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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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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 scotorum
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HILL FARMSTEAD ABNER DIPA 9/23/15

Acquired from the brewery last Saturday. About the only one of the early Hill Farmstead releases I have not yet tried, perhaps because it's their highest rated on BA.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Samuel Adams IPA glass.

a: Clear dark gold/amber with a huge two inch foamy white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing which hung on from the very top of the glass on down.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Citrus with orange notes over a medium biscuit malt base and a balancing hop bite. Bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue. Rather high ABV is well hidden.

m: Medium, good body and no shortage of carbonation tingle.

o: A very fine DIPA distinguished by tasting at least 2% less than its reported ABV and relatively easy drinking as such. Been awhile since I had Ephraim but Abner certainly gives him a run.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, wheat-orange body. Thin off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Mild blend of pine, grapefruit, and orange.

T: Mostly citric notes of orange and grapefruit. Moderate amounts of soft floral and pine notes in the background.

M: Medium to light body. Assertive carbonation. Refreshing finish.

O: A decent, but not top-tier dIPA. I guess the Hill Farmstead IPAs just don't do it for me.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml growler into my DFH Signature Glass.

A: Hazy, deep orange, with a small head that hangs around for a bit.

S: Hops! Specifically, grapefruit citrus, light pine, light grassiness. Bit of biscuity malt too, actually.

T: Sweet tropical fruits--some mango specifically, which I'm not sure I've ever gotten from an IPA before. Grapefruit is present as well, with lemon poking through too. The finish is lightly bitter, but not too strong.

M: Light to medium bodied, with medium levels of carbonation.

O: My favorite HF beer and a great IPA. Definitely one I want to have again soon!

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Photo of TWStandley
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had multiples on draft at Frida's in Stowe, VT while enjoying some excellent authentic Mexican.

Appeared a hazy light orange color with a two-finger white head. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is dominated by pine and grapefuit. Backed by some more citrusy notes - lemon and orange. Not as sweet smelling as I would have anticipated.

Taste starts off with a bitter punch, giving way to the more fruity sweetness in the finish. Very fresh tasting. If you let it sit on your tounge for a few, you can identify some different fruits and a maltiness to it.

Mouthfeel was nice. No heat whatsoever. Carbonation made this relatively strong, rich drink quite refreshing.

Still not quite up there with Heady and Kiwi Rising IMO, but a solid DIPA. Would like a bit more citrus to balance out the IBUs a bit.

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Photo of Gatch
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy, golden-yellow like freshly mulled cider. Huge, frothy, white head with a bunch of lace but little retention.

S: An explosion of aromas. I could smell this beer from a few feet away after popping open the growler. Tart, citrusy hop oils cling to your nostrils. It's crazy. Few have smelled better. Just a tiny booze presence but it lends a sugary and sweet quality when you dig your nose deep.

T: What can I say that hasn't been said already and as displayed in the average score. Absolutely outstanding. The hops obviously steal the show but there is plenty of malt and some booze to balance it out and make this a discernible Double IPA.

M: Like chewing on fresh hop cones and citrus rinds. So damn hoppy. Perfectly carbonated, perfectly bitter and dry, and perfectly boozy to complement the intense hop presence. I can't get over how smooth yet properly carbonated this and Edward are. Boggles the mind. And soooo easy to drink!

O: It's such a pleasure to drink this beer. Very happy that I have 2L's. This review is based on my third pint glass over the span of a week since receiving the growler on Thanksgiving and being filled the day before Thanksgiving. Hasn't lost much since being poured fresh.

Nearly perfect. I think I'm becoming a HF fanboy...

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Photo of cfrances33
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml growler thanks to ILOVESTOUTS, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Perfect hazy orange with two fingers of nice puffy, off white head. Head recedes to a thic film, and leaves really nice sticky lacing. This beer looks perfect.

Smell: A burst of mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. A little bit of resinous pine reminds you of the hop monster this beer is, in a great way. A light touch of caramel honey malt.

Taste: Really follows the nose perfectly, with mango and grapefruit overwhelmingly controlling the palate. Some pine, and a light caramel sweetness, but really not much to speak of. Citrus lingers wonderfully. Flawless.

Mouthfeel: This beer is so dangerously drinkable. The taste is so good, you forget the ABV completely. Bitterness is fantastic, but does not linger with the citrus.

Overall: Amazing. Thank god this beer is always being made, because it is that good.

