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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,270
Gots: 76 | 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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GuidedByBill

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-27-2014 01:46:40 | More by GuidedByBill
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VTLocal420

Vermont

5/5  rDev +7.8%

I don't know what else I can say about this delicious beer, other than this is the "real" best American Pale Ale in the world. This isn't about being a local either, Zombie Dust was and is one of my favorite beers that I have had the honor of sampling, but Abner is the real deal. As are his relatives, Edward and Ephraim...

All I can say is get some of this beer, this beer is going to be more common on Hill's Tap List in the coming future, so wait to see the response this beer will receive as more of a mainstay on the tap list like Edward... Come to Vermont and get some of hit up a trader with a growler. You won't be sorry.

08-26-2014 18:36:57 | More by VTLocal420
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sbrock22

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-26-2014 15:32:37 | More by sbrock22
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bobbygrace

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-26-2014 01:10:03 | More by bobbygrace
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-25-2014 05:13:27 | More by Cyclone8
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SirElton

California

4.5/5  rDev -3%

08-25-2014 05:03:20 | More by SirElton
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -3%

08-24-2014 17:04:02 | More by JakerLou
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Taycro

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-24-2014 04:13:01 | More by Taycro
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Rocklobsterbrew

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-23-2014 14:05:06 | More by Rocklobsterbrew
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-23-2014 03:16:20 | More by markgugs
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Kevinhcraig

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-23-2014 01:48:37 | More by Kevinhcraig
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-22-2014 19:12:19 | More by jbarletto
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from a 750 mL growler at the Toppling Goliath taproom at the King Sue release. Really clean and bright yellow body. Huge green nose with spruce tips, grapefruit rind, and almost a dankness/ditchweed character. The beer has just enough sweetness and drinks like liquid hops. Minimal bitterness cold, while there's a bitter kick at the end as it gets closer to room temperature. Absolutely world class. The body is so clean, and the mouthfeel is so smooth. Nicely carb so it doesn't come across as sticky.

08-22-2014 16:00:10 | More by PHBoiler
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Phil_H

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-22-2014 13:43:53 | More by Phil_H
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dank203

New Jersey

4.98/5  rDev +7.3%

This beer is exquisite, the hop flavors are so powerful yet blended and refined. It develops over the minutes that it spends in the glass. More flavors come out as I drink it. Definitely an IPA experience like none I've had before. I can't really think of any that are better than this right now

08-22-2014 01:23:15 | More by dank203
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Mikemorrissey

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-21-2014 23:50:11 | More by Mikemorrissey
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-21-2014 21:47:48 | More by MNBeerGeek
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Lfty357

Florida

4.04/5  rDev -12.9%

08-21-2014 05:30:11 | More by Lfty357
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Inglewood

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-20-2014 12:30:40 | More by Inglewood
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Sampled from a 750ml flip top bottle with a best by date of 8/21/14. Thanks to Clint for sharing!

Slightly hazy with a yellowish gold color and a fluffy white head. Outstanding aroma with great depth and complexity. Same goes for the hop flavor. There are so many subtleties to it.

This was a memorable beer.

08-20-2014 10:55:50 | More by GJ40
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XtalBlue3556

Rhode Island

4.92/5  rDev +6%

08-20-2014 05:01:53 | More by XtalBlue3556
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Swaino

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-20-2014 04:37:15 | More by Swaino
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goldspire

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-20-2014 02:00:24 | More by goldspire
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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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