Abner | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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

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2,469
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
19.87%
 
 
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Reviews: 365 | Ratings: 2,469
Photo of patre_tim
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy, yellow and lemony. Slightly see through when you hold it to the light. Topped with 3 fingers of lemon tinged, foamy white head. Amazingly fluffy lacing.

Smells of lemony, caramel, piney, citrusy, dankness. Sweet and floral, but tropical fruit present as well. Extreme balance. As it warms, vanilla and sugar emerge.

Wow. Sweet but citrusy, bitter, and grapefruit pith lingers on the tongue. Tropical fruit in a way that is subtle and bright.

Thick and juicy body, with a little sparkly carbonation. Amazingly smooth.

Got at Hill Farmstead today, Sept 28, 2016 in Greensboro, Vermont. Amazing, fantastic brew. The look, the smell, the taste, and the mouth feel all tie together flawlessly as though they are one frequency. Drinking near Ludlow, Vermont the same day I got it.

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Photo of eifster82
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Filled while at HF into 750 growler, opened 2 days later. Kept cold the since growler was filled.

Beautiful deep hazy Amber appearance. Nose has a lot of complexity which also comes in the taste: floral, citrus and mild pine taste. Full, flavorful sticky mouthfeel.

A high tier DIPA. But I still prefer the HF Society & Solitude #8 DIPA which I also had filled at HF into 2L growler and had back-to-back .

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Photo of wasatchback
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 350mlm growler at the brewery. Ended up waiting almost 10 days before popping the top. A great blend of pine/citrus/and resin. This was a nice change from the "juice bombs" everyone is brewing now. Look is a nice light orange with moderate haze, leaving lines the glass. HF just nails the body and mouthfeel. For a highly hopped 8.2% DIPA this beer comes off as almost delicate. Such an incredibly balanced beer. Malt flavor is just strong enough to provide backbone for all the hops. So smooth and easy to drink. Amazing execution of this style.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a tulip. Very smooth tasting double IPA with no alcohol presence. Well balanced citrus and pine flavors but by no means a standout IMO.

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Photo of hasher
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 growler filled two days ago. Light carbonation, light hazy. Has apricot flavor, smooth, juice like. Excellent beer. I wish I could get cans of this or lived closer.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Caveat - this is my first Hill Farmstead and drinking after a marathon, so very possible Schlitz would get a world-class rating right now.

This is an unbelievable DIPA. Some interesting things hung on. Initial taste says west coast style - done to perfection, but there is also something softer on the back end -- maybe pear?? Hop bitterness lingers. Aroma begs you to sit down and drink. Well worth the trip into Vermont farmland for this gem. Just hoping my other Hill acquisitions are half as good. In my opinion, earns the world-class hype

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Photo of fireazzi
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great double IPA from Hill Farmstead. very good, wish he would bottle some IPA's because these are great. Tasted smooth and light for a double. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AleFaceKilla
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on cask at the Prohibition pig, with dry hop Citra added. This was a great experience overall. Fantastic beer, dry hop was an added bonus. The environment was top notch.

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Photo of curtis6290
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker and clearer than I expected, but still knocks you off your chair. This is an intense brew with all of the qualities that you want and seek out.

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark orange. Slightly hazy. Low carb; little head retention.
Smell: Subtle citrus dominates. Grapefruit or blood orange. Rich overall.
Taste: Similar to the aromas. Very juicy. Slight pineapple-peach thing going on.
Feel: Rough bitter bite on the tongue throughout the drink.
Overall: Really delicious flavors and pleasing aromas.

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Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got to try my white whale ipa, and it was well worth it . Paired with some hot chicken at Hattie bs and good friends. Perfect example of what a hoppy beer should and can be .

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Photo of danh53
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one combines bitter grapefruit, soft peach, and earthy hops. Also has lemon and tangerine. Its sweet with pine notes, but its not too thick or syrupy. Mouth feel is medium and crisp. Its very refreshing. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at the brewery and consumed a few hours later. Hazy orange, cloudy, good head. Aroma is citrus and pine, lots of hops. Flavor is the same and the mouthfeel is interesting. Overall a tasty DIPA and the alcohol is quite well hidden.

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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 Zonk
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at District Social

Pours deep gold to orange with a moderate white head.

