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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 341
Hads: 2,298
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 1,836
Gots: 234 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of BillRoth
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Dr. Chris for getting me this special treat. Like many have been a huge IPA head for a long time, but have found this one to be elusive. Won't waste time with redundancy. Beer has been well described without yet another blow by blow from me. Having said that glass I drank had a wonderful fresh orange nose and taste. One that was not so much one of many characteristics of the beer... as it was a real definer and distinguisher from other IPAs that are more lemon/orange or grapefruit forward.

I also loved that it was so delicate. Don't get me wrong...this is a big beer. But it didn't bury your tongue. It didn't coat everything. It came and went with just aromas and flavors lingering... not the actual residue of the beer. Coming in at a less than 9% also makes it almost sessionable.

I'm trying to imagine coming home from work and just grabbing one of these as my end of day relaxer. Hmmm... wonder if wife is up for relocating?

Add my voice to the chorus...Bravo HF and thanks for the craftwork.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best DIPA's out there.

In a blind tasting, Abner beat out Pliny the Elder, Dinner, Second Fiddle, Mastermind, and Julius, amongst others.

Clearly one of the top ten, though curiously not even Hill Farmstead's best IPA.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The shade of amber/orange is stunning and one of a few fives I've given for any characteristic of a beer. Plenty of awesome citrus and sweetish cereal grains in the nose (I'm thinking Oats), and even more in the taste. Truly amazing beer!

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Photo of ggilman
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a growler of Abner on my way to, and my way home from the Vermont Brewers Festival.

Poured into a tulip glass (over and over) from a Marshall Wharf growler.

Transparent deep amber beer with a frothy head that laces like crazy. Big hop nose, and a little sugary malt in the background. This is what a true Imperial IPA should be IMO. Big hops, with a decent amount of malt to match. A rich indulgent experience. The hops are juicy and bursting with flavor. Tropical fruit dominates, pineapple definitely, and maybe mango. Some grapefruit bitterness comes in at the end, and the sweet caramel malt balances it out. Slick, resinous oily mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation to make this supremely drinkable. This beer draws a line in the sand. Clearly IIPA, but not overdone.

When I think Imperial, purple velvet comes to mind. This is a beverage fit for a king.

Note: Should add that I had this with a cave aged soft cheddar that I bought at the festival. Paired terrifically!

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Photo of brystmar
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whartontallboy for sharing!

Great looking pour: hazy & orange, bountiful head, plenty of sticky lace. Stubborn retention on both; gorgeous! Floral, juicy, hoppy, citrusy aroma. Smells fantastic!

Plenty of malt leads the way, fresh hops aren't far behind. Very juicy and sublime from all angles. Sweetness is there, but gives way to mild piney-ness, malt, and the hoppy backbone before finishing. Creamy body approaches perfection.

Abner ranks among the best IPAs -- nay, *beers* -- I've ever tasted. Seriously, this stuff is incredible. Wish I could drink it every day :(

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Photo of blackie
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a: poured from a 750 mL growler purchased at brewery, 2 days later, into branded wine style glasses, the beer is thoroughly hazed thanks to its unfiltered nature, a deep honey amber in color, producing a full head that retains well

s: a beautiful array of hops here, with fresh blood orange zest leading the way, opening further into fruity notes of kiwi, pineapple, peach, and coconut - really awesome and I can say that I haven’t come across a better hop nose, somewhat floral, just generally fresh with something new around each corner, wholesome unfiltered yeast nuances, the malts compliment perfectly, pleasantly grainy with a balancing dose of caramel, lovely stuff
m: medium bodied, silky on the tongue, with a lower level of carbonation, extremely smooth

t: again with the arrestingly delicious hop character - oily orange rind blends with sweeter, juicy notes of kiwi, peach, and pineapple; tasty, perfectly balanced grains with a firm but clean caramel note, the lack of filtering lends a fullness to the flavor, and the bitterness begins midway, creeping to a big but not overwhelming strength in the finish, love it

o: without question one of the best dipas out there, and seems totally unique at the same time in the way it is weaved together, expertly crafted for sure, and a testament to fine ingredients


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Photo of gcamparone
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 750 ml growler into a hill farmstead stemmed glass. Best by 9/19, purchased 3 days ago at the brewery!

Pours a super hazy golden body with a big frothy head that reduces slowly to leave thick lacing and chunks of white foam.

Smells amazing - super aromatic with heavy citrus, sweet resin, bursting tropical grapefruit, pineapple.

The taste follows the nose with citrus being the dominant note, followed by tropical fruit, pine, floral hops, and creamy malt with raw hop oil sticking to the tongue, leaving a resinous pine bite on the tongue. Absolutely delicious, perfectly balanced. Medium carbonation with a rich creamy body.

