Hill Farmstead James
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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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James (1954-1998) is our Uncle; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his four siblings. In his honor, this Black Ale is dutifully crafted from American and German malted barley, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from James’ well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped. Roasty and smooth, with accents of chocolate and a balanced hoppy finish, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with James. 6.8% ALC/VOL 16º P Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11825) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Growler courtesy of ygtbsm at DC Epic Sour Tasting 2010. Solid dark brown, large bubble edge head, scant lacing. Aroma of wood splinters from fresh pine 2x4s. Taste is pine resin and burnt cocoa. Interesting and unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Growler courtesy of ygtbsm94. Pours a cola deep brown nearing black with a healthy tan head that leaves very good lace. Aroma is dank, fresh hops, lots of hop resin, hash brownies, chocolate. Taste is straight up Brazil nut and roasted barley husk. Porter- lol. This is black IPA or whatever the eff that new style is that we keep talking about- dark cascadian ale? :\ 6/7/2010 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

Growler thanks to oteyj. Pours a deep, clear blood ruby with a massive beige head with huge meringue retention and huge lace. Nose is jackfruit, rich meaty melon, pineapple, fresh coconut. Taste is lighter, astringent, lemon, heavy nut skin bitterness. Very bitter- nearing excessive. 11/22/2011 8/5/7/4/14/=3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Really dank, citrus pot nose, with sugary chocolate fudge and roast. Fairly dry, lots of roast, some chocolate, lots of citrus hops, moderate bitterness, slightly ashy finish. Seriously, this beer is like a hash brownie. Pretty awesome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Pouring at the opening of Hill Farmstead. Pours a clear black with a medium to thick tan head. Smells initially like the brew house, warm cereal grains, rich wort cooking, very primal. Roast and earthy hops behind after that fades off, chocolate and caramel. Roast and malt, chocolate. Very malty. Chocolate, roast, and coffee on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
[Draft @ brewery] Dark brown red with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of some roasted malts, toast, pine, floral hops, and citrus. Taste of citrus fruits, pine, tobacco, some cocoa, and a bitter, hoppy finish.

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