Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
Abner
No picture.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

355 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 355
Hads: 2,370
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 1,888
Gots: 265 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 355 | Hads: 2,370
Photo of brianmandell
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first Hill Farmstead offering. Shared a 750 ml growler filled 1/17; enjoyed 1/22. Served in white wine glass.

A: Golden, cloudy appearance with vanishing head leaving a ring of white lacing at the edge of the glass.

S: Wonderful nose of tropical fruit, pine and citrus. I could sniff this forever. Slightly sweet.

T: Fresh piney, earthy hop flavor followed by tropical fruits and a lovely grapefruit bitter finish that lasts forever. Despite the nose, the malt presence is fairly dry. A bit of alcohol on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is masterful for a double ipa. Tiny bubbles dance across the tongue. The feel is light and resiny at the same time. So easy to drink which is dangerous for an 8.2%. The finish is drying and pleasant - each sip invites another.

O: This is an artfully crafted double ipa which I enjoyed immensely; the hop freshness is front and center but the balance is the key to success here. Well done HF, I look forward to trying more of your beers soon.

 984 characters

Photo of cfalls
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange. Small white head lasts and lasts, lots of lacing

S: Mostly malt, oddly. Some orange/tangerine

T: Starts sweet, with hop flavors following the nose. Juicy. Slight dankness underneath. Finishes bitter.

F: Smooth, mild carbonation, ABV hidden well, leaves an enjoyable oily bitterness.

O: Really different from other DIPAs. A must try.

 354 characters

Photo of yourefragile
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL growler from HF, served in a nonic.

Looks like a HF IPA. Color is a hazed, murky dull golden copper with a bubbly white head from a hard pour. Adequate retention and minimal lacing, suggesting this wasn't the best growler fill. Aroma is dank pine and citrus resin with biscuit malt and minimal sweetness. Very fresh and intense. Much more sweetness in the flavor which goes a long way in balancing the intense resiny bitterness and making this beer enjoyable. Hops start tropical and juicy before turning dry, raw and piney in the finish. Carbonation is a little low given this a growler, but not as bad as I expected upon initially opening. Thick, chewy and syrupy this a much denser and filling beer than my other favorite VT DIPA at the moment, Double Sunshine. In my opinion, consistently the best east coast DIPA for those seeking an intense hoppy and resiny fix.

 876 characters

Photo of fmccormi
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 2L growler to Hill Farmstead large glassware (the oversized wine glass). No dating obviously, but that’s just fine—bought it at the brewery this past Wednesday, so three days ago.

Appearance (5.0): Beautiful. Three finger of just off-white head, thick and tight, and fades very, very slowly. Heavy lacing all around the glass. The body is an opaque, bright orange, cloudy as hell—exactly the way I like my DIPAs.

Smell (4.5): A strong dank note comes along first, weedy and resiny, mixed with great, sweet citrus notes—pineapple and mango. No malt or alcohol in the nose, which is just fine for the style.

Taste (4.5): A pungent red grapefruit flavor mixed with a good pineneedliness dominates, sitting atop a biscuity, bready, cracker kind of character. This is very well balanced. There’s a little bit of alcohol heat that blends well with the hop bitterness—exactly what a DIPA should do, in my mind. The finish is long, piney and grassy, but never harsh. That’s what’s so good about this, nothing is harsh about it—just very well balanced.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Moderate carbonation, slightly tingly on the tongue, foams well in the mouth and BEST of all, there’s just a little bit of head that still feels a bit chunky passing your lips. Body is just on the full side of medium, but not heavy in any way. Spicy, slightly tingly carb all over the mouth—really a perfect mouthfeel.

Overall (4.5): This is a wonderful beer. It doesn’t have quite the lightning-flash bitterness that Heady Topper does, and it could stand to show a little more cereal complexity in the malt profile, but this does exactly what you want and hope it would do. It gets even better as it warms, which is just wonderful for the style, too. This is an exceptional DIPA.

 1,794 characters

Photo of davey101
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 750ml growler into a tulip glass. Was filled October 2, 2012.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange/yellow body very reminiscent of grapefruit juice. Thick two finger white head with loads of sticky lacing and retention. Looks perfect.

S - Grapefruit, mangos and peaches, a touch of crackery malt and pine. Juicy and fresh. Very complex and pleasing.

T - Bitter grapefruit initially leads into sweet peaches and some dry crackery malt. Finish is a bit piney with lasting bitterness. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied with silky carbonation. Drinkability is high for such a high IBU beer.

O - A wonderful DIPA. However, having this next to the Society & Solitude 5 it loses by a bit. Still an amazing beer that I would say is quite close to Heady Topper. VT just does IPA's right!

