Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.48/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
1 liter growler into Duvel tulip. Filled 7/28/12, drank and reviewed 8/1/12 (not the whole thing).
Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that takes its time to dissipate. Pours a glowing, opaque orange. Leaves a few arches of lacing now and then.
Smell: Dank oniony hop pungency at first (from the Chinook or Columbus I would guess), with a pine backdrop and a hint of citrus. Pale malt creeps up and somehow stands with the bold, aromatic hops.
With time and warmth, tons of citrus comes out in the aroma, overwhelming the dank elements and the malt. Eventually manifests as a citrus hop bomb with piny undertones. Beautiful throughout.
Taste: Tons of succulent hop flavor up front, predominantly tropical fruit flavors (mango, mystery tropical fruits), with some alcohol heat and pale malt through the middle, with a long citrusy aftertaste. Not fermented as clean as some of their lower ABV pale ales, with a boozy, yeasty sweetness present as in Dogfish Head's DIPAs. High hop bitterness keeps that from being cloying or clashing with all the great-but-disparate hop flavors.
As with the aroma, the taste is just a cornucopia of beautiful hops. Some notably (to me) absent tangerine-y/melon-y flavors (noticed them in every other Hill Farmstead pale ale I've tried) eventually come out, particularly in the finish. Beginning of each sip is always succulent, with a few distinct, usually fruity or occasionally citrusy hop flavors. Great cereal grain flavor that's common in top end APAs but rare in any DIPAs comes up now and then, which both impresses and delights me (as does the hop extravaganza, which is the main story of this beer).
Mouthfeel: A touch on the full side of medium bodied. Creamy feel, with a lot of alcohol heat and bitterness. Pretty dry finish, which goes great with that citrusy aftertaste.
Overall: Excellent DIPA, worthy of being in Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, Double Sunshine conversations. This beer has a lot to suggest it, but at the moment what's striking me is how much it rises to the challenge of justifying such a high ABV. Few beers match the ABV intensity increase (in comparison to APAs / IPAs) so well with hop intensity increases, or appropriate mouthfeel. Geniusly crafted beer, as expected from Hill Farmstead.
Serving type: growler
08-02-2012 00:41:56 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
4.88/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Got this today at Hill Farmstead. Why wait another day to drink it, right? Fresh as can be! Poured beautifully into a 12oz water glass. Didn't have proper glassware due to the fact that I'm taking a short vacation in VT (I'm drinking this at a Holiday Inn Express). The body is hazy and amber orange. Two fingers of fluffy white head.
Smell is like taking a stroll through a farmers market: fresh, crisp, vegetative.
Taste...magnificent. So fresh, so balanced. I'd believe the brewers if they told me this beer had no alcohol content whatsoever.
Creamy, airy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.
#14 on the Top 250? Well deserving!
Serving type: growler
07-11-2014 03:09:43 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
4.85/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Had on tap at the Prohibition Pig, served in a 13-oz tulip glass
A - Brilliant orange color, with a pleasant haze that screams freshness. A ivory head coats the sides of the glass as it quickly fades into the brew.
S - I pick up orange and pine, and some subtle yeasty esters, but none is overpowering. Certainly not the extreme olfactory experience of other DIPAs.
T - The taste is much more forthright compared with the nose. Rich orange citrus and sticky pine resin tastes coat the tongue. The the only way to describe the malt is a masterpiece of balance - nothing else really compares. The finish is just a touch bitter, but for 170+ IBUs absurdly smooth.
M - Like the malt blend, liquid perfection.
O - What a fantastic beer. Like all Hill Farmstead beers I've had, it doesn't hit you over the head with flavor and leave you trying to catch up. Rather, it invites you in to savor all the layers of flavor and fermentation expertise that go into the beer. The somewhat tame nose confounded me somewhat, but the experience of actually drinking this beer is one not soon forgotten.
Serving type: on-tap
07-08-2014 01:55:01 | More by hail_seitan
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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