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Foster - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

141 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 28
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Foster is our Black Wheat IPA…

(Beer added by: Jwale73 on 02-12-2011)
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jplally

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-14-2012 12:36:10 | More by jplally
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-24-2011 15:13:22 | More by Rochefort10nh
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dragonWhale

New York

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goddamn, hit after hit from Monsieur Hill. On tap at the Tiger. Black Rye IPA, could easily got into the ABA category and receive these same scores. Dark brown, a beautiful dark chocolate color, like a foamy liquid bar. Sweet jesus this is lovely, tangerines and grapefruits, chocolate, coffee and spicy rye. Chocolate dominates the flavor, bitterness is solid and wonderful and the chocolate and citrus cuddle up with each other and whisper sweet nothings amongst themselves. Darling. Creamy mouthfeel with that chocolate and citrus and sweet rye. Lovely.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 15:16:46 | More by dragonWhale
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wildcats10

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

12-24-2012 03:55:12 | More by wildcats10
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dunix

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-11-2012 19:03:32 | More by dunix
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BeerBum

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

12-05-2012 02:33:26 | More by BeerBum
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

extremely hazy, and nealy opaque orange. A huge white pillow like frothy head on top did not want to fade, eventually it relented leaving behing a ton of white lace dripping down the glass.Hops Hops and more hops. The smell was just wonderful. Lots of citrus flavors, heavy hints at orange, pineapple and grapefruit with just the slightest hint at some sugar, very nice indeed. Wow is all I can say about that. The bitter hops hit you up close and personal and in a big way. Sweet orange flavors gave way to a nice bitter pineapple front. Small hint at the alcohol hear and a nice dry finish. Very smooth, like silk and very easy going down. Big full flavor and feel. Very nice indeed.

Overall this was awesome and definatly a winner

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:55:43 | More by mikesgroove
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big props to Spycow for bringing this to our Fedor-gets-his-ass-handed-to-himself tasting.

A - An almost black beer that turns brown in the light. Tan head that had good retention with a nice amount of lacing, kind of what you would expect with this style.

S - A great mix of hops and rye. This is classified as a rye beer, but if is much more hop-forward than rye forward. A lot of coffee in there as well.

T - Really hoppy, with great rye character coming in. I get healthy doses of coffee from this one, which is kind of confusing, but really awesome. The coffee and bitter hop combo are just great, really like the taste on this one. For the style this might be about the best I've ever had.

M - Medium bodied with a cleanly bitter finish.

D - Love this beer, right up there with my top 2 or 3 Black IPAs ever. Would definately recommend and want to drink again.

Serving type: growler

02-22-2011 22:51:29 | More by AgentZero
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day.

Deep black of course with a big, frothy, bubbly head of a light brown color similar to cappuccino but settling into big pillows of foam and bubbles. Tons of lace and good retention. The nose is all roasted malt with faint but bright hops with notes of pine and cedar. Cocoa and charred wood dominate. The flavor is all roasted malts and some wheat with plenty of hop flavor. Citrus and sap show up but most flavors are masked by the heavy roasted character. A charred and bitter finish. Super smooth and crazy easy to drink. So roasty and such great body that this could be a dry hopped stout in a blind tasting. Phenomenal beer but not enough IPA to keep this to the intended style. Dont get much wheat but I know it's contributing in ways other than flavor as this beer is so smooth and sooo creamy! Another beyond well-crafted beer from these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 22:27:49 | More by Gatch
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-11-2012 19:46:47 | More by rondufresne
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft serving into a pint glass for $6.50. BA and HF websites indicate 6.5% ABV while the beer menu I'm looking at says 6.3%. Also, between these 3 references, only BA says Rye Beer. Hill Farmstead's website doesn't mention rye in their description at all. Sampled 1/11/12.

A: Arrives with 1 1/2 fingers of compact foamy head. Light brown in color, great retention and great stick. The body is extremely dark brown and affords little opportunity to see through the glass. Lacing lays down in continuous sheets.

S: Absolutely bursting with dank pine resin goodness. Grass + orange and grapefruit zest supporting. There is a dark roasty underlying character in the background, made up mostly of wholesome and hearty bread aromas.

T: Big hop presence bites the tongue and provides a firm bitterness from the front of the palate through the finish. Bright orange and citrus punch through at the end. The roasted notes are present but they stay out of the way on the palate for the most part. The wheat in the malt bill adds a little spice.

M: Spot on. Fine fizzy bubbles graze the tongue. The crispy finish is elongated through lengthy flavor duration. Medium-dry.

O: Honestly, not a single mis-step here. Each characteristic of the beer is a half point away from being perfect in my mind - and I don't even know where improvements can be made.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 02:39:19 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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cameron_chapman

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-07-2013 04:34:25 | More by cameron_chapman
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Binger72

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-26-2012 16:16:39 | More by Binger72
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Maseitz

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2012 20:45:12 | More by Maseitz
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-13-2012 13:13:00 | More by sideshowe
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-31-2012 01:17:14 | More by Schmuckles
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2012 17:39:40 | More by zekeman17
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RSchaeffer

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-28-2012 21:28:01 | More by RSchaeffer
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-12-2013 00:12:09 | More by Jspriest
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2012 05:23:45 | More by ferrettman687
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nanobrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-21-2013 22:10:38 | More by nanobrew
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2012 16:44:26 | More by TheRuss9585
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Horbar

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-30-2012 03:09:04 | More by Horbar
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Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.