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James Black Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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James Black Ale
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 30
Gots: 7 | 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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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Hill Farmstead spoilage continues. Currently in the process of taking down a 2-liter with the help of Kevin and Scott...

Drinking it out of a newly acquired Rock Art mason jar. Black beer, beige head. Retains well as a thin cap for most of it leaving some lace.

Pretty much full-on hoppy scent, but good in that sense. Loads of orange, grapefruit, earthy pine resin. Only some toastiness otherwise.

Taste brings on some very light roasted malts, chocolate, and toasted malts, but still very much leaning more towards IPA. Nice citrus fruits, pineapple, tropical fruits for sure, underscored by resiny+earthy hop oils.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium amount of carbonation, hops are quite bitter which hinders the palate, but otherwise quite quaffable. Nothing noticeable for alcohol presence.

Reminds me alot of their other black IPA (Foster), just enough 'blackness' to let you know it's there accompanied by loads of great hops, this one is probably even hoppier. It's good but maybe would've liked to see something different/more balanced with this time around.

Chico1985, Dec 09, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Hill Farmstead poured into a HF tasting glass.

A~ as black as could be with a nice fluffy tan head and a good amount of lacing.

S~ tons of dark, roasted malts, a little fresh coffee along with grass and fresh hoppy earth.

T~pretty much follows the nose with a lot more hop presence which brings out some nice citrus aspects. also a little bitter chocolate on the finish which was a nice surprise!

M~ super smooth and refreshing! i could drink this all day!

O~ definitely more of a black IPA than just a black ale but definitely ok by me! if you read my reviews you know thats one of my favorite styles. i'm really glad they brewed this again! now lets hope for another batch of Jimmy!

Skrip, Dec 06, 2013
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James Black Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.