Susan | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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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Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,693
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
20.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 180 | Ratings: 1,693
Photo of eifster82
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Hill Farmstead.

Deep orange haze. This is mango-peach bomb all the way. Great creamy mouthfeel lends itself to an easy drinking feel. Very smooth for a DIPA.

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Photo of c_tails
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three's Brewery in Brooklyn

Pours copper, hazy, short white head

Very piney but maintains its lightness. Intense citrus taste and smell.

Really nice effervescence

This is another great HF offering.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours a fairly hazy orange with a finger of dense foam that leaves thick rings of lacing down the glass. I could smell this beer the moment it arrived. Classic grapefruit, with some pine and lemon. Taste is similar, along with a little breadiness. Decently bitter finish. Feel is just a touch thin, but wonderfully smooth and creamy. Amazing IPA, one to seek out--though like other HF beers I've had, it is more restrained and sophisticated than punch you in the mouth.

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Photo of lic217
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: very hazy, fast fading head, plenty of lacing, light orange color
Smell: Citrus, resin, pine, malt
Taste: Citrus (orange/tangerine), tropical hops, pine, starts sweet, a little malt flavor, ends with an assertive, but pleasant bitterness.
Feel: Starts smooth, then finishes with a dry prickly carbonation
Overall: A really nice, well rounded beer. Lots of complexity in the smell and taste.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at CBC 2016, day 2. Bright yellow with a white head. Citrus hops and honey, smooth mouthfeel, a nice assortment of tropical fruit notes in the background.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pored from a growler picked up at the brewery, nice 1 inch white head with lots of lacing and foam around the glass. The smell is of delicious citrus hops. The taste is juicy pineapple-orange with just a slight bitterness at the end. It is so smooth and juicy with no resinous over-the-top bitterness, but full citrus hop flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth, easy drinking, yet still has body to it. Susan is over the top the best IPA I have tasted to date.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I picked up on 6/28 and kept cold on the trip home.
A - Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head.
S - Aroma is very nice citrus with some grass.
T - Flavor is similar to nose, with orange and especially pineapple notes coming thru. Finish is mild, not particularly bitter.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Drank this after Harlan, and it was definitely another rung or 2 up the IPA flavor ladder. Like every HF beer I've tasted, the balance of flavors is really impressive. Great beer.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first Hill Farmstead beer. Picked up in a growler from the brewery this weekend. Poured into a tulip.

Look is a nice hazy yellow with a good lacing that sticks.

Smells like citrus and hops. It's mellow but really inviting.

Taste follows the nose. Such a well put together IPA. Citrus, hops, balanced...so good.

Feel is medium bodied and hangs in the front of the mouth.

Overall a great IPA. Love this. I have four more Hill Farmstead beers to try. I am a fan, that's for sure.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As far as IPA's go, Susan is about as solid as they come. Appearance is as you would expect from a HF IPA. Golden yellow and hazy. The aroma is of citrus and some light bready malt. Aroma is solid, but doesn't explode out of the glass. Taste is juicy and smooth with very little bitterness. As with most HF beers, the mouthfeel is soft and incredible. Nothing harsh or overwhelming about this beer at all. Just a solid, well crafted, tasty brew!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with minimal head and tons of cheetah lace.

Grassy, cannabic dankness, and sturdy backyard weeds dominate the nose.

The taste flips the script, while still grassy, by including pineapple, orange, grapefruit and cracker malts.

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Photo of pluppykatie
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft. Nice solid beer with a dry, hoppy flavor. Beautiful yellowy orange color. A touch tamer for IPAs but it has a wonderful finish and after taste.

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Photo of gcasher
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at bridge view tavern in sleepy hollow NY. Original juice bomb? If you ever wanted a beermosa, this is it. The hops are ridiculous. It is like drinking a glass of grapefruit juice. The alcohol is moderate, which is nice. A must have summer beverage.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent example of the "New England juice bomb"! A great beer that brings out the citrus in large quantities. This is a very well made beer with a great balance!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Susan looks great as most Hill IPAs do. There's minimal tropical fruit, it's mostly bitter, piney, earthiness. Soft mouthfeel too. It's a good, but not great IPA.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great offering from Hill Farmstead, Susan is a nice hazy orange with 2 to 3 inch head. I smell a lot of orange citrus and the taste is the same. High acidic oranges. Has soft mouthfeel and complexity of hop bitterness that emerges initially then resonates in the back end due to the trifecta of hops. Although I did feel Edward was simpler, I think that Edward edges out Susan in drinkability. To me, Susan lacked a little balance.

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Photo of Stakebone
3.09/5  rDev -31.2%
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 brewmeister1984
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another amazing offering from one of the top breweries in New England. So happy to have the opportunity to visit the magical place that is Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

White head. Lace. Golden yellow color.

Earthy and grassy hops with some orange and lemon citrus. Decent flavors but not sure hop this is rated so high. It's good but nothing out of this world. Todd beats it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Monk's Café. Served in a pint glass.

4.25 A: Well hazed light orange color. Came with a short white head. Good retention and lots of lattice like lacing.

4.0 S: Resiny and grapefruit hops to start. Then big tropical fruit - pineapple heavy - mango, and orange. Neutral bready malts.

4.25 T: Mild-moderate bitterness. Light caramel and extra bready. Sugary hops, tropical fruits per above, resin, grapefruit.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Good beer, but one of HF's "weaker" beers.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden orange with a fluffy medium sized head and good lacing. Big grapefruit notes, lightly tropical, tangerine, underripe stone fruit, and dank green stuff. Lighter end of medium body, smooth with nice crisp carbonation, dry finish and a restrained bitterness. This is about as good as you can get. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of thebeers
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Turbid dark orange color with a modest but lasting bright white head. Citrus aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with modest carbonation. Orange hop flavor and strong hop bitterness. Not bad.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

will need to give this another try, had it after Other Half IPA and it was too light on carbonation and feel in comparison. Look was hazy light yellow-orange color, smell was subtle not much citrus, taste enjoyable with lingering aftertaste on back of flavor, Feel lightly carbonated light to medium mouth feel. Overall a solid beer, as I said earlier need to give it a try on its own.

Had another- a significantly different beer than the first, not sure of the reason for the change but this thing was great, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple abound!!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Resiny with light, sweet cracker malt. Grapefruit pith, earthy twig; underlying a peppery and sweek mint. Tangerine, passionfruit, stonefruit. Great flavor that echoes the pine and grapefruit aroma. Bright feel, medium bodied on the edge of creamy. Some alcoholic phenols sneak their way in--delightfully so. Fast and active carbonation on pour, hazy but brought orange.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro VT on tap on Wednesday night, 2/17. Pours an opaquely hazy goldenrod color with a head that refused to die, left good lacing on the sides of the snifter glass.

Big aroma of dank hops, some tropical fruit, grapefruit, hints of resin. Really inviting. Taste is similar to the aroma, cracker malts first, then big hop notes until the end. Resin, fruit, herbal. Finishes a bit dry with some grapefruit pith. Overall a really great IPA from the masters at Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- hazy light orange color.
Smell- subtle dankness, distant pine.
Taste- this is where Susan shines. Very enjoyable with lingering bitterness at back end.
Feel- lightly carbonated, light to medium mouthfeel.
Overall- liked this beer a lot. Grew on me the more I drank.

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,693 ratings.
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