Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 316
Hads: 2,110
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 1,759
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 05-12-2010

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.
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Reviews: 316 | Hads: 2,110
Photo of andrewinski1
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tapered glass. Hazy straw color with a thin layer of white head. Great sticky lacing.

Loads of tropical fruit aroma, particularly mango. A bit of orange is evident. Good sweet aroma.

The flavor starts sweet and is followed by sharp pine. The finish is juicy and sweet with tropical fruit. This has a unique finish; not really crisp but juicy.

The carbonation held up well (the growler was filled three days ago). The body is light to medium. This is syper drinkable. Hope I can make the trek back to Vermont soon. (530 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a snifter glass. Keg left over from their "Scraps" event on Saturday.

A: A medium golden orange color with a half finger white head. Lacing was vertical lines that eventually recedes into the glass.

S: Sweet tropics! Huge blast of tropical fruit with pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, mango coupled with some sugar sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Nice nose.

T: Follow the nose. The tropical fruit jumps with the same flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and mango. The hops get mixed with some bready malt the turns sweeter as it warms. A slight hint of pine sneaks in before the sweetness keeps any possible bitterness in check. Finish is coating and lasting with some prickling but not very bitter. Nice finish that leaves a lasting impression of the word "balanced".

M: Full, coating, sweet and a hint of bitterness. Alcohol does come through in the end as it warms, but not overly so.

O: A real nice DIPA that is very well done. Balance is the key to this beer and makes it really drinkable.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer as I have heard a lot about it. A top tier DIPA, but it (for me) falls short of the heavyweights in this class. Still, a really, really tasty beer that is very, very good. Really glad I got to try it. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Blue Dog Chalfont's Wealth of Riches event. Poured on tap into large tulip. Beautiful foam crown. Great piney, citrusy nose. What a fabulous smelling beer. My favorite IPA to date, this has he most wonderful floral, grapefruit, piney taste. The mouthfeel is sublime. If you could only swish and spit your beer, this is the one. Fortunately you can swallow. GREAT beer. (382 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 2L growler to Hill Farmstead large glassware (the oversized wine glass). No dating obviously, but that’s just fine—bought it at the brewery this past Wednesday, so three days ago.

Appearance (5.0): Beautiful. Three finger of just off-white head, thick and tight, and fades very, very slowly. Heavy lacing all around the glass. The body is an opaque, bright orange, cloudy as hell—exactly the way I like my DIPAs.

Smell (4.5): A strong dank note comes along first, weedy and resiny, mixed with great, sweet citrus notes—pineapple and mango. No malt or alcohol in the nose, which is just fine for the style.

Taste (4.5): A pungent red grapefruit flavor mixed with a good pineneedliness dominates, sitting atop a biscuity, bready, cracker kind of character. This is very well balanced. There’s a little bit of alcohol heat that blends well with the hop bitterness—exactly what a DIPA should do, in my mind. The finish is long, piney and grassy, but never harsh. That’s what’s so good about this, nothing is harsh about it—just very well balanced.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Moderate carbonation, slightly tingly on the tongue, foams well in the mouth and BEST of all, there’s just a little bit of head that still feels a bit chunky passing your lips. Body is just on the full side of medium, but not heavy in any way. Spicy, slightly tingly carb all over the mouth—really a perfect mouthfeel.

Overall (4.5): This is a wonderful beer. It doesn’t have quite the lightning-flash bitterness that Heady Topper does, and it could stand to show a little more cereal complexity in the malt profile, but this does exactly what you want and hope it would do. It gets even better as it warms, which is just wonderful for the style, too. This is an exceptional DIPA. (1,794 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very hazy and dark gold in colour, almost a little orange like an apricot.

Citrus and pine on the nose. Notes of sweet orange and tangerine-like flavours, and maybe some mango. Soft caramel malt throughout. The dry hops add amazing floral and somewhat grassy notes as well.

Tastes much like it smells, and goes down very smooth with little bitterness. Hops are more present than they are on the nose. The malt flavour is much more pronounced and lasts through the end, helping polish off much of the bitterness from the hops and disguising the high ABV.

