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

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2,641
Reviews:
387
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
7.42%
 
 
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Photo of Jstuart23
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

not as aromatic as Id expected and definitely not a juice bomb. although I do love a huge nose, I drink for the taste, not the smell. definitely a lot going on with this one - hugely weedy, pine, earthy dankness, orange, grapefruit, floral notes, grassy herbaceousness, bready malts. lots of stuff coming together super clean, classic HF mouthfeel seals the deal.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JBreits83
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Since first having Hill Farmstead I have been on a mission to find Abner and I have finally found it!

Look: supy hazy bright yellow. All IPA should look like this.

Smell: lots of citrus on the nose with a little bit of tropical fruit in the background. It doesn't explode with aroma out of the tap but it gets nice and aromatic once it warms up a bit.

Taste: strong grapefruit flavor with lots piney bitterness on the back end. A little orange pokes through as well.

Feel: nice creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a strong drying bitterness

Overall(style points): juicy DIPA that leans toward the bitter citrusy end of the east coast IPA spectrum. a solid beer but I'm not sure it deserves a perfect score. 94.75 points

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Photo of papposilenus
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From a 750ml growler, filled at the brewery 11/02/16. Served in a spiegelau.

Pours a thoroughly hazed dull-gold straw colour with three-plus fingers of lush shaving cream-like head. Retention is good for better than five minutes and leaves solid walls of suds behind.

Smells fresh and yeasty, white bread, pears and ferns.

Taste is lemon zest, grapefruit peel and soda crackers, followed by pear, onion, grassy herbs and pine needles. The chinook pops at the end, finishing quickly with a little bitter orange and pine, and no discernible alcohol.

Feel is smooth, super dry and full bodied, with ample carbonation.

Overall, a classic benchmark NE DIPA. Other breweries are doing it differently than Mr. Hill, but ain't nobody doing it better.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at As Is.
4.5/4.25/3.75/4.25/3.75
Lush finger of head and heavy lacing. The beer is a dark, unfiltered yellow. Promising.
It smells hoppy from a foot away. Up close, it's a bit more subtle and aromatic. Pine, moss, bread, jasmine.
It tastes rather plain, to my great disappointment. Well-carbonated, with a lemony-bitter bite up front. The maintaste is very earthy-herbal hops, very bitter, rather dry (though this is cut near the end). Aftertaste is pleasantly piney and reminiscent of the elder Pliny.
Would I drink this again? Sure. Would I seek it out or pay through the nose for it? I would not. I think it would benefit from some of the newer, fruitier hops HF sometimes uses.

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

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

Photo of professorchow
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From growlers purchased at HF 6 days prior, poured in a shaker pint. Sampled S&S #4, Susan, and Abner before purchasing anything, then got growlers of the latter two. Expected to like Susan best (and it's great), but preferred Abner on site and then when drinking both head to head at home. As for Abner: delicious beer with no flaws.

L: Golden, somewhat cloudy but not, say, Treehouse/Trillium cloudy.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, maybe a hint of pine, but I get mainly citrus.

T: Awesome. Again, citrus--I don't get a lot of the tropical some do. It's bitter, very much so, and yet not at all harsh. Just the right, understated malt balance to smooth things out without at all being a malt-forward DIPA.

F: As good as it gets for DIPAs. Enough body to be substantial, light carbonation, and smoooooth.

O: At the risk of redundancy: awesome. In my top 3 or so DIPAs to date. Drove 4 hours to get to the brewery; went partly for the bottles of assorted farmhouse ales, but would have felt ok about the trip if I'd just scored growlers of Abner.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Eiwatts9
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bonkers
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KidSalami
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kdouble
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Visited the Hill Farmstead Brewery today and picked up a growler.

Color is lemonish and slightly cloudy. Lots of white head 3-4 fingers worth.

Citrus smell is fantastic with lemon, grapefruit and a little pine. It seems rather tropical.

Taste is great. I was expecting more of a fruity taste but there is some bitterness there too.

An extremely drinkable DIPA. I would not have guessed the ABV was 8%.

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Photo of Phurley2
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J-Rice
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Samdaddy
4.26/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrissette1
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TBonez477
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Reds76
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.58 out of 5 based on 2,641 ratings.
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