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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1191
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 7.13%


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:
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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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally had a chance to have this beer in Vermont.. Great beer nice smooth American IPA.. Smooth is how I can describe it.. Hops are just right in this beer.. If I had to compare a beer to this beer it would be LUNCH and MO...cheers to this beer..Hill Farmstead produces great beer and I look forward on having others

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 00:52:40 | More by Guess2814
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.86/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Schnikies!!! Had no idea what I was walking into here, but SHAZAM! was I pleasantly impressed. Poured from tap into a tulip glass at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Vermont. Deep orange/amber color and expected cloudiness. On the nose, the scent of citrus pine was easily overwhelmed by grapefruit/orange scents. On the palate, hops assert and the malts were nicely subdued. On the palate, the theme repeats itself, with a nice, clean hoppy burn on the end. The mouthfeel is more than drenching full/substantial. I think I like this well-crafted monster (dare I say it) better than the infamous Heady Topper of similar profile. All in all, a remarkably fabulous experience!

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 05:58:16 | More by JohnParadee
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MS22

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Like this as much as HT and more than PtE.

All of the offerings from HFS are phenomenal and this is their pinnacle for me. Just a beautifully done DIPA all around.

Hops are wonderfully done here; stone fruits, pine, floral beyond comprehension. Had on tap numerous times when in VT for HT. Was so good I bought a few growlers to bring home with me.

If you get the chance to try some do it. Shooting up the BA ranking and for good reason.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 03:57:32 | More by MS22
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a Citizen Cider snifter from a 2L growler obtained same-day in Greensboro.

A: Attractive orange, cloudy, and very Hill-esque.

S: Strong citrus hops--as to be expected--and alcohol.

T: Kind of like Susan on steroids. Tropical citrus and apricot overwhelms with a significant alcohol finish.

M: Perfect, as to be expected from Hill.

O: Undoubtedly one of Hill's finest. Don't take my word for it though, it's one of Hill's most reviewed and still perfect. One of the few beers I could drink without end. Try it if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 01:56:58 | More by BTVflatlander
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Kiteman

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - yellow orange and clear.
S - great aroma from the strong hop profile. The citrus and pine notes really set the scene.
T - whoa. WAY too much alcohol flavor. Shockingly so for how highly rated this beer is. Plinys ability to hide alcohol must be unique. For me this knocks this beer down. The rest of the taste is in line with a great American IPA or apa. The strong alcohol presence will prevent me from buying the beer again.
M - very nice carbonation and very consistent.
O - I was delighted to get this beer on draught at the brewery (after a 4 hour wait!!!) but thought that this beer did NOT live up to the experience or the hype. Hill farmstead makes good beers but in my opinion and experience totally not worth it. Sorry HF fans.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 17:14:03 | More by Kiteman
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead Abner

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill.

Pours a nice pale copper with some slight haze and some orange hues. There is a nice half-inch medium dense head that forms that is white/off-white. The head is sticky as the brew goes down and the head recedes leaving some slight lacing on the sides. (4.75)

Aroma starts of with resinous and piney hop notes that are dank and fresh. Somewhat herbal. There is then an amazing plethora of tropical fruit; orange and tangerines mixed with some slight pineapple and mango and of course the ever-present grapefruit offering a delicious and inviting refreshing citrus note to the brew. Some slight bready malts are perceived under this dance of amazing hops. The tropical fruit notes really shine in the nose as the brew warms. (5.0)

Wow. The taste is ENCHANTING. There are notes of resinous pines with some herbal and quite grassy characteristics starts things of. Then the awesome tropical fruit notes reach in and fill the palette. Once again the grapefruit dominates for me with some slight lemon citrusness. Then some mild pineapple, notes of mango and tangerines and even some peach. Amazing. These are all well orchestrated and so layered amongst each other and give the brew a very elongated flavor profile. The nice pale malt gives the brew some balance with good earthy, bready grain and some slight caramel notes as well as the slight boozy sweetness from the higher ABV. Mouthfeel is near perfection with a smooth and silky body that is carbonated perfectly to allow for some palette cleansing. (5.0)(4.75)

Overall the tropical fruit notes mixed in with the citrus hop notes are the key to this brew. Very well orchestrated and a plethora of flavors that are rich on their own but are also very well layered and balanced with each other. (4.75)

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 05:22:06 | More by JoEBoBpr
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sidetracked

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 12:58:53 | More by sidetracked
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.94/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Brewery - Abner - On-tap

Finally, my first from what was at the time of this writing regarded as the #1 brewery in the USA.

Look - Hazy amber orange with a a nice soapy head that dissipates slowly and leaves sticky lacing all over.

Smell - Aroma is resiny hearty and juicy hops with smooth malty caramel. Super smooth but there is a hint of the bite that is in store.

