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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

BEER STATS
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375
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2,515
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
19.65%
 
 
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Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Currently #25 on the Top 250 beers list. I found it on-draught at Threes Brewing for $9 per small pour. Inexplicably billed as an imperial IPA in spite of its scant 8% ABV, Abner's marketing immediately arouses suspicion.

Pours a white cap - somewhat soft - which recedes within the usual 2 minute timespan. Nothing uniquely good in terms of retention or head appearance, but the thick coating of lacing on the sides of the glass is nice.

Body is a murky nontransparent orange-copper of average vibrance. Appears unfiltered, though no lively yeast or dead lees are visible.

Appearance isn't anything special for an (imperial) IPA, to be honest. Looks pretty standard.

AROMA: Brings notes of yogurt (in classic hill farmstead hop fashion), pale malts, floral hop notes, tangerine citrus, onion, and subtle rindy bitterness. Aromatic intensity is average. The yogurt is the standout hop note, lending uncommon tanginess to the hop profile. Suggests a balanced IPA with a nice hop profile. I'm looking forward to trying it, but aromatically it's not dazzling - just well executed.

TASTE: Fantastic tangy yogurty hop character melts into the tangerine sherbert fruit character, with notes of faint orange creamsicle, floral hops, bright vague citrus, and really faint dried lime in there too. A perfect pale malt sweetness presence keeps the balance impeccable even if the flavour profile as a whole lacks the intricacy of the best beers in the IPA style (let alone the depth and pungency of flavour you'd expect in a terrific imperial IPA).

Hop profile is rather good, but isn't fantastic if we're nitpicking (and one must when confronted with a top 25 beer). Average duration and intensity of flavour (for an IPA; it lacks the punch one wants in a true imperial IPA).

TEXTURE: Refreshing and tangy with a well disguised ABV and an approachable medium body. Soft enough, and well carbonated though not perfectly dialed in. Smooth and wet. Not oily or juicy.

OVERALL: I wish I were in a less crowded environment so I could give this beer a review in finer grain; it's good but not dazzling work from a brewery that excels at capturing an almost unique yogurty hop profile. But depth, subtlety, and intricacy of execution just isn't there yet to make this true Top 250 material. Why it's billed as an imperial IPA is beyond me, but that's neither here nor there. It's a very good IPA I'd happily buy 6ers of if I could, but it isn't worth going out of one's way to track down. Highly drinkable but not dazzling fare from Hill Farmstead.

B (3.64) / GOOD

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

The beer looks beautiful. Rich, thick, cream colored head that stays. It's got great retention. The body is a hazy golden yellow. It's looks very enticing.

The smell is a great blend of citrus and floral notes. Stong orange with lighter hints of a floral bouquet and fresh cut grass.

The flavor is a 180. Strong piny hop flavor bordering on a bitterness that almost resembles coffee. It's balanced by citrus and a sugary sweetness. Leaving mainly a burning bitterness on the front of the palate and a tangy stickiness on the back of the palate.

The beer has the perfect mouthfeel of a double IPA. Rich fully body balanced by a noticable amount of sharp carbonation and hoppiness.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

not as aromatic as Id expected and definitely not a juice bomb. although I do love a huge nose, I drink for the taste, not the smell. definitely a lot going on with this one - hugely weedy, pine, earthy dankness, orange, grapefruit, floral notes, grassy herbaceousness, bready malts. lots of stuff coming together super clean, classic HF mouthfeel seals the deal.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Since first having Hill Farmstead I have been on a mission to find Abner and I have finally found it!

Look: supy hazy bright yellow. All IPA should look like this.

Smell: lots of citrus on the nose with a little bit of tropical fruit in the background. It doesn't explode with aroma out of the tap but it gets nice and aromatic once it warms up a bit.

Taste: strong grapefruit flavor with lots piney bitterness on the back end. A little orange pokes through as well.

