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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1194
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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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

Matthew, I can not thank you enough for this. Not only do you drive all the way to HFS to get me a growler of this, but you also bring it to within 10 miles of my apartment. Thank you.

Pouring a moderately hazy orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is among the nicer DIPA's I've laid eyes on. And the nose! Does it bring to mind Pliny (the Elder) or what?! The nose has such a wonderful Simcoe character, fresh, juicy, tropical fruit along with a beautiful ripe orange character! Ripe apricots, oranges and with some floral characteristics, this smells truly wonderful.The malt character is medium-low, with a little caramel, and some mild bready and cracker-like notes. A little alcohol is noticeable, but never in a detrimental way. One could even argue that the juicy hops almost make some of the fruit character appear candied.

The palate comes close to out-Plinying Pliny. That's not something I would say easily, simply because Elder (IMO) stands apart from almost every other DIPA out there due to the way that it captures both, the delicacy that hops can bring with their power. Abner, in my book, is the only other beer this big that does that. Juicy citrus with a melange of tropical fruit (ripe papayas, ripe mangoes, ripe oranges). A touch sweet on the mid-palate with a blend of citrus juice sweetness (from the hops) and some light caramel malt and honey. Drying on the finish with an exquisite blend of mellow bitterness and ripe, redolent fruit. Bitterness is moderate throughout, in balance with the fruity sweetness that the hops bring. Not particularly resiny either. Medium-light in body, this beer is a little too carbonated (initially at least), and has a wonderful finish. Of particular note is the lack of a green/leafy hop character that many hop-bombs end up having. Absolutely delicious, exceptional stuff, my favorite HFS beer yet.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2012 02:24:32 | More by DefenCorps
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #150!

Fresh growler out of my HFS glass. Picked up at the release on Saturday.

A- A glowing amber/orange color. Pours with a healthy white head with plenty of lacing. A bit murky, but is very bright and bubbly.

S- Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit/mango and a good bit of piney hops. Some fresh grass, and plenty of pale malt.

T- Very smooth initial flavor, my mouth is then flooded with citrus and a bit of sweetness. The hoppy/piney flavor then comes in strong. The aftertaste is piney grass, and dry lemon citrus.

M- As with most HFS beers, spot on. Carbonation and body are both perfect for the style.

O- Like all the other HFS IPA's I've had, this is world class. A bit dry and piney on the aftertaste for my preferences, but there really isn't a thing wrong with this beer. YUM!

-GFunk

Serving type: growler

02-20-2012 23:10:19 | More by Gfunk720
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL growler fresh from the tap. Sampled on 2-19 after getting filled the day before at the Damon and Mimosa release. Kept chilled into the refrigerator unti opening. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in color with a slight one and a half finger head. Frothy, but sticks nicely to the glass throughout.

Aroma: Loads of hops in the nose. Big sweet mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruit. Some bitter pine undertones. Really nice citrus character in the nose as well. Really well done.

Taste: Mango, pineapple, and tropical fruit all are there plentifully. Some bitter pine notes arrive right after the initial fruity hop burst. Really flavorful and balanced throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with really light and crisp carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall, another spectacular DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I honestly cannot say which of their DIPAs I like best as they are all so top notch. Abner is really flavorful, yet drinkable. A really solid combination of sweet and bitter notes. I would get this anytime they have it on tap. Awesome.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2012 01:08:39 | More by Gosox8787
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myatomicpolygon

New York

4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to pick up a small growler of this at Hill Farmstead’s Harvest Festival Event.

Appearance- poured into a hill farmstead wine glass from 750 filled at the brewery’s harvest festival. Pours a cloudy tea color- amber yellow orange- can see bubbles floating to the top of the glass- small head leaves nice lacing

Smell- tropical fruits, pineapple, juicy…fantastic aromas pouring out of this

Taste- lot like the smell…bitter on the end…hits the lips full of tropical and citrus notes…pine…ends a bitter dry

Mouthfeel- crisp and dry nice light body…

Drinkability- all night long…i can’t imagine ever getting tired of this…if only it was not for the 8% ABV

Overall- this is a world class imperial IPA. One of my favorite offerings from Hill Farmstead and that is really saying something. I can’t wait till i get a chance to have another glass.

