ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
FROM NOTES: July 3, ’12
Poured into a HF tulip on tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery.
A: Strong hops in the nose. Big sweet mango, pineapple, and other tropical fruit. Some bitter pine undertones. Really nice citrus character in the nose as well. WOW!
A: Pours a cloudy tea color- amber/yellow/orange- can see bubbles floating to the top of the glass- small head leaves nice lacing.
T: Follows the nose. Nice pineapple, mango and papaya with some orange as well. Sweet bready malts create a nice backbone throughout the drink. The finish has a slight bitterness with a hint fresh pine. Very balanced.
P: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. The sweet malt and fruity hop flavors linger across the palate for quite sometime and the beer is highly drinkable.
O: Get this beer. Get it in any way possible. Fresh out of the tap will change your life! Shaun hits it out of the park on this beer. He does hoppy beer better than anyone out there. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Growler for rating #5500:   Bright straw, fiery, lots of bits floating about, large pillowy white head, nice lacing.   Big bright citrusy nose, pithy, soft floral bits.   After having the Society & Solitude #5 I think this one is a bit minor compared to that one.   Smooth and somewhat sweet pith up front.   Well balanced, a bit more sticky and pithy than Solitude #5.   Wished I had more Hill Farmstead to compare it to, but thats all I got.   Better nose but not as exciting on the tongue.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Smooth, yet with a definite pith and citrus bitterness.   Really, S&S #5 is better than this example.   Abner still seems a little rough.   S&S #5 was very well balanced and smooth.   Abner seems a bit more brash and with more punch.   I am sure hopheads will gravitage towards this one, but the balance is certainly in the hop/bitterness category.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Strong citrus and pithy finish.   Not heavily out of balance, but certainly a hop sided IIPA.   Not as sweet or malty as S&S #5.   Compared to Younger, its no comparison.   Oh how I wished I had some younger now.   Abner might be too embarrased to put his hat in the ring tho.   Really good, but I am not impressed as others are.   Thanks Scott for the chance to try this one. barncatmatt (2285) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
Bomber shared by jsprime hazed golden, very light colour for an IIPA. Nice punchy nose, not as clean as some other HF brews. Solid flavour profile but lacks the vibrancy and elegance of some other HF brews. Solid brew but not my fav HF. bleeng (1681) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Thanks Dave. Color is hazy yellow. Taste is piney and tart but easy to drink. On par with the plinys. rdixon77 (2763) - Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Very lucky to try this one. Thanks to drowland for setting up trade and tasting.
Incredible subtle and delicious double IPA. Not big palate wrecker at all.
Pours hazy golden with a slight white head. Great lacing. Honey, earthy, hay, grass, lemon in the aroma. Taste had super complex hop flavors - citrus, bitter bite, earth, tropical fruits that glide over tongue. A malt base very delicate that held it together. Booze and bitter at the end, but perfectly balanced. Just a hint of carbonation. Fantastic beer!
electrotype (655) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
Premièrement, merci à Ludo pour cette bouteille de 750ml! Au nez, on reconnait immédiatement la touche houblonnée des IPA, mais également beaucoup de fruits exotiques. C’est une bière dorée et très trouble, pratiquement opaque! La mousse est présente et réussie. Le goût vient confirmer l’arôme : houblonné et fruité... Pas trop amère, mais très loin d’être fade : un équilibre parfait! Pour faire un lien avec une bière qui m’est plus accessible, la Abner goûte un peu comme si la Le Castor Yakima avait été brassée avec des fruits tels que pêches et fruits de la passion et possédait plus de corps. Ce corps est rond mais en même temps très vivant, un corps magnifique! Aucune trace d’alcool au goût, elle est très raffraichissante. Sans contredit une des meilleure bière que j’ai eu le privilège de goûter jusqu’à maintenant! drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Rating #5500! 10/14/13. Growler thanks to zoso335! Orange amber pour with a nice khaki head that sticks and laces fine. Nice hop aroma, not overwhelmingly bitter, but nicely present and complex - citrus, layers of tropical fruit, pineapple, guava, a bit of dank pine and resin, and just hints of pale malts in there. Great flavor as well, balanced hop bitterness, not too much, moreso packed with hop flavor, more citrus, tropical fruits, etc. Hints of pale malts just present and doughy enough to balance it out. This was my favorite of the 4 growlers I had that day. rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Growler thanks to Arin! Slightly hazy golden pour with a fluffy white head. Tons of tropical citrus hop character coming from the aroma with a hint of sweet pale maltiness. Amazing balance of tropical citrus hops, resiny, dank with touch a pale malt. Dry bitter ending. Truly great beer. jbruner (4691) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Growler shared thanks to Arin. Pours a hazy yellow with thin film of white head. Aroma of fruity tropical hops, slight sweet honey malt character. Taste is caramel and honey up front resinous hops on the back end, piney. Awesome, slight booziness and hint of lingering bitter. Amazing beer, everything I’ve had from them has been amazing. mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Wonderful pale gold color with white head. Aroma is of freshly cut hay, honey, and a slight piney-ness to it as well. Taste is much more piney than the aroma. I also get some of the honey flavor; presumably from a light malt. The color also hints that they used lighter malts. Mouthfeel was a tad thin, but I did enjoy the hop ’sting’ on the tongue. Overall a great DIPA; I haven’t been disappointed by Hill Farmstead yet, and doubt I will be any time soon.