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Abner | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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.

Added by kingcrowing on 05-12-2010

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Hill Farmstead First Anniversary party, and then several times in growlers afterward. This is a nice DIPA, I actually preferred it to the Double Citra.

Hazy orange body with a poofy white foam (proper!). Loads of citrusy hops in the aroma, grapefruit and orange, the malts presenting minimal balance with maybe a light grainy counterplay. Grapefruit dominates in the flavor, with a nearly puckering hop presence in the back as well. Initially sweet then lasting bitterness.

Medium carbonation, everything done just about right. I really liked this DIPA overall, very solid.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a growler provided by Sean into a perfect pint glass... The body is an ugly murky medium honey gold with a hint of orange. A tope head without much retention or lacing, weird looking... The aroma is light dank hops and pine with some herbal notes. A little boring, not a ton going on... The taste is better with more citrus notes coming through. The hops are pine and bitter, balanced... The mouthfeel is really nice, good heft and carbonation.... Easy to drink.

This is an above average dipa, I'd have again on tap.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blackback in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy dark orange with one finger of white head. Good spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Really juicy. Mango, tangerine, pineapple. Lot's of sweet juicy fruits. Really inviting sweet hops. Spent lot's of time on the aroma of this and didn't wanna stop smelling.

T - Some boozy pineapple and lot's of sweet tropical fruits. Bright hops again. Mango, passionfruit.

M - Pretty strong bitterness, strong carbonation, medium body.

O/D - I enjoyed this quite a bit. Tons of hop depth. Really nice to sip and contemplate. Hops really shine well. I can't tell if I could drink a ton of this, but it was definitely a pleasure.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Memphis Taproom in Philly; served in a tulip

An apricot colored body sits underneath two+ fingers of off-white foam. Excellent retention and sticky clumps of lace all over the glass.

Loads of citrus and tropical fruit leap out of the glass. Ruby red grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and guava on top of a super clean malt bill.

On the palate, the hops explode and recede slowly, leaving a moderate bitterness in its wake. Mangoes, tangerines, ruby red grapefruit and guava lend a fruity, playful hop profile that is a delight to put back.

Medium body with active carbonation. Not as hefty as some of the other HF ipas. A little more light and playful. Finish is fruity and moderately bitter.

Overall, this is an extremely solid an delicious iipa. This is welcome in my glass any day.

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Photo of mltobin
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler of Abner on the way up to Jay Peak.

Poured into a tulip glass, the appearance is a honey tone with a finger of head. The nose on this DIPA has oranges, hops, sugar, a bit of lemon. Moving on to tipping it back and I taste pineapple, grass, bread malts, a general low-key sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, near-perfect carbonation level on this. All in all, another very good-great DIPA from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. Served in a tulip. Pours a hazy caramel with a frothy, half inch, milky head that dissipates into a bubbly skim. Small spots of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, a floral character and light toasted malts. Taste is earthy and floral with some light bittering at the finish. There's also a slightly tart and herbal quality in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, crisp carbonation. I have to say that I found Abner to be really quite tasty and interesting, and one of the best domestic Farmhouse Ales I've had to date. That being said, I'm a bit surprised to see it characterized as a DIPA. Nonetheless, regardless of the style, it has great complexity and flavor. A truly wonderful beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
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!!!

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

on tap at eulogy in philly

Pours a clouded golden orange with some yellow hues. A decent frothed head retains for a while before leaving rings of spotty lacing around the glass.

A nice punch of citrus hops with grapefruit and orange, slight sweetness, and a bit of grainy malt in the nose.

Plenty of juicy hops in the beginning with grapefruit bitterness. Sweetness from oranges and a touch of pineapple in between the dry hop assault. Biscuit and caramel malt stay in the background but help to balance out the hops. Finishes with another dose of staunch citrus and light sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and dry with an unusual yet pleasing creaminess on the palate with lingering feel. Drinks really well, the alcohol is nonexistent, and the flavors balance out nicely from top to bottom. This was my first beer from Hill Farmstead and I cannot wait to try another one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a hazy golden yellow with tons of tight white head. Nose is huge, tons of bitter grapefruit with notes of pine and hop resin. Taste is more balanced, notes of grain and some underlying sweet malt. Extremely clean with no sugars, tons of hop punch. Strong grapefruit and pine with a touch of resin. Bitterness is present but well integrated through the soft well carbonated finish. Body is delicate and light. Great stuff.

