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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 1,637
Gots: 167 | FT: 2
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 05-12-2010

Abner (1867-1953) is our great grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his fourteen children. In his honor, this Double IPA is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Abner’s well. It is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and double dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, bursting with notes of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Abner.

170 Theoretical IBU

Pale and Caramel Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Ratings: 2,052 | Reviews: 320
Reviews by SFLpunk:
Photo of SFLpunk
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz tulip at Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington.

Crystal clear with thin off-white head that leaves major spotting. Aroma is dominated by pine and earthy leaf notes. West-Coast in smell. Some faint caramel peaks through.

Palate is medium-bodied and tight with killer bitterness and some residual sugar. Leafy, pine-y, citrus bomb on top of some medium caramel maltiness. It's East-Coast in style but not as much residual sugar as Dogfish 60 Minute or Southern Tier UnEarthly.

Super clean and wonderfully bitter, but balanced. The 8.2 is hidden like a Westy 12 in a carry-on bag. Dank and delightful. Well done, Shaun!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Heatwave33
4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look- Cloudy yellow like a Stoner's urine on random drug test day at the office.

Smell- Fruity as Key West Pride Week. Some much fruit.

Taste- Felt like running my tongue down a fruity pine tree!

Feel- Sitting on the beach with a beautiful woman during the prettiest day, having your favorite drink.

Overall- Abner asked to move in and split the rent. I told him not to worry about the rent money. His company is payment enough.

Photo of Jaxbrew
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. This beer is in my top 5 IPAs and will most certainly hold on as it was delicious. I can't wait to go to Hill next year. I hope to meet as many deceased family members reincarnated into mouth candy as possible. Keep up the awesome work Shaun!!

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.5/5  rDev -3%

This beer is actually great, almost under rated.

Photo of RaulMondesi
5/5  rDev +7.8%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Lush, creamy, dreamy... Beautiful textures like Princess Jasmine weaving a pair of silk skivvies.

I am at a loss. I am found. I am nothing, I am in heaven... Take me away.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 5 hours ago

Consumed 11/15/14

A: Hazy tangerine - some copper at its core, some gold around the edges - pours with a medium, white head, fades to a nicely wispy cap, leaves some spotty lacing

S: Big, juicy citrus, with some level of sanity - juicy, fleshy, ripe orange, grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit - very fruity with peaches and apricots - tropical notes, pineapple and mango - resinous, with a big floral push - very flowery, with some herbal and grassy notes - light pale and caramel malts, with some light sweetness

T: So juicy, so fruity - juicy, ripe orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit - to an extent, this tastes like a tropical fruit blend, with all the fruit flavors co-occurring here - ripe peaches, apricots, pineapple, and mango - lightly sweet throughout - pale malts with some caramel - pine, herbal notes, floral notes, and a light touch of mint - moderate level of bitterness - light touch of alcohol, but extremely clean overall (the norm for Hill Farmstead)

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes mostly dry

O: Stop living up the hype, please

Presently, I live about 80 miles away from Hill Farmstead. After now having reviewed a handful of their beers, I realize that I would drive 180 miles each way. Maybe 280. And I'm not entirely happy about this. Abner is among the best I've had from Hill Farmstead. The hop profile is excellent, and it's so clean that I just want to drink more. The fact that this is 8.2% ABV is actually dangerous.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Head is bright-white and fluffy to start. Tiny wisp of a cap with a small collar. Some splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Stone fruit. Very vague notions of tangerine and grapefruit. Loaded with mango and peach and some pineapple. Slightly bitter pine needle. Juicy fruit. Malts are typically light and bready. Touches of pale malt sweetness with honeyed biscuits and some undercooked white bread. Slightly caramelized malt sugars. Deeply floral with some hints of hibiscus. Pine sap and some raw honey. Big and bold without being too aggressive.

Taste: Follows the nose closely with a touch more bitterness. Tons of stone fruit - mango, peach, and something like papaya. Tangerine with some touches of grapefruit and orange rind. Oily resin. Tons of floral elements. Fresh flowers, dried almost hibiscus. Bitter pith. Malts are lightly sweet with a combination of pale malts - offering bready elements and a touch of raw biscuit dough - and some slightly sweeter caramel malt. Bready. Bitter pine needle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Initial sip is slightly slick. What I want to see out of the style. A little sticky.

Overall: We can be friends.

A nice Imperial IPA. It's big but balanced and carries that drinkable quality every Hill Farmstead IPA has.

Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Nov 2014. Special thanks to Rachel for the haul.

A - Hazy, creamy peach nectar body. Creamy off-white head pours 2 fingers high with outstanding retention and lace.

S - Great nose. Passion fruit, fresh ferns, bright cilantro, mango, grape skins. Rustic edges. Incredibly fresh.

