Abner | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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 Mikeluzzjr
3.56/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kiteman
3.6/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - yellow orange and clear.
S - great aroma from the strong hop profile. The citrus and pine notes really set the scene.
T - whoa. WAY too much alcohol flavor. Shockingly so for how highly rated this beer is. Plinys ability to hide alcohol must be unique. For me this knocks this beer down. The rest of the taste is in line with a great American IPA or apa. The strong alcohol presence will prevent me from buying the beer again.
M - very nice carbonation and very consistent.
O - I was delighted to get this beer on draught at the brewery (after a 4 hour wait!!!) but thought that this beer did NOT live up to the experience or the hype. Hill farmstead makes good beers but in my opinion and experience totally not worth it. Sorry HF fans.

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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 nkersten
3.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Sean for hooking this one up at growlerfest part one. Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler, a burnt orange, slightly hazy, with a small off white bubbly head that sits at the edge of the glass. Huge grassy hop aroma, slightly resinous with a light straw like malt, only a hint of sweet malt. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, big grassy hops, pine resin, slightly earthy, some citrus, malty bread crust, some biscuit malts, sweet finish. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. A decent DIPA, but for the most part is just seems like a doubled up version of edward, which I prefer to this one.

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Photo of McSmack
3.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this and Society and Solitude #4 on draft and cannot see where the high ratings come from. It is a solid unfiltered looking VT beer, but does not compare to Heady or Second Fiddle IMO.

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alerxovawo
3.77/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tarheels86
3.8/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of ygtbsm94. Pours a clear light orange with a thin, white head that leaves no lace. Aroma is dank fresh hop, bright citrus, passionfruit. Taste is dry overall with massive resinous hops. Really insanely hop-forward and lacking complexity. 6/7/2010 8/3/7/4/14=3.6

Growler thanks to oteyj. Pours a glowing, deep, muddy orange- hazy. Medium, off-white head. Webby, bigger lace. Nose is sugary apricot, vanilla, jackfruit, pineapple, sugary braised kumquat. Moves to sugar artificial orange Gatorade powder with meaty melon characters. Taste is bright, astringent, quite tart/acidic and big lemon. Grapefruit sections. Lacks finesse. Way too rip your head off for me. 11/22/2011 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving into a 9oz snifter for $6.25. Sampled 2/1/11.

A: One finger or less of foamy white head that has below average retention and left only a few straggles of lace in its wake. The body is a gorgeous light and pale mango color, very hazy and completely opaque until held to light. Lacing is minimal.

S: The nose immediately after the pour was phenomenal. Mango dominated tropical fruits. Pineapple, papaya, citrus. Bright, clean, punchy. Easily a 5. As it warms, however, solventy alcohol becomes noticeable and, by the end of the glass, the nose is no better than your average DIPA.

T: The taste doesn't measure up to my initial impressions of the aroma but it doesn't drop off after warming like the nose did. A small[er] malt presence lets the strong hop bitterness shine. Some heat on the back end of the palate.

M: Shaun always delivers in the mouthfeel department (pause) but Abner falls short of high expectations here. Medium-light body, softly carbonated and thin at times.

D: [DRINKABILITY] I'll probably order Abner 9 times out of 10 when it's available on draft but there are definitely better DIPAs to be had.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Sean for supplying this at our UFC 126/Showtoons event.

A - Orangish body with some haze that had a nice foamy head. Decent retention as the head left some spots behind.

S - Citrus and floral hops, some earth tones, and a nice bitter quality. Slight hint of phenols or ethanol, but it's small enough that it doesn't really detract from the aroma.

T - Citrus and slightly tropical hop and sweetness notes. Pine is mostly in the form of resin, which is nicely bitter without becoming grating. Sweet caramel malts in a hop-foward beer.

M - Medium bodied with a nice dose of carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to drink, not my favorite DIPA ever, just slightly too sugary, but this is a good one that you can put down easily enough.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.58 out of 5 based on 2,638 ratings.
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