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Photo of kevanb
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Thanks Chris!

The beer pours a really hazy copper color, hints of orange and amber, almost like an orange rind when looking at it. Cloudy texture, bits of sediment floating in there with a nice thick white head rests on top of the glass, great retention, lovely thick layer of film appears when the head recedes, fantastic lacing and the head is easily resummoned with a quick flick of the glass. The aroma is incredible, huge citrus notes, orange rind, grapefruit with a touch of lemon zest. There is a great floral aspect, like sticking your nose into a lovely meadow of wildflowers and great pine elements than plays into some earthier undertones, but the vibrant bright citrus really takes this beer to a new level. Light malt presence, some sweetness from the caramel malt, a hint of biscuit from the pale malt as well, but this is a celebration of hops. The flavors are wonderful, tons of citrus right away, grapefruit, light orange zest, lemongrass, floral flavors come out really well behind the lemongrass and highlight the citrus element so well. The earthiness is not far behind and is a great counterbalance to the bright citrus and floral notes, nice piney hops, earthier malt leads to a touch of alcohol at the finish, but this is easily one of the most balanced and perfectly balanced IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. The body is perfection as well, smooth, dry, dank, bitter, coats the mouth well, goes down so easily and really amplifies all the great qualities of this beer.

Verdict: Sensational, another absolute knockout from Hill Farmstead. This is refined, balanced, artfully crafted and absurdly enjoyable, it's what every IPA should strive to be.

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Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev -5%
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.

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

On tap at prohibition pig. A welcomed brew as we arrived at Vermont to start our Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest

A- Abner pours a hazy gold body with fair head of foam that slowly retreats. Very sticky with great lacing clinging to the edges of the glass

S- fresh pine scents and citric aromas burst from the glass with a complete blast of tropical tones. Very fresh and dank with the hop flavors. This is the explosive scent profile I look for in a DIPA

T- Thick blast of tropical citric flavors that are meshed with grapefruit, starfruit, and pineapples. There is a sugary malt type flavor that provides some sweetness and really compliments to aforementioned hop explosion. Abner completely exhibits flavors of a hoppy citric DIPA that so many hop heads look for

M- Smooth carbonation as the citric flavors clasp at the mouth leaving the desired sticky feeling. Very good feel from all that flavor

O- absolutely fantastic DIPA from Hill Farmatead. Shaun makes no secret about his affinity to citric hop bombs. Abner completely represents just that. One of the best DIPA's out there. Try to stop by prohibition pig if you are in Waterbury so you can give this a try

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

Poured from a 750ml growler gifted to me in a beer trade into a Reidel Cabernet glass

A - Hazy, burnt orange color with a yellowish glow around the edges and bottom of the glass. Has a look as if I just poured a glass of grapefruit juice. Leaves a creamy head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the top of the beer. Slippery lacing slides down the sides leaving some splotches. A design-like swirl of froth covers the beer on top.

S - On the nose I'm getting grapefruit rind mixed with pine and orange peels. Mangos come to the front as the beer is aerated with a quick swirl. I'm in love! If left sitting for a moment, you can pick up a little bit of dankness from the hops.

T - Now this is what I have been waiting for! Just a load of resinous delight from the amount of hops used with a blend of tropical fruit. Fruit such as: mangos, pineapple, grapefruit, stone fruit...I could go on and on. There a cleanliness associated with this beer and I impart that because of the well water used. There is a honey-like sweetness from the malts used as well. A delight to sip!

M - This bad boy coats your entire palate and sticks to all four corners. There is a slight expansion of froth once it lays there for a second. A delightful bitterness is very present, but subtle enough to feel the acidity. Medium bodied, complex and well-rounded.

O - If I lived in VT, I do not believe I would drink anything else. I'm sure it's like anything, you'd get tired of it after a while, but it would be very hard in my book. As I mentioned before, I am absolutely in love with this beer. I can't thank Steve enough for sharing this with me. If you haven't had it yet, trade everything for it. And if you have had it, why are you drinking anything else! Cheers!

