Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: An exemplary fruity pale IPA.
How: Tap at the brewery during the Harvest Festival 2012 VIP event.
The look: Cloudy golden-orange body topped by a small off-white head.
In long: A blend of Abner and Without Principle #1 and that beer tasted to me like it was something of a 2 part Principle and 1 part Abner. The crisp and clean Without Principle #1 (crackery malts, fresh pineapples and citrus fruits) meets the more corpulent, more aromatic, more bitter and resinous Abner. Both beers go well together with both of them having a fruity hops profile that complement each other. Abner being a much more intense beer I’m assuming there was more Principle than Abner in the blend. I really loved that beer, Abner added the ‘oomph’ I thought was missing from Principle 1 and the end result was a fruity IPA that I found more complex than either beers, as easy to drink as Principle 1 but a extra hopfix for the hophead that I am. For this blend, I thought the whole was more than the sum its parts. I drank a whole lot of this special blend, and trust me, trying to stay sober at an all-you-can-drink VIP event at Hill Farmstead is as hard as trying to look sexy while playing the Tuba.
Leighton (10540) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival VIP Event, VT. Pours cloudy orange with a fine, frothy white head. Tons of citrus in the nose, mostly fresh and juicy grapefruit, some orange. Medium sweet flavor with some pale and lightly bready hops, more juicy citrus fruits, modest grassy bitterness. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Mildly resinous finish, very clean and fresh, somewhat dry, with lasting dank, juicy citrus. Unthinkably drinkable and refreshing.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the VIP session at the 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Festival. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Big juicy citrus and grapefruit. Medium bodied, light lemon and citrus. Lots of citrus, musk, soft sweetness. Citrus, light musk, toast. Lovely, very light alcohol, fuzzy musk, long gentle grapefruit.
JulienHuxley (2947) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Harvest VIP party. Orange pour with decent head. Aroma leans more towards citrus with a nice dank and resinous twist. Taste was great, crisp cereal, citrusy hops and grassy bitterness. Sessionnable and tasty, it was a welcomed addition to the high gravity line-up.
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of one 20L keg blended for the Friday night party at the ’12 Harvest Festival. Abner meets Life Without Principle #1.
Pours a hazed golden orange, ample and dense white head, nice retention and lace aka every other HF IPA. Aroma and flavor are basically Abner (which is a near perfect IIPA for my taste) with the addition fresh citrus juice and peel. Resiny, fruity, pulpy and juicy, but a little lighter and crisper than regular Abner. Exceeded the Abner is Enlightenment blend from the spring and my favorite of the 3 blends at this party.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Hill Farmstead Harvest fest vip event. Hazy orange with a frothy white head. The amount of citrus in this blend is incredible. Pure orange peel from life without principle combined with dank resinous grapefruit and orange from Abner. Medium body with a super dry crisp finish.