Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #9
Ranked #23
4.67 | pDev: 7.07%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shades of lemon and gold capped by a solid two fingers of eggshell white head that settles nicely leaving cave pattern drawings in its wake. Aromas of honeysuckle, pine, apricot flesh, pineapple, light malt, and lemon zest. Taste follows with piney notes up front, pineapple juice in the middle, a bit of orange peel on the back, as well as the slightest hints of peach. For the amount of hops used in this beer, they're integrated seamlessly. It coats the palate; soft up front, creamy in the middle, and finishes somewhat dry. I could drink this one all day long. Superb.

May 17, 2020
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IPA_Weather from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quarantine bonus! Armsby Abbey in Worcester selling growlers to go of this legend. Pours hazy dark orange. Creamy mouthfeel. Pine hits me first then subtle citrus. Fantastic dry DIPA.

Apr 28, 2020
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz draft pour at Churchkey in DC

Hops: Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Warrior

Well here it is. A legend of Vermont craft beer. A relic. I love Edward, and this seems to be the double IPA version of that beer. I consider it part of the first wave of NE style IPAs, along with Double Sunshine and Heady Topper. Hugely influential. A little darker than most made these days and look at those old school "C" hops! This would have blown my mind in 2012, but now it's merely a great beer of many around these days. I prefer HF's newer offerings, to be perfectly honest. But I'm a lucky son of a bitch to have tried this.

Sep 21, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaquely hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy, lumpy white head that displays good retention and clings in ridges.

The medium full body has a firm carbonation that brings a not unwelcome but decidedly stronger than usual bitterness of citrus rinds, also accompanied by some mild booze. In a way it's still well balanced, particularly by some herbal dankness and a little white pepper, but still, this is the most syrupy, woody and resiny IPA I've had by Hill. Just before the semi-dry finish, some mango, Cuties and pear characteristics surface.

It's solid, to be sure, but not even close to my favorite Hill IPA. That this is the highest Hill beer on the Top 250 is beyond me.

Sep 09, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a growler filled the same day (Aug 10). Opaque and deep. Medium-bodied for an NEIPA and pungent in a piney/musky sort of way. Tasted like the apotheosis of the style. This is special.

Aug 12, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excited to try this. Expectations high given its reputation. On tap at BeerShop, NYC.
Pours a hazy orange color with a thumbnail length frothy head. It is juicy looking and inviting.
A medley of tropical, citrus and stone fruit opens the aroma. In addition, there is a touch of dank and herbal aromas evoking resin, floral sweetness and a touch of onion. The malt aroma is bready with a hint of honey and caramel sweetness.
Juicy flavors all the way redolent of all kinds of fruit. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit rind, orange peel, tangerine, peach pit, and mango. There is a developing bitterness that adds balance, along with herbal and spicy hops flavors. Notes of floral hops, pine, grass, onion. There is a mild and clean alcohol spice at times. The malt profile, although mostly secondary to the hops dominance, nevertheless has notes of biscuit and honey.
Medium bodied, moderately crisp and a carbonation that is on par. A dry and resiny finish yields a lingering bitterness.
It was a delicious pleasure drinking this one. It was like a hops explosion in the mouth that represented a bouquet of complex flavors. One of the best.

Apr 15, 2019
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folkstar from Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this in a dark bar so hard to get a good read on the appearance. Faint (very faint) notes of grass/earth and citrus rind on the nose, would expect more aromas from a HF IPA

Taste is somewhat muted, a little grapefruit bitterness, a little pine and not much else. Not as juicy or expressive as society and solitude offerings

Feel is effervescent and light, good carb, doesn’t coat the mouth despite its abv

Overall— good , and glad I tried this but prefer other HF hoppy offerings

Apr 14, 2019
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WaffleNugget from Vermont

4.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Beautiful deep cloudy orange with 1 inch of frothy white head. Poured into a tulip glass from a growler, filled @HF the day before.

S: Tropical fruit, but very ripe tropical fruit. I smell guava and passionfruit and mango in there. Very crisp aroma.

