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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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world-class

766 Ratings
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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.1%
Wants: 388
Gots: 25 | 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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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

08-15-2013 23:12:11 | More by Davepoolesque
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

4.99/5  rDev +10.6%

Reviewed from notes from two growler fills from 8/8 and 8/9. Made the drive to Hill from Burlington, Vt. two days in a row and waited 2 hours and 3 hours respectively for Susan. Served in a Citizen Cider snifter.

A: Very hazy orange, very pleasant.

S: Hoppy citrus beaming out of the glass. Extremely inviting, this is the kind of aroma that makes you excited to taste.

T: Susan's taste is, to me, absolutely spot on. The citrus hops, specifically mango and tangerine for me, hit you immediately and last throughout the tasting. The alcohol is present, yet not overbearing. It's not JUST hoppy either, it's a hell of a robust beer.

M: Thick, carbonated, and perfect.

O: As a quasi-local, I've had my share of Hill's beers over the past few years. And, while I would never discount Shaun Hill's ability to make absolutely world-class beers, I had never quite fell in love with any of the things I had tried. Edward is fantastic, sure, but I could never bring myself to drive all the way to the Northeast Kingdom for a growler of Ed. Susan changed that. To me, Susan is THE perfect IPA. The balance is there, the tropical citrus is there, and the drinkability and refreshment is there. Susan is the epitome of Hill's skill, in my opinion. I fell in love with Susan so madly that I had to return the very next day and wait for over 3 hours for another 2 Liters of this, in my opinion, perfect Vermont single IPA. If you find yourself fortunate enough to find Susan anywhere, you'd be a fool not to give her a try. This my personal pick for the "best beer I've ever had."

08-13-2013 21:47:40 | More by BTVflatlander
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Evarigan

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

08-13-2013 03:20:41 | More by Evarigan
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jminch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

08-12-2013 22:50:42 | More by jminch
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Hopheadhiker

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

08-12-2013 15:21:32 | More by Hopheadhiker
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

08-12-2013 02:39:46 | More by orangesol
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-11-2013 20:55:19 | More by BRYeleJR
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at 3 penny

A- hazy golden orange color with a light, wispy froth of white head

S- everything pops, grapefruit initially, with waves of tangerine, pummelo,

T- some light breast malt takes a back seat to a citrus explosion, a little grapefruit bitter then goes into tangerine citrus sweet, delicious

M- crisp mouthfeel, light body

O- dangerously drinkable, fantastic choppy IPA

08-10-2013 16:52:29 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

Purchased at the brewery on 8-8-13, from a 750ml growler poured into a The Alchemist pint glass.

AP: Nice inviting colour on this one, reminds me of orange or peach marmalade. Fluffy 1.5" head that dwindles down to 1/4". Almost no lacing on the sides when you tilt the glass, so excellent head retention.
AR: A pine and citrus explosion of aromas on the first whiff. Green fresh pine more like the needles than the bark/sap. Citrus is grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine. Light toasty crackery grains in the background.
T: I swear the malt base to this has a buttery roll taste to it, like the croissants I bought recently at my local supermarket. I like that as it gives it more depth than just being light grains and crackers playing solely second fiddle to the hops. All the citrus aromas are in the taste as well, very well balanced both among themselves and with the malts. On the taste I get a little more tropical fruit like pineapple and papaya. A nice soft bitter citrus rind finish that lingers for a while. The fruity hops flavours don't come across as what I'd call 'juicy' though.
M: Fairly carbonated, slightly creamy on the palate, finish isn't too dry or puckering, pretty much a clean finish.
OV: A very good beer for certain, just not quite World Class to me. It's very good, but it didn't blow me away. Now, that's not a bad thing and I'm not disappointed in any way. If I could get my hands on a beer like this whenever I wanted then it would be in my regular rotation to drink. I'm glad I got this and tried it.

08-10-2013 04:37:01 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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goldenM13

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.9%

08-09-2013 01:28:10 | More by goldenM13
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TechBrew

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

08-07-2013 18:53:24 | More by TechBrew
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ScottO

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-29-2013 22:00:32 | More by ScottO
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soulkeeper1369

Maine

5/5  rDev +10.9%

07-28-2013 14:30:22 | More by soulkeeper1369
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%

Growler fill from @tauroe and brought to connecticut
Susan gets the perfect 5 down the list
Pours a cloudy golden with big lacing
Smells of intense hop florals, glass clippings/pine/woods/grapefruit/lemon
Taste has a medium bitterness and carbonation with a crisp dry finish
Overall easily in the top list. Great balance of fruitiness hops, dryness in the finish. Lacing extremely impressive

07-26-2013 20:56:53 | More by alaimoa
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mhksuccess

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-24-2013 14:23:57 | More by mhksuccess
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jampics2

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-22-2013 18:05:37 | More by jampics2
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-22-2013 00:26:23 | More by Hanzo
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jamvt

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-21-2013 13:42:33 | More by jamvt
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-21-2013 01:57:32 | More by DIPAFAN
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Sean802

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-18-2013 15:20:12 | More by Sean802
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buffs9

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-17-2013 20:41:41 | More by buffs9
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

07-17-2013 01:36:12 | More by facesnorth
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marshmeli

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-15-2013 20:31:58 | More by marshmeli
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blguillen

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

07-15-2013 19:13:48 | More by blguillen
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-15-2013 01:45:25 | More by drewone
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.