1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
SusanSusan

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

733 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 733
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 364
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American IPA brewed with our favorite hops. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 733 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
TheBrewo

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This brew was poured from a refillable 750mL Hill Farmstead bottle, filled at the brewery growler-style, into our Founders snifters. It glows the color of butternut squash, offering up a two and a half finger tall head of soapy, chunky, white bubbles, showing excellent retention. Cratered honeycomb lacing is left all around the glass. A murky haze cuts clarity and remains throughout, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be light. The aroma is wonderfully bright and fresh, giving notes of raw honeys, grapefruit and nectary sweet hops, mineral-laden water and clay, granular white sugar, apricot and nectarine fruitiness, thyme and oregano leafiness, sunscreen soapiness, envelope adhesive, and chalky pale malts. Our first impression is that the flavoring is just as juicy and sweetly hoppy as you would expect, helping to bolster and balance residual bitterness through the finish. As we sip, sour Starburst candy fruitiness, pale and lightly wheaty malts, white chalk and blackboard slate, mineral clay, white grape skins, biting citric rind, and a blend of grassy, nectary, grapefruity, and soapy hops start things off. Moving through the peak is continued freshness of grassy and soapy hops, fresh squeezed grapefruit juiciness, peach and tangerine flesh, booze and orange peel bitterness, green twigs, moderate metallic bite, and light rubbers. The end washes with bitterness of lemon and grapefruit rind, soapy citric and lavender oils, cotton, graphite, manila, white sugar and honey sweetness, residual bitterness of raw barley and lightly toasted pale malts, vegetal metallics, and honeysuckle. The aftertaste breathes of crusted wax, walnut oils, herbal hop bite, well water, resinous tree sap, green olive oiliness, lemon and grapefruity juiciness, sesame seed, dried pale malts, baker’s yeast, fresh grassy hoppiness, creamy milkiness, robust metallics, and denim. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives soft slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. Following an initial foamy coating, the mouth dries with lightly puckering astringency and chalkiness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its flavoring. This was actually a hard decision for us, as at first pop of the bottle we were initially thinking that the aroma couldn’t possibly be trumped. We were proved wrong. This is mainly due to the evolution with each, as they were exposed to heat. The flavoring calmed and became more even, while the aroma simply lost vigor. Keep in mind we are being exquisitely critical here, and both are actually sensational. This beer is wildly juicy from the hops, and happily “down-home”, with the typical Hill Farmstead well-water inclusions, which truly make each beer unique and continually incredible.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2013 21:11:18 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
Photo of CraigMack61
CraigMack61

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-28-2014 18:04:19 | More by CraigMack61
Photo of the-gobbler
the-gobbler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-28-2014 16:08:27 | More by the-gobbler
Photo of ttylicki
ttylicki

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2014 11:40:20 | More by ttylicki
Photo of Manninp
Manninp


5/5  rDev +10.9%

07-27-2014 02:03:22 | More by Manninp
Photo of Kybartle
Kybartle


4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-26-2014 00:58:47 | More by Kybartle
Photo of cultclassic89
cultclassic89

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-25-2014 21:03:29 | More by cultclassic89
Photo of Alpho91
Alpho91


5/5  rDev +10.9%

07-25-2014 15:20:17 | More by Alpho91
Photo of Johnny_Danger
Johnny_Danger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-25-2014 01:14:20 | More by Johnny_Danger
Photo of Stum-pub
Stum-pub

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-24-2014 22:16:25 | More by Stum-pub
Photo of Jwale73
Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another shout out to Ineedabeerhere. Pours a dull orange hue with a hazy clarity and a frothy, textured, bright white head. Nose expresses tangerines, simcoe hops and a hint of grain. Taste follows nose - a little less bright than suggested by the nose with the addition of a light, slightly lingering medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slight acidity and a carbonation that falls just short of crisp. Overall, very good, but closer to an APA than an IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2014 11:29:58 | More by Jwale73
Photo of MattLatuchie
MattLatuchie

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-24-2014 02:50:55 | More by MattLatuchie
Photo of tbone1384
tbone1384

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-23-2014 23:38:28 | More by tbone1384
Photo of tylergoov
tylergoov

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-23-2014 21:12:52 | More by tylergoov
Photo of jstout26
jstout26

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-23-2014 12:35:47 | More by jstout26
Photo of Csparks33
Csparks33

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-23-2014 01:31:47 | More by Csparks33
Photo of volta
volta

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-22-2014 23:05:11 | More by volta
Photo of kevrice88
kevrice88

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-22-2014 13:26:36 | More by kevrice88
Photo of Kword55
Kword55

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.3%

07-22-2014 01:17:34 | More by Kword55
Photo of cmrillo
cmrillo

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-21-2014 20:31:41 | More by cmrillo
Photo of tywhite
tywhite

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-21-2014 19:05:31 | More by tywhite
Photo of dbkdev
dbkdev

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-21-2014 14:36:51 | More by dbkdev
Photo of Kevincredible
Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-20-2014 02:44:54 | More by Kevincredible
Photo of esktime
esktime

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-19-2014 02:01:18 | More by esktime
Photo of Hirshi
Hirshi

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-18-2014 16:49:32 | More by Hirshi
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.