Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 312
Hads: 2,098
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 1,756
Gots: 184 | 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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Reviews: 312 | Hads: 2,098
Photo of MA_hops
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap on 7/27/15 at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT.
A: Extremely cloudy with a thin, white head. Has a dull, creamy yellow color.
S: Grapefruit pith, tangerine, sticky/hoppy dankness.
T: Heavy on the grapefruit, some notes of lemon and has a nice dank aftertaste. I detected a hint of tangerine citrus as well.
M: Crisp, refreshing DIPA. Hops are prickly to the tongue with little bitterness. Has a clean, dry finish with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Simply stunning! The combination of grapefruit and sticky, hoppy dankness is an aroma that I will never forget. (582 characters)

Photo of SebastianOwl
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled on 7/22/15 at Hill Farmstead Brewery; drank in a tumbler glass on 7/25/15; my growler was labeled as an "Imperial Pale Ale", which is not technically the same as a Double IPA (or is it?). I went to the Hill Farmstead website and confirmed:
http://hillfarmstead.com/ancestral-series/abner-imperial-pale-ale.html (326 characters)

Photo of JArt
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am usually not one to subscribe to all the hype; however, I must say that Abner is worth all of the praise. This was hands-down the best DIPA I have ever tasted. Perfect in every way. (185 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

mouthfeel was out of this world. Pillowy and full of flavor in a way I didn't expect in a DIPA but that made this incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. (150 characters)

Photo of Cannabanoid
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Me and a frind of mine travelled up to Hill Farmsread Brewery from MA. Awesome beer. Everything about it. Awesome. What more can I say about Abner than WOW!!! (158 characters)

Photo of McSmack
3.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this and Society and Solitude #4 on draft and cannot see where the high ratings come from. It is a solid unfiltered looking VT beer, but does not compare to Heady or Second Fiddle IMO. (191 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler that was 3-4 weeks old. Light in color, great hop aroma, and the flavors that game through were incredible. Lots of citrus and floral notes and a very balanced flavor profile. (197 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml growler

Pours a cloudy golden color with 2-3 fingers cloudy head with decent retention and leaving curtains of lace. The nose features hops hops hops with big floral and citrus (grapefruit, orange) notes, very dank and some toasted malts in the there also. On the palate, again massive hops, floral, pine and citrus, dank and coating, some residual malt sweetness for balance. It has a medium body, smooth and refreshing with lots carbonation. Just a fantastic IIPA and dangerously drinkable! (510 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - dehydrated pee, super cloudy dark golden hues
S - Oh yeah, this is gonna be delicious
T - Damn, this is delicious. Wasn't prepared for the malty backbone, but tons of stone fruits and dankness going on, am I doing weed right now?
F - One of the smoothest 100+ IBUs I've ever consumed
O - excellent stuff, I want to meet Abner and share a glass with him someday too

I have to add: This is one of those beers that you need to sit and have more and more of.. It seems to really open up and become even more impressive as your sitting goes, only other beer I've said this same thing about is Pliny the Younger (614 characters)

Photo of MorpheusIPA
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible beer, and my first from Hill Farmstead (non-collab). The citrus fruits are amazing - kind of like you're drinking the best glass of juice ever. Feels thick. Hops not overpowering. Must find more! (206 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer to date. Opague amber orange, nice lacing but the difference maker with Abner is the nose. Holy shit! Huge mango nose and pretty much any other citrus and tropical fruit you can think of. Smell is beyond a 5. Taste follows and although slightly boozy at the finish it's still absolutely crushable. I can't get enough of this beer when I'm in VT and my mornings suffer as a result. I can go on and on about Abner but you'll just have to try it yourself. If you are heading up to VT with the highest expectations and you fear that as a result Abner may be a slight letdown what will likely happen is it will be better than you could've imagined. It's that good. (685 characters)

Photo of fulcrumbs
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Right now... would rank as my favorite... but when ranking "feel"... accessibility is a big thing for me. When leaving the brewery... and not knowing when I'll get to try this brew again... left me feeling a bit empty. It is everything it is said to be... simply awesome. Having to hunt this stuff down for one glass... keeps me from ranking this a 5 across the board. This is a beer that should be #1... but will never be... because it won't reach enough mouths to experience such a piece of beauty in a beer. The fact that it is a 12 here... is only data... purely data. (573 characters)

Photo of founddrama
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh Abner -- one of my all-time all-time favorites. Gorgeous golden color with just a bit of charming haze. Big hop aroma sings a prelude to the piney citrusy love affair that follows to the tongue. Everything about this beer flirts with blissful perfection. (257 characters)