T - Fresh, bold, and herbaceous. Juicy center with orange and mango. Biscuity malt on the backend. Bitter herb and mineral water finish.

M - Outrageous mouthfeel. Smooth, perfectly weighted body - not too heavy and not too light - with perfectly balanced carbonation.

O - Fresh and rustic. A damn good IIPA.


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4.55 Abner
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 10% 0.48
S - 4.30 4.80 4.70 4.60 20% 0.92
T - 4.60 4.35 4.50 4.48 40% 1.79
M - 4.50 5.00 5.00 4.83 10% 0.48
O - 4.40 4.40 4.40 4.40 20% 0.88

Photo of Stevedore
4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

75cl growler generously shared by Doug today, 9/6/2013. Poured into a Bell's snifter. Review #196.

Alright, so this beer pours a clear copper body. Perhaps straw-orange. With that trademark Hill Farmstead 2cm white head that has awesome retention. Not a whole lot of lacing on this actually, but who cares?

Nose is not as pungent as Susan which we drank earlier today, but it just smells better.. its got that orange zest combined with citrus and tropical fruit.. but the biggest contribution is that floral scent. Deliciously floral. Great nose still, but Susan and Ephraim has it beat.

But you know what, that flavour profile is so incredible. So complex with tons of citrus and tropical fruit. It has that great malty backbone that isn't too strong but just balances out all the hoppiness in this beer. Its such a perfect balance for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel, again is that incredible creamy Hill Farmstead full body. I have never had such a full bodied double IPA. Again there is just something in that damn well water, I want to go visit Hill Farmstead, use the bathroom and fill up a water bottle and send it into a lab for analysis so I can treat my homebrew like so. Aftertaste is that bitter citrus flavour, but not so strong. It is so incredibly drinkable, even more so than Susan was. Can't tell that this beer is 8.2%, not at all. It drinks like a session beer.

Overall this beer is one of the best double IPAs I've ever had. It beats out Pliny and Heady, but its kind of unfair since this is Hill Farmstead we're talking about. It's up there with Double Sunshine as one of the best to come out of Vermont.

Photo of tiltednotion
4.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A M A Z I N G

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From Hill Farmstead's website: "Abner (1867-1953) is our great grandfather; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his fourteen children. In his honor, this double pale ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Abner’s well. It is unfiltered and double dry hopped. Aromatic and flowery, bursting with notes of citrus and pine, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Abner. 8%, 18.5º P, 170 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water."

Received this growler in a trade, and the tag says "Best Consumed by April 3, 2014".

Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed balloon glass.

In the glass, Abner is a rustic but beautiful looking IPA. The body glows with a bright orange haze and the puffy, marshmallow head develops slowly and compacts easily, giving it the ability to pop out over the rim of the glass. It has a smooth, creamy texture, and leaves impenetrable rings of lacing on the side of the glass. After some time, the head withers down to leave just a floating island of white bubbles in the middle of the glass.

Inhaling Abner's scent is not something you would soon forget. It is not delicate, but it is certainly not bold. The aroma carries hints of sweetness and bitterness, oozing with notes of pine sap, honeysuckle, kiwi, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus zest. It's a feast for the olfactory glands. This tropical aroma, bright and citrusy, is very popular with craft drinkers right now, and while I am not opposed to any other types of profiles out there, I find this particular "style" of hop aroma to be so appetizing, refreshing, and interesting all at once.

The head acts like the cream on top of the milk.It is soft and buttery on the lips. The texture of the beer is also very soft, and approaching creamy. Smooth carbonation, and plenty of it. Up front is a bright fruitiness, with hints of peach tarts and grapefruit. Immediately following that, across the palate is a flash of bitter citrus fruit, and then some serious pine flavors mixed with the lingering bitterness and astringency of citrus rind. The aftertaste carries notes of tropical fruits, and a light berry flavor.

There is no doubt that this is a world-class IPA. What Shaun has done with this beer is create something that is classic, rustic, and sharp all at once. It's highly drinkable...in fact, it is crushable (though it may end up crushing you). I finished off the 750ml growler by myself. I am feeling the effects: lulling me to sleep, spreading a smile across my face. I am so glad that I got to try this beer. This is something that the Beer Hunter would have been excited to try.

Photo of mick303
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into a hill farmstead tulip. A couldy yellow colour with a really nice head retention and lacing, silky white head.

Aroma is full of citrus floral notes, lemony and some light piny notes, robust florals, peppermint, grapefruit, wildflower honey. So complex and inticing.

Taste is full with balanced hop character, creamy grapefruit, resiny wildflower notes, a touch of floraly lemon sweetness then a growing gradual resiny bitterness. Tons of rich orange citrus. Fantastic balance. Drinkability is crazy with so much depth and balance.