Feel: nice creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a strong drying bitterness

Overall(style points): juicy DIPA that leans toward the bitter citrusy end of the east coast IPA spectrum. a solid beer but I'm not sure it deserves a perfect score. 94.75 points

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Photo of kculrich
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From a 750ml growler, filled at the brewery 11/02/16. Served in a spiegelau.

Pours a thoroughly hazed dull-gold straw colour with three-plus fingers of lush shaving cream-like head. Retention is good for better than five minutes and leaves solid walls of suds behind.

Smells fresh and yeasty, white bread, pears and ferns.

Taste is lemon zest, grapefruit peel and soda crackers, followed by pear, onion, grassy herbs and pine needles. The chinook pops at the end, finishing quickly with a little bitter orange and pine, and no discernible alcohol.

Feel is smooth, super dry and full bodied, with ample carbonation.

Overall, a classic benchmark NE DIPA. Other breweries are doing it differently than Mr. Hill, but ain't nobody doing it better.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev -13.3%
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 professorchow
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From growlers purchased at HF 6 days prior, poured in a shaker pint. Sampled S&S #4, Susan, and Abner before purchasing anything, then got growlers of the latter two. Expected to like Susan best (and it's great), but preferred Abner on site and then when drinking both head to head at home. As for Abner: delicious beer with no flaws.

L: Golden, somewhat cloudy but not, say, Treehouse/Trillium cloudy.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, maybe a hint of pine, but I get mainly citrus.

T: Awesome. Again, citrus--I don't get a lot of the tropical some do. It's bitter, very much so, and yet not at all harsh. Just the right, understated malt balance to smooth things out without at all being a malt-forward DIPA.

F: As good as it gets for DIPAs. Enough body to be substantial, light carbonation, and smoooooth.

O: At the risk of redundancy: awesome. In my top 3 or so DIPAs to date. Drove 4 hours to get to the brewery; went partly for the bottles of assorted farmhouse ales, but would have felt ok about the trip if I'd just scored growlers of Abner.

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

Yields a completely hazed yellow-golden mango pulp color with a fluffy, stable white head.

Smells of a very intriguing hop plethora, with just the lightest note of cakey malts, perfectly complimenting to the orange quality of the hops. Also packs lime zest, wet grass a hint of dried blueberries and fresh fallen leaves.

Has a fantastic smooth, fuller bodied mouthfeel with a lively finish, never loosing any of its softness on the tongue. While turning remarkably dry, especially during the finish, the beer stays in perfect balance throughout, due to light white bread malts.

Shines from the very first moment by its world class mouthfeel, which is incredibly creamy and soft, slowly inviting fruity hops to the palate. Lemon pulp, orange peel and some unripe mango get amped up by a pleasant, adapting onion sharpness and soothing wet grass. Its only indication that this is an 8 abv beer is its doughy malt balance, which gets recognizable by rounding out the hop melange, providing just a hint of sweet maltiness - the beer drinks incredibly easy. Looses its fruitiness during late mid palate, slowly getting replaced by more silkness and an intense, long lasting lemon and leaf dryness, producing a short, earthy ginger peak.

Very impressive double ipa, gaining much of its greatness from the incredibly silk mouthfeel, while its perfectly hop composition does the rest. Awesome how this develops on the palate, turns from fruity to herbal to dry - always soothed by soft malts, very well pronounced and clean.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Visited the Hill Farmstead Brewery today and picked up a growler.

Color is lemonish and slightly cloudy. Lots of white head 3-4 fingers worth.

Citrus smell is fantastic with lemon, grapefruit and a little pine. It seems rather tropical.

Taste is great. I was expecting more of a fruity taste but there is some bitterness there too.

An extremely drinkable DIPA. I would not have guessed the ABV was 8%.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whetstone Station

Appearance is golden yellow, slight haze with great lacing
Smell- fruit upfront with slight piney dankness on back end
Taste- Rock solid IPA, but back to back with Susan, preferred Susan more
Feel- very creamy, this is the beer's best feature.
Overall- While I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, I felt it did not live up to the hype. This is not same level at Tree House IPAS

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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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