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Susan | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by MasterSki on 10-25-2012

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Photo of Stakebone
3.09/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in NYC. Pours cloudy straw. Good hop aroma for style. Although nothing but hops in the nose. A bit thin for a pale ale. Almost no malt to round out hop flavor and bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor are the highlights of this beer but that's about it.

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Photo of BradMatton13
3.24/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another over rated beer, i like these guys but the way some treat them you think they were gods, they also have better beer then some of the ones that are higher rated

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Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

A totally cloudy orange body with good lacing. Smell hints at hops but the flavor is more malt forward than hoppy which is a little disappointing. Flavor of orange and mineral aftertaste round things out. Clean finish with minimal lingering. While good, with the pedigree that HF has built up, this one falls short unfortunately.

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Photo of jegross2
3.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing Susan from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Vermont.

Score: 87

Two week old 2L growler. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 09/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent sunset yellow color with three fingers of white foamy head. Really good lacing and excellent retention. Leaks a lot of streaky head along the side of the glass. 4.5/5

Smell: Orange, pine, sweet malt, citra pellets, grapefruit and a faint wood aroma. 4/5

Taste: There's lots of sweet tropical fruit and malt, but none of the necessary bitterness for an IPA. Oranges, grapefruit and mango. The citra hopping is clear. There's a faint bitter pine in the finish that needs to be more prominent. Tastes a lot like hoppy, unfermented wort -- somewhat underattenuated quite frankly. Not bad, but not that good either. Gets sweeter/maltier as it approached room temperature. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied with decent carbonation. Super dry, almost cotton-mouthing. Bitter on the finish, sweet on the pull. 3.5/5

Overall: Missing the necessary bitter kick. This is a rare miss for Shawn Hill in my worthless opinion.

Recommendation: If you have to skip any Hill Farmstead IPA, make it this one.

Pairings: Thai food.

Cost: $25 for a 2L growler (including the cost of the growler).

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Photo of thebeers
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Turbid dark orange color with a modest but lasting bright white head. Citrus aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with modest carbonation. Orange hop flavor and strong hop bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A cloudy pale orange pour into my newly gifted Hill Farmstead glass. It resembles orange juice with a fluffy white head on top dissipates quickly.

Aromas are pretty muted for me, but there is some citrus hops in the form of tropical fruit, mango maybe?, and pale malts.

Excellent tasting, even if a little bit on the flat side. Orange, peach, and slight pineapple flavors. Kind of ripe and a little bit funky with a hint of spice (rye like). Balanced nicely with the malts. Average to below average bitterness.

The body is silky smooth. A little crisp in the carbonation unless I am mistaking it for a farmhouse type yeast pitch.

An excellent IPA. Not world class for me though. I think I may score it a little higher as a pale, but a very good beer either way. I think it reminds me of Pseudo Sue.

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Photo of jhartley
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a HF growler to a long stemmed wine glass.

Cloudy and hazy body with about a finger width head. Almost looks like a combination of orange and mango juice.

Tastes of citrus: orange and lemon and hops. A nice sweetness on the end from the malts. Nicely balanced.

Not a lot of carbonation, and by the end their wasn't much left coming out of the growler. Really lets the hops and malts shine.

Overall a really great IPA! Very well done!

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Fitz for sharing this one. Poured into a standard solo cup, it had a golden orange color, with a thin layer of white foam on the surface, some clusters of larger bubbles clung to the sides of the glass.

Citrusy grapefruit aroma, slightly grassy and pungent with resinous hops.
Taste is also citrus forward, mainly grapefruit that is slightly sweet, a light pale malt presence towards the middle, generally very light and smooth in feel. Light to medium bitterness, it finishes clean and mellow. Very drinkable, but somewhat one dimensional taste-wise. Enjoyed the light body and easy drinkability most of all.

Any better than some of the best local IPA's? Not really, but it's well made and worth trying.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at some joint in Waterbury.

Hazy orange color with a 1f white head. Some lacing. active rising carbonation.

