Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #8
Ranked #38
4.63 | pDev: 7.13%
Friday at 01:18 AM
May 13, 2010
Notes: 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.
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4.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Paul9656

Definitely a double. The alcohol flavor is produced more so than other hill farmstead beers. However the beer is truly a HF beer with the deep caramel hue and succinct crisp hoppiness that is so refined. Amazing beer but I prefer a lower alcohol beer.

Friday at 01:18 AM
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4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jngls from Germany

6 weeks old. Can to wine glass.

Look: Pours a golden-brownish orange with a pillowy white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a good amount of lacing. Floaters all over the place.

Smell: Piney, resiny, somehow woody and slightly smoky. Also sweeter notes of melon and gummy bears.

Taste: Less intense, more balanced, but all the notes which can be smelled can also be tasted. Resiny body with notes of sweet melon and burnt caramel, and something woody and smoky popping up here and there. Medium sweetness followed by an intensely bitter finish.

Feel: Clean and full at the same time. Medium carbonation. Quite crushable.

Overall: Very complex west coast style IIPA that combines a typical piney and woody body with different kinds of sweetness. Some unexpected notes (smoke, gummy bears) are also in the mix, but everything fits in seamlessly. I‘d definitely locate this one somewhere close to Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder. Great beer that once again demonstrates the versatility of Hill Farmstead brewing high quality stuff from different styles.

May 04, 2022
4.5 by Affinity from Missouri on Apr 30, 2022
4.53 by timmy2b from New York on Apr 17, 2022
4.6 by Adamostella from Washington on Apr 15, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

Draft at Armsby Abbey

Well damn, my first Hill Farmstead beer and it’s the 35th highest rated beer on BA! I know they’re more known for their Saisons, but I’m very happy to try this

Pours a hazy orange gold with 2 fingers of creamy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves nice lacing

For the style, this isn’t super juicy in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of the overripe melon, lemon zest, bready malt, light caramel, peppery hops, fresh grass, and grapefruit rind

It’s a little more aggressive in taste but still feels more rustic than juicy and fruity. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting lemon zest, crackery malt, tangerine, overripe melon, weedy hops, and light caramel. The swallow brings notes of grapefruit zest, orange juice, bready malt, peppery hops, fresh grass, and light tangerine

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a zesty yet creamy beer. Finishes mostly dry and very balanced

Holy shit, this is a great beer. Super unique for the style and so drinkable especially for the abv. I need more

Apr 06, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beers-es from Virginia

Had on tap. Pours a mostly clear light orange. Nice white head leaves a solid lace curtain. Smell and taste are fruity, with a little pine. Just an extremely well-crafted IIPA. Excellent.

Apr 06, 2022
4.65 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Apr 05, 2022
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3.55/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Thanks to Roy_Hobbs for this one, from his massive NBS BIF # 15 hit. 16oz can (dated 8/18/20) poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a solid medium-dark orange color with a bit more than a half-inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

A big blast of hops popped out of the can upon opening. Some citrus-orange scents, and some light frootiness. Very low grain presence.

Fairly similar on the tongue, with a bit of alcohol presence as well.

The body was fairly typical for the style, smooth and light.

Drinkability was good, especially sine the alcohol seemed to fade out a bit as it spent some time in the glass.

Overall, even though almost certainly faded, this still a really nice beer. Would like to try it fresh some time. Worth grabbing if you see it.

Apr 05, 2022
4.4 by Dgman8053 from New York on Mar 30, 2022
4.63 by LennyDercolo from Massachusetts on Mar 29, 2022
4.25 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Mar 25, 2022
5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 24, 2022
5 by cj8311 from Maryland on Feb 08, 2022
5 by Johng19751 from Indiana on Jan 21, 2022
5 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 19, 2022
4.21 by Piffler from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2021
4.51 by JAWS from New York on Nov 28, 2021
4.36 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

can into glass
Bought at brewery, canned 12 days prior.
Brief, white head. Cloudy, medium orange, with a bit of amber on the side of the glass. Candied tangelo peel, mango, a touch of allspice and light caramelized malt, makes up the aroma. First ⅔ of taste is very good, with a candied tangerine peel, some mango and off-dry ( a wine term for nearly a complete lack of sweetness ), medium toasted, caramelized malts. As soon as these flavors fade, a sharp tangerine peel bite comes in and crowds out all else, for a long finish.

Nov 13, 2021
4.25 by IanX from New York on Nov 05, 2021
4.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Oct 15, 2021
4.89 by Jkolls from Ohio on Sep 20, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer was bright yellow in color with a bubbly white head that left generous lacing.

Smell - The nose was a bouquet of fresh lemons surrounded by dankness.

Taste - Initially, fresh but dry lemons led the profile. There was just a touch of sweetness like the East Coast style, but it was not liquid candy. The dankness really came through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The body was nicely thick with an almost gritty body. Carbonation somehow survived the viscosity.

Overall - This is a great IPA, but I have had better.

Aug 29, 2021
4.33 by DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri on Aug 28, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bret27 from California

Can fresh from brewery.
Similar to heady topper but better.

Aug 20, 2021
4.75 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts on Jul 26, 2021
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4.81/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by npolachek from New York

The best of the Hill Farmstead IPAs in My opinion. Smooth and bitter and the same time and a very delicate balance. Nose of citrus and color is like fruit juice.

Jul 08, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by pkalix from California


Jun 25, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.42 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania on Jun 15, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

Canned 5/11/21
Consumed 6/2/21

It says to drink by 6/8/21, so is this almost old?! Either way, it’s still fantastic. It looks, smells, and feels world class. It’s one of the best balanced IPAs I’ve had in a really long time. I would have guessed this is a 6.5% abv and not 8.2%. I love the bitterness throughout. Not West Coast style, but East Coast hazy like. I’m so happy to try this guy and will drink my remaining cans before they’re officially old!

Jun 03, 2021
4.73 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Jun 03, 2021
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4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Bostonchap from Massachusetts

I couldn’t be more lucky than to have fantastic neighbors willing to share a can of Hill F Abner. This was my first and right off the bat its smooth. Dare
I say there’s a creamy vanilla hint? The aroma is the classic fruity NE ipa. Is this really a dipa? Could not tell.

May 24, 2021
4.5 by akk14 from Illinois on May 23, 2021
4.44 by Jimmylikesbeer from Michigan on May 17, 2021
4.5 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on May 15, 2021
4.61 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by grahamp33 from Indiana

The best NEIPA I’ve had

Feb 18, 2021
4.89 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Feb 12, 2021
Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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