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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 355
Hads: 2,365
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 1,888
Gots: 262 | FT: 1
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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.
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Photo of dhitchcox
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark orange. Slightly hazy. Low carb; little head retention.
Smell: Subtle citrus dominates. Grapefruit or blood orange. Rich overall.
Taste: Similar to the aromas. Very juicy. Slight pineapple-peach thing going on.
Feel: Rough bitter bite on the tongue throughout the drink.
Overall: Really delicious flavors and pleasing aromas.

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Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try my white whale ipa, and it was well worth it . Paired with some hot chicken at Hattie bs and good friends. Perfect example of what a hoppy beer should and can be .

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Photo of danh53
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one combines bitter grapefruit, soft peach, and earthy hops. Also has lemon and tangerine. Its sweet with pine notes, but its not too thick or syrupy. Mouth feel is medium and crisp. Its very refreshing. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at the brewery and consumed a few hours later. Hazy orange, cloudy, good head. Aroma is citrus and pine, lots of hops. Flavor is the same and the mouthfeel is interesting. Overall a tasty DIPA and the alcohol is quite well hidden.

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

Look - Signature HF look. Hazed. An awesome looking DIPA.
Smell - A very pungent/aromatic nose on this one. Tons of grapefruit, pine, some citrus, some peach. A great smelling beer no doubt about it.
Taste - Follows the nose well. Tons of ruby red grapefruit, pine/pithy type bitterness, hints of tropical fruits, some peach, citrus

Overall - Absolutely killer. World Class. Very deserving of it's spot as one of the best DIPA's in the world.

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Photo of Zonk
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at District Social

Pours deep gold to orange with a moderate white head.

Big nose with lots of pine. On the plate it leans toward pine, resin, and lemon/grapefruit citrus. Malt is apparent but less so than other HF IPA's to me.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good but def not my fav offering from Hill Farmstead. Very good taste and doesn't drink like a imperial double, very smooth but I was a little let down.

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

Poured on tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock Vermont into their snifter glasses. 12oz pour.

A= This beer is orange, best way to describe the color. It has a nice level of haziness, still allowing light through. A bit of actively rising carbonation creating a thick pure white head. The lacing is very sticky.

S= I get hoppy pine and earth flavors up front with citrus in the background. The citrus seems mostly grapefruit rind, but pink grapefruit that has a bit of sweetness.

T= Smooth and tasty hop layers, nothing overpowers the other. Pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, some resinous in the background.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, a bit syrupy.

O= Nothing that is a noticeable negative. This may be my new favorite from Hill Farmstead (previously Double Citra). Perfect balance of hop flavor, malt backing, and bitterness.

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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.

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

Drank on tap at The Well in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Light red/ orange, and hazy. Big head, had a lot of lacing.

Smell: I was like smelling a perfect air freshener, lots of flower scents and citrus. Sweet fruits also like apricot or dried peaches.

Taste: tastes like a bitter version of the nose. I feel like I tasted mineral water , orange peel and flowers, maybe so honey dew followed by grapefruit at the end.

Mouth feel: I think was a strong medium body, it did coat my tongue.

Overall: I really enjoyed it. It was really juicy and flavorful in the beginning and then would have a bit of bitterness to balance it out. Really a perfectly complex ,extremely balanced beer! Very drinkable.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sent to me by vtambrose, tag says best by 12/1/2015, consumed 12/8/2015

32 ounce swingtop growler

Pop it off, very little noise from the pop, was expecting less carbonation to come thru. Full, beautiful white cream head comes up after the pour about 1 - 2 inches in my tulip. one of the most beautiful colors a beer can be - orange, hazy, a bit dark, exciting, mouth is watering
Taste = pale moderately toasty malt/biscuit/hints of caramel/huge citrus notes - not much grapefruit full fruit taste - attention to hop detail, warrior hops hit hard at the end, but not too stingy for the MF - mouthfeel is unbelievably resinous and smooth and beautiful.

One of the most beautiful beers I have ever had. These guys are amazing. Thanks to Darren again for this beer - looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from November 11th, 2015
Had on-tap@ Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT

Appearance - Hazy and golden orange in color with a foamy, half-finger width head. Great retention, eventually breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Remember that movie and/or show Alien Nation? How those aliens had crazy, intricate markings on their heads? That's how I'd describe the lacing on this puppy.

Smell - The aroma hits on notes of orange, grapefruit, pine and a bit of leafy/minty character.

Taste - Oh wow. Strong orange and a bit of grapefruit pith. Lesser notes of mango and a touch of banana peel. Some leafiness and a light, minty character is found along with moderate citrus pith in the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter end of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. For as big as this is, it goes down incredibly smooth and easy.

Overall - I love unique brews, and I've never had a DIPA quite like this. It's kind of the Anti-Pliny. Whereas Pliny exhibits crisp, clean precision, this baby makes it's mark by incorporating complexity from all over, but delivers an incredibly well-layered, harmonious flavor profile. Simply lovely.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this was an amazing Double IPA... it has great color too it- the smell is tropical and citrus.. the taste is so clean. I love a little bit more huge hop presence for me.. but if you like smooth this is it... awesome beer

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this one was tough to track down. Twice while in VT I just missed getting some. Then one of my fave brew pubs down here had it on tap but again I missed out by hours. I swore I wouldn't let that happen again. 2 more swings n misses before I finally got to try this fine brew yesterday and it did not disappoint. Another fine IPA out of VT. Nice golden color - not mush of an aroma but what was there was pleasant. The taste was exactly what I expected, nice hop hit and super smooth with tons of flavor. Well worth the effort. Cheers

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Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler bottled two days ago.

