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James Black Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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James Black Ale
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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-21-2012 04:12:36 | More by orangesol
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-20-2012 01:09:43 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

09-18-2012 01:55:52 | More by GennyCreamAle
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled at the brewery on Saturday (2 days ago). Poured into a HF stemmed glassware. Split bottle 2-ways. Also had it on tap at Prohibition Pig while I was in VT.

A- Pours a completely opaque dark black with about a two finger thick creamy yeasty brownish head that has decent retention, but slowly fades away to leave lots of spotty lacing. Nice carbonation.

S- Piney citrus hops, notes of pine, grapefruit, some light lemon, baker's chocolate, subtle spices, definitely slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Piney hops with a light grapefruit flavor and a not too overpowering pine presence, finishes with a nice baker's chocolate with a bitterness from the hops which is at the perfect level (not too bitter, but definitely present). Awesome balance between all the flavors.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, easy drinking, abv very well hidden, fairly smooth.

O- I'm beginning to think HF can do almost any style of beer almost perfectly. This is definitely one of the better black IPAs I've had. Nicely balanced between all of the flavors that a black IPA should have. I could easily knock back a few glasses of these. I definitely recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 22:30:15 | More by jaasen64
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sdaly3

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +12%

09-17-2012 15:46:26 | More by sdaly3
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nh2032

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-16-2012 22:56:09 | More by nh2032
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

A-dark brown/black color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-roasted malt, citrus, pine

T-dark roasted malt, citrus, pine, hints of sweetness and some bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a good black ale but lacked a little depth in the flavor

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 16:26:52 | More by MDDMD
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-15-2012 04:08:21 | More by jbertsch
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours black with a dark khaki head about an inch tall. Nice thick sticky lace.

Lots of piney hops hit the aroma right away with some citrus in the background. Hints of cocoa and nice roasted malts in the background. Real nice balance here. The pallet is a bit more bitter than the aroma indicates. Piney hops with a bit of a citrus background. A little less of a roasted character in the background.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is pretty enjoyable. A good one to grab when it's around.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2012 02:40:00 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

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

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. There is a large mocha colored head atop a pitch black body. There is minimal lacing.

The aroma has a nice resiny hop aroma. There is nice earthiness.

The taste is bitter and emphasizes the dank hops with a slight touch of chocolate malt sweetness. The start is mellow, but the finish is bitter.

This is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. I like this one a lot, but it's hard to emphasize the hops in a black ale. This one falls a little short of greatness. It is still a great drink, and goes down quickly.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2012 02:37:28 | More by andrewinski1
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My nightcap at The Reservoir on 02SEP12. Got a 10+ oz snifter for $6.50.

Poured a verry dark, near-opaque brown. Topping was a thin, rim job of light tan foam, with a touch of lace. Nose was a combo of rindy, resiny, toasty notes, which was inviting. A solid, medium body and a smooth feel helped things along.

Had some roasty coffee and chocolate at the start. Soon after came some rindy citrus, with bitter, piney, pithy characteristics. Quite flavorful; a solid BIPA! Zum Wohl!

4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1498

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 19:02:50 | More by Bierman9
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-28-2012 01:26:21 | More by Yabev15
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a solo clear plastic cup, at the Celebrate Vermont Fair outside Stowe VT.

Black walnut brown body, no head given, barely a tan collar, with some light rising carbonation. Kind of boring and ordinary, but sometimes you get what you are given.

Great hop and malt nose on the brew. Charing coffee roast with some light carbon and simple profile. Hop action seems pine like on the nose but fairly mild on the nose.

Palate hits nicely with a great mouthfeel of mixing creamy character of playful carbonation. Coffee and chocolate, with a real lingering hop and bitter dark chocolate finish. Hop angle seems a little bit hard to pinpoint along all the roast flavor.

Overall a real fun beer, perhaps not my favorite but a really well made.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 02:14:35 | More by smakawhat
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-22-2012 04:51:33 | More by bostonryan
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Blind Tiger in NYC.

The beer appears black with a thick, tan head. Long lasting retention with copious lacing. Hill Farmstead beers are beautiful. The aroma brings roast, pine, a hint of chocolate. Nice flavor. Well balanced, with a healthy pine bitterness on top of a roasted malt bill. Medium bodied with lingering chocolate in the finish. A solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 03:13:25 | More by Huhzubendah
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mitchellaneous

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-18-2012 03:08:54 | More by mitchellaneous
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 23:19:24 | More by Sammy
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ginger Man.

Beer is black, with a moderately sized tan head. Retention is mediocre, excellent lacing.

A nice hoppy scent, orange and grapefruit. Some roasted malt and chocolate behind that.

Taste has more of the roast- lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Strong hop flavour as well- citrus, orange, grapefruit. Citrus comes out more as time goes om, roast comes out first. Bitter.

Medium bodied, high carbonation. Tingly. Too much.

Overall, a great Black IPA. My first beer from this brewery and I was impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 22:23:28 | More by jrenihan
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-15-2012 02:14:32 | More by Chugs13
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-14-2012 21:39:41 | More by SPRichard
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-14-2012 02:26:26 | More by TheRuss9585
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-10-2012 22:01:55 | More by JRod1969
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-03-2012 15:56:55 | More by ElGallo
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-10-2012 03:37:12 | More by Blanco
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MattR


4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-25-2012 18:13:05 | More by MattR
James Black Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.