Photo of KevBot89
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Shogun250
4.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rating from a draft I had on tap at the Mad Taco on 1/31/15. It's up there. All these Vermont Double IPAs is like arguing between being dropped in a shark tank with a cut open or left in a hungry grizzly beer cage wrapped in fish. (232 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: A beautiful cloudy orange body that you cannot see through. The head is a white broken, irregular film that gathers halo style around the glass. White clingy legs.
Smell: Sweet, candied grapefruit and peaches. Very clean scent.
Taste: Super World-Class. Balanced tropical fruit and grapefruit. The sweetness is at a perfect level. The after-taste and finish are very clean.
Feel: Rounds everything out. Medium all the way around. Perfect feel and level of carbonation.

Overall - Impressive. (514 characters)

Photo of zotzot
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IS the best Vermont IPA, slightly edging out Lawson's Double Sunshine but certainly better than Heady Topper.

All Hill Farmstead beers are awesome. Sometimes I think about just camping outside there door just to be able to get some when I want. (251 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look- Cloudy yellow like a Stoner's urine on random drug test day at the office.

Smell- Fruity as Key West Pride Week. Some much fruit.

Taste- Felt like running my tongue down a fruity pine tree!

Feel- Sitting on the beach with a beautiful woman during the prettiest day, having your favorite drink.

Overall- Abner asked to move in and split the rent. I told him not to worry about the rent money. His company is payment enough. (433 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Abner is my favorite hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead. Somehow, it manages to surpass the considerable hype. Although this one is on fairly regularly at the brewery, it is worth planning your trip to Hill Farmstead around its availability. (237 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from growler into tulip--thanks again @hopsynonomous!
A: Cloudy, murky yellow/gold colored beer. Big white head (2 fingers) with great retention.
S: Juicy tropical fruits (grapefruit, oranges, peach), some floral notes, the malt breadiness is there too, with big sweet sugariness/caramel on the back end. Really complex smells that work well together
T: Citrus and pine blend together so well with the malt. I'm normally a much more hop forward guy when it comes to DIPAs but this is done so well. Its funky, dank--the grapefruit/tropical fruits are creamy and juicy without being too sweet, too.
M: Drinkability is crazy--nice mouthfeel (medium/full) and good amount of carbonation.
O: The hype is real! I've been waiting quite a while to get my hands on this one. Its incredibly well done (shocking, this is HF right?) and just so damn drinkable for 8.2. Hard to say much more here other than go get this one! (926 characters)

Photo of Stater
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Granny Smith Apple and dank on the nose. Taste is a hoppy apple jolly rancher and is awesomely smooth. Mouthfeel is smooth yet somehow syrupy all in one. Another great HF offering. (180 characters)

Photo of Jaxbrew
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing. This beer is in my top 5 IPAs and will most certainly hold on as it was delicious. I can't wait to go to Hill next year. I hope to meet as many deceased family members reincarnated into mouth candy as possible. Keep up the awesome work Shaun!! (252 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From growler 1 day old. Beautiful color like all HF beers I have seen. Very approachable for a DIPA, we had 2 non DIPA loving guests over to try who actually enjoyed it. Very well integrated hops and long finish. I would feel comfortable serving this to relative newbies (270 characters)

Photo of Prop28WasBetter
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This double India pale ale is fruity, hoppy and clean. Pours a hazy orange, and is the perfect example of the New England style India pale ale... Hill farmstead had another great beer here. (189 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into a hill farmstead tulip. A couldy yellow colour with a really nice head retention and lacing, silky white head.

Aroma is full of citrus floral notes, lemony and some light piny notes, robust florals, peppermint, grapefruit, wildflower honey. So complex and inticing.

Taste is full with balanced hop character, creamy grapefruit, resiny wildflower notes, a touch of floraly lemon sweetness then a growing gradual resiny bitterness. Tons of rich orange citrus. Fantastic balance. Drinkability is crazy with so much depth and balance.

Mouthfeel is really full, gentle carbonation with a full bodied malt creaminess, maintains enough of a full dextrin complexity to balance the hop bitterness impecably. Alcohol is well hidden and such a fruity and hoppy body with a creamy upfront malt.

Lives up the hype as an impecable ipa. It balances itself so well between the strong citrus and floral hop character and a creamy malty body. It's is delicious and complex, fantastic. Certainly an impecable beer with a great complexity and warming beer, impressed by the great balance here and the ridculous quality from start to finish. (1,150 characters)

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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