Abner | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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 rpstevens
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler procured for me yesterday by jammalamma into a DFH shaped pint. The beer pours a hazy cloudy orange with a one finger bone white head. The head fades to a ring, leaving foamy, oily, resinous lacing.

The smell is awesome. Sharp grapefruit, lemon rind, pine and mango. There is some candied sweetness buried way down deep, but it's completely overrun by juicy hops.

The smell follows the hoppy nose lockstep. Loads of citrus fruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and lemon rind lead the charge. There's a slight break from the hop onslaught from some candied sugar sweetness, but it's quickly buried by the tangerine flavors followed by orange peel and pine bitterness. This is hops balanced by different hops and followed by more hops, and I like it.

This one has a nice medium body and is well carbonated. It has a great dry/bitter finish that invites further drinking, the alcohol is never present and I'm definitely going to finish this growler alone.

This is an awesome DIPA and I think it's the beer that has cemented Hill Farmstead as my favorite brewery.

**Edit. After having this on draft several times at the anniversary party I believe this is the best DIPA available.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy medium orange color with a modest bone white head that leaves a light sticky lacing on the glass.

A big aroma, bursting with grapefruit, a bit of lemon and lots of pine. Even the empty growler smells good.

Big citrusy hops taste, blending with resiny hops leading to a very pleasant bitter finish. Malt sweetness is present just to the extent of balancing but not detracting from the hops.

Juicy, smooth and round mouthfeel with good carbonation. A bit of mild peppery character, but not at all detracting from the flavors.

This beer has very well integrated flavors that seem to take turns vying for attention. It is one of the most drinkable beers at this abv I have ever experienced.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL courtesy of Jim. Awesome.

A: Beautiful golden color with a thin ring of head. Some legs on the glass. Nice.

N: Surprisingly light nose. Tends toward the earthy with a hint of grapefruit. Plenty of crystallized sugar. Mandarin oranges in syrup. Pineapple starts to show through as this warms. Some onion and garlic.

T: Quite bitter with just enough malt to balance. Hops are well showcased and earthy. Light touch here leads to a cavalcade of flavors. Some minerality, artesian water in here.

M: Very dry to the point it almost feels like the body disappears.

O: As good as advertised. Definitely a beer that showcases the best of the style. More kudos for Shaun Hill, I suppose.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served from a 750ml growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Hazy orange with one finger foamy white head with great lacing.

Smell- Peaches and tangerines for days. There's some strawberry and pineapple mixed with grass and pine. Floral and fruity with a decent malt backbone.

Taste- Peaches, pineapple, green grapes, nectarines, pears, fresh cut grass and spruce, mango, etc. Very fruit forward with a nice bitter piney finish. No real malt here, but the sweetness of the fruits makes up for it. Finish is bitter and dry. Absolutely no hint of booze.

Mouthfeel- Medium full bodied with firm viscosity and high carbonation. No booze heat. Pretty much perfect IIPA mouthfeel.

Overall- Pretty incredible. Can't believe how long it took me to try this, but I'm glad I finally get to!

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Photo of BeerZack
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy pale orage color with decent white head that laces a bit. Aroma on this thing is killer! Smelled it once and started giggling it made me so happy, orange and ruby red grapefruit juice with hints of pine. Flavorwise, it's everything the nose leads with plus an added strong earthy hop punch. The earthiness starts to come out in the nose at it warms as well. It can be described as a bit garlicy. I get a bit of that sauteed onion and garlic with fresh herbs type of impression right after the initial citrus juice impression, but it fades on the finish. Super smooth bitterness here, very drinkable 8% IPA!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - cloudy pale golden in color like a hazy sun on a hot day. 3 fingers worth of pearly white foam bubbles up quickly.

S - nose is earthy/herbal and juicy/fruity. Freshly juiced oranges. Tangerines. Grapefruit. Sticky pine needles. Freshly Pollenated flowers.

