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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 334
Hads: 2,208
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 1,811
Gots: 211 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 afksports
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am I drinking Pliny? I had one fresh lady night and seriously I cannot tell the difference.

I'm having this on tap at Blind Tiger. Thank you, Alan, for hooking this up. The muddy and hazy light orange appearance bears a brilliant head that dissipates but sustains well and leaves lacing all over the glass. The smell is citrus hops and sweet malts to balance - no alcohol. You know this is a hop bomb before sipping, and you know it's gonna be great.

The taste is brilliant. Appearance is really the only difference from Pliny, and I have to wager that in representing the east coast, I'd put this up before any others. I lack the vocabulary, but the
balance is this beer's strength, and it's so freakin harmonious.

I could drink this all the time any day, and I love how it feels goij down. Abner all the way. H&F all the way. Hype machine? Validated.

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Photo of peensteen
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another HF growler shared by Liam

Hazy golden orange colour, one finger of dense white head with a solid ring of lace. Smell is quite dank with tropical fruits, some fuzzy peach and a bit of lingering malt. Taste is hoppy with lots of grapefruit and dank pine resin flavours, more citrusy as it goes dry with a moderate malt flavour as well in the finish. Medium carbnation, dry and fairly full bodied. Excellent stuff here, so incredibly easy to drink with no alcohol to taste, would drink this as often as I could.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.


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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler brought back from autumn fest- thanks Scott!!! Pours a bright, clear orange with a thin white head. Smells like HOPS!!! Tons of citrus. Good god, like a west coast gem, but from the VT!!!! Taste is similar - a nice citrusy start but with a fairly bitter finish. Just wonderful! Thin, light mouthfeel. Can't wait to get more of this, along with the other HF beers!

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Photo of Skellbop
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Opaque, light orange. Not much head, though significant lacing

S: Nothing too strong on the nose; some faint citrus and maybe a bit of florality

T: Slight citrus/floral notes upfront with a very nice, but not overpowering pine taste on the back end. Very nice. Hides ABV and IBU well

F: Smooth, with a level of carbonation that complements the balanced flavor profile

O: Really enjoyed the beer and would look forward to having it again

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Photo of M_chav
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - dehydrated pee, super cloudy dark golden hues
S - Oh yeah, this is gonna be delicious
T - Damn, this is delicious. Wasn't prepared for the malty backbone, but tons of stone fruits and dankness going on, am I doing weed right now?
F - One of the smoothest 100+ IBUs I've ever consumed
O - excellent stuff, I want to meet Abner and share a glass with him someday too

I have to add: This is one of those beers that you need to sit and have more and more of.. It seems to really open up and become even more impressive as your sitting goes, only other beer I've said this same thing about is Pliny the Younger

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the source, 1 week old. Looks like other Hill hoppy beers I've had. Opaque, sort of orangeish deep honey. One finger white head. Not much if any lacing. The aroma is so complex. Pine, citrus, dank wet hops, almost earthy dirty grit. Very green hop aroma. Pretty insanely complex flavour to match the complex aroma. Citrusy, pithy, and well yes bitter. Abner is a little dank. The biggening is all hops, then you get some malty quality. There is certainly a little crystal malt in here adding a hint of sweetness to balance the hop assault. On my palate this beer is full, juicy from the hops, and well rather good. Could be a hint more dry. Overall this is a tad sweet for me, but that is the only thing I could possible say to take away from how awesome this beer is. Balance, huge hops, great balance, top notch.

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Photo of flavoursaviour
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At TJ's. From the tap, into a snifter, and then into my mouth.

Pours an opaque golden hue, tinted orange, and with a thin head.

Aroma of fragrant floral and extreme citrus notes that maintain their strength throughout the whole glass. Each sip a reward for the nose.

Tastes of intense grapefruit citrus and orange rind followed by an apricot sweetness and then washed with the bitterness from the hops.

Mouth feels medium bodied with a mild tartness that lingers but never overwhelms the sweetness.

Overall a surprising and uniquely balanced 2x IPA.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 and pine resin on the backend.

Creamy, relaxed mouthfeel. Soft yet lively.

Another delicious hoppy beer from HF.

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Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up during the Hill Farmstead Winter Gathering on February 12. Tried it on tap but didn't wanna review any 4oz samples. Hops fill the room upon opening.

A- Cloudy deep gold with a nice frothy white cap that retains well. Lots of beautiful thick lace rings.

S- A good balance of fresh bread and juicy hops. A ton of peach, grapefruit and general citrus fruit notes fly out of the growler upon opening. Some caramel malt. Also floral behind the peaches. Competes with any West Coast IIPA.

T- Follows the nose for the most part. Emphasis on peach juice and floral hops. Fresh bread, pine, orange, grapefruit.

MF- Creamy foamy feel to this with a nice high end carbonation and bitterness. Goes down too smoothly.