Overall, does Abner live up to it's high regards? Drink it fresh (this was 3 days old), and the simple answer is a resounding yes. This is up there with heady, and with it's raw character and perfect balance, it's safe to say that it can give heady a run for its money.

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Photo of mabermud
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: A beautiful cloudy orange body that you cannot see through. The head is a white broken, irregular film that gathers halo style around the glass. White clingy legs.
Smell: Sweet, candied grapefruit and peaches. Very clean scent.
Taste: Super World-Class. Balanced tropical fruit and grapefruit. The sweetness is at a perfect level. The after-taste and finish are very clean.
Feel: Rounds everything out. Medium all the way around. Perfect feel and level of carbonation.

Overall - Impressive.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was finally able to try one of my white whales....this beer has eluded me at every turn for the last 18 months...every time it released I tried multiple times to get it and was not able to....FINALLY landed a 64 oz growler and drank it with a friend, poured into a tulip and right away you notice a really nice orange hue in the beer which is cool. As you drink there is tons of lacing present on the glass. Nice well balanced citrus hops character and smell. Overall an amazing beer!

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Photo of Guess2814
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever shared this one at Churchill's Finest release

Look: Pours a orangish yellow color with more orange than yellow. With a 1/4 white head and good retention and some spotty lace

Smell: Very bright tropical fruit nose lots of grapefruit and pineapple and some citrus in the background

Taste: Like the nose the beer is full of tropical fruits which reminds me of Kern Citra. Lots of mango pineapple and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body medium carbonation and just a touch dry

Overall: I would say this is in my top 3 favorite DIPA's I would say this is slightly behind Kern Citra and Heady Topper. Great beers

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Photo of jdhowe
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

mouthfeel was out of this world. Pillowy and full of flavor in a way I didn't expect in a DIPA but that made this incredibly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant suprise from jammalamma, who just kind of sent me this growler. Really appreciate it, Ben! It was filled on May 28th so it was around 9 days old. Really, really cool looking growler, too. Split last night with the La Crosse crew after a great day of mountain biking.

A - A rich, golden amber with a nice creamy white head. Really nice and splotchy lacing along the sides. Beautiful webbed clouds in the center. A nice looking brews.

S - Boom! Citrus, piney hops! Grapefruit, pineapple, large amounts of orange peel. Mango, papaya and star fruit. Dank basement bitterness.

T - Really bitter with a nice citrus backbone. Orange, lemon, pineapple, melon hops. Just a tiny bit malty, but overall really awesome!

M - Citrus tingle with a bitter, drying effect. Really smooth with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - Really, really impressed with this one! Its like Masala Mama meets Pliny, and then they go over to their cousin Abrasive's house for dinner. Really well balanced, smells great and tastes even better. Home run for Hill Farmstead! Looking forward to more of their offerings in the future. Thanks again Ben for this mighty treat!

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Photo of raveskdr
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had multiple places in Montpelier. And have had it in multiple growlers. I'd bathe in this beer.

A- Just beautiful straw amber with some wonderful lacing.

S - An intense combination of citrusy fruit and pine and freshness.

T - This is what a double IPA should taste like. Absolutely perfect balance between hops and the slight malt backbone. Fantastic.

M - Great carbonation and the right malt to put this IPA above almost ever DIPA I've ever had.

O - Get this beer. Get it in any way possible. Fresh out of the tap will chance your life. Shaun just kills this beer. He does hoppy beer better than anyone out there.


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Photo of younger35
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My main man from Philly procured me a growler of this fine brew because I'm pretty sure he has a man crush on me. This will be my first brew from Hill Farmstead but I've heard great things! Drank from my Ithaca nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy orange yellowish with a decent half finger bright white head that looks thick and creamy. A decent cap and thick collar remains with a bit of random lacing strewn about.
Smell- Loads of juicy grapefruit seem to burst out of the glass along with a touch of sweet orange peel. Not particularly 'bitter' smelling as the fruitiness has a sort of sweet maltiness behind it. A touch of pine and some earthy grass but that grapefruit is all I can seem to smell. As it warms a touch of butterscotch and a light whiff of alcohol show.
Taste- Holy grapefruit Batman!! It's like someone sprinkled a little sugar on a grapefruit, squeezed it and poured it into my glass. Perhaps a touch of peach mixed in for good measure but the grapefruit is absurd!! It's got the lightest touch of sweetness behind all that fruitiness yet still finishes light and dry. A long linger of grapefruit and orange zest lingers.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice crisp bite of carbonation and an oily dry finish.
Drinkability- Really tasty brewski here. I've tried a lot of IPA's over the years and I love when I get to try something a bit different than all the rest and it still manages to be really good. Not sure what the hop profile of this beer is but it reminds me of Kern River Citra and some of those Troegs Scratch IPA's - except good. Very enjoyable, thanks much Jeff!!

