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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 341
Hads: 2,285
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 1,833
Gots: 230 | 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 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 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


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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Photo of tregan_20
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this straight from the Hill Farmstead tap and man was it delicious! Orange/amber color, (amazing) mango/citrus smell, slightly boozy and overall just awesome beer. I could throw a few of these back for sure! If you can, definitely make the trip to the brewery in VT as it will be a memorable one. Cheers!

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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 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 PVMT
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House 8/18/15. It was piney and floral, slightly sweet with a bitter finish. Very unique tasting, kind of an east coast exploration of a west coast IPA. Like no other DIPA I've tried. Impressive.

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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.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What is this wizardry?! This is one of the most interesting IIPA's I've had. While it is not my favorite, the experience of this beer is singular and well worth the legwork to get it. This is way more than a tick on the top 250, this is something special.

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Photo of Duff27
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Inch tall fluffy bone white head, orange body. Clumpy lacing. Lovely.

Aromas of orange, mango.

Follows the nose. Take bitterness but dank finish.

Gentle mouthfeel, smooth carbonation.

Huge thanks to BroCraig for trading for this, a long time want. Upper tier DIPA.

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

Was finally able to try one of my white whales....this beer has eluded me at every turn for the last 18 months...every time it released I tried multiple times to get it and was not able to....FINALLY landed a 64 oz growler and drank it with a friend, poured into a tulip and right away you notice a really nice orange hue in the beer which is cool. As you drink there is tons of lacing present on the glass. Nice well balanced citrus hops character and smell. Overall an amazing beer!

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Photo of Mineo
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange. Aroma of dank hops and biscuits. Mouthfeel perfect; crisp and refreshing. Taste is piney hops with a wonderful malt backing -- present but not overly cloying. It's certainly not the most bitter or hoppy-tasting DIPA, but its impeccable balance puts Abner up there with the best.

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Photo of -Rick
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: a bright golden yellow haze with a slight white head.
S: tangerine, orange, and sweet citrus fruits
T: very big tropic fruit notes, a bit sweet, with a danky bitter finish
F: smooth with just a bit of carbonation,
O: a world class double. Maybe a slight more bitter than I expected, but one hell of a beer!

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Photo of Vultr_of_cultr
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing stuff! Lovely hazy gold with a perfect head. An array of grapefruit, tangerine and other citrus notes. Clean, sweet-ish finish. Quite possibly my favorite of those legendary Vermonters.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Mass
A- pour is hazy, yellow color with ridiculously tight-packed bubbles. Wow!
S- I got citrus in the realm of grapefruit, apricot, tangerine.
T- really. Hits you with bitter citrus like orange peel, lemon rind, danky bitterness. Superb!
M- rich and creamy medium-bodied. Soooo good. Finishes nicely, not really dry at all.
O- this is truly a world-class IPA.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1 inch thick foam head. Fantastic lacing. Cloudy gold color. Nice fruity aroma. Every Whig has a different layer of citrus. Absolutely delicious. Nice citrus balanced with a piney bitterness. Feel can't be any better for an ipa. Easy money 5. Incredible beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is close to as good as it gets. Pours a hazy light orange color. Thick fluffy head and great lacing on the glass. Smell is fantastic, tropical, hoppy. Juicy taste, with some sweetness. Hops shine through beautifully. Feel is extremely smooth, goes down very easy. A favorite of mine for sure

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.