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

Had this on-tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Shaun Hill's arrogance, I have to admit this brew is pretty legit.

A: Poured a very cloudy, golden color, with a slight, 1/2 finger head.

S: Floral in spades, with that certain "Dreadnaught-esque" candy-coated alcohol that is absolutely to die for.

T: Very Dreadnaught-esque in its IPA disposition: Fresh Orange juice, grapefruit, and some caramel and butterscotch thrown into the mix.

M: Hell, what do I know here. I guess I'll add that it's lowly carbonated, non-sugary, and damn-near perfect here.

O: This lives up to its hype, for sure.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into Hunahpu snifter. Filled this past weekend. Thanks to shawdeuce22 for this one.

A- Pours a hazy opaque light yellowish orange, about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves some spotty layered lacing, about average carbonation.

S- Very fruity citrus hops that have a very strong aroma. Smells of grapefruit, mangos, papaya, citra hops, lemons, and other tropical fruits. Aroma is right up there with some of the best DIPAs.

T- Lots of sweet citrusy hops, strong taste of grapefruit, mango, and other tropical and slightly citrusy fruits. A tiny bit bitter on the finish, but nothing that impedes the taste.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation- perfect amount in my opinion, goes down incredibly easy, extremely smooth and well balanced, abv almost impossible to detect.

O- Another fantastic DIPA out of Vermont. Definitely one of the best DIPAs I've ever had, I'd drink this over just about any other DIPA including some of those other VT ones. Everything blends perfectly with nice fruity hop characteristics and insanely easy to drink. I'll definitely be drinking this again in the future. Have to have this fresh. I've had it fresh from the growler and on-tap and both times it blew me away.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance- Hazy yellow, medium head with good lacing.

Smell- Mango, guava, pine, slight acidity.

Taste- Citrus backed by light pale malts. Resinous but also fruity. This is extremely light for a double IPA. Way too drinkable, almost scary.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean, highly carbonated.

Overall- Vermont double IPAs are a style that I don't quite understand. The ones I have tried have all been lighter than most single IPAs but pack a huge punch. This was a delicious, very drinkable beer but not what I look for in a double IPA.

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

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a growler of this on 2/6/11.

A - Poured a hazy golden, orange-tinted body with a bright white pouf of foam on top that deposited some nice craggy lacing around the glass.

S - Pungent West Coast nose with a dominant grapefruit presence as well as a hint of pine and sweet malts. This sucker smells juicy! A hint of alcohol fume also creeps into the mix after the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Juicy hops abound! Abner releases a fairly potent grapefruit blast, giving the flavor a bold citrus personality. A dousing of sticky, sweet pine complements the citrusy notes nicely. The sweet caramel notes offer a bit of balance to the otherwise full-on hop assault going on here.

M - Medium bodied with a very oily texture and just a pinch of bristly carbonation, resulting in subtle effervescence. Finish is semi-dry with plenty of lingering bitterness on the palate and very little noticeable alcohol heat.

D - Abner is a really juicy hop bomb that hides his alcohol quite well. Great first impression of this brewery!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler that was 3-4 weeks old. Light in color, great hop aroma, and the flavors that came through were incredible. Lots of citrus and floral notes and a very balanced flavor profile.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL growler into a tulip glass. Best by October 1, 2015 date so I'm a day late.

Still retains its carbonation judging by the frothy and creamy pale white head. Streaming carbonation reaffirms that. Copper-colored body showing excellent clarity. Lacing by the ton, think wild west brothel. 5

My, my, my. I know that smell. It's my favorite. Bright, popping sweet and mellow honeydew and canteloupe. I love this aroma. Reminds me of Yellow Rose, which I can't get enough of. I'd leave it at that because it's such a dominant and yet pleasant aroma, but to expand a bit, this has a bubblegum, floral quality and alluring sweetness. Hints of citrus. Beautiful. 4.5

While I immediately connected this beer to the Yellow Rose I love and adore as far as the aroma, the flavor diverges quite a bit. Sweet melon flavors, bubblegum and flowers carry on from the nose, but there's much more of a bitter, grapefruit peel flavor hitting my tongue. Light caramel notes squeak in front palate before the citrusy side of the beer make a forceful entrance. This is pretty remarkable. 4.5

Smooth, floral and mildly yeasty initially before the emergence of a more assertive zesty, tangy citrus feel. Smooth all around though. Creamy, minerally, and bitter. 4.25

What else to say? Damn good.

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Photo of wasatchback
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 350mlm growler at the brewery. Ended up waiting almost 10 days before popping the top. A great blend of pine/citrus/and resin. This was a nice change from the "juice bombs" everyone is brewing now. Look is a nice light orange with moderate haze, leaving lines the glass. HF just nails the body and mouthfeel. For a highly hopped 8.2% DIPA this beer comes off as almost delicate. Such an incredibly balanced beer. Malt flavor is just strong enough to provide backbone for all the hops. So smooth and easy to drink. Amazing execution of this style.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Franklinn for this one.

