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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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902 Ratings
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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 439
Gots: 33 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

tobelerone, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler purchased 6/28 and consumed 7/5.

A - Cloudy golden orange with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas - grapefruit, orange rind, peach and pine. A touch of honey sweetness.

T - Good bitterness with a fresh and juicy hop profile. Peach, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango and lighter grapefruit notes with a slight honey malt sweetness in the background. Incredibly smooth and dangerously drinkable.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Dry. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

xnicknj, Aug 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17%

vfgccp, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

jrallen34, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

kscaldef, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

IPAchris, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you, Eric.

A uniformly cloudy orange (Shaun needs to filter his IPAs some, methinks) with a dense, fluffy, white cap that leaves a gorgeous amount of lacing, this is a great looking IPA. The nose is rather excellent. Bright and fruity, this has a blend of citrus ( blend of orange and grapefruit, close to a white grapefruit, in fact) and the classic Simcoe floral and fruity aromas standing out (mango is noticeable). Moderately juicy, this beer also has a touch of honey to it. Not particularly dank or resiny, this is rather delicate.

The palate opens with a blend of mango, grapefruit, a little lemon and a rather floral pine nose. This really is a potpourri of hop goodness. Bitterness is moderate and is gentle, lacking in the pungency and resiny character that my favorites have, but instead, having an almost-as-enjoyable gently fruity bitterness that is the HFS signature (to me, at least). Malt? What malt? Maybe some pale malt, along with a touch of honey, but really, there isn't much here. The mouthfeel is soft and gentle, with a prodding bitterness and a suffuse fruity hop flavor that fully coats the palate. Initially, it does seems a little watery, but the creamy carbonation does pair rather well with the rest of the flavors here. Lingering flavors on the finish are mango, citrus and some floral character. Excellent stuff.

DefenCorps, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

tectactoe, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

AgentZero, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

eawolff99, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

LoveStout, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler courtesy of msquared2 and split with my Aunt Susan for her birthday. Thanks Morgan!

Susan pours a medium bodied very cloudy tangerine orange I'm color with a great one finger, bright white and soapy head. The nose is bright and citrusy with a slightly earthy and grassy, mellow hop character. The flavors are very well rounded. There is a lot of citrus up front followed by a spicy bready malt aspect. It finishes with a soapy grassy note that interesting and a little yeasty. It drinks light and soapy and an off dry. I really like it. For an IPA it is very unique. The three hop varietals work very well together. Hats off to Sean Hill. This one worked.

aasher, Feb 02, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled November 15 and consumed on the 17th. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy orange colour with good carbonation. Two fingers of soapy white head. Really good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Zippy hops. Orange, grass, passionfruit. Lotsa citrus.

T - Nice tropical character, floral, citrus, orange, mango, peach, honey. Quite juicy and fruity, mild malt character. Complexity of hop flavours is really nice.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice bitterness.

O/D - This was a good IPA. The Riwaka worked really well with Citra and Simcoe. I really enjoyed this one. The depth of hop flavours was really pleasant. Well done.

tbeckett, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

sweemzander, Dec 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.6%

BGsWo22, Feb 18, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the armsby abbey on Zwanze day

A - Poured into a hill farmstead stemmed tulip a glorious hazy sunshine with a big dense one and a half finger head that leaves stellar side lacing and a thick sudsy dense creamy blanket that doesn't quit! Oh goodness....

S - Aromas of riwaka. God do I love it. Citrus and tropics galore here. That faint kiss of riwaka hops. Wonderful citrus gah!

T - Taste is just delicious with the hops not quite as kick in the face as the aroma is. Wonderful creamy citrus ans grapefruit peel. Very well balanced hops here with faint malty creaminess.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice super creamy with low carbonation . Super mellow and drinkable.

O - Overall I love this beer not quite as good as regular citra or riwaka but its damn delicious. Definitely worth it..

rudzud, Dec 01, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another shout out to Ineedabeerhere. Pours a dull orange hue with a hazy clarity and a frothy, textured, bright white head. Nose expresses tangerines, simcoe hops and a hint of grain. Taste follows nose - a little less bright than suggested by the nose with the addition of a light, slightly lingering medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slight acidity and a carbonation that falls just short of crisp. Overall, very good, but closer to an APA than an IPA in my opinion.

Jwale73, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Dicers, Feb 06, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazed golden amber with a bubbly white head. Nose is powerful citrus and grapefruit hops. Subtle grain notes and a hint of a malt backbone. Taste is so gentle and focused, tropical fruits everywhere, mango, grapefruit, peach skin. Light grain notes. Bitterness is present through the finish with a fairly inviting palate, extremely soft body, crisp clean finish, tropical fruits gently linger. This stuff is darn good.

cpetrone84, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

outoffocus, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

drank so much of this - in and around Waterbury as well as a liter growler to go, and lord it was a lovely time

Susan is a deep, golden apricot in color with a rich cream white head that leaves good lacing. A carefully crafted hop blend is the highlight here - those lovely NZ hops bring their tropical medley including kiwi, mango, and passionfruit with the others bringing citrus highlights of tangerine and grapefruit. Juicy and fresh, riding a light, subtly sweet pale malt base with a touch of honey. Pleasant on the palate - moderate in body with a soft light-moderate carbonation. A balanced bitterness with a touch of citrus oil accents the finish and provides a dry, drinkable close. A top-tier IPA that pulls in all the best characteristics of a great hop blend and sets them against a thoughtful malt base..

blackie, Oct 04, 2013
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.