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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Abner, on tap at Armsby Abbey in Woosta, Mass

Appearance: Served in Belgian 50-cl glass with huge 4-finger foamy head that slowly melts away and leaves massive lacing. Color is similar to Galaxy or Edward: hazy orange, deep and dirty and artisanal, like fresh apple cider from the farm.

Smell: Sweetness, citrus, a bit ofpineapple syrup. Some light spice and freshly pollinated flowers. Honey. Fresh, bright, enticing.

Taste: Smooth and easy, what you get first is a wave of boozy sugar-like sweetness. Sort of like rum cake. Tropical punch follows, and some fresh and bursting hops. Nothing extreme despite the ABV. Smooth like Keith S. and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention smooth? Medium body, almost full flavor, good carbonation. Could use more strength (thin around the edges) but good. An utter pleasure to drink.

Overall: Exceptionally drinkable, barely a hint of that 8.0%. And always that outrageous, fresh-from-the-farm taste you get with all of Hill’s brews.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for this.

4.0 A: Opaque medium orange color. Just under two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Nose on this is wonderful! Tons of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, papaya, and orange in descending order. Grapefruit and pine to a lesser extent. Despite the haziness, there is little in terms of yeast and is super clean overall. Malts are negligible save for a touch of neutral sweetness.

4.5 T: Taste is as good as the nose. There are a lot of DIPAs that are jampacked with fruitiness in the nose that doesn't also occupy the taste, but this isn't one of them. Ample amounts of mango, orange, and pineapple. A little less papaya. The grapefruit and pine are much more pronounced. Again, some balancing neutral malt sweetness and surpringly clean. Bitterness starts out quite soft, but progresses to mild-moderate halfway into the glass.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy. Good here.

4.5 D: Hill Farmstead has to be one of the best breweries in the world. Everything they make is great. After having another killer DIPA, it's safe to say that there's no question that they know what to do with hops. Solid brew all around.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Huge creamy 3 finger head fades slowly with big sticky lacing, super hazy orange peach color. The head is ridiculous.

nose erupts with citrus, fruit, tropical fruits, pineapple, bit of mango and papaya, fresh musty hop resin, hop oils a bit earthy and hint of pine, some sweet malts, nice balance.

Taste brings honey at first, nectar, sweet malts and a honey comb like taste. Then bitter hops, fairly bitter, musty hop resins, tropical fruit, pineapple, orange rind, touch of grapefruit, smooth make and great balance. finishes pretty biter, a bit drier, lingering fruit, spicy chewy, hop pellets, slightly astringent.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb. Slightest hint of warming booze.

Overall awesome, but not quite as great as Edward or Heady Topper, but otherwise really nice. great hops, nice balance, a bit too much on the musty resinous hops and bitterness than it could have done with tropical fruits etc, but very good otherwise.

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Photo of rudzud
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 tyamhydrogen
4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy and hazy with a golden brown color to it. A one finger head that leaves great lacing down the sides of the glass. Beautiful.

S- Sweet, tropical fruit hop aromas that carry over beautifully into the taste. Mango, guava blossoms, etc.

T- The taste is more of what's found in the nose. The complex sweet tropical fruit is the most noticeable characteristic, with just enough bitterness. Complex and delightful.

M- Incredibly smooth with little carbonation. Very nice.

O-I really loved this beer. The second or third time I've had it, and I seem to enjoy it more each time. Tied with the Double Citra as my favorite Hill Farmstead brew, and definitely one of the top DIPA's I've had.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the keg @ Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro VT (Harvest Festival).

Price - $18/Growler

Pours a hazy golden color with lots of suds. A frothy two inch white head covers the top and legs upon legs adorn the tulip glass. A gentle swirl and a creamy layer is added to an already fresh looking beer. A lack of bubbles suggests this may not be very carbonated.

The nose is all citrus and tropical fruit with mango leading the way followed by orange, peaches and white grapefruit. Very pleasent smelling.

The taste can be summed up simply with citrus and tropical fruit draped over a caramel background. The flavor is slightly faint keeping it from being exceptional.

My first impression of the mouthfeel is complete balance. A perfect ratio of hops and malts. The bitterness is present but not biting at the tongue. The body is medium and the dryness is just enough not to cause me to need a sip of water. Low carbonation.

