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
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
2,545
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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Reviews: 378 | Ratings: 2,545
Photo of PVMT
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House 8/18/15. It was piney and floral, slightly sweet with a bitter finish. Very unique tasting, kind of an east coast exploration of a west coast IPA. Like no other DIPA I've tried. Impressive.

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Photo of cfalls
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange. Small white head lasts and lasts, lots of lacing

S: Mostly malt, oddly. Some orange/tangerine

T: Starts sweet, with hop flavors following the nose. Juicy. Slight dankness underneath. Finishes bitter.

F: Smooth, mild carbonation, ABV hidden well, leaves an enjoyable oily bitterness.

O: Really different from other DIPAs. A must try.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What is this wizardry?! This is one of the most interesting IIPA's I've had. While it is not my favorite, the experience of this beer is singular and well worth the legwork to get it. This is way more than a tick on the top 250, this is something special.

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Photo of Duff27
4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Inch tall fluffy bone white head, orange body. Clumpy lacing. Lovely.

Aromas of orange, mango.

Follows the nose. Take bitterness but dank finish.

Gentle mouthfeel, smooth carbonation.

Huge thanks to BroCraig for trading for this, a long time want. Upper tier DIPA.

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

Was finally able to try one of my white whales....this beer has eluded me at every turn for the last 18 months...every time it released I tried multiple times to get it and was not able to....FINALLY landed a 64 oz growler and drank it with a friend, poured into a tulip and right away you notice a really nice orange hue in the beer which is cool. As you drink there is tons of lacing present on the glass. Nice well balanced citrus hops character and smell. Overall an amazing beer!

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Photo of Mineo
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange. Aroma of dank hops and biscuits. Mouthfeel perfect; crisp and refreshing. Taste is piney hops with a wonderful malt backing -- present but not overly cloying. It's certainly not the most bitter or hoppy-tasting DIPA, but its impeccable balance puts Abner up there with the best.

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Photo of -Rick
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: a bright golden yellow haze with a slight white head.
S: tangerine, orange, and sweet citrus fruits
T: very big tropic fruit notes, a bit sweet, with a danky bitter finish
F: smooth with just a bit of carbonation,
O: a world class double. Maybe a slight more bitter than I expected, but one hell of a beer!

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Photo of Vultr_of_cultr
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing stuff! Lovely hazy gold with a perfect head. An array of grapefruit, tangerine and other citrus notes. Clean, sweet-ish finish. Quite possibly my favorite of those legendary Vermonters.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Mass
A- pour is hazy, yellow color with ridiculously tight-packed bubbles. Wow!
S- I got citrus in the realm of grapefruit, apricot, tangerine.
T- really. Hits you with bitter citrus like orange peel, lemon rind, danky bitterness. Superb!
M- rich and creamy medium-bodied. Soooo good. Finishes nicely, not really dry at all.
O- this is truly a world-class IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/1/2015 at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus (most grapefruit), caramelized malts and floral hops.

T: Everything comes out at you all at once with this beer… the bitter hoppiness, the citrus sweetness and the hearty maltiness. I have had a great number of IPA’s & 2IPA’s over the years and have not experienced one where it happens as much as it does with this beer. There is also a very good balance especially considering the strength of flavors. Everything is strong but nothing is over-powering. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for the style.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent 2IPA to pound down for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1 inch thick foam head. Fantastic lacing. Cloudy gold color. Nice fruity aroma. Every Whig has a different layer of citrus. Absolutely delicious. Nice citrus balanced with a piney bitterness. Feel can't be any better for an ipa. Easy money 5. Incredible beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is close to as good as it gets. Pours a hazy light orange color. Thick fluffy head and great lacing on the glass. Smell is fantastic, tropical, hoppy. Juicy taste, with some sweetness. Hops shine through beautifully. Feel is extremely smooth, goes down very easy. A favorite of mine for sure

