Abner | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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
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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was finally able to try one of my white whales....this beer has eluded me at every turn for the last 18 months...every time it released I tried multiple times to get it and was not able to....FINALLY landed a 64 oz growler and drank it with a friend, poured into a tulip and right away you notice a really nice orange hue in the beer which is cool. As you drink there is tons of lacing present on the glass. Nice well balanced citrus hops character and smell. Overall an amazing beer!

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Photo of afksports
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am I drinking Pliny? I had one fresh lady night and seriously I cannot tell the difference.

I'm having this on tap at Blind Tiger. Thank you, Alan, for hooking this up. The muddy and hazy light orange appearance bears a brilliant head that dissipates but sustains well and leaves lacing all over the glass. The smell is citrus hops and sweet malts to balance - no alcohol. You know this is a hop bomb before sipping, and you know it's gonna be great.

The taste is brilliant. Appearance is really the only difference from Pliny, and I have to wager that in representing the east coast, I'd put this up before any others. I lack the vocabulary, but the
balance is this beer's strength, and it's so freakin harmonious.

I could drink this all the time any day, and I love how it feels goij down. Abner all the way. H&F all the way. Hype machine? Validated.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orangey-peach color with a fluffy white head and fantastic lace and retention.

Nose is a blend of citrus rinds.

The flavor is amazing. Bursting with bright citrus and tropical fruit and subtle floral notes. Fresh and fantastic.

Mouth is crisp and light-med. bodied with high crisp carbonation.

Overall. I'd been wanting to try this guy for over a year now. It's everything I had hoped for and would kill to have this in my keggerator. Amazing.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tapered glass. Hazy straw color with a thin layer of white head. Great sticky lacing.

Loads of tropical fruit aroma, particularly mango. A bit of orange is evident. Good sweet aroma.

The flavor starts sweet and is followed by sharp pine. The finish is juicy and sweet with tropical fruit. This has a unique finish; not really crisp but juicy.

The carbonation held up well (the growler was filled three days ago). The body is light to medium. This is syper drinkable. Hope I can make the trek back to Vermont soon.

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Photo of jhavs
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock Vermont into their snifter glasses. 12oz pour.

A= This beer is orange, best way to describe the color. It has a nice level of haziness, still allowing light through. A bit of actively rising carbonation creating a thick pure white head. The lacing is very sticky.

S= I get hoppy pine and earth flavors up front with citrus in the background. The citrus seems mostly grapefruit rind, but pink grapefruit that has a bit of sweetness.

T= Smooth and tasty hop layers, nothing overpowers the other. Pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, some resinous in the background.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, a bit syrupy.

O= Nothing that is a noticeable negative. This may be my new favorite from Hill Farmstead (previously Double Citra). Perfect balance of hop flavor, malt backing, and bitterness.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Blue Dog Chalfont's Wealth of Riches event. Poured on tap into large tulip. Beautiful foam crown. Great piney, citrusy nose. What a fabulous smelling beer. My favorite IPA to date, this has he most wonderful floral, grapefruit, piney taste. The mouthfeel is sublime. If you could only swish and spit your beer, this is the one. Fortunately you can swallow. GREAT beer.

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

Look: A beautiful cloudy orange body that you cannot see through. The head is a white broken, irregular film that gathers halo style around the glass. White clingy legs.
Smell: Sweet, candied grapefruit and peaches. Very clean scent.
Taste: Super World-Class. Balanced tropical fruit and grapefruit. The sweetness is at a perfect level. The after-taste and finish are very clean.
Feel: Rounds everything out. Medium all the way around. Perfect feel and level of carbonation.

Overall - Impressive.

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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 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 tewaris
4.12/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by dc55110, thanks a lot!

Very hazy amber colored with an off white medium sized head. Aroma is big on weed/pine and would have been a 5/5 had it not been the hint of spicy hop character I'm getting. Tastes hoppy and bitter (duh) with a solid malt base and but drinks very easy. Some onion/garlic comes as a turn off. Smooth feel, slightly sweet taste and finish, medium carbonation. Very good and signature HF.