 783 characters

Photo of jealousmonk
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A -- Poured from a growler. Hazy, thick orange beer with substantial head and moderate lacing.

S -- Piney, citrusy hops. I don't get a lot of fruit or flowers. Also a fairly barnyardy IPA.

T -- Again with the cirtus hops, especially grapefruit, and a piney finish. Not much maltiness to speak of here. The funk present in the nose also comes through here, but is less prominent.

M -- It might be partially the appearance and the thick head, but it also has a fairly full body. However, it is also quite carbonated and does not seem overly heavy. No hint of the alcohol.

O -- It was great to get a chance to try this beer! Delicious and definitely worth grabbing a growler if you get the chance.

 698 characters

Photo of RachelZ
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer! This beer pours from a swingtop bottle with a cloudy gold/oragne color. Aromas consist of grapefruit hops and malts. This beer follows suit with taste and have pear hints. The aftertaste is a little bitter with hints of hops. Great IPA!

 250 characters

Photo of Tucquan
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's in Norristown, PA at a Hill Farmstead event. Had this again on 2012-06-09 at Teresa's Next Door and again on 2013-07-04 at TJ's in Paoli, PA.

A - Cloudy, golden-amber with little head into a 9 oz snifter.

S - Lots of pine, some citrus, nectarIne, mango and hop buds. Very nice but not as aromatic as the Ephraim.

T - Orange flesh and rind, LOTS of pineapple, nectarine, pale malt and a complex floral-basket of hop flavors. Love the bright, orange citrus aftertaste as it dances with the bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Mildly resinous. Refreshing.

O - Wonderful brew. Very well balanced. This is the beer that ran out first at this event at Capone's and ran out first at TJ's. I put it near the top of all double IPAs. It has a bit more pineapple flavor than their double citra. It is somewhat-like Heady Topper.

 881 characters

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap @ The Farmhouse

A - Cloudy orange/yellow colour. Half a finger of creamy white head.

S - Grapefruit, mango, peach and a hint caramel. Very fresh and vibrant hop aromas.

T - Big bitterness up front. Grapefruit, orange rind, peach and passion fruit flavours accompany the bitterness. Malt backbone is only slightly present.

M - Medium body. Lots of sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

 399 characters

Photo of mtomlins
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml growler

Pours a cloudy golden color with 2-3 fingers cloudy head with decent retention and leaving curtains of lace. The nose features hops hops hops with big floral and citrus (grapefruit, orange) notes, very dank and some toasted malts in the there also. On the palate, again massive hops, floral, pine and citrus, dank and coating, some residual malt sweetness for balance. It has a medium body, smooth and refreshing with lots carbonation. Just a fantastic IIPA and dangerously drinkable!

 510 characters

Photo of Hophead717
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml growler into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: Hazy, deep orange, with a small head that hangs around for a bit.

S: Hops! Specifically, grapefruit citrus, light pine, light grassiness. Bit of biscuity malt too, actually.

T: Sweet tropical fruits--some mango specifically, which I'm not sure I've ever gotten from an IPA before. Grapefruit is present as well, with lemon poking through too. The finish is lightly bitter, but not too strong.

M: Light to medium bodied, with medium levels of carbonation.

O: My favorite HF beer and a great IPA. Definitely one I want to have again soon!

 601 characters

Photo of rfgetz
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden amber color with orange highlights, big cap of white froth and good sticky lacing. Scent is a wonderful blend of citrus and tropical fruit... orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, faint notes of light bready malt. Taste leads with sharp bitterness before it becomes all about the fruit, crockery malt makes an appearance at the end before the bitterness returns. Medium bodied, smooth, dry. Great fruit forward dIPA with one of the best noses around.

 475 characters

Photo of kevanb
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Thanks Chris!

The beer pours a really hazy copper color, hints of orange and amber, almost like an orange rind when looking at it. Cloudy texture, bits of sediment floating in there with a nice thick white head rests on top of the glass, great retention, lovely thick layer of film appears when the head recedes, fantastic lacing and the head is easily resummoned with a quick flick of the glass. The aroma is incredible, huge citrus notes, orange rind, grapefruit with a touch of lemon zest. There is a great floral aspect, like sticking your nose into a lovely meadow of wildflowers and great pine elements than plays into some earthier undertones, but the vibrant bright citrus really takes this beer to a new level. Light malt presence, some sweetness from the caramel malt, a hint of biscuit from the pale malt as well, but this is a celebration of hops. The flavors are wonderful, tons of citrus right away, grapefruit, light orange zest, lemongrass, floral flavors come out really well behind the lemongrass and highlight the citrus element so well. The earthiness is not far behind and is a great counterbalance to the bright citrus and floral notes, nice piney hops, earthier malt leads to a touch of alcohol at the finish, but this is easily one of the most balanced and perfectly balanced IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. The body is perfection as well, smooth, dry, dank, bitter, coats the mouth well, goes down so easily and really amplifies all the great qualities of this beer.

