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Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 1,273
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

03-06-2014 23:11:08 | More by Kirk
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

05-09-2014 00:56:46 | More by trevorpost
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jvillefan

California

4.6/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

04-13-2014 03:03:13 | More by jvillefan
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

03-19-2014 13:22:20 | More by DRBiser
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cadaugherty

Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 16:56:47 | More by cadaugherty
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

03-25-2013 02:24:07 | More by josephwa
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -13.8%

05-03-2014 20:23:54 | More by Rekrule
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

03-31-2014 13:19:43 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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brystmar

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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 :(

06-14-2012 01:54:00 | More by brystmar
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -3%

11-17-2013 19:47:47 | More by mikeburd1128
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

06-27-2014 15:32:49 | More by thebigredone
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BeerBucks

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

08-31-2012 02:27:08 | More by BeerBucks
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -5.2%

poured into a stemmed HF glass

pours a light golden yellow, hazy, thick fluffy head. nice lacing and retention.

complex citrus fruits. loads of tropical dankness with a slight hint of pine resin.

hop dominating. bitter citrus through out. sweet bitter grapefruit and tangerine sticking out the most. faint pale body hides as hops just showcase. very clean.

for a DIPA, a nice lighter body. not overly malty like some of the 10%+ DIPAs. very smooth and easy with a mild to moderate carbonation.

overall, really good.

06-08-2013 01:23:11 | More by hooliganlife
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

08-18-2012 11:10:23 | More by jmarsh123
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -11%

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.

09-18-2011 21:56:59 | More by kingcrowing
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anteater

Oregon

4.34/5  rDev -6.5%

08-28-2014 03:03:55 | More by anteater
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

11-14-2013 15:48:00 | More by CTJman
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.8%

06-12-2012 01:21:40 | More by bostonryan
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +0.9%

This brew was poured from a refillable 750mL Hill Farmstead bottle, filled at the brewery growler-style, into our Founders snifters. It glows a coppery golden orange, putting up a two finger head of creamy off white bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving thick honeycombed lacing around our glasses. A definite haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose is richly citric and resiny of hops, with pale and lightly metallic toast of grain, fresh apricot, pineapple, and nectarine fruitiness, and a floral honeysuckle air blowing across the top of it. With warmth the aromatics really start to flourish, giving enhanced hoppy bite and sweetness of grapefruity, floral, and softly earthy varietals, mineral-laden well water, mud, black pepper booziness, muscat grapes, graham cracker breadiness, fresh mint leaf, blackboard chalk, and fresh peppery vegetals. Our first impression is that the flavoring gives extraordinarily juicy and fruity hops, but with nice balancing bite from the harder water and zing of grain. As we sip, the taste begins with a strong interplay between starkly, but authentically, sweet nectarine, tangerine, and pineapple syrups, and the dominant power of grapefruit rind, hop, and stem. These are met and balanced by a menagerie of raw honey, white grape sweetness, sulfuric mineral, lemon rind, herbal and earthy leafiness, cooling vanillas, lactic creaminess, metallic yeast juiciness, and solidly pale grain. The middle comes to a peak with lemon and grapefruity hops, herbal and spicy malt undertones, ethanol, gravel, mineral water hardness, mango fruitiness, and floral clover sugars. The finish is awash with pale graininess, effectively cutting the hoppy onslaught, along with newspaper inkiness, bright yeastiness, chalk and graphite, shitake meatiness, mango, strawberry, and pineapple fruitiness, and sweet booziness, with more of an herbal hoppiness shining through the ashes of the former grapefruit gods. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of grapefruity rind, seed, and juice, sweetly of nectarine and white sugars, pale grain, ghostly wheat, gravel, distant bubblegum esters, planty sap and resins, bittering moss and musk, light amber maltiness, and sea saltiness. The body is medium to full, and carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives beautifully soft and creamy slurp, smack, froth, and glug. Finishing pop is nice and long. The mouth is left cooled and wetly coated, with eventually mild tannic astringency across the palate, and moderately robust pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks incredibly well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. While the nose gives a strong, balanced, juicy rendition of the liquid to come, the ultimate taste is astonishing from that first sip. The hops remain dripping wet, sweet, and juicy, but take on a curiously strong bitterness of grapefruity rind and citrics. The yeast works its way in giving bitterness, along with that harder well water that is so apparent, but seamlessly inclusive. The feel on the sip gives just about all you could ask for, with frothy brushes of creaminess and enough pucker to wake you up. This is a must have from Hill Farmstead, and well deserved of the reputation it has thus far attained.

06-30-2013 00:49:00 | More by TheBrewo
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

08-15-2014 16:58:50 | More by DIPAFAN
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +5.2%

Had this at Teresas, same night as the Sour Event.

Pours a cloudy orange, with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell isn't as strong as I expected. Definate citrus smell, fresh n fruity.

This beer shines in the mouth. Tastes like fresh, bitter hops. Awesome bitterness on the swallow.

Feels so good in the mouth. Creamy and on the thicker side. Nice fresh, oily hop presence. Fucking Awesome!

I love this beer, definately get it, try it, if you can!

10-01-2011 23:07:36 | More by DaveHack
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +7.8%

12-27-2011 17:55:47 | More by zekeman17
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LambicKing

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

12-05-2011 22:43:35 | More by LambicKing
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -3%

09-28-2013 04:42:13 | More by WillCarrera
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Paccamacca

California

4.5/5  rDev -3%

12-07-2013 16:22:10 | More by Paccamacca
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.