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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 1,318
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 636
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-25-2012

American IPA brewed with our favorite hops. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka.
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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
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..

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger for VSK.

Slightly cloudy, golden body below the creamy head. Good lace, though not as sticky as other HF IPAs. Aroma like WHOA! Smells like I hollowed out a grapefruit and stuck my head inside. Fresh hops and citrus galore.

Unfortunately, the taste reminds me why I generally dislike Single IPAs: too much hop bite for my palate. Lacks the fruity magic from the nose, and the (very few) Single IPAs I enjoy possess this in spades. Can still tell this is a well-crafted brew; it's just not for me.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jfmamj for hooking me up with this one.

Beer pours a hazy golden-orange with a moderate white head - looks like most other HF IPAs. Smell is a very nice citrus-forward aroma with a bit of grassiness, impressive, but I'm not sure it's quite up to the level of some of the best hoppy HF beers, it's not overpowering like I usually expect from these guys. Flavor takes it up a notch - this blend of hops, likely due to the Riwaka, gives it a pretty unique flavor profile, it's very citrusy up front and has a flavor I can't quite put my finger on (likely the Riwaka hop, which I haven't had much of). Finish is orange peel-y bitter. The beer isn't as big and hoppy as most of the HF IPAs are, particularly in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is another great beer from Hill Farmstead, but I think the fact that it's a single IPA instead of a DIPA keeps it from being a smash hit, as the flavor doesn't get as big as I'd hoped. That said, another well done, hoppy beer from HF.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  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.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour out of my HFS glass. Just a few days old now.

A- A bright orangey mango color with a healthy white head. It's pretty murky and hazy, but still has a nice glow to it. It almost looks like some fruit juice of sorts.

S- Sweet hops and pineapple. Scents of mango and tangerine are also present. The smell is not terribly piney, but still has incredible depth. Not terribly strong, but what I'd expect from an IPA.

T- Extremely smooth at first, with a very nice blend of goodness that follows. A nice balance of citrus and sweet fruitiness. I get lots of tangerine and pineapple, with hints of hop pine. Finishes with a crisp dry hoppy finish, and a lemon hoppy aftertaste.

M- As always, spot on. Higher carbonation, but suits the style.

O- Overall, another solid IPA from Hill Farmstead. I definitely can see that this utilizes some of their different hop varieties, as it is a very interesting blend of sweet hoppiness with some bold dry flavor. It's a little dry to rank too high up on my list, but I would never complain about drinking this.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into HF tulip.

Pours a cloudy orange, kind of looks like muted orange juice

Smell is like pungent grapefruit and fresh, dank hops.

Nice bitter hop flavor, with grapefruitish flavors. This is a very bold and aggressive IPA...especially for being a single IPA.

This beer feels almost chewy, the flavor is so intense. Its like taking a 'bite' of an IPA. Coats the mout in all its wonderous hop glory.

Seriously, can Shaun do no wrong? This is yet another on out of the park....Absolutlely a must try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2L growler filled at the brewery exactly a week ago and kept refrigerated since being filled. Poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a hazy fairly opaque yellowish slightly brownish with about two fingers of foamy slightly fluffy thick head that coats the glass with thick lacing and has excellent retention slowly receding to a thing foamy layer. Nice carbonation of consistently rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Lots of grapefruit, pine, hops, and some pineapple fruitiness. Definitely well above average aroma strength, the grapefruit hits you right away which is balanced nicely with a pineapple fruit.

T- Fairly strong presence of dry grapefruit balanced with piney hops following with some lightly juicy pineapple, a faint hint of sweet malts, and a slightly bitter finish. Lingering aftertaste of grapefruit and pine. Fairly strong hop presence that lends a lot of flavor. Nice balance between all the hop varietals, I can definitely distinguish the Citra, Riwaka, and a little bit of the Simcoe hops coming out.

M- Medium bodied, goes down very easily, nice carbonation, slightly dry with a juicy finish. The awesome retention of the head adds a little bit of creaminess.

O- This is another phenomenal IPA from HF, possibly one of their best. At the brewery we did a tasting between this, Abner, and SS5 and we thought although all of them were great Susan beat out the other two slightly. I could easily drink this all the time and it's one of the best IPAs I've had. I definitely recommend trying it if you get the chance especially if you like IPAs with a strong grapefruit presence.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My homebrew buddy picked up a 22oz growler of this at the Brewery a week ago.

Pours a cloudy orange/honey, thin creamy white head lasts the whole brew. Leaves some webbing.

The smell is remarkable, super tropical, mango, apricots and peaches come to mind. Maybe papaya, a little bit of piney notes too.