Overall this example is much more drinkable IMO than Ephraim and one I prefer in the long run. It's almost reminiscent of a single IPA which makes it fun but very dangerous at the same time. Thumbs up!

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a straw yellow color with a little bit of haziness to it, there is a nice white head. the smell id citrus and piney hops and a hint of bready malt. the flavor follows suit with a mango of grapefruit flavor and a nice bitter piney hop finish , nice and dry. . overall this is a damn fine beer.the mouthfeel is dry and well carbed light body

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Photo of litheum94
4.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared by daysinthewake.

Very murky, golden yellow body. Dirty white head settles to a ring and a patchy covering.

Lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Some spice. Great hop profile. Floral and piney. Some faint cracker malts.

Retained hops, floral and citrus flavors, with some pine. Mango flavors. Crcker malts give a dry backbone. Bitterness is restrained, and builds into a good dose of bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

This is an easy drinking DIPA. I thought it was a pale ale at first. Great hop flavors. I could drink a billion of these.

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Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler shared by TurdFurgison a while back. Thanks, Eric.

Rust colored with an extremely cloudy, turbid body. Looks like the dry hops didn't settle out very well in this one. I don't mind a cloudy beer, but this is pretty murky stuff.

The nose more than makes up for the appearance. This is pretty dank, resiny stuff. Tropical fruit meets bitter grapefruit. A bit catty too, which I don't mind, and a very faint bready malt foundation.

As I've come to expect from HFS, this has a huge resiny hop bite. Very bitter and dry, though it avoids tasting astringent, and the big fruity hop flavors do a great job of balancing the bitterness. There's a dry malt backbone here that does actually provide some body and heft, though it isn't a sweet beer at all. The mouthfeel suffers a bit from all the sediment - it has a slightly chalky texture. Overall it's very enjoyable, but not as impressive as Ephraim.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.05/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, wheat-orange body. Thin off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Mild blend of pine, grapefruit, and orange.

T: Mostly citric notes of orange and grapefruit. Moderate amounts of soft floral and pine notes in the background.

M: Medium to light body. Assertive carbonation. Refreshing finish.

O: A decent, but not top-tier dIPA. I guess the Hill Farmstead IPAs just don't do it for me.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.39/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Blackback Pub in Waterbury. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Verrry cloudy and golden. Head is small and leaves little lacing. Carbonation not really evident. This looks like IPAs I've brewed at home.

Smells great--a bouquet of tropical tropical aromas out front. Mango, pineapple, and citrus aromas.

Taste is juicy and all fruit--grapefruit and orange peel flavors, pineapple, mango, etc. Just lightly sweet and not bitter to my tastes. Don't get any malt here. The flavor is delicious, but a bit more subdued than you might think for an 8.2 percent ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is very light for the style and the ABV. The lack of carbonation make it juice-like.

This beer goes down like nothing and tastes delicious. It's not a life-changing beer, but the hop profile is great. I missed Ephraim on tap by a day; I wish I could be able to compare it to that.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's in Norristown, PA at a Hill Farmstead event. Had this again on 2012-06-09 at Teresa's Next Door and again on 2013-07-04 at TJ's in Paoli, PA.

A - Cloudy, golden-amber with little head into a 9 oz snifter.

S - Lots of pine, some citrus, nectarIne, mango and hop buds. Very nice but not as aromatic as the Ephraim.

T - Orange flesh and rind, LOTS of pineapple, nectarine, pale malt and a complex floral-basket of hop flavors. Love the bright, orange citrus aftertaste as it dances with the bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Mildly resinous. Refreshing.

O - Wonderful brew. Very well balanced. This is the beer that ran out first at this event at Capone's and ran out first at TJ's. I put it near the top of all double IPAs. It has a bit more pineapple flavor than their double citra. It is somewhat-like Heady Topper.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler thanks to Rschaeffer. I had some growler issues, so I will take that into account when reviewing.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with only a few white bubbles forming at the top that quickly move to the edges.

S - The smell here is great, very citrusy. Mainly grapefruit and oranges.

T - Taste follows along nicely with the smell. Again very citrusy, orange and grapefruit, and a ever so slight honey-carmel taste.

D - Lower carbonation and a touch heavy on the body.

