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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Avg:
4.58
pDev:
7.42%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A good big hoppiness. Foamy head on orange body, lacey. Fuller mouthfeel A wild yeast aroma, and some hops there in the smell. The second glass made the difference (and was a cleaner glass). Good mouthfeel for a DIPA. Citrus hoppy orange.On tap at the Prohibition Pig.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is absolutely incredible with huge tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas in perfect harmony. Taste is pretty much the same with all of the delicious fruity flavors. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good fruit forward beer that I am very happy I got a taste of.

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a demonstration in the art of dry hopping, this beer is a genius, and in some ways represents the final evolution of ipa, i mean, what more could we want in the style than abler, its the pinnacle for me. fresh growler filled at the source over the weekend, about as fresh as possible in denver. a wonderful pale hazy honey color, delicate and soapy white head over an inch tall fades very slowly. the nose is the best part of this beer, so hoppy, so fresh, so minimally bitter. its the best part of hops, the citrusy bursting ripe freshness, tropical fruits, its like fresh squeezed pineapple juice blended into a really awesome ipa, thats what it smells like, and its mouthwatering. the taste is a little less fruity and a little more to the point, which is a hoppy point, a long finishing refreshing juicy hoppy flavor, not oily and resinous like its west coast brethren, but soft and calculated. there is an understanding here of the art of brewing and of the use of hops that i have not seen equalled. the growler is not the most friendly format to the beer, its best right from the tap, but this is an ipa like none other. just carbonated enough, and very light for its strength. the grain gives the hops just enough to lean on without interfering. tangerine and lemon come into play, but no acidity at all. the finish is mouthwatering again, i just can't get enough of this stuff. every bit as good as pliny or heady or whatever else people clamor on about as the best india pales out there. this is the one for me. the only thing i would change is availability.

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice hazy looking yellowish orange color with a big foamy white head on top. The Lacing was sticky and the rentention was very good as well. The smell of the beer has a large amount of floral and fruity hope aromas. The taste has a nice sharp pine flavor in there that is surprisingly balanced with the malt base. The mouthfeel is lighter and very drinkable. The carbonation was good also. Overall it's a great brew. Definitely something I could see drinking again in the future.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: The cloudy honey-colored liquid pours out of the growler, generating an impressive head; terrific stickage with shards of lace poking up from the foam

Smell: Candied citrus, with ruby red grapefruit and ripe mango and a hint of apricot; quite floral

Taste: Floral tones dominate the front, with tropical fruits galore; ruby red grapefruit dominant, with mango and just a touch of apricot adding a different edge; the malt takes a definite back seat as the bitterness builds, in the middle; after the swallow, the dextrose brings to the sugary sweetness to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The first time I have tried one of the acclaimed IPAs from Hill Farmstead and the hype is for real

Thanks, nc41, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Teresa's next door.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow amber color with a finger of white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Loads of hops. Pine and fruit notes, some sweet citrus fruit.

Taste: Very bitter but still smooth. The hops remind me of pine and citrus peel. Sweet and fruity background. Just a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The hop profile is amazing, just loving the pine notes. The finish was tasty and the beer sticks with you. Really good.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler shared by TurdFurgison a while back. Thanks, Eric.

Rust colored with an extremely cloudy, turbid body. Looks like the dry hops didn't settle out very well in this one. I don't mind a cloudy beer, but this is pretty murky stuff.

The nose more than makes up for the appearance. This is pretty dank, resiny stuff. Tropical fruit meets bitter grapefruit. A bit catty too, which I don't mind, and a very faint bready malt foundation.

As I've come to expect from HFS, this has a huge resiny hop bite. Very bitter and dry, though it avoids tasting astringent, and the big fruity hop flavors do a great job of balancing the bitterness. There's a dry malt backbone here that does actually provide some body and heft, though it isn't a sweet beer at all. The mouthfeel suffers a bit from all the sediment - it has a slightly chalky texture. Overall it's very enjoyable, but not as impressive as Ephraim.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Steve, fbm, for sending this out.

Trying to work through a growler alone. I don't know if that is going to happen.

Poured into my new Hill Farmstead flute (thanks Steve, the glass is sic).

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Decent retention leaving some nice lacing down the side. Color is a hazy burnt golden orange. A really nice hue of orange.

Aroma: Very fruity and hoppy. It has a nice mango and pineapple profile up front with a bit of grapefruit in the background. It is also very hoppy. I get a lot of pine with some floral notes as well. No malts... Oh yea!

Taste: The east coast is finally starting to pump out some good DIPAs. This has west coast flavors written all over it. All hops, no malts. Very bitter. Floral and piney. Pineapple, mangoes, and oranges all show with a touch of grapefruit citrus. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and bitter. This dipa is more bitter than a lot, but the fruits provided some sweetness to help it out. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a great dipa. I am really enjoying all the hops and fruits and I love that it isn't malty. I thought I might be able to get through the entire growler, but I can feel the alcohol hit as I look and realize I am barely at the half way point. Still, I really like it and a couple pints is pretty easy to take down.

Thanks Steve!

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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