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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 329
Hads: 2,172
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 1,784
Gots: 205 | 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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Reviews: 329 | Hads: 2,172
Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikey for the growler, split with friends for our UFC tasting.

A - Pours a hazy orangish/red, a fingers-worth of off-white head, spotty lacing, and a thin cap.

S - Nice citrus aroma, lots of hops, some fruity/floral notes in there as well. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, nice bitterness on the nostrils.

T - Lots of hops...citrus/floral/herbal, big juicy grapefruit and pine notes. Bitter, bitter, and some more bitter. You like hops? You'll enjoy this DIPA.

M - Light to medium, soft carbonation, oily finish.

D - I think Ephraim in the better DIPA, but this one is very solid. Very easy to drink, as I had a couple of glasses. Recommend! (665 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Prohibition Pig.

Pours a cloudy orange with a dense off-white head.

Aroma of pine, citrus, grapefruit, light orange/lemon.

Taste upfront is moderately bitter with flavors of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel mixed with a slight citrusy sweetness. Less bitter finish with piney notes. Very little malt presence. Lingering pine and lemon peel bitterness. As the beer warms it gets a bit more bitter and some of the citrusy sweetness drops out.

Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Clean finish.

Really good. Hop-forward, but not overly abrasiveness even with such a light malt presence in the taste. Nice mix of citrus and pine.

9/23/2012 (673 characters)

Photo of Blanco
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange colored (slightly cloudy) with weak white head. strong hoppy notes in the smell, more with citrus than anything else with hints of fruit. Light and refreshing taste. grapefruit undertones and more tropical fruit in the background. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Alcohol is nonexistent. Very nice DIPA. (307 characters)

Photo of alalvarez75
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

A - Darker orangish body with some haze that had a nice foamy head.

S - Citrus and floral hops.

T - Citrus and slightly tropical hop and sweetness notes. Sweet caramel malts in a nicely hopped beer.

M - Light to medium bodied with a nice dose of carbonation.

O - Easy to drink and tempting to drink more than one. It is one of the crisper DIPAs. (380 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared by daysinthewake.

Very murky, golden yellow body. Dirty white head settles to a ring and a patchy covering.

Lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Some spice. Great hop profile. Floral and piney. Some faint cracker malts.

Retained hops, floral and citrus flavors, with some pine. Mango flavors. Crcker malts give a dry backbone. Bitterness is restrained, and builds into a good dose of bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

This is an easy drinking DIPA. I thought it was a pale ale at first. Great hop flavors. I could drink a billion of these. (568 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: 10.11.13

This beer is fantastic :)

ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4.11

Growler received in a trade with the ever generous MtGoat thanks!

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldfish orange with honey folds and a 1 finger white crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: A touch of sweet malt over floral hops and citrus hops. I but more subdued than I was expecting considering how blown away I was by Edward IPA.

Taste: Grassy and herbal introduction with moderate bitterness, followed by a touch of malt sweetness, and ending with a decently bitter finish. There really isn't much citrus hop presence...just a touch of grapefruit and a dash of tangelo orange presence.

Mouthfeel: A bit undercarbonated but this growler was filled about 10 days ago so that might have played a role.

Drinkability: No real problem getting this one down.

I think this one is worth another sample (mainly to see if the age of my growler played a part in my tasting experience) but I'm not even close to liking this as much as the Edward IPA. (1,021 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz tulip at Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington.

Crystal clear with thin off-white head that leaves major spotting. Aroma is dominated by pine and earthy leaf notes. West-Coast in smell. Some faint caramel peaks through.

Palate is medium-bodied and tight with killer bitterness and some residual sugar. Leafy, pine-y, citrus bomb on top of some medium caramel maltiness. It's East-Coast in style but not as much residual sugar as Dogfish 60 Minute or Southern Tier UnEarthly.

Super clean and wonderfully bitter, but balanced. The 8.2 is hidden like a Westy 12 in a carry-on bag. Dank and delightful. Well done, Shaun! (620 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy gold color with a very nice head. lots of tightly packed carbonation bubbles taht hold really well and leave very nice lacing behind.

S: A mixture of pine and tropical fruit with some grapefruit bitterness. he citra hops come through, but this is not as aromatic as other IPAs

T: Grapefruit and pine notes to start that transition to tangy apricot and lemon notes. The pine notes linger as as does a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy. No sign of heat and no harsh tones either. Couldnt ask for much more

D: another great offering from HFS with no hops left behind (603 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a hazy golden yellow with tons of tight white head. Nose is huge, tons of bitter grapefruit with notes of pine and hop resin. Taste is more balanced, notes of grain and some underlying sweet malt. Extremely clean with no sugars, tons of hop punch. Strong grapefruit and pine with a touch of resin. Bitterness is present but well integrated through the soft well carbonated finish. Body is delicate and light. Great stuff. (429 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Teku glass.

A: Pours orange-tinted pale colored with two fingers of dense, fluffy off white head which slowly deflates. Very good retention, leaving a thick ring and some surface head for much of the duration, and generous swaths of lacing.

S: Pretty long-reaching aroma, I can initially smell it from a foot away. Candied tangerine, hint of a tropical note, peach, pink grapefruit, an undertone of breadiness/cracker.

