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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,730
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 1,353
Gots: 98 | 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 myatomicpolygon
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to pick up a small growler of this at Hill Farmstead’s Harvest Festival Event.

Appearance- poured into a hill farmstead wine glass from 750 filled at the brewery’s harvest festival. Pours a cloudy tea color- amber yellow orange- can see bubbles floating to the top of the glass- small head leaves nice lacing

Smell- tropical fruits, pineapple, juicy…fantastic aromas pouring out of this

Taste- lot like the smell…bitter on the end…hits the lips full of tropical and citrus notes…pine…ends a bitter dry

Mouthfeel- crisp and dry nice light body…

Drinkability- all night long…i can’t imagine ever getting tired of this…if only it was not for the 8% ABV

Overall- this is a world class imperial IPA. One of my favorite offerings from Hill Farmstead and that is really saying something. I can’t wait till i get a chance to have another glass.

myatomicpolygon, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

jsilva, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -24.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
3.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving into a 9oz snifter for $6.25. Sampled 2/1/11.

A: One finger or less of foamy white head that has below average retention and left only a few straggles of lace in its wake. The body is a gorgeous light and pale mango color, very hazy and completely opaque until held to light. Lacing is minimal.

S: The nose immediately after the pour was phenomenal. Mango dominated tropical fruits. Pineapple, papaya, citrus. Bright, clean, punchy. Easily a 5. As it warms, however, solventy alcohol becomes noticeable and, by the end of the glass, the nose is no better than your average DIPA.

T: The taste doesn't measure up to my initial impressions of the aroma but it doesn't drop off after warming like the nose did. A small[er] malt presence lets the strong hop bitterness shine. Some heat on the back end of the palate.

M: Shaun always delivers in the mouthfeel department (pause) but Abner falls short of high expectations here. Medium-light body, softly carbonated and thin at times.

D: [DRINKABILITY] I'll probably order Abner 9 times out of 10 when it's available on draft but there are definitely better DIPAs to be had.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.8%

EJLinneman, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Beerdster, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

zekeman17, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

rmaste6282, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

jwelsh, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

zgunder, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

jkane101, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

brian23456, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

Centennial, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

BrianTheBrewer30, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL swingtop growler to snifter on 11/13/11 at a small tasting with friends
*From notes

-- Many thanks to Bill for sharing such a wonderful treasure! --

A: It looks a bit like a saison, as it's a rather cloudy golden amber. It's just gorgeous. A generous pour yields little head and no lacing.

S: My God this is wonderful. Tropical pineapple and juicy fruit explode out of the snifter and attack my nose with vigor. Just incredible.

T: Liquid mango/pineapple. Really top notch stuff here. The fruit forward nature of the beer isn't out of whack, as there is a touch of firm, sturdy malt to round out the finish.

M: The only real cavet of the brew is the feel. I realize it's a growler, so I'll cut this some slack. But it's generally a bit thin. There's not enough carbonation to carry the massive amount of flavor packed into this DIPA.

O: What a sensational beer. Hill Farmstead hasn't dissapointed with Abner, which in my humble opinion, was leaps and bounds better then their more prestigious Ephraim. When seeking out one of their hoppier brews, make sure you really take your time in considering this, as it's phenominal stuff.

Rhettroactive, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

Captstrapper, Dec 10, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

claaark13, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

Scottz5, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

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5/5  rDev +7.8%

jammalamma, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

trapper2408, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

CypherEnigma, Nov 27, 2011
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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