Mouthfeel is really full, gentle carbonation with a full bodied malt creaminess, maintains enough of a full dextrin complexity to balance the hop bitterness impecably. Alcohol is well hidden and such a fruity and hoppy body with a creamy upfront malt.

Lives up the hype as an impecable ipa. It balances itself so well between the strong citrus and floral hop character and a creamy malty body. It's is delicious and complex, fantastic. Certainly an impecable beer with a great complexity and warming beer, impressed by the great balance here and the ridculous quality from start to finish.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler of Abner, consumed within 2 weeks.
Hill Farmstead glassware

A - Abner pours a bright peach-orange hue with a one finger head of white foam that quickly dissipates. Lacing abounds. Like all of Hill Farmstead's beers, this one is unfiltered and opaque.

S - A very nice, tropical, citrus nose, with some papaya, pineapple, and a little bit of peach, nectarine aroma. Very floral.

T - Hop bitterness, Citrus fruits and floral all in perfect balance. Pick up the tropical fruits as well.

M - Maybe the best mouthfeel out of all the great DIPA's I've ever had. Smooth, creamy, balanced. Leaves your mouth watering which most powerful DIPA's don't. You're usually left with a puckering and dry palate but not here.

O - Heady Topper to me is the greatest IPA of all-time, but this one is right behind and it and in the same ballpark. The hop character even reminds me of Heady. I don't know how Shaun keeps pumping out world class IPA's but he does. If your a fan of IPA's this is a must try. Craftsmanship at it's best.

Photo of Hamburgers
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful bright orange with thin white head. Strong aroma of citrus fruit with sweet floral notes and a slight yeasty quality. Flavor of white grapefruit, grass and mango. Wonderfully medium bodied with light carbonation. Very fine bubbles give it a smooth mouthfeel leading to a crisp finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. No doubt a world class beer.

Photo of mverity
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pale gold color with white head. Aroma is of freshly cut hay, honey, and a slight piney-ness to it as well. Taste is much more piney than the aroma. I also get some of the honey flavor; presumably from a light malt. The color also hints that they used lighter malts. Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but I did enjoy the hop 'sting' on the tongue. Overall a great DIPA; I haven't been disappointed by Hill Farmstead yet, and doubt I will be any time soon.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy light orange color with almost no head but a few small bubbles, nose is a bit muted for some reason - pine, a bit of mango and Pineapple. But that is where the muted characteristics end...

Taste is a huge punch in the mouth! Very bitter, sharp pine and citrus with just such a bitter bite on the end it's really delicious. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, really good beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for pouring me this, HopHead84!

Slightly hazed, glowing apricot/orange color with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves great stick all the way down the glass.

The aroma is terrific and I knew this was a very special DIPA on first whiff. The aroma is a combination of pungent citrus flesh, tropical fruit, and floral notes. The combination is lovely.

The flavor too is wonderful. The tropical fruit, citrus notes, and floral elements combine together magnificently well. The bitterness is only moderate, which makes this beer remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to lower carbonation. Amazingly drinkable.

World-class.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.52/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Time to revisit this beer; my review from the first batch appears below.

Enjoyed (a couple) on tap at Frida's in Stowe.

A: Hazy light orange color with a medium size sticky head.

S: Wonderful citrusy hops with floral and dank notes in the background. Like sniffing fresh hop cones. Malt is also perceptible. A hint of alcohol, but tough to pick out from hop aroma. Very clean.

T: More of the same; powerful citrus/herbal hops held up by fairly substantial malt backbone. Clean finish with sweet malt and hop bitterness coming together. Alcohol is fairly hidden but blends well with hops when noticed.

M: Wonderful. Starts full bodied and finishes pleasantly dry. Everything blends perfectly. Could drink this all night, or at least until I lost consciousness.

O: Another world class HF beer. Shaun obviously worked on this beer and improved it substantially from its initial form (not that it wasn't pretty damn good 2 years ago...).

(OLD REVIEW, MAY 2010):
On tap at the grand opening. Pours a dark golden color with hints of orange, slightly hazy. Piney hops in the nose with a hint of malt. High hop bitterness backed up by some body and high hop flavor; slight grassy/vegetal notes. Alcohol is somewhat hidden but detectable. Finishes well and hops linger on the tongue. Tasty and enjoyable, but not quite as complex as Edward, IMO.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler poured into HF tulip.

Appears clear sunny amber with two fingers of fluffy white head with great head retention and good lacing, she is a beauty. Smells of light orange peel, grapefruit rind, apricot, wheat. Taste rich citrus notes,dry but some sweet malt to counter bitterness, very well balance, hard to detect the alcohol which is surprising at 8.2%. Light-moderate body, moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

A brilliant IPA from HF, my favorite from them so far. One of the better IPAs I have sampled.

