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James Black Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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James Black Ale
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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
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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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-09-2013 02:44:18 | More by benoit917
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-08-2013 18:55:18 | More by rowingbrewer
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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-05-2013 04:51:21 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12-12-2012 00:59:01 | More by CypherEnigma
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

11-30-2012 03:31:44 | More by chippo33
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Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-28-2012 03:35:40 | More by Amalak
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LambicKing

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-25-2012 15:57:30 | More by LambicKing
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sneaks2210

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-16-2012 02:44:37 | More by sneaks2210
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-01-2012 23:31:01 | More by Massbmx
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JCrandall

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +17.9%

10-26-2012 19:55:25 | More by JCrandall
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Dat

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

10-23-2012 03:05:51 | More by Dat
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

10-22-2012 02:46:46 | More by callmescraps
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12%

10-20-2012 18:27:13 | More by jawneyt
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-20-2012 02:46:32 | More by wesley14
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-20-2012 00:56:52 | More by ScottP
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-18-2012 20:59:25 | More by djrn2
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 to HFS sniffer

A: Very dark but more brown then black and mostly opaque if the head was not light and fluffy tan colors then this thing could pass for a stout to the untrained eye but it does retain some IPA characters.

S:Dark malt smells mix with distinctively pine/resin line hop smells I am always thrown off by black ipas but this seems to have a nice balance though neither is too powerful of a smell and there is also a hint of alcohol.

T: A lot of fresh hops upfront similar to other HFS ipas and pretty powerful for a black ipa as they are resinous. though that said there is a presence of malt sweetness and a bit of smoked flavor in the aftertaste so there is some balance with the darkness but not perfect.

M: There is a oily resinous feel that clearly comes from the hops it is sticky but not overwhelming. There is a thick heavy body but it is very drinkable and the alcohol is completely hidden

O: I like this beer but it doesn't live up to most of the other hill farmstead beers as I feel like its too hoppy for a black ipa but maybe thats my taste. Its worth a try but would not be a go to for me as someone who gets to try a lot of HFS.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2012 04:02:56 | More by Pinknuggets
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Hill Farmstead

Dark brown-black pour, looked to lack most haze, but was still nearly opaque; a small beige head sank to a small ringlet leaving streaks of lacing on the glass. Piney hops dominant in the nose, mixed with some chocolaty malts, touches of citrus zest. Pretty typical of the style. Similar taste, plenty of hops, mostly pine, some citrus, roasted dark malts, cocoa, toasted grains. Medium body, decent balance. It's hard to get too much variety with this style, but that doesn't mean there aren't good ones and bad ones. This one was pretty good. It is HF after all.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 20:10:02 | More by Rifugium
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 17:03:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-09-2012 04:49:25 | More by GeoffreyM
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-06-2012 00:00:32 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-03-2012 12:32:01 | More by Binger72
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Alaska

4/5  rDev -5.7%

09-29-2012 01:09:18 | More by lakersfan16
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-26-2012 11:27:56 | More by DaveHack
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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James Black Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.