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Abner is a journey of hops. Over its course, it shows you everything a hop can do in a beer. It's bitter, it's sweet, it's piney, it's juicy. It compliments the malt and at the same time forsakes it. It is a beginning, a middle, and an end playing out on an earthy stage. Fantastic.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap on 7/27/15 at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT.
A: Extremely cloudy with a thin, white head. Has a dull, creamy yellow color.
S: Grapefruit pith, tangerine, sticky/hoppy dankness.
T: Heavy on the grapefruit, some notes of lemon and has a nice dank aftertaste. I detected a hint of tangerine citrus as well.
M: Crisp, refreshing DIPA. Hops are prickly to the tongue with little bitterness. Has a clean, dry finish with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Simply stunning! The combination of grapefruit and sticky, hoppy dankness is an aroma that I will never forget.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled on 7/22/15 at Hill Farmstead Brewery; drank in a tumbler glass on 7/25/15; my growler was labeled as an "Imperial Pale Ale", which is not technically the same as a Double IPA (or is it?). I went to the Hill Farmstead website and confirmed:
http://hillfarmstead.com/ancestral-series/abner-imperial-pale-ale.html

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

I am usually not one to subscribe to all the hype; however, I must say that Abner is worth all of the praise. This was hands-down the best DIPA I have ever tasted. Perfect in every way.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

mouthfeel was out of this world. Pillowy and full of flavor in a way I didn't expect in a DIPA but that made this incredibly drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Me and a frind of mine travelled up to Hill Farmsread Brewery from MA. Awesome beer. Everything about it. Awesome. What more can I say about Abner than WOW!!!

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Photo of McSmack
3.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this and Society and Solitude #4 on draft and cannot see where the high ratings come from. It is a solid unfiltered looking VT beer, but does not compare to Heady or Second Fiddle IMO.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler that was 3-4 weeks old. Light in color, great hop aroma, and the flavors that came through were incredible. Lots of citrus and floral notes and a very balanced flavor profile.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml growler

Pours a cloudy golden color with 2-3 fingers cloudy head with decent retention and leaving curtains of lace. The nose features hops hops hops with big floral and citrus (grapefruit, orange) notes, very dank and some toasted malts in the there also. On the palate, again massive hops, floral, pine and citrus, dank and coating, some residual malt sweetness for balance. It has a medium body, smooth and refreshing with lots carbonation. Just a fantastic IIPA and dangerously drinkable!

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

L - dehydrated pee, super cloudy dark golden hues
S - Oh yeah, this is gonna be delicious
T - Damn, this is delicious. Wasn't prepared for the malty backbone, but tons of stone fruits and dankness going on, am I doing weed right now?
F - One of the smoothest 100+ IBUs I've ever consumed
O - excellent stuff, I want to meet Abner and share a glass with him someday too

I have to add: This is one of those beers that you need to sit and have more and more of.. It seems to really open up and become even more impressive as your sitting goes, only other beer I've said this same thing about is Pliny the Younger

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

Incredible beer, and my first from Hill Farmstead (non-collab). The citrus fruits are amazing - kind of like you're drinking the best glass of juice ever. Feels thick. Hops not overpowering. Must find more!

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

My favorite beer to date. Opague amber orange, nice lacing but the difference maker with Abner is the nose. Holy shit! Huge mango nose and pretty much any other citrus and tropical fruit you can think of. Smell is beyond a 5. Taste follows and although slightly boozy at the finish it's still absolutely crushable. I can't get enough of this beer when I'm in VT and my mornings suffer as a result. I can go on and on about Abner but you'll just have to try it yourself. If you are heading up to VT with the highest expectations and you fear that as a result Abner may be a slight letdown what will likely happen is it will be better than you could've imagined. It's that good.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Right now... would rank as my favorite... but when ranking "feel"... accessibility is a big thing for me. When leaving the brewery... and not knowing when I'll get to try this brew again... left me feeling a bit empty. It is everything it is said to be... simply awesome. Having to hunt this stuff down for one glass... keeps me from ranking this a 5 across the board. This is a beer that should be #1... but will never be... because it won't reach enough mouths to experience such a piece of beauty in a beer. The fact that it is a 12 here... is only data... purely data.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.58 out of 5 based on 2,545 ratings.
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