A: Pours a hazy light orange? Tall and bubbly light tan head. Head is soda-like initially but settles down to more of a light, foamy mass. Great retention but just spotty lacing.

S: Floral with lots of citrus following. Pretty sweet smelling, borderline juicy in fact. Get some nice apricot when swirled. Yum.

T: Very citrusy and juicy up front. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Bready malt. Floral hit with a huge wave of bitterness in the finish. Quite bitter and drying on the back end, giving it a sort of resinous lingering mouthfeel and taste. Tastes almost sort of minerally between sips.

M: Shockingly heavy bodied. Very full bodied and coats the mouth well.

O: Hell of a DIPA. Great full mouthfeel and very smooth for having such big, bold hop flavors and bitterness. It creates a very nice balance and ups the drinkability. Make no mistake though, this thing has some sharp flavors and some serious bitterness on the back end.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is about as great an imperial IPA as I have experienced. Perfect in almost every way. Filled 10/17, drank 10/24, poured into snifter. Solid head that laces well, big juicy nose, and the taste is out of this world. One of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful unfiltered bold orange with a full two finger head. Great lacing and retention. Smells of fresh citrus, slightly dank, some earthy notes and pine. Taste is overwhelmingly flavorful with mango, orange, pineapple. Plenty of hops and bitterness on the back end, but it's superbly balanced so not one single great flavor stands out much more than the other. If anything, a slight nod to the citrus. Drank from a growler filled the same day, Abner is incredibly smooth and creamy. I expected big things from this beer given it's notoriety, but this is undoubtedly the best Hill Farmstead beer I've ever had. It may be the best beer I've ever had.

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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 EveningCordial
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of s growler from the Hill and poured into a snifter. Nice clear orange hue with a small white frothy head. Smell is very fruity and floral. Ripe peaches, guava, and other citrus really jump out. Taste follows the nose, super smooth with no bite whatsoever. Overall a delicious and delightful IPA. I've yet to be dissapoited by anything from HF.

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Photo of Sintech
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange hue.

Smell - Citrus, pine and dank nose.

Taste - The citrus and pine notes are nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good, not great. Check another one off the list!

Grade (A-)

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Photo of Slatetank
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this from the growler chilled in a Hill Farmstead Goblet shared with abru17

The color is a golden shade of amber with slight haze and voluminous white head with very fine bead and waves of lace stick. The smell has a strong citrus/tropical hop aroma with slight dank quality and mild pine with herbal odor and mild alcohol scent with mild floral quality. The feel has lost of hop in the textur but moderate bitter up front with resinous oily texture and mild malt sweetness with slight alcohol warming as it increases in temperature and very dry bitter finish.

The taste has a slight pine element with high alpha hopping apparent in that there is dank herbal tropical fruit and slight citrus zest with hint of floral esters. The malt is there mid palate with only a mild amount of sweetness to support and subtle mango with pine in the residual taste with a mild pineapple-like quality which carries that dank hop taste after the swallow. This is a great Imperial Pale ale, loverly blend of Simcoe taste with a great blend of hops to provide lush aroma and low bitterness yet a ton of hop flavor which makes a great Imperial IPA to me

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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 CayseyW
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Hazy with a light orange glow. Soft billowy white head--similar to most HF ales.
S: Very nuanced smell until the beer warms a bit, then it's an explosion of citrus fruits.
T: Taste follows the smell. Very delicious citrus fruits, with a gentile pine bite.
F: Incredibly soft and way to easy to drink. Perfect carbonation and no booziness.
O: This is just an amazing beer. I don't think I can add much that hasn't already been said about this beer or the brewery.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1.5L growler into a HF stem glass. Shared with my hophead wife. Thanks to @Evilash for grabbing this for me over the weekend. Poured darker than I expected. Was expecting a cloudy haze of a beer in the grand NE tradition, but this beer bucks tradition in every way. Huge citrus on the nose, floral in taste, and that clean HF finish. There is a slight booze burn, but it adds depth to the beer. All in all, a wonderful experience- right there with the other VT IPAs and perhaps exceeding them.

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Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HILL FARMSTEAD ABNER DIPA 9/23/15

Acquired from the brewery last Saturday. About the only one of the early Hill Farmstead releases I have not yet tried, perhaps because it's their highest rated on BA.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Samuel Adams IPA glass.

a: Clear dark gold/amber with a huge two inch foamy white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing which hung on from the very top of the glass on down.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Citrus with orange notes over a medium biscuit malt base and a balancing hop bite. Bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue. Rather high ABV is well hidden.

m: Medium, good body and no shortage of carbonation tingle.

o: A very fine DIPA distinguished by tasting at least 2% less than its reported ABV and relatively easy drinking as such. Been awhile since I had Ephraim but Abner certainly gives him a run.

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