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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,872
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 1,427
Gots: 118 | 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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4/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Cheers to iLOVEbeer for the extra!
#1
- 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.

#2
- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Double Citra, Legitmacy, and Nelson Single Hop. Of the four, I ranked this one 1st. In fact, this is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. I will now often wonder when I'll get to have this off tap again...

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
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)

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of thebigredone
4.1/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steve for hooking me up with a 2L growler of this.

I'll skip to the review of taste, as the others all take care of aroma and appearance.

Taste - A little different than I was expecting based on the description and other reviews. To me, this beer had some citrus aspects, such as bitter grapefruit peel, but the flavor was mostly dominated by the pine. Not my favorite flavor profile.

Overall - This is a very solid DIPA, and I enjoyed it. However, I enjoyed a number of the other HF hoppy beers I've tried much more. It surprises me greatly that this is the highest rated of the bunch. Glad to have tried it, but certainly not one I would seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.09/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very happy to have a chance to try this finally.

Pours a nice hazy, light orange body. Loads of juicy tropical fruit, lots of sticky lacing on the sides and very orange forward in flavor, but leans toward the fresh sweet ones. Lip smacking, well done.

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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!

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.56/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

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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!

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4/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: A hazy yellow body with a thick pure white head.

S: Amazing. There is a huge citrus burst in the front end of the aroma. There is a nice mellow caramel/biscuit aroma lingering in the background.

T: A very well balanced IPA despite the 170 IBUs. There is huge citrus, pine, and grassy flavors mixed in the the caramel grains. Well balanced.

M: Thick and buttery body with great carbonation.

O: Amazing beer. Well worth the wait and hunt for this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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