Orange color leads to a citrus aroma of...oranges, as well as grapefruit and pine oil . Lots of citrus and some pale-ish malts.

Mostly malt forward flavor with citrus hop taste also. Piney.

Smooth feel with good carbonation. Hop tang, not too bitter.

Tasty and drinkable., quite refreshing as well. Not dank.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler friends had filled for me 24 hours before this review. Susan pours a hazy honey yellow with a touch of amber mixed in. A moderate creamy head on top slowly fades away leaving behind a nice netted pattern of lace on the glass. I scored appearance a little high because just looking at this beer makes me anticipate the first sip.

The aroma is lemon citrus, a little grapefruit, tropical fruit and a touch of pine. It's a pleasant aroma, but not especially strong.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and creamy with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor begins with tropical fruit and orange/grapefruit citrus and some lemon peel. Sweet malt is found in the background and helps balance out the hoppy bitterness. In the middle there's a spicy hint of pepper. It finishes grassy, dry and moderately bitter. Once gone the orange citrus and bitterness lingers on the palate.

Another winning IPA from Hill Farmstead. It's not a hop monster, but has plenty of hop flavor. Not super 'green' as other hoppy beers.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

will need to give this another try, had it after Other Half IPA and it was too light on carbonation and feel in comparison. Look was hazy light yellow-orange color, smell was subtle not much citrus, taste enjoyable with lingering aftertaste on back of flavor, Feel lightly carbonated light to medium mouth feel. Overall a solid beer, as I said earlier need to give it a try on its own.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Susan looks great as most Hill IPAs do. There's minimal tropical fruit, it's mostly bitter, piney, earthiness. Soft mouthfeel too. It's a good, but not great IPA.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Monk's Café. Served in a pint glass.

4.25 A: Well hazed light orange color. Came with a short white head. Good retention and lots of lattice like lacing.

4.0 S: Resiny and grapefruit hops to start. Then big tropical fruit - pineapple heavy - mango, and orange. Neutral bready malts.

4.25 T: Mild-moderate bitterness. Light caramel and extra bready. Sugary hops, tropical fruits per above, resin, grapefruit.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer, but one of HF's "weaker" beers.

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Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

White head. Lace. Golden yellow color.

Earthy and grassy hops with some orange and lemon citrus. Decent flavors but not sure hop this is rated so high. It's good but nothing out of this world. Todd beats it.

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Photo of brystmar
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger for VSK.

Slightly cloudy, golden body below the creamy head. Good lace, though not as sticky as other HF IPAs. Aroma like WHOA! Smells like I hollowed out a grapefruit and stuck my head inside. Fresh hops and citrus galore.

Unfortunately, the taste reminds me why I generally dislike Single IPAs: too much hop bite for my palate. Lacks the fruity magic from the nose, and the (very few) Single IPAs I enjoy possess this in spades. Can still tell this is a well-crafted brew; it's just not for me.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery consumed a couple days later. Hazy orange, tons of tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A very good IPA but not quite as good as the two Society and Solitude beers I had.

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Photo of gory4d
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a dense, tall white head. The smell is lots of big citrus (tangelo, maybe), with some grassy notes and something sweet like cake batter. The taste is again very heavy on the citrus, but with a strong malt backbone; lots of herbal notes, too. It's a little thick, but well carbonated. Reminds me a lot of Edward, but more amped up. A good beer.

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Photo of Treebs
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Zwanze Day, 2012. Served in a my Zwanze taster.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a frothy off white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick ring and leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Very fruit forward nose. Very intoxicating mix of peach, pineapple, apricot and stone fruit. slightly grassy with a sweet biscuit malt backbone.

T: The malt base is a little heavier in the taste. Biscuit and toffee with sweet bursts of pineapple and peach.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium-high carbonation level. Fruity and sweet flavors left on the palate.

O: High drinkable with a great fruit forward nose and taste. Definitely enjoyed this one!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at the Blackback in Waterbury Vermont served chilled in a tulip type snifter.