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.82/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of younger35
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My main man from Philly procured me a growler of this fine brew because I'm pretty sure he has a man crush on me. This will be my first brew from Hill Farmstead but I've heard great things! Drank from my Ithaca nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy orange yellowish with a decent half finger bright white head that looks thick and creamy. A decent cap and thick collar remains with a bit of random lacing strewn about.
Smell- Loads of juicy grapefruit seem to burst out of the glass along with a touch of sweet orange peel. Not particularly 'bitter' smelling as the fruitiness has a sort of sweet maltiness behind it. A touch of pine and some earthy grass but that grapefruit is all I can seem to smell. As it warms a touch of butterscotch and a light whiff of alcohol show.
Taste- Holy grapefruit Batman!! It's like someone sprinkled a little sugar on a grapefruit, squeezed it and poured it into my glass. Perhaps a touch of peach mixed in for good measure but the grapefruit is absurd!! It's got the lightest touch of sweetness behind all that fruitiness yet still finishes light and dry. A long linger of grapefruit and orange zest lingers.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice crisp bite of carbonation and an oily dry finish.
Drinkability- Really tasty brewski here. I've tried a lot of IPA's over the years and I love when I get to try something a bit different than all the rest and it still manages to be really good. Not sure what the hop profile of this beer is but it reminds me of Kern River Citra and some of those Troegs Scratch IPA's - except good. Very enjoyable, thanks much Jeff!!

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a straw yellow color with a little bit of haziness to it, there is a nice white head. the smell id citrus and piney hops and a hint of bready malt. the flavor follows suit with a mango of grapefruit flavor and a nice bitter piney hop finish , nice and dry. . overall this is a damn fine beer.the mouthfeel is dry and well carbed light body

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks to idrinkgas for sending this over.

Appearance: Out of the growler, my pour has a nice creamy froth of a white head above a cloudy tangerine beer. Pretty nice retention from a growler.

Smell: Some lightly sweet crackery malt. The aroma is full of hops. Floral, some grassy, lots of grapefruit, and a bit of spicy pine. Very nice.

Taste: A good amount of biscuity malt does its best to stand up to the hops, but fairly quickly the tidal wave of hops wins. A balanced hop presence - grapefruit citrus, some grass, and some prickly pine. The finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Balanced full body, a little bit of booze. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Lightly grainy, not much hop oil left on the tongue after each sip.

Overall: This is a well made, balanced, hop bomb. Very good, I have no qualms about finishing a decent portion of this growler.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first Hill Farmstead offering. Shared a 750 ml growler filled 1/17; enjoyed 1/22. Served in white wine glass.

A: Golden, cloudy appearance with vanishing head leaving a ring of white lacing at the edge of the glass.

S: Wonderful nose of tropical fruit, pine and citrus. I could sniff this forever. Slightly sweet.

T: Fresh piney, earthy hop flavor followed by tropical fruits and a lovely grapefruit bitter finish that lasts forever. Despite the nose, the malt presence is fairly dry. A bit of alcohol on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is masterful for a double ipa. Tiny bubbles dance across the tongue. The feel is light and resiny at the same time. So easy to drink which is dangerous for an 8.2%. The finish is drying and pleasant - each sip invites another.

O: This is an artfully crafted double ipa which I enjoyed immensely; the hop freshness is front and center but the balance is the key to success here. Well done HF, I look forward to trying more of your beers soon.

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Photo of 4ster
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml Growler with swing cap filled late in the day on 05/15/13. Immediately stored in fridge and after 10 days still tastes great with good carbonation levels,(still had a small CO2 cloud upon release.) Served cold into a over-sized wine glass.

A: Pours hazy, quite cloudy, lots of carbonation bubbles trying to escape the glass and sticking to the bottom walls....beautiful finger+ head, bright white, lots of micro bubbles bursting through heavenly clouds.... dies down to frothy, sticky lace fingers all over the glass as you finish...

S: Smells like apparently all the hills in Vermont (if HF, Alchemist, etc is anything to go by...) but on a serious note.... wonderfully aromatic, the tropical fruits and florals typical of these hops really are well presented, mango and pineapple sweet sourness, hints of pine, very light citrus and a final bit of perhaps the yeast or alcohol that leaves a bit of a acidic/funky smell...

T: Starts off pretty floral again, then moves into more the citrus, lemon, grapefruit pith bitterness... and then more mango, piney resins...finishes more malty, I'd say more sweet than bitter, and again like the nose, I get a very small hint of a underlying HF yeast/water/ Appalachian magic unicorn funk in there somewhere... oh, and all very balanced in the flavour department.

