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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2622) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Growler at my parents house, shared with my dad. Thanks Frank!!! Pour is pitch black with a pillowy brown head and great lacing. Pine, grass, roasted cocoa, light coffee, a touch of vanilla, and wood in the aroma. Pine needles, earthy hops, roasted malt, dark chocolate, bread, and graham crackers with a big bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with medium-to-soft carbonation. Not my favorite HF beer, but a damn solid Black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2565) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2012
$6 at three penny Pitch black. 2 finger leathery brown head that fades to a thin Layer. Nice lacing Smell is smoker malts, chocolate and tobacco. Lots of American piney hops. Taste is very bitter, hint of smoke and some pine cone at the finish. Espresso beans and honey as well Medium body. High carbonation on this tap.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2499) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 750 mL growler paired with original Nintendo and a wife. The beer is a deep, dark shade of brown nearing black. The head is wet sand hued, standing in at nearly two inches tall and plastering the tulip glass with sticky lacing.The aroma offers pine, hops, roast, chocolate. So fresh and flavorful. While I’m not normally a huge fan of black IPAs, this one is delicious. Hop forward, yet well balanced, offering chocolate, bready malts and lingering resinous pine. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. Lightly bitter for the style with an elegant roast character.While Hill Farmstead Jimmy is undoubtedly my favorite black IPA (though barrel aging certainly plays a role in this instance), Foster stands in second. A great example of the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2303) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2011
This one is better then James. A total hop bomb with a background of rye and chocolate. FInish is very bitter but still quite tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2293) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On tap at the source. Pours a solid dark brown, black color with a decent sized off white head that persists forever. Smells of garlic and green onion with a nice hit of caramel and light chocolate along with a nice earthy spicy wheat aroma. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. sweet caramel and bready spicy malt accentuated by hints of chocolate and countered by onion and garlic hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy grainy mouthfeel. I normally don’t go for a wheat beer, but I enjoyed the hell out of this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2221) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2012
**Note: This is a different recipe in 2012- no rye, straight wheat black IPA** Draught at the Farmhouse in Burlington; big thanks to my main man sflpunk for putting this on tap! Nearly black pour, smallish creamy but bubbly head. Nose holds a beautiful combination of dark evergreen notes (spruce and hemlock tips), orange rind, and good toasty malt and wheaty bread presence. Flavor brings more great west coast pine sap, excellent grassy bitterness, roasted malt, and beautiful smoothness on the palate, though also very very effervescent. Not the most complex of their beers, but the simplicity and forward flavors fit so wondrously with this brew. Excellent.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA. Pours pitch black with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind. Slightly floral hop aroma countered by slightly roasted malt notes.  Hints of pine and citrus along with chocolate, toffee and toast.  Not much wheat character and the nose is kind of bland. Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of dry, bitter hops and roasted makt.  Could use some sweetness and there’s not much wheat character. Dry, bitter, piny hops up front linger over hints of chocolate, coffee, toast and oatmeal. Subtle citrus presence along with some grapefruit and faint orange/lemon zest.  Decent and well balanced but nothing about this reminds me of wheat beer. Also, could use more sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
On tap at The Pony-HK. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of roast, pine, little wheat, and some fruit. Flavors much the same with nice amount and pine and roast with a little citrus and fruit. Lighter body which made it easy to drink. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2153) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 17, 2012
750ml from brewery. Pours a slick black color with a big three finger off white foam that sticks and laces nicely. Aromas a re roasted chocolate, citrus and pine. On the palate its lighter than I expected... it poured like a porter but the mouthfeel is much more inline with an IPA. Great rasted chocolate notes provide a great base for some ripe clean hop flavors of pine and citrus. A nice clean refreshing finish that is more hop bitterness than roasty malty stickiness. A true black ipa that is another must try from the Hill !

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Dead black pour with a cappuccino like tan froth. The nose holds an extreme pine/ evergreen character with spurce like herbals and only the slightest hints of sappy resin. A touch of citrus compliments it all. The flavor holds sweet caramel and roasty malts with excellent proliferation of evergreen. Balsam fur, wheat grain, and dry roast. Really interesting and unique. The palate is medium to full with low, but perfectly caressing carbonation. Evergreen and roasty dryness in the finish. An amazing example of the style, and a small notch above James.


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