T: A very hoppy and hazy DIPA. Mouth-wateringly good. Lots of the same flavor notes in the aroma translate to the taste - mango, ripe navel orange. Towards the end, a bit of a citrus rind and some pine. Just fantastic though - really well balanced and just so clean for a beer of 8%

F: Moderate amount of carbonation, extremely luscious. Definitely made me salivate!

O: This is a really fantastic double from HF. It is one of their most common beers and although I have tried a whole variety of their offerings over the years, have never had this one. This is just spectacular - likely my favorite Pale Ale from them and is just a step above all of the other doubles in the VT area at the moment (in my opinion, at least). The aroma of this is very very pleasant and you can go through several glasses without skipping a beat. If you see it, get it!

Apr 08, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill dated February 2019 - very fresh. Beer doesn't appear to have settled at all - no floaties, no hop residue, no yeast. Lightly hazy in appearance, a bit gold around the edges, beautiful orange otherwise. Smells terrific - hoppy and citrusy.

Taste notes include a bit of melon and lots of citrus. It's a very full taste experience that hits all over your tongue. Consistency isn't quite so thick as I'd expected, but it's certainly not thin.

Finish is ever so slightly dry and very clean. It's a terrific, refreshing drinking experience - I'd love to drink this beer all of the time. The ABV isn't very easy to discern - this could get quite dangerous.

Fantastic beer. Thank you to nichols33 for the growler!

Mar 03, 2019
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Bazarbeerguy from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Abner is perfectly balanced and not a pure juice bomb. The nose is pineapple and pine. The taste is less citrus and maybe more pine. The finish is clean but not crisp, a bit of a sweetness. Overall an exceptional NEIPA.

Feb 18, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Whetstone Station, Brattleboro.

L -- Lovely opaque orange body with a scant half finger of white head. Fairly quickly dissipating, but a sudsy layer remains
S -- Very pungent, raw citrus. Orange flesh, yellow grapefruit, tangerine, Clementine. Minimal tropical character, which is kinda nice given recent NEIPA trends. Also getting a good amount of pale malt, which gives the citrus aromas a sherbert-like character
T -- All the citrus character carries over from the aromas, but is a little more zesty and pithy. Also getting some lemon zest, creamy maltiness, and pine
F -- Wonderfully soft and fluffy, especially given the ABV. Lingering oily hop bite reminds you this is an intensely hopped DIPA
O -- An artful, masterfully crafted DIPA with understandable hype. Almost 10 years after release and this still stands amongst the best. Incredible what they can coax out of the old-school hop lineup they use


EDIT (2/18/19):
Had on tap at The Mad Taco in Waitsfield, VT (highly recommend, directly across street from Lawson's). A little less impressive than I recalled, but not by much. This time around seemed a little more bitter and the mouthfeel was a little more prickly and less fluffy. Could have just been the glass it was served in, though


Sep 26, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

02/2014 - Huge grapefruit, some caramel, orange rind on the nose; great bitterness, floral, strong punch of pine, orange rind, and grapefruit; superb body that blows many stouts out of the water; the finish is dry, bitter, yet flavorful and balanced!

Sep 25, 2018
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benjaminsa from Vermont

4.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After a hard day working, this is an amazing treat! Everyone knows how good this stuff is, and I’m equally impressed as everyone! One of HF’s best!

Sep 17, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is absolutely amazing. So refined compared to a lot of dipas.
Very complex with a great citrus theme with a lot of tropical undertones and a great malt and yeasty backbone

Aug 26, 2018
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap and brought two 750ml growlers home.
A: pours a hazy golden wheat color, carbonation, nice subtle stringy lacing, frothy + 1 finger brilliant white fine bubbly foam head
S: sweet tropical fruit, mango, papaya, citrus, tangerine, malt, fresh grass
M: medium body, smooth on the tongue, juicy, creamy
T: soft and pillowy, tropical fruits, citrus, mango, guava, passionfruit, slight earthy pine resin, hops are present but subtle, very minor bitterness, mineral notes in the finish, I'm going to guess the water is hard (alkaline)
O: solid DIPA, creamy, amazing how the hop fruit flavors are very present yet very minor bitterness,

Jun 16, 2018
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Eldyr from Texas

4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I've had this one but I remember a hazy and enjoyable IPA from the NE. I don't think it was as fresh as I would have liked it but I was in Texas and can't complain.

