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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 364
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2013 21:09:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.3%

12-16-2012 19:42:14 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2013 11:37:28 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-17-2013 02:05:21 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

12-16-2012 21:10:06 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-03-2013 23:14:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

03-15-2014 21:47:05 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-16-2014 22:59:57 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

01-09-2013 22:49:33 | More by spycow
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DaveHack for the hookup o this one. The beer poured out as a nice hazy yellow color with a massive fluffy white head. The smell of citrus fills the air after popping the growler and pouring out into the glass. There is a beautiful soft grapefruit aroma on this. There is a very nice citrusy flavor too with subtle waves of wheat ad grains in there as well. The mouthfeel is soft, light bodied and refreshing. Overall this is a great IPA. Very good stuff.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2013 00:41:54 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2012 06:31:37 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-09-2013 23:32:28 | More by largadeer
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

10-13-2013 16:48:05 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Sean. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - White foam settles to some wisps, a collar, and spotty lacework. Murky peach flesh-colored body. Fairly pale, as seems to be usual for these Hill Farmstead IPAs.

S - Lots of tropical fruits and citrus zest, with perhaps a touch of dank and onion. The Riwaka is fairly apparent. Fairly neutral malt backdrop; this one is all about the hops.

T - Zesty citrus, a bit of lemon peel, some mild herbal and dank notes, and juicy tropical fruits. Again, malt doesn't impart much else beyond some faint and nebulous sugary notes. High bitterness that is somewhat surprising for Hill Farmstead.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium-low carbonation, dry and crisp finish. No perceivable alcohol.

D - Another fine IPA from Shaun E. Hill. It's very easy to drink and has a really broad hop bouquet that covers all the bases. I could use perhaps a touch more malt sweetness to offset the high bitterness, but otherwise this is quite good.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2012 04:01:05 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

02-01-2013 03:53:33 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 00:14:43 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Hill Farmstead. But never rated it, so this is from a recent tasting on tap at TJ's, Ardmore, PA.

Hazy, orange-yellow pour, with a small cap of foamy white head, which settled down from about an inch out of the tap; good retention and moderate lacing. Fresh citrusy hop aroma, lemony, pine needles, all things hoppy and good. An assertive twinge of citrus greeted the palate, lemon and grapefruit pith, lighter tropical and floral notes, with a light, crackery malt base. Light-medium mouthfeel, lower bitterness, moderate carb. Super drinkable, super good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2014 17:09:20 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

03-19-2014 06:14:11 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

4.44/5  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.

Serving type: growler

02-15-2013 23:31:11 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 15:24:43 | More by mdfb79
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-18-2012 15:45:44 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

06-28-2013 13:39:57 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -11.3%

07-18-2014 02:37:39 | More by beernads
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.3%

12-05-2013 03:06:08 | More by XmnwildX12
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL growler, served in a HF wine glass.

Pours a hazed golden copper with a dense fluffy white head. Nose has heavy with resiny tropical fruits and earthy pine. Flavor is a little sweeter, with grapefruit rind, pineapple, mango and peach and a dry earthy pine and grassy finish. Medium thick body, soft carbonation and a sticky, bitter finish. Great balance of hops as the Simcoe pine plays nicely with the leafy NZ hop tropical fruitiness. The Riwaka single hop was a little more "exceptional" and a better showcase for that hop, but Susan's subtlety and balance make this much easier to drink.

The smell and overall scores are more of a 4.75 but I refuse to use the new quarter intervals in scores since I never had access to them the previous 6 years of reviewing. Just...whatever.

Serving type: growler

01-12-2013 15:17:09 | More by yourefragile
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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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