DinVT (31) - Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Phenomenal flavors. Raspberry, anise, hops, maybe cherry? The flavors just keep coming. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 On draft at armsy abbey, huge big hoppy beer. Great roasted malts. Baby cheeses. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Tap at BT. Black Rye IPA. Pours a nice deep dark nearing pitch black with a good frothy head- nice lace. Aroma is big spicy rye malts, mixed with some slight roast, mostly clean though- and tons of raw aggressive fresh pine-like hops, some citrus, and mint. Flavor has a bold assertive raw spicy rye that really makes the malt and the hops pop out- fresh citrus, pine, resin and dank weed. Side by side to the Narconaut, this one wins hands down- and the rye is what sets it aside- it gives the beer almost a fullness of body without making it sweet and still keeps it refreshing and easy to drink. I loved it. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2011
Growler. Pours a deep almost black with a large creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of chocolate, pine, orange, tobacco and dark caramels. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, lightly roasted malt, tobacco, great hop flavor and bitterness. Some spicy rye notes. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
In short: A fantastic black IPA with a rye twist. Wonderful beer
oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2012
How: Tap on location at the brewery
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a small medium beige head
In long: Nose is pungent uber-hoppy with freshly-cut pine-tree, grapefruits and fresh green hop peletts. Malt backbone is medium roasted, a bit of caramel, a bit of burnt chocolate, rye. I thought the rye here gave the beer a dryer woody rye barrel aged character more than the usual juicy spicy rye character of a rye beer. Then the truckload of hops with a very vibrant flavor. Same as the aroma (freshly-cut pine-tree, grapefruits and fresh green hop peletts) but also quite resinous. Bitterness level is medium-high. This is fantastic black ipa. Most Hill Farmstead beers are named after ancestors and family members. This time the description doesn’t say who Foster is. But I’m sure he is/was family. A Foster parent… badoom tsss! … ok I’m logging out now.
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. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Draft at lord hobo. Best black IPA to date. Big roast, chocolate, big piney bitterness. Full creamy mouthfeel . Roast and pine feed off of each other beautifully. Great beer seth_lfod (329) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Another offline rating from last December. Taster at the source. Jet black with a nice head. Smell was very hop forward, like I would expect from HF "lighter" hoppy ales, roasted malts, slight cocoa, and a bit of hay. Taste again with the hops, piney, resin, slight juicy citrus, roast, bit of cocoa, and a nice bitterness. Best I have ever had of the black IPA style. hopwine (678) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Citrus, strong roast, grassy, earthy/char, cacao. Not terribly complex but meticulously balanced, focused and integrated. Incredibly dry and light for abv and style. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2011
5 oz flight. Pours dark cherry mahogany with some crazy, sticky tan lacing. Aroma of pine hops, chocolate, soft black tea, and some resiny, citrusy hops. Full, sticky nearly chewy mouth feel with some heavy toasted chocolate and coffee notes. Excellent Black IPA.