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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npolachek from New York

4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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5toutman75 from Illinois

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

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
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Bostonchap from Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
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a_andersen from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can. Failed to capture the date but I believe from a fall/early winter release. As always, a delicious beer... although this particular can was a bit murky relative to its peers. Still, appearance didn't impact taste... floral, citrus fruits, not juicy. One of my favorite beers.

Jan 29, 2021
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OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: proper hazy yellow with slight opaqueness

S: citrusy with a slight sweetness which is the only telling of the malt

T: juicy on the front of your tongue with slight stone fruit, while the hop bitterness shines through at the same time. Perfect meld of old school and new age hop usage.

M: Properly crisp and smooth, but like a lot of HF I get a phlegmy feel which keeps the flavor and I love for beers like this

O: This is an exceptional beer that makes me disappointed I have to drink other NE IPAs that are not Hill Farmstead. I would gladly drink this daily. This actually got better when paired with food too.

Jan 01, 2021
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hops_for_thought from New York

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

Poured from a can (08Dec2020) into a Teku

L: pours an opaque not creamy darker yellow orange with a very thick and dense white head. Slowly fades leaving very chunky lacing, nice foam on top of the beer ~30 minutes post pour

S: great fruit-forward note with piney hop bitterness to match. Avoids being overly sweet despite the quite tropical aroma, mix of mango/peach/melon with that more west coast piney bitterness adding some complexity

T: follows the nose well, with a mix of tropical flavors with a slightly piney/citrusy bitterness. Get that mango/peach/melon flavor from the nose, fully and slightly sweet but far from cloying. That bitterness follows quickly and carries through the medium/long finish. It’s just so easy to follow one sip with the next it’s amazing - doesn’t get old, feel heavy, get sweet

F: medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, very easy to drink

O: amazing DIPA, reminds me of the waves of flavor and easy drinking nature of HT (with less bitterness, of course)

Dec 21, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

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

2020 can poured into a snifter. Wonderfully juicy aroma and flavor. Soft enough mouthfeel. It is a great beer experience when hype and reality dance in harmony.

Sep 09, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I tend to be the kind of person who ends up underwhelmed by the beers that end up on the top 250 list ... especially when they're IPAs. But every once in a while, I try one that not only completely lives up to the hype, but surpasses it - Abner is one of those beers.

Pours a cloudy, opaque, but bright orange color. Three finger frothy white head slowly dissipates leaving just a splotch of foam on top of the beer with a ring of white foam along the outside of the beer. Sparse white lacing coats the glass as the beer is consumed.

The aroma on this is incredible. Sweet and fruity without being too "juicy". Undertones of dried pine needles and grassy hops peep between notes of orange, tangerine, peach and mango.

The taste follows the nose with notes of sweet orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple given way to a mild piney bitterness on the finish. There is a certain sweetness to it, but its very mild and balanced. The bitterness on the back end, kind of build on itself resulting in an overarching lingering bitterness on the palate.

Feel is pretty light for a DIPA, Very smooth with bright, vibrant carbonation.

Overall an absolutely stellar DIPA and worthy of its hyped billing.

Sep 07, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

A beautiful hazy golden orange color, the head is nearly perfect - a pearl white color, really dense and foamy, it literally creates a lace wall down the glass. Never seen anything like it.

The nose is dank tropical aromas, especially grapefruit, pineapple, mango - and also some pine. Wow. I didn’t see that coming.

The grapefruit is prominent on the taste, and it has a candied element that is absolutely magnificent. There’s also pineapple, mango, and the aforementioned pine. Perfectly balanced, with no hint whatsoever of the 8% ABV, this is an example of a brewery confident in their prowess with hops.

The mouthfeel is really dry and substantial, as expected. What a treat this beer is. If you look in the “IPA Hall Of Fame,” this beer is one of the original inductees, IMHO.

Sep 05, 2020
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Original_Gravity from California

4.44/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly excited to finally get to try this legend!

Poured from 16oz can into stemless tulip. Straw colored, slightly transparent haze. Slight dank bitterness with undertones of stone/tropical fruit on the nose. Taste/mouthfeel are soft on the front of the palate - goes down with just a bit of a bite of bitterness. Somewhat juicy.

Overall - this one didn't disappoint! The softness/juiciness backed by the slight bitterness is the perfect marriage of east coast/west coast styles.

Sep 04, 2020
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SonnyHenry from California

4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Straw w/ a little bit of burnt amber in hanging around

S: Grapefruit, pineapple and a little bit wet fire wood

T: Orange / Grapefruit pith. Assertive bitterness but not overpowering

F: Chewy up front but finish really dry; my favorite part of this beer.

O: A beautiful beer with layers of complexity. With that, and call me crazy, I prefer Nelson Pale

Sep 02, 2020
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour like most cloudier ipas but it isn’t murky at all, which is nice. Has a lingering opaque head, no lacing but that could be the pour since this beer usually has some nice lacing. Smell is fruit, mainly citrus lemon and orange to me. Taste follows same, sweeter citrus tangerine, Clementine, sweeter orange (cara cara, if you haven’t tried one do it you’ll thank me.) It finishes with a grapefruit bite. What separates this beer from other hazy beers is that it is not thick and cloying or heavy at all. It finishes pretty dry too and has a soft bitterness that is very pleasant and goes well with it. Glad I get to drink this guy once a year, always an enjoyable experience.

Aug 28, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 4 days ago and poured into a pint glass (only "beer" glass available at time of pour). Pours a glowing, hazy orange / yellow. Modest head that leaves behind some nice, thin lacing. Aroma comes off the beer in waves of tropical, hoppy goodness. Taste is a nice combination of citrus & tropical notes, but with just the right balance of hops and a tiny bit of bite. Medium carbonation and a medium to medium full mouth feel. Overall, while I'm not a huge IPA fan in general, I have to admit this is a great beer.

Aug 22, 2020
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Rristow from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from can. Pours a hazy gold. Huge citrus and fruity aroma. Taste is a tons of citrus but not a juice bomb. You get some bitterness but not overly bitter. Just a perfect balanced hazy ipa.

Aug 22, 2020
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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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