Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
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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2.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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
4.17 by smb71481 from Vermont on May 24, 2019
4 by jheimbigner from Washington on May 23, 2019
4.21 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on May 15, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on May 10, 2019
3.9 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on May 04, 2019
4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Apr 29, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4.24 by smutty33 from Connecticut on Apr 29, 2019
4 by eddiefl from New York on Apr 26, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by nhctborn from Connecticut

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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
4.2 by Nunya from Ohio on Apr 21, 2019
4.35 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Apr 20, 2019
4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Apr 20, 2019
4.1 by rogacks from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2019
3.97 by mltobin from Connecticut on Sep 30, 2017
4 by kvgomps from New Jersey on May 07, 2017
4.1 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Feb 16, 2017
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Feb 12, 2017
3.75 by Jhfinn from New York on Dec 30, 2016
3.87 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Dec 27, 2016
4.5 by jbarletto from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2016
4.25 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Dec 24, 2016
4 by alexsergio from New York on Dec 20, 2016
4.18 by jhavs from New York on Dec 20, 2016
4.4 by allenson21 from New York on Dec 18, 2016
4.1 by user785335 from Florida on Dec 18, 2016
4.16 by AD17 from New Jersey on Dec 15, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by smcolw from Massachusetts

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
3.84 by braican from Massachusetts on Dec 09, 2016
4.11 by SkiBum22 from New York on Dec 07, 2016
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 05, 2016
4.08 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts on Dec 02, 2016
4.18 by edthehead from New York on Dec 01, 2016
4 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Nov 30, 2016
4.34 by Nubza from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2016
4.01 by TomMorris from Connecticut on Nov 20, 2016
4 by ipc2000 from New York on Oct 31, 2016
Foster from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 227 ratings