Big nose with lots of pine. On the plate it leans toward pine, resin, and lemon/grapefruit citrus. Malt is apparent but less so than other HF IPA's to me.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good but def not my fav offering from Hill Farmstead. Very good taste and doesn't drink like a imperial double, very smooth but I was a little let down.

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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 kkleu357
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Someone brought a growler over for a bottle share. I guess it is slightly old for a growler, going on 5 days. Still was great. Poured a hazy orangish straw color. Nice pine citrus aroma. Taste was slightly sweet, but finish very citrusy and pine. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mr_Moe
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank on tap at The Well in Brooklyn.

Appearance: Light red/ orange, and hazy. Big head, had a lot of lacing.

Smell: I was like smelling a perfect air freshener, lots of flower scents and citrus. Sweet fruits also like apricot or dried peaches.

Taste: tastes like a bitter version of the nose. I feel like I tasted mineral water , orange peel and flowers, maybe so honey dew followed by grapefruit at the end.

Mouth feel: I think was a strong medium body, it did coat my tongue.

Overall: I really enjoyed it. It was really juicy and flavorful in the beginning and then would have a bit of bitterness to balance it out. Really a perfectly complex ,extremely balanced beer! Very drinkable.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sent to me by vtambrose, tag says best by 12/1/2015, consumed 12/8/2015

32 ounce swingtop growler

Pop it off, very little noise from the pop, was expecting less carbonation to come thru. Full, beautiful white cream head comes up after the pour about 1 - 2 inches in my tulip. one of the most beautiful colors a beer can be - orange, hazy, a bit dark, exciting, mouth is watering
Taste = pale moderately toasty malt/biscuit/hints of caramel/huge citrus notes - not much grapefruit full fruit taste - attention to hop detail, warrior hops hit hard at the end, but not too stingy for the MF - mouthfeel is unbelievably resinous and smooth and beautiful.

One of the most beautiful beers I have ever had. These guys are amazing. Thanks to Darren again for this beer - looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from November 11th, 2015
Had on-tap@ Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT

Appearance - Hazy and golden orange in color with a foamy, half-finger width head. Great retention, eventually breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Remember that movie and/or show Alien Nation? How those aliens had crazy, intricate markings on their heads? That's how I'd describe the lacing on this puppy.

Smell - The aroma hits on notes of orange, grapefruit, pine and a bit of leafy/minty character.

Taste - Oh wow. Strong orange and a bit of grapefruit pith. Lesser notes of mango and a touch of banana peel. Some leafiness and a light, minty character is found along with moderate citrus pith in the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the lighter end of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. For as big as this is, it goes down incredibly smooth and easy.

Overall - I love unique brews, and I've never had a DIPA quite like this. It's kind of the Anti-Pliny. Whereas Pliny exhibits crisp, clean precision, this baby makes it's mark by incorporating complexity from all over, but delivers an incredibly well-layered, harmonious flavor profile. Simply lovely.

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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 reds2harleys
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this one was tough to track down. Twice while in VT I just missed getting some. Then one of my fave brew pubs down here had it on tap but again I missed out by hours. I swore I wouldn't let that happen again. 2 more swings n misses before I finally got to try this fine brew yesterday and it did not disappoint. Another fine IPA out of VT. Nice golden color - not mush of an aroma but what was there was pleasant. The taste was exactly what I expected, nice hop hit and super smooth with tons of flavor. Well worth the effort. Cheers

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Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler bottled two days ago.

A: Pours a hazy light orange? Tall and bubbly light tan head. Head is soda-like initially but settles down to more of a light, foamy mass. Great retention but just spotty lacing.

S: Floral with lots of citrus following. Pretty sweet smelling, borderline juicy in fact. Get some nice apricot when swirled. Yum.

T: Very citrusy and juicy up front. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Bready malt. Floral hit with a huge wave of bitterness in the finish. Quite bitter and drying on the back end, giving it a sort of resinous lingering mouthfeel and taste. Tastes almost sort of minerally between sips.

M: Shockingly heavy bodied. Very full bodied and coats the mouth well.

O: Hell of a DIPA. Great full mouthfeel and very smooth for having such big, bold hop flavors and bitterness. It creates a very nice balance and ups the drinkability. Make no mistake though, this thing has some sharp flavors and some serious bitterness on the back end.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is about as great an imperial IPA as I have experienced. Perfect in almost every way. Filled 10/17, drank 10/24, poured into snifter. Solid head that laces well, big juicy nose, and the taste is out of this world. One of the best beers I have ever had.

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