Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by sleuthdog:
4.79/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750ml swing top growler into my new HT glass.
HUGE thank you to franklinn, my secret santa in the LNBA SS BIF for sending this!
Pour: Abner is one beautiful DIPA pouring a murky orange yellow straw color with a billowing soft white head of at least 2 to 3 fingers. Light struggles to penetrate but there is an obvious glow behind the glass when held to the light. Head settles slowly and leaves a ridiculous amount of lacing behind. The head is sticking to the glass and simply not moving. Spectacular!
Smell: Just a wonderful pine hop aroma with citrus (tangerine, orange, grapefruit). Some floral hop and a slight yeast. I am picking out some peach and a touch of grass.
The nose is also spectacular!
Taste: Follows the nose with pine bitterness up front and then the citrus comes through. The orange, pineapple, and grapefruit are integrated perfectly here. I am getting a somewhat sticky sweetness in here too and really liking it!
Mouthfeel: This is simply too drinkable because it is to the point of being dangerous. So smooth and creamy for a DIPA that the alcohol is non detectable. There is bitterness but not over the top so it makes it one hell of a drinkable beer.
Overall: Well to be honest I am in FFF territory and so used to their hop profile that I often told myself they are hard to beat. Well this is right up there if not better than any FFF offering. Heady Topper I had the pleasure of enjoying once and loved that but let me tell you this is just as good, IMO!
Serving type: growler
12-23-2012 02:11:11 | More by sleuthdog
More User Reviews:
4.49/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a cloudy yellow. Sunshine or lemon yellow with an orange blush on it. A fat head of creamy white foam adorns this beer and it looks striking. It has a beautiful tempting nose. Succulent hops, their citrusy fruitiness and some spice. A bit of soft sweetness for malt. It's the fruit peel that comes forward first and then as it drinks, some tangier tropical flavors. Dry biscuit malt that's a touch earthy and a lovely and balanced hop bitter finishes this one with grace and poise. A floral that comes to to the nose subtly and translates into the drink almost unnoticed except for it's lightness , it's flower petal backnotes. Dry with a crisp middle this drinks heavenly. It has stature and a tallness in the glass. It 's the way that the flavors come together with the spice creeping up on you until it ends with a slight flourish. It's the way the malt is softly sweet but not too sweet and how the fruit character seems to soar. It's the balance in the drink and in the end and that the bitterness is complimentary not dominating.
This was tremendous. Thanks Roguer for sharing this on with me.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 16:55:28 | More by utopiajane
4.53/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Beautiful beer: 1 finger Snow White head with good retention and tons of lacing; opaque, pulpy light orange and yellow brew.
Full, classic DIPA aromas. Light biscuit, slight tropical fruit, lots of citrus, a hint of pepper.
Delicious! Tons of juice: mango, lemon, creamy pale malts, biscuit, and slight pepper. Far more tropical fruit than citrus. Some citrus peel on the backend.
Creamy, relaxed mouthfeel. Soft yet lively.
Another delicious hoppy beer from HF.
Serving type: growler
07-13-2014 13:13:40 | More by Roguer
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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