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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 1,273
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6%
Wants: 634
Gots: 103 | 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: 132 | Hads: 1,273
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 (249 characters)

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. (357 characters)

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. (789 characters)

Photo of _RL_
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This the the haziest IPA I have ever seen. It smells hoppy, but not overly so. But the taste just rolls across your tongue with layers of subtle hops. It's mellow and smooth so it drinks like a session and the hop subtleness doesn't burn out your palate. Amazing stuff. (269 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as approximately 2 weeks old via trade. Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish color with exceptional lacing. The Riwaka hops must be what I'm smelling as it's unique (but pleasant) to the nose - a juicy IPA no doubt. This is really a fantastic American IPA and provided a wonderful drinking experience overall. Balanced and delicate fruitiness throughout, subtle dryness on the end. (395 characters)

Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great color and nose. Poured into a tulip glass with a thick foamy head. Consistent lacing coating the glass. Just another world class beer from the geniuses at HF (163 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pints at Armsby Abby. I wrote this on my phone, where reviews always seem a heck of a lot longer and more descriptive than they end up being.

Pours hazy yellow. Smells a little grassy and very dry. Nice balance, but a little underwhelming.

Tastes, at first, like it smells: fruit, grass, then intense, bitter dryness. But it really grows on me as it warms, with the malt aftertaste taking on a bursty fruit complexity. Very tasty and pretty unique. (454 characters)

Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer twice on tap, but never from HF directly, so take that with a grain of salt. First time was around 7/24/15 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA and then again on 8/10/15 at Torst in Brooklyn. Both times were pretty consistent in every way, but FWIW, a lot of people that tried it at Torst have agreed that it was much less hazy than they remembered and not nearly as flavorful. It certainly didn't taste off in any way to me, and was still a way above average IPA, but not as amazing as I would have expected from HF (again, having never been to the brewery). I will add that the Edward I had at AA was one of the best beers of the year for me hands down, but Susan just didn't hit that level (though I get the sense that it should and would have if up to quality it normally is/used to be...

Anyway, the beer was still great, so Shaun please don't stop sending barrels down to NYC again like following the RnH incident. Instead, we need some more HF love, especially from the Ancestral series... (1,012 characters)

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had a lot of Susan in my life, not as much as I've had of Abner though. They were both on tap when I went to the brewery and, perhaps due to me being from the West Coast and it's bit more a stark contrast to what I can get there, Abner is what filled most of my growlers with.

I got more than a couple of Susan though, and that's the beer that has really stuck with me. I can still almost taste the Abner (it's been almost half a year), but Susan is the beer that will have me making the trek back to Vermont.

It's exceptional. (534 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a growler. Pours out a beautiful hazy sunset orange. Smells of citrus, some malty sweetness, and peaches. Nose follows suit. Such a dangerously drinkable ipa. My second favorite after s and s 1. Crisp and refreshing. (221 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange body, short white head, and extensive lacing.

S - Huge orange and grapefruit nose, citrus hop esters galore, along with big pine complements. If juicy IPAs are your thing, this is exactly how you want your IPA to smell. As it warms, some of the Citra and Simcoe dankness comes forward, but it is never off-putting.

T - The nose, but more restrained, with a more subtle juice element pairing with definite resin and pine elements. The middle introduces the malt backbone. Most IPAs that deliver huge hop fronts close superbly bitter, but while there is a definite bitter turn, here it is more balanced, keeping the fruitiness and bright notes throughout. Which is one neat trick.

M - Very bright and carbonated. The close has some subtle drying, but nothing out of character for an IPA.

O - This straight ahead IPA is big and fun, delicious and bright. Susan is a top notch IPA, and it is a testament to the careful craft of this beer that it manages it all without falling for any of the major traps that trip up even the better brewers working with these hops and profiles. (1,101 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 other than the feel 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. (827 characters)

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. (158 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fluffy mouthfeel, dry, hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit citrus combined with some mango and orange. Cloudy, yellow with a thin white head. Very good!! One of the best IPA's i've ever had! (183 characters)

Photo of anteatr23
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy cloudy orange. Medium-sized head. Smells like pine and loads of tropical citrus. Taste is smooth and delicious, plenty of bitterness and citra. Goes down way too easy. Creamy and smooth with a dry pleasant finish. This beer was everything I was hoping for. (275 characters)

Photo of stacey393
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Growler filled @ brewery. 6/10/15. Pours vibrant Tang like Orange, hazy, lacing glass. peach, orange, grapefruit in nose very clean, soft mouthfeel. hoppy in middle. very clean finish. Excellent beer. Would not expect anything less from Hill Farmstead (263 characters)

Photo of djnickelb
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at farmhouse. Floral boozy flavor. Seemed light on the malt, heavy on the piney, tropical, spicy flavors. The aftertaste was minimal, little bit of lemon or lime. Great beer but did not knock my socks off like other HFB brews. (240 characters)

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

Consumed 6/6/15, growler filled at the brewery about 4 hours ago

A: Hazy, medium orange with golden honey - pours with a dense, bright white head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Bright, fresh citrus, with gigantic floral notes - orange, grapefruit, and ruby red grapefruit flesh - nice tropical aromas, big mango and pineapple - straight-up hops, hop cones, hop pellets - very, very floral

T: It's a Hill Farmstead IPA; very hoppy with an immaculately clean malt base - juicy, fleshy, ripe orange, tangerine, grapefruit - very, very floral - some hints of pine, straight-up hop resin - very nice tropical notes, with mango and pineapple - some stone fruit, peach - tropical fruit juice - medium level of bitterness - clean pale malt base, fresh and refreshing

M: Medium body, very smooth, finishes lightly dry

O: Possibly the quintessential Hill Farmstead IPA

Hill Farmstead makes awesome pale ales. Their APAs, IPAs, and DIPAs have many similarities. It's like a spectrum. And Susan is right in the middle. Very hoppy, but not aggressively so, super clean, and stupidly easy to drink. Awesome stuff. (1,137 characters)

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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into tasting glass.
A= Hazy and yellow, large bubble foam. Foam receded and laced the outside of the glass with a small island in the middle.
S= Citrus and pine aroma are notable.
T= Get mostly the citrus flavor at first taste, the pine and earthy notes come through in the end. Some malt and perceivable sweetness. Crisp and balanced.
M= Nice level of carbonation, refreshing and easy to drink.
O= Seems to be on par with most of Hill Farmstead IPA's. Not their best, but much better than a typical IPA. (528 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler.

Pours a cloudy hay color with a nice big foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Big hop nose and flavor profile with lots of citrus and citrus rind, grapefruit and tropical notes. Nice toasted malts in the background. Smooth, light and lively on the palate. Fantastic. (312 characters)

Photo of tylerk88
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn, this a fine beer.

L: Hay, orange, cloudy
S: Pine, Mango, citrus
T: Incredible. Some citrus, lightly sweet, well balanced.
F: Light, refreshing, perfect carbonation
O: A total home run. (193 characters)

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. (213 characters)

Photo of ElmCityBeer
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT.

Poured a typically hazy orange/tangerine with a 1/2 inch of white head with minimal lacing.

Tons of grapefruit and ripe sweet mango on the nose, with a little welcome bit of biscuity sweetness.

The sip is velvety smooth and soft, tiny champagne bubbles delivering a citrus juice bomb of a brew. A slightly sweet malt base hides any residual bitterness. The finish is appropriately dry. Hill Farmstead is in a different class when it comes to IPAs. (493 characters)

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.