Taste - So rich and smooth first comes in those super juicy almost orange or melon hops, then a wave of resin hops with a snappy bite at the end. Woo piney resin hops! Superb!

Mouthfeel - Perfect drinkability, alcohol is hidden completely, and the bitter hop linger fades quite gracefully. It doesn't get better than this. Carbonation is perfect here, the kind of brew that makes you thirsty for more.

Overall - Wow. This is one of the absolute best brews I have ever had. This has no comparison but if there is a lineup and that lineup has Pliny (Snappy crisp west coast), Heady (Floral as hell), and Dubs (Juiciest DIPA you can get), this is the higher quality version of Sixpoint Resin that further enhances what they were trying to do with that brew. A true king among brews.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 02:48:29 | More by JMScowcroft
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blackback in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy dark orange with one finger of white head. Good spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Really juicy. Mango, tangerine, pineapple. Lot's of sweet juicy fruits. Really inviting sweet hops. Spent lot's of time on the aroma of this and didn't wanna stop smelling.

T - Some boozy pineapple and lot's of sweet tropical fruits. Bright hops again. Mango, passionfruit.

M - Pretty strong bitterness, strong carbonation, medium body.

O/D - I enjoyed this quite a bit. Tons of hop depth. Really nice to sip and contemplate. Hops really shine well. I can't tell if I could drink a ton of this, but it was definitely a pleasure.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 23:03:36 | More by tbeckett
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dougfur

New York

4.84/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to try this on tap in Waterbury, VT tonight. Pours a hazy orange color, with a thick creamy head. Smell is excellent; very hoppy, tending more towards the citrusy side, but it's complex. Tastes very much like the smell. It's full of hops, but well balanced with a bit of malt. It's not overly bitter, but not even close to sweet. Mouthfeel is outstanding; Full, with real body, perfectly carbonated. Overall, this beer is all about balance. It's not quite perfect, but the balance of all the factors is pretty damn amazing. Easily one of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 02:13:54 | More by dougfur
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Lakemonster

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the "Prohibition Pig" in the wonderful Waterbury, VT. This beer was delicious and definitely on par with the Heady Topper although quite different tasting. The Edward is one of my favorite beers and this tastes almost identical to me only with more body and higher ABV. The aroma was out of this world with lots of pine and citrus. Remarkable smooth and the perfect pairing with the 12 hour smoked brisket and bacon BBQ sauce.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 22:00:16 | More by Lakemonster
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cradke

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes taken at brewery and from growler.

Appearance: Citrus with orange hue. 1 finger head. Mild lacing. Looks perfect and appetizing.

Smell: Just wow. Citrus and sweet pine. Such a fantastic balance between the 2. Enticing without overpowering.

Taste: Wow again. Wonderful pine and balance. Big hop profile but so well integrated and approachable. No ABV whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Thin to medium in mouth feel. Pleasant all around, inviting and delicious.

Overall: Wonderful Pine. Huge hop profile. So well integrated. Approachable. Nearly perfect. Everything you'd want in an DIPA

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2013 02:20:17 | More by cradke
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 01:44:29 | More by NiceTaps
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-hazy golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grassy and floral notes

T-grapefruit , orange, pine, light malt flavor with grassy and herbal notes, nice bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-definitely deserves it's place in the upper echelon of DIPAs, very aromatic with a great balance of flavors

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 01:53:00 | More by MDDMD
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at prohibition pig. A welcomed brew as we arrived at Vermont to start our Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest

A- Abner pours a hazy gold body with fair head of foam that slowly retreats. Very sticky with great lacing clinging to the edges of the glass

S- fresh pine scents and citric aromas burst from the glass with a complete blast of tropical tones. Very fresh and dank with the hop flavors. This is the explosive scent profile I look for in a DIPA

T- Thick blast of tropical citric flavors that are meshed with grapefruit, starfruit, and pineapples. There is a sugary malt type flavor that provides some sweetness and really compliments to aforementioned hop explosion. Abner completely exhibits flavors of a hoppy citric DIPA that so many hop heads look for

M- Smooth carbonation as the citric flavors clasp at the mouth leaving the desired sticky feeling. Very good feel from all that flavor

O- absolutely fantastic DIPA from Hill Farmatead. Shaun makes no secret about his affinity to citric hop bombs. Abner completely represents just that. One of the best DIPA's out there. Try to stop by prohibition pig if you are in Waterbury so you can give this a try

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 22:41:34 | More by lovindahops
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served out of a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a 1 finger fluffy white head with very good retention. Beer is cloudy, dull yellow. Stringy lace that really sticks around. Clarity hurts a bit but this is still a great looking beer.

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap, papaya. Very pulpy and aromatic. Real dank hoppiness resides in this one. Par for the course for Hill Farmstead beers... that is, amazing!

