craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2012
**Note: This is a different recipe in 2012- no rye, straight wheat black IPA** Draught at the Farmhouse in Burlington; big thanks to my main man sflpunk for putting this on tap! Nearly black pour, smallish creamy but bubbly head. Nose holds a beautiful combination of dark evergreen notes (spruce and hemlock tips), orange rind, and good toasty malt and wheaty bread presence. Flavor brings more great west coast pine sap, excellent grassy bitterness, roasted malt, and beautiful smoothness on the palate, though also very very effervescent. Not the most complex of their beers, but the simplicity and forward flavors fit so wondrously with this brew. Excellent. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
My Bottom Line:fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
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.
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 re-rating for the winter 11-12 batch. poured from a 750ml growler. pours brown just about black color (more black than brown...) with a lively but dense latte colored head that hangs out for quite a while. Hovering just above the glass there is a rich potent blast citrus and pine sting with a chocolatey roastiness. taste begins with an explosion of hop flavors that are stinging my best guess is chinook. the color makes you think stout but the malt flavor is lighter and cleaner without any astringency. mouthfeel has the perfect bitter bite and medium body with moderate smooth carbonation. I should’ve got a 2L... ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Tap at Blind Tiger. Super dank hoppy nose, lots of citrus, some roast and chocolate. Taste is fairly dry, lots of bitter chocolate, light brown sugar, boat loads of earthy and citrus pith hops. Rocking. j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Chocolate, coffee, roast, and some light hops. Big roast, chocolate and citrus. Spicy rye, but very subtle. Warm mash and roast. Very smooth. Big roast and chocolate.
Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
On tap at brewery.Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Appearance : Pitch black with a small creamy brown head. Nice head retention.
Aroma : Nice citrusy and resinous hops with nice spicy rye. Really nice fruity hops.
Taste : Spicy rye with roasted malt. Crisp finish with spices. Sharp bitterness on the finishé
Overall : Really nice one. Great balance between rye and hops. Nice mix of rye spices with roasted malt. Nice dry and sharp finish. Great hop profile.
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Hoppy body with nice spicy hop tones, light citrus notes, bitter dry and roast y. The hops almost resemble vines, nice and spicy, pricky with a nice subtle drying body and an earth y finish. Very easy drinking and delicious. Score another 4 for HF. jmm635 (1009) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Poured dark brown with a khaki colored head. Piney hops hit me first, followed by roasted malts and chocolate, with noticeable spicy rye. Like a really well-hopped porter. Lingering finish. Very enjoyable! johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On tap at the source.
Pours a solid dark brown, black color with a decent sized off white head that persists forever. Smells of garlic and green onion with a nice hit of caramel and light chocolate along with a nice earthy spicy wheat aroma. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. sweet caramel and bready spicy malt accentuated by hints of chocolate and countered by onion and garlic hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy grainy mouthfeel. I normally don’t go for a wheat beer, but I enjoyed the hell out of this one. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 750 mL growler paired with original Nintendo and a wife. The beer is a deep, dark shade of brown nearing black. The head is wet sand hued, standing in at nearly two inches tall and plastering the tulip glass with sticky lacing.The aroma offers pine, hops, roast, chocolate. So fresh and flavorful. While I’m not normally a huge fan of black IPAs, this one is delicious. Hop forward, yet well balanced, offering chocolate, bready malts and lingering resinous pine. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. Lightly bitter for the style with an elegant roast character.While Hill Farmstead Jimmy is undoubtedly my favorite black IPA (though barrel aging certainly plays a role in this instance), Foster stands in second. A great example of the style.