fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
the 75minute IPA of Hill Farmstead. That said, concept only... pour is a bright golden color with a massive and dense head. smell is like a bowl of tropical fruit. mango papaya slightly sweet smelling. taste is indeed the middle of two blends, somewhat dry with a bit of sweetness but and extra dose of hop flavor and bitterness. Blending is fun. Looking forward to more blends in the future.
yourefragile (140) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"VIP Blend" keg served at VIP night of Second Anniversary party. This was half a keg of What is Enlightenment? that was topped off with Abner in attempt to make Abner "more sessionable" (6.8, don’t tell Ding).
For all the tickers out there, I dare you to be honest and at least acknowledge if you created a bastard version yourself and not had the keg from the party.
Look is the same as either of the base beers, hazed golden color with a large, frothy white head; long lasting retention and light lacing. Aroma is highlight of this concoction, blending the best of both beers; citrus bomb, more sweet than bitter, with orange, grapefruit and mango balanced with light lemon and pine, and sweet malt. Medium thick body, effervescent carbonation with a near perfect mouthfeel. Flavor leans more toward Abner than WiE, but is much drier, almost distractingly so. Not as sweet and juicy as the nose, with a stronger piney and floral aftertaste. I’d still prefer fresh Abner, but more interesting than WiE.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 50/50 blend kegged for the VIP event at the Hill Farmstead 2nd Anniversary party. Hazy golden pour with a huge frothy white head. massive citrus in the nose- orange peel, mandarin, grapefruit, and lemon with piney herbals providing support. Hints of scallion and dankness as well. Medium body with perfect effervescence and a crisp clean finish.