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Abner | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

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.

Added by kingcrowing on 05-12-2010

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Reviews: 358 | Ratings: 2,402
Photo of Phigg1102
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The shade of amber/orange is stunning and one of a few fives I've given for any characteristic of a beer. Plenty of awesome citrus and sweetish cereal grains in the nose (I'm thinking Oats), and even more in the taste. Truly amazing beer!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour into Pinocchio's brandy snifter on 9/15/11. Served generously to me at Pinocchio's in Media, PA (thanks Tim and Dan). Fresh tapped that day.

A: I have seen reviews down the line here that have it much different then what I got. For me, it was a mildly hazy orange color. There was some sediment floating in there, but not much. Good carbonation. Faint white head that dissipated really quickly. There were some alcohol feet seeing as it is 8.2%. Some lacing, but not much.

S: It was probably up there on one of the best smelling DIPAs that I have had. Maybe it was just the freshness factor, I don't know. Tons of fruity hops and pine notes. Delicious. There was some mild breadiness at the back end from the malts though.

T: Flat out delicious tasting beer. Not overly bitter on the front of the tongue. There was a mild bite there. But it gets you in the mid-mouth. All those fruity hop flavors: grapefruit and peach and other citrus. But you also get some piney notes. And those malts are there to SOME WHAT balance out this hop bomb. Very nice finish. Very clean.

M: This is a medium bodied DIPA. With all those hops, there was bound to be some flavors lingering on the tongue for a while.

O: Just a truely exceptional DIPA. Really ranks up there for me....just like with most BAers. I'd love to sample again down there line. Cheers to Tim and Dan.

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Photo of Yellolab2010
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%

This is a absolute gem of a beer. Hits right off with a great citrus burst followed by a slight pine taste. Hard for me to rate against other dipas but its in the conversation as the best dipa out there. Great carbonation and a fantastic smell. They should make women's perfume that smells like this.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Teku glass.

A: Pours orange-tinted pale colored with two fingers of dense, fluffy off white head which slowly deflates. Very good retention, leaving a thick ring and some surface head for much of the duration, and generous swaths of lacing.

S: Pretty long-reaching aroma, I can initially smell it from a foot away. Candied tangerine, hint of a tropical note, peach, pink grapefruit, an undertone of breadiness/cracker.

T: Floral and light pine notes, pink grapefruit rind, pale crackery malt, finishing with a mild, lingering bitterness and noticeable sugar. Alcohol is almost completely hidden.

M: Kind of a yin-yang, with soft, milky medium-full body and sharp, medium carbonation. Leaves your mouth completely dry.

O: Very good, well constructed beer. Quite drinkable. That being said, it wasn't quite blow-my-mind good, and it seems that there are much easier to get options out here in SoCal (e.g., most IPAs from Alpine would be better than this). But I was very glad for the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead Abner

Poured into a tulip glass from the tap at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill.

Pours a nice pale copper with some slight haze and some orange hues. There is a nice half-inch medium dense head that forms that is white/off-white. The head is sticky as the brew goes down and the head recedes leaving some slight lacing on the sides. (4.75)

Aroma starts of with resinous and piney hop notes that are dank and fresh. Somewhat herbal. There is then an amazing plethora of tropical fruit; orange and tangerines mixed with some slight pineapple and mango and of course the ever-present grapefruit offering a delicious and inviting refreshing citrus note to the brew. Some slight bready malts are perceived under this dance of amazing hops. The tropical fruit notes really shine in the nose as the brew warms. (5.0)

Wow. The taste is ENCHANTING. There are notes of resinous pines with some herbal and quite grassy characteristics starts things of. Then the awesome tropical fruit notes reach in and fill the palette. Once again the grapefruit dominates for me with some slight lemon citrusness. Then some mild pineapple, notes of mango and tangerines and even some peach. Amazing. These are all well orchestrated and so layered amongst each other and give the brew a very elongated flavor profile. The nice pale malt gives the brew some balance with good earthy, bready grain and some slight caramel notes as well as the slight boozy sweetness from the higher ABV. Mouthfeel is near perfection with a smooth and silky body that is carbonated perfectly to allow for some palette cleansing. (5.0)(4.75)

Overall the tropical fruit notes mixed in with the citrus hop notes are the key to this brew. Very well orchestrated and a plethora of flavors that are rich on their own but are also very well layered and balanced with each other. (4.75)

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml swing top growler purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT
Served in a Hill Farmstead Brewery stemmed glass

The beer poured a cloudy, glowing peachy-amber color with a soapy looking, bright white head that quickly dissipated. Small droplets and thin streaks of spotty lacing trickled along the glass.

The nose was simply mesmerizing. Super hoppy with loads of sweet, smooth fruitiness. Peaches and apricots came through strongest. Lots of juicy tangerine, mango, papaya and passionfruit as well. I have never before experienced such a cornucopia of exotic fruit notes in a beer's aroma.

