Susan
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #40
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
100
Ranked #145
Avg:
4.51 | pDev: 6.65%
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
2,055
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
100
World-Class
SusanSusan
Notes: American IPA brewed with our favorite hops. Hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Riwaka.
Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 2,055 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Tmyhre802:
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Tmyhre802 from Vermont

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 08, 2015
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Dec 14, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Jul 17, 2015
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Oct 29, 2017
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Stakebone from North Carolina

3.09/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Apr 03, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -4%
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!

Aug 27, 2018
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notchucknorris from California

4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

May 03, 2017
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BradMatton13 from Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -28.2%
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

Jan 06, 2015
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volta from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Jul 23, 2014
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k47k from New York

3.68/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 03, 2015
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DelicateDelirium from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 02, 2015
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Nunya from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 04, 2017
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BrainTree from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Oct 16, 2013
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TTTBeer from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.9%

Sep 15, 2014
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Skellbop from New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 31, 2016
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Skipjack from New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent Farmstead choice if you ever found it on tap.

Aug 24, 2017
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Aug 14, 2014
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vfgccp from New York

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 05, 2014
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Lare453 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 15, 2015
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Ctruskey from New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Apr 08, 2014
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Basshooker from New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Oct 17, 2013
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mdlb44 from California

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jun 21, 2015
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank originally on draft at Armsby Abby; had growler filled on 7/22/15 at Hill Farmstead Brewery and drank jn tumbler on 7/26/15

Jun 10, 2015
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fearless2357 from California

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Softer mouthfeel, lots of flavor and aroma, pours a hazy golden yellow. Had on tap. One of the best beers I've ever had.

Apr 14, 2018
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askham from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -11.3%

Jan 20, 2013
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