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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 CuriousMonk
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1.5L swingtop growler (less than 5 day old) into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to a fellow BeerAdvocate for going to the HF release party to pick up a growler for me. Pours hazy gold with a thin white head that lasts very nicely throughout. Wow! The aroma reminds me of the Ephraim, I pick up some mango, tangerine, pineapple, and some grass. The flavor sure reminds me of the Ephraim as the aroma clearly suggested at the beginning. Sweet pines, some lemon, mango, and pineapple are detected across the tongue as well. Thin and smooth mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. This is a very dangerously drinkable DIPA from Hill Farmstead. Glad to have tried this one out!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Head is bright-white and fluffy to start. Tiny wisp of a cap with a small collar. Some splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Stone fruit. Very vague notions of tangerine and grapefruit. Loaded with mango and peach and some pineapple. Slightly bitter pine needle. Juicy fruit. Malts are typically light and bready. Touches of pale malt sweetness with honeyed biscuits and some undercooked white bread. Slightly caramelized malt sugars. Deeply floral with some hints of hibiscus. Pine sap and some raw honey. Big and bold without being too aggressive.

Taste: Follows the nose closely with a touch more bitterness. Tons of stone fruit - mango, peach, and something like papaya. Tangerine with some touches of grapefruit and orange rind. Oily resin. Tons of floral elements. Fresh flowers, dried almost hibiscus. Bitter pith. Malts are lightly sweet with a combination of pale malts - offering bready elements and a touch of raw biscuit dough - and some slightly sweeter caramel malt. Bready. Bitter pine needle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Initial sip is slightly slick. What I want to see out of the style. A little sticky.

Overall: We can be friends.

A nice Imperial IPA. It's big but balanced and carries that drinkable quality every Hill Farmstead IPA has.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blackback in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy dark orange with one finger of white head. Good spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Really juicy. Mango, tangerine, pineapple. Lot's of sweet juicy fruits. Really inviting sweet hops. Spent lot's of time on the aroma of this and didn't wanna stop smelling.

T - Some boozy pineapple and lot's of sweet tropical fruits. Bright hops again. Mango, passionfruit.

M - Pretty strong bitterness, strong carbonation, medium body.

O/D - I enjoyed this quite a bit. Tons of hop depth. Really nice to sip and contemplate. Hops really shine well. I can't tell if I could drink a ton of this, but it was definitely a pleasure.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/16/12 notes. Huge, huge thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo for this one; thanks Joey! Big want of mine for a while but always missed out on it. Poured from a 750ml swing top growler; filled less than 48 hours earlier.

a - Pours a murky orange-yellow color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Nose has that awesome Hill Farmstead hoppy nose to it. Smells of pine hops, oranges, tangerines, citrus hops, grapefruit, yeast, floral hops, some earthy notes. Loads of hops; very nice nose.

t - Tastes of pine hops, resin, citrus hops, grapefruit, floral hops, fruity malts, oranges. At first I didn't find any bitterness at all to it, and the more I drank it I felt a tiny bit of light bitterness, but much less than something like Ephraim. Very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body has some light bitterness but not much. Very nice.

o - Overall another awesome beer from HF and a great DIPA. Up there with their best beers and on par with something like Ephraim IMO, though I still prefer their Society & Solitude #4 and #5. Super hoppy and not a lot of bitterness, would love to have this one again sometime.

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Photo of gibby
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my favorite local spot, TJ's in Paoli, PA

Arrived in a snifter glass glass with no visible head. Nice bright peach color when I held it up to the light. A big blast of grapefruit, lemony citrus hops hits you instantly when smelling the beer, very nice. Taste has a lot of the grapefruit, lemon, orange again with a slight bit of pine. No hint of alcohol at all. Very tasty dipa. Great silky smooth mouth feel and perfect for the style in my opinion. I had 2 glasses and I would of had another couple if I had a DD with me. Very glad to finally try this beer and highly recommended. One of the best east coast ipa's for sure in my book.

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Photo of Pahn
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 liter growler into Duvel tulip. Filled 7/28/12, drank and reviewed 8/1/12 (not the whole thing).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that takes its time to dissipate. Pours a glowing, opaque orange. Leaves a few arches of lacing now and then.

Smell: Dank oniony hop pungency at first (from the Chinook or Columbus I would guess), with a pine backdrop and a hint of citrus. Pale malt creeps up and somehow stands with the bold, aromatic hops.

With time and warmth, tons of citrus comes out in the aroma, overwhelming the dank elements and the malt. Eventually manifests as a citrus hop bomb with piny undertones. Beautiful throughout.