Strong, fruity hop flavors carried through into the taste as well. Sweet tangerines dominated. Peach and apricot notes were quite prevalent as well. Although I would assume that this beer benefited from a moderate dosage of caramel malts, its pleasant sweetness seemed to have emerged from the diverse hop profile rather than from residual malt sugars. The beer finished quite pithy and dry with a moderate, grapefruit rind-like bitterness. At 8.2% ABV, this beer masked its alcohol prowess quite well.

The mouthfeel may have been the only letdown with this beer. The body was a bit light for the style. A very fine and mild effervescence helped the liquid glide across my tongue. Somewhat creamy, fluffy and smooth.

In their short existance, the Hill Farmstead Brewery has seemed to master the art of creating hoppy beers, and this example is proof of that. Outstanding work. I cannot wait to see what comes next.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this today at Hill Farmstead. Why wait another day to drink it, right? Fresh as can be! Poured beautifully into a 12oz water glass. Didn't have proper glassware due to the fact that I'm taking a short vacation in VT (I'm drinking this at a Holiday Inn Express). The body is hazy and amber orange. Two fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell is like taking a stroll through a farmers market: fresh, crisp, vegetative.

Taste...magnificent. So fresh, so balanced. I'd believe the brewers if they told me this beer had no alcohol content whatsoever.

Creamy, airy mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

#14 on the Top 250? Well deserving!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbutova for sharing this beastly growler.

Pours hazy orange, white head retains at a half finger and leaves excellent lacing.

Great smell - tons of peach, resin, warm bread, some grapefruit.

Taste follows the smell almost identically. Great peachy/dank/grapefruit hop profile with some citrusy tropicalness as well. Nice warm bread malt backbone as well.

Good mouthfeel, but felt a little thin to me.

Damn! Vermont knows their hops! This is definitely comparable to Heady Topper.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What is this wizardry?! This is one of the most interesting IIPA's I've had. While it is not my favorite, the experience of this beer is singular and well worth the legwork to get it. This is way more than a tick on the top 250, this is something special.

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Photo of GJ40
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Sampled from a 750ml flip top bottle with a best by date of 8/21/14. Thanks to Clint for sharing!

Slightly hazy with a yellowish gold color and a fluffy white head. Outstanding aroma with great depth and complexity. Same goes for the hop flavor. There are so many subtleties to it.

This was a memorable beer.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 750 mL growler at the Toppling Goliath taproom at the King Sue release. Really clean and bright yellow body. Huge green nose with spruce tips, grapefruit rind, and almost a dankness/ditchweed character. The beer has just enough sweetness and drinks like liquid hops. Minimal bitterness cold, while there's a bitter kick at the end as it gets closer to room temperature. Absolutely world class. The body is so clean, and the mouthfeel is so smooth. Nicely carb so it doesn't come across as sticky.

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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 angrybabboon
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 5 hours ago

Consumed 11/15/14

A: Hazy tangerine - some copper at its core, some gold around the edges - pours with a medium, white head, fades to a nicely wispy cap, leaves some spotty lacing

S: Big, juicy citrus, with some level of sanity - juicy, fleshy, ripe orange, grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit - very fruity with peaches and apricots - tropical notes, pineapple and mango - resinous, with a big floral push - very flowery, with some herbal and grassy notes - light pale and caramel malts, with some light sweetness

T: So juicy, so fruity - juicy, ripe orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit - to an extent, this tastes like a tropical fruit blend, with all the fruit flavors co-occurring here - ripe peaches, apricots, pineapple, and mango - lightly sweet throughout - pale malts with some caramel - pine, herbal notes, floral notes, and a light touch of mint - moderate level of bitterness - light touch of alcohol, but extremely clean overall (the norm for Hill Farmstead)

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes mostly dry

O: Stop living up the hype, please

Presently, I live about 80 miles away from Hill Farmstead. After now having reviewed a handful of their beers, I realize that I would drive 180 miles each way. Maybe 280. And I'm not entirely happy about this. Abner is among the best I've had from Hill Farmstead. The hop profile is excellent, and it's so clean that I just want to drink more. The fact that this is 8.2% ABV is actually dangerous.

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Photo of mick303
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from growler into a hill farmstead tulip. A couldy yellow colour with a really nice head retention and lacing, silky white head.

Aroma is full of citrus floral notes, lemony and some light piny notes, robust florals, peppermint, grapefruit, wildflower honey. So complex and inticing.

Taste is full with balanced hop character, creamy grapefruit, resiny wildflower notes, a touch of floraly lemon sweetness then a growing gradual resiny bitterness. Tons of rich orange citrus. Fantastic balance. Drinkability is crazy with so much depth and balance.

Mouthfeel is really full, gentle carbonation with a full bodied malt creaminess, maintains enough of a full dextrin complexity to balance the hop bitterness impecably. Alcohol is well hidden and such a fruity and hoppy body with a creamy upfront malt.