O - Even with the growler issues this is a nice DIPA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So interesting. Received both Abner and Ephraim in a recent trade with mtardiff. (Thanks Marc!)
While Ephraim gets the top overall score of A+ vs. this beer, I clearly enjoy this beer more. No disrespect to Ephraim, but this is a superior beer in my opinion. (notice I didn’t say fact)
Pours with a thin finger of foamy head that does settle to a film of foam. Very slight haze in the golden/amber colored beer. Some splotchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is fantastic. Bright, bold, floral and perfume like. You can smell the fresh hop cones in your hand as if you just squeezed out all the essential oils.

Flavor matches and compliments the aroma perfectly. While this is a hop juice special, there is also a wonderful balance here. The light cracker malt notes are toasty and provide a wonderful base to the hop bitterness. There is also a fruit explosion here that is so juicy. Mango, Tangerine come to mind. Fantastic. 8.2%?? No way. This is so well hidden it’s scary. A dangerously delicious beer!!!

Body is refreshing and bright. Carbonation is just right and brings the flavor to life without getting in the way.

One of my favorite Hill Farmstead items. Wow, I have to get more of this one! (if possible)

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Photo of Gushue3
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 growler into my fave snifter, i can already smell it...

A- really big carbonated head that has superior retention and great lacing. Theres a slight haze to the orange body and above that is foamy white head thats just kind of hanging out. This looks really nice but what else is new from HF.

S- I could smell it once I opened it. Earthy bitterness and citrus zest are the most noticeable along with some sharp citrus scents, nice aroma

T- Nice balance of sweet and bitter hops. Nice sharp bitterness upfront that carries throughout. nice zesty citrus bitterness comes through toward the middle and has a grapefruit-y sweetness. The finish is bitter and lingers. This hits all the areas I want in an (D)IPA

M- probably a medium body but feels much fuller. moderate amount of carbonation fizzes and turns very smooth.

O- This beer is top notch stuff. The taste is pretty close to perfect to me. Mainly bitter with some sweet citrus. It also poured beautifully and was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden amber color with orange highlights, big cap of white froth and good sticky lacing. Scent is a wonderful blend of citrus and tropical fruit... orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, faint notes of light bready malt. Taste leads with sharp bitterness before it becomes all about the fruit, crockery malt makes an appearance at the end before the bitterness returns. Medium bodied, smooth, dry. Great fruit forward dIPA with one of the best noses around.

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 750ml. growler sent the same day of filling by baconsausage. Thanks for the opportunity.

With the top popped, a straw colored liquid poured into my awaiting glass. Lovely carbonation levels rose near to the top and the room was filled with a bouquet of hoppy freshness.

Pine needles, grapefruit zest, oranges and a light agave styled aroma emerged from the glass. Big and hoppy, nearly dank, it seemed as if the hops were squeezed to release their true nectar. Sticky was almost the comparison but icky isn't something I usually follow up with.

Smooth on the palate with a juicy citrus flavor taking over. The combination of a grapefruit and tangerine came close as to the initial citrus comparison. Hop bitterness came up on the finish but never made the beer feel out of balance. Some sweetness was also tasted, more to the effect of a sweetened tea which gave a nice undertone to the high citrus flavor.

I'm very happy to have gotten the chance to enjoyed Abner. With Ephraim to come, I'm really blown away at one breweries' capability to produce their quality of different hop forward recipes. Delicious and just my style.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.64/5  rDev +0.2%

750ml swingtop growler.

Thanks for making this one possible Brendan

*note, there was partial leakage upon arrival. This was filled a week ago and in my possession yesterday.

Pours an extremely cloudy copper. Place a laser directly behind it and shine it right at it and you wouldn't pick up even a hint of it. A small 1 finger of white head forms, but there most likely would've been more if this hadn't leaked. A decent amount of webbing a left behind.

Hill Farmstead really provides excellent aromas in all their brews. Huge bursts of ripe mango and apricot punch you right in the face. Some good earthy tones. Then in comes the hops. Not overwhelming, but definitely there. Very nice, inviting smell.

Taste follows precisely. Slightly less hops than expected, but again, that could be victim of the minor leak.

Mouthfeel is uber creamy. Slightly too creamy for the style, but again, yada yada, leakage.

It might be unfair to rate this under the circumstances, but I felt like I got the gist of it. I don't feel like my review can hurt this at all. A's are A's. This is one I definitely hope to revisit under better conditions.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L swingtop growler sent to me by hellomisterp in When Worlds Collide BIF.

