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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,431
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,219
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up during the Hill Farmstead Winter Gathering on February 12. Tried it on tap but didn't wanna review any 4oz samples. Hops fill the room upon opening.

A- Cloudy deep gold with a nice frothy white cap that retains well. Lots of beautiful thick lace rings.

S- A good balance of fresh bread and juicy hops. A ton of peach, grapefruit and general citrus fruit notes fly out of the growler upon opening. Some caramel malt. Also floral behind the peaches. Competes with any West Coast IIPA.

T- Follows the nose for the most part. Emphasis on peach juice and floral hops. Fresh bread, pine, orange, grapefruit.

MF- Creamy foamy feel to this with a nice high end carbonation and bitterness. Goes down too smoothly.

DB- Love the citrus and peaches here. As a whole it is a very well balanced double IPA and I am only awaiting Ephraim to find out how that could possibly be much better than this. Vermont is really becoming a powerhouse of Northeast craft beer.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2011 01:29:06 | More by cbutova
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

09-08-2012 02:16:02 | More by Hanzo
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koopa

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: 10.11.13

This beer is fantastic :)

ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4.11

Growler received in a trade with the ever generous MtGoat thanks!

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldfish orange with honey folds and a 1 finger white crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: A touch of sweet malt over floral hops and citrus hops. I but more subdued than I was expecting considering how blown away I was by Edward IPA.

Taste: Grassy and herbal introduction with moderate bitterness, followed by a touch of malt sweetness, and ending with a decently bitter finish. There really isn't much citrus hop presence...just a touch of grapefruit and a dash of tangelo orange presence.

Mouthfeel: A bit undercarbonated but this growler was filled about 10 days ago so that might have played a role.

Drinkability: No real problem getting this one down.

I think this one is worth another sample (mainly to see if the age of my growler played a part in my tasting experience) but I'm not even close to liking this as much as the Edward IPA.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2010 22:43:09 | More by koopa
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Shaun Hill's arrogance, I have to admit this brew is pretty legit.

A: Poured a very cloudy, golden color, with a slight, 1/2 finger head.

S: Floral in spades, with that certain "Dreadnaught-esque" candy-coated alcohol that is absolutely to die for.

T: Very Dreadnaught-esque in its IPA disposition: Fresh Orange juice, grapefruit, and some caramel and butterscotch thrown into the mix.

M: Hell, what do I know here. I guess I'll add that it's lowly carbonated, non-sugary, and damn-near perfect here.

O: This lives up to its hype, for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2014 03:05:42 | More by Chaney
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

11-14-2011 15:45:48 | More by Jspriest
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

06-03-2012 23:24:44 | More by oldp0rt
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: growler

06-04-2012 23:26:09 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

05-28-2013 18:05:59 | More by ncaudle
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3%

03-21-2014 03:27:11 | More by tommyguz
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3%

07-17-2014 01:55:58 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 01:40:31 | More by DrinkSlurm
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

02-01-2013 02:42:58 | More by stereosforgeeks
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

06-24-2013 21:51:00 | More by mdillon86
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

02-26-2013 14:15:24 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -3%

08-25-2012 16:15:52 | More by Gatordaddy
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -3%

07-05-2014 00:34:01 | More by threedaggers
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -24.6%

06-30-2013 18:33:01 | More by LoveStout
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.8%

02-20-2012 02:07:26 | More by millerbuffoon
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seeswo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

03-11-2012 22:39:48 | More by seeswo
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

01-08-2014 00:29:41 | More by Molson2000
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -3%

07-15-2013 12:04:19 | More by twenty5
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

05-29-2012 19:43:12 | More by IrishColonial
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Arbitrator

California

5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled 750mL growler into a glass. Thanks, Ben! Consumed on a beach in Kaua'i.

A: Pours an unfiltered copper body that glows a burnt orange against the setting sun. I normally love clear IPAs, and I mark down the unfiltered ones for a reason. But, for reasons that will become clear as you read on, I had to make an exception here.

S: Peaches, mango, pineapple -- this is a tropical citrus smorgasbord. Having eaten nonstop tropical fruit since I arrived on this island, this beer is a liquid reminder of the excellence of my surroundings. It has a restrained pale malt nose that imparts only the lightest sweetness.

T: Tropical citrus: mango, peach, pineapple, and the rind of orange and lemon and grapefruit. The "rind" is mentioned because there is a mild bitterness found here; it is sticky and lingering, but not overpowering or palate-wrecking. The pale malt imparts enough sweetness to give the beer heft without making it seem thin and insubstantial. This is the oxymoronic "balance" that people speak of in DIPAs.

M: Great hoppy flavor with modest bitterness, yet a clean finish. I find myself struggling to find a flaw here. There is none. The beer hides it ABV smoothly, it carries no extra sweetness, and it doesn't ruin the palate with excessive bitterness. This is clean to a fault.

O: I would be inclined to say I'm being generous toward this beer given the particular setting, but I also consumed a growler of HF Citra IPA, from the same box, prior to this trip, in my drab apartment. I found that one amazing, as well. I review harshly, but there's simply nothing to criticize here. This is an affordable, exceptionally well-crafted beer. It is hard to acquire in trade for a reason. I'm sorry to contribute to the hype, but this is world-class. I hope I get to drink a 2L of this in the future.

Serving type: growler

07-02-2012 02:13:19 | More by Arbitrator
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev -13.8%

10-13-2013 16:50:39 | More by Lovely85
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

01-09-2013 16:23:34 | More by thewimperoo
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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