Lives up the hype as an impecable ipa. It balances itself so well between the strong citrus and floral hop character and a creamy malty body. It's is delicious and complex, fantastic. Certainly an impecable beer with a great complexity and warming beer, impressed by the great balance here and the ridculous quality from start to finish.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Abner is a journey of hops. Over its course, it shows you everything a hop can do in a beer. It's bitter, it's sweet, it's piney, it's juicy. It compliments the malt and at the same time forsakes it. It is a beginning, a middle, and an end playing out on an earthy stage. Fantastic.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to jaasen64 for the growler!

Pours dark straw with a big fluffy white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Aroma is a hop explosion. Loads of citrus, some dank pine with just a little bit of malt creeping into the picture.

Lots of rich citrus flavors up front along with a little tropical fruit. Just a touch of malt in the middle. Finishes floral and dry with some grapefruit. Just a touch of sweetness, but more than balanced out by the hops.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Really doesn't finish nearly as bitter as most DIPA's as most of the hops are concentrated in the flavor which is why I feel HF makes some of the best IPA's. Also no sign of alcohol.

Broken record in my HF reviews, but this beer is phenomenal. Every IPA I've ever had has been liquid gold and this right up there among my favorites.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Head is bright-white and fluffy to start. Tiny wisp of a cap with a small collar. Some splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Stone fruit. Very vague notions of tangerine and grapefruit. Loaded with mango and peach and some pineapple. Slightly bitter pine needle. Juicy fruit. Malts are typically light and bready. Touches of pale malt sweetness with honeyed biscuits and some undercooked white bread. Slightly caramelized malt sugars. Deeply floral with some hints of hibiscus. Pine sap and some raw honey. Big and bold without being too aggressive.

Taste: Follows the nose closely with a touch more bitterness. Tons of stone fruit - mango, peach, and something like papaya. Tangerine with some touches of grapefruit and orange rind. Oily resin. Tons of floral elements. Fresh flowers, dried almost hibiscus. Bitter pith. Malts are lightly sweet with a combination of pale malts - offering bready elements and a touch of raw biscuit dough - and some slightly sweeter caramel malt. Bready. Bitter pine needle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Initial sip is slightly slick. What I want to see out of the style. A little sticky.

Overall: We can be friends.

A nice Imperial IPA. It's big but balanced and carries that drinkable quality every Hill Farmstead IPA has.

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Photo of brystmar
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :(

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.07/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy light orange color with almost no head but a few small bubbles, nose is a bit muted for some reason - pine, a bit of mango and Pineapple. But that is where the muted characteristics end...

Taste is a huge punch in the mouth! Very bitter, sharp pine and citrus with just such a bitter bite on the end it's really delicious. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, really good beer.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours hazy golden with about a finger of head that leaves an awesome lacing. I don't know if it's the hype, or if this beer really is that beautiful, but it's something to behold.

Huge smell. Simply huge. The beer is full of citrus and hop aroma. Tangerine, orange peel, and grapefruit are all there with a fresh, perfectly balanced floral bouquet. Some malt sweetness is surely present, but not in anyway standing out.

So drinkable and perfectly balanced. all the flavors of the smell coming together in perfect harmony. Sweeter than expected with an awesome hop resin bite after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium, a little on the heavy side for IIPAs. The carb on this growler is a little low, but nothing generally representative of the beer.

Overall this is one of the best IIPAs I've tried. Definitely in close competition with heady. Very different from Permanent Funeral and Hopslam. I wish it were just a tad easier to get in Wisconsin.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow. Sunshine or lemon yellow with an orange blush on it. A fat head of creamy white foam adorns this beer and it looks striking. It has a beautiful tempting nose. Succulent hops, their citrusy fruitiness and some spice. A bit of soft sweetness for malt. It's the fruit peel that comes forward first and then as it drinks, some tangier tropical flavors. Dry biscuit malt that's a touch earthy and a lovely and balanced hop bitter finishes this one with grace and poise. A floral that comes to to the nose subtly and translates into the drink almost unnoticed except for it's lightness , it's flower petal backnotes. Dry with a crisp middle this drinks heavenly. It has stature and a tallness in the glass. It 's the way that the flavors come together with the spice creeping up on you until it ends with a slight flourish. It's the way the malt is softly sweet but not too sweet and how the fruit character seems to soar. It's the balance in the drink and in the end and that the bitterness is complimentary not dominating.

This was tremendous. Thanks Roguer for sharing this on with me.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

growler into tulip.

A: slightly hazed orange. deep at the center. head is on the boarder of being bright white. good retention, even better lacing.

S: a mild black pepper. sticky nose. a lot of hop oil and resins. smells like American hop pellets, in a good way. pineapple. maybe some kiwi. pleasant and inviting.

T: there is a definite cereal flavor right in the middle of the this drink. mmmm, cereal. starts more citrus than anything. hoppy, resiny, but not overly sticky or in-your-face. really appreciate the balance.

M: carb is frizzy, almost mellow. full bodied.

D: dangerously drinkable. great hop nose, great hop flavor, even better balance. glad the malt has a say in this fight. worth seeking.

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Photo of starrdogg
5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.