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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Black Wheat IPA


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30908) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
On tap at Capone’s. Brown pour with a small sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, lighter roast, and some earthiness. Tastes of the same.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8366) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750mL flip-top growler big thanks to yourefragile! Dark sepia pour, clearish. Thick mocha head erupts. Sheen, rocky retention. Big swathes of lace. Nose is soft, peaty, some spicy melon like chili powder rubbed pomelo (Thai snack),chocolate milkshake. Taste is light bodied like a 5% oatmeal stout, bitter, roasty, coffee heavy, some light soil and earthiness. Palate is lighter, bitter, easy to drink than expected. As it warms, it really gains some silkiness, mild alcohol warming, fudge, ganache. Palate really improves density at warm temperatures. Really nice improvement. Goes from a 3.7 to a 3.9 for me. Delicious but delicate, could easily be under appreciated if you don’t let it warm up and see how it evolves. I really liked it, especially how it is sessionable at 6.5%. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. Poured dark brown with tan head. Nose was black patent roasty malt, resiny hops, rye. Tasted patent malty, with a big piney and citric hop presence, and some piney roastiness in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6605) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Fliptop shared by Kan. Pours a near clear deep brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of roast malts, coffee and pine hops. Flavor has a good amount of pine hops that is backed by a bit of roast and dark grains.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6300) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2012
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours black with a medium beige head. Aroma of lots of roasted malt mixed with citrusy and piney hops, maybe a slight wheat quality, but it smells typical of a black IPA. Flavour is like a wheat version of a black IPA, with roasted malt and citrus hops, overlaid with wheat / hay and some rye somehow without muting the roasty / hoppy notes. Finishes with a rye finish. Wouldn’t have thought this concept would be too great, but count on Hill Farmstead to exceed your expectations.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6028) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2011
Draft. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Roasted malty aroma with piney hops. The flavor has hard roasted malts, sweet resinous piney hops, and light spicy rye notes. Really good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
In short: A fantastic black IPA with a rye twist. Wonderful beer
How: Tap on location at the brewery
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a small medium beige head
In long: Nose is pungent uber-hoppy with freshly-cut pine-tree, grapefruits and fresh green hop peletts. Malt backbone is medium roasted, a bit of caramel, a bit of burnt chocolate, rye. I thought the rye here gave the beer a dryer woody rye barrel aged character more than the usual juicy spicy rye character of a rye beer. Then the truckload of hops with a very vibrant flavor. Same as the aroma (freshly-cut pine-tree, grapefruits and fresh green hop peletts) but also quite resinous. Bitterness level is medium-high. This is fantastic black ipa. Most Hill Farmstead beers are named after ancestors and family members. This time the description doesn’t say who Foster is. But I’m sure he is/was family. A Foster parent… badoom tsss! … ok I’m logging out now.


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