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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 1,366
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 21.33%
Wants: 653
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2012

American IPA brewed with our favorite hops. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka.
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Reviews: 145 | Hads: 1,366
Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2L growler filled at the brewery exactly a week ago and kept refrigerated since being filled. Poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a hazy fairly opaque yellowish slightly brownish with about two fingers of foamy slightly fluffy thick head that coats the glass with thick lacing and has excellent retention slowly receding to a thing foamy layer. Nice carbonation of consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Lots of grapefruit, pine, hops, and some pineapple fruitiness. Definitely well above average aroma strength, the grapefruit hits you right away which is balanced nicely with a pineapple fruit.

T- Fairly strong presence of dry grapefruit balanced with piney hops following with some lightly juicy pineapple, a faint hint of sweet malts, and a slightly bitter finish. Lingering aftertaste of grapefruit and pine. Fairly strong hop presence that lends a lot of flavor. Nice balance between all the hop varietals, I can definitely distinguish the Citra, Riwaka, and a little bit of the Simcoe hops coming out.

M- Medium bodied, goes down very easily, nice carbonation, slightly dry with a juicy finish. The awesome retention of the head adds a little bit of creaminess.

O- This is another phenomenal IPA from HF, possibly one of their best. At the brewery we did a tasting between this, Abner, and SS5 and we thought although all of them were great Susan beat out the other two slightly. I could easily drink this all the time and it's one of the best IPAs I've had. I definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance especially if you like IPAs with a strong grapefruit presence.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hop aroma that is very tropical. Light hay in color, which is what I prefer! The taste was very balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Overall it is great, slightly below Double Citra to me, but very close.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a beautiful off-white, frothy head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Great aromas on the nose. Citrus fruits, grapefruit, piney, earthy, and resinous. All of the flavors from the nose swirl around the mouth wonderfully. Light to medium body, a perfect balance. Smooth and not overly bitter. Another gem from one of the best breweries out there!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Beer Belly, poured into pint glass
Hazy yellow, white foam ring on top
Aroma of pine, grassy and citrus notes
Pine notes on the taste , smooth, moderate sudsing , slight bitter aftertaste
Very good beer, fine hill farmstead selection

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Three Penny Tap Room into a shaker pint. Fresh keg, just changed.

Creamy top one finger tall bright white head, very thin bubbles in the head almost nitro looking. Great apricot yellow and orange colored body, with a very opaque character and a nice lemon glow very shiny.

Palate has wonderful soft tropical hop notes, slightly floral. The hop fruit character comes off more jammy actually but also surprisingly light as well. Very impressive.

Palate has a great chewy malt character and touch of biscuit at first, then the mid palate really opens with citrus rind and tropical fruit. Light mix of creamy body and almost session like easieness in mouthfeel, but not quite that light or wet which comes out more impressive.

Excellent IPA in the Farmstead cannon.

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Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Huge creamy head, sticks around for a while, tons of thick fluffy lacing, layered, super hazy carrot orange red color.

Nose great, the riwaka really stands out, great fruity like tropical but grassy and floral at the same time, light almost lemony citrus with guava and light passion fruit, touch of grapefruit, etc etc, fluffy malts underneath.

Mmmmm, again riwaka, very tasty, light tropical fruit, guava and passion fruit, light grassy floral, light jack fruit like too, light bitter rind, light lemony, little tangerine light hop oil, touch resin. All that with a nice light malt base to balance. Finish is nice, dry and balanced, lingering long hop with grassy and floral citrus tropical fruit goodness.

Mouth is med bodied, light oily feel, nice carb.

Overall very nice, nice hop profile, again the delicious riwaka taking the show with the nice other tropical fruit hops in there as well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growlerette filled at the source two days ago.
Pours a cloudy murky light yellow golden color with a decent sized bone white head that slowly fades to a smattering of lace. That aroma is intoxicating, literally! Wiked old school citrus of grapefruit, orange, and lemon with pine with hints of resin. If there's malt in there I can't smell it, but shit I don't miss it, I've got a hop chubby. The flavor does hold some light bready malt but the citrus hop flavor is the dominatrix to my taste buds. Grapefruit, tropical fruits, tangerines, pine, resin its all there and it all melds together wonderfully. Smooth never harsh bitterness provides balance to the little malt I can find. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a smooth resinous mouthfeel. It doesn't look like much in the glass, but that's a damn fine beer right there.

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the armsby abbey on Zwanze day

A - Poured into a hill farmstead stemmed tulip a glorious hazy sunshine with a big dense one and a half finger head that leaves stellar side lacing and a thick sudsy dense creamy blanket that doesn't quit! Oh goodness....

S - Aromas of riwaka. God do I love it. Citrus and tropics galore here. That faint kiss of riwaka hops. Wonderful citrus gah!

