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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1186
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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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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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is absolutely incredible with huge tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas in perfect harmony. Taste is pretty much the same with all of the delicious fruity flavors. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good fruit forward beer that I am very happy I got a taste of.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2012 23:40:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

and the bday weekend started off with a bang. cracked this open on friday night to enjoy while hanging out with dylan. poured into a pint glass.

Poured a dep hazy amber with a big billowing white head that was so sticky it literally collapsed on the inside but the top and sides stayed together. Big time lace and alot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

deep citric smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange, with a touch of pineapple and Lemon thrown in. The taste was out of this world. Bigtime hoppy IPA. Not alot of alcohol taste, well covered up. But soo sticky with hop resin and orange and grapefruit taste. nice buttery malts mixign in now and creamy, sweet like flavors have now become the norm. really well balanced and big. It was rediculously fresh tasting and feeling. Unreal smooth and great dry finish.

Not too harsh, but yet harsh. Strong but not upfrontly so. this was a killer dipa that i was glad i opened up!

Serving type: growler

06-12-2011 16:07:56 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of Todd. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a couple of fingers of cream colored head. Awesome sticky lacing to go with it.

S: Smells like fresh grapefruit and tons of pine. There's a slight woodiness to it, like rosemary, and a fair amount of grass. There is a bit of bread to the nose, but otherwise it's all hops.

T: Tastes like grapefruit too. Really fresh, vibrant, and juicy citrus flavor and a moderate pine bitterness on the finish. There are some grassy notes again and maybe a bit of a floral quality. A touch of bread to go with it all.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Probably could be a bit higher, but that's what happens when you ship a growler from one corner of the country to another.

D: Hopefully all of the Hill Farmstead IPAs are similarly well done. Even with the alcohol content where it is, this is a dangerously easy to drink beer.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2011 01:44:18 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: The cloudy honey-colored liquid pours out of the growler, generating an impressive head; terrific stickage with shards of lace poking up from the foam

Smell: Candied citrus, with ruby red grapefruit and ripe mango and a hint of apricot; quite floral

Taste: Floral tones dominate the front, with tropical fruits galore; ruby red grapefruit dominant, with mango and just a touch of apricot adding a different edge; the malt takes a definite back seat as the bitterness builds, in the middle; after the swallow, the dextrose brings to the sugary sweetness to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The first time I have tried one of the acclaimed IPAs from Hill Farmstead and the hype is for real

Thanks, nc41, for the opportunity

Serving type: growler

05-25-2013 01:57:48 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

On tap at Hill Farmstead on November 4, 2010. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass. Thanks to Shaun for his incredible generosity for spending a good deal of time with us.

Pours a nice orange color with a bit of copper overtones. White head and some lacing. The nose is really nice with a good dose of citrus, orange, and some light pine. A touch of light grain in the background.

The flavor is nice with orange juice and a bit of rind. Some very light grapefruit as well. A touch of pine and spruce in the finish, which is nice and dry. Good carbonation levels and a nice bitterness. A really tasty brew. Thanks again, Shaun.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 14:09:00 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean(?) for supplying this growler. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Pours with a few fingers of off-white foam that settle to a thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Hazy peach juice body.

S - This is more lemony and herbal than Edward was, with some light estery alcohol peeking through. Also some obvious citrus fruit goodness in there. Still, there's a perceivable relationship between the two (malt bill? yeast strain?). It's also much more hop-foward than I remember - perhaps the recipe has been tweaked since the summer, or perhaps this is just a fresh sample.

T - Taste is more orange and tropical fruits, with sufficient malt heft and a pleasant sugar cookie character to it. No obvious alcohol in the flavor. Bitterness is well-attenuated.

M - Smooth, hefty medium body. Pleasant carbonation, and some light alcohol warmth after a few glasses.

D - Fairly sessionable for an Imperial IPA. I liked this much better than the version I had on-tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, which tasted like Dogfish 90 Minute (which I also enjoy, but only when super-fresh). I'd certainly have this again, but I prefer Edward.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 18:28:32 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Seriously growler side by side with several big IPAs and some boring stouts. Thanks to Mike, Mike, Ben, Jeff, and me for making this whole thing happen. Very awesome afternoon.

Beer is mildly hazy, orangish in color and has a wispy head that leaves some lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is nice and piny with a little citrus in there as well, no malt. So far so good.

