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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 341
Hads: 2,285
Avg: 4.58
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 1,833
Gots: 231 | FT: 1
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 05-12-2010

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.
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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 to worthy sniffer

A: golden honey with a small white head that fades quickly but leaves a ring completely opaque

S:this thing practically reeks of tropical fruit melon being the most pungent but its wonderful not much else there

T: there is definitely that tropical fruit flavor upfront were at first it's almost juicy but it gets bitter with hops and a bit of malt that fades slowly with the fruit making another appearance to balance out the finish. additionally as it warmed the bitterness went down and the fruiter hop flavors can out more

M:smooth very oily not really thick or thin but in the middle goes down east but bitterness makes it not super easy to drink but it is drinkable light carbonation that suits it as well

O: this is a really really good imperial pale ale it's tastey and smells great I might be a bit of a homer but I love me some hfs. only pale ale I've liked better is ephrium

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a stemmed HF glass

pours a light golden yellow, hazy, thick fluffy head. nice lacing and retention.

complex citrus fruits. loads of tropical dankness with a slight hint of pine resin.

hop dominating. bitter citrus through out. sweet bitter grapefruit and tangerine sticking out the most. faint pale body hides as hops just showcase. very clean.

for a DIPA, a nice lighter body. not overly malty like some of the 10%+ DIPAs. very smooth and easy with a mild to moderate carbonation.

overall, really good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml swing-top growler poured into a Bruery tulip.
Filled Sat. Feb. 18th, reviewed 6 days later. 8.2% ABV.

Huge thanks to Rochefort10NH for sending this great beer, and many others, my way!

A - From the sexy screen-printed swing-top growler pours this fully hazed dirty apricot golden beer. It's topped by a dense but somewhat fleeting ivory head that decorates the tulip in tiny dots of lace.

S - The searing hop aroma is ruthlessly abounding in bitter, tooth enamel-stripping resin. Voluptuous, exotic fruits that conjure up thoughts of oozingly juicy mango, pineapple, and sharp grapefruit blend with sticky pine sap and heavy maltiness. Balancing without flaw is light toasted biscuit with abundantly sweet pils malt and a touch of caramel. This one's sure to be a tongue bruiser.

T - Hop-heavy, this beefy DIPA is loaded with plenty of citrus characteristics that merge well with pine bite but, as I was afraid of, the extreme hop use departs the aroma in an unfulfilling way. White still very good, there's almost too much here; too bitter resiny, a little over-the-top. The fruity complexity doesn't follow through although the well-balanced malt characteristics do!

M - Medium-fill-bodied, the level of carbonation is right where it should be as it tickles the tongue nicely. Despite it's high resin and bitterness levels, Abner still balances well with a little alcohol heat. A touch of dryness on the finish subtly begs for another sip. Soft wheat also seems to play a small role with the delicate mouthfeel.

O - Hill Farmstead is quickly growing to be one of the best small breweries out there and when they release bold, flavorful, and well-balanced beers like Abner, there's not question as to why. An excellent Double IPA, Abner seamlessly features of plethora of hops for a joyous outcome.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Blackback Pub in Waterbury. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Verrry cloudy and golden. Head is small and leaves little lacing. Carbonation not really evident. This looks like IPAs I've brewed at home.

Smells great--a bouquet of tropical tropical aromas out front. Mango, pineapple, and citrus aromas.

Taste is juicy and all fruit--grapefruit and orange peel flavors, pineapple, mango, etc. Just lightly sweet and not bitter to my tastes. Don't get any malt here. The flavor is delicious, but a bit more subdued than you might think for an 8.2 percent ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is very light for the style and the ABV. The lack of carbonation make it juice-like.

This beer goes down like nothing and tastes delicious. It's not a life-changing beer, but the hop profile is great. I missed Ephraim on tap by a day; I wish I could be able to compare it to that.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL courtesy of Jim. Awesome.

A: Beautiful golden color with a thin ring of head. Some legs on the glass. Nice.