Pours a very cloudy straw gold with a small head. Smell is sublime huge citrus hop presence with a slight sweetness. Taste is out of this world, it has that super hoppy iipa bite but with a malt balance I have never encountered before...so blown away. Mouthfeel and carbonation are great as well. Overall the best iipa I have had in a very long time...Thanks Mark

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Teresa's next door.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow amber color with a finger of white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Loads of hops. Pine and fruit notes, some sweet citrus fruit.

Taste: Very bitter but still smooth. The hops remind me of pine and citrus peel. Sweet and fruity background. Just a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The hop profile is amazing, just loving the pine notes. The finish was tasty and the beer sticks with you. Really good.

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Photo of Verecund
4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Harvest Festival at Hill Farmstead on October 1, 2011. Probably a six ounce pour into a HFS wine glass.

Hazy, ever-so-slightly-watered-down orange body with a nice two finger clean white head.

Fairly bright citrus and tropical fruit [sweet peaches come to mind] hop aroma with hints of deep, dank herbal and piney bitterness mixed in. Really nice, if not a bit mellow.

Grapefruit [pith], sweet peach and tangerine fruitiness dominates with a strong serving of citrus pithy bitterness and surprisingly sweet caramel / sugary malt backbone. Lots of pine and grass make their way onto the flavor profile as the palate begins to differentiate between the sweeter fruitiness and pithy bitterness.

Medium bodied with medium, medium-low carbonation. Fairly sticky and oily.

A good DIPA, but not as solid of a showing as batches of Ephraim.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Teresas, same night as the Sour Event.

Pours a cloudy orange, with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell isn't as strong as I expected. Definate citrus smell, fresh n fruity.

This beer shines in the mouth. Tastes like fresh, bitter hops. Awesome bitterness on the swallow.

Feels so good in the mouth. Creamy and on the thicker side. Nice fresh, oily hop presence. Fucking Awesome!

I love this beer, definately get it, try it, if you can!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks to idrinkgas for sending this over.

Appearance: Out of the growler, my pour has a nice creamy froth of a white head above a cloudy tangerine beer. Pretty nice retention from a growler.

Smell: Some lightly sweet crackery malt. The aroma is full of hops. Floral, some grassy, lots of grapefruit, and a bit of spicy pine. Very nice.

Taste: A good amount of biscuity malt does its best to stand up to the hops, but fairly quickly the tidal wave of hops wins. A balanced hop presence - grapefruit citrus, some grass, and some prickly pine. The finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Balanced full body, a little bit of booze. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Lightly grainy, not much hop oil left on the tongue after each sip.

Overall: This is a well made, balanced, hop bomb. Very good, I have no qualms about finishing a decent portion of this growler.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour into Pinocchio's brandy snifter on 9/15/11. Served generously to me at Pinocchio's in Media, PA (thanks Tim and Dan). Fresh tapped that day.

A: I have seen reviews down the line here that have it much different then what I got. For me, it was a mildly hazy orange color. There was some sediment floating in there, but not much. Good carbonation. Faint white head that dissipated really quickly. There were some alcohol feet seeing as it is 8.2%. Some lacing, but not much.

S: It was probably up there on one of the best smelling DIPAs that I have had. Maybe it was just the freshness factor, I don't know. Tons of fruity hops and pine notes. Delicious. There was some mild breadiness at the back end from the malts though.

T: Flat out delicious tasting beer. Not overly bitter on the front of the tongue. There was a mild bite there. But it gets you in the mid-mouth. All those fruity hop flavors: grapefruit and peach and other citrus. But you also get some piney notes. And those malts are there to SOME WHAT balance out this hop bomb. Very nice finish. Very clean.

M: This is a medium bodied DIPA. With all those hops, there was bound to be some flavors lingering on the tongue for a while.

O: Just a truely exceptional DIPA. Really ranks up there for me....just like with most BAers. I'd love to sample again down there line. Cheers to Tim and Dan.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.07/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy light orange color with almost no head but a few small bubbles, nose is a bit muted for some reason - pine, a bit of mango and Pineapple. But that is where the muted characteristics end...

Taste is a huge punch in the mouth! Very bitter, sharp pine and citrus with just such a bitter bite on the end it's really delicious. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, really good beer.

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Beer rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 2,728 ratings