Bitter pine, tropical fruit, dank hop bitterness and pulp. Nice malt body lingers in the back with a sappy finish. Pine hop bitter aftertaste. Great complexity and balance here.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and smooth and quenching going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Can't believe this is 8.2%. Drinks like its 5% or lower.

Shaun Hill may be the king of hoppy beers and he proves it yet again with this creation. An amazing beer worth moving high and hell water to try!

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 01:44:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Holland

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: looks very cloudy with nice fine head that Strauss and am orange golden base

S: big citrus smell with some sweetened

T: amazing orange, grapefruit, sweetness, and malt. Probably the best tasting double IPA I've had.

M: medium carbonation, medium body, beautiful

O: amazing beer. One of the best I've had to date, and a great intro to hill farmstead.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 16:10:13 | More by Holland
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into Hill Farmstead tulip at three penny Montpelier, VT. Pours a slightly hazy light orange color with thick foam and sticky lacing. Smells of really intense high alpha hop; citra maybe?
The flavour is fantastic! Holy hell...
Really nice floral hop flavours, followed by a bitter booze hop. Some nice malt balance but the booze is really obvious, in a good way. This is a really in your face/melt your face kind of DIPA...really great all around and definitely one to have when you are staying put for a while...
Such a good beer (for the hop head).

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 01:40:31 | More by DrinkSlurm
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery into a Hill Farmstead wine taster glass.

Pale amber body, light lemon hues and classic creamy white head, perhaps some faint peach and orange colors as well.

Nose is a real nice mix of peach fruit, and mild melon like hop aromas. Very subtle but also quite nice too.

Lots of carbonation on the palate with mild toasty grains that seem to follow on the finish. Peach like fruit takes some nice dominance but leaves some crispness and gaseous like feeling.

Overall pretty decent but a real subtle take on a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 03:55:17 | More by smakawhat
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A good big hoppiness. Foamy head on orange body, lacey. Fuller mouthfeel A wild yeast aroma, and some hops there in the smell. The second glass made the difference (and was a cleaner glass). Good mouthfeel for a DIPA. Citrus hoppy orange.On tap at the Prohibition Pig.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 12:22:33 | More by Sammy
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 01:04:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy golden-orange color with a nice finger's breadth of white head that retained well and left soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice mix of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. Similarly, the taste is expectedly hop-driven, fresh citrus zest, mango, pine resin, overlaid on a biscuity malt base, mild alcohol bites here and there. Medium body, and quite enjoyable for any hophead.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 02:23:21 | More by Rifugium
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington, enjoyed back to back with Lawson’s Double Sunshine. Geez there are some phenomenal hoppy beers coming out of Vermont these days. While I may have preferred the Lawson’s by a small margin, this is as good as the style gets; it’s simply a matter of hop profile and overall taste you prefer or are in the mood for at any particular moment. It would be hard to say Pliny or Heady Topper or Abrasive are better; just a bit different.

Abner pours a glowing hazy orange color with a two finger white head that settles slowly. Nice lacing remains and the overall look is quite appealing (and appetizing). Vividly hoppy aroma, led by general citrus and more specifically, orange and lemon (to a lesser degree). Some piney notes emerge late and little in the way of malt is detected.

The flavor is very well balanced and by that I don’t mean between hops and malt, because the latter is very much restrained in the west coast style and just barely makes an appearance as a bit of sugared sweetness underneath. I instead meant that the hop subtleties and bitterness are each evident while the booze isn’t at all. There’s good bitterness, particularly in the finish, which is fairly dry, but it isn’t so assertive that it outshines all that citrus fruit, floral and pine notes, and spicy, peppery highlights. I get a lot of orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. It drinks incredibly easily and feels much lighter than the ABV and style generally does.

Medium bodied, perhaps a little on the light side for an imperial IPA, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Exceptionally well done.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 01:00:06 | More by tobelerone
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes - on-tap at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier in late February.

Beer pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange with a nice white head. The appearance makes me think of citrus fruit for some reason, and really is the perfect color for a DIPA. Smell is incredible - I get a blast of citrus fruits and amazing hops. The taste follows suit, it's really like a party in my mouth, bright citrus flavors take the lead, but this is incredibly balanced and easy to drink for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect, medium-bodied with excellent carbonation a bit of tingling and even some stickiness. Overall, this really might be my favorite beer ever. I've had it countless times, but drinking it on tap is the way that this beer needs to be consumed. Some of the growlers have held up really well, others not so much, but it would only get this score from me on tap. When served straight from this tap, this beer deserves a perfect 5.0 score, the best score I've ever given to a beer on BA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 03:39:23 | More by starrdogg
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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,191 ratings.