A - This is a perfect looking Double IPA. Great thick head that goes up to one finger and leaves some spotty lacing as it diminishes to a nice cap and ring. And the hazy apricot color is beyond beautiful, its almost radiating

S - Big hit of tropical fruit and sweetness. Hop oil comes through big almost imparting a "bitter" smell similar to aspirin. Huge citrus and pine. It seems the hop profile gives this beer an awesome depth as almost all hop bases are covered just in the smell

T - Almost perfect balance between malt and hops, the malt is just barely there to bring the hop rocket back to earth. For having 170 "theoretical" IBUs this beer is not overly bittered. It is so damn smooth I would never think that the alcohol was above 5%.

M - Slightly heavy on the medium side of viscosity. I could use just a little more carbonation, but I'm just nit-picking, this is some great shit!

Worth seeking out, definitely memorable!

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Photo of aleigator
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yields a completely hazed yellow-golden mango pulp color with a fluffy, stable white head.

Smells of a very intriguing hop plethora, with just the lightest note of cakey malts, perfectly complimenting to the orange quality of the hops. Also packs lime zest, wet grass a hint of dried blueberries and fresh fallen leaves.

Has a fantastic smooth, fuller bodied mouthfeel with a lively finish, never loosing any of its softness on the tongue. While turning remarkably dry, especially during the finish, the beer stays in perfect balance throughout, due to light white bread malts.

Shines from the very first moment by its world class mouthfeel, which is incredibly creamy and soft, slowly inviting fruity hops to the palate. Lemon pulp, orange peel and some unripe mango get amped up by a pleasant, adapting onion sharpness and soothing wet grass. Its only indication that this is an 8 abv beer is its doughy malt balance, which gets recognizable by rounding out the hop melange, providing just a hint of sweet maltiness - the beer drinks incredibly easy. Looses its fruitiness during late mid palate, slowly getting replaced by more silkness and an intense, long lasting lemon and leaf dryness, producing a short, earthy ginger peak.

Very impressive double ipa, gaining much of its greatness from the incredibly silk mouthfeel, while its perfectly hop composition does the rest. Awesome how this develops on the palate, turns from fruity to herbal to dry - always soothed by soft malts, very well pronounced and clean.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Time to revisit this beer; my review from the first batch appears below.

Enjoyed (a couple) on tap at Frida's in Stowe.

A: Hazy light orange color with a medium size sticky head.

S: Wonderful citrusy hops with floral and dank notes in the background. Like sniffing fresh hop cones. Malt is also perceptible. A hint of alcohol, but tough to pick out from hop aroma. Very clean.

T: More of the same; powerful citrus/herbal hops held up by fairly substantial malt backbone. Clean finish with sweet malt and hop bitterness coming together. Alcohol is fairly hidden but blends well with hops when noticed.

M: Wonderful. Starts full bodied and finishes pleasantly dry. Everything blends perfectly. Could drink this all night, or at least until I lost consciousness.

O: Another world class HF beer. Shaun obviously worked on this beer and improved it substantially from its initial form (not that it wasn't pretty damn good 2 years ago...).

(OLD REVIEW, MAY 2010):
On tap at the grand opening. Pours a dark golden color with hints of orange, slightly hazy. Piney hops in the nose with a hint of malt. High hop bitterness backed up by some body and high hop flavor; slight grassy/vegetal notes. Alcohol is somewhat hidden but detectable. Finishes well and hops linger on the tongue. Tasty and enjoyable, but not quite as complex as Edward, IMO.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beverage. Smells of faint peach and apricot hit the nostrils from the hope varieties I assume. Gorgeous cloudy pale orange that looks like an autumn sunrise and has an ultra smooth mouthfeel that is creamy and just gorgeous. Yet another great offering from HF.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml growler courtesy of Camden. I can tell you that you've helped make an incredibly trying time a bit more bearable. Thank you.

Foggy medium orange with a thin egg white cover and some pleasant stick.

Smells of creamy peachy mango surprise. A white pepperyness lingers as well.

Taste follows suit with a big bright citric presence and a dank herbal middle that finishes with a dry cutting bitterness. Fruits pop lively along the palate. Papaya comes to mind as well. Slightly oily, the hops glide along the entire sip, tap dancing all over my tasting places.

Mouthfeel is like pureed fruit smoothie; this just slides along the tongue.

An interesting beer: for the first half of the bottle I wasn't all that impressed and didn't feel there was much cohesion. Towards the second half, however, the fruit smoothie aspects really began to present themselves. The presentation of these growlers makes the experience somehow feel unique and enjoyable.

As always, thanks for the opportunity to drink a want and for allowing me the chance to try this.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very hazy and yellow/orange in color. Great two finger foamy head that continues to linger for awhile.

S: Very fruity and piney upfront with citrus and tropical notes. .

