Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +2%
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.
01-12-2013 15:17:09 | More by yourefragile
4.48/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Poured a lightly hazed orangish-peachy color with good carbonation leaving a moderate, fluffy yet delicate white head with spotty lacing and white ring on the edges
S: Tropical fruits, blend of orange peel and grapefruit with some green vegal notes
T: Nice citrus kick upfront; light lemon and orange peel followed by some light danky green vegal, herbal goodness. There is a nice, prominent yet pungent bitterness which rides on the underbelly of the flavors here. Not overpowering but very evident. The finish is very nice, lots of citrus and "Earthy greeniness" with a dry, delicate, crispness
M: Light to medium bodied, spot on carbonation, dry, crisp, airy, loads of flavor
O: Susan is a sexy drink.
12-02-2012 02:12:41 | More by barleywinefiend
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev -1.8%
Thanks to Paul for snagging this gem for me.
The beer is fairly hazy and golden hued with a soft white head. The aroma offers hops, tangy citrus, a hint of grapefruit rind. Delicious flavor. A beautiful hop forward beer. Mild bitterness and nary a hint of alcohol. Refreshing and tasty. It was quite effortless to polish off a pint of this.
01-22-2013 02:06:20 | More by Huhzubendah
4.4/5 rDev -2.4%
Thanks! I think this is the second batch.
A: Hazy yellow orange with two fingers of mountainous sea foam. Very cloudy. Great retention and lots of lacing.
S: Bright, fresh fruit redolence: tangerine, spicy grapefruit, orange flesh, mango, and papaya. There's a little sweet malt beneath the layers of hop fragrance, imparting a touch of breadiness.
T: The excellent aroma carries through to the flavor. Waves of fruit hit my palate, and each sip leaves me wanting another. Notes of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit blend with a light tropical fruit presence. Bitterness is at a moderate level and it's very smooth and gentle, lacking any astringency whatever. Smooth bitter fruity hop finish.
M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.
Overall: A nice IPA. Smooth and highly drinkable with an excellent aroma.
12-10-2012 05:56:52 | More by HopHead84
4.51/5 rDev 0%
750ml Flip-Top Growler opened on 9.5.13
A - Pours a hazy, lighter orange with a very large fluffy off-white head with great retention.
S - Very fruity and citrusy, oranges, grapefruit, lemon.
T - Same as the nosze, a touch bitter, the sweet in the finish.
D - Good carbonatio with a medium body.
O - Another citrus forward lovely one from Shaun. Delighted to have had this one.
09-11-2013 05:37:49 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.48/5 rDev -0.7%
Growlerette filled at the source two days ago.
Pours a cloudy murky light yellow golden color with a decent sized bone white head that slowly fades to a smattering of lace. That aroma is intoxicating, literally! Wiked old school citrus of grapefruit, orange, and lemon with pine with hints of resin. If there's malt in there I can't smell it, but shit I don't miss it, I've got a hop chubby. The flavor does hold some light bready malt but the citrus hop flavor is the dominatrix to my taste buds. Grapefruit, tropical fruits, tangerines, pine, resin its all there and it all melds together wonderfully. Smooth never harsh bitterness provides balance to the little malt I can find. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a smooth resinous mouthfeel. It doesn't look like much in the glass, but that's a damn fine beer right there.
11-27-2012 00:38:38 | More by johnnnniee
4.33/5 rDev -4%
750 mL growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Hazy golden yellow. Small white head. Wispy surface.
Smell - Tons of simcoe. Deeper whiff reveals mango and tropical fruits. I don't love simcoe, but this smells great.
Taste - All hops. Simcoey grapefruit at first. Grainy cracker malt. Switches dramatically to citra-like hop flavors in the finish. Tastes like mangoes in the end.
Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated and a touch of bitterness.
Overall - It takes a lot for a simcoe IPA to win me over, but this did.
02-02-2014 20:07:40 | More by Alieniloquium
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.