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

BEER STATS
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#25
Reviews:
396
Ratings:
2,715
pDev:
7.34%
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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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Photo of jzeilinger
4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Blue Dog Chalfont's Wealth of Riches event. Poured on tap into large tulip. Beautiful foam crown. Great piney, citrusy nose. What a fabulous smelling beer. My favorite IPA to date, this has he most wonderful floral, grapefruit, piney taste. The mouthfeel is sublime. If you could only swish and spit your beer, this is the one. Fortunately you can swallow. GREAT beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Hill Farmstead First Anniversary party, and then several times in growlers afterward. This is a nice DIPA, I actually preferred it to the Double Citra.

Hazy orange body with a poofy white foam (proper!). Loads of citrusy hops in the aroma, grapefruit and orange, the malts presenting minimal balance with maybe a light grainy counterplay. Grapefruit dominates in the flavor, with a nearly puckering hop presence in the back as well. Initially sweet then lasting bitterness.

Medium carbonation, everything done just about right. I really liked this DIPA overall, very solid.

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Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ HF anniversary. Hazy orangey gold pour with white head. Juicy hop aroma, very potent aromas of centennial along with a whole variety of other stuff I imagine. Taste is hoppy, with a light honey twist. Very refreshing palate, dry but not abusively so. EVery good IIPA

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. Served into a Hill Farmstead snifter.

A - Clear golden body with a bit of a white head. Sticky lacing in top, but not a lot of it.

S - Wow, hops. A great citrus hop aroma, backed up by a hint of sweetness. Smells pretty damn good.

T - A lot like the smell, but in three distinct stages. An initial great citrus hop flavor, but it seems to be gone by the time I get the taste of the malt. Caramel malt and a bit of sweetness, almost independent of the hops. Then the malt sweetness fades, yielding a bitterness in the finish. None of the flavors seem to flow together.

M - The odd distinction of flavors takes away. It makes it feel thick at points and thin at others. Strange.

O - I had this right after indulging in some Heady Topper, so poor Abner never stood a chance. It's good, but not up with the best DIPAs.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.12/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. 10-12 oz. pour into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Cloudy pale gold color, and the beer was very cold. Head faded quickly but decent lacing. Nose is tropical/citrus with very little bitterness. At first sight and smell, I am curious as to how old this keg is. The last time I was in this establishment was late April, when I tried HF Double Galaxy. I have to say the Abner was delicious but not as impressive overall as the Double Galaxy. I am still very impressed by Hill Farmstead; I just think this keg was a bit aged and muted for a highly rated DIPA.

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

White frothy head on top of a caramel body.

A huge hoppy aroma. Tropical fruit and a dank simcoe/chinook combo hits your nose.

A polished balance between bitterness and flavor. Dank and hoppy with a tropical fruit finish. Citrus and grapefruit all over. Bitterness lingers just long enough until you take another sip. A little more bitter than most west coast heavy hitters but think this is where Abner excels and stands out from the pack. This beer is damn near perfect.

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Photo of phingdong
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having had this many times in the last year on tap and from the growler, I figured I'd finally give it a review.

A - I love the look of Hill Famrstead DIPAs. A nice bright hazy orange with a 2 finger white head. Sticky lacing clings to the glass as it goes down.

S - Ah, that HF hop aroma. Wonderfully hoppy, juicy, and tropical with just the right amount of dankness mixed in.

T - So juicy. Rich with complex hop flavors. The taste lives up to the aroma here. Alcohol is very well hidden. Tropical fruits, a touch of grass and very hop forward with just enough malt backbone. So delicious. The mouthfeel feels perfect. It is creamy and juicy and so easy to drink.

Hill Farmstead makes some of my favorite DIPAs. Abner, Galaxy, Double Citra, and Ephraim are all so fantastic. With all these other amazing DIPAS coming out of HF, I hope Abner is always a regular and not forgotten. I will continue to make the long trek up there for my fill and look forward to what comes next.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Fresh from the brewery's tap. Amazing little place they got up there. Pours a delicious orange amber color. Hazy liquid. Head is awesome. Big, fluffy, retains and laces perfectly.

S-Huge hop bomb. Just tropical fruits and a steady malt base. So fresh smelling. A bunch of citrus. I am taken back by the fresh and juicy hops in the nose.

T-Oh my. This one is just a deliciously hopped piece of excellence. Oranges, grapefruit and anything else you would want here. My type of DIPA. Great hop profile. So big with a nice bitterness. Exceptionally hop-forward. And its as fresh as it can get.

M-Big, sticky, oily and resinous. Awesome feel for a DIPA. Great carbonation. Dry and lasting.