N: Surprisingly light nose. Tends toward the earthy with a hint of grapefruit. Plenty of crystallized sugar. Mandarin oranges in syrup. Pineapple starts to show through as this warms. Some onion and garlic.

T: Quite bitter with just enough malt to balance. Hops are well showcased and earthy. Light touch here leads to a cavalcade of flavors. Some minerality, artesian water in here.

M: Very dry to the point it almost feels like the body disappears.

O: As good as advertised. Definitely a beer that showcases the best of the style. More kudos for Shaun Hill, I suppose.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler into a tasting glass. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing some HF hoppiness.

A: Lightly hazed, pale orange body with a finger of frothy tan head. Pretty good retention, spotty lace. Ok.

S: Totally hoppy, with tons of grapefruit and floral notes. Fresh, lively, and intense.

T: Super bitter, super hoppy. Huge grapefruit, grassiness, flowers, and pure dry bitterness. Long, slightly boozy finish. Very tasty.

M: Standard medium body, creamy carbonation. Good.

O: While I preferred the Double Citra that preceded this in the tasting, Abner is no slouch. Forget Cali, the best DIPAs are coming out of Vermont.


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Photo of AleWatcher
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Super cool 750 ml growler. Served in pint glass.
Huge thanks to Baconsausage.

Wow. This beats the hell out of Citra and Ephraim!!! This is great!
This isnt as good as Edward, but this is VERY nice!

Pours a pale hazy gold with a white head of 2 fingers. Great retention and nice thick rings of lacing.
Smells of huge hops-- actually, very reminiscent of Pure Hoppiness by Alpine! Really a nice nose with notes of citrus and pine.
Some great bitterness hits on the finish with lingering dry pine notes. The citrus hops are vibrant and fresh, and in my face awesome. Almost no malt, which is what I've come to expect from HF ipas! This is very nice.

Solid body and good firm carbonation. Excellent bitterness. This is fantastic. I could drink this all night-- as a matter of fact, I'm gonna!
Well done Hill Farmstead! This is my 2nd favorite of your beers-- Edward is my giant #1!

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange with a 2 finger white head

S - pine, citrus

T - citrus, pine, grapefruit, a touch of honey, bitter finish

M - thinner side of medium. Very refreshing

O - great "imperial pale ale". Will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of -Rick
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: a bright golden yellow haze with a slight white head.
S: tangerine, orange, and sweet citrus fruits
T: very big tropic fruit notes, a bit sweet, with a danky bitter finish
F: smooth with just a bit of carbonation,
O: a world class double. Maybe a slight more bitter than I expected, but one hell of a beer!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Teresa's. Had this shortly after reviewing Double Citra, as I was curious as to how the two Imperial HF IPAs stacked up side by side...

Hazy and light coppery straw in color, this is capped by a quickly dissipating head that leaves a very delicate lacing pattern within the rings that form with each sip. Very pretty.

The aroma is awesome, and it leads right into the flavor, which is the star of the show here. Floral notes stand out immediately in the nose, accompanied by a light piney aroma. A slight grapefruity citrus quality hints at what may be in store once this beer hits the palate. The flavor does not disappoint, and in fact, exceeds expectations as the grapefruit not only shows, but brings with it orange zest and lemon zest to accompany the pine and the now less intense floral notes. This is less bitter and more diverse in flavor than the Double Citra, and it does a better job of handling the higher ABV. This could stand toe to toe with any DIPA and be a serious contender. One of the best I have enjoyed to date.

This is a touch thinner than I expect a DIPA to be, as it doesn't leave the sticky hop oils on my palate. To be sure though, this is the king of HF Double IPAs. However, given the different characteristics of each, I wonder at what would happen if I blended the two...

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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).

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for this.

4.0 A: Opaque medium orange color. Just under two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Nose on this is wonderful! Tons of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, papaya, and orange in descending order. Grapefruit and pine to a lesser extent. Despite the haziness, there is little in terms of yeast and is super clean overall. Malts are negligible save for a touch of neutral sweetness.