T: Floral and light pine notes, pink grapefruit rind, pale crackery malt, finishing with a mild, lingering bitterness and noticeable sugar. Alcohol is almost completely hidden.

M: Kind of a yin-yang, with soft, milky medium-full body and sharp, medium carbonation. Leaves your mouth completely dry.

O: Very good, well constructed beer. Quite drinkable. That being said, it wasn't quite blow-my-mind good, and it seems that there are much easier to get options out here in SoCal (e.g., most IPAs from Alpine would be better than this). But I was very glad for the opportunity to try this. (1,011 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in VT, stemmed tulip glass. Review is from notes.

A-Golden-orange color, hazy, unfiltered. One-plus finger head, minimal lacing.

S- Citrus, pine, oily. Floral notes under the big grapefruit nose.

T-Oily citrus taste with enough malts to tame the hops.

M- Tart and crisp, medium feel. Hoppy bite finish.

O- True to form, big and flavorful. (350 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pale gold color with white head. Aroma is of freshly cut hay, honey, and a slight piney-ness to it as well. Taste is much more piney than the aroma. I also get some of the honey flavor; presumably from a light malt. The color also hints that they used lighter malts. Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but I did enjoy the hop 'sting' on the tongue. Overall a great DIPA; I haven't been disappointed by Hill Farmstead yet, and doubt I will be any time soon. (457 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired yesterday fresh and poured into the Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing a clear deep gold body under a tall white head. Pretty colors, some lacing. Smells like serious hops with a good floral, grassy-cool citrus presence and a little honey.

Tastes appropriately bitter with a nice grassy character and a little grapefruit rind. The flavor has a nice peppery bite to it. Otherwise, a little meatiness and a slight floral nectar-type sweetness fold out at the end. The taste is overall very clean and very distinct with no unappealing anything. Mouthfeel is a little dry from the bitterness, a little smooth from the malt backbone. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. decently drinkable.

Overall I really like it. I'll try this one again. (753 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbutova for sharing this beastly growler.

Pours hazy orange, white head retains at a half finger and leaves excellent lacing.

Great smell - tons of peach, resin, warm bread, some grapefruit.

Taste follows the smell almost identically. Great peachy/dank/grapefruit hop profile with some citrusy tropicalness as well. Nice warm bread malt backbone as well.

Good mouthfeel, but felt a little thin to me.

Damn! Vermont knows their hops! This is definitely comparable to Heady Topper. (495 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin head into my glass.

Aroma is full of a bouquet of grassy, citrusy hops that don't overpower but rather hint at the taste within.

Taste is full of crisp, grapefruit-like hops with a hint of grassiness and dryness to it. They proceed to envelope the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is dry with a nice lingering of grassy hops. Nothing harsh.

Well-balanced and subtle. It takes skill to make this style enjoyable from the tap and nothing is spared in the end result. Rivals the Alchemist. (522 characters)

Photo of Pentastar
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange amber, small head, not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma: The aroma is subtle, with overtones of apricot, some cantelope scent is also present.

Taste: The flavor starts with bitterness, followed with grass and herbs. Some malt in the background.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Easy drinker. (332 characters)

Photo of KevBot89
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: love the haziness of this beer. Orange-ish color.
Nose: smells like dank marijuanna with hints of grapefruit.
Taste: bright citrus fruits, grapefruit heavy, some mild lemon/lime flavors
MF: adequate carbonation and body for a DIPA
Overall: really solid beer, as expected from Hill Farmstead (302 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at eulogy in philly

Pours a clouded golden orange with some yellow hues. A decent frothed head retains for a while before leaving rings of spotty lacing around the glass.

A nice punch of citrus hops with grapefruit and orange, slight sweetness, and a bit of grainy malt in the nose.

Plenty of juicy hops in the beginning with grapefruit bitterness. Sweetness from oranges and a touch of pineapple in between the dry hop assault. Biscuit and caramel malt stay in the background but help to balance out the hops. Finishes with another dose of staunch citrus and light sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and dry with an unusual yet pleasing creaminess on the palate with lingering feel. Drinks really well, the alcohol is nonexistent, and the flavors balance out nicely from top to bottom. This was my first beer from Hill Farmstead and I cannot wait to try another one. (892 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mike (gushue3) for the growler and other Vermont goodness. 750 ml swing top served in a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a solid apricot color with a chilled haze. A thick one finger, pure white head forms on the pour. It recedes quickly into a thick collar that leaves a huge netting of lace.

S: This smells wonderful. Fruity and grassy hops first come into play. Nice tropical fruit smells with pineapple and mango, some mild citrus, a touch of pine and a solid malt presence as well.

T: The taste is just the same. Nice pineapple, mango and papaya with some orange as well. Sweet bready malts create a nice backbone throughout the drink. The finish has a slight bitterness with a hint fresh pine. Very balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The sweet malt and fruity hop flavors linger across the palate for quite sometime and the beer is highly drinkable.

O: What do you know? A delicious DIPA from Hill Farmstead. Shaun knows how to kill it and I wish I could these beers all the time. Incredibly balanced and overall just delicious. (1,062 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Hawthorne's in PA.

