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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,428
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,216
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a growler of this on 2/6/11.

A - Poured a hazy golden, orange-tinted body with a bright white pouf of foam on top that deposited some nice craggy lacing around the glass.

S - Pungent West Coast nose with a dominant grapefruit presence as well as a hint of pine and sweet malts. This sucker smells juicy! A hint of alcohol fume also creeps into the mix after the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Juicy hops abound! Abner releases a fairly potent grapefruit blast, giving the flavor a bold citrus personality. A dousing of sticky, sweet pine complements the citrusy notes nicely. The sweet caramel notes offer a bit of balance to the otherwise full-on hop assault going on here.

M - Medium bodied with a very oily texture and just a pinch of bristly carbonation, resulting in subtle effervescence. Finish is semi-dry with plenty of lingering bitterness on the palate and very little noticeable alcohol heat.

D - Abner is a really juicy hop bomb that hides his alcohol quite well. Great first impression of this brewery!

Serving type: growler

02-07-2011 20:37:47 | More by ffejherb
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.8%

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Massachusetts

4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: looks very cloudy with nice fine head that Strauss and am orange golden base

S: big citrus smell with some sweetened

T: amazing orange, grapefruit, sweetness, and malt. Probably the best tasting double IPA I've had.

M: medium carbonation, medium body, beautiful

O: amazing beer. One of the best I've had to date, and a great intro to hill farmstead.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 16:10:13 | More by Holland
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Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikey for the growler, split with friends for our UFC tasting.

A - Pours a hazy orangish/red, a fingers-worth of off-white head, spotty lacing, and a thin cap.

S - Nice citrus aroma, lots of hops, some fruity/floral notes in there as well. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, nice bitterness on the nostrils.

T - Lots of hops...citrus/floral/herbal, big juicy grapefruit and pine notes. Bitter, bitter, and some more bitter. You like hops? You'll enjoy this DIPA.

M - Light to medium, soft carbonation, oily finish.

D - I think Ephraim in the better DIPA, but this one is very solid. Very easy to drink, as I had a couple of glasses. Recommend!

Serving type: growler

02-07-2011 01:57:14 | More by Sean9689
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.8%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3%

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ehammond1


4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for pouring me this, HopHead84!

Slightly hazed, glowing apricot/orange color with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves great stick all the way down the glass.

The aroma is terrific and I knew this was a very special DIPA on first whiff. The aroma is a combination of pungent citrus flesh, tropical fruit, and floral notes. The combination is lovely.

The flavor too is wonderful. The tropical fruit, citrus notes, and floral elements combine together magnificently well. The bitterness is only moderate, which makes this beer remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to lower carbonation. Amazingly drinkable.

World-class.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2012 21:40:23 | More by ehammond1
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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Washington

3.45/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml growler to the face.

Pours a hazy peach honey with some soapy top suds. Smells of peaches, mangoes, some resin and some biscuit malts. Not that impressed on the nose. Flavor is malt, more peach, some pear, grapefruit, lemon, resin and more crackery malts. A little sweet, but some bitterness in there too. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. Although decent, not overly impressed with this one either. Of the imperial IPAs I've had from Shaun, I've yet to really feel like he has done much for me, a little too sweet in 2 out of three (best so far was S&S4). The pale ales have been tits though.

Serving type: growler

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

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

750ml growler into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks a ton for sending me this one SneezyAchew.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy apricot color with a huge, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a thick, greasy film that left sheets of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Huge sweet notes of grapefruit citrus and pine with a touch of sweet fruit nectar of bread dough.
T: Big blast of grass and pine with a huge amount of grapefruit pith bitterness. The finish is sweet, not quite fruit nectar sweet, but sweet, and there is a touch of dough and perhaps honey mixed in.
M: Body is pretty full for a DIPA and there is a good weight to the mouthfeel. Bitterness is not distracting, and the carbonation is ample but soft.
O: A definite top 10 DIPA, closer to the top of the list. For such a big beer this is crazy drinkable. Sadly, I’ve had better, but not many. (It’s tough to be Younger). Thanks again Michael!

Serving type: growler

06-10-2011 01:36:22 | More by scottfrie
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler poured into HF tulip.

Appears clear sunny amber with two fingers of fluffy white head with great head retention and good lacing, she is a beauty. Smells of light orange peel, grapefruit rind, apricot, wheat. Taste rich citrus notes,dry but some sweet malt to counter bitterness, very well balance, hard to detect the alcohol which is surprising at 8.2%. Light-moderate body, moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

A brilliant IPA from HF, my favorite from them so far. One of the better IPAs I have sampled.

Serving type: growler

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev -3%

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Quebec (Canada)

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Connecticut

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,428 ratings.