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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,278
Gots: 77 | 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:
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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +6.3%

From Hill Farmstead's website: "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 pale ale is dutifully crafted from American malted barley, a plethora of American hops, our ale yeast and water from Abner’s well. It is unfiltered 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. 8%, 18.5º P, 170 Theoretical ibus. Ingredients: Pale and Caramel Malt; Dextrose; Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Warrior hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water."

Received this growler in a trade, and the tag says "Best Consumed by April 3, 2014".

Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed balloon glass.

In the glass, Abner is a rustic but beautiful looking IPA. The body glows with a bright orange haze and the puffy, marshmallow head develops slowly and compacts easily, giving it the ability to pop out over the rim of the glass. It has a smooth, creamy texture, and leaves impenetrable rings of lacing on the side of the glass. After some time, the head withers down to leave just a floating island of white bubbles in the middle of the glass.

Inhaling Abner's scent is not something you would soon forget. It is not delicate, but it is certainly not bold. The aroma carries hints of sweetness and bitterness, oozing with notes of pine sap, honeysuckle, kiwi, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and citrus zest. It's a feast for the olfactory glands. This tropical aroma, bright and citrusy, is very popular with craft drinkers right now, and while I am not opposed to any other types of profiles out there, I find this particular "style" of hop aroma to be so appetizing, refreshing, and interesting all at once.

The head acts like the cream on top of the milk.It is soft and buttery on the lips. The texture of the beer is also very soft, and approaching creamy. Smooth carbonation, and plenty of it. Up front is a bright fruitiness, with hints of peach tarts and grapefruit. Immediately following that, across the palate is a flash of bitter citrus fruit, and then some serious pine flavors mixed with the lingering bitterness and astringency of citrus rind. The aftertaste carries notes of tropical fruits, and a light berry flavor.

There is no doubt that this is a world-class IPA. What Shaun has done with this beer is create something that is classic, rustic, and sharp all at once. It's highly drinkable...in fact, it is crushable (though it may end up crushing you). I finished off the 750ml growler by myself. I am feeling the effects: lulling me to sleep, spreading a smile across my face. I am so glad that I got to try this beer. This is something that the Beer Hunter would have been excited to try.

04-03-2014 03:29:14 | More by MusicaleMike
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +0.2%

75cl growler generously shared by Doug today, 9/6/2013. Poured into a Bell's snifter. Review #196.

Alright, so this beer pours a clear copper body. Perhaps straw-orange. With that trademark Hill Farmstead 2cm white head that has awesome retention. Not a whole lot of lacing on this actually, but who cares?

Nose is not as pungent as Susan which we drank earlier today, but it just smells better.. its got that orange zest combined with citrus and tropical fruit.. but the biggest contribution is that floral scent. Deliciously floral. Great nose still, but Susan and Ephraim has it beat.

But you know what, that flavour profile is so incredible. So complex with tons of citrus and tropical fruit. It has that great malty backbone that isn't too strong but just balances out all the hoppiness in this beer. Its such a perfect balance for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel, again is that incredible creamy Hill Farmstead full body. I have never had such a full bodied double IPA. Again there is just something in that damn well water, I want to go visit Hill Farmstead, use the bathroom and fill up a water bottle and send it into a lab for analysis so I can treat my homebrew like so. Aftertaste is that bitter citrus flavour, but not so strong. It is so incredibly drinkable, even more so than Susan was. Can't tell that this beer is 8.2%, not at all. It drinks like a session beer.

Overall this beer is one of the best double IPAs I've ever had. It beats out Pliny and Heady, but its kind of unfair since this is Hill Farmstead we're talking about. It's up there with Double Sunshine as one of the best to come out of Vermont.

09-07-2013 07:10:12 | More by Stevedore
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Wolberjs

California

4.36/5  rDev -6%

09-02-2014 02:43:36 | More by Wolberjs
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Kinger86

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-02-2014 00:44:21 | More by Kinger86
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spw109

New York

4.8/5  rDev +3.4%

09-01-2014 22:38:36 | More by spw109
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Desp59

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-01-2014 19:00:58 | More by Desp59
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freemanj

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

09-01-2014 18:28:12 | More by freemanj
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HOP-E-DAYZ

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.8%

09-01-2014 12:26:42 | More by HOP-E-DAYZ
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nobadeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -3%

09-01-2014 00:10:09 | More by nobadeer
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thomasarose

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-31-2014 20:45:14 | More by thomasarose
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Skwalk47

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -4.3%

08-31-2014 19:57:37 | More by Skwalk47
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Nunya

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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madnismo

Florida

4/5  rDev -13.8%

08-31-2014 16:29:17 | More by madnismo
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -3%

08-31-2014 05:21:53 | More by -NESTO-
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johntfox

Florida

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-30-2014 19:39:02 | More by johntfox
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closisinthehouse

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -3%

08-30-2014 14:00:56 | More by closisinthehouse
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Feelmebone

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +7.8%

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Beeahluvah

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -13.8%

08-29-2014 16:43:33 | More by Beeahluvah
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Thirsty_Rob

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-29-2014 06:00:48 | More by Thirsty_Rob
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev -0.9%

From a refillable bottle gotten at the brewery today.

A: Like all the other DIPA's, this pours a dark yellow color, hazy, with a strong pure white head that has good retention. Lacing is pretty good too.

S: First things I noticed are the lemon and clementine juice. Then, there is ripe mangoes and apricot followed by very ripe pineapples. I didn't expect this much sweetness from this beer to be honest. It is like powder sugar and a tiny tiny amount of caramel.

T: First off, you get the lemon/clementine attack. Then, you get assaulted by the hops. A quite impressive amount of dry-ness comes in the shape of citrus peels, just like biting into a bitter grapefruit peel directly, very strong. Then, you get the powdered sugar finale. What is weird with this beer, is that it seems to "echo". You go back to the lemon/clementine then hops then sweetness all over again. It's like the tastes are so strong by themselves that they all lingers on. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Very sour and dry, but also sweet.

M: Quite light but quite sticky too, which is not my preference.

O: This is quite unique I must say in a world of copycats. From a brewery that mastered the DIPA style, I get this, and it is quite different but I can't seem to describe how it is different (maybe it's the use of more "traditional" hops than what we are used to see in the DIPA scene). A must try for any hop-whores. This is very drinkable stuff too.

08-29-2014 03:46:40 | More by flipper2gv
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smokeypeat

Maryland

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-29-2014 01:43:55 | More by smokeypeat
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douginromeo

Michigan

5/5  rDev +7.8%

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MichaelLamb

New York

5/5  rDev +7.8%

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Mertzy81

Maryland

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-28-2014 03:04:54 | More by Mertzy81
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Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -6.5%

08-28-2014 03:03:55 | More by anteater
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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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