Serving type: growler

01-20-2012 20:56:35 | More by myatomicpolygon
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL swingtop growler to snifter on 11/13/11 at a small tasting with friends
*From notes

-- Many thanks to Bill for sharing such a wonderful treasure! --

A: It looks a bit like a saison, as it's a rather cloudy golden amber. It's just gorgeous. A generous pour yields little head and no lacing.

S: My God this is wonderful. Tropical pineapple and juicy fruit explode out of the snifter and attack my nose with vigor. Just incredible.

T: Liquid mango/pineapple. Really top notch stuff here. The fruit forward nature of the beer isn't out of whack, as there is a touch of firm, sturdy malt to round out the finish.

M: The only real cavet of the brew is the feel. I realize it's a growler, so I'll cut this some slack. But it's generally a bit thin. There's not enough carbonation to carry the massive amount of flavor packed into this DIPA.

O: What a sensational beer. Hill Farmstead hasn't dissapointed with Abner, which in my humble opinion, was leaps and bounds better then their more prestigious Ephraim. When seeking out one of their hoppier brews, make sure you really take your time in considering this, as it's phenominal stuff.

Serving type: growler

12-10-2011 23:13:37 | More by Rhettroactive
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange with a 2 finger white head

S - pine, citrus

T - citrus, pine, grapefruit, a touch of honey, bitter finish

M - thinner side of medium. Very refreshing

O - great "imperial pale ale". Will definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2011 02:46:35 | More by s1ckboy
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billab914

Virginia

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

Reviewed from notes. Shared a 750ml swing-top growler with some friends this weekend. It poured somewhat hazy with a nice looking light orange color to it. It had a thin, white, bubbly head to it that mostly stuck to the edges of the glass.

The aroma had a lot of juiciness to it. I got a big grapefruit citrus presence mixing with some notes of orange, peach and pineapple. It had a fantastic aroma overall to it, I love the bright and juicy hoppy flavors.

The taste has more of the juicy, fruity flavors coming out up front with some of the peach and pineapple notes to it. In the finish I get more bitter citrus, grapefruit and pine flavors to it. It had a very nice range of hoppy flavors to it and really balanced the juicy, tropical fruit notes and the bitter grapefruit notes well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer. It had a very good range of hoppiness to it with some juicy, fruity, Citra hop like notes at times and some piny, resiny grapefruit flavors in the finish. Very drinkable and flavorful beer of the style.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2011 18:27:54 | More by billab914
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for this.

4.0 A: Opaque medium orange color. Just under two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Nose on this is wonderful! Tons of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, papaya, and orange in descending order. Grapefruit and pine to a lesser extent. Despite the haziness, there is little in terms of yeast and is super clean overall. Malts are negligible save for a touch of neutral sweetness.

4.5 T: Taste is as good as the nose. There are a lot of DIPAs that are jampacked with fruitiness in the nose that doesn't also occupy the taste, but this isn't one of them. Ample amounts of mango, orange, and pineapple. A little less papaya. The grapefruit and pine are much more pronounced. Again, some balancing neutral malt sweetness and surpringly clean. Bitterness starts out quite soft, but progresses to mild-moderate halfway into the glass.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy. Good here.

4.5 D: Hill Farmstead has to be one of the best breweries in the world. Everything they make is great. After having another killer DIPA, it's safe to say that there's no question that they know what to do with hops. Solid brew all around.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2011 05:32:32 | More by DavoleBomb
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tyamhydrogen

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy and hazy with a golden brown color to it. A one finger head that leaves great lacing down the sides of the glass. Beautiful.

S- Sweet, tropical fruit hop aromas that carry over beautifully into the taste. Mango, guava blossoms, etc.

T- The taste is more of what's found in the nose. The complex sweet tropical fruit is the most noticeable characteristic, with just enough bitterness. Complex and delightful.

M- Incredibly smooth with little carbonation. Very nice.

O-I really loved this beer. The second or third time I've had it, and I seem to enjoy it more each time. Tied with the Double Citra as my favorite Hill Farmstead brew, and definitely one of the top DIPA's I've had.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2011 02:21:09 | More by tyamhydrogen
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the keg @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro VT (Harvest Festival).

Price - $18/Growler

Pours a hazy golden color with lots of suds. A frothy two inch white head covers the top and legs upon legs adorn the tulip glass. A gentle swirl and a creamy layer is added to an already fresh looking beer. A lack of bubbles suggests this may not be very carbonated.

