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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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393
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pDev:
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Photo of alalvarez75
4.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC.

A - Darker orangish body with some haze that had a nice foamy head.

S - Citrus and floral hops.

T - Citrus and slightly tropical hop and sweetness notes. Sweet caramel malts in a nicely hopped beer.

M - Light to medium bodied with a nice dose of carbonation.

O - Easy to drink and tempting to drink more than one. It is one of the crisper DIPAs.

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

and the bday weekend started off with a bang. cracked this open on friday night to enjoy while hanging out with dylan. poured into a pint glass.

Poured a dep hazy amber with a big billowing white head that was so sticky it literally collapsed on the inside but the top and sides stayed together. Big time lace and alot of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

deep citric smell. Lots of grapefruit and orange, with a touch of pineapple and Lemon thrown in. The taste was out of this world. Bigtime hoppy IPA. Not alot of alcohol taste, well covered up. But soo sticky with hop resin and orange and grapefruit taste. nice buttery malts mixign in now and creamy, sweet like flavors have now become the norm. really well balanced and big. It was rediculously fresh tasting and feeling. Unreal smooth and great dry finish.

Not too harsh, but yet harsh. Strong but not upfrontly so. this was a killer dipa that i was glad i opened up!

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

750ml growler into Gulden Draak tulip. Thanks a ton for sending me this one SneezyAchew.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy apricot color with a huge, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a thick, greasy film that left sheets of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Huge sweet notes of grapefruit citrus and pine with a touch of sweet fruit nectar of bread dough.
T: Big blast of grass and pine with a huge amount of grapefruit pith bitterness. The finish is sweet, not quite fruit nectar sweet, but sweet, and there is a touch of dough and perhaps honey mixed in.
M: Body is pretty full for a DIPA and there is a good weight to the mouthfeel. Bitterness is not distracting, and the carbonation is ample but soft.
O: A definite top 10 DIPA, closer to the top of the list. For such a big beer this is crazy drinkable. Sadly, I’ve had better, but not many. (It’s tough to be Younger). Thanks again Michael!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.36/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Hawthorne's in PA.

A yellow, slightly orange body, kind of hazy, a few bubbles on top.

Citrusy hop notes all over the place, maybe some pine notes and a really dank hoppy aroma mixed in. Some sweetness also comes through.

Wow, what a great flavor. Big bitter notes, orange peel with a fairly big malt backbone to give a nice pale malt flavor. With that said this isn't very balanced a big nice bitterness with really nice citrusy notes. medium bodied with very little carbonation. I am guessing the long journey is what caused the light carbonation so I can't really take away too much from it.

Overall a fantastic beer. Really nice hoppy flavor and aroma. If only the carbonation was present like it should be. I gotta try this and other Hill Farmstead IPA's. I could see this being my top rated DIPA if I could try it again.

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

Served on-tap at Capone's during the Hill Farmstead party during Philly Beer Week. I missed this one last time, glad I finally got to try it. Now all I need is Ephraim....

A - Pours hazy orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of citric hops, grapefruit, pine, bready malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness. The nose was good but when you have a Double Citra sitting right beside it there really isn't much of a comparison. Still very nice tho.

T - Starts off with a nice grapefruit kick quickly giving way to a mix of light citric hops, caramel sweetness and some dry chewiness. Very nice overall balance throughout. Finish is a touch dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Pretty good but not as good as the other hoppy HF beers.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, chewy, feel with plenty of lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

O - I enjoyed this one quite a bit but when you compare it to the other hoppy Hill Farmstead beers it is clearly fourth or fifth best. Not knocking it one bit as it is still an awesome beer, just not as good as either of the Citra's or even Edward.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria Wash West, 6/5/11.

A-Murky, cloudy orange with some amber highlights. A very little bit of white head and a small amount of stcky lacing.

S-Excellent. Citrusy and sticky, pine and grapefruit. Lots of delicious hoppiness is promised.

T-And hoppiness delivered. Citrusy and sweet all the way through. Great balance, with rich citrus hop flavor, moderate bitterness and a great malt backbone..

M-Medium bodied, quite dry, moderate carbonation.

O-Another really excellent beer from Hill Farmstead.

HV

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

Seriously growler side by side with several big IPAs and some boring stouts. Thanks to Mike, Mike, Ben, Jeff, and me for making this whole thing happen. Very awesome afternoon.

