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Foster - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 27
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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phishbone23

New York

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

01-23-2013 14:33:17 | More by phishbone23
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-03-2012 15:31:38 | More by rkcrozier
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -27.5%

06-26-2013 11:46:34 | More by BGsWo22
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chippo33

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

11-30-2012 03:24:34 | More by chippo33
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Takeanotherswing

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

03-06-2013 03:12:38 | More by Takeanotherswing
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.

Pours pitch black with a half finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.

Slightly floral hop aroma countered by slightly roasted malt notes.  Hints of pine and citrus along with chocolate, toffee and toast.  Not much wheat character and the nose is kind of bland.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of dry, bitter hops and roasted makt.  Could use some sweetness and there's not much wheat character. Dry, bitter, piny hops up front linger over hints of chocolate, coffee, toast and oatmeal. Subtle citrus presence along with some grapefruit and faint orange/lemon zest.  Decent and well balanced but nothing about this reminds me of wheat beer. Also, could use more sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2012 18:28:42 | More by corby112
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-24-2012 02:11:24 | More by TWStandley
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-24-2012 16:37:07 | More by rpstevens
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Franch

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

01-09-2013 00:21:13 | More by Franch
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-06-2012 01:09:54 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-17-2012 00:50:26 | More by acurtis
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-15-2013 15:34:58 | More by mklisz
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-30-2012 02:57:05 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-16-2012 16:29:39 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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unclejazz

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-09-2013 00:28:01 | More by unclejazz
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-30-2013 18:36:11 | More by LoveStout
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Quackus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-18-2013 22:45:23 | More by Quackus
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-16-2012 21:30:27 | More by djrn2
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to baconsausage for this lovely growler. I've been on a massive rye kick, so anything that spanks of rye is welcome in my gullet.

Full pour into my old Dunedin Brewery pint glass. Very dark, with russet potatoes around the edges. Smell is very tame, roast, earthiness, not much else.

Foster brings two of my favorite things, a storm of rye & hops. Neither dominates; instead, they clasp hands & arrive together, in step. Rye brings a warm spice rack, & the hops are fresh-picked with a side of fall mustiness. Roast provides a framework to drape the others over. Not quite peppy enough for me, but that's probably the cross-continent trip it took in a foreign object, so I can't really blame the beer for that. Half the pint glass is gone. Huh.

Very good beer. The rye speaks to me as it always does, 7 the hops rip a good counterpoint. Love to have this fresh out the tap someday.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2011 03:18:12 | More by maximum12
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foster pours black into the glass with a big, rocky light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind clumps of lace on the side of the glass. The layer of foam remains on the surface as the beer empties from the glass.

On the initial pour a lot of hoppy pine notes were present. As the foam fades away the pine lessens and aromas of chocolate, roast malt and a touch of toffee are detected. It's not a very strong aroma.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry with moderate carbonation. The flavor is roasty and bitter with a hoppy finish. It begins with roast malt and chocolate, which is quickly followed by toast, nuts and a touch of fruit (grape?). It finishes bitter with piney and grassy hops. Once gone the roast malt and pine flavors linger on the palate.

Another tasty beer by Hill Farmstead. I thought the aroma was rather faint for the style and the body seemed a little thin. Overall though I could drink this beer all day long. I'm glad I had some friends who went to the brewery recently and filled a few growlers for me.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2012 20:20:47 | More by WanderingFool
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Capone's.

Pours a black shade with a very thin head that produces ample lacing. The nose is roasty with but a very mild presence. There isn't much here, to be honest. The taste is REAL nice, with a nice malty backbone. The hops are present, but take a back seat to the malt. The moutfeel on this is very pleasant. Medium-high carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. Overall, this was surprise. I'm generally not a fan of rye beers, or black IPA's, but a rye IPA...it came together quite nicely. This was good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 18:20:01 | More by Retail1LO
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oline73

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into a goblet.

Pours black with a finger of tan head that sticks around nicely. The smell is a bit strange with the dominant notes being chocolate and roasted malt. There is more roast and bitterness in the flavor than there was in the nose. There is a light bready undertone that backs up the roast. The finish is quite bitter. The carbonation is smooth with a dry finish.

This was a very different beer. The intense and refined flavors worked together, but I'm not sure I got it. Well made but not my favorite.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2013 00:41:14 | More by oline73
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark black color with a small light lacing of light brown foam. Nose is sharp and hoppy, dark malts and coffee.

Taste is bitter and sharp, earthy hops and a coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich and full with a dry roasty finish. Bright and tasty, works really well with seafood.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 23:37:29 | More by kingcrowing
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-20-2014 15:34:14 | More by Griffith
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mobius387

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-06-2012 02:54:51 | More by mobius387
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Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.