egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, 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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.
PhillyCraft (5979) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capones. Pours a black color with beige head. Medium bodied. Aromas of citrus, wheat, cherry/lemon, kind of reminded me of motueka. Taste is roasted malts, fruits, some chocolate, and other spicy tones. Very good,
obguthr (5725) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moss, juniper berry. Brown, thin tan head. Wood, walnut. Medium body soft carbonation, bitter finish.
JulienHuxley (5642) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Parker pie. Opaque brown black pour with super lacy tan head. Aroma is super hoppy, very dank, grassy hop, light roast. Taste is bitter, lots of juicy fresh hop flavor, oatmeal malty notes, very hop heavy (very tasty). Palate is med bodied and creamy, light carbonation. Quite good.
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at W.o.R’s. Poured a blackish-brown with a smaller off white head. Aroma is very hoppy, pine and citrus, caramel and chocolate along with sweet dough. Flavor is basically the same as the aroma. Medium bidy with average carbonation.
Ernesto987 (5607) - 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.
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.
tom10101 (5398) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at both Hill Farmstead and Parker Pie the same day. Dark brown (almost black) with a medium creamy beige head and good lacing. Aroma is grassy hops and roasted malts forward, but there’s also cocoa notes and oniony notes. Taste is very slightly sweet and features the same flavors as aroma along with a medium bitterness. Body is medium. Carbonation is medium. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and also somewhat creamy. Grassy and roasty finish. Rather dry. Very easy drinking, but also really flavorful Black IPA. A winner.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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.