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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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1,631 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,307
Gots: 85 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Mark000, Jun 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

750 ml growler
Served into a tulip

A: Fairly hazy golden sunset orange body with a big fluffy, creamy off-white head. Huge amounts of lacing coat the walls along with a nice retention cap all the way down.

S: Huge juicy tropical and citrus fruits. Orange, mango, peach, melon and lemon all come through. There's a bitter grassy aroma too, reminding you this is still an DIPA.

T: A bitterness blends instantly with the citrus notes, they aren't separated but work incredibly well together. More mango and peach are up front with some of the zestier citrus fruits coming in towards the mid and back palate like the orange and lemon. Grassy hop notes stick throughout and the linger ends clean with a crisp malt.

M: Creamy, smooth and almost silky. I absolutely love when my IPAs have this mouth feel. A touch sticky around the palate but the finish is so damn clean.

Truly, perhaps my favorite DIPA I've tried to date (I need to try this and Citra side by side!). Everything about this beer is remarkable. Perfect? I'm not sure if I buy into that notion in a beer, but this is damn close.

ShanePB, Jun 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

nh2032, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks to whartontallboy for sharing!

Great looking pour: hazy & orange, bountiful head, plenty of sticky lace. Stubborn retention on both; gorgeous! Floral, juicy, hoppy, citrusy aroma. Smells fantastic!

Plenty of malt leads the way, fresh hops aren't far behind. Very juicy and sublime from all angles. Sweetness is there, but gives way to mild piney-ness, malt, and the hoppy backbone before finishing. Creamy body approaches perfection.

Abner ranks among the best IPAs -- nay, *beers* -- I've ever tasted. Seriously, this stuff is incredible. Wish I could drink it every day :(

brystmar, Jun 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.8%

SummitVA, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
5/5  rDev +7.8%

bostonryan, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4.61/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured from a 750ml growler into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: Hazy, deep orange, with a small head that hangs around for a bit.

S: Hops! Specifically, grapefruit citrus, light pine, light grassiness. Bit of biscuity malt too, actually.

T: Sweet tropical fruits--some mango specifically, which I'm not sure I've ever gotten from an IPA before. Grapefruit is present as well, with lemon poking through too. The finish is lightly bitter, but not too strong.

M: Light to medium bodied, with medium levels of carbonation.

O: My favorite HF beer and a great IPA. Definitely one I want to have again soon!

Hophead717, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.8%

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy golden-orange color with a nice finger's breadth of white head that retained well and left soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice mix of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. Similarly, the taste is expectedly hop-driven, fresh citrus zest, mango, pine resin, overlaid on a biscuity malt base, mild alcohol bites here and there. Medium body, and quite enjoyable for any hophead.

Rifugium, Jun 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

phishphorce, Jun 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

tedho21, Jun 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

jwat, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

ithinkimasofa, Jun 08, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Thanks to whoever shared this one at Churchill's Finest release

Look: Pours a orangish yellow color with more orange than yellow. With a 1/4 white head and good retention and some spotty lace

Smell: Very bright tropical fruit nose lots of grapefruit and pineapple and some citrus in the background

Taste: Like the nose the beer is full of tropical fruits which reminds me of Kern Citra. Lots of mango pineapple and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body medium carbonation and just a touch dry

Overall: I would say this is in my top 3 favorite DIPA's I would say this is slightly behind Kern Citra and Heady Topper. Great beers

DarthKostrizer, Jun 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -19.2%

bsuedekum, Jun 04, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -8.8%

Reviewing the Abner from the Hill Farmstead Brewery.
Score: 93

Three week old growler served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 04/09/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange color with floaters. Pretty much opaque. One to two fingers of creamy cream-colored head at pour almost entirely settles -- save for the thin bubbly ring around the glass. Average laving, but awesome retention. 4/5

Smell: Bright, sticky tropical fruit citrus. Pineapple, peach, grapefruit and juicy orange. Lemonade and piney hops too. 4/5

Taste: Bitter citrus, lemon and pine. Grapefruit, spicy caramel, a touch of onion and pineapple juice. Layering prickly bitterness on the tongue. You can tell greatness was once here, but it has faded to mere "really really good"-ness. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-light carbonation. Heavy bitterness on the palate. Buttery/oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: I really regret letting this one sit around for three weeks (even though it was elegantly taped up and stuck in the fridge the whole time), but sometimes you just do not have time to get around to certain beers while they are freshest. This is one I am absolutely going to seek out again in the future because, despite the fact you can tell that it had fallen off from being something better, it was still delicious.

