Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by stakem:
3.9/5 rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks go to Jonathan for picking these up from the source less than a week ago and sharing with me. Growler into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded golden orange color. A rich silky froth of off-white to yellowish stained head sits atop with decent powers of retention. As the cap fades, it leaves a webbing pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap back to just shy of a finger's strength.
The aroma is herbal and grassy with a mild spicy to earthy yeast ester and a mild touch of solvent alcohol. There is a bit of some sulfur going on in this along with some cheesy grain and wheat aspects. At times, there is a touch of fruit and citrus hops that nearly get floral as well. As the brew warms up, it gets progressively more intense with the alcohol inclusion.
The taste has a slight amount of residual sugar that is faintly reminiscent of caramel. The sweetness is short-lived before a blast of herbal bitterness that is quite pulpy, resinous and bordering on pine-like. There is some catty elements to this similar to simcoe that mix with cheese flavoring that then gets dissolved by some solvent alcohol. The aftertaste while bitter and herbal includes a bit of straw flavoring just like the rest of the HF hoppy offerings I have tried.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is somewhat crisp but bold and aggressive with the bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable in this one but it integrates quite nicely. Of the hoppy HF offerings I have had lately, I give this one a slight edge over the others for having a bit more distinguishable character. But overall, the hoppy offerings from this brewery are so similar that I have no desire to seek them out anymore.
Serving type: growler
08-10-2012 02:05:32 | More by stakem
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4.6/5 rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A: A hazy yellow body with a thick pure white head.
S: Amazing. There is a huge citrus burst in the front end of the aroma. There is a nice mellow caramel/biscuit aroma lingering in the background.
T: A very well balanced IPA despite the 170 IBUs. There is huge citrus, pine, and grassy flavors mixed in the the caramel grains. Well balanced.
M: Thick and buttery body with great carbonation.
O: Amazing beer. Well worth the wait and hunt for this beer.
Serving type: growler
04-13-2014 03:03:13 | More by jvillefan
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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