Taste: Tons of succulent hop flavor up front, predominantly tropical fruit flavors (mango, mystery tropical fruits), with some alcohol heat and pale malt through the middle, with a long citrusy aftertaste. Not fermented as clean as some of their lower ABV pale ales, with a boozy, yeasty sweetness present as in Dogfish Head's DIPAs. High hop bitterness keeps that from being cloying or clashing with all the great-but-disparate hop flavors.

As with the aroma, the taste is just a cornucopia of beautiful hops. Some notably (to me) absent tangerine-y/melon-y flavors (noticed them in every other Hill Farmstead pale ale I've tried) eventually come out, particularly in the finish. Beginning of each sip is always succulent, with a few distinct, usually fruity or occasionally citrusy hop flavors. Great cereal grain flavor that's common in top end APAs but rare in any DIPAs comes up now and then, which both impresses and delights me (as does the hop extravaganza, which is the main story of this beer).

Mouthfeel: A touch on the full side of medium bodied. Creamy feel, with a lot of alcohol heat and bitterness. Pretty dry finish, which goes great with that citrusy aftertaste.

Overall: Excellent DIPA, worthy of being in Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, Double Sunshine conversations. This beer has a lot to suggest it, but at the moment what's striking me is how much it rises to the challenge of justifying such a high ABV. Few beers match the ABV intensity increase (in comparison to APAs / IPAs) so well with hop intensity increases, or appropriate mouthfeel. Geniusly crafted beer, as expected from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of hillvt4me
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy and yellow hue. Dense foamy head that linger for awhile.

S: citrus, pine and tropical notes; as u expect from any solid DIPA.

T: Solid grapefruit and lemon bitterness with playful pine mixed in.

M: Medium carbonation. Nicely dry and crisp. Really drinkable and ETOH is hidden.

O: Reviewed from prior tasting notes of mid march. First time at Black back pub in Waterbury; now always one eye open. Cheers to a dope DIPA.

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Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler bottled two days ago.

A: Pours a hazy light orange? Tall and bubbly light tan head. Head is soda-like initially but settles down to more of a light, foamy mass. Great retention but just spotty lacing.

S: Floral with lots of citrus following. Pretty sweet smelling, borderline juicy in fact. Get some nice apricot when swirled. Yum.

T: Very citrusy and juicy up front. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Bready malt. Floral hit with a huge wave of bitterness in the finish. Quite bitter and drying on the back end, giving it a sort of resinous lingering mouthfeel and taste. Tastes almost sort of minerally between sips.

M: Shockingly heavy bodied. Very full bodied and coats the mouth well.

O: Hell of a DIPA. Great full mouthfeel and very smooth for having such big, bold hop flavors and bitterness. It creates a very nice balance and ups the drinkability. Make no mistake though, this thing has some sharp flavors and some serious bitterness on the back end.

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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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Photo of NoLiberty
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a Hill Farmstead swing top growler two days after acquisition at the Harvest Festival. Drank with a great dinner of roasted beets and Cabot cheddar alfredo Abner gave the meal complexity, refreshment, balance and completeness.

The color is clear orange color with light gold tones. A thick white, decadent head plumes up to the top of the Hill Farmstead Euro glass and slowly resides into a sticky meringue cap. Yum. Lacing clings to the edges and pulls down throughout the rest of the drink as it follows the slowly descending cap of white foam.

The aroma is on-the-one-hand luscious, sweet, and dank and on the other piney, ripe and citrus fresh. The smell is all about fresh, ripe hops with a warming balance of malt.

The taste follows right behind the smell and improves on the hop party with a quenching citrus bite that moves to ripe tangerine and finishes with a piney bitterness twang. Oh Damn! That's good.

Really nice mouthfeel. Light with just enough body to carry the weight of those hops. Super soft, smooth but very well developed carbonation.

Not since 90 Min came onto the scene has the East Coast seen such an upping-of-the-ante in hopped beers.

Thank you.

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Photo of atremains
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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 IvoryFoxhole
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 8/8/14 and poured into Belgian ale glass same day.

A) Cloudy amber, big head with good retention and lots of lacing.

S) Very floral up front, malts and some yeast in background.

T) This is all about the hops, very little of anything else. You get tropical and citrus flavors, lots of them.

M) Medium-bodied, light carbonation, very good balance, dry finish.