Beer is mildly hazy, orangish in color and has a wispy head that leaves some lacing, carbonation moderate to low.

Aroma is nice and piny with a little citrus in there as well, no malt. So far so good.

I like this beer too. Thinner than Kryptonite but not watery, the bitterness is spot on, no malt up front with a nice palate of great great pine, earth and citrus hops. Most drinkable out fo the bunch for sure.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant suprise from jammalamma, who just kind of sent me this growler. Really appreciate it, Ben! It was filled on May 28th so it was around 9 days old. Really, really cool looking growler, too. Split last night with the La Crosse crew after a great day of mountain biking.

A - A rich, golden amber with a nice creamy white head. Really nice and splotchy lacing along the sides. Beautiful webbed clouds in the center. A nice looking brews.

S - Boom! Citrus, piney hops! Grapefruit, pineapple, large amounts of orange peel. Mango, papaya and star fruit. Dank basement bitterness.

T - Really bitter with a nice citrus backbone. Orange, lemon, pineapple, melon hops. Just a tiny bit malty, but overall really awesome!

M - Citrus tingle with a bitter, drying effect. Really smooth with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - Really, really impressed with this one! Its like Masala Mama meets Pliny, and then they go over to their cousin Abrasive's house for dinner. Really well balanced, smells great and tastes even better. Home run for Hill Farmstead! Looking forward to more of their offerings in the future. Thanks again Ben for this mighty treat!

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Super cool 750 ml growler. Served in pint glass.
Huge thanks to Baconsausage.

Wow. This beats the hell out of Citra and Ephraim!!! This is great!
This isnt as good as Edward, but this is VERY nice!

Pours a pale hazy gold with a white head of 2 fingers. Great retention and nice thick rings of lacing.
Smells of huge hops-- actually, very reminiscent of Pure Hoppiness by Alpine! Really a nice nose with notes of citrus and pine.
Some great bitterness hits on the finish with lingering dry pine notes. The citrus hops are vibrant and fresh, and in my face awesome. Almost no malt, which is what I've come to expect from HF ipas! This is very nice.

Solid body and good firm carbonation. Excellent bitterness. This is fantastic. I could drink this all night-- as a matter of fact, I'm gonna!
Well done Hill Farmstead! This is my 2nd favorite of your beers-- Edward is my giant #1!

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Photo of Brez07
4.22/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler filled last weekend at the brewery's anniversary. Thanks to Sean (drazzamatazz) for the hook-up. Poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: The beer pours hazy, burnt orange in color. Nice thick 2 finger white head. Kinda thought it would have better retention based on that, but it dwindled to a frothy layer within a minute. Scattered spotted lacing

S: Dominated by citrus but has some nice accompanying minor notes. Grapefruit, tangerine and pine all greet you initially. Some flower mixed in. Also a touch of grass/lemongrass

T: Tastes a lot different then it smells. Starts with a light pine and some bitterness from this. Rather earthy in the middle. Some floral and grapefruit linger in the background. Fairly hoppy, but not the big citrus flavor I was expecting

M: Medium bodied. Soft mouthfeel. The carbonation is there but light for the style. Could be the format. Certainly doesn't distract too much though

D: Drank the shit out of this beer. Potentially dangerous at 8.2%. Don't expect to have this much given the limit distribution of Hill Farmstead but I would order whenever given the chance

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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 TheDudeRules
4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored into my pint glass. Golden honey color with three full fingers of foam head. Lacing is evident. Big citrus fruit on the nose. Carbonation is light to medium. Very light hop bite. Taste lots of grapefruit for me. I won't say I was underwhelmed by this, but I will say this was my least favorite beer I've tried from Hill Farmstead. Good beer, but not stunning.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.57/5  rDev -1.3%
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 rtepiak
4.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the quality of a pliny on the east coast... crisp and complex with a broad not syrupy grain note. pour is golden with a white head. nose is a fruit and cannabis, apple, passionfruit and honey notes. palate is citrus complex sugars of fruit with a brisk ender and a hint of earthy bitterness. this is a summer DIPA that could be had in the middle of a hot day and would leave one feeling lethargic. this is sort of impossible... with that said. a total success.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml growler from the source, filled 3 days ago.

