter which is fine for the style.

T: Better here. Clean grapefruit citrus, ever so slight bubblegum. Light malt.

F: Great, this really hides the abv as there's no alcohol to speak of. Medium light and fine carb.

O: Great beer, but it's very west coast, which I'm just not a big fan of anymore. But for that style, it's great.

Mar 26, 2016
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mschantz from Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled pour from a fresh 32 oz growler That indicated Amarillo hops were highlighted. Pours bRight, nearly lemon yellow and slightly hazy with a solid 2 fingers of dense head. Nose is lemongrass combined with grapefruit and a hint of bubblegum sweetness. The taste presented the sweet fruitiness apparent on the nose but was beautifully balanced by resinous hop bitterness. This is definitely one of the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of tasting.

Mar 08, 2016
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tscanlon51 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Expecting a bit more from this one. I expected the booziness given the 10% ABV but seem to be lacking in the aroma department. I enjoyed Abner earlier this week much more. Nonetheless, this is still a great beer. HF continues to produce high quality beers.

Mar 05, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, beefy DIPA with a huge ABV that drinks incredibly easy. Hoppy, piney and floral aroma; taste of orange rind, mandarin orange, mango, apricot, grapefruit, tobacco and green tea. Outstanding citrus and bitter profile with a soft mouthfeel, but it's not a balanced beer - it's a big time hop-forward DIPA that comes on strong and doesn't let up. With a 10% ABV I'm not sure what else you could expect. Prepare your face. They've employed magic to make such a huge beer so palatable.

Mar 04, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So. Damned. Creamy. The dextrose bumps up the body but doesn't make it syrupy. The appearance is pretty much perfect; bright auburn, perfect carbonation, sticky lacing. Pine resin and grapefruit dominate the taste and aroma. Maybe some tangelo and sweeter citrus. Though far from my favorite HF hoppy beer, it's ne of the best triple IPAs I've had. My heart still belongs to Notorious though.

Feb 29, 2016
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