T - if i had to sum it up in one word. Grapefruit juice. But since i can expand... Crisp and cracker-y malt profile. Grapefruit rind dominates. Lemon zest. Green leafy herbs. Lots of pine. More tropical fruits on the backend. Tangerine with a touch of guava.

M - lighter side of medium bodied. Texture is smooth yet watery. Very resinous on the palate. To be objective a bit astringent but i did not find it to be detracting.

O - an exemplary double ipa. A massive hop bomb yet it just calls to be quaffed dispite its high alcohol content.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Signature HF look. Hazed. An awesome looking DIPA.
Smell - A very pungent/aromatic nose on this one. Tons of grapefruit, pine, some citrus, some peach. A great smelling beer no doubt about it.
Taste - Follows the nose well. Tons of ruby red grapefruit, pine/pithy type bitterness, hints of tropical fruits, some peach, citrus

Overall - Absolutely killer. World Class. Very deserving of it's spot as one of the best DIPA's in the world.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this was an amazing Double IPA... it has great color too it- the smell is tropical and citrus.. the taste is so clean. I love a little bit more huge hop presence for me.. but if you like smooth this is it... awesome beer

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Photo of suspect
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a HF growler into a Founders Snifter. Thanks to mightyatom for the hookup.

A: Hazy pale golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick 2 finger head that fades slowly leaving sticky thick white lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: HUGE grapefruit bomb. Hop-forward for sure with a monster malt bill hiding nicely behind.

T: Again, big grapefruit forward brew. Booze shines through the taste a little but not much.

M: Smooth, silky finish. Not oily, doesn't kill the palate.

O: A good beer...a great beer. Absolutely wonderful. Top tier of the DIPAs.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 8/8/14 and poured into Belgian ale glass same day.

A) Cloudy amber, big head with good retention and lots of lacing.

S) Very floral up front, malts and some yeast in background.

T) This is all about the hops, very little of anything else. You get tropical and citrus flavors, lots of them.

M) Medium-bodied, light carbonation, very good balance, dry finish.

Definitely lives up to billing. Too bad the brewery is 625 miles away or I would be a frequent customer.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml growler into a plastic hotel cup.

A: pours a beautiful hazy golden with a finger of fluffy white head that dissapates nicley.... Tons of beautiful lacing, this is a beautiful beer.

S: hops hops hops, coming through like a tropical citrus blast, super fresh pineyness is mixed in there as well, this smells phenomenal.

T: does not dissapoint layer and layer of tropical citrus hops, along with some nice resinous pine... There is just the right amount if bitterness here to keep the beer from beig sweet. Loads of delicious hop flavor... Amazing balance.

M: great medium body with a nice, full lush mouthfeel, then dry and a bit bitter on the finish.

O: this may very well be my favorite dipa, it's right up there, if not better then the best... A phenomenal brew, so glad I had the opportunity to visit these guys and grab these awesome growlers.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Hawthorne's in PA.

A yellow, slightly orange body, kind of hazy, a few bubbles on top.

Citrusy hop notes all over the place, maybe some pine notes and a really dank hoppy aroma mixed in. Some sweetness also comes through.

Wow, what a great flavor. Big bitter notes, orange peel with a fairly big malt backbone to give a nice pale malt flavor. With that said this isn't very balanced a big nice bitterness with really nice citrusy notes. medium bodied with very little carbonation. I am guessing the long journey is what caused the light carbonation so I can't really take away too much from it.

Overall a fantastic beer. Really nice hoppy flavor and aroma. If only the carbonation was present like it should be. I gotta try this and other Hill Farmstead IPA's. I could see this being my top rated DIPA if I could try it again.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the source, 1 week old. Looks like other Hill hoppy beers I've had. Opaque, sort of orangeish deep honey. One finger white head. Not much if any lacing. The aroma is so complex. Pine, citrus, dank wet hops, almost earthy dirty grit. Very green hop aroma. Pretty insanely complex flavour to match the complex aroma. Citrusy, pithy, and well yes bitter. Abner is a little dank. The biggening is all hops, then you get some malty quality. There is certainly a little crystal malt in here adding a hint of sweetness to balance the hop assault. On my palate this beer is full, juicy from the hops, and well rather good. Could be a hint more dry. Overall this is a tad sweet for me, but that is the only thing I could possible say to take away from how awesome this beer is. Balance, huge hops, great balance, top notch.