O/D-Nailed it. My goodness can Vermont put together a good beer. I absolutely loved this. I will give the victory to Heady Topper in a head-to-head, but its pretty much splitting hairs at that point. World class, top notch. Unbelievable.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler, filled from the brewery yesterday. Poured into Delirium Tremens tulip.

Appearance: Moderate pour into glass provides a solid one finger of fluffy white head. Head fades quickly, but the elephant nucleation point keeps it wispy throughout the beer. Very nice but thin lacing is left all over the glass as it goes down. Dark and hazy orange color. This is a very pretty beer, though I wish it had a bit stronger head.

Smell: Grapefruit! Lots and lots of grapefruit! There are some other nebulous citrus aromas and a bit of malt in here, but the aroma is all about the grapefruit.

Taste: Unsurprisingly, Abner tastes almost exactly like he smells. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, a nice hoppy bitterness, and not a trace of alcohol despite the 8.2% ABV. There is some grass and a bit of malt hiding in the back, but this guy is dominated by sweet grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied - very pleasant, but nothing revolutionary.

Drinkability: Wow. I enjoy DIPA's well enough, but tend to not go crazy with them as I find the alcohol dominates the beer more often than not. Not so here. ABV aside, this beer could be drank all night long.

Overall: Hill Farmstead makes as good of a beer as anyone out there, and they're doing it with such a wide variety of recipes. This is another killer beer in their lineup - I wouldn't say it's better than Ephraim, but it's up there. I'm off to the Alchemist in an hour for some Heady Topper, and Abner is one heck of a baseline for comparison. Bottom line - if you like a grapefruit tasting DIPA, I don't think you'e going to do much better than Abner.

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Photo of flavoursaviour
4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At TJ's. From the tap, into a snifter, and then into my mouth.

Pours an opaque golden hue, tinted orange, and with a thin head.

Aroma of fragrant floral and extreme citrus notes that maintain their strength throughout the whole glass. Each sip a reward for the nose.

Tastes of intense grapefruit citrus and orange rind followed by an apricot sweetness and then washed with the bitterness from the hops.

Mouth feels medium bodied with a mild tartness that lingers but never overwhelms the sweetness.

Overall a surprising and uniquely balanced 2x IPA.

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml swing top growler purchased at the Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, VT
Served in a Hill Farmstead Brewery stemmed glass

The beer poured a cloudy, glowing peachy-amber color with a soapy looking, bright white head that quickly dissipated. Small droplets and thin streaks of spotty lacing trickled along the glass.

The nose was simply mesmerizing. Super hoppy with loads of sweet, smooth fruitiness. Peaches and apricots came through strongest. Lots of juicy tangerine, mango, papaya and passionfruit as well. I have never before experienced such a cornucopia of exotic fruit notes in a beer's aroma.

Strong, fruity hop flavors carried through into the taste as well. Sweet tangerines dominated. Peach and apricot notes were quite prevalent as well. Although I would assume that this beer benefited from a moderate dosage of caramel malts, its pleasant sweetness seemed to have emerged from the diverse hop profile rather than from residual malt sugars. The beer finished quite pithy and dry with a moderate, grapefruit rind-like bitterness. At 8.2% ABV, this beer masked its alcohol prowess quite well.

The mouthfeel may have been the only letdown with this beer. The body was a bit light for the style. A very fine and mild effervescence helped the liquid glide across my tongue. Somewhat creamy, fluffy and smooth.

In their short existance, the Hill Farmstead Brewery has seemed to master the art of creating hoppy beers, and this example is proof of that. Outstanding work. I cannot wait to see what comes next.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.22/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a snifter glass. Keg left over from their "Scraps" event on Saturday.

A: A medium golden orange color with a half finger white head. Lacing was vertical lines that eventually recedes into the glass.

S: Sweet tropics! Huge blast of tropical fruit with pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, mango coupled with some sugar sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Nice nose.

T: Follow the nose. The tropical fruit jumps with the same flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and mango. The hops get mixed with some bready malt the turns sweeter as it warms. A slight hint of pine sneaks in before the sweetness keeps any possible bitterness in check. Finish is coating and lasting with some prickling but not very bitter. Nice finish that leaves a lasting impression of the word "balanced".

M: Full, coating, sweet and a hint of bitterness. Alcohol does come through in the end as it warms, but not overly so.

O: A real nice DIPA that is very well done. Balance is the key to this beer and makes it really drinkable.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer as I have heard a lot about it. A top tier DIPA, but it (for me) falls short of the heavyweights in this class. Still, a really, really tasty beer that is very, very good. Really glad I got to try it.

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Beer rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 2,715 ratings