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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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375
Ratings:
2,515
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks to idrinkgas for sending this over.

Appearance: Out of the growler, my pour has a nice creamy froth of a white head above a cloudy tangerine beer. Pretty nice retention from a growler.

Smell: Some lightly sweet crackery malt. The aroma is full of hops. Floral, some grassy, lots of grapefruit, and a bit of spicy pine. Very nice.

Taste: A good amount of biscuity malt does its best to stand up to the hops, but fairly quickly the tidal wave of hops wins. A balanced hop presence - grapefruit citrus, some grass, and some prickly pine. The finish is fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Balanced full body, a little bit of booze. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Lightly grainy, not much hop oil left on the tongue after each sip.

Overall: This is a well made, balanced, hop bomb. Very good, I have no qualms about finishing a decent portion of this growler.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Abner, on tap at Armsby Abbey in Woosta, Mass

Appearance: Served in Belgian 50-cl glass with huge 4-finger foamy head that slowly melts away and leaves massive lacing. Color is similar to Galaxy or Edward: hazy orange, deep and dirty and artisanal, like fresh apple cider from the farm.

Smell: Sweetness, citrus, a bit ofpineapple syrup. Some light spice and freshly pollinated flowers. Honey. Fresh, bright, enticing.

Taste: Smooth and easy, what you get first is a wave of boozy sugar-like sweetness. Sort of like rum cake. Tropical punch follows, and some fresh and bursting hops. Nothing extreme despite the ABV. Smooth like Keith S. and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Did I mention smooth? Medium body, almost full flavor, good carbonation. Could use more strength (thin around the edges) but good. An utter pleasure to drink.

Overall: Exceptionally drinkable, barely a hint of that 8.0%. And always that outrageous, fresh-from-the-farm taste you get with all of Hill’s brews.

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Photo of craytonic
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Gtreid
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TCassel1 for the HF hookup. Growler poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a rather murkey, pale orangish, yellow color. Big two finger off white head, nice retention, and big, thick lace.

A: Pine, and grapefruit. Huge hoppy nose, with a nice malt backbone to try and give this one some semblence of balance. The hops are fresh, smell great and actually give the beer a greenish tint to it.

T: Again, all about the hops, there has to be atleast 5 different varieties in there. This has got to be the bitterest beer that has ever touched my lips, but it's pretty darn good. Notes of orange peel, lemon, and pine sap. It finishes somewhat sweet.

M: Medium body, good levels of carbonation. The flavors dance around the palate nicely.

O: The nose is great, and this would be an A+ beer if not for the overpowering bitterness. I am a hophead, but this one almost pushes the envelope to far. But all in all another very good beer from HF. Skal.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Huge creamy 3 finger head fades slowly with big sticky lacing, super hazy orange peach color. The head is ridiculous.

nose erupts with citrus, fruit, tropical fruits, pineapple, bit of mango and papaya, fresh musty hop resin, hop oils a bit earthy and hint of pine, some sweet malts, nice balance.

Taste brings honey at first, nectar, sweet malts and a honey comb like taste. Then bitter hops, fairly bitter, musty hop resins, tropical fruit, pineapple, orange rind, touch of grapefruit, smooth make and great balance. finishes pretty biter, a bit drier, lingering fruit, spicy chewy, hop pellets, slightly astringent.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb. Slightest hint of warming booze.

Overall awesome, but not quite as great as Edward or Heady Topper, but otherwise really nice. great hops, nice balance, a bit too much on the musty resinous hops and bitterness than it could have done with tropical fruits etc, but very good otherwise.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of Todd. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange color with a couple of fingers of cream colored head. Awesome sticky lacing to go with it.

S: Smells like fresh grapefruit and tons of pine. There's a slight woodiness to it, like rosemary, and a fair amount of grass. There is a bit of bread to the nose, but otherwise it's all hops.

T: Tastes like grapefruit too. Really fresh, vibrant, and juicy citrus flavor and a moderate pine bitterness on the finish. There are some grassy notes again and maybe a bit of a floral quality. A touch of bread to go with it all.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Probably could be a bit higher, but that's what happens when you ship a growler from one corner of the country to another.

D: Hopefully all of the Hill Farmstead IPAs are similarly well done. Even with the alcohol content where it is, this is a dangerously easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikey for the growler, split with friends for our UFC tasting.

