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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,684
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 1,323
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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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Photo of jbertsch
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer purchased from brewery just 2 days earlier.

Poured into a tulip.

Opaque rusty-orange in appearance. A 1-finger white head fades to a cap that sticks around for the whole session. Nce lacing.

Aroma of big tropical notes (most notably pineapple and orange) outline a hoppy, dank funk. The malt profile in the center of it all is modest with notes of honey.

The taste provides tropical sweetness and slight tartness up front. Then honey-sweet malt prevail with earthy, yeasty chewiness.

Mouthfeel is almost creamy.

Overall this is tremendously enjoyable and I was eager to take each sip. I wish I could regularly get my hands on this. One of the most unique DIPAs I've had.

jbertsch, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of seeswo
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

seeswo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of drnoodles
4.5/5  rDev -3%

drnoodles, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Viciousknishs, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
5/5  rDev +7.8%

TheRuss9585, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for pouring me this, HopHead84!

Slightly hazed, glowing apricot/orange color with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves great stick all the way down the glass.

The aroma is terrific and I knew this was a very special DIPA on first whiff. The aroma is a combination of pungent citrus flesh, tropical fruit, and floral notes. The combination is lovely.

The flavor too is wonderful. The tropical fruit, citrus notes, and floral elements combine together magnificently well. The bitterness is only moderate, which makes this beer remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to lower carbonation. Amazingly drinkable.

World-class.

ehammond1, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Miamilice, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is absolutely incredible with huge tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas in perfect harmony. Taste is pretty much the same with all of the delicious fruity flavors. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good fruit forward beer that I am very happy I got a taste of.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +7.8%

DoctorB2B, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of steve8robin
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%

steve8robin, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mike (gushue3) for the growler and other Vermont goodness. 750 ml swing top served in a CBS snifter.

A: Pours a solid apricot color with a chilled haze. A thick one finger, pure white head forms on the pour. It recedes quickly into a thick collar that leaves a huge netting of lace.

S: This smells wonderful. Fruity and grassy hops first come into play. Nice tropical fruit smells with pineapple and mango, some mild citrus, a touch of pine and a solid malt presence as well.

T: The taste is just the same. Nice pineapple, mango and papaya with some orange as well. Sweet bready malts create a nice backbone throughout the drink. The finish has a slight bitterness with a hint fresh pine. Very balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The sweet malt and fruity hop flavors linger across the palate for quite sometime and the beer is highly drinkable.

O: What do you know? A delicious DIPA from Hill Farmstead. Shaun knows how to kill it and I wish I could these beers all the time. Incredibly balanced and overall just delicious.

Treebs, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of rondufresne
5/5  rDev +7.8%

rondufresne, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of raveskdr
4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had multiple places in Montpelier. And have had it in multiple growlers. I'd bathe in this beer.

A- Just beautiful straw amber with some wonderful lacing.

S - An intense combination of citrusy fruit and pine and freshness.

T - This is what a double IPA should taste like. Absolutely perfect balance between hops and the slight malt backbone. Fantastic.

M - Great carbonation and the right malt to put this IPA above almost ever DIPA I've ever had.

O - Get this beer. Get it in any way possible. Fresh out of the tap will chance your life. Shaun just kills this beer. He does hoppy beer better than anyone out there.

-CJ

raveskdr, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

even with a week-old growler fill a nicely-sized pure white head raises from the cloudy golden/straw colored beer. it slowly recedes and leaves chunks and chunks of lacing behind.

very aromatic. very hoppy. pine, citrus, zest, some floral/herbal and peppery aromas in there as well. a nice mixture of very aromatic hops drown out any semblance of a malt backbone, though I wasn't expecting much of one anyways.

hops again out front and in-your-face. herbal/peppery hops are more present than in the aroma and contribute a contrast to the huge bitter and zesty citrus flavors. huge tropical fruitiness comes in bringing a bunch of mango and pineapple and some flavors of sweetened dried tropical fruits like those found in some trail mixes due to a slight malt sweetness.

medium bodied with a lot of prickly carbonation and a slightly resiny finish with a touch of booze warmth and a long-lingering bitterness.