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

Poured from a 750ml swing top growler into my new HT glass.
HUGE thank you to franklinn, my secret santa in the LNBA SS BIF for sending this!

Pour: Abner is one beautiful DIPA pouring a murky orange yellow straw color with a billowing soft white head of at least 2 to 3 fingers. Light struggles to penetrate but there is an obvious glow behind the glass when held to the light. Head settles slowly and leaves a ridiculous amount of lacing behind. The head is sticking to the glass and simply not moving. Spectacular!

Smell: Just a wonderful pine hop aroma with citrus (tangerine, orange, grapefruit). Some floral hop and a slight yeast. I am picking out some peach and a touch of grass.
The nose is also spectacular!

Taste: Follows the nose with pine bitterness up front and then the citrus comes through. The orange, pineapple, and grapefruit are integrated perfectly here. I am getting a somewhat sticky sweetness in here too and really liking it!

Mouthfeel: This is simply too drinkable because it is to the point of being dangerous. So smooth and creamy for a DIPA that the alcohol is non detectable. There is bitterness but not over the top so it makes it one hell of a drinkable beer.

Overall: Well to be honest I am in FFF territory and so used to their hop profile that I often told myself they are hard to beat. Well this is right up there if not better than any FFF offering. Heady Topper I had the pleasure of enjoying once and loved that but let me tell you this is just as good, IMO!

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Photo of jhavs
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock Vermont into their snifter glasses. 12oz pour.

A= This beer is orange, best way to describe the color. It has a nice level of haziness, still allowing light through. A bit of actively rising carbonation creating a thick pure white head. The lacing is very sticky.

S= I get hoppy pine and earth flavors up front with citrus in the background. The citrus seems mostly grapefruit rind, but pink grapefruit that has a bit of sweetness.

T= Smooth and tasty hop layers, nothing overpowers the other. Pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, some resinous in the background.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, a bit syrupy.

O= Nothing that is a noticeable negative. This may be my new favorite from Hill Farmstead (previously Double Citra). Perfect balance of hop flavor, malt backing, and bitterness.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Hazy with a light orange glow. Soft billowy white head--similar to most HF ales.
S: Very nuanced smell until the beer warms a bit, then it's an explosion of citrus fruits.
T: Taste follows the smell. Very delicious citrus fruits, with a gentile pine bite.
F: Incredibly soft and way to easy to drink. Perfect carbonation and no booziness.
O: This is just an amazing beer. I don't think I can add much that hasn't already been said about this beer or the brewery.

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Photo of dank203
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%

This beer is exquisite, the hop flavors are so powerful yet blended and refined. It develops over the minutes that it spends in the glass. More flavors come out as I drink it. Definitely an IPA experience like none I've had before. I can't really think of any that are better than this right now

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

Growler purchased by TauroE and brought to CT. One of the best beers, it ranks a perfect score easily

Appearance is golden with small head
Smells of predominantly pine, citrus and then a hint of pinecone
Tastes less bitter than heady with all the taste/mouthfeel
Limited biscuit
Outstanding on all metrics and a easy must buy and seek out whenever possible

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

White frothy head on top of a caramel body.

A huge hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit and a dank simcoe/chinook combo hits your nose.

A polished balance between bitterness and flavor. Dank and hoppy with a tropical fruit finish. Citrus and grapefruit all over. Bitterness lingers just long enough until you take another sip. A little more bitter than most west coast heavy hitters but think this is where Abner excels and stands out from the pack. This beer is damn near perfect.

