Next beer up from my Hill Farmstead beer haul this past weekend: Abner. This double IPA sits high on the top 250 beers list and is considered one of the best IIPA’s in the world, which is why I wanted to enjoy it fresh. Here’s an excerpt from the Hill Farmstead website, offering a back story to Abner as many of their beers do:
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.
Final Rating: 4.72/5
Poured from a 750 ml growler into a hill farmstead stemmed glass. Best by 9/19, purchased 3 days ago at the brewery!
Pours a super hazy golden body with a big frothy head that reduces slowly to leave thick lacing and chunks of white foam.
Smells amazing – super aromatic with heavy citrus, sweet resin, bursting tropical grapefruit, pineapple.
The taste follows the nose with citrus being the dominant note, followed by tropical fruit, pine, floral hops, and creamy malt with raw hop oil sticking to the tongue, leaving a resinous pine bite on the tongue. Absolutely delicious, perfectly balanced. Medium carbonation with a rich creamy body.
Overall, does Abner live up to it’s high regards? Drink it fresh (this was 3 days old), and the simple answer is a resounding yes. This is up there with heady, and with it’s raw character and perfect balance, it’s safe to say that it can give heady a run for its money.