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Susan - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 1,266
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6%
Wants: 627
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 132 | Hads: 1,266
Photo of jmarsh123
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a big creamy white head that recedes down to about a finger. Excellent spotty lacing down the glass.

Big tropical fruit presence. I get mostly mango, but a little pineapple as well. Slight peppery spiciness in the background and not a lot of malt.

Lots of tropical fruit including massive mango up front. Just a little bit grainy towards the middle, but almost all hops. Finishes with a grapefruit pith explosion with a little floral character along with other citrus. I love the transition from tropical fruits to grapefruit at the end. Great hop combo.

Medium bodied and very oily. A shade over medium carbonation. As always HF nails mouthfeel.

Haven't looked up exactly what riwaka is, but I will now. There are some great flavors and it complements the known deliciousness of the citra/simcoe combo. Once again Hill Farmstead nails an IPA. (870 characters)

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So far this is my favorite Hill Farmstead beer. Had it shipped to me in a growler and drank it pretty fresh. Great smell, flavor, and balance. Susan was bomb. (158 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow hold. Looks like almost every other Hill Farmstead pale ale. Head is white, fluffy, and dense. Drops to a few clumps of a cap with a small creamy collar. Sheets and splotches of lacing.

Smell: Pine and some tropical notes. Touches of tangerine. Hill Farmstead yeast and water add a very soft earthiness. Malt backbone is ever so slightly bready with some pale malt sweetness as well. Lots of pine sap and grapefruit. Bitter. Floral. Woody. Slightly sweet. Warming adds a little bit of mango and peach. Some hop spiciness as well.

Taste: Bitter pine. Loaded with tropical fruit. Mango, peach, tangerine, it's all there. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with some bread dough. Pale malts add a little bit of sweetness. Bitter. Tons of pine needle. Grapefruit pith and oil. Juicy. Super floral. Bitter and sweet. A hint of lime in the back. Some leafy hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to almost light carbonation. A touch of astringency. Juicy initial sip.

Overall: A classy lady.

It's obviously good. This hop profile is better than most. (1,087 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. Served in a 12 oz tulip glass. Consumed on 11/1.

A - Light orange in color. Cloudy with a bright white head. No lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S - Extremely fragrant. Orange, pine, pineapple, and fresh hops.

T - Somewhat tart, mandarin/orange, lemon and apricot flavor. More noticeable malt backbone.

M - Creamy with a medium body. Nice tingle throughout mouth. Standard HF quality.

O - Very very good, but preferred Harlan (consumed same evening), although Susan is higher rating. Like all HF products, it is a must try. (567 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/6/15, growler filled at the brewery about 4 hours ago

A: Hazy, medium orange with golden honey - pours with a dense, bright white head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Bright, fresh citrus, with gigantic floral notes - orange, grapefruit, and ruby red grapefruit flesh - nice tropical aromas, big mango and pineapple - straight-up hops, hop cones, hop pellets - very, very floral

T: It's a Hill Farmstead IPA; very hoppy with an immaculately clean malt base - juicy, fleshy, ripe orange, tangerine, grapefruit - very, very floral - some hints of pine, straight-up hop resin - very nice tropical notes, with mango and pineapple - some stone fruit, peach - tropical fruit juice - medium level of bitterness - clean pale malt base, fresh and refreshing

M: Medium body, very smooth, finishes lightly dry

O: Possibly the quintessential Hill Farmstead IPA

Hill Farmstead makes awesome pale ales. Their APAs, IPAs, and DIPAs have many similarities. It's like a spectrum. And Susan is right in the middle. Very hoppy, but not aggressively so, super clean, and stupidly easy to drink. Awesome stuff. (1,137 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Michael for the growler. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a slightly-hazy orange color with a full, fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

The nose starts off with some nice bursts of tropical and citrus fruits. As it warms there is a bit more citrus and just a touch of resin. Flavor is stunning, with the perfect bitterness level to complement the hop flavors. Light-medium body and extremely drinkable.

