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

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387
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
7.42%
 
 
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Photo of tobelerone
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Farmhouse in Burlington, enjoyed back to back with Lawson’s Double Sunshine. Geez there are some phenomenal hoppy beers coming out of Vermont these days. While I may have preferred the Lawson’s by a small margin, this is as good as the style gets; it’s simply a matter of hop profile and overall taste you prefer or are in the mood for at any particular moment. It would be hard to say Pliny or Heady Topper or Abrasive are better; just a bit different.

Abner pours a glowing hazy orange color with a two finger white head that settles slowly. Nice lacing remains and the overall look is quite appealing (and appetizing). Vividly hoppy aroma, led by general citrus and more specifically, orange and lemon (to a lesser degree). Some piney notes emerge late and little in the way of malt is detected.

The flavor is very well balanced and by that I don’t mean between hops and malt, because the latter is very much restrained in the west coast style and just barely makes an appearance as a bit of sugared sweetness underneath. I instead meant that the hop subtleties and bitterness are each evident while the booze isn’t at all. There’s good bitterness, particularly in the finish, which is fairly dry, but it isn’t so assertive that it outshines all that citrus fruit, floral and pine notes, and spicy, peppery highlights. I get a lot of orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. It drinks incredibly easily and feels much lighter than the ABV and style generally does.

Medium bodied, perhaps a little on the light side for an imperial IPA, with moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Exceptionally well done.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Nichols33
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer comes in a bright hazy lemon yellow.

The aroma is big juicy hops of pineapple, mango, peaches. A bit of yeasty note along with a light white bready malt. The beer has a medium plus to heavy bitterness.

The beer despite the lack of Citra or newer American hops has beautiful fruity flavors, despite a theme of pine and herbacious bitterness. It is one of the best hoppy beers from Hill Farmstead outside of Societe and Solitude #6 and Susan, of the ones I have had.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lupercmda
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Dr. Chris for getting me this special treat. Like many have been a huge IPA head for a long time, but have found this one to be elusive. Won't waste time with redundancy. Beer has been well described without yet another blow by blow from me. Having said that glass I drank had a wonderful fresh orange nose and taste. One that was not so much one of many characteristics of the beer... as it was a real definer and distinguisher from other IPAs that are more lemon/orange or grapefruit forward.

I also loved that it was so delicate. Don't get me wrong...this is a big beer. But it didn't bury your tongue. It didn't coat everything. It came and went with just aromas and flavors lingering... not the actual residue of the beer. Coming in at a less than 9% also makes it almost sessionable.

I'm trying to imagine coming home from work and just grabbing one of these as my end of day relaxer. Hmmm... wonder if wife is up for relocating?

Add my voice to the chorus...Bravo HF and thanks for the craftwork.

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Photo of Eziel
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dwagner003
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BARFLYB
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Capone's in a tulip three times. 39 ounces minus foam. Review#950

Abner looks like juice with carbonation. A bright white head about 3/4 an inch up a bright white suds, semi condensed, down to a cap and leaving some stick on the side. The color is a mix of orange juice and tangerine look.

This smells incredible. It's so tropical. It's really bold. Citrus blasting out the ying yang with pineapple, mango, grapefruit, the regular cast of characters. A small malt base is detected with some warming but the alcohol isn't, lovely.

Abner is a mighty fine beer. This is certainly the best DIPA i've had from the east coast, this hits the marks. All the scents come together in the taste making way for a fruity, tropical, bitter, DIPA with class. A true winner. Im guessing a few of the c-hop varieties are in here, this is dry hopped apparently.

A bitter DIPA from the East, never in a million years did I think something on this level would be produced over here. Feel is bitter, medium, with enough malt to keep things in check, no problem on the carb, Im yearning for more. There are no coasts anymore, Abner is the one, go get it.

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Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small pour

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with the double citra at Capone's, I thought this beer a tad less impressive than that great beer. Regardless, this is another fine IPA from a brewer who is clearly a master at crafting delicious IPA's.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, though it doesn't compare to Ephraim or the double cirtra. Still, I get considerable dry citrus, pepper and light pine on the nose. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry, impressively hoppy IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is well disguised in what is another outstanding IPA from the folk at FH. Excellent beer, but I thought it paled in comparison to some of its sibling at this event.