Another VT DIPA that would put many west coast beers to shame. a great and unique blend of hop flavors/aromas attack your palate and do not let go, even after you finish.

silentjay, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Fermenticusrex
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Fermenticusrex, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Matthew, I can not thank you enough for this. Not only do you drive all the way to HFS to get me a growler of this, but you also bring it to within 10 miles of my apartment. Thank you.

Pouring a moderately hazy orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is among the nicer DIPA's I've laid eyes on. And the nose! Does it bring to mind Pliny (the Elder) or what?! The nose has such a wonderful Simcoe character, fresh, juicy, tropical fruit along with a beautiful ripe orange character! Ripe apricots, oranges and with some floral characteristics, this smells truly wonderful.The malt character is medium-low, with a little caramel, and some mild bready and cracker-like notes. A little alcohol is noticeable, but never in a detrimental way. One could even argue that the juicy hops almost make some of the fruit character appear candied.

The palate comes close to out-Plinying Pliny. That's not something I would say easily, simply because Elder (IMO) stands apart from almost every other DIPA out there due to the way that it captures both, the delicacy that hops can bring with their power. Abner, in my book, is the only other beer this big that does that. Juicy citrus with a melange of tropical fruit (ripe papayas, ripe mangoes, ripe oranges). A touch sweet on the mid-palate with a blend of citrus juice sweetness (from the hops) and some light caramel malt and honey. Drying on the finish with an exquisite blend of mellow bitterness and ripe, redolent fruit. Bitterness is moderate throughout, in balance with the fruity sweetness that the hops bring. Not particularly resiny either. Medium-light in body, this beer is a little too carbonated (initially at least), and has a wonderful finish. Of particular note is the lack of a green/leafy hop character that many hop-bombs end up having. Absolutely delicious, exceptional stuff, my favorite HFS beer yet.

DefenCorps, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of crashoveride
4.5/5  rDev -3%

crashoveride, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Gfunk720
4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #150!

Fresh growler out of my HFS glass. Picked up at the release on Saturday.

A- A glowing amber/orange color. Pours with a healthy white head with plenty of lacing. A bit murky, but is very bright and bubbly.

S- Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit/mango and a good bit of piney hops. Some fresh grass, and plenty of pale malt.

T- Very smooth initial flavor, my mouth is then flooded with citrus and a bit of sweetness. The hoppy/piney flavor then comes in strong. The aftertaste is piney grass, and dry lemon citrus.

M- As with most HFS beers, spot on. Carbonation and body are both perfect for the style.

O- Like all the other HFS IPA's I've had, this is world class. A bit dry and piney on the aftertaste for my preferences, but there really isn't a thing wrong with this beer. YUM!

-GFunk

Gfunk720, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
5/5  rDev +7.8%

millerbuffoon, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750 mL growler fresh from the tap. Sampled on 2-19 after getting filled the day before at the Damon and Mimosa release. Kept chilled into the refrigerator unti opening. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow in color with a slight one and a half finger head. Frothy, but sticks nicely to the glass throughout.

Aroma: Loads of hops in the nose. Big sweet mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruit. Some bitter pine undertones. Really nice citrus character in the nose as well. Really well done.

Taste: Mango, pineapple, and tropical fruit all are there plentifully. Some bitter pine notes arrive right after the initial fruity hop burst. Really flavorful and balanced throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with really light and crisp carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall, another spectacular DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I honestly cannot say which of their DIPAs I like best as they are all so top notch. Abner is really flavorful, yet drinkable. A really solid combination of sweet and bitter notes. I would get this anytime they have it on tap. Awesome.

Gosox8787, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip, thanks Satchboogie for bringing this back from the event yesterday. Pours very murky orange yellow, with a sticky one inch white head, a nice ring of lace. Smell is citrus heaven, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, grass, and tangerine. Taste wow, this is a Vermont style DIPA. All those flavors in the nose, more pungent then you expect, with smack of grapefruit mixed in the finish. Body is on the large side, enough carbonation, lush not dry, and crazy drinkable. Closest beer I have had with this taste is Heady Topper and I will have a side by side soon. This is possibly the best I have had.

SawDog505, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Cstromberg57, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of bullywee
3.5/5  rDev -24.6%

bullywee, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev -3%

AutumnBeerLove, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of fjl77
5/5  rDev +7.8%

fjl77, Feb 15, 2012
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,684 ratings.