Another hoppy home run from Hill Farmstead. (486 characters)

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. (910 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed orangish-peachy color with good carbonation leaving a moderate, fluffy yet delicate white head with spotty lacing and white ring on the edges

S: Tropical fruits, blend of orange peel and grapefruit with some green vegal notes

T: Nice citrus kick upfront; light lemon and orange peel followed by some light danky green vegal, herbal goodness. There is a nice, prominent yet pungent bitterness which rides on the underbelly of the flavors here. Not overpowering but very evident. The finish is very nice, lots of citrus and "Earthy greeniness" with a dry, delicate, crispness

M: Light to medium bodied, spot on carbonation, dry, crisp, airy, loads of flavor

O: Susan is a sexy drink. (711 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into HF balloon glass.

A: Peach orange, gorgeous fluffy white 2 fingers of head, a bit cloudy. Killer lacing.

S: Citrus fruit, earthy hops. Peachy.

T: More pine in the flavor than the fruity and earthy hops I got in the nose. Very hoppy, but not overly so. You'd guess this a DIPA based on taste though.

D: Very high. A couple of glasses of this will go down smoothly. Not too strong, alcohol well hidden.

M: Medium body, medium carb.

O: Really great beer. For all of HF's awesome hoppiness, their single IPA's typically take a backseat to Edward and all the DIPA's. Not Susan - she's in that same class. (631 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Three Penny Tap Room into a shaker pint. Fresh keg, just changed.

Creamy top one finger tall bright white head, very thin bubbles in the head almost nitro looking. Great apricot yellow and orange colored body, with a very opaque character and a nice lemon glow very shiny.

Palate has wonderful soft tropical hop notes, slightly floral. The hop fruit character comes off more jammy actually but also surprisingly light as well. Very impressive.

Palate has a great chewy malt character and touch of biscuit at first, then the mid palate really opens with citrus rind and tropical fruit. Light mix of creamy body and almost session like easieness in mouthfeel, but not quite that light or wet which comes out more impressive.

Excellent IPA in the Farmstead cannon. (789 characters)

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

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Huge creamy head, sticks around for a while, tons of thick fluffy lacing, layered, super hazy carrot orange red color.

Nose great, the riwaka really stands out, great fruity like tropical but grassy and floral at the same time, light almost lemony citrus with guava and light passion fruit, touch of grapefruit, etc etc, fluffy malts underneath.

Mmmmm, again riwaka, very tasty, light tropical fruit, guava and passion fruit, light grassy floral, light jack fruit like too, light bitter rind, light lemony, little tangerine light hop oil, touch resin. All that with a nice light malt base to balance. Finish is nice, dry and balanced, lingering long hop with grassy and floral citrus tropical fruit goodness.

Mouth is med bodied, light oily feel, nice carb.

Overall very nice, nice hop profile, again the delicious riwaka taking the show with the nice other tropical fruit hops in there as well. (923 characters)

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. (844 characters)

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.. (797 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a beautiful off-white, frothy head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Great aromas on the nose. Citrus fruits, grapefruit, piney, earthy, and resinous. All of the flavors from the nose swirl around the mouth wonderfully. Light to medium body, a perfect balance. Smooth and not overly bitter. Another gem from one of the best breweries out there! (377 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Beer Belly, poured into pint glass
Hazy yellow, white foam ring on top
Aroma of pine, grassy and citrus notes
Pine notes on the taste , smooth, moderate sudsing , slight bitter aftertaste
Very good beer, fine hill farmstead selection (249 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange/gold with a large white head that slowly recedes and leaves plenty of lacing. Beautiful!

S- Smells intensely citrusy and fruity with notes of tangerine, lemon, and dark grapefruit. Floral/grassy notes, and a good malt backbone of butterscotch and caramel.