A - Pours a hazy orangish/red, a fingers-worth of off-white head, spotty lacing, and a thin cap.

S - Nice citrus aroma, lots of hops, some fruity/floral notes in there as well. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, nice bitterness on the nostrils.

T - Lots of hops...citrus/floral/herbal, big juicy grapefruit and pine notes. Bitter, bitter, and some more bitter. You like hops? You'll enjoy this DIPA.

M - Light to medium, soft carbonation, oily finish.

D - I think Ephraim in the better DIPA, but this one is very solid. Very easy to drink, as I had a couple of glasses. Recommend!

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Photo of sidetracked
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Prohibition Pig.

Pours a cloudy orange with a dense off-white head.

Aroma of pine, citrus, grapefruit, light orange/lemon.

Taste upfront is moderately bitter with flavors of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel mixed with a slight citrusy sweetness. Less bitter finish with piney notes. Very little malt presence. Lingering pine and lemon peel bitterness. As the beer warms it gets a bit more bitter and some of the citrusy sweetness drops out.

Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Clean finish.

Really good. Hop-forward, but not overly abrasiveness even with such a light malt presence in the taste. Nice mix of citrus and pine.

9/23/2012

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Photo of Zonk
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at District Social

Pours deep gold to orange with a moderate white head.

Big nose with lots of pine. On the plate it leans toward pine, resin, and lemon/grapefruit citrus. Malt is apparent but less so than other HF IPA's to me.

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Photo of Blanco
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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 alalvarez75
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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 litheum94
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared by daysinthewake.

Very murky, golden yellow body. Dirty white head settles to a ring and a patchy covering.

Lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Some spice. Great hop profile. Floral and piney. Some faint cracker malts.

Retained hops, floral and citrus flavors, with some pine. Mango flavors. Crcker malts give a dry backbone. Bitterness is restrained, and builds into a good dose of bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

This is an easy drinking DIPA. I thought it was a pale ale at first. Great hop flavors. I could drink a billion of these.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE: 10.11.13

This beer is fantastic :)

ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4.11

Growler received in a trade with the ever generous MtGoat thanks!

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldfish orange with honey folds and a 1 finger white crown that shows little retention or lace.

Smell: A touch of sweet malt over floral hops and citrus hops. I but more subdued than I was expecting considering how blown away I was by Edward IPA.

Taste: Grassy and herbal introduction with moderate bitterness, followed by a touch of malt sweetness, and ending with a decently bitter finish. There really isn't much citrus hop presence...just a touch of grapefruit and a dash of tangelo orange presence.

Mouthfeel: A bit undercarbonated but this growler was filled about 10 days ago so that might have played a role.

Drinkability: No real problem getting this one down.

I think this one is worth another sample (mainly to see if the age of my growler played a part in my tasting experience) but I'm not even close to liking this as much as the Edward IPA.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz tulip at Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington.

Crystal clear with thin off-white head that leaves major spotting. Aroma is dominated by pine and earthy leaf notes. West-Coast in smell. Some faint caramel peaks through.

Palate is medium-bodied and tight with killer bitterness and some residual sugar. Leafy, pine-y, citrus bomb on top of some medium caramel maltiness. It's East-Coast in style but not as much residual sugar as Dogfish 60 Minute or Southern Tier UnEarthly.

Super clean and wonderfully bitter, but balanced. The 8.2 is hidden like a Westy 12 in a carry-on bag. Dank and delightful. Well done, Shaun!

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Photo of mikey711
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy gold color with a very nice head. lots of tightly packed carbonation bubbles taht hold really well and leave very nice lacing behind.

S: A mixture of pine and tropical fruit with some grapefruit bitterness. he citra hops come through, but this is not as aromatic as other IPAs

T: Grapefruit and pine notes to start that transition to tangy apricot and lemon notes. The pine notes linger as as does a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Incredibly smooth and creamy. No sign of heat and no harsh tones either. Couldnt ask for much more

D: another great offering from HFS with no hops left behind

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a hazy golden yellow with tons of tight white head. Nose is huge, tons of bitter grapefruit with notes of pine and hop resin. Taste is more balanced, notes of grain and some underlying sweet malt. Extremely clean with no sugars, tons of hop punch. Strong grapefruit and pine with a touch of resin. Bitterness is present but well integrated through the soft well carbonated finish. Body is delicate and light. Great stuff.