Verdict: Sensational, another absolute knockout from Hill Farmstead. This is refined, balanced, artfully crafted and absurdly enjoyable, it's what every IPA should strive to be.

 1,741 characters

Photo of Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Blue Dog Chalfont's Wealth of Riches event. Poured on tap into large tulip. Beautiful foam crown. Great piney, citrusy nose. What a fabulous smelling beer. My favorite IPA to date, this has he most wonderful floral, grapefruit, piney taste. The mouthfeel is sublime. If you could only swish and spit your beer, this is the one. Fortunately you can swallow. GREAT beer.

 382 characters

Photo of hagbergl
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 750mL growler of Hill Farmstead Abner Imperial IPA at the Hill Farmstead Brewery in early August and brought it back to Massachusetts, where it was consumed in quick fashion. Served in my St. Bernardus chalice. Review is from notes.

Appearance (5/5): Abner is gorgeous: it pours a bright peach-orange hue with a one finger head of white foam that quickly dissipates. Lacing abounds. Like all of Hill Farmstead's beers, this one is unfiltered and opaque. The peach hue to this beer is very cool, and I'd say a little mouth-watering! A beauteous example of a lighter-colored IPA.

Smell (5/5): Abner is big on the citrus and tropical fruit notes: passion fruit, pineapple, melon, pine, grapefruit, orange. Mmmmm. A little honey sweetness can be detected in there from the malt, too. Beautiful aromas!

Taste (4.5/5): Abner delivers tons of hop flavor: it has piney, sweet fruit, and bitter grapefruit rind flavors. This complexity comes out during the ride over the tongue and down the hatch, combining to make one glorious hop explosion. While certainly fairly bitter, this bitterness is not over-the-top astringent and is balanced with some (token) malt sweetness. A slight alcohol heat adds to the flavor constructively, although a little more noticeably than in Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #4.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium-low carbonation (think this has lost a tad of its original carb. since being in the growler for a couple days). It is lightly prickly, medium-bodied, and quite smooth. Slightly creamy. The mouthfeel does everything right, though isn't out of this world.

Overall (4.5/5): Abner is a stellar example of an imperial IPA, one that is eye-catching and incredibly fruity–a Hill Farmstead trademark. Highly, highly recommended to those that favor Double/Imperial IPAs that treat hop flavor as a greater virtue than outright "bigness."

 1,877 characters

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from HF growler
L - hazy yellow/orange, thick white foam and lacing throughout
S - citrus, pine, hoppy and dank
T - delicious, tons of flavor , grapefruit, dank and smooth
F - terrific, creamy, juicy, great body and sweet finish
Nothing overpowering in this beer - just great all around flavor and feel

 312 characters

Photo of dcloeren
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jlindros for this growler!

Pours a beautiful golden honey color with specs of unfiltered goodness suspended throughout my beer.

The aroma is amazingly dank. Pine sap, fresh hop pellets, citrus zest. Extremely enticing and inviting.

The taste follows the nose. An absolute hop bomb in the best way possible. Dank and resinous with a citrus finish. Perfection in a growler.

Medium in body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Easy to drink, hides the ABV well and finishes sticky and wet.

Overall, this is an amazing DIPA. It excells in every category. I love the fact that it is unfiltered and this good looking. Worth finding a trading partner to get you some. I highly recommend it.

 706 characters

Photo of Gosox8787
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL growler fresh from the tap. Sampled on 2-19 after getting filled the day before at the Damon and Mimosa release. Kept chilled into the refrigerator unti opening. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in color with a slight one and a half finger head. Frothy, but sticks nicely to the glass throughout.

Aroma: Loads of hops in the nose. Big sweet mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruit. Some bitter pine undertones. Really nice citrus character in the nose as well. Really well done.

Taste: Mango, pineapple, and tropical fruit all are there plentifully. Some bitter pine notes arrive right after the initial fruity hop burst. Really flavorful and balanced throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with really light and crisp carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall, another spectacular DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I honestly cannot say which of their DIPAs I like best as they are all so top notch. Abner is really flavorful, yet drinkable. A really solid combination of sweet and bitter notes. I would get this anytime they have it on tap. Awesome.

 1,102 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Capone's in a tulip three times. 39 ounces minus foam. Review#950

Abner looks like juice with carbonation. A bright white head about 3/4 an inch up a bright white suds, semi condensed, down to a cap and leaving some stick on the side. The color is a mix of orange juice and tangerine look.