T: Nicely dry and refreshing. Solid bitterness throughout but not harsh or overpowering. Citrus with a bit of lemon some mango.

M: Medium carbonation. Nicely dry and crisp. Very refreshing.

O: A little over-hyped but really solid and something I would always drink. Reminds me of Lunch.

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

Growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange hue.

Smell - Citrus, pine and dank nose.

Taste - The citrus and pine notes are nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good, not great. Tick another one!

Grade (A-)

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good but def not my fav offering from Hill Farmstead. Very good taste and doesn't drink like a imperial double, very smooth but I was a little let down.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer: 1 finger Snow White head with good retention and tons of lacing; opaque, pulpy light orange and yellow brew.

Full, classic DIPA aromas. Light biscuit, slight tropical fruit, lots of citrus, a hint of pepper.

Delicious! Tons of juice: mango, lemon, creamy pale malts, biscuit, and slight pepper. Far more tropical fruit than citrus. Some citrus peel and pine resin on the backend.

Creamy, relaxed mouthfeel. Soft yet lively.

Another delicious hoppy beer from HF.

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Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 ThePorterSorter
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 2 days ago after a visit to the brewery.

The beer pours an effervescent, hazy yellow-orange with an inch of a dense, creamy looking white head. A vigorous swirl regenerates the head and washes away the lacing. The nose has a subtle hoppiness that's slightly floral and citrusy followed by a modest sweetness. The taste manages to pack in even more flavor that reminds me of a cleaner, more drinkable heady topper (...which seems insane to say). The beer has an absolute perfect balance between hop fruitiness, bitterness, and sweetness from the malt and added sugars. The aftertaste is slightly citrusy and bitter and finishes semi-dry as a gush of carbonation carries the beer down into the depths of my innards. This beer is certainly world class and worth trying...but I can't see it being bottled for the masses.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for pouring me this, HopHead84!

Slightly hazed, glowing apricot/orange color with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves great stick all the way down the glass.

The aroma is terrific and I knew this was a very special DIPA on first whiff. The aroma is a combination of pungent citrus flesh, tropical fruit, and floral notes. The combination is lovely.

The flavor too is wonderful. The tropical fruit, citrus notes, and floral elements combine together magnificently well. The bitterness is only moderate, which makes this beer remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to lower carbonation. Amazingly drinkable.

World-class.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler brought back from autumn fest- thanks Scott!!! Pours a bright, clear orange with a thin white head. Smells like HOPS!!! Tons of citrus. Good god, like a west coast gem, but from the VT!!!! Taste is similar - a nice citrusy start but with a fairly bitter finish. Just wonderful! Thin, light mouthfeel. Can't wait to get more of this, along with the other HF beers!

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Photo of Skellbop
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Opaque, light orange. Not much head, though significant lacing

S: Nothing too strong on the nose; some faint citrus and maybe a bit of florality

T: Slight citrus/floral notes upfront with a very nice, but not overpowering pine taste on the back end. Very nice. Hides ABV and IBU well

F: Smooth, with a level of carbonation that complements the balanced flavor profile

O: Really enjoyed the beer and would look forward to having it again

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Photo of M_chav
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - dehydrated pee, super cloudy dark golden hues
S - Oh yeah, this is gonna be delicious
T - Damn, this is delicious. Wasn't prepared for the malty backbone, but tons of stone fruits and dankness going on, am I doing weed right now?
F - One of the smoothest 100+ IBUs I've ever consumed
O - excellent stuff, I want to meet Abner and share a glass with him someday too

I have to add: This is one of those beers that you need to sit and have more and more of.. It seems to really open up and become even more impressive as your sitting goes, only other beer I've said this same thing about is Pliny the Younger

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this one was tough to track down. Twice while in VT I just missed getting some. Then one of my fave brew pubs down here had it on tap but again I missed out by hours. I swore I wouldn't let that happen again. 2 more swings n misses before I finally got to try this fine brew yesterday and it did not disappoint. Another fine IPA out of VT. Nice golden color - not mush of an aroma but what was there was pleasant. The taste was exactly what I expected, nice hop hit and super smooth with tons of flavor. Well worth the effort. Cheers

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the source, 1 week old. Looks like other Hill hoppy beers I've had. Opaque, sort of orangeish deep honey. One finger white head. Not much if any lacing. The aroma is so complex. Pine, citrus, dank wet hops, almost earthy dirty grit. Very green hop aroma. Pretty insanely complex flavour to match the complex aroma. Citrusy, pithy, and well yes bitter. Abner is a little dank. The biggening is all hops, then you get some malty quality. There is certainly a little crystal malt in here adding a hint of sweetness to balance the hop assault. On my palate this beer is full, juicy from the hops, and well rather good. Could be a hint more dry. Overall this is a tad sweet for me, but that is the only thing I could possible say to take away from how awesome this beer is. Balance, huge hops, great balance, top notch.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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