hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2012
On draft pour. Cool different style. Alomst black pour with wheat notes in the taste but yet hoppy in the aroma and taste/ drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 Bottle, thanks Kan! Pours dark brown with white head. Aroma has nice citrus and pine, Flavors of are juicy fruit, citrus, malty, Good stuff. 3.7
Shared again by Kan around X-mas ’12 and was not a fan. really strange hop combo not mixing well with the malt base. didn’t get a wheat character in it so...3.4 deyholla (12033) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Fliptop shared by Kan. Pours a near clear deep brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a combination of roast malts, coffee and pine hops. Flavor has a good amount of pine hops that is backed by a bit of roast and dark grains. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 750ml growler from a recent trade. thank you.... pours a deeper blackish mahogany leaning somwehat in the porterish black quality although hints of red throughout. a soapy fluffy off-white head rests on top and retreats to a little less of it’s former self... aroma is piney dank fresh hoppiness upfront, green and pungent while still being enticing and welcoming. a mild roast quality co-exists but play a subordinate role. cohesiveness definitely achieved between the two complimenting qualities... piney citrus qualites extrememly evident upfront with a less intense roasted malt and cocoa character following quickly behind. the intermingling between the two is friendly and have a nice rapport. more fresh green hops develops through the middle and finishes off on a slightly more roasted note. shy of medium bodied with adequate carbonation. solid but i prefer the other black ipa just a hair more but i’d more than gladly have either. mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2012
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), pours black with a medium beige head. Aroma of lots of roasted malt mixed with citrusy and piney hops, maybe a slight wheat quality, but it smells typical of a black IPA. Flavour is like a wheat version of a black IPA, with roasted malt and citrus hops, overlaid with wheat / hay and some rye somehow without muting the roasty / hoppy notes. Finishes with a rye finish. Wouldn’t have thought this concept would be too great, but count on Hill Farmstead to exceed your expectations.
oteyj (2139) - 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. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
750mL swingtop growler shared by yourefragile. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Pours black with a good tan head and some nice lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a good dosing of roast plus a really nice bouquet of pine hops with just a touch of citrus. Flavor has a nice roasty character with a bit of a dry maltiness in the background. Nice hops throughout. Finishes bitter and dry; just right. Really good brew. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Pour from a growler. Black beer with a tan head. Aromas of pine, grass and dark chocolate. Medium in body on your palate. Roasted malt, earthy,grassy and bitter hops. Hard to decipher any wheat quality. Great flavor retention and the finish is clean and dry. Really good. pushkinwow (2889) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Black with a light mocha creamy head. Slight roasted malt, toasted hops and grains. Light body, moderate carbonation, but bitter, bit of coffee, becomes dry and a little more bitter on the end. Was initially too cold - as it warmed up the complexity really started to shine through - also a much better finish. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Draft at Capone’s. Poured dark brown with tan head. Nose was black patent roasty malt, resiny hops, rye. Tasted patent malty, with a big piney and citric hop presence, and some piney roastiness in the finish.