Abner | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 Satchboogie
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml growler from the source, filled 3 days ago.

A: Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass, it's a beautiful golden orange, as hazy as it gets, 2 fingers of foamy and bubbly white head with extremely tight bubbles. Lacing everywhere. It's a thing of beauty!

S: Fresh, bursting hops, and lots of them. Big tropical fruits: Grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple. Floral notes, some slightly dank herbal notes. Tons of pine. Crystal sweetness. Huge orange, huge tropical fruits. Amazing. Might be the best nose of any beer I've had yet.

T: Wow. Huge tropical fruits with everything I picked up from the nose and more. Floral and herbal notes are there to add a little balance and depth to the hop character with lots of pine in the background. Big malt bill with lots of lightly toasted grains, plenty of crystal malt lends enough sweetness to make the citrus burst with flavor and balance the bitterness, but it doesn't come anywhere near stealing the show or being obtrusive. Finish is fairly bitter, very resinous, and linger herbal/floral notes and a touch of citrus. Has a slight white wine like flavor with alcohol esters on the finish. Unbelievable.

M: Pretty full body, moderate to slightly high carbonation. Extremely smooth yet very resinous and sticky. Amazing how it works. Crisp and easy finish that is a touch dry (due to alcohol) but does still have residual sweetness. Luscious yet crisp and refreshing. I don't get how this can be done. Amazing.

O: I've had some great IPAs/DIPAs, but this is hands down the best I've had to date and easily one of the best overall beer's I've ever tossed back. Picture perfect appearance, a nose so good I want to take a shower in it, use it as cologne, spray it on my beds sheets, capture it in a bottle and carry it everywhere with my nose constantly propped against it. The scary part? The taste is even BETTER! How could this be possible! 9 times out of time a great nose on an IPA is led by a letdown of some degree or at least matches the nose. Rarely does it beat the nose. Never does it beat an epic nose. The body? It defies logic.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler into a tasting glass. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing some HF hoppiness.

A: Lightly hazed, pale orange body with a finger of frothy tan head. Pretty good retention, spotty lace. Ok.

S: Totally hoppy, with tons of grapefruit and floral notes. Fresh, lively, and intense.

T: Super bitter, super hoppy. Huge grapefruit, grassiness, flowers, and pure dry bitterness. Long, slightly boozy finish. Very tasty.

M: Standard medium body, creamy carbonation. Good.

O: While I preferred the Double Citra that preceded this in the tasting, Abner is no slouch. Forget Cali, the best DIPAs are coming out of Vermont.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So interesting. Received both Abner and Ephraim in a recent trade with mtardiff. (Thanks Marc!)
While Ephraim gets the top overall score of A+ vs. this beer, I clearly enjoy this beer more. No disrespect to Ephraim, but this is a superior beer in my opinion. (notice I didn’t say fact)
Pours with a thin finger of foamy head that does settle to a film of foam. Very slight haze in the golden/amber colored beer. Some splotchy lace clings to the glass.

Aroma is fantastic. Bright, bold, floral and perfume like. You can smell the fresh hop cones in your hand as if you just squeezed out all the essential oils.

Flavor matches and compliments the aroma perfectly. While this is a hop juice special, there is also a wonderful balance here. The light cracker malt notes are toasty and provide a wonderful base to the hop bitterness. There is also a fruit explosion here that is so juicy. Mango, Tangerine come to mind. Fantastic. 8.2%?? No way. This is so well hidden it’s scary. A dangerously delicious beer!!!

Body is refreshing and bright. Carbonation is just right and brings the flavor to life without getting in the way.

One of my favorite Hill Farmstead items. Wow, I have to get more of this one! (if possible)

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

A-hazy golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grassy and floral notes

T-grapefruit , orange, pine, light malt flavor with grassy and herbal notes, nice bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-definitely deserves it's place in the upper echelon of DIPAs, very aromatic with a great balance of flavors

