Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jredmond (5738) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at rnh with the Brewer, PaT and Andrew. Pours black body with light lacing. Aroma is pine hops. Mouthfeel is great with notes of pine hops and slight roast.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Hoppy body with nice spicy hop tones, light citrus notes, bitter dry and roast y. The hops almost resemble vines, nice and spicy, pricky with a nice subtle drying body and an earth y finish. Very easy drinking and delicious. Score another 4 for HF.
egajdzis (5435) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of rye, roasted malts, citrus, and light burnt bread. Taste of roast, some ash, citrus, light pine, rye bread, and a hoppy finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL swingtop growler shared by yourefragile. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Pours black with a good tan head and some nice lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a good dosing of roast plus a really nice bouquet of pine hops with just a touch of citrus. Flavor has a nice roasty character with a bit of a dry maltiness in the background. Nice hops throughout. Finishes bitter and dry; just right. Really good brew.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of malt, pine, hops, resin, rye, slight citrus, and a hint of roasting. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished a little, but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, pine, resin, rye, marijuana, and a hint of caramel. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, pine, resin, rye finish is dry.
TomDecapolis (4569) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pours a deep almost black with a large creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of chocolate, pine, orange, tobacco and dark caramels. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, lightly roasted malt, tobacco, great hop flavor and bitterness. Some spicy rye notes.
Ernesto987 (4071) - Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 On draft at armsy abbey, huge big hoppy beer. Great roasted malts. Baby cheeses.
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Black pour with some tan head. Some pine, citrus, roasted aroma tones. Flavor is herbal, chocolate, coffee, some pine and grassy tones.