T - Taste is just delicious with the hops not quite as kick in the face as the aroma is. Wonderful creamy citrus ans grapefruit peel. Very well balanced hops here with faint malty creaminess.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice super creamy with low carbonation . Super mellow and drinkable.

O - Overall I love this beer not quite as good as regular citra or riwaka but its damn delicious. Definitely worth it..

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Michael for the growler. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a slightly-hazy orange color with a full, fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

The nose starts off with some nice bursts of tropical and citrus fruits. As it warms there is a bit more citrus and just a touch of resin. Flavor is stunning, with the perfect bitterness level to complement the hop flavors. Light-medium body and extremely drinkable.

Another hoppy home run from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/28/12 notes. Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. Served in a tulip, 12 oz. pour.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemon, honey, pine hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, fruity malts, and floral hops. Tons of fresh fruit and hops; a really awesome nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, lemon, pineapples, mangos, fruity malts, floral hops, bready malts, and light yeast. Follows the nose pretty closely, with a ton of hops. No bitterness to it though, which I like a lot.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink with not much bite at all from the hops. Very nice.

o - Overall another fantastic hoppy beer from HF. Tons of citrus hops and tropical fruits, but easy to drink and no bitterness at all. I loved it and hope I can have it again sometime.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed orangish-peachy color with good carbonation leaving a moderate, fluffy yet delicate white head with spotty lacing and white ring on the edges

S: Tropical fruits, blend of orange peel and grapefruit with some green vegal notes

T: Nice citrus kick upfront; light lemon and orange peel followed by some light danky green vegal, herbal goodness. There is a nice, prominent yet pungent bitterness which rides on the underbelly of the flavors here. Not overpowering but very evident. The finish is very nice, lots of citrus and "Earthy greeniness" with a dry, delicate, crispness

M: Light to medium bodied, spot on carbonation, dry, crisp, airy, loads of flavor

O: Susan is a sexy drink.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into HF balloon glass.

A: Peach orange, gorgeous fluffy white 2 fingers of head, a bit cloudy. Killer lacing.

S: Citrus fruit, earthy hops. Peachy.

T: More pine in the flavor than the fruity and earthy hops I got in the nose. Very hoppy, but not overly so. You'd guess this a DIPA based on taste though.

D: Very high. A couple of glasses of this will go down smoothly. Not too strong, alcohol well hidden.

M: Medium body, medium carb.

O: Really great beer. For all of HF's awesome hoppiness, their single IPA's typically take a backseat to Edward and all the DIPA's. Not Susan - she's in that same class.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a big creamy white head that recedes down to about a finger. Excellent spotty lacing down the glass.

Big tropical fruit presence. I get mostly mango, but a little pineapple as well. Slight peppery spiciness in the background and not a lot of malt.

Lots of tropical fruit including massive mango up front. Just a little bit grainy towards the middle, but almost all hops. Finishes with a grapefruit pith explosion with a little floral character along with other citrus. I love the transition from tropical fruits to grapefruit at the end. Great hop combo.

Medium bodied and very oily. A shade over medium carbonation. As always HF nails mouthfeel.

Haven't looked up exactly what riwaka is, but I will now. There are some great flavors and it complements the known deliciousness of the citra/simcoe combo. Once again Hill Farmstead nails an IPA.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So far this is my favorite Hill Farmstead beer. Had it shipped to me in a growler and drank it pretty fresh. Great smell, flavor, and balance. Susan was bomb.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow hold. Looks like almost every other Hill Farmstead pale ale. Head is white, fluffy, and dense. Drops to a few clumps of a cap with a small creamy collar. Sheets and splotches of lacing.

Smell: Pine and some tropical notes. Touches of tangerine. Hill Farmstead yeast and water add a very soft earthiness. Malt backbone is ever so slightly bready with some pale malt sweetness as well. Lots of pine sap and grapefruit. Bitter. Floral. Woody. Slightly sweet. Warming adds a little bit of mango and peach. Some hop spiciness as well.

Taste: Bitter pine. Loaded with tropical fruit. Mango, peach, tangerine, it's all there. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with some bread dough. Pale malts add a little bit of sweetness. Bitter. Tons of pine needle. Grapefruit pith and oil. Juicy. Super floral. Bitter and sweet. A hint of lime in the back. Some leafy hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to almost light carbonation. A touch of astringency. Juicy initial sip.

Overall: A classy lady.

It's obviously good. This hop profile is better than most.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. Served in a 12 oz tulip glass. Consumed on 11/1.

A - Light orange in color. Cloudy with a bright white head. No lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S - Extremely fragrant. Orange, pine, pineapple, and fresh hops.

T - Somewhat tart, mandarin/orange, lemon and apricot flavor. More noticeable malt backbone.

M - Creamy with a medium body. Nice tingle throughout mouth. Standard HF quality.

O - Very very good, but preferred Harlan (consumed same evening), although Susan is higher rating. Like all HF products, it is a must try.

