Susan | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American IPA brewed with our favorite hops. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka.

Added by MasterSki on 10-25-2012

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4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery on 8-8-13, from a 750ml growler poured into a The Alchemist pint glass.

AP: Nice inviting colour on this one, reminds me of orange or peach marmalade. Fluffy 1.5" head that dwindles down to 1/4". Almost no lacing on the sides when you tilt the glass, so excellent head retention.
AR: A pine and citrus explosion of aromas on the first whiff. Green fresh pine more like the needles than the bark/sap. Citrus is grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine. Light toasty crackery grains in the background.
T: I swear the malt base to this has a buttery roll taste to it, like the croissants I bought recently at my local supermarket. I like that as it gives it more depth than just being light grains and crackers playing solely second fiddle to the hops. All the citrus aromas are in the taste as well, very well balanced both among themselves and with the malts. On the taste I get a little more tropical fruit like pineapple and papaya. A nice soft bitter citrus rind finish that lingers for a while. The fruity hops flavours don't come across as what I'd call 'juicy' though.
M: Fairly carbonated, slightly creamy on the palate, finish isn't too dry or puckering, pretty much a clean finish.
OV: A very good beer for certain, just not quite World Class to me. It's very good, but it didn't blow me away. Now, that's not a bad thing and I'm not disappointed in any way. If I could get my hands on a beer like this whenever I wanted then it would be in my regular rotation to drink. I'm glad I got this and tried it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Holderness
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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


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 Stakebone
3.09/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap in NYC. Pours cloudy straw. Good hop aroma for style. Although nothing but hops in the nose. A bit thin for a pale ale. Almost no malt to round out hop flavor and bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor are the highlights of this beer but that's about it.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Tsar_Riga
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange body, short white head, and extensive lacing.

S - Huge orange and grapefruit nose, citrus hop esters galore, along with big pine complements. If juicy IPAs are your thing, this is exactly how you want your IPA to smell. As it warms, some of the Citra and Simcoe dankness comes forward, but it is never off-putting.

T - The nose, but more restrained, with a more subtle juice element pairing with definite resin and pine elements. The middle introduces the malt backbone. Most IPAs that deliver huge hop fronts close superbly bitter, but while there is a definite bitter turn, here it is more balanced, keeping the fruitiness and bright notes throughout. Which is one neat trick.

M - Very bright and carbonated. The close has some subtle drying, but nothing out of character for an IPA.

O - This straight ahead IPA is big and fun, delicious and bright. Susan is a top notch IPA, and it is a testament to the careful craft of this beer that it manages it all without falling for any of the major traps that trip up even the better brewers working with these hops and profiles.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BradMatton13
3.24/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another over rated beer, i like these guys but the way some treat them you think they were gods, they also have better beer then some of the ones that are higher rated

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4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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

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4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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