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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,539
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,265
Gots: 76 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: kingcrowing on 05-12-2010)
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Brez07

Maine

4.2/5  rDev -9.5%

64oz growler filled last weekend at the brewery's anniversary. Thanks to Sean (drazzamatazz) for the hook-up. Poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: The beer pours hazy, burnt orange in color. Nice thick 2 finger white head. Kinda thought it would have better retention based on that, but it dwindled to a frothy layer within a minute. Scattered spotted lacing

S: Dominated by citrus but has some nice accompanying minor notes. Grapefruit, tangerine and pine all greet you initially. Some flower mixed in. Also a touch of grass/lemongrass

T: Tastes a lot different then it smells. Starts with a light pine and some bitterness from this. Rather earthy in the middle. Some floral and grapefruit linger in the background. Fairly hoppy, but not the big citrus flavor I was expecting

M: Medium bodied. Soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is there but light for the style. Could be the format. Certainly doesn't distract too much though

D: Drank the shit out of this beer. Potentially dangerous at 8.2%. Don't expect to have this much given the limit distribution of Hill Farmstead but I would order whenever given the chance

06-05-2011 19:43:57 | More by Brez07
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sjjn

New York

4.2/5  rDev -9.5%

08-14-2014 00:57:50 | More by sjjn
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -9.3%

750ml Swing Top - Thanks to pushkinwow!

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts and hops. It also has apricots, lemons, grapefruits, and a bit of a grassiness. I can also pick up on some dry floral/woody notes and some lemon zest. It ends with a dry very hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - Another winner from these guys. Not as good as some of their other beers that I have tried but still a way above average brew. If you like more of a floral/dry (but still with some fruitiness) DIPA, you will love this stuff.

05-21-2013 15:50:37 | More by spinrsx
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suspect

New York

4.21/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured from a HF growler into a Founders Snifter. Thanks to mightyatom for the hookup.

A: Hazy pale golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick 2 finger head that fades slowly leaving sticky thick white lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: HUGE grapefruit bomb. Hop-forward for sure with a monster malt bill hiding nicely behind.

T: Again, big grapefruit forward brew. Booze shines through the taste a little but not much.

M: Smooth, silky finish. Not oily, doesn't kill the palate.

O: A good beer...a great beer. Absolutely wonderful. Top tier of the DIPAs.

02-17-2013 03:54:54 | More by suspect
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -9.1%

Served on-tap at Capone's during the Hill Farmstead party during Philly Beer Week. I missed this one last time, glad I finally got to try it. Now all I need is Ephraim....

A - Pours hazy orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of citric hops, grapefruit, pine, bready malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness. The nose was good but when you have a Double Citra sitting right beside it there really isn't much of a comparison. Still very nice tho.

T - Starts off with a nice grapefruit kick quickly giving way to a mix of light citric hops, caramel sweetness and some dry chewiness. Very nice overall balance throughout. Finish is a touch dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Pretty good but not as good as the other hoppy HF beers.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, chewy, feel with plenty of lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

O - I enjoyed this one quite a bit but when you compare it to the other hoppy Hill Farmstead beers it is clearly fourth or fifth best. Not knocking it one bit as it is still an awesome beer, just not as good as either of the Citra's or even Edward.

06-08-2011 23:01:13 | More by orangesol
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -9.1%

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy caramel with a frothy, half inch, milky head that dissipates into a bubbly skim. Small spots of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, a floral character and light toasted malts. Taste is earthy and floral with some light bittering at the finish. There's also a slightly tart and herbal quality in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, crisp carbonation. I have to say that I found Abner to be really quite tasty and interesting, and one of the best domestic Farmhouse Ales I've had to date. That being said, I'm a bit surprised to see it characterized as a DIPA. Nonetheless, regardless of the style, it has great complexity and flavor. A truly wonderful beer.

02-12-2011 02:16:38 | More by Jwale73
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Verecund

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -9.1%

On tap at the Harvest Festival at Hill Farmstead on October 1, 2011. Probably a six ounce pour into a HFS wine glass.

Hazy, ever-so-slightly-watered-down orange body with a nice two finger clean white head.

Fairly bright citrus and tropical fruit [sweet peaches come to mind] hop aroma with hints of deep, dank herbal and piney bitterness mixed in. Really nice, if not a bit mellow.

Grapefruit [pith], sweet peach and tangerine fruitiness dominates with a strong serving of citrus pithy bitterness and surprisingly sweet caramel / sugary malt backbone. Lots of pine and grass make their way onto the flavor profile as the palate begins to differentiate between the sweeter fruitiness and pithy bitterness.

