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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,447
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,230
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
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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:
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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rderedin

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -19.2%

09-22-2012 21:48:16 | More by rderedin
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

09-22-2012 07:00:54 | More by HumanParaquat
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-21-2012 00:23:22 | More by GennyCreamAle
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dcloeren

Texas

4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jlindros for this growler!

Pours a beautiful golden honey color with specs of unfiltered goodness suspended throughout my beer.

The aroma is amazingly dank. Pine sap, fresh hop pellets, citrus zest. Extremely enticing and inviting.

The taste follows the nose. An absolute hop bomb in the best way possible. Dank and resinous with a citrus finish. Perfection in a growler.

Medium in body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Easy to drink, hides the ABV well and finishes sticky and wet.

Overall, this is an amazing DIPA. It excells in every category. I love the fact that it is unfiltered and this good looking. Worth finding a trading partner to get you some. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2012 23:41:33 | More by dcloeren
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-20-2012 00:17:41 | More by JebediahScooter
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

09-18-2012 06:27:52 | More by WorldWideStout
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-18-2012 01:33:53 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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Willytee3

New York

5/5  rDev +7.8%

09-17-2012 04:12:07 | More by Willytee3
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stmgl01

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-17-2012 02:54:46 | More by stmgl01
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jl28r1

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -3%

09-16-2012 20:07:36 | More by jl28r1
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml growler (filled 9/8/12) courtesy of jlindros. Taking for making the trek up there and grabbing this for me! Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel series stemmed glass.

A - Pours a very well hazed pale golden color - thick and fruit juicy looking. Three fingers of fluffy white head rises off the surface with a semi-aggressive pour into the middle of the glass. Beautiful looking DIPA!

S - From over a foot away from the glass, all I can smell is hops. Super fresh smelling, freshly peeled and cut grapefruit, mildly sweet, a touch of sweatiness, extremely faint (but definitely there) grainy and sugary malt base. Outstanding!

T - Thick citrusy and tropical up front...tons of fresh grapefruit, lots of pineapple, hints of pine/resiny and a little bit of apricots. Sharply bitter...gives a lasting impression on the tongue - the hints of sugary malt try to tame it a bit, thankfully without much success...but just enough to sooth it out a touch. I've had one of the first pints of Pliny off a fresh bright tank at the RR pub...even that didn't taste as fresh or hop forward as this. Again, outstanding!

M - A bit on thin side...definitely not watery but lacking a bit in body. Carbonation is smooth, just a touch tingly and just shy of medium. Well attenuated fermentation that leaves the beer fairly dry overall leaving only traces of sweetness behind. Mouth filling bitterness and a tropical fruity/citrusy explosion. Really good.

O - Overall, this has to be in my top 5 best DIPA's - right there with PtY, Double Sunshine, Heady Topper for me. Really great...I've had this on tap before and remember it being a really great beer, but I had forgotten how great...fresh growler from the source makes this really amazing. Definitely get this if you can and drink it fresh.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2012 00:48:19 | More by portia99
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

5/5  rDev +7.8%

09-13-2012 19:14:32 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-08-2012 02:16:02 | More by Hanzo
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tarheels86

California

3.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of ygtbsm94. Pours a clear light orange with a thin, white head that leaves no lace. Aroma is dank fresh hop, bright citrus, passionfruit. Taste is dry overall with massive resinous hops. Really insanely hop-forward and lacking complexity. 6/7/2010 8/3/7/4/14=3.6

Growler thanks to oteyj. Pours a glowing, deep, muddy orange- hazy. Medium, off-white head. Webby, bigger lace. Nose is sugary apricot, vanilla, jackfruit, pineapple, sugary braised kumquat. Moves to sugar artificial orange Gatorade powder with meaty melon characters. Taste is bright, astringent, quite tart/acidic and big lemon. Grapefruit sections. Lacks finesse. Way too rip your head off for me. 11/22/2011 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

Serving type: growler

09-06-2012 20:01:09 | More by tarheels86
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BeerChanticleer

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-06-2012 03:24:11 | More by BeerChanticleer
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

09-04-2012 17:31:13 | More by surlytheduff
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TheBronze

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

09-03-2012 04:13:33 | More by TheBronze
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served out of a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a 1 finger fluffy white head with very good retention. Beer is cloudy, dull yellow. Stringy lace that really sticks around. Clarity hurts a bit but this is still a great looking beer.

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap, papaya. Very pulpy and aromatic. Real dank hoppiness resides in this one. Par for the course for Hill Farmstead beers... that is, amazing!

Bitter pine, tropical fruit, dank hop bitterness and pulp. Nice malt body lingers in the back with a sappy finish. Pine hop bitter aftertaste. Great complexity and balance here.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and smooth and quenching going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Can't believe this is 8.2%. Drinks like its 5% or lower.

Shaun Hill may be the king of hoppy beers and he proves it yet again with this creation. An amazing beer worth moving high and hell water to try!

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 01:44:37 | More by SpeedwayJim
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-02-2012 02:13:39 | More by jlogan7
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Holland

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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hagbergl

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a 750mL growler of Hill Farmstead Abner Imperial IPA at the Hill Farmstead Brewery in early August and brought it back to Massachusetts, where it was consumed in quick fashion. Served in my St. Bernardus chalice. Review is from notes.

Appearance (5/5): Abner is gorgeous: it pours a bright peach-orange hue with a one finger head of white foam that quickly dissipates. Lacing abounds. Like all of Hill Farmstead's beers, this one is unfiltered and opaque. The peach hue to this beer is very cool, and I'd say a little mouth-watering! A beauteous example of a lighter-colored IPA.

Smell (5/5): Abner is big on the citrus and tropical fruit notes: passion fruit, pineapple, melon, pine, grapefruit, orange. Mmmmm. A little honey sweetness can be detected in there from the malt, too. Beautiful aromas!

Taste (4.5/5): Abner delivers tons of hop flavor: it has piney, sweet fruit, and bitter grapefruit rind flavors. This complexity comes out during the ride over the tongue and down the hatch, combining to make one glorious hop explosion. While certainly fairly bitter, this bitterness is not over-the-top astringent and is balanced with some (token) malt sweetness. A slight alcohol heat adds to the flavor constructively, although a little more noticeably than in Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #4.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium-low carbonation (think this has lost a tad of its original carb. since being in the growler for a couple days). It is lightly prickly, medium-bodied, and quite smooth. Slightly creamy. The mouthfeel does everything right, though isn't out of this world.

Overall (4.5/5): Abner is a stellar example of an imperial IPA, one that is eye-catching and incredibly fruity–a Hill Farmstead trademark. Highly, highly recommended to those that favor Double/Imperial IPAs that treat hop flavor as a greater virtue than outright "bigness."

Serving type: growler

08-31-2012 15:57:43 | More by hagbergl
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BeerBucks

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-31-2012 02:27:08 | More by BeerBucks
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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

Poured from tap into Hill Farmstead tulip at three penny Montpelier, VT. Pours a slightly hazy light orange color with thick foam and sticky lacing. Smells of really intense high alpha hop; citra maybe?
The flavour is fantastic! Holy hell...
Really nice floral hop flavours, followed by a bitter booze hop. Some nice malt balance but the booze is really obvious, in a good way. This is a really in your face/melt your face kind of DIPA...really great all around and definitely one to have when you are staying put for a while...
Such a good beer (for the hop head).

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 01:40:31 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -3%

08-28-2012 01:24:23 | More by Yabev15
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-27-2012 22:58:13 | More by Massbmx
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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