4.5 T: Taste is as good as the nose. There are a lot of DIPAs that are jampacked with fruitiness in the nose that doesn't also occupy the taste, but this isn't one of them. Ample amounts of mango, orange, and pineapple. A little less papaya. The grapefruit and pine are much more pronounced. Again, some balancing neutral malt sweetness and surpringly clean. Bitterness starts out quite soft, but progresses to mild-moderate halfway into the glass.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy. Good here.

4.5 D: Hill Farmstead has to be one of the best breweries in the world. Everything they make is great. After having another killer DIPA, it's safe to say that there's no question that they know what to do with hops. Solid brew all around.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abner pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a moderate sized creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit and pine. Very hoppy.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is chewy and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with grapefruit citrus, lemon rind, mango and pine. Towards the end some sweet caramel malt appears. It finishes dry and moderately bitter. Once gone the grapefruit citrus and pine lingers on the palate.

This is a full flavored DIPA. The review is from a growler that was filled 24 hours ago. A terrific beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks a ton for sending me this one SneezyAchew.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy apricot color with a huge, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a thick, greasy film that left sheets of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Huge sweet notes of grapefruit citrus and pine with a touch of sweet fruit nectar of bread dough.
T: Big blast of grass and pine with a huge amount of grapefruit pith bitterness. The finish is sweet, not quite fruit nectar sweet, but sweet, and there is a touch of dough and perhaps honey mixed in.
M: Body is pretty full for a DIPA and there is a good weight to the mouthfeel. Bitterness is not distracting, and the carbonation is ample but soft.
O: A definite top 10 DIPA, closer to the top of the list. For such a big beer this is crazy drinkable. Sadly, I’ve had better, but not many. (It’s tough to be Younger). Thanks again Michael!

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria Wash West, 6/5/11.

A-Murky, cloudy orange with some amber highlights. A very little bit of white head and a small amount of stcky lacing.

S-Excellent. Citrusy and sticky, pine and grapefruit. Lots of delicious hoppiness is promised.

T-And hoppiness delivered. Citrusy and sweet all the way through. Great balance, with rich citrus hop flavor, moderate bitterness and a great malt backbone..

M-Medium bodied, quite dry, moderate carbonation.

O-Another really excellent beer from Hill Farmstead.


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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seriously growler side by side with several big IPAs and some boring stouts. Thanks to Mike, Mike, Ben, Jeff, and me for making this whole thing happen. Very awesome afternoon.

Beer is mildly hazy, orangish in color and has a wispy head that leaves some lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is nice and piny with a little citrus in there as well, no malt. So far so good.

I like this beer too. Thinner than Kryptonite but not watery, the bitterness is spot on, no malt up front with a nice palate of great great pine, earth and citrus hops. Most drinkable out fo the bunch for sure.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Beautiful, slightly hazy orange body with a thin white head on top. Suds cling to the glass leaving some delicate lacing behind. Looks pretty good for a DIPA.

Swirling the glass reveals sweet citrus notes, orange wedge, a touch of pine and sweet maltiness.

Pine bitterness on the tongue with orange. Grassy hops mixed with a good bready malt backbone. Nicely balanced between the malts and hops with some good lingering bitterness after the finish. Its got everything one would look for in the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with adequate carbonation. Lots of tasty hop bitterness in this DIPA. Slightly chewy, but still refreshing. ABV is unnoticeable.

Drinkability is great. This is one tasty DIPA. Lots of hops, some citrus notes and a good malt backbone to hold it all together without taking away from the hops. Shaun has done a great job with this beer and Vermont is really stepping up their game in the DIPA department. With Head Topper from the Alchemist, Hopzilla from Lawson's and now Abner, I think California has some good competition. Definitely grab a growler of this if you can. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the quality of a pliny on the east coast... crisp and complex with a broad not syrupy grain note. pour is golden with a white head. nose is a fruit and cannabis, apple, passionfruit and honey notes. palate is citrus complex sugars of fruit with a brisk ender and a hint of earthy bitterness. this is a summer DIPA that could be had in the middle of a hot day and would leave one feeling lethargic. this is sort of impossible... with that said. a total success.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Shared a 750ml swing-top growler with some friends this weekend. It poured somewhat hazy with a nice looking light orange color to it. It had a thin, white, bubbly head to it that mostly stuck to the edges of the glass.

