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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25
Reviews:
396
Ratings:
2,715
pDev:
7.34%
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Ratings: 2,715 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of patre_tim
4.89/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy, yellow and lemony. Slightly see through when you hold it to the light. Topped with 3 fingers of lemon tinged, foamy white head. Amazingly fluffy lacing.

Smells of lemony, caramel, piney, citrusy, dankness. Sweet and floral, but tropical fruit present as well. Extreme balance. As it warms, vanilla and sugar emerge.

Wow. Sweet but citrusy, bitter, and grapefruit pith lingers on the tongue. Tropical fruit in a way that is subtle and bright.

Thick and juicy body, with a little sparkly carbonation. Amazingly smooth.

Got at Hill Farmstead today, Sept 28, 2016 in Greensboro, Vermont. Amazing, fantastic brew. The look, the smell, the taste, and the mouth feel all tie together flawlessly as though they are one frequency. Drinking near Ludlow, Vermont the same day I got it.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler poured into HF tulip.

Appears clear sunny amber with two fingers of fluffy white head with great head retention and good lacing, she is a beauty. Smells of light orange peel, grapefruit rind, apricot, wheat. Taste rich citrus notes,dry but some sweet malt to counter bitterness, very well balance, hard to detect the alcohol which is surprising at 8.2%. Light-moderate body, moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

A brilliant IPA from HF, my favorite from them so far. One of the better IPAs I have sampled.

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Photo of CTJman
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of anteater
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ArtZan
5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of PatGreer
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of braican
4.04/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's in Norristown, PA at a Hill Farmstead event. Had this again on 2012-06-09 at Teresa's Next Door and again on 2013-07-04 at TJ's in Paoli, PA.

A - Cloudy, golden-amber with little head into a 9 oz snifter.

S - Lots of pine, some citrus, nectarIne, mango and hop buds. Very nice but not as aromatic as the Ephraim.

T - Orange flesh and rind, LOTS of pineapple, nectarine, pale malt and a complex floral-basket of hop flavors. Love the bright, orange citrus aftertaste as it dances with the bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Mildly resinous. Refreshing.

O - Wonderful brew. Very well balanced. This is the beer that ran out first at this event at Capone's and ran out first at TJ's. I put it near the top of all double IPAs. It has a bit more pineapple flavor than their double citra. It is somewhat-like Heady Topper.

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Photo of VABA
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Abner is my favorite hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead. Somehow, it manages to surpass the considerable hype. Although this one is on fairly regularly at the brewery, it is worth planning your trip to Hill Farmstead around its availability.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Mass
A- pour is hazy, yellow color with ridiculously tight-packed bubbles. Wow!
S- I got citrus in the realm of grapefruit, apricot, tangerine.
T- really. Hits you with bitter citrus like orange peel, lemon rind, danky bitterness. Superb!
M- rich and creamy medium-bodied. Soooo good. Finishes nicely, not really dry at all.
O- this is truly a world-class IPA.

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

Poured from tap into Hill Farmstead tulip at three penny Montpelier, VT. Pours a slightly hazy light orange color with thick foam and sticky lacing. Smells of really intense high alpha hop; citra maybe?
The flavour is fantastic! Holy hell...
Really nice floral hop flavours, followed by a bitter booze hop. Some nice malt balance but the booze is really obvious, in a good way. This is a really in your face/melt your face kind of DIPA...really great all around and definitely one to have when you are staying put for a while...
Such a good beer (for the hop head).

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

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for this.

4.0 A: Opaque medium orange color. Just under two fingers of creamy white head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Nose on this is wonderful! Tons of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple, papaya, and orange in descending order. Grapefruit and pine to a lesser extent. Despite the haziness, there is little in terms of yeast and is super clean overall. Malts are negligible save for a touch of neutral sweetness.

4.5 T: Taste is as good as the nose. There are a lot of DIPAs that are jampacked with fruitiness in the nose that doesn't also occupy the taste, but this isn't one of them. Ample amounts of mango, orange, and pineapple. A little less papaya. The grapefruit and pine are much more pronounced. Again, some balancing neutral malt sweetness and surpringly clean. Bitterness starts out quite soft, but progresses to mild-moderate halfway into the glass.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy. Good here.

4.5 D: Hill Farmstead has to be one of the best breweries in the world. Everything they make is great. After having another killer DIPA, it's safe to say that there's no question that they know what to do with hops. Solid brew all around.

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of AD17
4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.63 out of 5 with 2,715 ratings