Photo of hagbergl
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 750mL growler of Hill Farmstead Abner Imperial IPA at the Hill Farmstead Brewery in early August and brought it back to Massachusetts, where it was consumed in quick fashion. Served in my St. Bernardus chalice. Review is from notes.

Appearance (5/5): Abner is gorgeous: it pours a bright peach-orange hue with a one finger head of white foam that quickly dissipates. Lacing abounds. Like all of Hill Farmstead's beers, this one is unfiltered and opaque. The peach hue to this beer is very cool, and I'd say a little mouth-watering! A beauteous example of a lighter-colored IPA.

Smell (5/5): Abner is big on the citrus and tropical fruit notes: passion fruit, pineapple, melon, pine, grapefruit, orange. Mmmmm. A little honey sweetness can be detected in there from the malt, too. Beautiful aromas!

Taste (4.5/5): Abner delivers tons of hop flavor: it has piney, sweet fruit, and bitter grapefruit rind flavors. This complexity comes out during the ride over the tongue and down the hatch, combining to make one glorious hop explosion. While certainly fairly bitter, this bitterness is not over-the-top astringent and is balanced with some (token) malt sweetness. A slight alcohol heat adds to the flavor constructively, although a little more noticeably than in Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #4.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium-low carbonation (think this has lost a tad of its original carb. since being in the growler for a couple days). It is lightly prickly, medium-bodied, and quite smooth. Slightly creamy. The mouthfeel does everything right, though isn't out of this world.

Overall (4.5/5): Abner is a stellar example of an imperial IPA, one that is eye-catching and incredibly fruity–a Hill Farmstead trademark. Highly, highly recommended to those that favor Double/Imperial IPAs that treat hop flavor as a greater virtue than outright "bigness."

Photo of Stater
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Granny Smith Apple and dank on the nose. Taste is a hoppy apple jolly rancher and is awesomely smooth. Mouthfeel is smooth yet somehow syrupy all in one. Another great HF offering.

Photo of 05Harley
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the keg @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro VT (Harvest Festival).

Price - $18/Growler

Pours a hazy golden color with lots of suds. A frothy two inch white head covers the top and legs upon legs adorn the tulip glass. A gentle swirl and a creamy layer is added to an already fresh looking beer. A lack of bubbles suggests this may not be very carbonated.

The nose is all citrus and tropical fruit with mango leading the way followed by orange, peaches and white grapefruit. Very pleasent smelling.

The taste can be summed up simply with citrus and tropical fruit draped over a caramel background. The flavor is slightly faint keeping it from being exceptional.

My first impression of the mouthfeel is complete balance. A perfect ratio of hops and malts. The bitterness is present but not biting at the tongue. The body is medium and the dryness is just enough not to cause me to need a sip of water. Low carbonation.

Overall this example is much more drinkable IMO than Ephraim and one I prefer in the long run. It's almost reminiscent of a single IPA which makes it fun but very dangerous at the same time. Thumbs up!

Photo of Guess2814
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally had a chance to have this beer in Vermont.. Great beer nice smooth American IPA.. Smooth is how I can describe it.. Hops are just right in this beer.. If I had to compare a beer to this beer it would be LUNCH and MO...cheers to this beer..Hill Farmstead produces great beer and I look forward on having others

Photo of mdaschaf
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jon for this!

A: Nice pop when I opened the growler. The beer pours a hazy orange with a 1.5 inch fluffy white head on top. Decent retention eventually leaving a very small white cap on top. Thin lacing forms all over the glass in random patterns.

S: A very nice, tropical/citrus nose, with some papaya, pineapple, and a little bit of peach/nectarine aroma. A slight flowery and pine aroma starts to emerge as it warms.

T: More tropical fruit on the flavor profile, hits you right away and it fantastic. More of the same fruit from the aroma, pineapple, papaya, peach, and a little bit of mango. There is some citrus rind mixed in. Slight hint of pale malts, but they are very much in the background as the citrus fruits are center stage.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, extremely easy drinking. Slight bitterness, but very smooth and well balanced. No sign of the ABV whatsoever.

O: Fantastic, certainly lives up to its reputation. Extremely easy drinking and well balanced. A beer that I could drink at any time.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orangey-peach color with a fluffy white head and fantastic lace and retention.

Nose is a blend of citrus rinds.

The flavor is amazing. Bursting with bright citrus and tropical fruit and subtle floral notes. Fresh and fantastic.

Mouth is crisp and light-med. bodied with high crisp carbonation.

Overall. I'd been wanting to try this guy for over a year now. It's everything I had hoped for and would kill to have this in my keggerator. Amazing.

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