I like this beer too. Thinner than Kryptonite but not watery, the bitterness is spot on, no malt up front with a nice palate of great great pine, earth and citrus hops. Most drinkable out fo the bunch for sure.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2011 16:26:36 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Huge creamy 3 finger head fades slowly with big sticky lacing, super hazy orange peach color. The head is ridiculous.

nose erupts with citrus, fruit, tropical fruits, pineapple, bit of mango and papaya, fresh musty hop resin, hop oils a bit earthy and hint of pine, some sweet malts, nice balance.

Taste brings honey at first, nectar, sweet malts and a honey comb like taste. Then bitter hops, fairly bitter, musty hop resins, tropical fruit, pineapple, orange rind, touch of grapefruit, smooth make and great balance. finishes pretty biter, a bit drier, lingering fruit, spicy chewy, hop pellets, slightly astringent.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb. Slightest hint of warming booze.

Overall awesome, but not quite as great as Edward or Heady Topper, but otherwise really nice. great hops, nice balance, a bit too much on the musty resinous hops and bitterness than it could have done with tropical fruits etc, but very good otherwise.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 01:44:29 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice hazy looking yellowish orange color with a big foamy white head on top. The Lacing was sticky and the rentention was very good as well. The smell of the beer has a large amount of floral and fruity hope aromas. The taste has a nice sharp pine flavor in there that is surprisingly balanced with the malt base. The mouthfeel is lighter and very drinkable. The carbonation was good also. Overall it's a great brew. Definitely something I could see drinking again in the future.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2013 20:38:05 | More by Knapp85
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a demonstration in the art of dry hopping, this beer is a genius, and in some ways represents the final evolution of ipa, i mean, what more could we want in the style than abler, its the pinnacle for me. fresh growler filled at the source over the weekend, about as fresh as possible in denver. a wonderful pale hazy honey color, delicate and soapy white head over an inch tall fades very slowly. the nose is the best part of this beer, so hoppy, so fresh, so minimally bitter. its the best part of hops, the citrusy bursting ripe freshness, tropical fruits, its like fresh squeezed pineapple juice blended into a really awesome ipa, thats what it smells like, and its mouthwatering. the taste is a little less fruity and a little more to the point, which is a hoppy point, a long finishing refreshing juicy hoppy flavor, not oily and resinous like its west coast brethren, but soft and calculated. there is an understanding here of the art of brewing and of the use of hops that i have not seen equalled. the growler is not the most friendly format to the beer, its best right from the tap, but this is an ipa like none other. just carbonated enough, and very light for its strength. the grain gives the hops just enough to lean on without interfering. tangerine and lemon come into play, but no acidity at all. the finish is mouthwatering again, i just can't get enough of this stuff. every bit as good as pliny or heady or whatever else people clamor on about as the best india pales out there. this is the one for me. the only thing i would change is availability.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2014 20:45:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 12/16/12 notes. Huge, huge thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo for this one; thanks Joey! Big want of mine for a while but always missed out on it. Poured from a 750ml swing top growler; filled less than 48 hours earlier.

a - Pours a murky orange-yellow color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Nose has that awesome Hill Farmstead hoppy nose to it. Smells of pine hops, oranges, tangerines, citrus hops, grapefruit, yeast, floral hops, some earthy notes. Loads of hops; very nice nose.

t - Tastes of pine hops, resin, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, fruity malts, oranges. At first I didn't find any bitterness at all to it, and the more I drank it I felt a tiny bit of light bitterness, but much less than something like Ephraim. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body has some light bitterness but not much. Very nice.

o - Overall another awesome beer from HF and a great DIPA. Up there with their best beers and on par with something like Ephraim IMO, though I still prefer their Society & Solitude #4 and #5. Super hoppy and not a lot of bitterness, would love to have this one again sometime.

Serving type: growler

12-17-2012 18:44:46 | More by mdfb79
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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Eulogy.

Pours a very dark, hazy and completely opaque golden orange color with dark tangerine/orange hues and a one finger frothy white head.  Decent retention slowly fading into a thick lasting cap.  Sporadic streaks, rings and chunk of soapy lacing.  

Slightly earthy aroma with dank resinous hops and lots of earthy pine balanced by sweet citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt.  Lots of grapefruit in the nose with mango, orange peel and tangerine.  Pale malt underneath with hints of biscuit and graham cracker but this thing is bursting with tropical/citrus fruit.