The color is mildly hazed amber with thick white head with fine bead. The smell is good with a nice mix of herbal and slight tropical hop aromas with a nice amount of citrus. The feel is great with a nice balanced bitterness level and dry finish with perfectly level carbonation.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DonFrap!

Pours a very hazy opaque dark almost muddy orange. Two fingers of off white head. Lost of web by lace.

Bright citrus aroma, with some floral hops and touches of pine and sweet bread malts.

Taste is high citrus, ,old grapefruit, some sweet orange, spice, somewhat resinous.

Has a great feel, somewhat light bodies, good mild crisp carbonation, some slickness.

Another great HF IPA, but I think Abner is better still. Yeah, I'm splitting hairs ;)

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL growler filled fresh from the brewery yesterday and kept chilled since then. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really agressive, creamy three finger head with great retention. Cloudy yellow/orange in color (a lot like Edward and some of their other single hop offerings).

Aroma: Tons of tropical fruit and ctirus notes upfront. Pineapple and mango notes really stand out. I am getting a touch of the Simcoe hop note in there as well that really tempers the tropical fruit notes.

Taste: The Citra and Riwaka hops offer some really great tropical notes. Lots of pineapple and mango with some orange zest and grapefruit. Not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Some pretty agressive grapefruit and bitter hop notes. As it warms more, the aggressive grapefruit bitterness builds nicely. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a nice creaminess. Really nice, bright carbonation.

Overall, a really nice, fresh IPA with a nice tropical background. Really nicely balanced with a more bitter finish than I expected. Not only refreshing but this grew on me as I drank it. I think I still prefer Edward to this but it is definitely a really nice beer.

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Photo of scotorum
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery last weekend 5/16. Poured from the 750ml growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.

a: Cloudy gold with an uneven bubbly surface foam wnich receded to a small patch of surface foam and extensive spotty lacing.

s: Moderate citrus. Notes strangely similar to RAID bug killer emerge a bit later.

t: A flavor initially closer to pear than citrus, medium hop bite, slight lingering bitterness on a very dry finish. Later citrus and pine come to dominate the flavor.

m: Light to medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: An eminently drinkable IPA, except for the weird aroma that develops.

UPDATE 7/12/15: Opened a 68 oz. growler tonight and had a couple of glasses. No odd aromas or flavors, just a great balance of citrus/piney hops and bready malt, highly drinkable and refreshing on a hot summer's day. Appearance also improved, with an inch thick white head which took some time to dissipate. Also very good body, almost like a different beer from the one I had from the 750 ml. Raising my ratings accordingly to a: 4.5, s: 4.0, m: 4.25.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Appearance is light golden and hazy in body with a thick white frothy head that reduces slowly to leave thick lacing.
Very floral on the nose, lots of pine , citrus and caramel too.
On the tongue is sweet malt, citrus, floral, earthy notes. Some onion-ish notes, slight bitterness on the finish.
Medium body, low carbonation.

Very nice. Not my favorite HF IPA but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyler for this one. 22oz. growler into a Lawson's pint glass.

Pours a .5 finger white, creamy head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy, murky papaya and pale orange. Lacing is patchy and thick with great cling. Real pretty beer considering its unfiltered.

Nose is clean and simple. Grapefruit, hop resin, citrus sweetness, and a mellow grassiness. Moderately aromatic. Nice.

Opens citrus, pine, and cane sugar. Some papaya and other tropical fruits provide a nice malt backbone against a mellow hop bitterness. Finishes citrus and resin with a light sappy hop aftertaste. Really refreshing.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, smooth and slightly lively in the mouth. Goes down quenching. Slightly messy finish with a moderately dry, sticky aftertaste. Awesome!

This is pretty in line with the rest of the HF pale ale offerings... namely incredibly balanced and drinkable. Really just a well crafted ipa in every sense that showcases each of the hop varities infused into it.

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.