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Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HILL FARMSTEAD ABNER DIPA 9/23/15

Acquired from the brewery last Saturday. About the only one of the early Hill Farmstead releases I have not yet tried, perhaps because it's their highest rated on BA.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Samuel Adams IPA glass.

a: Clear dark gold/amber with a huge two inch foamy white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing which hung on from the very top of the glass on down.

s: Moderate citrus.

t: Citrus with orange notes over a medium biscuit malt base and a balancing hop bite. Bitterness lingers a bit on the tongue. Rather high ABV is well hidden.

m: Medium, good body and no shortage of carbonation tingle.

o: A very fine DIPA distinguished by tasting at least 2% less than its reported ABV and relatively easy drinking as such. Been awhile since I had Ephraim but Abner certainly gives him a run.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Teku glass.

A: Pours orange-tinted pale colored with two fingers of dense, fluffy off white head which slowly deflates. Very good retention, leaving a thick ring and some surface head for much of the duration, and generous swaths of lacing.

S: Pretty long-reaching aroma, I can initially smell it from a foot away. Candied tangerine, hint of a tropical note, peach, pink grapefruit, an undertone of breadiness/cracker.

T: Floral and light pine notes, pink grapefruit rind, pale crackery malt, finishing with a mild, lingering bitterness and noticeable sugar. Alcohol is almost completely hidden.

M: Kind of a yin-yang, with soft, milky medium-full body and sharp, medium carbonation. Leaves your mouth completely dry.

O: Very good, well constructed beer. Quite drinkable. That being said, it wasn't quite blow-my-mind good, and it seems that there are much easier to get options out here in SoCal (e.g., most IPAs from Alpine would be better than this). But I was very glad for the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in VT, stemmed tulip glass. Review is from notes.

A-Golden-orange color, hazy, unfiltered. One-plus finger head, minimal lacing.

S- Citrus, pine, oily. Floral notes under the big grapefruit nose.

T-Oily citrus taste with enough malts to tame the hops.

M- Tart and crisp, medium feel. Hoppy bite finish.

O- True to form, big and flavorful.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whetstone Station

Appearance is golden yellow, slight haze with great lacing
Smell- fruit upfront with slight piney dankness on back end
Taste- Rock solid IPA, but back to back with Susan, preferred Susan more
Feel- very creamy, this is the beer's best feature.
Overall- While I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, I felt it did not live up to the hype. This is not same level at Tree House IPAS

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Photo of mverity
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful pale gold color with white head. Aroma is of freshly cut hay, honey, and a slight piney-ness to it as well. Taste is much more piney than the aroma. I also get some of the honey flavor; presumably from a light malt. The color also hints that they used lighter malts. Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but I did enjoy the hop 'sting' on the tongue. Overall a great DIPA; I haven't been disappointed by Hill Farmstead yet, and doubt I will be any time soon.

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Photo of AleFaceKilla
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on cask at the Prohibition pig, with dry hop Citra added. This was a great experience overall. Fantastic beer, dry hop was an added bonus. The environment was top notch.

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

Acquired yesterday fresh and poured into the Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing a clear deep gold body under a tall white head. Pretty colors, some lacing. Smells like serious hops with a good floral, grassy-cool citrus presence and a little honey.

Tastes appropriately bitter with a nice grassy character and a little grapefruit rind. The flavor has a nice peppery bite to it. Otherwise, a little meatiness and a slight floral nectar-type sweetness fold out at the end. The taste is overall very clean and very distinct with no unappealing anything. Mouthfeel is a little dry from the bitterness, a little smooth from the malt backbone. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. decently drinkable.

Overall I really like it. I'll try this one again.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev -5%
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 Brad007
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a thin head into my glass.

Aroma is full of a bouquet of grassy, citrusy hops that don't overpower but rather hint at the taste within.

Taste is full of crisp, grapefruit-like hops with a hint of grassiness and dryness to it. They proceed to envelope the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is dry with a nice lingering of grassy hops. Nothing harsh.

Well-balanced and subtle. It takes skill to make this style enjoyable from the tap and nothing is spared in the end result. Rivals the Alchemist.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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