Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Black IPA
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Mar 04, 2020
Feb 12, 2011
Notes: Foster is our Black Wheat IPA, brewed with a large percentage of malted wheat and hopped with our favorite American hop varieties.
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Rated: 2.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 04/15/19
Drink by 05/27/19
Opened on 5/25/19

Opaque blackness, khaki foam is creamy and bubbly. Big lace.

The nose had husky and earthy black pepper grains, dry earthy hop notes and mild coffee bean aromatics. Subtlety sweet smelling dark berries way down deep.

Roasted malt and dry-earthy hops make this a pretty potent combo. The grains and barley taste is sharp, clean and very dark roasted. The hops have this outstanding earthy edge that's peppery in the after taste.

The mouth feel has a certain crisp but very dry bite that turns peppery and hot. Light in the middle and then smooth,yet dry in the end.

My issue is, I'm just not a fan of darker, toasty malt style flavors right now. I need bright golden grainy adjuncts and malt. For it's kind, Foster is on the top of the spectrum.
May 26, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by smb71481 from Vermont

May 24, 2019
Rated: 4 by jheimbigner from Washington

May 23, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

May 15, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 10, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

May 04, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Apr 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pouring coffee brown filling to dull brownish-black with a persistently fluffy khaki head that clings at the edges leaving some spotty lace.

The nose has a citrusy introduction before nutty ground coffee and woody cacao come to the fore.

Taste is spicy spruce and pine with nutty medium roast coffee and a bitter punch of pine.

The medium-light body has a crisp then softening fizz before a paper dry finish.
Apr 29, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by smutty33 from Connecticut

Apr 29, 2019
Rated: 4 by eddiefl from New York

Apr 26, 2019
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Reviewed by nhctborn from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Best new beer I’ve had in a while. And if you like a dunkles (dunkel weisse beer), you might like this. Not as much head on the pour as I’d like but delicious nonetheless. Nice after taste too. And if you’re in VT, near the Canadian border, you oughta grab some.
Apr 25, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and tons of lacing.

This one smells really awesome - rich dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, light smoke, and fresh pine resin.

Hill Farmstead makes just about the only black IPAs I'd ever want to drink. It's got such a smooth flavor to it (is that the wheat?), with much more of an emphasis on dark malty goodness than hoppiness. There's definitely a nice clean pine character, but there's also so much clean dry chocolate and roasty character.

This is medium bodied, and really creamy, with a really great level of drinkability.

Hill Farmstead still doesn't give me any reason to hate them. This is so good.
Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by Nunya from Ohio

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Apr 20, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by rogacks from Massachusetts

Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by mltobin from Connecticut

Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by kvgomps from New Jersey

May 07, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Feb 16, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Jhfinn from New York

Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Dec 27, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by jbarletto from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 4 by alexsergio from New York

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by jhavs from New York

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by allenson21 from New York

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by user785335 from Florida

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by AD17 from New Jersey

Dec 15, 2016
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown color where light passes only along the edge. Great lacing on the glass, lots of large spots which interconnect in many place.

Mildly smoky nose with some near-burnt toast aromas.

Dry and hoppy with some black patent malt flavors as the the initial impression. A bit of chalkiness. Reminds me of black coffee. Leans rich but with decent carbonation. Long coffee ground-like aftertaste.
Dec 10, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by braican from Massachusetts

Dec 09, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by SkiBum22 from New York

Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by edthehead from Maryland

Dec 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia

Nov 30, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by Nubza from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by TomMorris from Connecticut

Nov 20, 2016
Rated: 4 by ipc2000 from New York

Oct 31, 2016
Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 227 ratings