Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
11-30-2012 15:57:53 | More by brystmar
4.13/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
07-24-2014 11:29:58 | More by Jwale73
4.15/5 rDev -8%
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!
12-02-2012 17:50:38 | More by Treebs
4.16/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
01-28-2013 18:24:22 | More by gory4d
4.18/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
11-18-2012 17:49:09 | More by Gosox8787
4.19/5 rDev -7.1%
750mL flip-top growler thanks to yourefragile. Moll is the man! Pours a cloudy orange with a medium, buttermilk head. Good lacing. Complete rings. Nose is jackfruit, dragonfruit, serrano hot pepper, pineapple/peach. Taste is chalky, minerally, a tad powdery. Flavor has some funky rind, cantaloupe, peach/pear juicy sweetness. Finish brings nice mellow bitterness. Palate is ultra soft, fluffy, easy to drink. Quenching, cloud like mouthfeel.
09-25-2013 21:39:44 | More by tarheels86
4.23/5 rDev -6.2%
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 ;)
01-03-2013 02:48:54 | More by EgadBananas
4.23/5 rDev -6.2%
750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.
The beer pours a really lovely copper honey color, hues of gold and light amber, very cloudy complexion. A nice finger and a half of white soapy heady appears and has good retention, lots of film atop the beer after the head has completely receded and wonderful soapy lacing survives the entire session. The aroma is spectacular, bright and vibrant notes of grapefruit and pineapple, floral notes of a fresh bouquet of wildflowers are very dominant as well, light earthy pine is there as well with a healthy amount of pale cereal malt. I could stick my nose in this beer forever, the balance is wonderful and the brightness is really special. The flavors are nice but fall a bit flat compared to the nose, grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine are all present with the same kick of fresh wildflower and lemongrass, the earthiness take over at the finish with bitter dirty pine and grassy weeds and some stronger sweeter malt than the nose suggested. Susan is full bodied, lower on the spectrum of carbonation but still lively and appropriate for the style and has a nice dry bitter finish that leaves a bit of a cottonmouth sensation behind.
Verdict: A really wonderful IPA from Hill Farmstead and another triumph in their hoppy arsenal. The aroma is really something to behold, a truly delightful beer to savor and enjoy.
12-31-2012 22:36:41 | More by kevanb
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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