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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 1,307
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Sammy, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -13.8%

djrn2, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

zestar, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
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

brentk56, May 25, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

mikesgroove, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev -3%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -24.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -13.8%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Knapp85, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev -3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

emerge077, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

largadeer, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -13.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

SocalKicks, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

nickfl, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

MasterSki, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 12, 2014
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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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