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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 329
Hads: 2,170
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 2.63%
Wants: 1,781
Gots: 204 | FT: 1
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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:
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 DarthKostrizer
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (629 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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). (1,618 characters)

Photo of brydeen
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (641 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,244 characters)

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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 (588 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,641 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1.5L swingtop growler (less than 5 day old) into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to a fellow BeerAdvocate for going to the HF release party to pick up a growler for me. Pours hazy gold with a thin white head that lasts very nicely throughout. Wow! The aroma reminds me of the Ephraim, I pick up some mango, tangerine, pineapple, and some grass. The flavor sure reminds me of the Ephraim as the aroma clearly suggested at the beginning. Sweet pines, some lemon, mango, and pineapple are detected across the tongue as well. Thin and smooth mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. This is a very dangerously drinkable DIPA from Hill Farmstead. Glad to have tried this one out! (678 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes - on-tap at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier in late February.

Beer pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange with a nice white head. The appearance makes me think of citrus fruit for some reason, and really is the perfect color for a DIPA. Smell is incredible - I get a blast of citrus fruits and amazing hops. The taste follows suit, it's really like a party in my mouth, bright citrus flavors take the lead, but this is incredibly balanced and easy to drink for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect, medium-bodied with excellent carbonation a bit of tingling and even some stickiness. Overall, this really might be my favorite beer ever. I've had it countless times, but drinking it on tap is the way that this beer needs to be consumed. Some of the growlers have held up really well, others not so much, but it would only get this score from me on tap. When served straight from this tap, this beer deserves a perfect 5.0 score, the best score I've ever given to a beer on BA. (1,006 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,812 characters)

Photo of durrrr
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a growler picked up at the brewery last Saturday. I've had Abner a few times, but this week it really stood out as one of my all time favorite DIPA's.

The appearance is a cloudy/hazy orange, apricot, straw color with a nice 1.5 finger head that fades to a thin coating. Beautiful color.

The nose is extremely fresh. you get this farm fresh splash of apricot, peach, grapefruit,mango and maybe apple even? In addition to the fruit, you get some nice pine notes balanced by an elegant floral presence. Extraordinary and world class.

The flavor profile is amazing. bright and fresh fruit hops with less of the piney/resinous notes. Not the most bitter DIPA but extremely well balanced for the style. The carbonation is nearly perfect. medium carbonation in the beginning but yet so smooth and creamy towards the finish producing a tremendous overall mouthfeel. You get a hint of biscuit malt towards the finish but ever so slight and you can barely notice the 8% abv. The finish is slightly dry yet lingering. Not as dry as Hill Farmstead's Society & Solitude #3.

Overall certainly one of my favorite DIPA's. World Class. Each sip left me in great anticipation of the next. Scary drinkable. Probably my favorite from Hill Farmstead to date. Thank you Shaun Hill. (1,278 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 2L growler to Hill Farmstead large glassware (the oversized wine glass). No dating obviously, but that’s just fine—bought it at the brewery this past Wednesday, so three days ago.

Appearance (5.0): Beautiful. Three finger of just off-white head, thick and tight, and fades very, very slowly. Heavy lacing all around the glass. The body is an opaque, bright orange, cloudy as hell—exactly the way I like my DIPAs.

Smell (4.5): A strong dank note comes along first, weedy and resiny, mixed with great, sweet citrus notes—pineapple and mango. No malt or alcohol in the nose, which is just fine for the style.

Taste (4.5): A pungent red grapefruit flavor mixed with a good pineneedliness dominates, sitting atop a biscuity, bready, cracker kind of character. This is very well balanced. There’s a little bit of alcohol heat that blends well with the hop bitterness—exactly what a DIPA should do, in my mind. The finish is long, piney and grassy, but never harsh. That’s what’s so good about this, nothing is harsh about it—just very well balanced.

Mouthfeel (5.0): Moderate carbonation, slightly tingly on the tongue, foams well in the mouth and BEST of all, there’s just a little bit of head that still feels a bit chunky passing your lips. Body is just on the full side of medium, but not heavy in any way. Spicy, slightly tingly carb all over the mouth—really a perfect mouthfeel.

Overall (4.5): This is a wonderful beer. It doesn’t have quite the lightning-flash bitterness that Heady Topper does, and it could stand to show a little more cereal complexity in the malt profile, but this does exactly what you want and hope it would do. It gets even better as it warms, which is just wonderful for the style, too. This is an exceptional DIPA. (1,794 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.88/5  rDev +7%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (625 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,907 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (805 characters)

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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.82/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.47/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of s1ckboy
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (241 characters)

Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.