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James Black Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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James Black AleJames Black Ale
BA SCORE
4.22/5
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416 Ratings
James Black AleJames Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#2,079
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
416
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by Skrip:
Photo of Skrip
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thetommo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours dark, dark black with a small brown head that quickly fades, thin lacings starts to slowly form. Nose is awesome, it's hoppy and fruity, wild fruit and pine nots come through strongly. There's a bit of maltiness but it's not over the top which is good.

Right off the mouthfeel is really nice, it's light and sharp and quite creamy, very similar to a good American IPA, with a nice sharp finish. The taste is quite roasty and a bit grainy - I get this from all Black IPAs, and I'm not a big fan of it, but it seems to just be inherent in the style. There hop flavors are well balanced with the dark malts, and the citrus and mango flavors come through well. I think this is one of the best examples of a Black IPA that I've had to date.

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Photo of doremite
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Bizoneill
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of roostor07
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of RyanOooh
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Ace1117
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsSlayer
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CraigMack61
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of markcp
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Big khaki head. Eternal retention. Great lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smell - Really citrusy. Some of the roast comes through, but it's mostly citrus hop.

Taste - Bright citrus hop and roasted malt blended with the hops. Grapefruit hops. Roast is very strong, but the hops never let up. Lends a nice complexity. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very carbonated.

Overall - Excellent. Love how hoppy it is. Really impressive.

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Photo of gr8zehaman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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James Black Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 416 ratings