Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
American IPA
Ranked #2
Ranked #177
4.5 | pDev: 6.67%
Nov 23, 2023
Oct 25, 2012
Susan (1891-1976) was our grandfather’s sister. In her honor, we offer this version of an American IPA brewed with hops from the Yakima Valley and Riwaka hops from New Zealand.
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a lovely hazy gold, with a decent sized head. The aroma is restrained and is more malty than hoppy. However the flavor is all about citrus and stone fruit with a pleasant bitterness that lasts a long time. Medium body.
Nov 23, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2023
Rated: 4.23 by mando31 from Illinois

Aug 24, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by eluvah from New York

Aug 02, 2023
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Rated by kw_pip from Vermont

4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draught. Bitter and black pepper. Meh.
Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by darktronica from Indiana

Jun 21, 2023
Rated: 4.56 by Dgman8053 from New York

May 29, 2023
Rated: 4 by BeerWasp from Germany

May 29, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Apr 30, 2023
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#159, yummy!
Apr 06, 2023
Rated: 5 by pvibeer from Colorado

Mar 24, 2023
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Golden amber with a modest and enduring off-white head, a full clear pint glass full just spilled out of a tap head. As with many hazies, this doesn't punch the nose, but it is pleasant. There's a pleasant starchy backing for resinous hops, which aren't at all that bitter to smell. There's a near perfect softness to the mouthfeel, just like a hazy styled AIPA should provide. Unlike too many others, it's neither too thin, nor too sticky. The same goes for the hopping. It, too, is close to perfect for the style. It's vaguely resinous, with a hint of a spice like lemongrass, coriander or pepper. With some nice glass lacing, this also looks close to perfect. Overall, this is one incredibly good beer. Outside of New England, this is a rare find. When it shows, beer geeks are on their phones to their buddies and it doesn't last long.
Mar 12, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by Gooseman80 from Illinois

Mar 11, 2023
Rated: 4.29 by dtm426 from Michigan

Mar 11, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by PugsandBeer from Florida

Jan 24, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Jan 20, 2023
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
One month old. Can to wine glass.

L: Pours an opaque golden brownish orange with a fluffy white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. No floaters.

S: Hoppy and slightly malty with notes of ripe orange, honey, pines and stone fruits. Herbal and grassy.

T: Malty with caramelly and bready notes on the one side, hoppy with a fruity sweetness on the other side. Honey, peach and a bit of pineapple.

F: Crisp and crushable with a medium carbonation. Soft and smooth.

O: I think I've never had a beer with less than 8% ABV that was as complex and flavorful as this one. Even though it drinks almost as crisp as a lager, all kinds of malty and hoppy notes keep popping up. Absolutely outstanding.
Jan 17, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned 12/13/22

Alright, it’s time. The highest rated American IPA on BA!! I’ve been wanting to try this one for quite some time, and I’m thrilled to finally get the opportunity to. I’ve been seeing more Hill Farmstead beers near me as time goes on, and I’m excited by all of it. Let’s see if it can truly live up to the hype

Pours a lightly cloudy orange gold with 2 fingers of creamy off white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves nice lacing

The nose is somewhat delicate, for lack of a better word, but still shows an excellent balance of all of its elements that ends up turning out really nice. I'm picking up on aromas of orange zest, pine sap, bready malt, grassy hops, honey, pineapple juice, white pepper, grapefruit zest, and light orange marmalade

In taste it falls a little bit flat of the complexity on display in the aroma, not exactly one-dimensional but more focused on bitterness. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting grapefruit zest, piney hops, bready malt, weed, white pepper, honey, light passionfruit, and pineapple. The swallow brings notes of crackery malt, white pepper, piney hops, fresh cut grass, honey, grapefruit zest, passionfruit, and light orange

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick and sharp beer. Finishes mostly dry with a firm bitterness

While I think this is quite good, it's nothing mind blowing. There's better examples of the style out there, but I'd also like to try this fresher one day, as I've heard HF can be really particular about the best by dates on their IPAs
Jan 07, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by hockeypuck from Maine

Dec 24, 2022
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2123 ratings