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Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up during the Hill Farmstead Winter Gathering on February 12. Tried it on tap but didn't wanna review any 4oz samples. Hops fill the room upon opening.

A- Cloudy deep gold with a nice frothy white cap that retains well. Lots of beautiful thick lace rings.

S- A good balance of fresh bread and juicy hops. A ton of peach, grapefruit and general citrus fruit notes fly out of the growler upon opening. Some caramel malt. Also floral behind the peaches. Competes with any West Coast IIPA.

T- Follows the nose for the most part. Emphasis on peach juice and floral hops. Fresh bread, pine, orange, grapefruit.

MF- Creamy foamy feel to this with a nice high end carbonation and bitterness. Goes down too smoothly.

DB- Love the citrus and peaches here. As a whole it is a very well balanced double IPA and I am only awaiting Ephraim to find out how that could possibly be much better than this. Vermont is really becoming a powerhouse of Northeast craft beer.

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Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML growler delivered to my humble abode, not even part of a trade, just because, by that prince among traders: moose3285. Thanks doesn't quite cut it, but thanks!

Growler pops & fizzes appropriately, & the pour is heady over a furrowed yellow brow. The nose, holy hand grenades, is just grand. LIke a Jamaican fruit salad, it actually immediately took me back to sipping banana dacquiris right off the beach, where the bartender was pulling bananas off the canopy of the bar. Plus one for sparking a good, ancient memory!

Abner should have a Caribbean toothpick umbrella in it. Ripe fruits burst their skin at the slightest touch: papaya, pineapple, orange, citrus, banana, tangerine. Moderate bitterness stings in the middle to keep the fruitcopia from becoming to sweet or cloying. Oily presence that's so welcome in top-notch IPA/IIPAs. I can't keep my hands off the glass, or my face, & I'm wishing for another 750ML to magically appear. <nod> <nod> <nod>. Nope.

I'm trying to use my words. This is bloody good. Bitter & fruity mixed with the touch of a master DJ. Excellent beer that would hold its head high among the best IPAs in the world. Thanks again, Mike.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at the brewery and consumed a few hours later. Hazy orange, cloudy, good head. Aroma is citrus and pine, lots of hops. Flavor is the same and the mouthfeel is interesting. Overall a tasty DIPA and the alcohol is quite well hidden.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

75cl growler generously shared by Doug today, 9/6/2013. Poured into a Bell's snifter. Review #196.

Alright, so this beer pours a clear copper body. Perhaps straw-orange. With that trademark Hill Farmstead 2cm white head that has awesome retention. Not a whole lot of lacing on this actually, but who cares?

Nose is not as pungent as Susan which we drank earlier today, but it just smells better.. its got that orange zest combined with citrus and tropical fruit.. but the biggest contribution is that floral scent. Deliciously floral. Great nose still, but Susan and Ephraim has it beat.

But you know what, that flavour profile is so incredible. So complex with tons of citrus and tropical fruit. It has that great malty backbone that isn't too strong but just balances out all the hoppiness in this beer. Its such a perfect balance for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel, again is that incredible creamy Hill Farmstead full body. I have never had such a full bodied double IPA. Again there is just something in that damn well water, I want to go visit Hill Farmstead, use the bathroom and fill up a water bottle and send it into a lab for analysis so I can treat my homebrew like so. Aftertaste is that bitter citrus flavour, but not so strong. It is so incredibly drinkable, even more so than Susan was. Can't tell that this beer is 8.2%, not at all. It drinks like a session beer.

Overall this beer is one of the best double IPAs I've ever had. It beats out Pliny and Heady, but its kind of unfair since this is Hill Farmstead we're talking about. It's up there with Double Sunshine as one of the best to come out of Vermont.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.9/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How does a growler-only beer with a super narrow range of distribution have over 800 reviews in just over three years? What's happened?

Anyhow, Vermont has destroyed my pallet. We secured Double Sunshine and Heady before making our way over the ol' Farm(stead), and when we got there all they had on tap were hops, hops, and hops. It was like a goddamn rabbit convention. But even then, after already sinking several feet deep into Heady Sunshine, and even after sample the three other selections (Citra, Amarillo, and S&S4), even then, this one tasted special.