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From growler 1 day old. Beautiful color like all HF beers I have seen. Very approachable for a DIPA, we had 2 non DIPA loving guests over to try who actually enjoyed it. Very well integrated hops and long finish. I would feel comfortable serving this to relative newbies

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml swing top growler purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT
Served in a Hill Farmstead Brewery stemmed glass

The beer poured a cloudy, glowing peachy-amber color with a soapy looking, bright white head that quickly dissipated. Small droplets and thin streaks of spotty lacing trickled along the glass.

The nose was simply mesmerizing. Super hoppy with loads of sweet, smooth fruitiness. Peaches and apricots came through strongest. Lots of juicy tangerine, mango, papaya and passionfruit as well. I have never before experienced such a cornucopia of exotic fruit notes in a beer's aroma.

Strong, fruity hop flavors carried through into the taste as well. Sweet tangerines dominated. Peach and apricot notes were quite prevalent as well. Although I would assume that this beer benefited from a moderate dosage of caramel malts, its pleasant sweetness seemed to have emerged from the diverse hop profile rather than from residual malt sugars. The beer finished quite pithy and dry with a moderate, grapefruit rind-like bitterness. At 8.2% ABV, this beer masked its alcohol prowess quite well.

The mouthfeel may have been the only letdown with this beer. The body was a bit light for the style. A very fine and mild effervescence helped the liquid glide across my tongue. Somewhat creamy, fluffy and smooth.

In their short existance, the Hill Farmstead Brewery has seemed to master the art of creating hoppy beers, and this example is proof of that. Outstanding work. I cannot wait to see what comes next.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Mass
A- pour is hazy, yellow color with ridiculously tight-packed bubbles. Wow!
S- I got citrus in the realm of grapefruit, apricot, tangerine.
T- really. Hits you with bitter citrus like orange peel, lemon rind, danky bitterness. Superb!
M- rich and creamy medium-bodied. Soooo good. Finishes nicely, not really dry at all.
O- this is truly a world-class IPA.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Description: Golden color and clear as could be with a white head and lacing. Aroma or citrus, mandarin orange, apple, floral, maybe a bit of pine and something a little earthy. Fruit and apple come through on the taste and bitterness is just enough. The beer is extremely well balanced and leaves a very clean, dry aftertaste that slowly dissipates off the tongue. For an IPA, it's a very full-bodied, 'meaty' beer if not quite velvety.

Suggested food pairing: Salmon (grilled or baked)

If you like this beer then you should also try: Sip of Sunshine

Ideal time to drink this beer: After a day of fly fishing in Vermont you've collected an impressive stringer of salmon, trout and other wild, free-range, organic fish (all fish in Vermont are like this). Since you prize farm-to-table freshness so much, you don't even bother to get home before you clean you fish and immediately place it over a wood campfire that you've built beside the river from wild, free-range, organic wood (all wood in Vermont is like this). To cap it off, you reach into your bag and draw out the wild, free-range, organic growler (all growlers in Vermont are like this) of Abner that you purchased that same day and enjoy it with your catch.

Overall: 4.75 (This beer is excellent and I would definitely drink it again) This is the first beer I've had from Hill Farmstead and it exceeds expectations, which were high to begin with. Complex flavors, perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of bitterness. This is an extremely drinkable beer. Everything about it exudes quality and craftsmanship. HF beers are not easy to get a hold of, but if you can it's well worth it. Bravo, Abner.

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Photo of rudzud
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey. My goodness.

A - Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter a hazy golden orange with a big rocky two finger creamy head that leaves an enormous amount of side lacing and a thick clumpy off white blanket.

S - Super amazing aroma here. Malts and delicious hops. Light sweetness followed by inviting hops. Aromas of pine needles, grapefruit rinds, and light citrus. Just a super fresh aroma.

T - So so so delicious. This beer jumps out at you on the first sip. Light malt sweetness swept away by nice bitter pine and grapefruit peel. This stuff is dangerously addicting.

M - Smooth light and creamy. This is incredibly dangerous. Possibly the most deceptive dipa I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Drinks like a 4%. Nice bitter hop finish.

O - Overall this is a masterfully crafted beer. Seriously amazing stuff. Stellar appearance and delicious in the mouth. Another typical "must drink" from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very hazy and dark gold in colour, almost a little orange like an apricot.

