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Susan | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by MasterSki on 10-25-2012

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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 1,530
Photo of Sheppard
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Susan looks great as most Hill IPAs do. There's minimal tropical fruit, it's mostly bitter, piney, earthiness. Soft mouthfeel too. It's a good, but not great IPA.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great offering from Hill Farmstead, Susan is a nice hazy orange with 2 to 3 inch head. I smell a lot of orange citrus and the taste is the same. High acidic oranges. Has soft mouthfeel and complexity of hop bitterness that emerges initially then resonates in the back end due to the trifecta of hops. Although I did feel Edward was simpler, I think that Edward edges out Susan in drinkability. To me, Susan lacked a little balance.

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Photo of Stakebone
3.09/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in NYC. Pours cloudy straw. Good hop aroma for style. Although nothing but hops in the nose. A bit thin for a pale ale. Almost no malt to round out hop flavor and bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor are the highlights of this beer but that's about it.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another amazing offering from one of the top breweries in New England. So happy to have the opportunity to visit the magical place that is Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

White head. Lace. Golden yellow color.

Earthy and grassy hops with some orange and lemon citrus. Decent flavors but not sure hop this is rated so high. It's good but nothing out of this world. Todd beats it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Monk's Café. Served in a pint glass.

4.25 A: Well hazed light orange color. Came with a short white head. Good retention and lots of lattice like lacing.

4.0 S: Resiny and grapefruit hops to start. Then big tropical fruit - pineapple heavy - mango, and orange. Neutral bready malts.

4.25 T: Mild-moderate bitterness. Light caramel and extra bready. Sugary hops, tropical fruits per above, resin, grapefruit.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer, but one of HF's "weaker" beers.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden orange with a fluffy medium sized head and good lacing. Big grapefruit notes, lightly tropical, tangerine, underripe stone fruit, and dank green stuff. Lighter end of medium body, smooth with nice crisp carbonation, dry finish and a restrained bitterness. This is about as good as you can get. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of thebeers
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Turbid dark orange color with a modest but lasting bright white head. Citrus aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with modest carbonation. Orange hop flavor and strong hop bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

will need to give this another try, had it after Other Half IPA and it was too light on carbonation and feel in comparison. Look was hazy light yellow-orange color, smell was subtle not much citrus, taste enjoyable with lingering aftertaste on back of flavor, Feel lightly carbonated light to medium mouth feel. Overall a solid beer, as I said earlier need to give it a try on its own.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Resiny with light, sweet cracker malt. Grapefruit pith, earthy twig; underlying a peppery and sweek mint. Tangerine, passionfruit, stonefruit. Great flavor that echoes the pine and grapefruit aroma. Bright feel, medium bodied on the edge of creamy. Some alcoholic phenols sneak their way in--delightfully so. Fast and active carbonation on pour, hazy but brought orange.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro VT on tap on Wednesday night, 2/17. Pours an opaquely hazy goldenrod color with a head that refused to die, left good lacing on the sides of the snifter glass.

Big aroma of dank hops, some tropical fruit, grapefruit, hints of resin. Really inviting. Taste is similar to the aroma, cracker malts first, then big hop notes until the end. Resin, fruit, herbal. Finishes a bit dry with some grapefruit pith. Overall a really great IPA from the masters at Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- hazy light orange color.
Smell- subtle dankness, distant pine.
Taste- this is where Susan shines. Very enjoyable with lingering bitterness at back end.
Feel- lightly carbonated, light to medium mouthfeel.
Overall- liked this beer a lot. Grew on me the more I drank.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this in 2016-02-06 in Lancaster, PA at Hunger and Thirst

A - Hazy golden orange with a one finger white head

S - Pineapple, dank, very mild pine

T - Similar to smell with some grapefruit fruit flesh. Not very bitter

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Very fresh and juicy. Good stuff indeed.

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Photo of cfalls
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - golden, completely opaque (a good sign), head is small but sticks around and leaves lots of lacing

S - dank, hint of onion, passion fruit

T - orange, dank, tropical, a little bitterness on the end, but overall not very bitter, medium sweetness, not too malty

F - smooth, no alcohol noticeable, medium to low carbonation

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Untouchable beer.
L:Signature NE IPA cloudy appearance. Thick frothy white head, very cloud like and silky in texture. Leaves a nice head. Color is a brilliant orange.
S: Very citrusy with notes of tropical fruit and sweet malt, maybe a touch of floral hops found in German beers
T: Once again, tropical citrus flavors, a little peppery and floral notes, also a touch of honey and mango. Aftertaste brings home a subtle hop bitterness, with just enough bite
F: Untouchable, like drinking liquid clouds. Very frothy, full mouthfeel. Creamy with a medium carbonation and a bite from the bitterness. So balanced
O: Glad I finally got to try this, one of my favorite beers to date.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery consumed a couple days later. Hazy orange, tons of tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A very good IPA but not quite as good as the two Society and Solitude beers I had.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The only down side of this beer was the look, very cloudy, I think that is a flaw for this style. The nose was almost prefect, it was like smelling hops fresh on the bine. Tropical fruits dominated, but there was a good biscuit smell from the malt. The taste was even better than the nose, piney, then black pepper spice, then mango, and then there was a real hop bitterness. The hop overload(in a good way) was then washed away by the residual sugars from the malt. The mouthfeel was a bit too heavy, but I am not sure how you can carry that much flavor with anything lighter. Overall a great beer, seek it out and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Ambulance brew house, into a snifter.

Fantastic beer, I might have rated it a 5 if I had it once it warmed up a little, but it was too good to wait. Signature HF mouth feel, perfect.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12/22/15 - On tap at TRIA in Philly. Served in their signature "T" tall stemmed tulip glass. Somewhat cloudy and straw-blonde color. Not too much head. Great hoppy taste with little bite and a nice consistent aftertaste. Refreshingly good. I'll have another just to be sure.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all around great IPA! I'm so impressed by the big juicy hops aroma of this one which seems to be a staple and a quality common to these great Vermont IPAs. Hoppy but not overpowering. Lots of grapefruit rind in the taste and some clean mineral waters. Big dry palate. Smooth.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.4%
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 -1.1%
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
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

4/15/2016-Had this again on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY, and it was fantastic. Very fresh and hoppy smelling, but not over the top; extremely tasty with the perfect amount of bitterness and a ton of hoppy citris notes to completely hide the ABV and flow down effortlessly. Even better the 2nd time around.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.