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Foster - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
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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Photo of dunix
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

dunix, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey during Hill Farmstead tap takeover. Reviewed from notes.

A - A very nice deep black pour with a one finger head that faded to leave a nice cloud and some light side lacing.

S - Wow, this is pretty darn different and enjoyable. Heavy notes of dark rye and pumpernickle bread along with roasty malts.

T - More of that nice bitter roasted malt and rye/bread qualities. Nice fruitiness, sweet malts, and light floral hops.

M - Slightly lower carbonation than I'm used to from Hill Farmstead. Fairly thin.

O - Overall this was a very, very delicious beer. Really love the rye/pumpernickle aspect to this. Wish the mouthfeel was better though.

rudzud, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler. Thanks Tucker.

Pours a clear dark brown, near black with a thick foam tan head. Good retention and sticky lacing throughout. Strong roast malt aroma with a strong punch of pine, light smoke and faint citrus. Flavor has a strong roast malt backbone with a subtle spice and breadiness throughout before a dry finish with strong pine hops and mild citrus sweetness. Enjoyed the balance of malt and hops more so with this than James. Creamy, medium thick body with light carbonation. A very nice black IPA with subtle rye spiciness.

yourefragile, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

s1ckboy, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL swingtop growler shared by yourefragile. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours black with a good tan head and some nice lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a good dosing of roast plus a really nice bouquet of pine hops with just a touch of citrus. Flavor has a nice roasty character with a bit of a dry maltiness in the background. Nice hops throughout. Finishes bitter and dry; just right. Really good brew.

Thorpe429, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev -3.4%

beef13, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog.

Foster looked nice and dark with a brown look, a deep dark brown look with a light browish wallop of foam up above with great retention and stick. Looks good enough.

Smell is packed with a nice smoky quality and some lavender with roasted malts out the sides. A nice earthty semi piney hop presence surrounds all of this. a nice smeller.

not being a dark beer guy I was surprised by this. alot of flavor is packed into this. some roasted malts followed by some smokey quality. Trace amounts of chocolate/cocco, with some piney quality. Not boring.

Feel is a nice medium, maybe a step down from that in body. Some roast sticks with me in the end. Carbed up nice for the style I guess, not too bitey.

All in all a flavorful beer from a brewery that puts out great work. A whole pint might be an issue, 10oz was enough though.

BARFLYB, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Ineedabeerhere, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of RSchaeffer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

RSchaeffer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1072nd Review on BA
Growler to Pint

I am told this is new recipe with shift from Rye beer to Black IPA/Black Wheat beer.

HUGE thanks to mjtiernan for this gift. I owe ya buddy!!

App- A very murky deep brown with some crimson in the center. A first pour produced about a 1/2" finger of head and that was about it. Fell to about a single line of cling. Second pour only gave me a little bit of a pond layer.

Smell- When you take a large pull I really get a mix of malts and some sweetness. To me it does feel like a Black IPA. A little malty, a little wheat and some bakers chocolate. Not a vibrant citrus note but more muted and a bit dried or peel in aromatic note.

Taste- Okay so this does have a lot going on. It's missing a punch though. Maybe it was the removal of the Rye. I get very little. Could be that peppery note in the beer. That one elevating flavor. It is good but just needs a bit more. It really starts as an IPA. A little bit of bitter citrus. This moves more to a wheat beer next with a blend of wheat lightness and a little bit of creaminess in its blend. The taste finishes with more damp fruits than expected.

Mouth- A light medium body with a paired matching carbonation. This does somewhat border on a low carbonation level to give it a creamy finish with deep malts a little residual bakers chocolate and a little peppery note.

Drink- Matt, I can't thank you enough for the generosity!! You are a great BA for this one. I appreciate it very much. Foster, is a blending of style and I wish it had more Rye in it. I would have this again though. Very clean and simple. A bit tamed compared to Stone 15, but arent most beers?

FosterJM, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

zekeman17, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New batch; new recipe this year. Now it is a black wheat IPA.

Black and opaque with a small brownish head that dissipates leaving a few wisps of head and light lacing on the glass.

Light fruity aroma of lemon and citrus that blends well with roasty notes from the dark malt and a bit of pine. The flavor is well integrated between the hops and dark malts. Goes down easily for the style.

Very smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to lighten things up a bit. Light-medium body.

Overall this is a very pleasant black IPA. Nothing stands out...it is just well balanced, drinks easy, and is very refreshing.

CliffBrake, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

as described: a black rye IPA. as described on the HF website, a black wheat IPA, knowing Hill Farmstead it's probably both.

pours a slightly viscous jet black with a nicely sized mocha head that recedes slowly to a finger in height leaving behind tons, and tons, of lacing.

roasted malts and piney hops in a somewhat subdued aroma.

roasted malt and cigar tobacco hit the tongue first. piney, woody, and slightly bitter hops hit next. some bitter chocolate, a bit of a spicy character (peppery), a bit of caramel and light molasses. tons of contrasting flavors that come in waves and create a complex, tasty beer that defies styles. I can think of 3 or 4 that this beer could fit into.

lighter side of medium with a carbonation that is, at first prickly, but goes down smooth with a nice finish that combines sweetness, bitterness, and some spice into a nice aftertaste that lasts forever.

Another winning beer from Shaun Hill. It seems he has the Midas Touch. Every style, every beer he brews turns to gold, and this is no exception. Though it curtails on many different styles, it manages to create its own identity, while still keeping a bit of the house Hill Farmstead flavor. Love it.

silentjay, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of rpstevens
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

rpstevens, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Blanco, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
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.

Retail1LO, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of SpillyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

SpillyBeers, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

sideshowe, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farm House in Burlington VT. A rye beer? It looked and smelled like a black IPA to me. There was a huge floral hop character in the aroma and flavor, with milder roasty, dark cocoa malt undertones. I loved the piney hops, but wish the malt could stand up a little more. I didn't notice any rye character, but it didnt matter. This is still a heck of a beer and something for hop heads.

tempest, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of JAXSON
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones. Poured a frothy, dark brown bordering on black with a large creamy beige head. Nose is an attractive manage of fresh hops, pine, cocoa nibs, smoked malt, leather. Mouth is creamy, showing leather, pipe tobacco (per the menu description which was pretty accurate), lightly smoked malt, dry cocoa nibs, and bright fresh hops that sit somewhere in the middle of the palate and aren't too upfront. Creamy, some light vanilla sweetness, the darker roasted/smoked aspects of this marry really well with the fresh hops. Very good.

JAXSON, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

rondufresne, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at khyber

Pours an opaque black color with a light tanned head sitting on top. Sticky lacing on the glass with a layer of filmy retention.

Complex nose with a mix of rye spice, juicy hops, and dark malt sweetness. Faint roasty tones with a hint of alcohol warmth. Very slight tropical touch.

Hoppy and bitter up front with an explosion of juicy hop flavors. The rye spice is pretty apparent with a soft touch of smoke. Citrus peel and sweetness with some lighter tropical notes. Darker malt backbone with understated chocolate and nuttyness. Finishes bitter, hoppy, and slightly warm.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Another hit from HF, excellent balance between rye, hops, and malts to create an interesting brew.

xnicknj, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Reagan1984, Dec 31, 2011
Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.