A: Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, it's a beautiful golden orange, as hazy as it gets, 2 fingers of foamy and bubbly white head with extremely tight bubbles. Lacing everywhere. It's a thing of beauty!

S: Fresh, bursting hops, and lots of them. Big tropical fruits: Grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple. Floral notes, some slightly dank herbal notes. Tons of pine. Crystal sweetness. Huge orange, huge tropical fruits. Amazing. Might be the best nose of any beer I've had yet.

T: Wow. Huge tropical fruits with everything I picked up from the nose and more. Floral and herbal notes are there to add a little balance and depth to the hop character with lots of pine in the background. Big malt bill with lots of lightly toasted grains, plenty of crystal malt lends enough sweetness to make the citrus burst with flavor and balance the bitterness, but it doesn't come anywhere near stealing the show or being obtrusive. Finish is fairly bitter, very resinous, and linger herbal/floral notes and a touch of citrus. Has a slight white wine like flavor with alcohol esters on the finish. Unbelievable.

M: Pretty full body, moderate to slightly high carbonation. Extremely smooth yet very resinous and sticky. Amazing how it works. Crisp and easy finish that is a touch dry (due to alcohol) but does still have residual sweetness. Luscious yet crisp and refreshing. I don't get how this can be done. Amazing.

O: I've had some great IPAs/DIPAs, but this is hands down the best I've had to date and easily one of the best overall beer's I've ever tossed back. Picture perfect appearance, a nose so good I want to take a shower in it, use it as cologne, spray it on my beds sheets, capture it in a bottle and carry it everywhere with my nose constantly propped against it. The scary part? The taste is even BETTER! How could this be possible! 9 times out of time a great nose on an IPA is led by a letdown of some degree or at least matches the nose. Rarely does it beat the nose. Never does it beat an epic nose. The body? It defies logic.

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

Theduderules was nice enough to share this fresh growler with the gang.

Smells fresh citrus and hop forwards notes.
At this point I was licking the glass.

Poured into a snifter glass..nice white head slighty hazzy orange pure goodness.

The Citrus/Hops totally mask any hint of alcohol..this DIPA is awesome..so I secured 4 glass from the growler and wanted more.

Everything I have tasted from Hill Farmstead has been good to excpetional..

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

Appearance: Beautiful cloudy orange-amber-apricot pour with great looking lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, papaya, tangerine. Very fresh and tropical

Taste: Similar to the smell, great fresh liquid hops - grapefruit, papaya, tangerine and pine sap. Subdued bready maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, very well done

Drinkability/overall - Dangerously drinkable for 8.2%, very well done DIPA that can run with the big boys.

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

orange colored (slightly cloudy) with weak white head. strong hoppy notes in the smell, more with citrus than anything else with hints of fruit. Light and refreshing taste. grapefruit undertones and more tropical fruit in the background. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Alcohol is nonexistent. Very nice DIPA.

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Photo of afksports
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am I drinking Pliny? I had one fresh lady night and seriously I cannot tell the difference.

I'm having this on tap at Blind Tiger. Thank you, Alan, for hooking this up. The muddy and hazy light orange appearance bears a brilliant head that dissipates but sustains well and leaves lacing all over the glass. The smell is citrus hops and sweet malts to balance - no alcohol. You know this is a hop bomb before sipping, and you know it's gonna be great.

The taste is brilliant. Appearance is really the only difference from Pliny, and I have to wager that in representing the east coast, I'd put this up before any others. I lack the vocabulary, but the
balance is this beer's strength, and it's so freakin harmonious.

I could drink this all the time any day, and I love how it feels goij down. Abner all the way. H&F all the way. Hype machine? Validated.

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Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up during the Hill Farmstead Winter Gathering on February 12. Tried it on tap but didn't wanna review any 4oz samples. Hops fill the room upon opening.

A- Cloudy deep gold with a nice frothy white cap that retains well. Lots of beautiful thick lace rings.

S- A good balance of fresh bread and juicy hops. A ton of peach, grapefruit and general citrus fruit notes fly out of the growler upon opening. Some caramel malt. Also floral behind the peaches. Competes with any West Coast IIPA.

T- Follows the nose for the most part. Emphasis on peach juice and floral hops. Fresh bread, pine, orange, grapefruit.

MF- Creamy foamy feel to this with a nice high end carbonation and bitterness. Goes down too smoothly.