The body is medium to thick, and has decent carbonation. A slight warming feeling going down is really the only indicator of the alcohol content.

I would be interested to see how this would be with slightly more malts. Had about seven people taste this last night - including a friend who drinks beer like Sam and PBR - and he even enjoyed it if that was any testament to how nearly perfect this beer is. (962 characters)

Photo of RichD
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL Hill Farmstead growler poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden yellow with a small white head on top. This is exactly how this is supposed to look. There's some lacing that's left along the glass as I drink this bad boy.

S: Holy hops! Citrus and pine hops erupt from this brew into my nose. The intensity is absolutely mindblowing. What a fantastic smelling beer. If you are looking for malts then this is definitely not the beer for you.

T: The taste follows the nose to a T. Big, juicy citrus and pine notes dominate my pallet with ease. The citrus notes follow to the tune of grapefruits and this makes for a pleasant drinking experience. There are a miniscule amount of bready malts, but the beer is all about hops and not much else. I'm not sure if I've ever had a better DIPA in my life, and I'm not sure if I will have a better tasting one.

M: A medium mouthfeel that dries pretty quickly. A modicum amount of bitterness, which allows for an extremely pleasant drinking experience. I don't feel like my taste buds are being assaulted, but rather being catered to in a nice, juicy, hoppy, flavorful manner.

Overall: This may set the standard for DIPAs. What a fantastic beer. I really didn't know what to expect upon cracking this growler open. Boy, am I glad I did. This may be one of my favorite beers of all time. Hill Farmstead did an amazing job crafting this one. Especially since I know it came together in a tiny ass garage. Shaun and crew, I tip my hat to you guys for an exceptional beer and experience. (1,532 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler, fresh from the brewery into a modified tulip glass.

A - Medium haze like a great IPA, fine one finger snow white head. Lacing clings to the edges, delicate and fine.
S - Tropical pine, if there is such a thing. Mango mashed with spruce, and grapefruit. The nose is complex and a bit formidable.
T - Straight from the nose, lots of fruit. The challange is corraling all that flavor. It swirls and dances acros the palate. Alcohol is buried in the maelstrom.
M - Medium bodied. A thick slick feel. Nothing offensive, with a clean tight finish. The fact there is not a long lingering oil from all those hops speaks to the design and exceution from the brewer. Stunning quality.
O - The beer is simply wonderful. The hop profile is significent, however the beer is crafted with such detail that nothing is offputting. The flavor and nose dance a delicate duet that culminates in, delight.

Cheers all (920 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by dc55110, thanks a lot!

Very hazy amber colored with an off white medium sized head. Aroma is big on weed/pine and would have been a 5/5 had it not been the hint of spicy hop character I'm getting. Tastes hoppy and bitter (duh) with a solid malt base and but drinks very easy. Some onion/garlic comes as a turn off. Smooth feel, slightly sweet taste and finish, medium carbonation. Very good and signature HF.

4, 4.5, 4, 4, 4 (444 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pale gold color with white head. Aroma is of freshly cut hay, honey, and a slight piney-ness to it as well. Taste is much more piney than the aroma. I also get some of the honey flavor; presumably from a light malt. The color also hints that they used lighter malts. Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but I did enjoy the hop 'sting' on the tongue. Overall a great DIPA; I haven't been disappointed by Hill Farmstead yet, and doubt I will be any time soon. (457 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml growler

Pours a cloudy golden color with 2-3 fingers cloudy head with decent retention and leaving curtains of lace. The nose features hops hops hops with big floral and citrus (grapefruit, orange) notes, very dank and some toasted malts in the there also. On the palate, again massive hops, floral, pine and citrus, dank and coating, some residual malt sweetness for balance. It has a medium body, smooth and refreshing with lots carbonation. Just a fantastic IIPA and dangerously drinkable! (510 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
5/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Lush, creamy, dreamy... Beautiful textures like Princess Jasmine weaving a pair of silk skivvies.

I am at a loss. I am found. I am nothing, I am in heaven... Take me away. (222 characters)

Photo of phingdong
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having had this many times in the last year on tap and from the growler, I figured I'd finally give it a review.

