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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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806 Ratings
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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 401
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of cfrances33
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler thanks to Gosox8787, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Complete hazy deep orange body. Perhaps the haziest Hill Farmstead IPA/DIPA I've had yet. Really nice white, fluffy, thick head. Head hangs around for quite a while, and provides really nice sticky lacing. Another beautiful beer.

Smell: Comes right out of the gate with juicy mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. A really nice citrus zest as well. Some pepper. A light bready malt comes in, but finishes with obvious pineapple.

Taste: Follows the nose on point. A ton of grapefruit and mangos. A really nice white pepper comes in from the citra. Sweetness is nice, but not too big, a little heavier than biscuity. A light resin comes in and it finishes with clean citrus juiciness.

Mouthfeel: Astonishingly juicy. More so than Abner in my opinion. Not quite S&S#5 level, but a more medium body than it. Bitterness is more of a supplement than really there. Fantastic.

Overall: Another absolute winner from Shaun Hill. Love the combo of these hops. Maybe could've done without Simcoe, but that's really nitpicking as much as I can.

cfrances33, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -11.5%

jtladner, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of scotv
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

scotv, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev -6%

zrab11, Jan 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

thampel09, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.25/5  rDev -6%

MattSweatshirt, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Gatch
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day.

Finishing the day with this after several sours. Another huuuugely fragrant and flavorful IPA from the talented brewers at HF. Beautiful, cloudy, golden color with a massive frothy, sticky, white head with tons of lace and pillows of foam lingering on top. Explosion of floral and fruity hops. NZ hops are unique so the Riwaka stand out but all three are easily discernible. Glad I got to try a beer with the elusive Riwaka. Sticky resin, pine, cedar, earth, wood, a few varieties of citrus...very complex but all hops at the same time. Like all of their beers it's way too smooth and easy to drink. Seriously. Such a creamy, full body. Every mouthful brings a smile. The flavors are so big and the hops are so intense. This beer is transcendent. I can't believe it's this good. I'm sorry, but I'm giving it a 5!

Gatch, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

laxer8811, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of dkw0063
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

dkw0063, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

browniewithnuts, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -11.5%

ChrisPro, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Lawson's snifter.

A: Hazy, orange/golden color with a nice white head. Looks creamy.
S: Wonderful citrus/tropical smells with a hint of grassiness at the end.
T: Taste is not as intense as the smell. Amazing citrus(grapefruit) and mango taste. A little floral too.
M: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Creamy/oily mouthfeel.
O: Another home run from Hill Farmstead! Delicious hop profile.

standardcherry, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of POTABLE83
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

POTABLE83, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of jayhunter357
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jayhunter357, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Nichols33, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of cp45
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

cp45, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

nzerbe, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Gosox8787, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

HollyHops, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Pahn, Aug 20, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%

Rado, Sep 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Mikeypnh, Oct 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

pjs234, Jul 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

BRYeleJR, Aug 11, 2013
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.