DB- Love the citrus and peaches here. As a whole it is a very well balanced double IPA and I am only awaiting Ephraim to find out how that could possibly be much better than this. Vermont is really becoming a powerhouse of Northeast craft beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 2 days ago after a visit to the brewery.

The beer pours an effervescent, hazy yellow-orange with an inch of a dense, creamy looking white head. A vigorous swirl regenerates the head and washes away the lacing. The nose has a subtle hoppiness that's slightly floral and citrusy followed by a modest sweetness. The taste manages to pack in even more flavor that reminds me of a cleaner, more drinkable heady topper (...which seems insane to say). The beer has an absolute perfect balance between hop fruitiness, bitterness, and sweetness from the malt and added sugars. The aftertaste is slightly citrusy and bitter and finishes semi-dry as a gush of carbonation carries the beer down into the depths of my innards. This beer is certainly world class and worth trying...but I can't see it being bottled for the masses.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
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...).

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.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beverage. Smells of faint peach and apricot hit the nostrils from the hope varieties I assume. Gorgeous cloudy pale orange that looks like an autumn sunrise and has an ultra smooth mouthfeel that is creamy and just gorgeous. Yet another great offering from HF.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml growler courtesy of Camden. I can tell you that you've helped make an incredibly trying time a bit more bearable. Thank you.

Foggy medium orange with a thin egg white cover and some pleasant stick.

Smells of creamy peachy mango surprise. A white pepperyness lingers as well.

Taste follows suit with a big bright citric presence and a dank herbal middle that finishes with a dry cutting bitterness. Fruits pop lively along the palate. Papaya comes to mind as well. Slightly oily, the hops glide along the entire sip, tap dancing all over my tasting places.

Mouthfeel is like pureed fruit smoothie; this just slides along the tongue.

An interesting beer: for the first half of the bottle I wasn't all that impressed and didn't feel there was much cohesion. Towards the second half, however, the fruit smoothie aspects really began to present themselves. The presentation of these growlers makes the experience somehow feel unique and enjoyable.

As always, thanks for the opportunity to drink a want and for allowing me the chance to try this.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy and yellow/orange in color. Great two finger foamy head that continues to linger for awhile.

S: Very fruity and piney upfront with citrus and tropical notes. .

T: Nicely dry and refreshing. Solid bitterness throughout but not harsh or overpowering. Citrus with a bit of lemon some mango.

M: Medium carbonation. Nicely dry and crisp. Very refreshing.

O: A little over-hyped but really solid and something I would always drink. Reminds me of Lunch.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL growler into a tulip glass. Best by October 1, 2015 date so I'm a day late.

Still retains its carbonation judging by the frothy and creamy pale white head. Streaming carbonation reaffirms that. Copper-colored body showing excellent clarity. Lacing by the ton, think wild west brothel. 5

My, my, my. I know that smell. It's my favorite. Bright, popping sweet and mellow honeydew and canteloupe. I love this aroma. Reminds me of Yellow Rose, which I can't get enough of. I'd leave it at that because it's such a dominant and yet pleasant aroma, but to expand a bit, this has a bubblegum, floral quality and alluring sweetness. Hints of citrus. Beautiful. 4.5

While I immediately connected this beer to the Yellow Rose I love and adore as far as the aroma, the flavor diverges quite a bit. Sweet melon flavors, bubblegum and flowers carry on from the nose, but there's much more of a bitter, grapefruit peel flavor hitting my tongue. Light caramel notes squeak in front palate before the citrusy side of the beer make a forceful entrance. This is pretty remarkable. 4.5

Smooth, floral and mildly yeasty initially before the emergence of a more assertive zesty, tangy citrus feel. Smooth all around though. Creamy, minerally, and bitter. 4.25

What else to say? Damn good.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Franklinn for this one.

A - This is a perfect looking Double IPA. Great thick head that goes up to one finger and leaves some spotty lacing as it diminishes to a nice cap and ring. And the hazy apricot color is beyond beautiful, its almost radiating

S - Big hit of tropical fruit and sweetness. Hop oil comes through big almost imparting a "bitter" smell similar to aspirin. Huge citrus and pine. It seems the hop profile gives this beer an awesome depth as almost all hop bases are covered just in the smell

T - Almost perfect balance between malt and hops, the malt is just barely there to bring the hop rocket back to earth. For having 170 "theoretical" IBUs this beer is not overly bittered. It is so damn smooth I would never think that the alcohol was above 5%.

M - Slightly heavy on the medium side of viscosity. I could use just a little more carbonation, but I'm just nit-picking, this is some great shit!

Worth seeking out, definitely memorable!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into an oversized tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper right out of the gate, with 2 rich fingers of bright-white head. This shrinks down considerably but hangs tough with a solid ½ finger that leaves a robust cascade of spotty and foamy lacing all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is leafy and herbal smelling, punctuated with sharp pangs of pine and spice that are then layered on top of notes of grapefruit, earth, and citrus peel. Toasted bread and sugars hang on the edges, helping even things out the nose. This is all about the hop flavors though, with a bold freshness to them that are fantastic. Great DIPA aroma here.

