solidfunk (3854) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty sexy package on this one. Really fruity body. Hard to say if it’s better than the Heady Topper I had right after but it may just be. Strong hops but not overdone. Just a great package with attention on all the details. On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill.
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a goblet at Canal St, Reading.
Pours a cloudy, glowing peachy amber with a thick creamy white head. Average retention and abundant streaks of sticky lacing.
Aroma is a little disappointing. Abundant resin and citrus hops dominate; more sweet than bitter. Pleasant, but a little one dimensional.
Body is thicker side of medium, chewy and smooth with strong carbonation. Flavor adds more complexity than the nose with a mild peach sweetness on the front of the palate with grapefruit and citrus resiny bitterness on the back. Throughout there is a light lemon rind, grass and strong bready malt flavors balancing the hops. At colder temperatures this reminded me of something like Ruination, but as this warmed it turned into a unique beast of an IIPA. This was maltier than some other hop bomb IIPAs; combined with the lower alcohol and unique peach flavors this is highly drinkable and recommended.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden color with an eggshell head. Aroma is heavy dank hops, resin and some mint? Taste is sweet malts with some tropical notes and some green (unripe) mangoes. Medium bodied with a dry finish. Good.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours up deep gold with a thin copper core and supporting an off white head. The aroma offers up thick chewy resiny hop goodness in the form of spicy yummy hops, bitter floral hops and then a resiny near grassy note in the background. The taste is pleasingly similar with rich sticky near resiny spicy and floral hops sliding around effortlessly over the top of a thin sheet of sweet malts. Yes. The hops offer up deep rich hop bitterness as well as ample amounts of ‘late addition to the boil’ hoppy flavor goodness. Nice stuff.
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazed golden ale with a super thick lacing golden white head. In aroma, superb balanced and creamy floral hops, flowers, beautiful. In mouth, a smooth floral hops, nice and restrained, white grapefruits, resinous, pungent and well balanced. On tap at the brewery, March 12, 2012.
b3shine (5305) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2012 Growler to snifter at Jackie O’s the night before the bottle release. Looks good; light and lively. Smells great; grassy and hoppy. Tastes good; a lighter DIPA with a great flavor profile. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a tasty beer that I hope to have again.
Sean9689 (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Holy crap these guys rock. Man oh man. Pours a wonderfully orangish color, nice and cloudy, great head retention. Such a fresh, pungeant hop aroma. Grassy, resinous, citrus peel. Flavor just melts in your mouth after the spicy, juicy hops attack your tastebuds. This is freaking delicious.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/28/2011. Poured from a 64 oz. growler into a tulip. Thanks to idrinkgas for sending this over.
Out of the growler, my pour has a nice creamy froth of a white head above a cloudy tangerine beer. Pretty nice retention from a growler.
Some lightly sweet crackery malt wafts into my nose first, but the aroma is full of hops. Floral, some grassy, lots of grapefruit, and a bit of spicy pine. Very nice.
A good amount of biscuity malt does its best to stand up to the hops, but fairly quickly the tidal wave of hops wins. A balanced hop presence - grapefruit citrus, some grass, and some prickly pine. The finish is fairly clean.
Abner has a balanced full body, a little bit of booze. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Lightly grainy, not much hop oil left on the tongue after each sip.
This is a well made, balanced, hop bomb. Very good, I have no qualms about finishing a decent portion of this growler.
jmilo64 (40) - Maine, USA - MAR 10, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
review date: 3/4/12
poured from growler into a Sam Adams glass
Nose: strong floral hops with a bit of sweet alcohol
Appearance: Thin head that dissapates quicky, beautiful cloudy golden in color
Taste: I can find nothing wrong with this beer. Potent hoppy grapefruit with a very nice, lasting, slightly bitter finish. No floral or sweet notes as I noticed in the smell, but just perfect. Finished the 750ml growler over a three day period and found it more pleasurable with each pour. On day 2 and 3 I had it in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass, and I think that made it even better as the aromas came out a bit more.
One last note, on day three I followed my last Abner with my 2nd-ever Heddy Topper. Both beers weigh in at 8%+ APV with no inidication of being this strong, and both are wonderful, but for my money, Abner wins this head-to-head Vermont competition :)