4, 4.5, 4, 4, 4

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Photo of Gushue3
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 growler into my fave snifter, i can already smell it...

A- really big carbonated head that has superior retention and great lacing. Theres a slight haze to the orange body and above that is foamy white head thats just kind of hanging out. This looks really nice but what else is new from HF.

S- I could smell it once I opened it. Earthy bitterness and citrus zest are the most noticeable along with some sharp citrus scents, nice aroma

T- Nice balance of sweet and bitter hops. Nice sharp bitterness upfront that carries throughout. nice zesty citrus bitterness comes through toward the middle and has a grapefruit-y sweetness. The finish is bitter and lingers. This hits all the areas I want in an (D)IPA

M- probably a medium body but feels much fuller. moderate amount of carbonation fizzes and turns very smooth.

O- This beer is top notch stuff. The taste is pretty close to perfect to me. Mainly bitter with some sweet citrus. It also poured beautifully and was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%

My brother in law got this in a trade. It was fun to try something that we normally can't get in Wisconsin. This beer was very crisp and hoppy and all around, a very superb DIPA.

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Photo of -Rick
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: a bright golden yellow haze with a slight white head.
S: tangerine, orange, and sweet citrus fruits
T: very big tropic fruit notes, a bit sweet, with a danky bitter finish
F: smooth with just a bit of carbonation,
O: a world class double. Maybe a slight more bitter than I expected, but one hell of a beer!

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Straight up im a sucker for that insane doub smell and the abner delivers a smell thats right up there withe the best DIPAs. Hops for days hits you in the face and it hurts so good. I think of this as a perfect mix between Lawsons doub sunshine (more tropical) and Heady Topper (more citrus). I found a perfect mix between citrus and tropical fruit, however that hoppyness took the cake. I pick up on some more earthy resinous tastes that I quire enjoy, but not as much as some DIPAs- well ballanced I was fortunate to drink it fresh as hell so the carbonation was on point. One of the best HFs I have tried so far and not too far removed from the Society & Solitude #6 but on a differnt level- whatever there so damn good its hard to go wrong with an HF

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Photo of RaulMondesi
5/5  rDev +9.2%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Lush, creamy, dreamy... Beautiful textures like Princess Jasmine weaving a pair of silk skivvies.

I am at a loss. I am found. I am nothing, I am in heaven... Take me away.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 8/8/14 and poured into Belgian ale glass same day.

A) Cloudy amber, big head with good retention and lots of lacing.

S) Very floral up front, malts and some yeast in background.

T) This is all about the hops, very little of anything else. You get tropical and citrus flavors, lots of them.

M) Medium-bodied, light carbonation, very good balance, dry finish.

Definitely lives up to billing. Too bad the brewery is 625 miles away or I would be a frequent customer.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1.5L growler into a HF stem glass. Shared with my hophead wife. Thanks to @Evilash for grabbing this for me over the weekend. Poured darker than I expected. Was expecting a cloudy haze of a beer in the grand NE tradition, but this beer bucks tradition in every way. Huge citrus on the nose, floral in taste, and that clean HF finish. There is a slight booze burn, but it adds depth to the beer. All in all, a wonderful experience- right there with the other VT IPAs and perhaps exceeding them.

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Photo of phingdong
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having had this many times in the last year on tap and from the growler, I figured I'd finally give it a review.

A - I love the look of Hill Famrstead DIPAs. A nice bright hazy orange with a 2 finger white head. Sticky lacing clings to the glass as it goes down.

S - Ah, that HF hop aroma. Wonderfully hoppy, juicy, and tropical with just the right amount of dankness mixed in.

T - So juicy. Rich with complex hop flavors. The taste lives up to the aroma here. Alcohol is very well hidden. Tropical fruits, a touch of grass and very hop forward with just enough malt backbone. So delicious. The mouthfeel feels perfect. It is creamy and juicy and so easy to drink.

Hill Farmstead makes some of my favorite DIPAs. Abner, Galaxy, Double Citra, and Ephraim are all so fantastic. With all these other amazing DIPAS coming out of HF, I hope Abner is always a regular and not forgotten. I will continue to make the long trek up there for my fill and look forward to what comes next.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Teresa's. Had this shortly after reviewing Double Citra, as I was curious as to how the two Imperial HF IPAs stacked up side by side...