Medim bodied with a blast of dry, dank, earthy hops up front with hints of pine and dry bitterness balanced by a sweet tropical/ citrus fruit presence.  Fuller bodied than expected and slightly creamy with hints of papaya ,lots of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some mango.  Dry, dank earthy hop presence balanced by the citrus.  Really dry and bitter at first but as the glass warms it becomes extremely well balanced with a ton of citrus and tropical fruit notes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 22:02:57 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Jonathan for picking these up from the source less than a week ago and sharing with me. Growler into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded golden orange color. A rich silky froth of off-white to yellowish stained head sits atop with decent powers of retention. As the cap fades, it leaves a webbing pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap back to just shy of a finger's strength.

The aroma is herbal and grassy with a mild spicy to earthy yeast ester and a mild touch of solvent alcohol. There is a bit of some sulfur going on in this along with some cheesy grain and wheat aspects. At times, there is a touch of fruit and citrus hops that nearly get floral as well. As the brew warms up, it gets progressively more intense with the alcohol inclusion.

The taste has a slight amount of residual sugar that is faintly reminiscent of caramel. The sweetness is short-lived before a blast of herbal bitterness that is quite pulpy, resinous and bordering on pine-like. There is some catty elements to this similar to simcoe that mix with cheese flavoring that then gets dissolved by some solvent alcohol. The aftertaste while bitter and herbal includes a bit of straw flavoring just like the rest of the HF hoppy offerings I have tried.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is somewhat crisp but bold and aggressive with the bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable in this one but it integrates quite nicely. Of the hoppy HF offerings I have had lately, I give this one a slight edge over the others for having a bit more distinguishable character. But overall, the hoppy offerings from this brewery are so similar that I have no desire to seek them out anymore.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2012 02:05:32 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into an oversized tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper right out of the gate, with 2 rich fingers of bright-white head. This shrinks down considerably but hangs tough with a solid ½ finger that leaves a robust cascade of spotty and foamy lacing all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is leafy and herbal smelling, punctuated with sharp pangs of pine and spice that are then layered on top of notes of grapefruit, earth, and citrus peel. Toasted bread and sugars hang on the edges, helping even things out the nose. This is all about the hop flavors though, with a bold freshness to them that are fantastic. Great DIPA aroma here.

The bitterness of the taste starts out with a big juicy base of grapefruit but much of the sharper aspects of this are coming from some STRONG pine resins, spice, and aggressive citrus rind grittiness. More herbal tones add some soft mellowness to this, while notes of light toast and honeyed sweetness provide an awesome balance here that is right in tune with those bright hoppy flavors. Bitterness rocks the finish of this with pine and spice in particular really lying on the palate thick. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller in the mouth, with a crispness up front that prickles the tip of the tongue before melding into a smooth slickness that rolls across the mouth. The oily slickness here really compliments that fresh hop character here. Very, very, light warmth overall for an 8% beer, basically just adding a larger presence to the body that matches those full flavors, and dishing up absolutely zero alcohol flavors of any kind.

Wow, just another fantastic hopped-up offering here from Hill Farmstead, with bold hop flavors, impeccable balance, and a ridiculous drinkibility for the size. This took a little bit to work its magic on me but once I got into that second glass, I was a believer. I hate to sound like a full-blown mark for this new brewery, but man, I really do think that these beers are that good.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2010 17:16:36 | More by Kegatron
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

Tasted side by side with the double citra at Capone's, I thought this beer a tad less impressive than that great beer. Regardless, this is another fine IPA from a brewer who is clearly a master at crafting delicious IPA's.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, though it doesn't compare to Ephraim or the double cirtra. Still, I get considerable dry citrus, pepper and light pine on the nose. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, impressively hoppy IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is well disguised in what is another outstanding IPA from the folk at FH. Excellent beer, but I thought it paled in comparison to some of its sibling at this event.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 21:59:43 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is yellowish to orange in color, and mildly hazy. The head is a finger or so thick and leaves a healthy amount of lacing upon the glass. The aroma...ah. Wonderful. A barrage of tropical citrus fruits, most notably mango, pineapple, and orange, fill the olfactory senses with a hop lover's dream come true. While the flavor doesn't quite live up to the expectations delivered by the superb aroma, this beer is delicious nonetheless. Remarkably drinkable and wonderfully smooth on the palate. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

07-05-2011 18:42:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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Brad007

Vermont

4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin head into my glass.

Aroma is full of a bouquet of grassy, citrusy hops that don't overpower but rather hint at the taste within.