Definitely lives up to billing. Too bad the brewery is 625 miles away or I would be a frequent customer.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow. Sunshine or lemon yellow with an orange blush on it. A fat head of creamy white foam adorns this beer and it looks striking. It has a beautiful tempting nose. Succulent hops, their citrusy fruitiness and some spice. A bit of soft sweetness for malt. It's the fruit peel that comes forward first and then as it drinks, some tangier tropical flavors. Dry biscuit malt that's a touch earthy and a lovely and balanced hop bitter finishes this one with grace and poise. A floral that comes to to the nose subtly and translates into the drink almost unnoticed except for it's lightness , it's flower petal backnotes. Dry with a crisp middle this drinks heavenly. It has stature and a tallness in the glass. It 's the way that the flavors come together with the spice creeping up on you until it ends with a slight flourish. It's the way the malt is softly sweet but not too sweet and how the fruit character seems to soar. It's the balance in the drink and in the end and that the bitterness is complimentary not dominating.

This was tremendous. Thanks Roguer for sharing this on with me.

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

2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into an oversized tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper right out of the gate, with 2 rich fingers of bright-white head. This shrinks down considerably but hangs tough with a solid ½ finger that leaves a robust cascade of spotty and foamy lacing all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is leafy and herbal smelling, punctuated with sharp pangs of pine and spice that are then layered on top of notes of grapefruit, earth, and citrus peel. Toasted bread and sugars hang on the edges, helping even things out the nose. This is all about the hop flavors though, with a bold freshness to them that are fantastic. Great DIPA aroma here.

The bitterness of the taste starts out with a big juicy base of grapefruit but much of the sharper aspects of this are coming from some STRONG pine resins, spice, and aggressive citrus rind grittiness. More herbal tones add some soft mellowness to this, while notes of light toast and honeyed sweetness provide an awesome balance here that is right in tune with those bright hoppy flavors. Bitterness rocks the finish of this with pine and spice in particular really lying on the palate thick. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller in the mouth, with a crispness up front that prickles the tip of the tongue before melding into a smooth slickness that rolls across the mouth. The oily slickness here really compliments that fresh hop character here. Very, very, light warmth overall for an 8% beer, basically just adding a larger presence to the body that matches those full flavors, and dishing up absolutely zero alcohol flavors of any kind.

Wow, just another fantastic hopped-up offering here from Hill Farmstead, with bold hop flavors, impeccable balance, and a ridiculous drinkibility for the size. This took a little bit to work its magic on me but once I got into that second glass, I was a believer. I hate to sound like a full-blown mark for this new brewery, but man, I really do think that these beers are that good.

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Photo of dhitchcox
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark orange. Slightly hazy. Low carb; little head retention.
Smell: Subtle citrus dominates. Grapefruit or blood orange. Rich overall.
Taste: Similar to the aromas. Very juicy. Slight pineapple-peach thing going on.
Feel: Rough bitter bite on the tongue throughout the drink.
Overall: Really delicious flavors and pleasing aromas.

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

Tons of herbal funk that I'm reluctant to call dank - it's most underbrush on a wet spring day, it's broken fir boughs after a storm, wildflowers and warm grasses - coupled with some citrus and mango notes. But it's that field aroma that makes it for me. Mouth is chewy yet finishes crisp.

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

On tap at arsmby abbey poured into a stemmed goblet

Hazy orange with a solid one finger white foam cap. Classic NE IPA style

Very Fragrant orange citrus nose

Taste of citrus hops with a whisper of pine. Taste lingers but does not bite

Good beer

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

From a refillable bottle gotten at the brewery today.

A: Like all the other DIPA's, this pours a dark yellow color, hazy, with a strong pure white head that has good retention. Lacing is pretty good too.

S: First things I noticed are the lemon and clementine juice. Then, there is ripe mangoes and apricot followed by very ripe pineapples. I didn't expect this much sweetness from this beer to be honest. It is like powder sugar and a tiny tiny amount of caramel.

T: First off, you get the lemon/clementine attack. Then, you get assaulted by the hops. A quite impressive amount of dry-ness comes in the shape of citrus peels, just like biting into a bitter grapefruit peel directly, very strong. Then, you get the powdered sugar finale. What is weird with this beer, is that it seems to "echo". You go back to the lemon/clementine then hops then sweetness all over again. It's like the tastes are so strong by themselves that they all lingers on. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Very sour and dry, but also sweet.

M: Quite light but quite sticky too, which is not my preference.