A - I love the look of Hill Famrstead DIPAs. A nice bright hazy orange with a 2 finger white head. Sticky lacing clings to the glass as it goes down.

S - Ah, that HF hop aroma. Wonderfully hoppy, juicy, and tropical with just the right amount of dankness mixed in.

T - So juicy. Rich with complex hop flavors. The taste lives up to the aroma here. Alcohol is very well hidden. Tropical fruits, a touch of grass and very hop forward with just enough malt backbone. So delicious. The mouthfeel feels perfect. It is creamy and juicy and so easy to drink.

Hill Farmstead makes some of my favorite DIPAs. Abner, Galaxy, Double Citra, and Ephraim are all so fantastic. With all these other amazing DIPAS coming out of HF, I hope Abner is always a regular and not forgotten. I will continue to make the long trek up there for my fill and look forward to what comes next. (982 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Teresa's. Had this shortly after reviewing Double Citra, as I was curious as to how the two Imperial HF IPAs stacked up side by side...

Hazy and light coppery straw in color, this is capped by a quickly dissipating head that leaves a very delicate lacing pattern within the rings that form with each sip. Very pretty.

The aroma is awesome, and it leads right into the flavor, which is the star of the show here. Floral notes stand out immediately in the nose, accompanied by a light piney aroma. A slight grapefruity citrus quality hints at what may be in store once this beer hits the palate. The flavor does not disappoint, and in fact, exceeds expectations as the grapefruit not only shows, but brings with it orange zest and lemon zest to accompany the pine and the now less intense floral notes. This is less bitter and more diverse in flavor than the Double Citra, and it does a better job of handling the higher ABV. This could stand toe to toe with any DIPA and be a serious contender. One of the best I have enjoyed to date.

This is a touch thinner than I expect a DIPA to be, as it doesn't leave the sticky hop oils on my palate. To be sure though, this is the king of HF Double IPAs. However, given the different characteristics of each, I wonder at what would happen if I blended the two... (1,333 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a nice hazy peach color and crowned by a bright white head. Wonderfully aromatic with a big whiff of citrusy hop goodness right up front. Tropical and floral with little room left for malt aromas to come through.

First sip brings any hop-lover into an instant state of bliss. Grapefruit and a hint of pineapple comes come foreword first before the resiny pine character packs its punch. Pleasantly bitter in the finish but well-rounded enough to keep your palate in line.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and smooth with a slightly drying finish. Overall, Abner is an exceptional DIPA that deserves to be right up there with the best of them. Very reminiscent of Heady Topper, with just a bit more bitterness and not quite as fruity. (751 characters)

Photo of s1ckboy
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (241 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 750 ml growler into a hill farmstead stemmed glass. Best by 9/19, purchased 3 days ago at the brewery!

Pours a super hazy golden body with a big frothy head that reduces slowly to leave thick lacing and chunks of white foam.

Smells amazing - super aromatic with heavy citrus, sweet resin, bursting tropical grapefruit, pineapple.

The taste follows the nose with citrus being the dominant note, followed by tropical fruit, pine, floral hops, and creamy malt with raw hop oil sticking to the tongue, leaving a resinous pine bite on the tongue. Absolutely delicious, perfectly balanced. Medium carbonation with a rich creamy body.

Overall, does Abner live up to it's high regards? Drink it fresh (this was 3 days old), and the simple answer is a resounding yes. This is up there with heady, and with it's raw character and perfect balance, it's safe to say that it can give heady a run for its money. (916 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery 7/13/11. Served in a white wine glass.

A: The brew appears a golden to amber color with a bit of hop induced haziness. There was a massive two finger head that was built like a house, great retention and excellent lacing.

S: On the first whiff with I was blown away with the overwhelming scents of tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, papaya, and pineapple. The hops are really dominant, but the taosted malt manages to sneak in as it warms.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with an overwhelming wave of the tropics, quite the hop bomb. There is a bit of toasted bread that surfaces in the finish, but it is very subtle. Nice and dry with another dose of hops on the finish as well.

M: Medium bodied with great carbonation. The bubbles give the beer a much bigger mouthfeel than I would have expected.