T- The flavor opens mostly with citrus, specifically tangerine and grapefruit. The middle is buttery smooth with the caramel/butterscotch malt body. It finishes with a floral/grassy, mildly bitter hop bite.

M- The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. Frighteningly smooth and buttery, reminiscent of Abner. Just the right amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

O- Overall this is an outstanding IPA that has DIPA-like flavor and aroma! (716 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
4.5/5  rDev 0%

A - murky yellow orange. Typical VT IPA appearance. Lovely.

S - legitimately might have thought this was fruit juice. Amazing tropical notes.

T - same as the nose. Big tropical fruit, citrus, the lightest crackery malts.

M - the legendary Hill Farmstead creamy mouthfeel. Perfect.

O - another Hill masterpiece. Bravo. (325 characters)

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. (1,589 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hop aroma that is very tropical. Light hay in color, which is what I prefer! The taste was very balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Overall it is great, slightly below Double Citra to me, but very close. (213 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Flip-Top Growler opened on 9.5.13

A - Pours a hazy, lighter orange with a very large fluffy off-white head with great retention.

S - Very fruity and citrusy, oranges, grapefruit, lemon.

T - Same as the nosze, a touch bitter, the sweet in the finish.

D - Good carbonatio with a medium body.

O - Another citrus forward lovely one from Shaun. Delighted to have had this one. (382 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as approximately 2 weeks old via trade. Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish color with exceptional lacing. The Riwaka hops must be what I'm smelling as it's unique (but pleasant) to the nose - a juicy IPA no doubt. This is really a fantastic American IPA and provided a wonderful drinking experience overall. Balanced and delicate fruitiness throughout, subtle dryness on the end. (395 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Jester King snifter

A~ cloudy glowing orange with a nice white head

S~ loads of citrus and tons of hops. very tropical

T~ wow it really comes out now. great hop bitterness with all the right tropical fruits. lemon, mango, grapefruit, orange, and even a little kiwi

M~ nice carbonation, smooth as could be and bitter on the back of the throat

O~ really good IPA, this one i could put in my top 5. i had this back to back with Double Galaxy, definitely enjoyed this one a lot more. which is strange usually i would pick a DIPA over a regular IPA, especially in an american style. this is damn good! get it any way you can! (653 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Lawson's snifter.

A: Hazy, orange/golden color with a nice white head. Looks creamy.
S: Wonderful citrus/tropical smells with a hint of grassiness at the end.
T: Taste is not as intense as the smell. Amazing citrus(grapefruit) and mango taste. A little floral too.
M: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Creamy/oily mouthfeel.
O: Another home run from Hill Farmstead! Delicious hop profile. (428 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back a full-size growler of this one over the weekend and extremely glad I did. Also drank a 750ml the night before with a different set of people. Notes from July 7th.

A- Light golden-orange colored body poured into 5 pint glasses with just enough room for a one finger head sticking out the top of the glass. The cap has a nice creamy texture to it and retains very well. Lots of lacing webs.

S- A massive mango-citrus-IPA feel almost like a pulp/puree of extremely fresh fruits. Just has a great juicy feel like the best of the "West Coast" IPAs. Peach and orange zest really come to mind too.

T- Everything really works out nicely here. Juicy citrus, orange, mango, passion fruit, peach, tropical hop profile. The hop flavor is very big but not over the top like some new beers tend to be, the flavors are easily distinguished but come together into one great mix. Slight freshly cracked grain and yeast bread in there beyond this. Earthy and pine hop flavors come into play eventually as well.

MF- Creamy and a resinous, oily IPA feel. Moderately thick body with a medium carbonation that accentuates the hop flavor nicely. Clean bitterness round it all out.

West Coast flavors produced beautifully on the Eastern side of the USA. Between Heady and Hill Farmstead I think the coastal styles of IPA has truly been abolished because they are just as good over here. The best new IPA I have tried in quite some time. (1,431 characters)

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. (478 characters)

Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.