hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Growler... Pours clear and brown with burnt-orange highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is both dank and roasty. Medium-bodied with tickling carbonation. The flavor is roasty and dank with a moderate degree of burnt bitterness. Finishes flat and fairly bland with only a petite ration of lingering bitterness. Whatever. It’s a black IPA in a growler. A style I don’t like in a vessel that’s always questionable beyond five days. Flawlessly brewed as always. Bottle courtesy of ctipping! DocLock (10683) - 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. deanso (10131) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - OCT 22, 2015
Sample bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
thin creamy off white head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Nice grapefruit bitterness. very good again from hill Farmstead GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750mL flip-top growler big thanks to yourefragile! Dark sepia pour, clearish. Thick mocha head erupts. Sheen, rocky retention. Big swathes of lace. Nose is soft, peaty, some spicy melon like chili powder rubbed pomelo (Thai snack),chocolate milkshake. Taste is light bodied like a 5% oatmeal stout, bitter, roasty, coffee heavy, some light soil and earthiness. Palate is lighter, bitter, easy to drink than expected. As it warms, it really gains some silkiness, mild alcohol warming, fudge, ganache. Palate really improves density at warm temperatures. Really nice improvement. Goes from a 3.7 to a 3.9 for me. Delicious but delicate, could easily be under appreciated if you don’t let it warm up and see how it evolves. I really liked it, especially how it is sessionable at 6.5%. Well done. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
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jmgreenuk (9447) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 22, 2015
Spicy rye and herbal, coniferous hops gloriously coalesce in this eminently drinkable Black IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the brown-edged darkness.
-The resinous hop bitterness is firm, lasting well beyond the end of each sip. Balance might not be achieved in the end, although this might be because the brew is super fresh.
-As for all Hill Farmstead brews, the soft, natural carbonation and controlled residual sugars make for a superbly comfortable mouthfeel.
-This is yet another truly delightful IPA from Shaun. I can’t figure out if there is one I prefer because they are all impeccable.
On tap at Hill Farmstead.
Growler courtesy of Kermis. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma is grassy hop, light yeast. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a dry yeasty big grass hop bitter light grainy palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Draft. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Roasted malty aroma with piney hops. The flavor has hard roasted malts, sweet resinous piney hops, and light spicy rye notes. Really good. czar (9066) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
growler shared by minderbinder, thanks bro! unclear medium dark brown pour with a small reviving light beige cap, some retention and lacing. tons of melon fruitiness, torrefied wheat and coffee, tasty red fruitiness, mint, spices. moderate carbonation, light body - oily; balanced spicy-piney-citrusy finish. smooth and balanced melon-driven black ipa. jredmond (8284) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2016 Draft at rattle n hum (original location) with the Dan Suarez, Pat and Andrew. Pours black body with light tan lacing. Aroma is pine hops and earthy chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is great, light earthy pine and easy drinking with notes of pine hops and slight cocoa roast. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2011
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Black pour with some tan head. Some pine, citrus, roasted aroma tones. Flavor is herbal, chocolate, coffee, some pine and grassy tones.