The nose is all citrus and tropical fruit with mango leading the way followed by orange, peaches and white grapefruit. Very pleasent smelling.

The taste can be summed up simply with citrus and tropical fruit draped over a caramel background. The flavor is slightly faint keeping it from being exceptional.

My first impression of the mouthfeel is complete balance. A perfect ratio of hops and malts. The bitterness is present but not biting at the tongue. The body is medium and the dryness is just enough not to cause me to need a sip of water. Low carbonation.

Overall this example is much more drinkable IMO than Ephraim and one I prefer in the long run. It's almost reminiscent of a single IPA which makes it fun but very dangerous at the same time. Thumbs up!

Serving type: growler

10-23-2011 18:23:31 | More by 05Harley
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litheum94

California

4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared by daysinthewake.

Very murky, golden yellow body. Dirty white head settles to a ring and a patchy covering.

Lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Some spice. Great hop profile. Floral and piney. Some faint cracker malts.

Retained hops, floral and citrus flavors, with some pine. Mango flavors. Crcker malts give a dry backbone. Bitterness is restrained, and builds into a good dose of bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

This is an easy drinking DIPA. I thought it was a pale ale at first. Great hop flavors. I could drink a billion of these.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 02:18:09 | More by litheum94
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler shared by TurdFurgison a while back. Thanks, Eric.

Rust colored with an extremely cloudy, turbid body. Looks like the dry hops didn't settle out very well in this one. I don't mind a cloudy beer, but this is pretty murky stuff.

The nose more than makes up for the appearance. This is pretty dank, resiny stuff. Tropical fruit meets bitter grapefruit. A bit catty too, which I don't mind, and a very faint bready malt foundation.

As I've come to expect from HFS, this has a huge resiny hop bite. Very bitter and dry, though it avoids tasting astringent, and the big fruity hop flavors do a great job of balancing the bitterness. There's a dry malt backbone here that does actually provide some body and heft, though it isn't a sweet beer at all. The mouthfeel suffers a bit from all the sediment - it has a slightly chalky texture. Overall it's very enjoyable, but not as impressive as Ephraim.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2011 21:33:23 | More by largadeer
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler thanks to Rschaeffer. I had some growler issues, so I will take that into account when reviewing.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with only a few white bubbles forming at the top that quickly move to the edges.

S - The smell here is great, very citrusy. Mainly grapefruit and oranges.

T - Taste follows along nicely with the smell. Again very citrusy, orange and grapefruit, and a ever so slight honey-carmel taste.

D - Lower carbonation and a touch heavy on the body.

O - Even with the growler issues this is a nice DIPA.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2011 00:47:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

So interesting. Received both Abner and Ephraim in a recent trade with mtardiff. (Thanks Marc!)
While Ephraim gets the top overall score of A+ vs. this beer, I clearly enjoy this beer more. No disrespect to Ephraim, but this is a superior beer in my opinion. (notice I didn’t say fact)
Pours with a thin finger of foamy head that does settle to a film of foam. Very slight haze in the golden/amber colored beer. Some splotchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is fantastic. Bright, bold, floral and perfume like. You can smell the fresh hop cones in your hand as if you just squeezed out all the essential oils.

Flavor matches and compliments the aroma perfectly. While this is a hop juice special, there is also a wonderful balance here. The light cracker malt notes are toasty and provide a wonderful base to the hop bitterness. There is also a fruit explosion here that is so juicy. Mango, Tangerine come to mind. Fantastic. 8.2%?? No way. This is so well hidden it’s scary. A dangerously delicious beer!!!

Body is refreshing and bright. Carbonation is just right and brings the flavor to life without getting in the way.

One of my favorite Hill Farmstead items. Wow, I have to get more of this one! (if possible)

Serving type: growler

10-12-2011 22:25:01 | More by Reagan1984
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 growler into my fave snifter, i can already smell it...

A- really big carbonated head that has superior retention and great lacing. Theres a slight haze to the orange body and above that is foamy white head thats just kind of hanging out. This looks really nice but what else is new from HF.

