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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 1,360
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 653
Gots: 120 | 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: 1,360
Photo of tmbgnicu
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can look at and smell this beer for days. A true delight, like every other HF IPA. Excellent hop aroma and hazy pour. Taste is hop forward, clean finish. One of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of JGLittle
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to try some from a day old growler at a share.

Everything you have heard about HF IPAs, slightly turbid appearance, hop forward nose and solid balanced flavor. Very drinkable and would like to try it again!

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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 CHickman
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at BBD's in Rocky Point, NY; pours hazy yellow gold color with a big foamy 2 finger snow white head that stuck around forever and left incredible lacing and a foamy iceberg floating on top that swirled around after each sip.

Smell and flavor are both top notch, pretty close to perfect with fresh citrus fruit/citrus hops, grapefruit and lemon zest, grassy notes, piney hops and a malty, graham cracker background to make it balanced and masterfully constructed. Real mild bitterness, it was a pleasure to take down each sip, which was simple and yet complex all at once.

Incredibly easy to drink, an outstanding IPA as it was so tasty and refreshing at the same time that it seemed like a session IPA. Seek this out, it's that damn good.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.05/5  rDev -10%
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 Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Mikefriedman90
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color without much head. Very drinkable and well hopped. Snagged this gem at john Browns smokehouse in LIC queens. Definitely would get it again

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite IPAs, period; incredible balance, mouthfeel that is soft / chewy yet still refreshing and clean as opposed to pulpy. Great interplay of tropical fruit, citrus, bitterness, minerality. Avoids anything resinous or piney, with any plant notes being more herbal, grass and leaves.

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

From a 2L growler filled this morning, into a cool nonic. A: Nearly-opaque, mango coloured, a thick cap of fluffy suds that lasts and lasts. S: Tropical fruits, herbs and, faintly, sweet biscuit. T: Sticky fruits and sweet buns, herbs and a faint mineral tang. Hops up front overlaying a lightly sweet malty body, easy bitterness lingers long after the last sip. F: Creamy, chewy, absolutely perfect amount of carbonation. O: Probably as great as any beer at this abv range I've ever met. Drinks so tasty, smooth and easy it had ought to carry a warning label.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Didn't know what I had until I tried some draft at HF recently. Couldn't wait to fill a growler and opened it tonight and am just freekn' savoring one of the best beers I've ever had. I honestly don't feel that I have the sophistication that others have when reviewing beers because I almost 69 and age makes a difference. I just know what I know and this is amazingly fun, tasty, complex but not so anything overpowers anything of the ingredients. Love it. Gonna be back in mid Oct and I can only hope they have this in a bottle.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Pro Pig in Waterbury VT. Looks beautiful in glass - hazy goldish/yellow color. Nice scent of citrus and pine, taste follows. Although its definitely a good beer, I wasnt blown away. Perhaps it had something to do with the freshness? Or maybe because I had just tried Edward, which I rate very highly. Either way it was a good beer and I'm glad I tried it, but it wasnt my absolute favorite.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Freshly poured at the Hill Farmstead brewery in VT. The appearance was almost like a grapefruit juice, but not as hazy, with a thick, one-finger head. The smell was amazing with lots of citrus aromas coupled with some pine and grapefruit in there. The taste on the palate was of sticky-hop flavors, with layers of citrus and somewhat herbal. It starts with sweetness that ends with a decent amount of crisp bitterness. Overall, this is a great offering from Hill Farmstead and a good rendition of an American IPA utilizing New Zealand hops. If you haven't already, definitely check out not only this beer but the brewery as well; awesome place, cheers!

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great ipa from Hill farmstead. Super fruity with a nice bitterness and just a touch of malt to balance out at the end. Great mouthfeel and carb for a very drinkable ipa. I could crush this all day long .

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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 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 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 _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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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