Citrus and pine on the nose. Notes of sweet orange and tangerine-like flavours, and maybe some mango. Soft caramel malt throughout. The dry hops add amazing floral and somewhat grassy notes as well.

Tastes much like it smells, and goes down very smooth with little bitterness. Hops are more present than they are on the nose. The malt flavour is much more pronounced and lasts through the end, helping polish off much of the bitterness from the hops and disguising the high ABV.

The body is medium to thick, and has decent carbonation. A slight warming feeling going down is really the only indicator of the alcohol content.

I would be interested to see how this would be with slightly more malts. Had about seven people taste this last night - including a friend who drinks beer like Sam and PBR - and he even enjoyed it if that was any testament to how nearly perfect this beer is.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Orange amber pour with a nice khaki head that sticks and laces fine. Nice hop aroma, not overwhelmingly bitter, but nicely present and complex - citrus, layers of tropical fruit, pineapple, guava, a bit of dank pine and resin, and just hints of pale malts in there. Great flavor as well, balanced hop bitterness, not too much, moreso packed with hop flavor, more citrus, tropical fruits, etc. Hints of pale malts just present and doughy enough to balance it out.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

and the bday weekend started off with a bang. cracked this open on friday night to enjoy while hanging out with dylan. poured into a pint glass.

Poured a dep hazy amber with a big billowing white head that was so sticky it literally collapsed on the inside but the top and sides stayed together. Big time lace and alot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

deep citric smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange, with a touch of pineapple and Lemon thrown in. The taste was out of this world. Bigtime hoppy IPA. Not alot of alcohol taste, well covered up. But soo sticky with hop resin and orange and grapefruit taste. nice buttery malts mixign in now and creamy, sweet like flavors have now become the norm. really well balanced and big. It was rediculously fresh tasting and feeling. Unreal smooth and great dry finish.

Not too harsh, but yet harsh. Strong but not upfrontly so. this was a killer dipa that i was glad i opened up!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew was poured from a refillable 750mL Hill Farmstead bottle, filled at the brewery growler-style, into our Founders snifters. It glows a coppery golden orange, putting up a two finger head of creamy off white bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving thick honeycombed lacing around our glasses. A definite haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose is richly citric and resiny of hops, with pale and lightly metallic toast of grain, fresh apricot, pineapple, and nectarine fruitiness, and a floral honeysuckle air blowing across the top of it. With warmth the aromatics really start to flourish, giving enhanced hoppy bite and sweetness of grapefruity, floral, and softly earthy varietals, mineral-laden well water, mud, black pepper booziness, muscat grapes, graham cracker breadiness, fresh mint leaf, blackboard chalk, and fresh peppery vegetals. Our first impression is that the flavoring gives extraordinarily juicy and fruity hops, but with nice balancing bite from the harder water and zing of grain. As we sip, the taste begins with a strong interplay between starkly, but authentically, sweet nectarine, tangerine, and pineapple syrups, and the dominant power of grapefruit rind, hop, and stem. These are met and balanced by a menagerie of raw honey, white grape sweetness, sulfuric mineral, lemon rind, herbal and earthy leafiness, cooling vanillas, lactic creaminess, metallic yeast juiciness, and solidly pale grain. The middle comes to a peak with lemon and grapefruity hops, herbal and spicy malt undertones, ethanol, gravel, mineral water hardness, mango fruitiness, and floral clover sugars. The finish is awash with pale graininess, effectively cutting the hoppy onslaught, along with newspaper inkiness, bright yeastiness, chalk and graphite, shitake meatiness, mango, strawberry, and pineapple fruitiness, and sweet booziness, with more of an herbal hoppiness shining through the ashes of the former grapefruit gods. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of grapefruity rind, seed, and juice, sweetly of nectarine and white sugars, pale grain, ghostly wheat, gravel, distant bubblegum esters, planty sap and resins, bittering moss and musk, light amber maltiness, and sea saltiness. The body is medium to full, and carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives beautifully soft and creamy slurp, smack, froth, and glug. Finishing pop is nice and long. The mouth is left cooled and wetly coated, with eventually mild tannic astringency across the palate, and moderately robust pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks incredibly well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. While the nose gives a strong, balanced, juicy rendition of the liquid to come, the ultimate taste is astonishing from that first sip. The hops remain dripping wet, sweet, and juicy, but take on a curiously strong bitterness of grapefruity rind and citrics. The yeast works its way in giving bitterness, along with that harder well water that is so apparent, but seamlessly inclusive. The feel on the sip gives just about all you could ask for, with frothy brushes of creaminess and enough pucker to wake you up. This is a must have from Hill Farmstead, and well deserved of the reputation it has thus far attained.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.