O: This brewery never ceases to amaze with its' hop forward offerings. Another great beer. (929 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy gold color with a very nice head. lots of tightly packed carbonation bubbles taht hold really well and leave very nice lacing behind.

S: A mixture of pine and tropical fruit with some grapefruit bitterness. he citra hops come through, but this is not as aromatic as other IPAs

T: Grapefruit and pine notes to start that transition to tangy apricot and lemon notes. The pine notes linger as as does a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy. No sign of heat and no harsh tones either. Couldnt ask for much more

D: another great offering from HFS with no hops left behind (603 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in VT, stemmed tulip glass. Review is from notes.

A-Golden-orange color, hazy, unfiltered. One-plus finger head, minimal lacing.

S- Citrus, pine, oily. Floral notes under the big grapefruit nose.

T-Oily citrus taste with enough malts to tame the hops.

M- Tart and crisp, medium feel. Hoppy bite finish.

O- True to form, big and flavorful. (350 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Transported back to Chicago in a 750ml Growler, poured into a HF glass.

A: Opaque deep yellow/amber body with a pure with head of 2 fingers and good retention and lacing.

S: Packed with juicy fruity goodness, tropical fruits and citrus, floral, grassy, and piney as well.

T: Very flavorful with layers of hope taste following the nose and bitterness throughout. As with the other HF beers I've had, however, a little watery feel to it throughout and on the finish.

M: Medium carbonation, that watery feel is present, dry finish, medium body.

O: Very pleased to have this and well-enjoyed. Not the best DIPA I've ever had, and perhaps not worth an intense journey to get it, but this is a finely crafted DIPA. (713 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Beautiful, slightly hazy orange body with a thin white head on top. Suds cling to the glass leaving some delicate lacing behind. Looks pretty good for a DIPA.

Swirling the glass reveals sweet citrus notes, orange wedge, a touch of pine and sweet maltiness.

Pine bitterness on the tongue with orange. Grassy hops mixed with a good bready malt backbone. Nicely balanced between the malts and hops with some good lingering bitterness after the finish. Its got everything one would look for in the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with adequate carbonation. Lots of tasty hop bitterness in this DIPA. Slightly chewy, but still refreshing. ABV is unnoticeable.

Drinkability is great. This is one tasty DIPA. Lots of hops, some citrus notes and a good malt backbone to hold it all together without taking away from the hops. Shaun has done a great job with this beer and Vermont is really stepping up their game in the DIPA department. With Head Topper from the Alchemist, Hopzilla from Lawson's and now Abner, I think California has some good competition. Definitely grab a growler of this if you can. Highly recommended. (1,169 characters)

Photo of huddyball
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a freshly filled (9/20/14) Hill Farmstead 750ml growler and into a HF stemmed glass.

L) Pours a hazy, tawny/orange with a average size white head.
S) Smells of beautiful hops and a bit of yeast thrown in there. I prefer mine a bit more citrusy, but this is still an amazing beer.
T) This is a well balance DIPA. Not too bitter and not too malty. Again, I would like a bit more citrus, but I'm just nit picking.
F) Nice. A bit dry.
O) Not going to lie, this did not live up 100% to my expectations. When drinking DIPA's I have to compare to MBC Dinner, which I thought was spectacular. Would I drink it again, yes, but I would not go out of my way to acquire again. (684 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: A beautiful cloudy orange body that you cannot see through. The head is a white broken, irregular film that gathers halo style around the glass. White clingy legs.
Smell: Sweet, candied grapefruit and peaches. Very clean scent.
Taste: Super World-Class. Balanced tropical fruit and grapefruit. The sweetness is at a perfect level. The after-taste and finish are very clean.
Feel: Rounds everything out. Medium all the way around. Perfect feel and level of carbonation.

Overall - Impressive. (514 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to Celticfutblclub for this one! Alan is the best!

A- Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a 1" white head

S- Stong citrus hops. Nothing else here! Not for weaklings! Intense hops that destroy everything in their path!

T- Same awesome hop presense as the nose. Holy tits mang you gotta try dis stuff! Citrus and pine through and through, simply fantastic

M- Smooth as silk, so great. So so great

O- Best ipa I've ever had. Heady doesnt hold up to this (467 characters)

Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.