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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Berard (630) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Draft. Pours dark brown with thin creme head that lingers. Hop aroma with thin whit/creme head. Great complexity in a black ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 Growler shared at a ChrisO tasting, London. Pours black-brown with a creamy, rich beige head. Big sticky pine nose, good roasted malts, dirt, cocoa. Medium sweet flavor, super smooth, great pine character, cocoa, smooth roast, light mud. The hops are just stupidly fresh and smooth. Medium bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly sticky, resinous finish with nice roast, more cocoa, mellow chocolate, pine. Just crazy drinkable. No abrasiveness to the bitterness. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbernier (2) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014 does not count
Growler @ friends. Black with beige head. Taste of wood, piney hops, coffee, all well blended together. Roasted finish with medium mouthfeel. Best BIPA I’ve had up to now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1758) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Pours black with a one finger tan head with excellent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, pine, citrus, burnt brown sugar, and tropical fruits. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a semi-creamy mouthfeel and moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a fantastic black IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
I basically hate black IPAs and I still think this beer is incredible. It balances the roasty elements with the resinous and slightly pithy hops well and doesn’t come out overly bitter, somehow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 27, 2011
Tap at lord hobo. Wow. First wiff is big juicy grapefruit, tangerines, touch of fresh flowers and some dark chocolate and biting roast. Complex beautiful balance between fresh clean juicy citrus grapefruit and roasty tar. Easily the best balck ipa I’ve had. Quite bitter. Dry. Awesome beer. Exceeded expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois (17220) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Growler at Chriso - 25/09/12 thanks to Leighton for this one. Very dark mahogony brown pour with a thinnish tan head than soon departs to the edge of the glass. On the nose - pine, pine, pine on the nose. Lovely ! Add some hops and bitter grapefruit. A little light smoke also. Taste follows nose, great piney hoppy black IPA with bitter grapefruit and other tropical fruit tones. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A Rolls Royce of black IPA’s !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours dark brown with a red tint and a bubbly tan head. Aroma of piney hops, orange peel, caramel malts and some citrus in there too. Flavour is bitter, caramel malts, orange peel and lots of hops. Very fresh tasting, bitter, well balanced. Gorgeous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 22, 2012
Growler, thanks Dany!!! Pours clear black and holy fuckshitballs is this a sharp looking brew! Head is going to dissipate in the next epoch apparently. Nose is grapefruit, light mocha, jerky, smoke, tropical fruit. Flavours of big smoketropical fruit, pine. Gorgeous stuff!

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