M: High, natural carbonation.... sparkles on the roof of your mouth but not in an annoying way... in a attacking the extremely dry sticky hypothetical 170 IBUs sort of way that allows this beer to remain fresh and extremely drinkable.... really smooth, balanced, not really any hit of booze, and not really sticky or dry...

O: What can I say? I drove for hours into the Hills of Vermont with 3 other people wondering where the hell I was taking them.... then out of the dark clouds a beam of light lit up a small farm in the lush green Vermont Hills, where a lovely lady brought us cold samples of sweet nectar.... and on a serious note, this is a seriously good beer.... I don't want to say it is less complex than Heady, but I would say it doesn't try so hard to highlight every single hop known to man....and as my gf states "it doesn't make your face feel like its being blasted off with hops)... what it does is take a large amount of hops, balances them extremely well, keeps them in check with natural carbonation, still bursts forward with amazing aromas and adds a little of that special "ingredient" that makes HF worth that never ending drive... a very well made beer that lives up to the hype that the brewers have tried so hard to get away from.... (if you believe that...)

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Photo of craytonic
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy orange-amber-apricot pour with great looking lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, papaya, tangerine. Very fresh and tropical

Taste: Similar to the smell, great fresh liquid hops - grapefruit, papaya, tangerine and pine sap. Subdued bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, very well done

Drinkability/overall - Dangerously drinkable for 8.2%, very well done DIPA that can run with the big boys.

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Photo of Sintech
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange hue.

Smell - Citrus, pine and dank nose.

Taste - The citrus and pine notes are nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good, not great. Check another one off the list!

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Photo of RichD
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 mL Hill Farmstead growler poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden yellow with a small white head on top. This is exactly how this is supposed to look. There's some lacing that's left along the glass as I drink this bad boy.

S: Holy hops! Citrus and pine hops erupt from this brew into my nose. The intensity is absolutely mindblowing. What a fantastic smelling beer. If you are looking for malts then this is definitely not the beer for you.

T: The taste follows the nose to a T. Big, juicy citrus and pine notes dominate my pallet with ease. The citrus notes follow to the tune of grapefruits and this makes for a pleasant drinking experience. There are a miniscule amount of bready malts, but the beer is all about hops and not much else. I'm not sure if I've ever had a better DIPA in my life, and I'm not sure if I will have a better tasting one.

M: A medium mouthfeel that dries pretty quickly. A modicum amount of bitterness, which allows for an extremely pleasant drinking experience. I don't feel like my taste buds are being assaulted, but rather being catered to in a nice, juicy, hoppy, flavorful manner.

Overall: This may set the standard for DIPAs. What a fantastic beer. I really didn't know what to expect upon cracking this growler open. Boy, am I glad I did. This may be one of my favorite beers of all time. Hill Farmstead did an amazing job crafting this one. Especially since I know it came together in a tiny ass garage. Shaun and crew, I tip my hat to you guys for an exceptional beer and experience.

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Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try my white whale ipa, and it was well worth it . Paired with some hot chicken at Hattie bs and good friends. Perfect example of what a hoppy beer should and can be .

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz tulip at Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington.

Crystal clear with thin off-white head that leaves major spotting. Aroma is dominated by pine and earthy leaf notes. West-Coast in smell. Some faint caramel peaks through.

Palate is medium-bodied and tight with killer bitterness and some residual sugar. Leafy, pine-y, citrus bomb on top of some medium caramel maltiness. It's East-Coast in style but not as much residual sugar as Dogfish 60 Minute or Southern Tier UnEarthly.

Super clean and wonderfully bitter, but balanced. The 8.2 is hidden like a Westy 12 in a carry-on bag. Dank and delightful. Well done, Shaun!

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

1 liter growler into Duvel tulip. Filled 7/28/12, drank and reviewed 8/1/12 (not the whole thing).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that takes its time to dissipate. Pours a glowing, opaque orange. Leaves a few arches of lacing now and then.

Smell: Dank oniony hop pungency at first (from the Chinook or Columbus I would guess), with a pine backdrop and a hint of citrus. Pale malt creeps up and somehow stands with the bold, aromatic hops.

With time and warmth, tons of citrus comes out in the aroma, overwhelming the dank elements and the malt. Eventually manifests as a citrus hop bomb with piny undertones. Beautiful throughout.