The bitterness of the taste starts out with a big juicy base of grapefruit but much of the sharper aspects of this are coming from some STRONG pine resins, spice, and aggressive citrus rind grittiness. More herbal tones add some soft mellowness to this, while notes of light toast and honeyed sweetness provide an awesome balance here that is right in tune with those bright hoppy flavors. Bitterness rocks the finish of this with pine and spice in particular really lying on the palate thick. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller in the mouth, with a crispness up front that prickles the tip of the tongue before melding into a smooth slickness that rolls across the mouth. The oily slickness here really compliments that fresh hop character here. Very, very, light warmth overall for an 8% beer, basically just adding a larger presence to the body that matches those full flavors, and dishing up absolutely zero alcohol flavors of any kind.

Wow, just another fantastic hopped-up offering here from Hill Farmstead, with bold hop flavors, impeccable balance, and a ridiculous drinkibility for the size. This took a little bit to work its magic on me but once I got into that second glass, I was a believer. I hate to sound like a full-blown mark for this new brewery, but man, I really do think that these beers are that good.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Theduderules was nice enough to share this fresh growler with the gang.

Smells fresh citrus and hop forwards notes.
At this point I was licking the glass.

Poured into a snifter glass..nice white head slighty hazzy orange pure goodness.

The Citrus/Hops totally mask any hint of alcohol..this DIPA is awesome..so I secured 4 glass from the growler and wanted more.

Everything I have tasted from Hill Farmstead has been good to excpetional..

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of herbal funk that I'm reluctant to call dank - it's most underbrush on a wet spring day, it's broken fir boughs after a storm, wildflowers and warm grasses - coupled with some citrus and mango notes. But it's that field aroma that makes it for me. Mouth is chewy yet finishes crisp.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

From a refillable bottle gotten at the brewery today.

A: Like all the other DIPA's, this pours a dark yellow color, hazy, with a strong pure white head that has good retention. Lacing is pretty good too.

S: First things I noticed are the lemon and clementine juice. Then, there is ripe mangoes and apricot followed by very ripe pineapples. I didn't expect this much sweetness from this beer to be honest. It is like powder sugar and a tiny tiny amount of caramel.

T: First off, you get the lemon/clementine attack. Then, you get assaulted by the hops. A quite impressive amount of dry-ness comes in the shape of citrus peels, just like biting into a bitter grapefruit peel directly, very strong. Then, you get the powdered sugar finale. What is weird with this beer, is that it seems to "echo". You go back to the lemon/clementine then hops then sweetness all over again. It's like the tastes are so strong by themselves that they all lingers on. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Very sour and dry, but also sweet.

M: Quite light but quite sticky too, which is not my preference.

O: This is quite unique I must say in a world of copycats. From a brewery that mastered the DIPA style, I get this, and it is quite different but I can't seem to describe how it is different (maybe it's the use of more "traditional" hops than what we are used to see in the DIPA scene). A must try for any hop-whores. This is very drinkable stuff too.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head that lingers at about two fingers for quite a while out of the growler. It laces beautifully down the glass through the entire session.

Aroma is citrus and a hint of resin. It's a bright aroma, but not sharp. Not overbearing, but assertive.

Taste is a nice balance of citrusy hops and malt backbone with a bit of hop oil that lends a good mouthfeel. it ultimately finishes a little dry and tart with a tail end of the hop bitterness.

Overall, a very drinkable, tasty IIPA.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Memphis Taproom in Philly; served in a tulip

An apricot colored body sits underneath two+ fingers of off-white foam. Excellent retention and sticky clumps of lace all over the glass.

Loads of citrus and tropical fruit leap out of the glass. Ruby red grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and guava on top of a super clean malt bill.

On the palate, the hops explode and recede slowly, leaving a moderate bitterness in its wake. Mangoes, tangerines, ruby red grapefruit and guava lend a fruity, playful hop profile that is a delight to put back.

Medium body with active carbonation. Not as hefty as some of the other HF ipas. A little more light and playful. Finish is fruity and moderately bitter.

Overall, this is an extremely solid an delicious iipa. This is welcome in my glass any day.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml growler into a plastic hotel cup.

A: pours a beautiful hazy golden with a finger of fluffy white head that dissapates nicley.... Tons of beautiful lacing, this is a beautiful beer.

S: hops hops hops, coming through like a tropical citrus blast, super fresh pineyness is mixed in there as well, this smells phenomenal.

T: does not dissapoint layer and layer of tropical citrus hops, along with some nice resinous pine... There is just the right amount if bitterness here to keep the beer from beig sweet. Loads of delicious hop flavor... Amazing balance.

M: great medium body with a nice, full lush mouthfeel, then dry and a bit bitter on the finish.

O: this may very well be my favorite dipa, it's right up there, if not better then the best... A phenomenal brew, so glad I had the opportunity to visit these guys and grab these awesome growlers.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.