Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
Fresh 750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Big thanks to Jared for picking this up for me on a recent trek to the brewery.
A - Pours a hazy, fruity juicy looking, pale dirty orange color - almost looks like thin grapefruit juice. A thick two fingers of fluffy and a bit rocky off white foam with good staying power and shape retention. Lingers for a couple of minutes and falls slowly to the surface leaving a small mountain of foam in the middle of the glass and lots of sticky webs of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S - Lots of hoppy good aromas here. I get a big hit of pine up front surrounded by dense grapefruity citrus aromas. Quite resiny and sticky smelling beer...a sharp Riwaka spiciness and a fair amount of sweaty-ness in the hops also. Malt...maybe a touch can be found under all of the fresh hops, but it is a bit of a stretch - hints of sugary sweetness is really all I can pick up here. Great smelling IPA.
T - A bit of sweetness at the base that quickly is overtaken by a mid-level bitterness that is crisp and has a nice linger to it on the tongue. Resiny pine makes the biggest impression on my palate, followed by the sweaty sticky hop flavors. Citrus is well integrated as well although it is lost a bit behind the pine aspects. Rounded out by the herbal and spicy southern hemisphere hop flavors. The pungency of the hop aroma led me to expect a bit more intensity in the hop flavor. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of hop flavor here, but it is surprisingly tame on the palate. It doesn't hit the tongue like a sledgehammer of hops like I expected it would. instead it is rather smooth and a bit gentle allowing a lot of hop complexity to come thru.
M - Carbonation is a bit on the lower side of medium, giving a light tingle on the tongue. Body is also a touch lighter than medium. Sticky body with a wealth of hops complexity - citrus, pine, spice, herbal...great mix.
O - Overall, a very good American IPA. One of the better examples of the style using New Zealand hops. I find that the NZ hops on their own are interesting but just a little bit "off" for me. This has a mix of American and NZ hops that works quite well...super complexity in the hop profile with a wealth of different flavors that play off of each other without any one hop really dominating. Glad to have been able to try this one.
12-20-2012 01:12:43 | More by portia99
3.75/5 rDev -16.9%
Reviewing Susan from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Vermont.
Two week old 2L growler. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 09/19/12.
Appearance: Pours a translucent sunset yellow color with three fingers of white foamy head. Really good lacing and excellent retention. Leaks a lot of streaky head along the side of the glass. 4.5/5
Smell: Orange, pine, sweet malt, citra pellets, grapefruit and a faint wood aroma. 4/5
Taste: There's lots of sweet tropical fruit and malt, but none of the necessary bitterness for an IPA. Oranges, grapefruit and mango. The citra hopping is clear. There's a faint bitter pine in the finish that needs to be more prominent. Tastes a lot like hoppy, unfermented wort -- somewhat underattenuated quite frankly. Not bad, but not that good either. Gets sweeter/maltier as it approached room temperature. 3.5/5
Mouthfeel: Full-medium bodied with decent carbonation. Super dry, almost cotton-mouthing. Bitter on the finish, sweet on the pull. 3.5/5
Overall: Missing the necessary bitter kick. This is a rare miss for Shawn Hill in my worthless opinion.
Recommendation: If you have to skip any Hill Farmstead IPA, make it this one.
Pairings: Thai food.
Cost: $25 for a 2L growler (including the cost of the growler).
12-15-2012 05:24:31 | More by jegross2
4.6/5 rDev +2%
Thanks so much for sending this to me, baconsausage!
Cloudy, hazy, murky dark orange, but nearly a light brown because of all the residual sediment. This leaves the glass very messy with sheets of sticky irregular lacing all the way down. Gorgeous IPA, and unique in it's incredible lack of clarity. Is that due to a wheat addition?
Stinging citrus notes abound in this IPA--lots of grapefruit flesh and zest, juicy orange and mango, and a bit of pine sap. There's a touch of a sweet malt character underlying the fruit, but this is simply, yet outrageously citrus-forward.
The flavor is similar to the aroma, with huge amounts of grapefruit and pineapple making up the abundance of the flavors' notes, along with an assertive, yet complementary earthy bitterness that lingers on the back end. Extraordinary.
Medium bodied with moderate to high, yet slightly creamy, carbonation. Marvelously drinkable.
An exceptional IPA. In the upper echelon of IPAs and my favorite from Hill Farmstead.
12-11-2012 04:15:34 | More by ehammond1
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
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.