A yellow, slightly orange body, kind of hazy, a few bubbles on top.

Citrusy hop notes all over the place, maybe some pine notes and a really dank hoppy aroma mixed in. Some sweetness also comes through.

Wow, what a great flavor. Big bitter notes, orange peel with a fairly big malt backbone to give a nice pale malt flavor. With that said this isn't very balanced a big nice bitterness with really nice citrusy notes. medium bodied with very little carbonation. I am guessing the long journey is what caused the light carbonation so I can't really take away too much from it.

Overall a fantastic beer. Really nice hoppy flavor and aroma. If only the carbonation was present like it should be. I gotta try this and other Hill Farmstead IPA's. I could see this being my top rated DIPA if I could try it again. (843 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hill Farmstead on November 4, 2010. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to Shaun for his incredible generosity for spending a good deal of time with us.

Pours a nice orange color with a bit of copper overtones. White head and some lacing. The nose is really nice with a good dose of citrus, orange, and some light pine. A touch of light grain in the background.

The flavor is nice with orange juice and a bit of rind. Some very light grapefruit as well. A touch of pine and spruce in the finish, which is nice and dry. Good carbonation levels and a nice bitterness. A really tasty brew. Thanks again, Shaun. (629 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler, filled from the brewery yesterday. Poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: Moderate pour into glass provides a solid one finger of fluffy white head. Head fades quickly, but the elephant nucleation point keeps it wispy throughout the beer. Very nice but thin lacing is left all over the glass as it goes down. Dark and hazy orange color. This is a very pretty beer, though I wish it had a bit stronger head.

Smell: Grapefruit! Lots and lots of grapefruit! There are some other nebulous citrus aromas and a bit of malt in here, but the aroma is all about the grapefruit.

Taste: Unsurprisingly, Abner tastes almost exactly like he smells. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, a nice hoppy bitterness, and not a trace of alcohol despite the 8.2% ABV. There is some grass and a bit of malt hiding in the back, but this guy is dominated by sweet grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied - very pleasant, but nothing revolutionary.

Drinkability: Wow. I enjoy DIPA's well enough, but tend to not go crazy with them as I find the alcohol dominates the beer more often than not. Not so here. ABV aside, this beer could be drank all night long.

Overall: Hill Farmstead makes as good of a beer as anyone out there, and they're doing it with such a wide variety of recipes. This is another killer beer in their lineup - I wouldn't say it's better than Ephraim, but it's up there. I'm off to the Alchemist in an hour for some Heady Topper, and Abner is one heck of a baseline for comparison. Bottom line - if you like a grapefruit tasting DIPA, I don't think you'e going to do much better than Abner. (1,636 characters)

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 750ml. growler sent the same day of filling by baconsausage. Thanks for the opportunity.

With the top popped, a straw colored liquid poured into my awaiting glass. Lovely carbonation levels rose near to the top and the room was filled with a bouquet of hoppy freshness.

Pine needles, grapefruit zest, oranges and a light agave styled aroma emerged from the glass. Big and hoppy, nearly dank, it seemed as if the hops were squeezed to release their true nectar. Sticky was almost the comparison but icky isn't something I usually follow up with.

Smooth on the palate with a juicy citrus flavor taking over. The combination of a grapefruit and tangerine came close as to the initial citrus comparison. Hop bitterness came up on the finish but never made the beer feel out of balance. Some sweetness was also tasted, more to the effect of a sweetened tea which gave a nice undertone to the high citrus flavor.

I'm very happy to have gotten the chance to enjoyed Abner. With Ephraim to come, I'm really blown away at one breweries' capability to produce their quality of different hop forward recipes. Delicious and just my style. (1,137 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Transported back to Chicago in a 750ml Growler, poured into a HF glass.

A: Opaque deep yellow/amber body with a pure with head of 2 fingers and good retention and lacing.

S: Packed with juicy fruity goodness, tropical fruits and citrus, floral, grassy, and piney as well.

T: Very flavorful with layers of hope taste following the nose and bitterness throughout. As with the other HF beers I've had, however, a little watery feel to it throughout and on the finish.

M: Medium carbonation, that watery feel is present, dry finish, medium body.

O: Very pleased to have this and well-enjoyed. Not the best DIPA I've ever had, and perhaps not worth an intense journey to get it, but this is a finely crafted DIPA. (713 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 to worthy sniffer

A: golden honey with a small white head that fades quickly but leaves a ring completely opaque

S:this thing practically reeks of tropical fruit melon being the most pungent but its wonderful not much else there

T: there is definitely that tropical fruit flavor upfront were at first it's almost juicy but it gets bitter with hops and a bit of malt that fades slowly with the fruit making another appearance to balance out the finish. additionally as it warmed the bitterness went down and the fruiter hop flavors can out more

M:smooth very oily not really thick or thin but in the middle goes down east but bitterness makes it not super easy to drink but it is drinkable light carbonation that suits it as well

O: this is a really really good imperial pale ale it's tastey and smells great I might be a bit of a homer but I love me some hfs. only pale ale I've liked better is ephrium (913 characters)

Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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