Ephraim | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by Kegatron on 09-28-2010

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I poured this beer from a growler and it it had a nice head with a color of straw with some sticky lacing going on in the tulip glass.

The appearance is stellar with the hue of an orange blossom special
The smell is overwhelming of citrus encompassing a cloud of orange, mango, and grapefruit rinds that overcomes you.
The taste reminds me of a fresh morning citrus compote of grapefruit, orange, and mango.
Mouth feel is slightly thick and a bit syrupy with a nice dry finish to it.
Overall a fantastic complement to the DIPA line up at the Farm!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery for their harvest festival, served in a Hill Farmstead stem.

Hop-hazed orange with a creamy head that leaves plenty of lacing. A bright inviting color on a dreary, cold rainy day.

Nose of all sorts of luscious ripe fruits - peach, pineapple, tangerine, papaya, mixed with sweet bread.

The flavor follows on the nose - with a little concentration, it seems like just about any sort of ripe fruit can be conjured up on the tongue, along with a bit of pine for balance. Plenty of bready sweetness provides a foundation for the hops, but does not detract one bit.

Mouth coating sweetness is punctured by layers upon layers of sticky hoppiness. Dry finish and although it seems like a cliche for such beers, very drinkable for the adv.

In a word, sublime. I usually think of myself preferring Abner to Ephraim. But this batch of Ephraim sets the standard for imperial IPA for me. Shaun served a lot of amazing beers at the harvest fest and yet Ephraim stands out as an amazing experience.

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Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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