Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery.
Appearance : Pitch black with a small creamy brown head. Nice head retention.
Aroma : Nice citrusy and resinous hops with nice spicy rye. Really nice fruity hops.
Taste : Spicy rye with roasted malt. Crisp finish with spices. Sharp bitterness on the finishé
Overall : Really nice one. Great balance between rye and hops. Nice mix of rye spices with roasted malt. Nice dry and sharp finish. Great hop profile.
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark chocolate with small tan head. Aroma has notes of rich chocolate, orange, pine, and pepper. Flavor is primarily resinous with a malt and rye backbone. Very good.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Chocolate, coffee, roast, and some light hops. Big roast, chocolate and citrus. Spicy rye, but very subtle. Warm mash and roast. Very smooth. Big roast and chocolate.
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a creamy, dense and tan head. Aroma is solid hoppy with a dark roasted malt in addition. Bone dry, breadish and dark roasted malty. Bitter and citrusy finish. Lingering hoppy and dry finish. Nice.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Super dank hoppy nose, lots of citrus, some roast and chocolate. Taste is fairly dry, lots of bitter chocolate, light brown sugar, boat loads of earthy and citrus pith hops. Rocking.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at BT. Black Rye IPA. Pours a nice deep dark nearing pitch black with a good frothy head- nice lace. Aroma is big spicy rye malts, mixed with some slight roast, mostly clean though- and tons of raw aggressive fresh pine-like hops, some citrus, and mint. Flavor has a bold assertive raw spicy rye that really makes the malt and the hops pop out- fresh citrus, pine, resin and dank weed. Side by side to the Narconaut, this one wins hands down- and the rye is what sets it aside- it gives the beer almost a fullness of body without making it sweet and still keeps it refreshing and easy to drink. I loved it.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a deep cloudy brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma consists of a nice dose of earthy style hops coupled with a caramel malt undertone. Taste is hops forward with a nice balance of the same caramel malt from the nose, finishes long and dry with the rye really coming to is own in the end. Easy to put down, has a medium body and is silky smooth in the mouth. Excellent beer, the first I have had from them, kudos!
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 re-rating for the winter 11-12 batch. poured from a 750ml growler. pours brown just about black color (more black than brown...) with a lively but dense latte colored head that hangs out for quite a while. Hovering just above the glass there is a rich potent blast citrus and pine sting with a chocolatey roastiness. taste begins with an explosion of hop flavors that are stinging my best guess is chinook. the color makes you think stout but the malt flavor is lighter and cleaner without any astringency. mouthfeel has the perfect bitter bite and medium body with moderate smooth carbonation. I should’ve got a 2L...
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy rye and herbal, coniferous hops gloriously coalesce in this eminently drinkable Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the brown-edged darkness.
-The resinous hop bitterness is firm, lasting well beyond the end of each sip. Balance might not be achieved in the end, although this might be because the brew is super fresh.
-As for all Hill Farmstead brews, the soft, natural carbonation and controlled residual sugars make for a superbly comfortable mouthfeel.
-This is yet another truly delightful IPA from Shaun. I can’t figure out if there is one I prefer because they are all impeccable.
On tap at Hill Farmstead.