Ephraim | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#61
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,044
pDev:
8.1%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,044 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tectactoe
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CTJman
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Rizzy17
3.85/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler filled on 2/13/16 into a Hill Farmstead stem glass.

A: A translucent orange/light amber color with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Resinous and slightly citrusy aroma.
T: Resiny and almost sticky. Not a whole lot going on with this.
F: Smooth and drinkable.
O: Not really impressed with this. Maybe I should've had it fresher.

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Photo of anteater
4.66/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml growler

A: Golden yellow, fizzy white head

S: Lemon, grass, earth, herbs, cat pee

T: A lot of the same as the nose. Citrus fruits, lemon, grapefruit, grass. This tastes like a 6-7% beer in my opinion, not a 10.5% one. I'm pretty blown away by the lightness of this beer and how it also contains such a huge and unique yet not overbearing hop punch.

M: So light and easy to drink

O: Hype met. I am thoroughly impressed with my first Hill Farmstead IPA!

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Photo of mportnoy
3.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of cp45
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of thagr81us
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one during the Growler Party this weekend! Served from growler into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one and a half finger very slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and pot. The flavor was of sweeet malt, earth, citrus, citrus hop, and pot. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was just plain excellent. Not really any other way to say it. All of the aspects on this one just stood out to your senses to let you know that you were having a great beer. The aroma on this one was other-worldly for the style. You would have never known this was 10.5% at all, and I could see that getting a lot of people in a lot of trouble really easily. Really glad I finally got to tick this beast!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrallen34 for hooking us up with this.

A - An opaque orangish amber with a late rising head that had decent retention. Nice stick on the sides with some very fine lace.

S - Smells very light, an interesting citrusy flavor, smells something like a tropical fruit that I just can't place. Burnt sugar, and a nice malt backbone.

T - A nicely light drinking triple IPA. Citrusy hops, you can definately pick up on the added sugar in this one. The bittering hops in this is quite suble but picks up steam on the end and gives you a nice bite that really gets you. An interesting fruity taste that is also like the smell that I can't place. Alcohol is quite well hidden, only burn comes with the sugar at the end.

M - Lighter side of medium body with moderate carbonation. Good feel for this beer.

D - Very drinkable triple ipa, alchohol quite well hidden, a little sweet that keeps it at a 4.

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Photo of braican
4.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tucquan
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's in Norristown, PA at a HIll Farmstead event.

A - Clear golden-orange with a short white head and mild lacing into a 5.5 oz snifter.

S - A strong smelling brew with lots of pineapple, caramel malt, pine, mango and a boquet of hop floral scents. Wonderful.

T - Pineapple, grapfruit, big chalky-dry caramel malt, roasted nuts, which starts moderately sweet but thankfully mostly dries out. You can notice some alcohol, especially on the outbreath. It's very sticky and resinous, coating the mouth for a long time with great flavor and citric bitterness.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth, creamy, oily, prickly and resinous.

O - This is quite different from the Abner. This reminds me of Pliny the Younger and the Abner compares favorably with Pliny the Elder. I really love these big triple IPAs when they are so well done, but if I had to pick between the two, I'd go with the double IPA style for better balance and more focus on the citrus and hops than the big malt backbone. This beer ran out second at the event, right after Abner.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at the Harvest Festival into provided tulip/wine glass. Very very thick foamy white head sits on top of this straw hazey color. This smell is so fragrant you can smell it well before you bring it to your nose. Strong candied hop aroma, vanilla, and more more more sweet hops. Taste is amazing! Very well balanced malts and hops. Citrus, mango, cotton candy, and a hint of sweet vanilla. This is the best Double IPA I ever had..hands down. Highlight of the Harvest Fest for sure.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here is the DIPA that rocketed from unknown to superstar at breakneck speed. This has a lot of hype behind it and thus my expectations are appropriately very high. Now for the judgment. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Half the head fell after a short time, but the remainder stuck around for a while. Spotty lacing covers the glass.

4.5 S: Really wonderful aroma! Tons of tropical fruits in this. Pineapple, mango, lots of papaya and orange. Secondarily piney and floral. Fruits combine for a sugary sweetness. Malts are pretty well hidden.

5.0 T: Holy shit is this tasty! I can't believe how wonderful this is. I'm pretty sure a pallet of various tropical fruits had been compressed and molden into the shape of a .50 caliber bullet, then overpacked with powder and shot into my tongue. Pineapple, mango, orange, papaya, and peach are incredibly strong. So fruity, but not too sweet. Malt is easily overshadowed by the hops, but it does well enough to keep the taste balanced. For 280 hypothetical IBUs, the bitterness is quite low and only manifests in the aftertaste. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

4.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good carbonation, especially for a growler. Very creamy (but could be a bit moreso) and incredibly smooth.

5.0 D: I never thought this would live up to the hype, but instead, it has surpassed it. There isn't a damn thing I would change about this beer. It's about as close as you can get to a perfect taste. Absolutely fabulous. Worth whatever you need to trade for it.

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Photo of gford217
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hootie159
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap. Not hazy like their other beers. Not clear, but I can actually see bubbles. Stellar lacing as always. Great clean smell. Pine. Bitterness. Taste is similar. No real fruit presence. Just a classic hop bitter. Imperial and assertive. That bitter keeps growing but I like it. Feel is smooth carbonation. Just the right amount. Super sticky as well. Different than what I'm used to from these guys. Still very good.

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Photo of jophish17
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -12.5%

Ephraim from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 1,044 ratings
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