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
Ratings:
2,592
Reviews:
380
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aduff860
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grady61
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chong0
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Currently #25 on the Top 250 beers list. I found it on-draught at Threes Brewing for $9 per small pour. Billed as an imperial IPA in spite of its scant 8% ABV.

Pours a white cap - somewhat soft - which recedes within the usual 2 minute timespan. Nothing uniquely good in terms of retention or head appearance, but the thick coating of lacing on the sides of the glass is nice.

Body is a murky nontransparent orange-copper of average vibrance. Appears unfiltered, though no lively yeast or dead lees are visible.

Appearance isn't anything special for an (imperial) IPA, to be honest. Looks pretty standard.

AROMA: Brings notes of yogurt (in classic hill farmstead hop fashion), pale malts, floral hop notes, tangerine citrus, onion, and subtle rindy bitterness. Aromatic intensity is average. The yogurt is the standout hop note, lending uncommon tanginess to the hop profile. Suggests a balanced IPA with a nice hop profile. I'm looking forward to trying it, but aromatically it's not dazzling - just well executed.

TASTE: Fantastic tangy yogurty hop character melts into the tangerine sherbert fruit character, with notes of faint orange creamsicle, floral hops, bright vague citrus, and really faint dried lime in there too. A perfect pale malt sweetness presence keeps the balance impeccable even if the flavour profile as a whole lacks the intricacy of the best beers in the IPA style (let alone the depth and pungency of flavour you'd expect in a terrific imperial IPA).

Hop profile is rather good, but isn't fantastic if we're nitpicking (and one must when confronted with a top 25 beer). Average duration and intensity of flavour (for an IPA; it lacks the punch one wants in a true imperial IPA).

TEXTURE: Refreshing and tangy with a well disguised ABV and an approachable medium body. Soft enough, and well carbonated though not perfectly dialed in. Smooth and wet. Not oily or juicy.

OVERALL: I wish I were in a less crowded environment so I could give this beer a review in finer grain; it's good but not dazzling work from a brewery that excels at capturing an almost unique yogurty hop profile. But depth, subtlety, and intricacy of execution just isn't there yet to make this true Top 250 material. Why it's billed as an imperial IPA is beyond me, but that's neither here nor there. It's a very good IPA I'd happily buy 6ers of if I could, but it isn't worth going out of one's way to track down. Highly drinkable but not dazzling fare from Hill Farmstead.

B (3.64) / GOOD

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks beautiful. Rich, thick, cream colored head that stays. It's got great retention. The body is a hazy golden yellow. It's looks very enticing.

The smell is a great blend of citrus and floral notes. Stong orange with lighter hints of a floral bouquet and fresh cut grass.

The flavor is a 180. Strong piny hop flavor bordering on a bitterness that almost resembles coffee. It's balanced by citrus and a sugary sweetness. Leaving mainly a burning bitterness on the front of the palate and a tangy stickiness on the back of the palate.

The beer has the perfect mouthfeel of a double IPA. Rich fully body balanced by a noticable amount of sharp carbonation and hoppiness.

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

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4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.58 out of 5 based on 2,592 ratings.
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