May 04, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to Satchboogie for this brew, again.

750 ml Growler
BB: Feb 21 2018

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy pale yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, peach, apricot), nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, peach, apricot), nice diesel like. Medium Body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Addictive! Orange Julius! Thanks Kyle!

Mar 04, 2018
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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this one a few months ago on a month old growler and wasn't impressed. Decided to just rate now having it fresh. Same balance I get, nothing too tropical, not too citrusy, slight bitter finish. Loved it.

Feb 07, 2018
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daudelin2000 from Vermont

4.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got a chance to try this beer. I've had lots of other HF IPA's, but this one has escaped me, until now.

Pours an almost orange, tangerine color with a fairly small white head. Looks great. Aroma is more subdued than expected. I get mostly pine and grassiness. I was expecting more citrus, but I don't get much at all.

Taste follows the nose. Mostly pine and an earthy flavor. Not overwhelming flavor, but solid. Mouthfeel is great as always from HF. I would say the bitterness is higher than expected and I think it's masking the overall flavor.

Overall, this is a good IPA, but I was a little underwhelmed by it. Perhaps the hype train set my expectations too high.

Jan 27, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very cloudy with a brownish gold color. It looks like apricot juice except for the head, which is solid and lasting. Extensive spots and a few streaks for lace.

Strong grapefruit rind nose. Lots of sweet citrus fruit.

The flavor is not sweet like the smell led me to believe. The pale malt is predictable. The grapefruit is stronger and truer to the real thing than any other beer I've had. The body is just thicker than typical while the carbonation is low. The finish is mildly bitter but it lasts long after the swallow.

Dec 02, 2017
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FFreak from Vermont

4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler and consumed alongside barbecue salmon dinner. Cloudy pale orange color with a soft and frosty head that leaves a coating on the glass. Hoppy aromas including tropical and resin. Taste is delicious as expected with long lasting hops and a fair bit of bitterness on the finish. Mouth is just about right. Overall, a classic NE IPA.

Oct 23, 2017
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32oz growler into a tulip glass, one week after purchase. Appearance is hazy orange/brown and opaque with 2 finger thick head. Smell is a nice mixture of earthy hops and citrus (orange) with notes of honeysuckle, a touch of burnt sugar, and hay. I'm not surprised it is made with American hops.

Taste follows the nose with more citrus flavor coming through. Bitterness and sweetness are moderate too low. Mouthfeel is incredible: full in body and smooth yet drinkable (fairly low carbonation).

Overall, this is another amazing offering from Hill Farmstead that tastes like an Imperial, hoppier, and juicier version of Edward. There is a ton of flavor and body, but the balance is still on point. As expected, this is one of the best IPAs and worth seeking out.

Oct 21, 2017
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: golden orangish yellow with an inch creamy head
Smell: orange, pinneaple, grapefruit with hits of lemon zest and pine
Taste: hops bomb, orange and grapefruit are the most present fallowed by some grasses and a hint of pine.
Feel: semi dry, creamy mouth feel, medium body and carbonation
Overall: absolutely amazing beer, true hop bomb

Sep 02, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing top growler filled on 8/30 best by Sept 6th poured into a shaker pint.

A: Not much of a head just a small soapy wisp. Body is a murky tan and orange.

S: Lots of zest pineapple, grapefruit, light lemon and grass.

T: This beer has tons of juicy fruits pineapple, grass, light cantaloupe, a little honey and lemon.

M: Very juicy slight bit of alcohol body is medium lower carbonation.

O: Another amazing beer from Hill's the juicy hops just pop in this beer and it had none of that disgusting yeasty flavor that a lot of New England style IPAs get.

Sep 02, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a very hazy orange with a white head and lots of lacing
S - Aroma is not strong, perhaps some melon.
T - Flavor is apricot or melon, soft, no bitterness. Awesome.
M - Average mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Wow, an excellent beer, well balanced very drinkable

Aug 28, 2017
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