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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 1,357
Gots: 98 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

aerozeppl, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of ElGallo
4.1/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. 10-12 oz. pour into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Cloudy pale gold color, and the beer was very cold. Head faded quickly but decent lacing. Nose is tropical/citrus with very little bitterness. At first sight and smell, I am curious as to how old this keg is. The last time I was in this establishment was late April, when I tried HF Double Galaxy. I have to say the Abner was delicious but not as impressive overall as the Double Galaxy. I am still very impressed by Hill Farmstead; I just think this keg was a bit aged and muted for a highly rated DIPA.

ElGallo, Aug 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

MinorThreat, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

inlimbo77, Sep 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

schnarr84, Jun 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

JRod1969, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml growler (filled 9/8/12) courtesy of jlindros. Taking for making the trek up there and grabbing this for me! Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel series stemmed glass.

A - Pours a very well hazed pale golden color - thick and fruit juicy looking. Three fingers of fluffy white head rises off the surface with a semi-aggressive pour into the middle of the glass. Beautiful looking DIPA!

S - From over a foot away from the glass, all I can smell is hops. Super fresh smelling, freshly peeled and cut grapefruit, mildly sweet, a touch of sweatiness, extremely faint (but definitely there) grainy and sugary malt base. Outstanding!

T - Thick citrusy and tropical up front...tons of fresh grapefruit, lots of pineapple, hints of pine/resiny and a little bit of apricots. Sharply bitter...gives a lasting impression on the tongue - the hints of sugary malt try to tame it a bit, thankfully without much success...but just enough to sooth it out a touch. I've had one of the first pints of Pliny off a fresh bright tank at the RR pub...even that didn't taste as fresh or hop forward as this. Again, outstanding!

M - A bit on thin side...definitely not watery but lacking a bit in body. Carbonation is smooth, just a touch tingly and just shy of medium. Well attenuated fermentation that leaves the beer fairly dry overall leaving only traces of sweetness behind. Mouth filling bitterness and a tropical fruity/citrusy explosion. Really good.

O - Overall, this has to be in my top 5 best DIPA's - right there with PtY, Double Sunshine, Heady Topper for me. Really great...I've had this on tap before and remember it being a really great beer, but I had forgotten how great...fresh growler from the source makes this really amazing. Definitely get this if you can and drink it fresh.

portia99, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -13.8%

bonbini26, Jun 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
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)

JoEBoBpr, Jul 03, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

75cl growler generously shared by Doug today, 9/6/2013. Poured into a Bell's snifter. Review #196.

Alright, so this beer pours a clear copper body. Perhaps straw-orange. With that trademark Hill Farmstead 2cm white head that has awesome retention. Not a whole lot of lacing on this actually, but who cares?

Nose is not as pungent as Susan which we drank earlier today, but it just smells better.. its got that orange zest combined with citrus and tropical fruit.. but the biggest contribution is that floral scent. Deliciously floral. Great nose still, but Susan and Ephraim has it beat.

But you know what, that flavour profile is so incredible. So complex with tons of citrus and tropical fruit. It has that great malty backbone that isn't too strong but just balances out all the hoppiness in this beer. Its such a perfect balance for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel, again is that incredible creamy Hill Farmstead full body. I have never had such a full bodied double IPA. Again there is just something in that damn well water, I want to go visit Hill Farmstead, use the bathroom and fill up a water bottle and send it into a lab for analysis so I can treat my homebrew like so. Aftertaste is that bitter citrus flavour, but not so strong. It is so incredibly drinkable, even more so than Susan was. Can't tell that this beer is 8.2%, not at all. It drinks like a session beer.

Overall this beer is one of the best double IPAs I've ever had. It beats out Pliny and Heady, but its kind of unfair since this is Hill Farmstead we're talking about. It's up there with Double Sunshine as one of the best to come out of Vermont.

Stevedore, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -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.

jaasen64, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

PatGreer, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

WeisGuy, Sep 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

CTJman, Nov 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

trevorpost, May 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

JohnnieNepal, Sep 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

bobv, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

AleWatcher, Jun 05, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cheers to iLOVEbeer for the extra!

Tasted and noted on 12-Jul-13.

Poured from a howler that was filled 14 days ago and it traveled cross country in summer days. Not the ideal condition probably, but seeing as how I'm in SoCal, I'm not complaining.

Aromas are kind of faint but get the typical pine and tropical and citrus fruits. Smells as if it's going to be dry. Bit of zest and earthy-ness. In the taste, it starts off with pine and earthy-ness. Then a sweet, caramely, nectary juice. Dank pine hops all throughout. Definitely in a good way. It's got a low malt body and got a crisp dryness in the finish. Almost got a saison-quality to it.

170 theoretical IBU?? Tastes like half that. 8.2 abv? Could pass as a single IPA. Fantastic DIPA. Very dangerously drinkable. I can only assume fresh from tap would make this unworldly.

Rollzroyce21, Jul 13, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey. Served out of a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a 1 finger fluffy white head with very good retention. Beer is cloudy, dull yellow. Stringy lace that really sticks around. Clarity hurts a bit but this is still a great looking beer.

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap, papaya. Very pulpy and aromatic. Real dank hoppiness resides in this one. Par for the course for Hill Farmstead beers... that is, amazing!

Bitter pine, tropical fruit, dank hop bitterness and pulp. Nice malt body lingers in the back with a sappy finish. Pine hop bitter aftertaste. Great complexity and balance here.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and smooth and quenching going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Can't believe this is 8.2%. Drinks like its 5% or lower.

Shaun Hill may be the king of hoppy beers and he proves it yet again with this creation. An amazing beer worth moving high and hell water to try!

SpeedwayJim, Sep 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of JohnParadee
4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Schnikies!!! Had no idea what I was walking into here, but SHAZAM! was I pleasantly impressed. Poured from tap into a tulip glass at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, Vermont. Deep orange/amber color and expected cloudiness. On the nose, the scent of citrus pine was easily overwhelmed by grapefruit/orange scents. On the palate, hops assert and the malts were nicely subdued. On the palate, the theme repeats itself, with a nice, clean hoppy burn on the end. The mouthfeel is more than drenching full/substantial. I think I like this well-crafted monster (dare I say it) better than the infamous Heady Topper of similar profile. All in all, a remarkably fabulous experience!

JohnParadee, Feb 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

bostonryan, Jun 12, 2012
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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