At first, honestly, I thought it was the citra and the girl had just made a mistake while pouring, since the beer begins with a pronounced mango burst. But then a couple sips in, centennial and columbus hops become super pronounced, with big nodes of pine and herbs and a slight grape-iness. A bready finish of fresh yeast and caramel malts provide balance in the back end and do a phenomenal job of disguising its high ABV.

Most people, myself included, will probably prefer Heady, but this is definitely the more sessionable of the two.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is close to as good as it gets. Pours a hazy light orange color. Thick fluffy head and great lacing on the glass. Smell is fantastic, tropical, hoppy. Juicy taste, with some sweetness. Hops shine through beautifully. Feel is extremely smooth, goes down very easy. A favorite of mine for sure

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Photo of Resuin
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler, filled 3 days ago, into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber and leaves a finger of fluffy white head.

Smell: Some citrus, pineapple, earthy tones, pine. Definitely a mixture of hop flavors in the aroma.

Taste: Starts with some light pine and earthy tones, followed by some citrus/grapefruit. Finishes with some nice, bitter earthy hops. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouth-feel: Medium, or a little more, carbonation with a medium, refreshing body well suited for the flavor profile. Very smooth finish.

Overall: Definitely a solid double pale ale. Hop forward but a well balanced hop forward ale. Very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Sean for supplying this at our UFC 126/Showtoons event.

A - Orangish body with some haze that had a nice foamy head. Decent retention as the head left some spots behind.

S - Citrus and floral hops, some earth tones, and a nice bitter quality. Slight hint of phenols or ethanol, but it's small enough that it doesn't really detract from the aroma.

T - Citrus and slightly tropical hop and sweetness notes. Pine is mostly in the form of resin, which is nicely bitter without becoming grating. Sweet caramel malts in a hop-foward beer.

M - Medium bodied with a nice dose of carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to drink, not my favorite DIPA ever, just slightly too sugary, but this is a good one that you can put down easily enough.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Deep cloudy bright yellow orange, two finger head with nice carbonation with great lacing.

S-Tropical goodness, slight grass, lemon , citrus, pineapple.

T-What balance, tropical notes, citrys, grass, even a tad bit of spice. Nice bitterness at the end.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation good deal of hop resins.

O-An amazing beer. Still no Heady, but man is it worth a try.

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Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very happy to have a chance to try this finally.

Pours a nice hazy, light orange body. Loads of juicy tropical fruit, lots of sticky lacing on the sides and very orange forward in flavor, but leans toward the fresh sweet ones. Lip smacking, well done.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml growler from the source, filled 3 days ago.

A: Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, it's a beautiful golden orange, as hazy as it gets, 2 fingers of foamy and bubbly white head with extremely tight bubbles. Lacing everywhere. It's a thing of beauty!

S: Fresh, bursting hops, and lots of them. Big tropical fruits: Grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple. Floral notes, some slightly dank herbal notes. Tons of pine. Crystal sweetness. Huge orange, huge tropical fruits. Amazing. Might be the best nose of any beer I've had yet.

T: Wow. Huge tropical fruits with everything I picked up from the nose and more. Floral and herbal notes are there to add a little balance and depth to the hop character with lots of pine in the background. Big malt bill with lots of lightly toasted grains, plenty of crystal malt lends enough sweetness to make the citrus burst with flavor and balance the bitterness, but it doesn't come anywhere near stealing the show or being obtrusive. Finish is fairly bitter, very resinous, and linger herbal/floral notes and a touch of citrus. Has a slight white wine like flavor with alcohol esters on the finish. Unbelievable.

M: Pretty full body, moderate to slightly high carbonation. Extremely smooth yet very resinous and sticky. Amazing how it works. Crisp and easy finish that is a touch dry (due to alcohol) but does still have residual sweetness. Luscious yet crisp and refreshing. I don't get how this can be done. Amazing.

O: I've had some great IPAs/DIPAs, but this is hands down the best I've had to date and easily one of the best overall beer's I've ever tossed back. Picture perfect appearance, a nose so good I want to take a shower in it, use it as cologne, spray it on my beds sheets, capture it in a bottle and carry it everywhere with my nose constantly propped against it. The scary part? The taste is even BETTER! How could this be possible! 9 times out of time a great nose on an IPA is led by a letdown of some degree or at least matches the nose. Rarely does it beat the nose. Never does it beat an epic nose. The body? It defies logic.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.