The aroma had a lot of juiciness to it. I got a big grapefruit citrus presence mixing with some notes of orange, peach and pineapple. It had a fantastic aroma overall to it, I love the bright and juicy hoppy flavors.

The taste has more of the juicy, fruity flavors coming out up front with some of the peach and pineapple notes to it. In the finish I get more bitter citrus, grapefruit and pine flavors to it. It had a very nice range of hoppy flavors to it and really balanced the juicy, tropical fruit notes and the bitter grapefruit notes well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer. It had a very good range of hoppiness to it with some juicy, fruity, Citra hop like notes at times and some piny, resiny grapefruit flavors in the finish. Very drinkable and flavorful beer of the style.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of a friend. I owe him big! Poured into some Hill Farmstead Stemware. This beer has a nice murky orange hue. There is a slight head to the pour and some minimal lacing. The smell is of sweet and bitter citrus. The taste starts off with some swwet hoppiness, think orange and pineapple and finishes up with some bitter lemon zest that lingers nicely. You want to repeat this all day! The carbonation is spot on and this beer is easily drinkable. Happy to have tried this!

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4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a growler of Abner on the way up to Jay Peak.

Poured into a tulip glass, the appearance is a honey tone with a finger of head. The nose on this DIPA has oranges, hops, sugar, a bit of lemon. Moving on to tipping it back and I taste pineapple, grass, bread malts, a general low-key sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, near-perfect carbonation level on this. All in all, another very good-great DIPA from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Hamburgers
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful bright orange with thin white head. Strong aroma of citrus fruit with sweet floral notes and a slight yeasty quality. Flavor of white grapefruit, grass and mango. Wonderfully medium bodied with light carbonation. Very fine bubbles give it a smooth mouthfeel leading to a crisp finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. No doubt a world class beer.

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4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this from the growler chilled in a Hill Farmstead Goblet shared with abru17

The color is a golden shade of amber with slight haze and voluminous white head with very fine bead and waves of lace stick. The smell has a strong citrus/tropical hop aroma with slight dank quality and mild pine with herbal odor and mild alcohol scent with mild floral quality. The feel has lost of hop in the textur but moderate bitter up front with resinous oily texture and mild malt sweetness with slight alcohol warming as it increases in temperature and very dry bitter finish.

The taste has a slight pine element with high alpha hopping apparent in that there is dank herbal tropical fruit and slight citrus zest with hint of floral esters. The malt is there mid palate with only a mild amount of sweetness to support and subtle mango with pine in the residual taste with a mild pineapple-like quality which carries that dank hop taste after the swallow. This is a great Imperial Pale ale, loverly blend of Simcoe taste with a great blend of hops to provide lush aroma and low bitterness yet a ton of hop flavor which makes a great Imperial IPA to me

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4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - cloudy pale golden in color like a hazy sun on a hot day. 3 fingers worth of pearly white foam bubbles up quickly.

S - nose is earthy/herbal and juicy/fruity. Freshly juiced oranges. Tangerines. Grapefruit. Sticky pine needles. Freshly Pollenated flowers.

T - if i had to sum it up in one word. Grapefruit juice. But since i can expand... Crisp and cracker-y malt profile. Grapefruit rind dominates. Lemon zest. Green leafy herbs. Lots of pine. More tropical fruits on the backend. Tangerine with a touch of guava.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Texture is smooth yet watery. Very resinous on the palate. To be objective a bit astringent but i did not find it to be detracting.

O - an exemplary double ipa. A massive hop bomb yet it just calls to be quaffed dispite its high alcohol content.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.