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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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. 


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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
As soon I popped the top on this growler I was attacked with a huge hoppy presence. Grapefruit is huge! Citrus isn’t lagging far behind and a piney aroma brings up the rear. I could of sat there all night long just taking in the aroma of this beer. Amazing! Now a lot of the time iyou’ll hear me say something like “The taste doesn’t match the aroma” Not here. I think the taste is actually better than the aroma. The hop profile here isn’t “clean”. Instead it’s a deep hop aroma. It’s hard to explain other than say it’s a dank and dirty and it’s just over the top fantastic. Huge amount of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. It just sits there, lingers There seems to be some other tropical fruits mixed in there but the grapefruit and citrus take frontstage and run away with the show. You can tell this beer is dry hopped big time. It just sits in the mouth. There’s a slight bitterness to it that comes in about half way and lingers just a tad on the aftertaste. Everything about this beer just worked for me. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, and leaves a bit of a dryness on the palette.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aniela (4139) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at home. Hazy pale golden beer with an offwhite head. Hoppy citrus fruity caramell grassy aroma. Hoppy citrus fruity grassy flavour. A really refreshing and lovely beer :-)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrOrla (919) - Odense C, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
Growler. Pours light oamge with a white head. Aroma of skunk, tropical, hop explosion, passion fruit, clean, grass. Taste is orange, tropical, light malts, passion fruit. So balanced, so clean, so wild!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4404) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Soft blonde pour with a light haze and two fingers of off white head. Very very nice aroma, onion/garlic, citrus, and heady hops. Very green and leafy hops. Citrus and green/bright hops in the flavor. Medium body.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stoned99 (543) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2015
10 ounces on tap @Parker Pie. Aroma: tropical fruits, lots of oranges on a floral and slightly malted background. App: hazy unfiltered peach, small white head leaving some lacing. Taste and palate : lots of fruits in mouth especially oranges, medium body, light sweetness, extra dry and medium bitter finish. Overall: wow! This is quite incredible! Especially in this place that looks far from a place that carries that kind of masterpieces. I finished it in a record time. Hope I can get my hands on this one another time soon. 

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (969) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 10, 2015
On tap at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT. Pours an orange-yellow with a pillowy white head. Clumpy lacing. Nose is sweet and fruity with citrus hop notes. Taste is malty sweet up front, but then a blast of hoppy bitterness. Very nicely balanced. Excellent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (14379) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2015
Draught at Sommarprovning 2015-08-05. Hazy pale golden beer with a nice offwhite head. Hoppy citrus and peach aroma, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, caramel notes, pine apples, fresh hoppy bitterness with some grass and passion fruit. Hoppy citrus flavor, peach, pine notes, hay, spicy hop notes, pine apples, grapefruit, herbal notes, some orange zest. Full bodied and with alcohol well hidden. Fantastic beer, I can drink this all evening!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkrjukoff (4205) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2015
Growler. Pours cloudy pale amber with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity piny grassy and so hoppy. Flavor is solid clean hoppy hoppy of citric piny bitter grapefruit pungeant stuff. Glad I finally got to drink this.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (1153) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Hazy gold yellow pour. Mild hop aroma. Tastes honey seet with perfect matching punch of hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4342) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2015 Draught at the brewery on 7/24 and at Adam’s house (!!!) on 7/26/15
Another perfect/near-perfect appearance from Hill Farmstead; large, dense, white head is eminently well-retained atop a lightly to moderately hazy drab amber-brass body.
Deep, dank and reserved in the nose, a slow and steady aroma of juicy grapefruit, light wintergreen and marmalade emanates forth. In the same ballpark as Legitimacy, though this one is stickier, danker and, if less bright and lively, more powerful and yet calm. Malts are wrapped around the hops ever-so-gently for balance, and whlie there are touches of pine here and there, it’s never a major problem. Succulent conifer, spicy spruce, dry black cherry-meets-white grapefruit...the list goes on and it’s a complex, enjoyable and very aromatic ode to the hop. Little if any alcohol noted.
Dry in the mouth, with tangy grapefruit, more dank, wet, floral bud-like notes and spicy, moderately to heavily bitter acids on the end. The mouthfeel is as creamy as they come for an IPA, with moderate to low carbonation and plentiful stickiness. I could do with a touch less pine/grapefruit tanginess and a bit more dryness/crispness on the end, from the malts, but otherwise, this is sublime stuff and a very easy to drink DIPA given all of the citrus and such.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ctipping (276) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2015
On tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. Served into a Hill Farmstead snifter. Clear golden body with a bit of a white head. Sticky lacing in top, but not a lot of it. Wow, hops. A great citrus hop aroma, backed up by a hint of sweetness. Smells pretty damn good. A lot like the smell, but in three distinct stages. An initial great citrus hop flavor, but it seems to be gone by the time I get the taste of the malt. Caramel malt and a bit of sweetness, almost independent of the hops. Then the malt sweetness fades, yielding a bitterness in the finish. None of the flavors seem to flow together. The odd distinction of flavors takes away. It makes it feel thick at points and thin at others. Strange. I originally rated this in 2011 and gave it a 4.1, back when I thought every beer was a 4+. While I still think it’s very good, I’ve never felt it was the best of HF’s offerings.


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