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

a: poured from a 750 mL growler purchased at brewery, 2 days later, into branded wine style glasses, the beer is thoroughly hazed thanks to its unfiltered nature, a deep honey amber in color, producing a full head that retains well

s: a beautiful array of hops here, with fresh blood orange zest leading the way, opening further into fruity notes of kiwi, pineapple, peach, and coconut - really awesome and I can say that I haven’t come across a better hop nose, somewhat floral, just generally fresh with something new around each corner, wholesome unfiltered yeast nuances, the malts compliment perfectly, pleasantly grainy with a balancing dose of caramel, lovely stuff
m: medium bodied, silky on the tongue, with a lower level of carbonation, extremely smooth

t: again with the arrestingly delicious hop character - oily orange rind blends with sweeter, juicy notes of kiwi, peach, and pineapple; tasty, perfectly balanced grains with a firm but clean caramel note, the lack of filtering lends a fullness to the flavor, and the bitterness begins midway, creeping to a big but not overwhelming strength in the finish, love it

o: without question one of the best dipas out there, and seems totally unique at the same time in the way it is weaved together, expertly crafted for sure, and a testament to fine ingredients

45/5/5/45/475

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Photo of Holland
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: looks very cloudy with nice fine head that Strauss and am orange golden base

S: big citrus smell with some sweetened

T: amazing orange, grapefruit, sweetness, and malt. Probably the best tasting double IPA I've had.

M: medium carbonation, medium body, beautiful

O: amazing beer. One of the best I've had to date, and a great intro to hill farmstead.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1576th Review on BA
Growler to HF Stem
750ml

Thanks to RudZud for sending this my way.

App- A very peachy looking orangey haze. A very dense centered DIPA with a very large two finger white head. A very puffy and whipped cream looking head. A big amount of cling and lace down the sides of the glass

Smell- Its a very hoppy and aromatic beer A bit of a nice mix. It's creamy and a bit honey forward. A bit of a sweet cream aroma. A bit of a full citrus. More along the lines of Pineapple & Mango.

Taste- A fuller DIPA. More like the nose and retains a large creamy and dense flavor. A bit thicker than S&S and a bit more bitter vs. bright. The aroma flavors carry over to the flavor with the citrus. Pineapple & Mango. A bit hoppier and a good balance.

Mouth- A large medium body with a deep medium carbonation. A big creamy hops with dank and deep citrus hops on the residual flavors. Zest and mangos on the finish.

Drink- I will say this one is better than Ephraim. More deep citrus flavors and a bit more creamy hops. Really a bit in the middle of the other DIPAs from HF. I would say others should rang higher.

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

750mL swingtop growler poured into a snifter.

Pours a pale orange colour with a finger of fluffy white head leaving only a slight smackling of lacy bubbles. There's a tinge of cat piss in the aroma, citrus and tropical fruits and some pine notes. Fairly intense bitterness, citrus and pine resins, and flowers. Crisp, medium body clean finish.

Can't argue with this great hoppy beer!

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Photo of peensteen
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another HF growler shared by Liam

Hazy golden orange colour, one finger of dense white head with a solid ring of lace. Smell is quite dank with tropical fruits, some fuzzy peach and a bit of lingering malt. Taste is hoppy with lots of grapefruit and dank pine resin flavours, more citrusy as it goes dry with a moderate malt flavour as well in the finish. Medium carbnation, dry and fairly full bodied. Excellent stuff here, so incredibly easy to drink with no alcohol to taste, would drink this as often as I could.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.58/5  rDev 0%
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 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 ONovoMexicano
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL growler into a tulip glass. Best by October 1, 2015 date so I'm a day late.

Still retains its carbonation judging by the frothy and creamy pale white head. Streaming carbonation reaffirms that. Copper-colored body showing excellent clarity. Lacing by the ton, think wild west brothel. 5

My, my, my. I know that smell. It's my favorite. Bright, popping sweet and mellow honeydew and canteloupe. I love this aroma. Reminds me of Yellow Rose, which I can't get enough of. I'd leave it at that because it's such a dominant and yet pleasant aroma, but to expand a bit, this has a bubblegum, floral quality and alluring sweetness. Hints of citrus. Beautiful. 4.5

While I immediately connected this beer to the Yellow Rose I love and adore as far as the aroma, the flavor diverges quite a bit. Sweet melon flavors, bubblegum and flowers carry on from the nose, but there's much more of a bitter, grapefruit peel flavor hitting my tongue. Light caramel notes squeak in front palate before the citrusy side of the beer make a forceful entrance. This is pretty remarkable. 4.5

Smooth, floral and mildly yeasty initially before the emergence of a more assertive zesty, tangy citrus feel. Smooth all around though. Creamy, minerally, and bitter. 4.25

What else to say? Damn good.