Taste is full of crisp, grapefruit-like hops with a hint of grassiness and dryness to it. They proceed to envelope the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is dry with a nice lingering of grassy hops. Nothing harsh.

Well-balanced and subtle. It takes skill to make this style enjoyable from the tap and nothing is spared in the end result. Rivals the Alchemist.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 01:37:19 | More by Brad007
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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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HopHead84

California

4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2/11/2011

Growler courtesy of bring. Thanks a lot Barry. A growler of Double IPA, just the job! Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy yellowish orange with a soft creamy white head. Some pretty nice retention and scattered lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty explosive, with big apricot, mango, and grapefruit notes. It's moderately floral, with a subtle candied quality. The hops are bright and juicy, and I can't take my nose out of the glass.

T: Massive fruit flavor, with mango, peach, apricot, orange, and grapefruit notes. The fruit is mostly flesh, but there's a touch of rind in there. Alcohol is well masked by the bold hop flavors. Malt provides a slight candied sweetness, but I can't really taste much aside from the hop character. The beer is moderately bitter with very little astringency.

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and a bit odd - it's sort of mealy and granular and it reminds me of the texture you might find on a mango, a pear, or a peach.

Overall: Aside from the mouthfeel, I thought this was stellar. I guess Citra hops were substituted for Centennial in this batch, and they certainly leave their mark. It's ridiculously smooth and drinkable, and the hop aroma and flavor are excellent.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2011 05:55:02 | More by HopHead84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Big thanks to Steve, fbm, for sending this out.

Trying to work through a growler alone. I don't know if that is going to happen.

Poured into my new Hill Farmstead flute (thanks Steve, the glass is sic).

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention leaving some nice lacing down the side. Color is a hazy burnt golden orange. A really nice hue of orange.

Aroma: Very fruity and hoppy. It has a nice mango and pineapple profile up front with a bit of grapefruit in the background. It is also very hoppy. I get a lot of pine with some floral notes as well. No malts... Oh yea!

Taste: The east coast is finally starting to pump out some good DIPAs. This has west coast flavors written all over it. All hops, no malts. Very bitter. Floral and piney. Pineapple, mangoes, and oranges all show with a touch of grapefruit citrus. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and bitter. This dipa is more bitter than a lot, but the fruits provided some sweetness to help it out. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a great dipa. I am really enjoying all the hops and fruits and I love that it isn't malty. I thought I might be able to get through the entire growler, but I can feel the alcohol hit as I look and realize I am barely at the half way point. Still, I really like it and a couple pints is pretty easy to take down.

Thanks Steve!

Serving type: growler

02-04-2011 03:59:53 | More by mothman
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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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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

750 ml swing-top growler poured into a Bruery tulip.
Filled Sat. Feb. 18th, reviewed 6 days later. 8.2% ABV.

Huge thanks to Rochefort10NH for sending this great beer, and many others, my way!

A - From the sexy screen-printed swing-top growler pours this fully hazed dirty apricot golden beer. It's topped by a dense but somewhat fleeting ivory head that decorates the tulip in tiny dots of lace.

S - The searing hop aroma is ruthlessly abounding in bitter, tooth enamel-stripping resin. Voluptuous, exotic fruits that conjure up thoughts of oozingly juicy mango, pineapple, and sharp grapefruit blend with sticky pine sap and heavy maltiness. Balancing without flaw is light toasted biscuit with abundantly sweet pils malt and a touch of caramel. This one's sure to be a tongue bruiser.

T - Hop-heavy, this beefy DIPA is loaded with plenty of citrus characteristics that merge well with pine bite but, as I was afraid of, the extreme hop use departs the aroma in an unfulfilling way. White still very good, there's almost too much here; too bitter resiny, a little over-the-top. The fruity complexity doesn't follow through although the well-balanced malt characteristics do!

M - Medium-fill-bodied, the level of carbonation is right where it should be as it tickles the tongue nicely. Despite it's high resin and bitterness levels, Abner still balances well with a little alcohol heat. A touch of dryness on the finish subtly begs for another sip. Soft wheat also seems to play a small role with the delicate mouthfeel.

O - Hill Farmstead is quickly growing to be one of the best small breweries out there and when they release bold, flavorful, and well-balanced beers like Abner, there's not question as to why. An excellent Double IPA, Abner seamlessly features of plethora of hops for a joyous outcome.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2012 15:33:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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

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