S- I could smell it once I opened it. Earthy bitterness and citrus zest are the most noticeable along with some sharp citrus scents, nice aroma

T- Nice balance of sweet and bitter hops. Nice sharp bitterness upfront that carries throughout. nice zesty citrus bitterness comes through toward the middle and has a grapefruit-y sweetness. The finish is bitter and lingers. This hits all the areas I want in an (D)IPA

M- probably a medium body but feels much fuller. moderate amount of carbonation fizzes and turns very smooth.

O- This beer is top notch stuff. The taste is pretty close to perfect to me. Mainly bitter with some sweet citrus. It also poured beautifully and was a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2011 20:02:19 | More by Gushue3
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden amber color with orange highlights, big cap of white froth and good sticky lacing. Scent is a wonderful blend of citrus and tropical fruit... orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, faint notes of light bready malt. Taste leads with sharp bitterness before it becomes all about the fruit, crockery malt makes an appearance at the end before the bitterness returns. Medium bodied, smooth, dry. Great fruit forward dIPA with one of the best noses around.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2011 15:03:41 | More by rfgetz
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Bardwashrind

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 750ml. growler sent the same day of filling by baconsausage. Thanks for the opportunity.

With the top popped, a straw colored liquid poured into my awaiting glass. Lovely carbonation levels rose near to the top and the room was filled with a bouquet of hoppy freshness.

Pine needles, grapefruit zest, oranges and a light agave styled aroma emerged from the glass. Big and hoppy, nearly dank, it seemed as if the hops were squeezed to release their true nectar. Sticky was almost the comparison but icky isn't something I usually follow up with.

Smooth on the palate with a juicy citrus flavor taking over. The combination of a grapefruit and tangerine came close as to the initial citrus comparison. Hop bitterness came up on the finish but never made the beer feel out of balance. Some sweetness was also tasted, more to the effect of a sweetened tea which gave a nice undertone to the high citrus flavor.

I'm very happy to have gotten the chance to enjoyed Abner. With Ephraim to come, I'm really blown away at one breweries' capability to produce their quality of different hop forward recipes. Delicious and just my style.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2011 02:38:41 | More by Bardwashrind
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DearthVader

California

4.03/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml swingtop growler.

Thanks for making this one possible Brendan

*note, there was partial leakage upon arrival. This was filled a week ago and in my possession yesterday.

Pours an extremely cloudy copper. Place a laser directly behind it and shine it right at it and you wouldn't pick up even a hint of it. A small 1 finger of white head forms, but there most likely would've been more if this hadn't leaked. A decent amount of webbing a left behind.

Hill Farmstead really provides excellent aromas in all their brews. Huge bursts of ripe mango and apricot punch you right in the face. Some good earthy tones. Then in comes the hops. Not overwhelming, but definitely there. Very nice, inviting smell.

Taste follows precisely. Slightly less hops than expected, but again, that could be victim of the minor leak.

Mouthfeel is uber creamy. Slightly too creamy for the style, but again, yada yada, leakage.

It might be unfair to rate this under the circumstances, but I felt like I got the gist of it. I don't feel like my review can hurt this at all. A's are A's. This is one I definitely hope to revisit under better conditions.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2011 03:48:23 | More by DearthVader
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joefuzz

New York

4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L swingtop growler sent to me by hellomisterp in When Worlds Collide BIF.

Pours a very cloudy straw gold with a small head. Smell is sublime huge citrus hop presence with a slight sweetness. Taste is out of this world, it has that super hoppy iipa bite but with a malt balance I have never encountered before...so blown away. Mouthfeel and carbonation are great as well. Overall the best iipa I have had in a very long time...Thanks Mark

Serving type: growler

10-07-2011 04:05:25 | More by joefuzz
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks to idrinkgas for sending this over.

Appearance: Out of the growler, my pour has a nice creamy froth of a white head above a cloudy tangerine beer. Pretty nice retention from a growler.

Smell: Some lightly sweet crackery malt. The aroma is full of hops. Floral, some grassy, lots of grapefruit, and a bit of spicy pine. Very nice.

Taste: A good amount of biscuity malt does its best to stand up to the hops, but fairly quickly the tidal wave of hops wins. A balanced hop presence - grapefruit citrus, some grass, and some prickly pine. The finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Balanced full body, a little bit of booze. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Lightly grainy, not much hop oil left on the tongue after each sip.

