Susan
Hill Farmstead Brewery

SusanSusan
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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
99
Ranked #175
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 6.67%
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
1,868
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 22, 2022
Added:
Oct 25, 2012
Wants:
  717
Gots:
  332
SCORE
99
World-Class
SusanSusan
Notes: 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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Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.7 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Draft at Hill Farmstead. Hazy golden with one finger creamy white head. Soft, bready aroma, light citrus. Taste is gentle, sweet fruitiness, fresh baked bread, biscuity. The textures are at a whole other level. Smooth and pillowy.
Sep 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Affinity from Missouri

Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Growler from the source.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of white. Plenty of tattered lacing and persistent retention. Tangerine, peach, and lemon-lime in the nose. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Juicy citrus on the palate with minimal malt and a balancing bitterness. Nectarine, peach and pink grapefruit. Finishes dry with a bitter backbone and lingering citrus.
Sep 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.59 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
From a single tallboy (brought back from a NE vacation by a buddy), canned 6 weeks ago, into a La fin du monde tulip. If this is what 6 weeks out tastes like, what must it be fresh? Superb construction: gentle but full layers of tangerine, passion fruit, with an incredibly soft mouthful…next to no bitterness, but there is a kind of malty thickness that adds to and also restrains the fruity juiciness.

First beer I’ve ever had a chance to try from HF, and I wish it wasn’t an NEIPA, but even so, damn.
Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, Vermont for nineteen dollars. My fifteenth brew from these guys. Outstanding.
Sep 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by Casterbridge from Connecticut

Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jun 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by Benish from Utah

Jun 24, 2022
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Rated by Paul9656

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Less complex than the Edward but delicious nonetheless. Very similar with a slightly more alcoholic taste
May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.66 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

May 10, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nice, restrained and elegant IPA.
May 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Piffler from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.45 by kodt from Illinois

Dec 29, 2021
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Rated by TigerSoul from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
What can I say. It's perfect.
Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by timmy2b from New York

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Can dated 8/30; best by 9/27:
Loved this beer originally two weeks ago, but these had on the best by date aren't jumping out at me quite as much. I actually do not think it's because of age, just my palate being a little different when I did this review.

That aside, this is still a very good IPA, especially if I am patient enough to let it warm to the proper temperature from my cold fridge. The look is a quite highly hazed, near but not 100% opaque. As with many HF beers, the head and lacing are pretty strong.

Nose is a mix of tangerine, grapefruit, and some form of sweet fruit - I want to say a little pineapple. There's a light herbal note that comes somewhat as a muted mint to me, but is definitively a foreshadowing of some form of bitterness in the taste.

Medium heft, maybe a little less, with a prickly carbonation biting through the softer edges. More citrus rind and fruit - tangerine, orange, and some sweet ruby grapefruit, with a little huskiness from the barley and/or other grains. Not really any of the tropical fruit accent from the nose. The back end is bitter, but it has an interesting sheen of maltiness to it. Bittersweet leaning heavily on the first part, the latter keeps things from getting out of hand. As expected, a well constructed brew that brings both malt and hop to the experience.
Sep 28, 2021
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Reviewed by BikeChef from District of Columbia

4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a fairly hazy yellow-light orange. Wonderful passionfruit and orange hop flavors on the nose. The palate follows through with plenty of citrus and tropical hop flavors. A very refined, well-crafted beer where everything just works.
Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by Quarantinehobby from Massachusetts

Sep 15, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a bright, completely opaque, orange color. Thick, sudsy off white head forms, then dissipates leaving a quarter inch of foam in the glass along with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma has notes of tangerine, orange marmalade, grass, dried vegetation and a slight woody character to it.

Taste follows the nose with notes of citrus, orange, orange marmalade, and peach giving way to a grassy, vegetal, woody hop character on the back end. Clearly the Riwaka are coming through on the back end. Moderately bitter, mildly sweet, completely delicious. Feel is moderately bodied, smooth, and pretty easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

This is a really nice IPA from Hill Farmstead - they get so much out of the hops both in the aroma and taste, its impressive.
Aug 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by Billolick from New York

Aug 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio

Aug 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Eziel from Ohio

Aug 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by shelby415 from Oregon

Aug 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by rab53 from Washington

Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Very, very attractive beer. Burned orange in color, but what really stands out is the gorgeous head. Dense, foamy & long lasting with extensive lacing. Aroma has lots of citrus & tropical notes, with orange being what jumps out at me the most.

Taste has more of the tropical / citrus notes with the hops working well together. The orange detected on the nose is not present on the tongue, although some hints of grapefruit do come through. Amazingly full mouthfeel. Good beer.
Aug 01, 2021
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Reviewed by DuaneL from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this beer on tap at the Mule Bar in Winooski, Vermont, just outside of Burlington. Excellent! Another good one that day that is not listed here was called "William" and that was superb also. This is obviously a top class brewery, worth visiting the next time we are up here.
Aug 01, 2021
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a rather cloudy orangeade color with a two finger head; solid persistence and streaks of lace

Smell: There are both grassy and floral tones here, with stone fruit and lemon in the mix

Taste: The flavors here are subtle but bring an interesting spectrum; stone fruit and passion fruit are featured, with a lemon aspect; the bitterness builds nicely but is held in check so that it doesn't overwhelm

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA but the progeny has boosted this to the top of the IPA charts; not saying it doesn't belong there but I wonder whether the subtlety would shine as much in a blind tasting
Jul 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by skiking70 from Maryland

Jul 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2021
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Reviewed by StanleysCup from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Received from a friend in exchange for a collection of Equilibrium DIPAs/TIPAs...

L: beautiful, rich golden maize color with a 3/4" of thick head that dissipated after a few minutes. Somewhat opaque, owing to the unfiltered packaging.
S: some clean, piney wafts along with a noseful of citrus and sugary-sweet hops (maybe the Riwaka?). Very appealing.
T: bright citrus scent on the nose makes its way down but is quickly subdued by dank and slightly bitter (WA state?) hops that make for a really interesting APA.
F: mild carbonation, very quaffable. Hop bitterness lingers nicely.
O: a near-perfect rating for good reason; this is a great take on a classic variety that has been overshadowed by the new shiny toy (NE/hazy IPAs). Fantastic beer.
Jul 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by beerbones from Washington

Jul 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jun 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by ChittyChambers from Maryland

Jun 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2102 ratings