James Black Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
James has a body that borders on black, but I would still call a very dark brown. The tan head is solid looking, and showcases pretty good retention and lacing.
The aroma is straight hops, with all kinds of fruit and some resin. The malt barely makes an appearance, contributing perhaps a hint of both sweetness and roast.
The flavor certainly showcases a little bit more malt, but James is still one of the most hop-dominated American Black Ales that I have come across. Loads of hops, with some citrus and tropical fruit, but lots of earthy, grassy and resinous flavors as well. The bitterness is only moderate. The malt isn't completely shut-out, as it adds sizable flavors of caramel, chocolate and roasted malts.
This one feels creamy and smooth; both the body and carbonation as quite well-done.
Every hoppy beer that I have tried from Hill Farmstead has been phenomenal, and James proves that statement true regardless of what malt is used.
01-25-2012 15:51:11 | More by Hojaminbag
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
64oz growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Pours dark, dark black with a small brown head that quickly fades, thin lacings starts to slowly form. Nose is awesome, it's hoppy and fruity, wild fruit and pine nots come through strongly. There's a bit of maltiness but it's not over the top which is good.
Right off the mouthfeel is really nice, it's light and sharp and quite creamy, very similar to a good American IPA, with a nice sharp finish. The taste is quite roasty and a bit grainy - I get this from all Black IPAs, and I'm not a big fan of it, but it seems to just be inherent in the style. There hop flavors are well balanced with the dark malts, and the citrus and mango flavors come through well. I think this is one of the best examples of a Black IPA that I've had to date.
11-20-2010 21:41:26 | More by kingcrowing
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back Pub. An IPA that happens to have a shwartzbier element,resiny,piney, chocolate stoutish and grapefruit. Dark body and some lace.Hops and some roast aroma. The roast was lightly done which was nice to drink. Average mouthfeel.
08-17-2012 23:19:24 | More by Sammy
4.06/5 rDev -4.2%
750 mL growler poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Big khaki head. Eternal retention. Great lacing. Very nice looking beer.
Smell - Really citrusy. Some of the roast comes through, but it's mostly citrus hop.
Taste - Bright citrus hop and roasted malt blended with the hops. Grapefruit hops. Roast is very strong, but the hops never let up. Lends a nice complexity. Slight bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very carbonated.
Overall - Excellent. Love how hoppy it is. Really impressive.
03-12-2013 03:32:22 | More by Alieniloquium
4.68/5 rDev +10.4%
Growler: Poured a clear deep black color ale with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of piney hops is incredibly intense with great floral qualities. Taste is a mix between roasted malt notes with light bitter and dry notes submerged by a huge amount of piney hops with some citrus notes. Body is average with good carbonation. This a great demonstration on how dry-hopping should be done to limit the bitterness of hops but ensure floral piney notes are prevalent.
10-11-2012 17:03:33 | More by Phyl21ca
James Black Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.