This smells incredible. It's so tropical. It's really bold. Citrus blasting out the ying yang with pineapple, mango, grapefruit, the regular cast of characters. A small malt base is detected with some warming but the alcohol isn't, lovely.

Abner is a mighty fine beer. This is certainly the best DIPA i've had from the east coast, this hits the marks. All the scents come together in the taste making way for a fruity, tropical, bitter, DIPA with class. A true winner. Im guessing a few of the c-hop varieties are in here, this is dry hopped apparently.

A bitter DIPA from the East, never in a million years did I think something on this level would be produced over here. Feel is bitter, medium, with enough malt to keep things in check, no problem on the carb, Im yearning for more. There are no coasts anymore, Abner is the one, go get it.

 1,146 characters

Photo of Resuin
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler, filled 3 days ago, into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber and leaves a finger of fluffy white head.

Smell: Some citrus, pineapple, earthy tones, pine. Definitely a mixture of hop flavors in the aroma.

Taste: Starts with some light pine and earthy tones, followed by some citrus/grapefruit. Finishes with some nice, bitter earthy hops. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouth-feel: Medium, or a little more, carbonation with a medium, refreshing body well suited for the flavor profile. Very smooth finish.

Overall: Definitely a solid double pale ale. Hop forward but a well balanced hop forward ale. Very smooth and refreshing.

 679 characters

Photo of kkleu357
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Someone brought a growler over for a bottle share. I guess it is slightly old for a growler, going on 5 days. Still was great. Poured a hazy orangish straw color. Nice pine citrus aroma. Taste was slightly sweet, but finish very citrusy and pine. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

 269 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a demonstration in the art of dry hopping, this beer is a genius, and in some ways represents the final evolution of ipa, i mean, what more could we want in the style than abler, its the pinnacle for me. fresh growler filled at the source over the weekend, about as fresh as possible in denver. a wonderful pale hazy honey color, delicate and soapy white head over an inch tall fades very slowly. the nose is the best part of this beer, so hoppy, so fresh, so minimally bitter. its the best part of hops, the citrusy bursting ripe freshness, tropical fruits, its like fresh squeezed pineapple juice blended into a really awesome ipa, thats what it smells like, and its mouthwatering. the taste is a little less fruity and a little more to the point, which is a hoppy point, a long finishing refreshing juicy hoppy flavor, not oily and resinous like its west coast brethren, but soft and calculated. there is an understanding here of the art of brewing and of the use of hops that i have not seen equalled. the growler is not the most friendly format to the beer, its best right from the tap, but this is an ipa like none other. just carbonated enough, and very light for its strength. the grain gives the hops just enough to lean on without interfering. tangerine and lemon come into play, but no acidity at all. the finish is mouthwatering again, i just can't get enough of this stuff. every bit as good as pliny or heady or whatever else people clamor on about as the best india pales out there. this is the one for me. the only thing i would change is availability.

 1,568 characters

Photo of MacQ32
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color with half a finger+ of near white head. Good retention, great lacing.

S - Skunky piney aromas, lots of tropical/citrus sweetness and rind. (pineapple, orange, mango).

T - Big hoppy rind bitterness up front. Lots of tropical sweet fruits mix with skunky resinous flavors. Tons of hop resin. Exactly as it smells but much more amazing.

M - Medium/lightish bodied, well carbonated, superbly drinkable

 435 characters

Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How does a growler-only beer with a super narrow range of distribution have over 800 reviews in just over three years? What's happened?

Anyhow, Vermont has destroyed my pallet. We secured Double Sunshine and Heady before making our way over the ol' Farm(stead), and when we got there all they had on tap were hops, hops, and hops. It was like a goddamn rabbit convention. But even then, after already sinking several feet deep into Heady Sunshine, and even after sample the three other selections (Citra, Amarillo, and S&S4), even then, this one tasted special.

At first, honestly, I thought it was the citra and the girl had just made a mistake while pouring, since the beer begins with a pronounced mango burst. But then a couple sips in, centennial and columbus hops become super pronounced, with big nodes of pine and herbs and a slight grape-iness. A bready finish of fresh yeast and caramel malts provide balance in the back end and do a phenomenal job of disguising its high ABV.

Most people, myself included, will probably prefer Heady, but this is definitely the more sessionable of the two.

 1,103 characters

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly filled growler at Hill Farmstead, enjoyed that evening in a snifter glass.
Pours a hazy medium to light tangerine color.
The aroma is simply stunning. Perfection for a fruity/citrusy double IPA.
Tasted amazing, plenty of juicy mango/grapefruit hops.
Mouthfeel was nice, a bit light with thousands of tiny bubbles on my tongue.
Overall this beer is phenomenal and worthy of world-class designation.
Fantastic!

 417 characters

Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.