Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of An, totally unexpected and very generous, thanks dude! Poured a hazy gold, good head (from a growler, FYI). Aroma was huge citric, pine, and slightly catty hops. Flavor matched, a touch tropical as well. Just enough malt to back it up. This was outstanding.
pfriesen (100) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not hugely aromatic but great tasting, loads of spicy pine and strong malt body to back it up
wedgie9 (1666) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 7/11/13 from a 32oz growler obtained in a trade. Pours hazy, bright orange with a thick, fluffy white head that slowly recedes to rocky and messy lace. The nose is super fresh with tons of citrus, pine resin, and a hint of tropical fruit, with just enough light bread malt to back everything up. The flavor is almost exactly the same, with the resin, citrus peel, and tropical fruit the focus, and just enough balancing bread malt. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long super balanced hoppy finish. This is perhaps the most balanced double IPA have had, with every element melding perfectly.
gmellison (252) - Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to adnielsen. So good. Hoppy, citrusy smell, beautiful golden color. Tastes like it smells, only better.
Jool (152) - - JUL 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler 750mL. Jaune presque orange. Nez de fruits tropicaux et de rťsine de pin. Bouche veloutťe de pamplemousse blanc, miel et pin. Excellente.
Chad9976 (1025) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I poured a 750ml growler into a tulip glass (thanks Jon, for the bottle!). Iím not sure of the date of the bottle. It cost $12 ($0.47 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright pale orange/dark yellow hue. Extremely hazy. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: A wonderful, pungent nose of tropical fruits (guava, passion fruit, mango) and citrus (grapefruit and tangerine). Some pine and flowers as well.
Taste: Itís hard for me to even begin to review beers like this. Hill Farmstead has been so hyped up by the fanboys that I figured thereís no way any brewery could live up to such acclaim. Well I canít speak for the entire brewery, but I do have to admit that "Abner" is definitely a top notch double IPA. Itís exactly what I look for in beers of the style: intoxicating aroma; a delicious, well-balanced palette; and itís highly drinkable.
This could easily be confused for a San Diego brew as it has all the makings of a Stone or Ballast Point brew. Thereís a delectable juicy flavor that starts things off: grapefruit, guava, passion fruit, et al, are all present immediately. Thereís a slight sweetness and an almost juice-like taste across the tongue. Itís actually quite refreshing for a moment there, that is until the bitterness comes in. Itís not quite as aggressive as some others of the style, though itís noticeably strong for sure. I get a garlic and onion taste at the apex, though theyíre quickly chased away by dry bitterness. Thereís a slight spiciness on the finish, but it fades away and leaves a nondescript aftertaste of hop bitterness.
I have to say I was extremely pleased with this beer, though its taste is a bit familiar. There are comparable alternatives sitting on shelves of beer stores nationwide, but being able to experience this rare opportunity was a pleasant surprise and worth the money.
Drinkability: Hill Farmstead Abner drinks the way a double IPA should. Itís got the crispness of a standard IPA, but with a slightly thicker, softer texture. Itís quite comfortable in the mouth and goes down super smooth. Sure, the hops do linger and dry out the palate, but thatís to be expected from this type of beer. At 8.2% ABV itís definitely a strong, robust beer all around, but thereís no alcohol taste or warmth to be found anywhere. I had no trouble drinking the entire bottle myself.
writerljberg (406) - Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL courtesy of Jim. Awesome.
A: Beautiful golden color with a thin ring of head. Some legs on the glass. Nice.
N: Surprisingly light nose. Tends toward the earthy with a hint of grapefruit. Plenty of crystallized sugar. Mandarin oranges in syrup. Pineapple starts to show through as this warms. Some onion and garlic.
T: Quite bitter with just enough malt to balance. Hops are well showcased and earthy. Light touch here leads to a cavalcade of flavors. Some minerality, artesian water in here.
M: Very dry to the point it almost feels like the body disappears.
O: As good as advertised. Definitely a beer that showcases the best of the style. More kudos for Shaun Hill, I suppose.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy pale orage color with decent white head that laces a bit. Aroma on this thing is killer! Smelled it once and started giggling it made me so happy, orange and ruby red grapefruit juice with hints of pine. Flavorwise, itís everything the nose leads with plus an added strong earthy hop punch. The earthiness starts to come out in the nose at it warms as well. It can be described as a bit garlicy. I get a bit of that sauteed onion and garlic with fresh herbs type of impression right after the initial citrus juice impression, but it fades on the finish. Super smooth bitterness here, very drinkable 8% IPA!
umich03jm (1331) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml growler from 46er3498. Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a small fizzy head that fades quickly but leaves some awesome oily webbing. All 3 HF beers Iíve had have had perfect appearance. Great musty aroma, lots of pine, mango, oranges, apricots, and flowers. Taste has a very light sweetness and a pretty strong bitterness. Juicy fruit hops and pine/floral hops mix nicely. Nice malt backbone, pretty creamy. At first it was a tad dry in the finish but got better so much better the warmer it got. Medium body, mouthfeel is creamy and oily. Awesome stuff again. ISO any HF IPA.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
November 2, 2012 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml swing-top shared by blankboy. Bottom pour - some floaties - mostly just hazy orange-amber with a large, lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma is - heaven; crushed spruce, resin, catty pungency, very dry and just a little background tropical fruit to carry it, as well as moderately assertive alcohol presence ... big and bold aroma, this. Taste - yummy - tropical fruit for days, floral pungency, catty, evergreen, alcohol - so much going on, so alive, even some tartness, probably just alphas teasing my palate - gotta go 9! Average body, a little astringent, decent carbonation, a surprisingly quick (medium length) finish for such a big beer - light bitter linger, just makes you want another pour. So good, even for HF. Count me a fan.