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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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. 

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkrjukoff (4302) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (1674) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Hazy gold yellow pour. Mild hop aroma. Tastes honey seet with perfect matching punch of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5686) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ctipping (1260) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggsbowler (596) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Growler - Pours orangish with white head. The nose is citrusy and piney. Taste is oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, pines, and evergreen. Well balance and smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Franckg (1116) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
Robe orangée très trouble, fine mousse qui disparait tranquillement. Une dentelle huileuse se colle aux paroies. Arômes exotiques de pamplemousse, tangerine, pêche, ananas. Léger côtés malté et caramélisé mais très subtil. Un peu résineuse. En bouche, tout aussi sublime. Présence de fruits et une amertume juste à point envahit immédiatement le palais. Les saveurs sont intenses et encore là, le pamplemousse et tangerine sont dominants et la finale s’étire d’ailleurs sur des effluves de pulpes de pamplemousse. Un goût de résine de pin ressort égalemement et apporte un côté plus sec et tranchant. Le corps est épais, crémeux. Le taux d’alcool se fait discret si ce n’est d’une petite touche épicée brève. Autre breuvage à la hauteur du talent de Mr. Hill

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1228) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2015 Growler fill from brewery 03/27/15. Pours hazy yellow color, white head. Aroma is resinous pine, tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, papaya, some malty biscuit and slight dankness. Flavor is a lot of pine, tropical fruits, bitter hops, pineapple, mango, malt backbone. Exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (3713) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2015
Growler filled 13 days ago and we are allready drinking it now on the otherside of the pond! Poured a deep murky orange colour with a Nice white head. Still a lot carbonation. First sweet juicy aroma of orange, Peach, tropical fruits, mango, lot of pine bitterness, citrus, lemon zest, . Bready malts, resin, taste is Nice and fruity upfront lots of juicy with a full pine bitter kick in the end. All combined perfectly! The best part is the mouthfeel in the aftertaste. The hype is for real! This is incredible. Big want i finally got to try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1738) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Tap at Hill Farmstead. Pours a beautiful hazed banana peel yellow with a large white head. Aromas of floral and tropical hops, some alcohol detected in the nose. Bitter but gentle flowers and citrus juice. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2444) - USA - MAR 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2015 Draft from HF, thanks to Adrian. Superb aroma on this strong IPA. Plenty of bitterness - a touch harsh at first, but once my palate grew accustomed, I was loving it. Full funky floral aroma. A good amount of sweetness also. Some fruit hanging around the edges. Very good indeed.

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