Edit from 4/17. Been some years since I last tried this beer, and really have nothing to add. If anything, the most recent version of Abner I tried (both at the brewery and around town in Stowe/Waterbury) was tad less impressive than the beer I sampled at Capone's back in 6/11. Still a nice beer, but during a recent visit to Stowe/Waterbury, I'm not sure it would make my top 10 of the different IPA's and DIPA's I tried (in fact, I thought the HF Harlan was superior to this beer). My impression is that the rest of the world has caught up to HF in this part of the world, at least when it comes to IPA's and DIPA's.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of yourefragile
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL growler from HF, served in a nonic.

Looks like a HF IPA. Color is a hazed, murky dull golden copper with a bubbly white head from a hard pour. Adequate retention and minimal lacing, suggesting this wasn't the best growler fill. Aroma is dank pine and citrus resin with biscuit malt and minimal sweetness. Very fresh and intense. Much more sweetness in the flavor which goes a long way in balancing the intense resiny bitterness and making this beer enjoyable. Hops start tropical and juicy before turning dry, raw and piney in the finish. Carbonation is a little low given this a growler, but not as bad as I expected upon initially opening. Thick, chewy and syrupy this a much denser and filling beer than my other favorite VT DIPA at the moment, Double Sunshine. In my opinion, consistently the best east coast DIPA for those seeking an intense hoppy and resiny fix.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MANY THANKS to millerbuffoon for getting this growler through a trade!!!

A - Pours a hazy medium orange color with a thick, even layer of creamy foam that sticks to the sides of my tulip like a viscous, sticky glue. Very active carbonation coming from the full perimeter of the glass in a very active cascade of tight, tiny bubbles.

S - Sniffing from the growler, it smells absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! As it sat in my tulip glass for (5) minutes, the aroma was 1/3 of what it previously was, it didn't hold up well. Spicy tropical fruit basket and a sweet bready malt character.

T - It doesn't get much better than this. HUGE tropical fruit basket aroma that's ozzing with oranges, pineapples, grapefruit, and a sweet tang up front with the sweet malt carrying a steady presence until the very end when it morphs into a grapefruit rind bitter finish with a little bit of spice.

M - Smooth, silky, medium body.

O - An outstanding DIPA/Imperial IPA and one of the finest I've ever had!!!

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Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Raziel313
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Swing Top - Thanks to pushkinwow!

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts and hops. It also has apricots, lemons, grapefruits, and a bit of a grassiness. I can also pick up on some dry floral/woody notes and some lemon zest. It ends with a dry very hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - Another winner from these guys. Not as good as some of their other beers that I have tried but still a way above average brew. If you like more of a floral/dry (but still with some fruitiness) DIPA, you will love this stuff.

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

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey. My goodness.

A - Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter a hazy golden orange with a big rocky two finger creamy head that leaves an enormous amount of side lacing and a thick clumpy off white blanket.

S - Super amazing aroma here. Malts and delicious hops. Light sweetness followed by inviting hops. Aromas of pine needles, grapefruit rinds, and light citrus. Just a super fresh aroma.

T - So so so delicious. This beer jumps out at you on the first sip. Light malt sweetness swept away by nice bitter pine and grapefruit peel. This stuff is dangerously addicting.

M - Smooth light and creamy. This is incredibly dangerous. Possibly the most deceptive dipa I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Drinks like a 4%. Nice bitter hop finish.

O - Overall this is a masterfully crafted beer. Seriously amazing stuff. Stellar appearance and delicious in the mouth. Another typical "must drink" from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Kelp
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL swingtop growler to snifter on 11/13/11 at a small tasting with friends
*From notes

-- Many thanks to Bill for sharing such a wonderful treasure! --

A: It looks a bit like a saison, as it's a rather cloudy golden amber. It's just gorgeous. A generous pour yields little head and no lacing.

S: My God this is wonderful. Tropical pineapple and juicy fruit explode out of the snifter and attack my nose with vigor. Just incredible.

T: Liquid mango/pineapple. Really top notch stuff here. The fruit forward nature of the beer isn't out of whack, as there is a touch of firm, sturdy malt to round out the finish.

M: The only real cavet of the brew is the feel. I realize it's a growler, so I'll cut this some slack. But it's generally a bit thin. There's not enough carbonation to carry the massive amount of flavor packed into this DIPA.

O: What a sensational beer. Hill Farmstead hasn't dissapointed with Abner, which in my humble opinion, was leaps and bounds better then their more prestigious Ephraim. When seeking out one of their hoppier brews, make sure you really take your time in considering this, as it's phenominal stuff.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.58 out of 5 based on 2,638 ratings.
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