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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 1,366
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 21.33%
Wants: 654
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 stephens101
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2L fill 11/27.

Hop notes big and slow from the pour, brightening a cool winter's day.

Color is a burnished orange. A large, fluffy, tan head sits for a bit and never fully dies.

Big citrus hops to the nose as mentioned. Some orange and rind and herb. Not much else but brilliance.

Smooth and fruity sweet up front with a quick juicy hop bite followed by some chalk, malt and notes of spice. A bit of candy sweetness dallies on the tongue.

Medium bodied and easy on the palate, but with plenty of flavor. Glad I got the 2L of this sweet nectar.

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Photo of BeRanger
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the 750ml Growler to my HF Tulip, #properglassware bitches. The growler is approximately one week old.

A: Typical color you'd expect here, the lighting blows in my office where I'm writing this however its a nice burnt orange w/ a tinges of yellow. A fair amount of lacing but not as much as some of the other HF beers I've had.

S: Very nice smell, perfectly balanced - lots of citrus, hops, mango, pineapple.

T: Pretty much knew what was coming - love the taste of this, kind of disappointed I didn't get a 2L of this vs. the SS#7 as it definitely beats it out as my favorite. Lots of tropical fruit on the tongue here with almost a perfect finish, no harshness or even hoppiness - the fruit just fades gradually. Hell, even my burps taste good.

M: Susan feels great in my mouth.

O: This is a fantastic little concoction from Hill Farmstead, I certainly agree with the previous review that this has become one of my favorites and I definitely prefer it over some of the all time favorites of most like Edward.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of _RL_
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This the the haziest IPA I have ever seen. It smells hoppy, but not overly so. But the taste just rolls across your tongue with layers of subtle hops. It's mellow and smooth so it drinks like a session and the hop subtleness doesn't burn out your palate. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my brand new Hill Farmstead stemware. Thanks for the amazing box, Dave!

Pours light and carbonated. Contains the signature HF glow, which I surmise is caused by highly addictive drugs. Very beautiful brew.

Smells huge! Wow. Packs a punch for a single IPA. Smells bigger than most IIPAs I've had in the past, including Abner. Its citrusy (grapefruit) and piney.

Taste is not as big as the smell, but it is fantastic. The beer is pretty damn bitter with resin lingering on the tongue. I actually think the 'single' aspect to this IPA is what accentuates the hops. There is no where for them to hide, so you get a little bit of a smack in the face. Again, a lot of grapefruit with a piney bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel... Well, it's HF, so pretty much perfect. Super creamy and full bodied. Also very carbonated, but in a unique way. It's almost like the carbonation is more evenly distributed than most beers. Carbonation is never harsh with HF. The head is always big but extra fluffy. Water? Yeast? Maybe it's magic.

Overall, on the single ipa curve, this one takes the cake so far. I honestly can't think of anything better. Furious is ok, two hearted is good, blind pig is great, but this is fantastic. Cheers to Susan!

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color without much head. Very drinkable and well hopped. Snagged this gem at john Browns smokehouse in LIC queens. Definitely would get it again

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite IPAs, period; incredible balance, mouthfeel that is soft / chewy yet still refreshing and clean as opposed to pulpy. Great interplay of tropical fruit, citrus, bitterness, minerality. Avoids anything resinous or piney, with any plant notes being more herbal, grass and leaves.

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Photo of Devman171
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler, pours is cloudy pale orange, aroma is citrus, melon, and grassy pine. Taste is perfectly balanced and a dry bitter finish, probably my favorite HF IPA so far.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

!!50th Review!!
Growler to worthy sniffer

A: thick orangey honey color with small white head completely opaque with nothing going through

S: wow it smells like a tropical fruit paradise there is some hops and maybe a bit of pine fresh too

T:I don't know where to start there are so many delicious flavors lots strong of melon, orange, and other tropical fruits, there is a piney resiny flavor too, but the hop bitterness is still there in the finish and the fruit comes our more as the beer warms

M:great smooth oily resiny feel to it there is some light carbonation for a bite but it goes down really smooth the crispness is there but goes away as the beer warms up

O: this is a good looking wonderful smelling great tasting ipa with a decent mouthfeel made from 3 of my favorite hops I can honestly say this is not only the best ipa I've had from hill farmstead so far but it's one of the best ipas I've ever had quality stuff for sure get it if you can

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another one I have had on many occasion but have yet to add a review, well that changes now thanks to a surprise 64oz growler that my buddy maddogg21 dropped off earlier today on his way out of town for a trip to Belgium (apparently did not have time to drink it between the pick up about a week ago and now - who does that? But I digress...) enjoyed from a bulbous hill farmstead wine glass.

a -'brew pours a cloudy crisp orange yellow with a darker core. Really nice lush foamy head hangs out and the n coats the glass with lace as the head dissolves and the beer is consumed.

s - nose is soft citric. Fresh fruit. Crisp.

t - taste is also fairly spot on. Fresh fruit with a wonderful fruity hop. Bright citric notes but all extremely we'll balanced.

m - has that wonderful hf mouth feel. Easy drinking and perfectly medium bodied.

o - overall what can you say about Susan that you cannot say about hill farmstead on general. It is a quality product. Hill farmstead sets a new bar in beer creation. Everything in the right place. Recipes are carefully crafted and it shows. This is a phenomenal IPA. Psyched to have 64oz of is for myself.

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Photo of tpmurray
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow...after reading all the Vermont hype I journeyed up from CT last week to see what all the fuss was about. This was my 200th "tour" of a brewery and may have been my favorite. You must go just to have the privilege of driving up the dirt roads in the middle of nowwherseville and waiting in line while they bring you 4 generous samples off the taps for $5...I thought heaven would require more effort to get to.

