Susan
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #36
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
100
Ranked #138
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 6.64%
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
2,018
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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SCORE
100
World-Class
Notes: American IPA brewed with our favorite hops. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka.
Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 2,018 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BillRoth
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at HF and grabbed a 750 swing top growler as well.
Stunning looking full creamy head on an opaque hazy soft yellow base. Nose slightly understated but flavor was packed full of mango; pineapple and citrus. Modest dank as beer opened up a bit; but not distracting or overly bitter.
Body was just about perfect and incredibly smooth.
Overall one of the very best IPAs I’ve ever had.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found Susan on tap at Armsby Abbey on a recent trip to Massachusetts - a bit of a detour, but well worth the drive (for food and beer both).

Susan is a tremendous warm day beer - I had no A/C in my car and was quite hot. Susan is tropical, with some pineapple and malt and hoppy bitter fruitiness. It's damned fine and refreshing - I wish that Hill Farmstead distributed or tapped in the Midwest.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect pour from a growler, small fluffy head, lacing all the way down the glass, hazy amber.
Not a strong smell, mostly getting juice some orange juice scent, lots of fruit.
Taste is along with the nose. Lots of orange juice and tropical fruit taste. Extremely smooth and way too easy to drink. You get a little bit of the pine/bitterness at the very end.

One of the smoothest/easiest to drink ipas I've ever had. But it's missing that stone fruit/dank hop flavor that are in my favorite ipas.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a classic from these guys that i am only finally getting to drink now. it may have been a game changer when it first came out, but it certainly isnt anything new anymore. this balance of heavy dry hopping over a hazy base with some substance is now everywhere, and even the hop profile itself seems somewhat classic, more northwestern than southern hemisphere, but its the degree of refinement that has me blown away, which is more manifest in the mouthfeel than anywhere else in this now famous ipa. it is both expressively carbonated and bone dry, while also being drinkable but substantial, round medium body but fast finishing, the right elements of the hops linger too, no vegetal bite or over bittered harshness. it does have some bitterness though, not all juice, and the grapefruity piney flavors, almost assuredly simcoe derived, do have some resolution, but its the between the lines nuances of pineapple, papaya, and juniper that turn me on here. so alive from the tap, almost chuggable for what it is, probably ahead of its time when it was introduced, not decidedly in the middle of whats hot, but this is a quality league or two above just about everything else, including the other ones the nerds all line up for and freak out about. from a flavor standpoint, its great but not revolutionary, but through the lens of quality, its as good as it gets!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap Mission Dolores, Brooklyn.
Deep haze; flowers + citrus; big orange juice with flecks of herb + resin; dead smooth.

4 4 4.25 4.25 4.25

Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka

My first HF. One of these that’s so well-made that it’s tough to deconstruct, but maybe more impressive for being less flashy. And something very 2000s, 4 Cs about how the hopping plays out. An intriguing hint at what HF has to offer.

*reconstructed from notes

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Photo of Boto
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught: this one pours a murky, golden color. There was a wisp of a white head and some lacing. Nice nose! Grapefruit, tropical and citrus hops. The taste is very good. A faint bitterness, and lots of juicy hops. They blend together to make something that is just excellent!

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Photo of digboy
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours cloudy bright gold color with one finger white head with ample lacing.

Modest aroma of citrus and pine. Very clean smelling.

Hop forward with pine and lemon notes. Super smooth with the lemon kicking in late alomg with a lingrring light sweetness.

Soft feel with a moderate to high bitterness.

Well balanced, clean and just the right flavor. This is a testament to the high quality coming from these guus

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Photo of NickandToni
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lucky enoug that Upright Brew House in the West Village (NYC) was pouring drafts of Susan. Never a surprise to be impressed by Hill Farmstead.

L: approachable orange haziness
S: dank sweet sugary peach pie with a doughy pleasantry
T: clean and easy fruit with peach in the forefront. Almost sessionable
F: hit all parts of my palate with good balance of fruit, slight pine, sugars, and just the right hop notes without being muddled
O: A top go to when I’m lucky enough to find

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Photo of Holderness
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Whetstone Station, Brattleboro.

L — Pours an orangey amber haze with a small white head that dissipates quickly but laces well. Doesn’t look as murky as some NEIPAs can - the haze is more inviting
S — Dank new sneaker, orange, pine, chalky yeastiness, hint of weed. Definitely citra-dominant, smells a lot like Julius
T — Crisp, herbaceous, and rindy with nice undertones of tropical fruits, grapefruit flesh, and bready malts. Hop bitterness is more present than in many NEIPAs, but it’s not at all biting or resinous
F — Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Very drinkable, with minimal bitterness in the semi-dry, fruity finish
O — First time trying a HF brew, and really digging how well put-together all the aspects are. Reminds me of a ‘softer’, ‘updated’ Heady Topper

90/100

EDIT (1/7/2018):

Trying this for a second time and was equally impressed with all aspects. The mouthfeel is right on the cusp of a 4.5

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a couple pours from a freshly tapped keg while in Vermont. So excited to try this beer. Sipping on Edward prior to so I already have a hell of a reference point.

OG cloudy, orangish-yellowish pour with a moderate head of tightly packed foam. Beautiful lacing follows the beer’s path around the glass.

Aroma is freshly cut citrus and green leafy hops straight from the vine - orange, tangerine, peach, papaya and subtle pine. Lightly floral. Mouth watering.