Hazy and light coppery straw in color, this is capped by a quickly dissipating head that leaves a very delicate lacing pattern within the rings that form with each sip. Very pretty.

The aroma is awesome, and it leads right into the flavor, which is the star of the show here. Floral notes stand out immediately in the nose, accompanied by a light piney aroma. A slight grapefruity citrus quality hints at what may be in store once this beer hits the palate. The flavor does not disappoint, and in fact, exceeds expectations as the grapefruit not only shows, but brings with it orange zest and lemon zest to accompany the pine and the now less intense floral notes. This is less bitter and more diverse in flavor than the Double Citra, and it does a better job of handling the higher ABV. This could stand toe to toe with any DIPA and be a serious contender. One of the best I have enjoyed to date.

This is a touch thinner than I expect a DIPA to be, as it doesn't leave the sticky hop oils on my palate. To be sure though, this is the king of HF Double IPAs. However, given the different characteristics of each, I wonder at what would happen if I blended the two...

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Photo of Kinsman
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills the glass with a nice hazy peach color and crowned by a bright white head. Wonderfully aromatic with a big whiff of citrusy hop goodness right up front. Tropical and floral with little room left for malt aromas to come through.

First sip brings any hop-lover into an instant state of bliss. Grapefruit and a hint of pineapple comes come foreword first before the resiny pine character packs its punch. Pleasantly bitter in the finish but well-rounded enough to keep your palate in line.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and smooth with a slightly drying finish. Overall, Abner is an exceptional DIPA that deserves to be right up there with the best of them. Very reminiscent of Heady Topper, with just a bit more bitterness and not quite as fruity.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy orange with a 2 finger white head

S - pine, citrus

T - citrus, pine, grapefruit, a touch of honey, bitter finish

M - thinner side of medium. Very refreshing

O - great "imperial pale ale". Will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery 7/13/11. Served in a white wine glass.

A: The brew appears a golden to amber color with a bit of hop induced haziness. There was a massive two finger head that was built like a house, great retention and excellent lacing.

S: On the first whiff with I was blown away with the overwhelming scents of tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, papaya, and pineapple. The hops are really dominant, but the taosted malt manages to sneak in as it warms.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with an overwhelming wave of the tropics, quite the hop bomb. There is a bit of toasted bread that surfaces in the finish, but it is very subtle. Nice and dry with another dose of hops on the finish as well.

M: Medium bodied with great carbonation. The bubbles give the beer a much bigger mouthfeel than I would have expected.

O: This brewery never ceases to amaze with its' hop forward offerings. Another great beer.

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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 huddyball
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a freshly filled (9/20/14) Hill Farmstead 750ml growler and into a HF stemmed glass.

L) Pours a hazy, tawny/orange with a average size white head.
S) Smells of beautiful hops and a bit of yeast thrown in there. I prefer mine a bit more citrusy, but this is still an amazing beer.
T) This is a well balance DIPA. Not too bitter and not too malty. Again, I would like a bit more citrus, but I'm just nit picking.
F) Nice. A bit dry.
O) Not going to lie, this did not live up 100% to my expectations. When drinking DIPA's I have to compare to MBC Dinner, which I thought was spectacular. Would I drink it again, yes, but I would not go out of my way to acquire again.

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Photo of MCain04
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Transported back to Chicago in a 750ml Growler, poured into a HF glass.

A: Opaque deep yellow/amber body with a pure with head of 2 fingers and good retention and lacing.

S: Packed with juicy fruity goodness, tropical fruits and citrus, floral, grassy, and piney as well.

T: Very flavorful with layers of hope taste following the nose and bitterness throughout. As with the other HF beers I've had, however, a little watery feel to it throughout and on the finish.

M: Medium carbonation, that watery feel is present, dry finish, medium body.

O: Very pleased to have this and well-enjoyed. Not the best DIPA I've ever had, and perhaps not worth an intense journey to get it, but this is a finely crafted DIPA.

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