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Abner | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24
Reviews:
393
Ratings:
2,680
pDev:
7.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,680 |  Reviews: 393
Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to Jonathan for picking these up from the source less than a week ago and sharing with me. Growler into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded golden orange color. A rich silky froth of off-white to yellowish stained head sits atop with decent powers of retention. As the cap fades, it leaves a webbing pattern of lace sticking all over the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives the cap back to just shy of a finger's strength.

The aroma is herbal and grassy with a mild spicy to earthy yeast ester and a mild touch of solvent alcohol. There is a bit of some sulfur going on in this along with some cheesy grain and wheat aspects. At times, there is a touch of fruit and citrus hops that nearly get floral as well. As the brew warms up, it gets progressively more intense with the alcohol inclusion.

The taste has a slight amount of residual sugar that is faintly reminiscent of caramel. The sweetness is short-lived before a blast of herbal bitterness that is quite pulpy, resinous and bordering on pine-like. There is some catty elements to this similar to simcoe that mix with cheese flavoring that then gets dissolved by some solvent alcohol. The aftertaste while bitter and herbal includes a bit of straw flavoring just like the rest of the HF hoppy offerings I have tried.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is somewhat crisp but bold and aggressive with the bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable in this one but it integrates quite nicely. Of the hoppy HF offerings I have had lately, I give this one a slight edge over the others for having a bit more distinguishable character. But overall, the hoppy offerings from this brewery are so similar that I have no desire to seek them out anymore.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy golden-orange color with a nice finger's breadth of white head that retained well and left soapy lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice mix of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. Similarly, the taste is expectedly hop-driven, fresh citrus zest, mango, pine resin, overlaid on a biscuity malt base, some burnt caramel present, mild alcohol bites here and there. Medium body, and quite enjoyable for any hophead. Still, among my least favorite from HF.

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Photo of Jkirwan88
3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a growler provided by Sean into a perfect pint glass... The body is an ugly murky medium honey gold with a hint of orange. A tope head without much retention or lacing, weird looking... The aroma is light dank hops and pine with some herbal notes. A little boring, not a ton going on... The taste is better with more citrus notes coming through. The hops are pine and bitter, balanced... The mouthfeel is really nice, good heft and carbonation.... Easy to drink.

This is an above average dipa, I'd have again on tap.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A good big hoppiness. Foamy head on orange body, lacey. Fuller mouthfeel A wild yeast aroma, and some hops there in the smell. The second glass made the difference (and was a cleaner glass). Good mouthfeel for a DIPA. Citrus hoppy orange.On tap at the Prohibition Pig.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at As Is.
4.5/4.25/3.75/4.25/3.75
Lush finger of head and heavy lacing. The beer is a dark, unfiltered yellow. Promising.
It smells hoppy from a foot away. Up close, it's a bit more subtle and aromatic. Pine, moss, bread, jasmine.
It tastes rather plain, to my great disappointment. Well-carbonated, with a lemony-bitter bite up front. The maintaste is very earthy-herbal hops, very bitter, rather dry (though this is cut near the end). Aftertaste is pleasantly piney and reminiscent of the elder Pliny.
Would I drink this again? Sure. Would I seek it out or pay through the nose for it? I would not. I think it would benefit from some of the newer, fruitier hops HF sometimes uses.

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Photo of BerBen
3.98/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ApolloFreedman
3.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus nose, sweet finish, no bitterness. Surprisingly thin. Quaffable, but there are many better. Was expecting more.

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -13.6%

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 2,680 ratings
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