One of my four was Susan which blew my mind so became one of my growler picks. The scene is very cool there...a group in front of me from Jersey on their second trip through line...a couple behind me from Georgia and NY...a guy in the parking lot from Rhode Island. This is not an easy ride - these folks all travelled several hours just to fill some growlers that the bottle tag says should be consumed within a week and all had been there before. Once you taste it, you will know why - Susan is the best beer I have ever tasted. My rating here is based on the 750ml growler and I'm now trying to figure out how I get back up there without being late for Thanksgiving dinner.

The citrus from the NZ hops is so delicious and unlike a lot of bigger IPA's, the alcohol is absent. Phenomenal...I need to learn how they brew something this good

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Photo of ElmCityBeer
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT.

Poured a typically hazy orange/tangerine with a 1/2 inch of white head with minimal lacing.

Tons of grapefruit and ripe sweet mango on the nose, with a little welcome bit of biscuity sweetness.

The sip is velvety smooth and soft, tiny champagne bubbles delivering a citrus juice bomb of a brew. A slightly sweet malt base hides any residual bitterness. The finish is appropriately dry. Hill Farmstead is in a different class when it comes to IPAs.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DaveHack for the hookup o this one. The beer poured out as a nice hazy yellow color with a massive fluffy white head. The smell of citrus fills the air after popping the growler and pouring out into the glass. There is a beautiful soft grapefruit aroma on this. There is a very nice citrusy flavor too with subtle waves of wheat ad grains in there as well. The mouthfeel is soft, light bodied and refreshing. Overall this is a great IPA. Very good stuff.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had a fair number of HF IPAs at this point and this is my favorite so far. Though to be honest I like I well balanced IPA.

Citrus hop flavor with a nice sweet malt background and insanely drinkable. Yet another reason I wished Vermont would deliver.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a keg of this with my man Rochefort10nh of course...
(186 calories)

Once again, I'm in complete "ahhg" from my favorite New England brewer. Shaun is definitely the man, whether it's low octane APA's or high octane IPA's, Stouts or what ever. He's got the formula. This time around we're digging on an IPA that is just fantastic from start to finish. And maintains a good shelf life to boot.

The look of this liquid gem is nothing short of amazing. It fits the bill for all the qualities one looks for in appearance in the style. Pours a cloudy looking orange with a big huge soapy head that won't quit. Damn..
The lacing on my glass could be mistaken for soap suds it's that thick. Absolutely no sediment too speak of in suspension or on the bottom. No noticeable carbonation but massive head never the less. This beer looks hot and may be giving me wood...

Aroma is big time grape fruit, orange peel, apricot (which I needed to actually smell before I could include it in the review), peach and pineapple. Simply put this is citrus utopia.

Taste is in your face white grapefruit, clementine, lemon peel, and a huge play on pine hops. The big sweetness of the peach is a nice addition and in my mind gets the credit for the balancing act. The big malt backbone adds a nice creamy feel that's rare for the style (brewers take notice). Is this really only 6.2 %?!!

The body is medium and the beer goes down extremely smooth for so much flavor and hops. The aftertaste is perfectly bitter and dry and not over done. I really like this and could drink it on a regular basis. Maybe a desert island beer...

What can I say. Shaun is dead on with so many beers and this one's no exception. Riwaka hops equall grapefruit, hell ya! This beer is soo drinkable on all levels. Man I love living in New England.


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Photo of blackie
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
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..

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Photo of SebD
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%

From notes

Appearance: It has a beautiful deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, mango, peaches, floral undertones, some pine resins and sweet bready/buiscuity malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, mango, peaches (more prevalent here), bitter pine resins, some floral hops and bready/buiscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Fantastic IPA!

Serving type: gowler

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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 alaimoa
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of CHickman
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

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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 Chico1985
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2L growler shared with peepz this time around, have had this a few times in the past as well.

Very hazy pale orange with an off-white head with great retention and lace. Doesn't really get under a finger.

Definitely a noticeable scent upon pouring, tropical citrus earthiness and light toasty malts. Strength does seem to fade after some time.

Taste is great, tangerine, lemon, mango, pine dank hops with a toasted biscuit finish. Tropical earthy goodness to start, bready goodness on the finish, can't ask for much more out of an IPA. Good amount of bitterness to it but very drinkable, probably perfect amount of malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is very smooth yet well-carbonated. Feels a bit bigger than the listed ABV via heftiness and bitterness but that's really not a flaw here.

Very good, and maybe my fav. IPA from Hill Farmstead so far. Though I liked the 'softer' flavors of Society & Solitude #5 alot, I enjoyed the amped up bitterness on this one more, it still remains pretty balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of DanforthPewter
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from Christmas gifted growler from brother in law. I think he's a keeper. Excellently balanced beer. Ridiculously good beer while watching ridiculously bad NY football

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Photo of ehammond1
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. This was filled at the brewery 5 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a light, hazy amber and leaves a finger or two of white medium-density head, which lingers around a bit.

Smell: Lemon peel, juicy citrus, mild peppercorn, some light spices. Smells very refreshing and has a nice, mild aroma.

Taste: Matches the aroma right on. Lemon peel, peppercorn, citrus. Quite juicy. Finishes with some mild, earthy pine. Very light and well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium body. Very, very smooth, alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall: A very well balanced, light, delicious IPA. I could definitely drink a lot of this. Citrus is the dominant hop flavor but there are some nice other flavors weaved in.

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.