Taste is fruit-forward with a light bitterness on the back end. Orange creamsicle, clementine, papaya, peach and cantaloupe. That Citra sings. Slightly tart and mildly acidic from all the citrus. Nothing vegetal or spicy. Delectable.

Soft body with a smooth feel throughout. Outstanding IPA.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl pour at the brewery. Pours a hazy pale orange in color with a finger+ of white head. Aroma and taste have some stone and tropical fruits with a bit of cantaloupe and a heavy earthy note. Everything sounds like something I'd love but this one is just very good as opposed to great.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml swing top growler poured into shaker pint, poured on 8/30 best by of 9/6.

A: murky tan orangish buddy, very small wispy white head that settles as a film.

S: light apricot, cantaloupe, a little herbal and earthy.

T: nice light fruit with the cantaloupe and apricot coming out with some lemon and grass. More of a biting hops presence.

M: A little more carbonation a bit more lively in the tongue. Medium bodied.

O: Very nice beer, not as quite as good as some of their other hoppy beers, but it's still very good.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on draft, in a shaker pint glass

hazy, opaque, dark golden orange colored. no head. big well rounded hop aroma- fruity, dank, grassy, floral all at the same time. low bitterness, hop flavors dominate. medium bodied.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice looking hazy bronzed orange color with a bar pour’s kind of slim white head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some messy lacing. The smell started off with some sweet peach, light apricots, light pine blend bittersweet and sound off together really nicely. The taste was bittersweet all of the way through in the previously mentioned flavors running into a nice semi-sweet to bitter citrus aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice bittersweet feel on my tongue. Sessionable enough to want to have with food. Overall, I’d have this again. Its pretty good.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy ruddy golden color with a half finger white head.
S: Fairly mellow, but some pretty nice hints of pink grapefruit, orange sherbet, powdery malt and a little mango.
T: Just unbelievably clean. A perfect melding of light pine, mango, light malt backbone, mild kiwi and just a touch of grapefruit pith on the finish. Carbonation is feathery and just barely there. With probably any other beer it wouldn't be enough, but it's perfect in here. Love this one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy light orange in color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Nice lace develops.

Smell: oranges, tropical fruit, with a grassy and floral aroma.

Taste: caramel, mango, pineapple, pears, grass, and a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throught. A lightly dry finish.

Overall: a superb beer, perfectly balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in DC at Churchkey

Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Riwaka (never heard of it)

This was outstanding. Incredible body and profile. Tangerine, lemon meringue. Soft carbonation and refreshing.

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Photo of grover37
3.72/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Full pour at CK. Pretty gross. Smells great but has a nasty vegetal note that dominates the flavor. Had this same flavor in an off batch of Edward last year.

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Photo of ajm5108
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden yellow, medium head. Dry fruit aroma, apricot, a bit of pineapple with classic HF floral nose on it. Smells like walking through a flower patch after a summer rain. Tons of peach & pineapple upfront, mid palate brings mango and kiwi, some very faint honeysuckle and hibiscus way at the end, finishes with perfect amount of bitter hop and pineapple again. Just a wonderfully delicate citrus hop beer, like "juice" but still beer unlike some of these lactose sugar "juice bombs" out there. A standard for IPAs. A rare perfect 5 beer in my book.

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Photo of daddieo
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a weekend of tasting some of the top 100 beers on a tour around
NYC. The Wife asked "What was the best beer you had this weekend? " Well now you know. Amazing taste , color and feel . Doesn't get much better than this one.

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

On tap at Manhattan in Burlington.

Pours avery hazy orange, completely opaque.

Smell is tropical and a bit dank. Mango, with hints of pine and vanilla.

Taste is very balanced, starts off pretty soft with mango, pineapple and vanilla, then gets augmented by a nice hop hit. Rounds out very nicely, and the finish is long.

Mouthtfeel is pillowy and mouth covering, really nice.

Another reallt great beer from HF, well rounded and balanced.

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Photo of Buck89
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Very hazy and slightly turbid on the pour with a golden straw color. A modest bright white head that left fairly quickly but left the glass with some sturdy, splotchy laces. The nose was bright: sweet grapefruit, grassiness, mango, and a bit of blueberry. I noticed the grapefruit on the palate first. Not bracingly bitter but not "soft" either. The mid-palate was more earthy with pine, berries, grass, and dry bready malt. The finish was clean with a rising bitterness that framed the taste for me. Nice and light-feeling on the palate despite it's massive flavor, but not at all thin. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of zonker17
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Completely hazed golden with dense white head, strong lacing. Tropical nose mainly pineapple, other berries maybe. Taste is bitter, not much malt presence, grapefruit juice in an ale. Mouth coating resiny feel with below average body and carbonation.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange pour with an inch of white fluffy head
Smells of mango, pineapple, peach, papaya, kiwi
Taste matches the nose with a slight grassy, metallic hint
Pillowy mouthfeel, awesome for the style reminds me of TH feel
Only dinged for the look, but otherwise outstanding -one of my favorite HF!

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Malt & Mold. Poured a completely opaque golden orange with a nice foamy head to it. The nose is very fruity with citrus playing lead. The flavor follows the nose, definitely a juice bomb with the slightest amount of bitterness and malt. The feel is medium, decent carbonation, and a quick finish. This one has been on my list for a while and glad to finally be having it. A northeast IPA done to perfection.

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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2018 ratings