Taste follows nose, lots of kiwi, pineapple, some grapefruit, lemon grass, also some herbal and piney notes. Very sweet citrus tropical fruits. Maybe some clementines. Pretty bitter but also has a nice honey/pie crust malt backbone thats barely present. Pretty complex and quite flavorful. Definitely a lot of citra in here.

Nice smooth sipper, rich creamy full bodied mouthfeel, high carbonation. Medium "drink-ability".

O An Awesome brew, really hope I get to try more hill farmstead, dont find many IPAs like this these days.

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Photo of omniscientcause
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ML swing top into an oversized wine glass...maybe a brandy glass?

A- Great goldish and orangeish color. Pretty solid fluffy white head

S- Smell is amazing, citrus, floral hops, one of the best smells for a single IPA. Definitely top tier IPA without a doubt. Smell is similar to that of sculpin, maine beer co lunch or RR Blind Pig.

T- Taste is perfect, very herbal and citrusy, but great IPA notes, great balance of hops and malt, perfectly balanced and very refreshing.

M- Smooth mouthfeel, very full and not lacking anything.

O- The best single IPA I think I have had to date. Very fresh and I the drinkability is amazing.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyler for this one. 22oz. growler into a Lawson's pint glass.

Pours a .5 finger white, creamy head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy, murky papaya and pale orange. Lacing is patchy and thick with great cling. Real pretty beer considering its unfiltered.

Nose is clean and simple. Grapefruit, hop resin, citrus sweetness, and a mellow grassiness. Moderately aromatic. Nice.

Opens citrus, pine, and cane sugar. Some papaya and other tropical fruits provide a nice malt backbone against a mellow hop bitterness. Finishes citrus and resin with a light sappy hop aftertaste. Really refreshing.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, smooth and slightly lively in the mouth. Goes down quenching. Slightly messy finish with a moderately dry, sticky aftertaste. Awesome!

This is pretty in line with the rest of the HF pale ale offerings... namely incredibly balanced and drinkable. Really just a well crafted ipa in every sense that showcases each of the hop varities infused into it.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Need to thank Dr. H for this treat. Poured from 750 growler into my 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very cloudy orange yellow, with a two inch sticky off white head, leaves loads of lacing behind. Smell is heavenly mango, passion fruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Taste is all of that, with a grapefruit finish. Body is thinner than I expected, not overly carbonated, not dry, and very drinkable. This another treasure from one of the great users of citra hops. Vermont can brew IPAs.

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Photo of LarryK
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Was fortunate enough to have Susan back when it debuted in NYC at at the Blind Tiger last November, along with a handful of other HF rarities. The scene was absolute chaos, with the entire place packed floor-to-ceiling and people ordering as many as four 12-ounce pours at a time for themselves; I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I was fortunate enough to score a seat at the bar about 10 minutes before keg-tapping, and got my hands on one of the first pours of Susan ever in Manhattan. Glad I got it when I did, because the sixtel kicked in 30 minutes.

Bursting with all of the wonderful citrus flavor and aroma of many of my favorite IPAs, I quickly realized what Susan reminded me of more than anything else — Zombie Dust. Citra is the star of the Susan show, but it’s also a showcase for Riwaka and Simcoe. To date, Susan is one of the few beers I’ve had that has given Zombie Dust a true run for its money. Absolutely one of the finest IPAs I've ever drank.

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Photo of jraras
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Susan: several tastings compiled to one review. On draft sample (1st sample I tried at 12:30pm w/ clean palate) into HF sampling glass, 750 < 8hrs old into wide mouth wine glass, 750 24hrs old kept chilled into HF stemware.

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with frothy white head measuring perhaps 2 fingers (maybe 1.5). Lots of lacing and a remaining layer of head throughout the experience. Typically awesome HF look on this one. Looks like Edward and maybe the Riwaka and Simcoe single hop APAs they've done recently. Approaching but not quite as dark as S&S4.

S: A blast of tropical fruits, sweet orange/tangerine, lemon zest(?), slight whiff of pale malt, more candy-like tropical fruit. I don't know what passionfruit smells like, but this might be it. Pineapple, definitely getting pineapple now. Slight flowery scent over the tropihop fruit back. Unreal nose! 5+

T: Taste doesn't have quite as much of the tropical punch that the aroma does, but still more than 99% of hoppy beers out there. Orange, citrus, lemon zest again and some grapefruit the finish has Riwaka written all over it. Awesomely subtle and lingering bitterness, but not palate wrecking by any stretch.

M: Soft, FLUFFY (Fluffhead?), gorgeous mouth feel with great drinkability. Just enough sweetness from the malts weaving with the creeping bitterness. Not cloying at all. Not "dry" per se. I want another sip.

O: I could drink this beer everyday. The aroma is the best part, but the others elements are just behind. I love this beer. Get some.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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