O: This is quite unique I must say in a world of copycats. From a brewery that mastered the DIPA style, I get this, and it is quite different but I can't seem to describe how it is different (maybe it's the use of more "traditional" hops than what we are used to see in the DIPA scene). A must try for any hop-whores. This is very drinkable stuff too.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy white head that lingers at about two fingers for quite a while out of the growler. It laces beautifully down the glass through the entire session.

Aroma is citrus and a hint of resin. It's a bright aroma, but not sharp. Not overbearing, but assertive.

Taste is a nice balance of citrusy hops and malt backbone with a bit of hop oil that lends a good mouthfeel. it ultimately finishes a little dry and tart with a tail end of the hop bitterness.

Overall, a very drinkable, tasty IIPA.

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

On-tap at the Memphis Taproom in Philly; served in a tulip

An apricot colored body sits underneath two+ fingers of off-white foam. Excellent retention and sticky clumps of lace all over the glass.

Loads of citrus and tropical fruit leap out of the glass. Ruby red grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and guava on top of a super clean malt bill.

On the palate, the hops explode and recede slowly, leaving a moderate bitterness in its wake. Mangoes, tangerines, ruby red grapefruit and guava lend a fruity, playful hop profile that is a delight to put back.

Medium body with active carbonation. Not as hefty as some of the other HF ipas. A little more light and playful. Finish is fruity and moderately bitter.

Overall, this is an extremely solid an delicious iipa. This is welcome in my glass any day.

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

Poured from a 750ml growler into a plastic hotel cup.

A: pours a beautiful hazy golden with a finger of fluffy white head that dissapates nicley.... Tons of beautiful lacing, this is a beautiful beer.

S: hops hops hops, coming through like a tropical citrus blast, super fresh pineyness is mixed in there as well, this smells phenomenal.

T: does not dissapoint layer and layer of tropical citrus hops, along with some nice resinous pine... There is just the right amount if bitterness here to keep the beer from beig sweet. Loads of delicious hop flavor... Amazing balance.

M: great medium body with a nice, full lush mouthfeel, then dry and a bit bitter on the finish.

O: this may very well be my favorite dipa, it's right up there, if not better then the best... A phenomenal brew, so glad I had the opportunity to visit these guys and grab these awesome growlers.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Eulogy.

Pours a very dark, hazy and completely opaque golden orange color with dark tangerine/orange hues and a one finger frothy white head.  Decent retention slowly fading into a thick lasting cap.  Sporadic streaks, rings and chunk of soapy lacing.  

Slightly earthy aroma with dank resinous hops and lots of earthy pine balanced by sweet citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt.  Lots of grapefruit in the nose with mango, orange peel and tangerine.  Pale malt underneath with hints of biscuit and graham cracker but this thing is bursting with tropical/citrus fruit.

Medim bodied with a blast of dry, dank, earthy hops up front with hints of pine and dry bitterness balanced by a sweet tropical/ citrus fruit presence.  Fuller bodied than expected and slightly creamy with hints of papaya ,lots of grapefruit and orange peel as well as some mango.  Dry, dank earthy hop presence balanced by the citrus.  Really dry and bitter at first but as the glass warms it becomes extremely well balanced with a ton of citrus and tropical fruit notes.

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Photo of Erockruns
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Superbly balanced with an excellent blend of citrus and earthy hops. As with most elite IPAs....you enjoy it more and more with each sip and nothing takes a dominant role and the complexity unravels over time. Another fine drinking experience. Hill Farmstead has a collection of beers that will rival anyone in the world.

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Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML growler delivered to my humble abode, not even part of a trade, just because, by that prince among traders: moose3285. Thanks doesn't quite cut it, but thanks!

Growler pops & fizzes appropriately, & the pour is heady over a furrowed yellow brow. The nose, holy hand grenades, is just grand. LIke a Jamaican fruit salad, it actually immediately took me back to sipping banana dacquiris right off the beach, where the bartender was pulling bananas off the canopy of the bar. Plus one for sparking a good, ancient memory!

Abner should have a Caribbean toothpick umbrella in it. Ripe fruits burst their skin at the slightest touch: papaya, pineapple, orange, citrus, banana, tangerine. Moderate bitterness stings in the middle to keep the fruitcopia from becoming to sweet or cloying. Oily presence that's so welcome in top-notch IPA/IIPAs. I can't keep my hands off the glass, or my face, & I'm wishing for another 750ML to magically appear. <nod> <nod> <nod>. Nope.

I'm trying to use my words. This is bloody good. Bitter & fruity mixed with the touch of a master DJ. Excellent beer that would hold its head high among the best IPAs in the world. Thanks again, Mike.

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