Overall: This is a well made, balanced, hop bomb. Very good, I have no qualms about finishing a decent portion of this growler.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2011 02:35:58 | More by KickInTheChalice
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy light orange color with almost no head but a few small bubbles, nose is a bit muted for some reason - pine, a bit of mango and Pineapple. But that is where the muted characteristics end...

Taste is a huge punch in the mouth! Very bitter, sharp pine and citrus with just such a bitter bite on the end it's really delicious. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, really good beer.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 21:56:59 | More by kingcrowing
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MANY THANKS to millerbuffoon for getting this growler through a trade!!!

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color with a thick, even layer of creamy foam that sticks to the sides of my tulip like a viscous, sticky glue. Very active carbonation coming from the full perimeter of the glass in a very active cascade of tight, tiny bubbles.

S - Sniffing from the growler, it smells absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! As it sat in my tulip glass for (5) minutes, the aroma was 1/3 of what it previously was, it didn't hold up well. Spicy tropical fruit basket and a sweet bready malt character.

T - It doesn't get much better than this. HUGE tropical fruit basket aroma that's ozzing with oranges, pineapples, grapefruit, and a sweet tang up front with the sweet malt carrying a steady presence until the very end when it morphs into a grapefruit rind bitter finish with a little bit of spice.

M - Smooth, silky, medium body.

O - An outstanding DIPA/Imperial IPA and one of the finest I've ever had!!!

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 05:59:37 | More by jzeilinger
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

White frothy head on top of a caramel body.

A huge hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit and a dank simcoe/chinook combo hits your nose.

A polished balance between bitterness and flavor. Dank and hoppy with a tropical fruit finish. Citrus and grapefruit all over. Bitterness lingers just long enough until you take another sip. A little more bitter than most west coast heavy hitters but think this is where Abner excels and stands out from the pack. This beer is damn near perfect.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2011 04:32:21 | More by BearsOnAcid
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Fresh from the brewery's tap. Amazing little place they got up there. Pours a delicious orange amber color. Hazy liquid. Head is awesome. Big, fluffy, retains and laces perfectly.

S-Huge hop bomb. Just tropical fruits and a steady malt base. So fresh smelling. A bunch of citrus. I am taken back by the fresh and juicy hops in the nose.

T-Oh my. This one is just a deliciously hopped piece of excellence. Oranges, grapefruit and anything else you would want here. My type of DIPA. Great hop profile. So big with a nice bitterness. Exceptionally hop-forward. And its as fresh as it can get.

M-Big, sticky, oily and resinous. Awesome feel for a DIPA. Great carbonation. Dry and lasting.

O/D-Nailed it. My goodness can Vermont put together a good beer. I absolutely loved this. I will give the victory to Heady Topper in a head-to-head, but its pretty much splitting hairs at that point. World class, top notch. Unbelievable.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2011 21:02:14 | More by VelvetExtract
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler, filled from the brewery yesterday. Poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: Moderate pour into glass provides a solid one finger of fluffy white head. Head fades quickly, but the elephant nucleation point keeps it wispy throughout the beer. Very nice but thin lacing is left all over the glass as it goes down. Dark and hazy orange color. This is a very pretty beer, though I wish it had a bit stronger head.

Smell: Grapefruit! Lots and lots of grapefruit! There are some other nebulous citrus aromas and a bit of malt in here, but the aroma is all about the grapefruit.

Taste: Unsurprisingly, Abner tastes almost exactly like he smells. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, a nice hoppy bitterness, and not a trace of alcohol despite the 8.2% ABV. There is some grass and a bit of malt hiding in the back, but this guy is dominated by sweet grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied - very pleasant, but nothing revolutionary.

Drinkability: Wow. I enjoy DIPA's well enough, but tend to not go crazy with them as I find the alcohol dominates the beer more often than not. Not so here. ABV aside, this beer could be drank all night long.

Overall: Hill Farmstead makes as good of a beer as anyone out there, and they're doing it with such a wide variety of recipes. This is another killer beer in their lineup - I wouldn't say it's better than Ephraim, but it's up there. I'm off to the Alchemist in an hour for some Heady Topper, and Abner is one heck of a baseline for comparison. Bottom line - if you like a grapefruit tasting DIPA, I don't think you'e going to do much better than Abner.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2011 19:43:53 | More by cbeer88
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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