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Photo of Mineo
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange. Aroma of dank hops and biscuits. Mouthfeel perfect; crisp and refreshing. Taste is piney hops with a wonderful malt backing -- present but not overly cloying. It's certainly not the most bitter or hoppy-tasting DIPA, but its impeccable balance puts Abner up there with the best.

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Photo of Brez07
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler filled last weekend at the brewery's anniversary. Thanks to Sean (drazzamatazz) for the hook-up. Poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: The beer pours hazy, burnt orange in color. Nice thick 2 finger white head. Kinda thought it would have better retention based on that, but it dwindled to a frothy layer within a minute. Scattered spotted lacing

S: Dominated by citrus but has some nice accompanying minor notes. Grapefruit, tangerine and pine all greet you initially. Some flower mixed in. Also a touch of grass/lemongrass

T: Tastes a lot different then it smells. Starts with a light pine and some bitterness from this. Rather earthy in the middle. Some floral and grapefruit linger in the background. Fairly hoppy, but not the big citrus flavor I was expecting

M: Medium bodied. Soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is there but light for the style. Could be the format. Certainly doesn't distract too much though

D: Drank the shit out of this beer. Potentially dangerous at 8.2%. Don't expect to have this much given the limit distribution of Hill Farmstead but I would order whenever given the chance

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Photo of nesarebad
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Abner - 750 ml swing-top growler filled at HF two days ago. Poured in to my Hill Farmstead custom made glass. Got this on my trip up to Vermont to sample the wonderful beer that has come out of Vermont's booming beer scene.

A - Pours murky and cloudy with hues of amber and orange. Voluminous frothy two finger head. This is not a filtered beer and will not be losing any points for that. This is what a hoppy pale ale should look like - stunning.

S - What can be said about something that is near perfection. Juicy, punchy, dank, and substantial. The aroma of this beer hits all the right hop notes - pine, citrus, and herbal. A harmonious blend that tempts you to dive right in.

T - The promise on the nose is upheld in the taste. A harmonious(using this word again) blend of all the right hop notes. The C-hops are front and center here, but at just the right blend. A citrus punch if I have ever had one in a beer, and that is right not wrong. You get a tight juicy delivery that is just so...legit. This beer is delivering on all accounts for me.

M - Smooth and slightly effervescent. This drinks well for a 'double' pale ale. You could drink this all night, but it would begin to pack a punch after your 2nd or 3rd beer. Nothing harsh, nothing over the top.

O - Hill Farmstead prides themselves on making hop forward pale ales, and this is a shining example of their craft. Not like many of the Imperial IPA's you see out there that seem to have either bitterness or sweetness turned up to ten. As they classify this as an Imperial Pale Ale, I see this designation most fitting. You get the best of a nice clean pale ale with the best of a Imperial IPA showing off its hop muscles. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone as this is a beer that transcends all tastes. Impeccable...

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

Freshly filled growler at Hill Farmstead, enjoyed that evening in a snifter glass.
Pours a hazy medium to light tangerine color.
The aroma is simply stunning. Perfection for a fruity/citrusy double IPA.
Tasted amazing, plenty of juicy mango/grapefruit hops.
Mouthfeel was nice, a bit light with thousands of tiny bubbles on my tongue.
Overall this beer is phenomenal and worthy of world-class designation.
Fantastic!

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Photo of alalvarez75
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

A - Darker orangish body with some haze that had a nice foamy head.

S - Citrus and floral hops.

T - Citrus and slightly tropical hop and sweetness notes. Sweet caramel malts in a nicely hopped beer.

M - Light to medium bodied with a nice dose of carbonation.

O - Easy to drink and tempting to drink more than one. It is one of the crisper DIPAs.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled on 7/22/15 at Hill Farmstead Brewery; drank in a tumbler glass on 7/25/15; my growler was labeled as an "Imperial Pale Ale", which is not technically the same as a Double IPA (or is it?). I went to the Hill Farmstead website and confirmed:
http://hillfarmstead.com/ancestral-series/abner-imperial-pale-ale.html

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.