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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,444
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,226
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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MrVonzipper

California

4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orangey-peach color with a fluffy white head and fantastic lace and retention.

Nose is a blend of citrus rinds.

The flavor is amazing. Bursting with bright citrus and tropical fruit and subtle floral notes. Fresh and fantastic.

Mouth is crisp and light-med. bodied with high crisp carbonation.

Overall. I'd been wanting to try this guy for over a year now. It's everything I had hoped for and would kill to have this in my keggerator. Amazing.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2012 09:17:25 | More by MrVonzipper
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery into a Hill Farmstead wine taster glass.

Pale amber body, light lemon hues and classic creamy white head, perhaps some faint peach and orange colors as well.

Nose is a real nice mix of peach fruit, and mild melon like hop aromas. Very subtle but also quite nice too.

Lots of carbonation on the palate with mild toasty grains that seem to follow on the finish. Peach like fruit takes some nice dominance but leaves some crispness and gaseous like feeling.

Overall pretty decent but a real subtle take on a double IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 03:55:17 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jon for this!

A: Nice pop when I opened the growler. The beer pours a hazy orange with a 1.5 inch fluffy white head on top. Decent retention eventually leaving a very small white cap on top. Thin lacing forms all over the glass in random patterns.

S: A very nice, tropical/citrus nose, with some papaya, pineapple, and a little bit of peach/nectarine aroma. A slight flowery and pine aroma starts to emerge as it warms.

T: More tropical fruit on the flavor profile, hits you right away and it fantastic. More of the same fruit from the aroma, pineapple, papaya, peach, and a little bit of mango. There is some citrus rind mixed in. Slight hint of pale malts, but they are very much in the background as the citrus fruits are center stage.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, extremely easy drinking. Slight bitterness, but very smooth and well balanced. No sign of the ABV whatsoever.

O: Fantastic, certainly lives up to its reputation. Extremely easy drinking and well balanced. A beer that I could drink at any time.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2012 02:57:36 | More by mdaschaf
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wtfdic

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -19.2%

08-21-2012 13:34:41 | More by wtfdic
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-19-2012 21:55:14 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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claytong

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-18-2012 23:58:30 | More by claytong
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to jaasen64 for the growler!

Pours dark straw with a big fluffy white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Aroma is a hop explosion. Loads of citrus, some dank pine with just a little bit of malt creeping into the picture.

Lots of rich citrus flavors up front along with a little tropical fruit. Just a touch of malt in the middle. Finishes floral and dry with some grapefruit. Just a touch of sweetness, but more than balanced out by the hops.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really doesn't finish nearly as bitter as most DIPA's as most of the hops are concentrated in the flavor which is why I feel HF makes some of the best IPA's. Also no sign of alcohol.

Broken record in my HF reviews, but this beer is phenomenal. Every IPA I've ever had has been liquid gold and this right up there among my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 11:10:23 | More by jmarsh123
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 12:22:33 | More by Sammy
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-15-2012 20:04:24 | More by bootdown21
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-13-2012 12:17:31 | More by rudylaw
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Magery

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

08-12-2012 03:07:13 | More by Magery
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Jonathan for picking these up from the source less than a week ago and sharing with me. Growler into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded golden orange color. A rich silky froth of off-white to yellowish stained head sits atop with decent powers of retention. As the cap fades, it leaves a webbing pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap back to just shy of a finger's strength.

The aroma is herbal and grassy with a mild spicy to earthy yeast ester and a mild touch of solvent alcohol. There is a bit of some sulfur going on in this along with some cheesy grain and wheat aspects. At times, there is a touch of fruit and citrus hops that nearly get floral as well. As the brew warms up, it gets progressively more intense with the alcohol inclusion.

The taste has a slight amount of residual sugar that is faintly reminiscent of caramel. The sweetness is short-lived before a blast of herbal bitterness that is quite pulpy, resinous and bordering on pine-like. There is some catty elements to this similar to simcoe that mix with cheese flavoring that then gets dissolved by some solvent alcohol. The aftertaste while bitter and herbal includes a bit of straw flavoring just like the rest of the HF hoppy offerings I have tried.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is somewhat crisp but bold and aggressive with the bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable in this one but it integrates quite nicely. Of the hoppy HF offerings I have had lately, I give this one a slight edge over the others for having a bit more distinguishable character. But overall, the hoppy offerings from this brewery are so similar that I have no desire to seek them out anymore.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2012 02:05:32 | More by stakem
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pmlondrigan

