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James Black Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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James Black Ale
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 28
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
James was our Uncle (Edward James Hill Jr.). Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his four siblings. In his honor, this Black Ale is dutifully crafted from American and German malted barley, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from James’ well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and dry hopped. Roasty and smooth, with accents of chocolate and a balanced hoppy finish, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with James.

Pale and Caramel Malt; Roasted Barley; Centennial and Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 06-27-2010)
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Photo of Takeanotherswing
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Takeanotherswing, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

JamesGWittel, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip at the Blackback. Pours an inky black with a half-inch light tan froth embedded with tiny ringlets. Delicate spots and sheets of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is reminiscent of french roast coffee with some earthy bitterness also present in the mix. Taste follows nose; however, the flavor profile comes off a bit thin and watery. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even carbonation, but it comes off a little on the thin side. Overall, a solid example of the style, but not as robust as it could be in my opinion.

Jwale73, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Kelp, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

davey101, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

vonnegut21, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

claytong, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Mag00n
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Mag00n, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Willytee3
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Blackback in Waterbury, VT, poured into Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours a dark chocolate black with rich cappuccino color head. Incredible lacing clings up and down the side of the glass for the entire drink!

Smells of apple pie and light spice, the strange richness of kiwi fruit comes to mind. A nice variety of lightly roasted malts complements well the hop esters.

Tastes of mild bittersweet chocolate, light and complex roasty malts with a pine hop character. I would say the middle is made up of a kind of tropical fruit but on the darker side, the hops and malts blend well in a complementary way. The pine hops contribute to an overall bitterness throughout the drink and brighten a bit on the finish.

Feel is medium body, on the lighter side and ultimately quafable, this one goes down easy.

I was pleasantly surprised, this is truly an IPA character with a mellowing light black maltiness.

Hope this one makes sense cause it was a pleasant surprise to drink an delicious IPA without all that hop bitterness. And I do appreciate the hop side of an IPA.

Incredibly well balanced and very drinkable, I would definitely recommend trying this one.

Willytee3, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

SadMachine, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

montrealbcr89, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

phishfoolme, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Horbar, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jderosia603, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Bizoneill, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

johnsilk, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown body with a bubbly tan head. Tons of lacing, head stays around and leaves some bubbles after a while.

S- Huge herbal hop aroma along with somewhat of of a floral hop aroma. Hops come through in a big way with a smooth, roasty malt aroma in the back.

T- Lots of herbal hops balanced out by roasted malts. Some piney, earthy hops come through towards the end. Very interesting hop variety that changes the notes that come through.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and drinkable with a big hops that wear out the palate.

O- Great beer. The mix of hops is unique and the smooth roasted malt makes for a great balance.

stephenjmoore, Feb 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Retail1LO, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

vtbeerandbud, Jan 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

jbuddle, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

DelicateDelirium, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

zadams1, Jan 11, 2013
James Black Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.