Recommendation: Fans of IPA's should seek this one out and drink it fresh. This is probably not the best starter craft beer for the casual drinker, however.

Pairings: Spicy/hot buffalo wings.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml growler or $18 for a 2 liter growler (plus the deposit).

jegross2, Jun 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

oldp0rt, Jun 03, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +1.3%

750ml growler poured into a snifter.

A: pours a hazy orange with a half inch frothy white head. Fades quickly, but lacing remains sticky, clinging throughout the glass.

S: great, tropical aroma as soon as the growler was opened. Lots of grapefruit and orange come through massively.

T: Citrusy goodness. Follows the nose completely. Lots of orange, mango and grapefruit. Sweet flavor with just the right dry, bitter finish. Extremely refreshing.

M: extremely smooth with medium carbonation. Extremely easy drinking, without the slightest hint of alcohol.

O: as good as any DIPA I've had. I'd go out of my way to trade for that one again

brydeen, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

750ml growler poured into Hunahpu snifter. Filled this past weekend. Thanks to shawdeuce22 for this one.

A- Pours a hazy opaque light yellowish orange, about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves some spotty layered lacing, about average carbonation.

S- Very fruity citrus hops that have a very strong aroma. Smells of grapefruit, mangos, papaya, citra hops, lemons, and other tropical fruits. Aroma is right up there with some of the best DIPAs.

T- Lots of sweet citrusy hops, strong taste of grapefruit, mango, and other tropical and slightly citrusy fruits. A tiny bit bitter on the finish, but nothing that impedes the taste.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation- perfect amount in my opinion, goes down incredibly easy, extremely smooth and well balanced, abv almost impossible to detect.

O- Another fantastic DIPA out of Vermont. Definitely one of the best DIPAs I've ever had, I'd drink this over just about any other DIPA including some of those other VT ones. Everything blends perfectly with nice fruity hop characteristics and insanely easy to drink. I'll definitely be drinking this again in the future. Have to have this fresh. I've had it fresh from the growler and on-tap and both times it blew me away.

jaasen64, Jun 01, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 1.5L swingtop growler, courtesy for a fellow BA.

Pours a hazy tangerine orange color, one finger of head. Tons of lacing just sticking to the glass.

Juicy mango, pineapple, orange zest, all dripping with resin.

Taste is popping with tropical fruit bowl. Bitter piney bite you’d expect from the style, but this is so smooth.

Mouthfeel is luxurious. Silky smooth, perfectly carbonated.

In a style class that is brimming with stars, this one makes the all star team. I’m already dreaming of a tasting: Pliny, Heady, Citra, Double Sunshine, and this for the MVP award

kdmcguire10, Jun 01, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -4.1%

On tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington, enjoyed back to back with Lawson’s Double Sunshine. Geez there are some phenomenal hoppy beers coming out of Vermont these days. While I may have preferred the Lawson’s by a small margin, this is as good as the style gets; it’s simply a matter of hop profile and overall taste you prefer or are in the mood for at any particular moment. It would be hard to say Pliny or Heady Topper or Abrasive are better; just a bit different.

Abner pours a glowing hazy orange color with a two finger white head that settles slowly. Nice lacing remains and the overall look is quite appealing (and appetizing). Vividly hoppy aroma, led by general citrus and more specifically, orange and lemon (to a lesser degree). Some piney notes emerge late and little in the way of malt is detected.

The flavor is very well balanced and by that I don’t mean between hops and malt, because the latter is very much restrained in the west coast style and just barely makes an appearance as a bit of sugared sweetness underneath. I instead meant that the hop subtleties and bitterness are each evident while the booze isn’t at all. There’s good bitterness, particularly in the finish, which is fairly dry, but it isn’t so assertive that it outshines all that citrus fruit, floral and pine notes, and spicy, peppery highlights. I get a lot of orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. It drinks incredibly easily and feels much lighter than the ABV and style generally does.

Medium bodied, perhaps a little on the light side for an imperial IPA, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Exceptionally well done.

tobelerone, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

IrishColonial, May 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

wdarcy77, May 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

RocketChimp, May 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -24.6%

Screper, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

whartontallboy, May 26, 2012
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,631 ratings.