Medium bodied with medium, medium-low carbonation. Fairly sticky and oily.

A good DIPA, but not as solid of a showing as batches of Ephraim.

10-03-2011 02:23:09 | More by Verecund
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks to idrinkgas for sending this over.

Appearance: Out of the growler, my pour has a nice creamy froth of a white head above a cloudy tangerine beer. Pretty nice retention from a growler.

Smell: Some lightly sweet crackery malt. The aroma is full of hops. Floral, some grassy, lots of grapefruit, and a bit of spicy pine. Very nice.

Taste: A good amount of biscuity malt does its best to stand up to the hops, but fairly quickly the tidal wave of hops wins. A balanced hop presence - grapefruit citrus, some grass, and some prickly pine. The finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Balanced full body, a little bit of booze. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Lightly grainy, not much hop oil left on the tongue after each sip.

Overall: This is a well made, balanced, hop bomb. Very good, I have no qualms about finishing a decent portion of this growler.

09-28-2011 02:35:58 | More by KickInTheChalice
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -8.8%

Had multiples on draft at Frida's in Stowe, VT while enjoying some excellent authentic Mexican.

Appeared a hazy light orange color with a two-finger white head. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is dominated by pine and grapefuit. Backed by some more citrusy notes - lemon and orange. Not as sweet smelling as I would have anticipated.

Taste starts off with a bitter punch, giving way to the more fruity sweetness in the finish. Very fresh tasting. If you let it sit on your tounge for a few, you can identify some different fruits and a maltiness to it.

Mouthfeel was nice. No heat whatsoever. Carbonation made this relatively strong, rich drink quite refreshing.

Still not quite up there with Heady and Kiwi Rising IMO, but a solid DIPA. Would like a bit more citrus to balance out the IBUs a bit.

12-24-2012 02:09:10 | More by TWStandley
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jegross2

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -8.8%

Reviewing the Abner from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 93

Three week old growler served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange color with floaters. Pretty much opaque. One to two fingers of creamy cream-colored head at pour almost entirely settles -- save for the thin bubbly ring around the glass. Average laving, but awesome retention. 4/5

Smell: Bright, sticky tropical fruit citrus. Pineapple, peach, grapefruit and juicy orange. Lemonade and piney hops too. 4/5

Taste: Bitter citrus, lemon and pine. Grapefruit, spicy caramel, a touch of onion and pineapple juice. Layering prickly bitterness on the tongue. You can tell greatness was once here, but it has faded to mere "really really good"-ness. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Heavy bitterness on the palate. Buttery/oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: I really regret letting this one sit around for three weeks (even though it was elegantly taped up and stuck in the fridge the whole time), but sometimes you just do not have time to get around to certain beers while they are freshest. This is one I am absolutely going to seek out again in the future because, despite the fact you can tell that it had fallen off from being something better, it was still delicious.

Recommendation: Fans of IPA's should seek this one out and drink it fresh. This is probably not the best starter craft beer for the casual drinker, however.

Pairings: Spicy/hot buffalo wings.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml growler or $18 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).

06-04-2012 00:41:40 | More by jegross2
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John_M

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev -8.8%

Tasted side by side with the double citra at Capone's, I thought this beer a tad less impressive than that great beer. Regardless, this is another fine IPA from a brewer who is clearly a master at crafting delicious IPA's.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, though it doesn't compare to Ephraim or the double cirtra. Still, I get considerable dry citrus, pepper and light pine on the nose. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, impressively hoppy IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is well disguised in what is another outstanding IPA from the folk at FH. Excellent beer, but I thought it paled in comparison to some of its sibling at this event.

06-03-2011 21:59:43 | More by John_M
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

01-13-2014 13:56:27 | More by tectactoe
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

04-07-2014 00:29:40 | More by Prospero
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

07-29-2013 10:52:41 | More by Cynic-ale
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

03-20-2014 00:46:07 | More by jtladner
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

09-30-2013 19:40:45 | More by Bizoneill
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

09-09-2013 15:23:47 | More by roostor07
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leschkie

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

03-31-2013 18:18:06 | More by leschkie
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bbpro47

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

01-17-2013 04:11:59 | More by bbpro47
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

07-20-2014 02:44:04 | More by Kevincredible
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Yem1982


4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

07-20-2014 14:58:28 | More by Yem1982
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

02-09-2013 22:13:39 | More by GRG1313
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sfr26

New York

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

09-10-2013 04:17:02 | More by sfr26
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Shaymus

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

08-04-2014 01:05:26 | More by Shaymus
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resistdefy

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

06-24-2013 02:19:40 | More by resistdefy
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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