DB- Love the citrus and peaches here. As a whole it is a very well balanced double IPA and I am only awaiting Ephraim to find out how that could possibly be much better than this. Vermont is really becoming a powerhouse of Northeast craft beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbutova for sharing this beastly growler.

Pours hazy orange, white head retains at a half finger and leaves excellent lacing.

Great smell - tons of peach, resin, warm bread, some grapefruit.

Taste follows the smell almost identically. Great peachy/dank/grapefruit hop profile with some citrusy tropicalness as well. Nice warm bread malt backbone as well.

Good mouthfeel, but felt a little thin to me.

Damn! Vermont knows their hops! This is definitely comparable to Heady Topper.

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Photo of atremains
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - honey/cider like appearance with a very exuberant white head that leaves an impressive amount of lacing.
S - citrus is big - peach plays a prominent role in this production. Sweet fresh bread.
T - Swirl of citrus and floral hops. The peaches again are massive and make this beer an amazing drink. Very consistent.
Mf - medium and bready.
D - very balanced and drinkable. Great beer

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Photo of younger35
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My main man from Philly procured me a growler of this fine brew because I'm pretty sure he has a man crush on me. This will be my first brew from Hill Farmstead but I've heard great things! Drank from my Ithaca nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy orange yellowish with a decent half finger bright white head that looks thick and creamy. A decent cap and thick collar remains with a bit of random lacing strewn about.
Smell- Loads of juicy grapefruit seem to burst out of the glass along with a touch of sweet orange peel. Not particularly 'bitter' smelling as the fruitiness has a sort of sweet maltiness behind it. A touch of pine and some earthy grass but that grapefruit is all I can seem to smell. As it warms a touch of butterscotch and a light whiff of alcohol show.
Taste- Holy grapefruit Batman!! It's like someone sprinkled a little sugar on a grapefruit, squeezed it and poured it into my glass. Perhaps a touch of peach mixed in for good measure but the grapefruit is absurd!! It's got the lightest touch of sweetness behind all that fruitiness yet still finishes light and dry. A long linger of grapefruit and orange zest lingers.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice crisp bite of carbonation and an oily dry finish.
Drinkability- Really tasty brewski here. I've tried a lot of IPA's over the years and I love when I get to try something a bit different than all the rest and it still manages to be really good. Not sure what the hop profile of this beer is but it reminds me of Kern River Citra and some of those Troegs Scratch IPA's - except good. Very enjoyable, thanks much Jeff!!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at eulogy in philly

Pours a clouded golden orange with some yellow hues. A decent frothed head retains for a while before leaving rings of spotty lacing around the glass.

A nice punch of citrus hops with grapefruit and orange, slight sweetness, and a bit of grainy malt in the nose.

Plenty of juicy hops in the beginning with grapefruit bitterness. Sweetness from oranges and a touch of pineapple in between the dry hop assault. Biscuit and caramel malt stay in the background but help to balance out the hops. Finishes with another dose of staunch citrus and light sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and dry with an unusual yet pleasing creaminess on the palate with lingering feel. Drinks really well, the alcohol is nonexistent, and the flavors balance out nicely from top to bottom. This was my first beer from Hill Farmstead and I cannot wait to try another one.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2/11/2011

Growler courtesy of bring. Thanks a lot Barry. A growler of Double IPA, just the job! Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy yellowish orange with a soft creamy white head. Some pretty nice retention and scattered lacing.

S: The aroma is pretty explosive, with big apricot, mango, and grapefruit notes. It's moderately floral, with a subtle candied quality. The hops are bright and juicy, and I can't take my nose out of the glass.

T: Massive fruit flavor, with mango, peach, apricot, orange, and grapefruit notes. The fruit is mostly flesh, but there's a touch of rind in there. Alcohol is well masked by the bold hop flavors. Malt provides a slight candied sweetness, but I can't really taste much aside from the hop character. The beer is moderately bitter with very little astringency.

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and a bit odd - it's sort of mealy and granular and it reminds me of the texture you might find on a mango, a pear, or a peach.

Overall: Aside from the mouthfeel, I thought this was stellar. I guess Citra hops were substituted for Centennial in this batch, and they certainly leave their mark. It's ridiculously smooth and drinkable, and the hop aroma and flavor are excellent.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 2,680 ratings
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