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 16ş P Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap at Hill Farmstead on November 4, 2010. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to Shaun for his incredible generosity for spending a good deal of time with us. Pours a deep, dark color that verges on black. A single-finger tan head and some nice lacing. The aroma hits the parameters of the newly-formed style head on with some really resinous piney hops as well as some roasted malt. The taste is pretty hoppy with some mild roast. The feel has a great combination of roasted malt and pine-based hops. This drinks quite well and is a really well done hoppy black ale. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-14-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
On draft at Capones. Pours a black color with a medium sized off white/cream colored head. Aroma of piney citrus, sweet malts, hops, chocolate powder and light funk. Taste of piney citrus, sweet malts, cocoa powder and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2011
In short: Second best Black IPA out there after Stone SSR. That simple.
How: Tap on location directly at the brewery
The look: Clear back-ish body (like Coca Cola) topped by a long-lasting small tan head
In long: The nose is uber-hoppy, this really is hop bomb, plenty of citrus and tropical fruits and pine-tree over roasted coffee beans. Taste has a nice malt backbone of roasted coffee beans, chocolate cake and dark fruits. Just enough to add to the complexity of the beer without stealing the spotlight from the hops. Hops are shinning, vibrant and fresh. Highly aromatic and not all that bitter, this is a very tasty beer that never feels aggressive. Citrus fruits, tropical fruits and fresh pine-tree. Some chocolate and coffee beans in the after-taste. This is without a doubt among the best Black IPAs out there. In my opinion it is second only to my beloved Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. That Hill Farmstead brewer can really work miracles turning water, cereals and bacteria into wonderful beers. Ok, Jesus turned water into wine but we all know it was just a 6-3-6-3-13=3.1 wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (770) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours black with thin tan head. Strong grapefruit flavors with mild aftertaste of chocolate. Mostly bitter taste. Moderate body. Of the four Hill Farmstead’s I tried that day, this was my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Sampled on draft at Capone’s. Pours pitch black and almost complety opaque with only the slightest hint of deep, dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger beige foam head that settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind. Interesting aroma with hints of roasted malt as well as some sweet citrus and earthy pine hop notes. Slightly roasted with hints of chocolate and caramel but not as malty as I expected. Medium bodied with a nice bitter blast of earthy hops up frotthat is immediately coutered by sweet citrus and tropical frut notes. The roasty malt is minimal and is actually used to counterbalance the hops. Subtle toasty bread, chocolate and caramel but this beer is all about the sweet citrus and tropical hop flavor. Only slightly bitter with some earthy pine as well as some grapefuit, lemon, pineapple and orane peel. This was a really interstig beer and one of the better black IPAs ibe had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3346) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with a haze. Nose is pine, orange and some chocolate. Medium body with moderate carb. Taste is grapefruit and dark roast. Kind of simple but nicely balanced. Another winner. These five beers from Hill Farmstead are as solid a grouping as i’ve tried from one brewer in a sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of dark malt, hops, pine, slight rye, chocolate malt, slight resin, slight roasting, and caramel malt. Poured with a small, creamy, dense, tan/light brown head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium bitter and medium sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, light caramel, slight roasting, light chocolate, slight resin, and malt. Medium body. Slightly oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, light chocolate, pine, hops, slight wood, slight roasting, finish is medium bitter and medium sweet. I would prefer this a little more bitter, though it is currently very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1964) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 28, 2010
Growler sample shared with oakbluff (via Glouglouburp). Opaque and near black in colour with medium carbonation. Huge fresh citrus and herbal hop aroma backed by some dank basement and faint chocolate notes. Hops dominate on the palate as well with more leafy citrus combining with dark chocolate, char, pale malt, and a hint of chalk. Refreshing and hoppy, without being overly bitter or minerally. Really well put togeather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
Growler courtesy of Glouglouburp- huge thanks again to Dany my HF mule. Appearance- murky brown cola, nominal head, some light lacing. Nose- pungent dank hops intertwined with nuts and slight roast. Taste- very hop forward- solid bittering hops, citrus, then a back end wave of medium roast, caramel and dark chocolate. Lingering grapefuit pith leads a nicely drying finish. Carbonation is spot on and hasn’t suffered from travelling all the way to Winterpeg. Very balanced hop forward beer if that makes any sense. Excellent stuff and another winner from the good people at Hill Farmstead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4939) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Growler, Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a clear dark brown to black body with a frothy light brown head. Nice citrusy nose with a chocolate and lightly roasty note, very bright smelling. The flavor is a nice mix of coffee, roast, and bright citrusy hops. I’d probably call this a really hoppy Porter. Medium bodied with nice light fizzy carbonation that really brings out the bitterness well. Very nice beer.

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