Taste: Tons of succulent hop flavor up front, predominantly tropical fruit flavors (mango, mystery tropical fruits), with some alcohol heat and pale malt through the middle, with a long citrusy aftertaste. Not fermented as clean as some of their lower ABV pale ales, with a boozy, yeasty sweetness present as in Dogfish Head's DIPAs. High hop bitterness keeps that from being cloying or clashing with all the great-but-disparate hop flavors.

As with the aroma, the taste is just a cornucopia of beautiful hops. Some notably (to me) absent tangerine-y/melon-y flavors (noticed them in every other Hill Farmstead pale ale I've tried) eventually come out, particularly in the finish. Beginning of each sip is always succulent, with a few distinct, usually fruity or occasionally citrusy hop flavors. Great cereal grain flavor that's common in top end APAs but rare in any DIPAs comes up now and then, which both impresses and delights me (as does the hop extravaganza, which is the main story of this beer).

Mouthfeel: A touch on the full side of medium bodied. Creamy feel, with a lot of alcohol heat and bitterness. Pretty dry finish, which goes great with that citrusy aftertaste.

Overall: Excellent DIPA, worthy of being in Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, Double Sunshine conversations. This beer has a lot to suggest it, but at the moment what's striking me is how much it rises to the challenge of justifying such a high ABV. Few beers match the ABV intensity increase (in comparison to APAs / IPAs) so well with hop intensity increases, or appropriate mouthfeel. Geniusly crafted beer, as expected from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured out of a 750ml growler into a tulip glass. I seriously want to thank one fellow bottle share local who brought this and several other HF beers out to the Bay. It really was a one of a kind, special event.

Pours a cloudy, near murky amber color. Lots of frothy foam at the top, and definitely does its job to stick around. I no longer dock beers for their appearance, but it's definitely easy to say that this is quite rustic looking and not clear eye candy as "other" famous DIPAs are. Nevertheless, this is highly representative of the Vermont, home brewed styled aesthetic, and this beer can't be faulted for that.

The aroma is lovely - a combination of tropical fruit notes, citrus, herbal dank esters, and lots of complex yeasty and malt notes. Pineapple, guava, and mango are very evident here, as are lots of other citrus notes. Peppery and floral, with a lightly earthy and lightly wet and funky presence from the yeast. Very herbaceous from the hops - think green onions and you're on the right track. You can tell that this is ALIVE, and definitely delivers a punch that many hoppy beers of its nature strive for.

Tastes absolutely delicious, with no surprises based on the aroma. It's definitely bitter, with an enormous blast of citrus and tropical notes at the front, with a creamy, crisp characteristic that takes the profile that Vermont's yeast strains are known for to the next level. Notes of guava, peaches, and pineapple really hit point blank here, with a bittered citrus and spicy finish that is complimented by the fresh crisp toffee malt flavor and body of the beer. Could it be the water? The yeast? Regardless, all of the ingredients come together perfectly, and the finish is absolutely one of the most memorable I've had on a hoppy beer to date. Not only do the hops appropriately cleanse the palate, but the finish is clean and airy as any great beverage - or, hell, any great glass of water - is. The palate is immediately ready for the next sip, and the beer never becomes a chore to drink. I had two more beers from HF that night, and even though this was the best one overall (though not my favorite), the qualities of its body seem to be a common consistency among HF beers - and, arguably, I can see why people often claim they're the best in the US for that reason.

It was a true pleasure drinking this - the last of hyped beers I've ever wanted to try, and a perfect closure to my beer journey in the past two years. I shall gladly drink this again, but I'm glad I don't have to fly to Vermont to do so right away. HF beers are of world-class quality, and Abner is no exception. Sets the bar for what a good homemade recipe can be, and what it aims to define as to why we drink excellent beer in the first place.

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

Huge thanks to Andrewinski1 for bringing this gem back from his Vermont trip. Four days old when we drank it! Can't beat that with a stick! The beer pours a hazy deep straw color with about a finger of creamy white head. The aroma is simply divine. Deep blood orange and tropical fruit in the aroma with a great bitter grassy hop aroma to round out the nose. Really a nice balance of bitter and sweet on both the nose and the pallet. The flavor is a lot what the nose would lead it to be. Sweet candied grapefruit zest and orange juice to the front and it finishes nicely with a complex hop flavor. Kind of a sweet caramel finish to this one. The feel is a nice medium body with good carbonation. I'm impressed at how well this held up in the growler. Overall, it's tough to get better than this one for me. I wish this was as available as Pepsi.

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