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

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a growler of this on 2/6/11.

A - Poured a hazy golden, orange-tinted body with a bright white pouf of foam on top that deposited some nice craggy lacing around the glass.

S - Pungent West Coast nose with a dominant grapefruit presence as well as a hint of pine and sweet malts. This sucker smells juicy! A hint of alcohol fume also creeps into the mix after the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Juicy hops abound! Abner releases a fairly potent grapefruit blast, giving the flavor a bold citrus personality. A dousing of sticky, sweet pine complements the citrusy notes nicely. The sweet caramel notes offer a bit of balance to the otherwise full-on hop assault going on here.

M - Medium bodied with a very oily texture and just a pinch of bristly carbonation, resulting in subtle effervescence. Finish is semi-dry with plenty of lingering bitterness on the palate and very little noticeable alcohol heat.

D - Abner is a really juicy hop bomb that hides his alcohol quite well. Great first impression of this brewery!

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

Abner pours a cloudy orange/yellow with a moderate sized creamy head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving a few spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit and pine. Very hoppy.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is chewy and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with grapefruit citrus, lemon rind, mango and pine. Towards the end some sweet caramel malt appears. It finishes dry and moderately bitter. Once gone the grapefruit citrus and pine lingers on the palate.

This is a full flavored DIPA. The review is from a growler that was filled 24 hours ago. A terrific beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1 inch thick foam head. Fantastic lacing. Cloudy gold color. Nice fruity aroma. Every Whig has a different layer of citrus. Absolutely delicious. Nice citrus balanced with a piney bitterness. Feel can't be any better for an ipa. Easy money 5. Incredible beer.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a hazy golden straw color with half a finger+ of near white head. Good retention, great lacing.

S - Skunky piney aromas, lots of tropical/citrus sweetness and rind. (pineapple, orange, mango).

T - Big hoppy rind bitterness up front. Lots of tropical sweet fruits mix with skunky resinous flavors. Tons of hop resin. Exactly as it smells but much more amazing.

M - Medium/lightish bodied, well carbonated, superbly drinkable

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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 ArkyVaughan
5/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of ehammond1
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for pouring me this, HopHead84!

Slightly hazed, glowing apricot/orange color with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves great stick all the way down the glass.

The aroma is terrific and I knew this was a very special DIPA on first whiff. The aroma is a combination of pungent citrus flesh, tropical fruit, and floral notes. The combination is lovely.

The flavor too is wonderful. The tropical fruit, citrus notes, and floral elements combine together magnificently well. The bitterness is only moderate, which makes this beer remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate to lower carbonation. Amazingly drinkable.

World-class.

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

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. 10-12 oz. pour into a Hill Farmstead longstem snifter. Cloudy pale gold color, and the beer was very cold. Head faded quickly but decent lacing. Nose is tropical/citrus with very little bitterness. At first sight and smell, I am curious as to how old this keg is. The last time I was in this establishment was late April, when I tried HF Double Galaxy. I have to say the Abner was delicious but not as impressive overall as the Double Galaxy. I am still very impressed by Hill Farmstead; I just think this keg was a bit aged and muted for a highly rated DIPA.

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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 M_chav
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L - dehydrated pee, super cloudy dark golden hues
S - Oh yeah, this is gonna be delicious
T - Damn, this is delicious. Wasn't prepared for the malty backbone, but tons of stone fruits and dankness going on, am I doing weed right now?
F - One of the smoothest 100+ IBUs I've ever consumed
O - excellent stuff, I want to meet Abner and share a glass with him someday too

I have to add: This is one of those beers that you need to sit and have more and more of.. It seems to really open up and become even more impressive as your sitting goes, only other beer I've said this same thing about is Pliny the Younger

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Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml growler to the face.

Pours a hazy peach honey with some soapy top suds. Smells of peaches, mangoes, some resin and some biscuit malts. Not that impressed on the nose. Flavor is malt, more peach, some pear, grapefruit, lemon, resin and more crackery malts. A little sweet, but some bitterness in there too. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish. Although decent, not overly impressed with this one either. Of the imperial IPAs I've had from Shaun, I've yet to really feel like he has done much for me, a little too sweet in 2 out of three (best so far was S&S4). The pale ales have been tits though.

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Abner from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.58 out of 5 based on 2,467 ratings.
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