New York

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

From the source, 1 week old. Looks like other Hill hoppy beers I've had. Opaque, sort of orangeish deep honey. One finger white head. Not much if any lacing. The aroma is so complex. Pine, citrus, dank wet hops, almost earthy dirty grit. Very green hop aroma. Pretty insanely complex flavour to match the complex aroma. Citrusy, pithy, and well yes bitter. Abner is a little dank. The biggening is all hops, then you get some malty quality. There is certainly a little crystal malt in here adding a hint of sweetness to balance the hop assault. On my palate this beer is full, juicy from the hops, and well rather good. Could be a hint more dry. Overall this is a tad sweet for me, but that is the only thing I could possible say to take away from how awesome this beer is. Balance, huge hops, great balance, top notch.

Serving type: growler

08-09-2012 01:14:02 | More by pmlondrigan
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3%

08-08-2012 01:14:11 | More by let8it8grow
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beernut

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-04-2012 16:16:07 | More by beernut
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3Hops

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

08-02-2012 20:32:37 | More by 3Hops
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-02-2012 16:19:35 | More by ferrettman687
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sip_smack_smack

Virginia

4/5  rDev -13.8%

08-02-2012 00:42:51 | More by sip_smack_smack
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Pahn

New York

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

1 liter growler into Duvel tulip. Filled 7/28/12, drank and reviewed 8/1/12 (not the whole thing).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that takes its time to dissipate. Pours a glowing, opaque orange. Leaves a few arches of lacing now and then.

Smell: Dank oniony hop pungency at first (from the Chinook or Columbus I would guess), with a pine backdrop and a hint of citrus. Pale malt creeps up and somehow stands with the bold, aromatic hops.

With time and warmth, tons of citrus comes out in the aroma, overwhelming the dank elements and the malt. Eventually manifests as a citrus hop bomb with piny undertones. Beautiful throughout.

Taste: Tons of succulent hop flavor up front, predominantly tropical fruit flavors (mango, mystery tropical fruits), with some alcohol heat and pale malt through the middle, with a long citrusy aftertaste. Not fermented as clean as some of their lower ABV pale ales, with a boozy, yeasty sweetness present as in Dogfish Head's DIPAs. High hop bitterness keeps that from being cloying or clashing with all the great-but-disparate hop flavors.

As with the aroma, the taste is just a cornucopia of beautiful hops. Some notably (to me) absent tangerine-y/melon-y flavors (noticed them in every other Hill Farmstead pale ale I've tried) eventually come out, particularly in the finish. Beginning of each sip is always succulent, with a few distinct, usually fruity or occasionally citrusy hop flavors. Great cereal grain flavor that's common in top end APAs but rare in any DIPAs comes up now and then, which both impresses and delights me (as does the hop extravaganza, which is the main story of this beer).

Mouthfeel: A touch on the full side of medium bodied. Creamy feel, with a lot of alcohol heat and bitterness. Pretty dry finish, which goes great with that citrusy aftertaste.

Overall: Excellent DIPA, worthy of being in Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, Double Sunshine conversations. This beer has a lot to suggest it, but at the moment what's striking me is how much it rises to the challenge of justifying such a high ABV. Few beers match the ABV intensity increase (in comparison to APAs / IPAs) so well with hop intensity increases, or appropriate mouthfeel. Geniusly crafted beer, as expected from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2012 00:41:56 | More by Pahn
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -19.2%

08-01-2012 17:53:55 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +7.8%

08-01-2012 03:44:50 | More by Psychmusic
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

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

A-hazy golden orange coloring, 1 finger white head sticks around with great retention. Great looking Imperial IPA.

S- Big citrus and tropical fruit characters are right up front lemon zest and grapefruit with a nice mix of mango and pineapple. Beautiful floral notes are also present. Crisp, clean aroma.

T- Hop bitterness, Citrus fruits and floral all in perfect balance. Pick up the tropical fruits as well, with some pale malt. Absolute craftsmanship, great tasting beer. Makes you want a second sip before the first is even finished.

O- I have had this beer many times but never reviewed it. Thought I owed Abner and Shaun another big score on the board. This beer is well planned, perfectly crafted and is just what I looking for. Crisp clean amazing beer. I may be a Hill Farmstead homer but even the Negative Nancies cant knock Shaun Hills ability to again an again make some of the best beers on the planet.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2012 01:58:12 | More by HopsHopenstein
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cburns48

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -3%

07-30-2012 21:27:13 | More by cburns48
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RKing44

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

07-30-2012 16:30:03 | More by RKing44
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Kinsman

California

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2012 17:21:20 | More by Kinsman
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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