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Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Big thanks to Jared for picking this up for me on a recent trek to the brewery.

A - Pours a hazy, fruity juicy looking, pale dirty orange color - almost looks like thin grapefruit juice. A thick two fingers of fluffy and a bit rocky off white foam with good staying power and shape retention. Lingers for a couple of minutes and falls slowly to the surface leaving a small mountain of foam in the middle of the glass and lots of sticky webs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of hoppy good aromas here. I get a big hit of pine up front surrounded by dense grapefruity citrus aromas. Quite resiny and sticky smelling beer...a sharp Riwaka spiciness and a fair amount of sweaty-ness in the hops also. Malt...maybe a touch can be found under all of the fresh hops, but it is a bit of a stretch - hints of sugary sweetness is really all I can pick up here. Great smelling IPA.

T - A bit of sweetness at the base that quickly is overtaken by a mid-level bitterness that is crisp and has a nice linger to it on the tongue. Resiny pine makes the biggest impression on my palate, followed by the sweaty sticky hop flavors. Citrus is well integrated as well although it is lost a bit behind the pine aspects. Rounded out by the herbal and spicy southern hemisphere hop flavors. The pungency of the hop aroma led me to expect a bit more intensity in the hop flavor. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of hop flavor here, but it is surprisingly tame on the palate. It doesn't hit the tongue like a sledgehammer of hops like I expected it would. instead it is rather smooth and a bit gentle allowing a lot of hop complexity to come thru.

M - Carbonation is a bit on the lower side of medium, giving a light tingle on the tongue. Body is also a touch lighter than medium. Sticky body with a wealth of hops complexity - citrus, pine, spice, herbal...great mix.

O - Overall, a very good American IPA. One of the better examples of the style using New Zealand hops. I find that the NZ hops on their own are interesting but just a little bit "off" for me. This has a mix of American and NZ hops that works quite well...super complexity in the hop profile with a wealth of different flavors that play off of each other without any one hop really dominating. Glad to have been able to try this one.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into speiglue glass from 2L growler filled 10/17. This is a beyond excellent flagship IPA from HF and one of the better beers I've had from that brewery.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My homebrew buddy picked up a 22oz growler of this at the Brewery a week ago.

Pours a cloudy orange/honey, thin creamy white head lasts the whole brew. Leaves some webbing.

The smell is remarkable, super tropical, mango, apricots and peaches come to mind. Maybe papaya, a little bit of piney notes too.

Taste follows nose, lots of kiwi, pineapple, some grapefruit, lemon grass, also some herbal and piney notes. Very sweet citrus tropical fruits. Maybe some clementines. Pretty bitter but also has a nice honey/pie crust malt backbone thats barely present. Pretty complex and quite flavorful. Definitely a lot of citra in here.

Nice smooth sipper, rich creamy full bodied mouthfeel, high carbonation. Medium "drink-ability".

O An Awesome brew, really hope I get to try more hill farmstead, dont find many IPAs like this these days.

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Photo of oline73
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a goblet.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color. The nose is full of citrus peel bitterness and grassy hops. The flavor is even nicer than the nose. I'm getting citrus peel hop bitterness along with a grassy note here as well. There is just enough light malt behind the hops, gives the beer a pleasant bread like characteristic.. The finish is bitter with a slightly fruity note. The carbonation is smooth with a dry finish.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2 day old 750ml growler.

This stuff is aromatic as all hell: piney, citrus juice, slight tropical fruit, and a whiff of awesome hit me all at once. The pour is a deep golden yellow with a smaller than expected white laced head.

The taste is divine: crisp and tight. Fruity, juicy, and oh so beautifully smooth. It just dances in the mouth and down the throat.

I'm in love. Never had a regular IPA be such a blast. This is real love guys.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great citrus and tropical aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler gives a great pop and fills the glass with a golden body and a long lasting lacy white head.

Bright fruity citrus and pine battle it out above a soft bready malt presence. Orange, grapefruit, mango.

Simcoe flavors seem dominating to me. Pine, earth, grapefruit, then some tropical mango edge to it.

Medium bodied, carbonated and bittered. One of the better mouth feels on a IPA I've had. Ends dry.

Imminently drinkable. One of the best single IPAs out right now.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy, yellow golden perfection. A beautiful fingers worth of white head. Some wonderful lacing left along the way.

S: A lot of citrus notes. Grafefruit, orange, mango. Real nice.

T: Follows the nose along with some pine on the back end. Quite bitter.

F: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O: An excellent beer. I had more than one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul for snagging this gem for me.

The beer is fairly hazy and golden hued with a soft white head. The aroma offers hops, tangy citrus, a hint of grapefruit rind. Delicious flavor. A beautiful hop forward beer. Mild bitterness and nary a hint of alcohol. Refreshing and tasty. It was quite effortless to polish off a pint of this.

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.