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Susan | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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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Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 1,717
Photo of aleigator
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed orange-yellow color with a huge, fluffy white head.

Smells of dried orange peel, passionfruit, bright lemon pulp and lots of wet grass. This gets pleasantly accompanied by some water melon and wet hay, complimented by sugared bread crust. Produces a refreshing crispness, including a whiff of sweet ice bonbon atop of hand made lemonade - very nice on the nose.

Has a fantastic smooth mouthfeel, incredibly soft on the palate with a light body, producing a nice hop bite during the finish.

Tastes of lemon, white bread dough and a hop profile which turns frutier within each second. The hops bring kiwi, wet grass more lime and a mellow, sweet maltiness to the palate. The sweetness gets washed away during the finish by a late herbal dryness which inherits a powerful, slowly evolving lemon dryness, which stays on the tongue surprisingly long.

Very nice, supersmooth, light and crisp with a hoppy fruit profile, pleasantly accentuated by the malts, while turning utmost dry in the end. Very eventful and perfectly crafted, another impressive, thoughtfully balanced beer from this brewery, with a nice herbal addition.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Currently #95 in the Top 250.

On-draught @ The Ginger Man NYC. $9/13oz.

HEAD: 2cm high. Gorgeously frothy with a wonderfully soft even consistency and a nice complexion. Smooth and creamy, leaving coating lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes - which takes about 5 minutes (not bad).

BODY: Chill haze and nontransparent indicate a lack of filtration (which I guess the hip kids attribute to the so-called "East coast style" - though I make no such regional distinctions). Translucent but not very vibrant, coming in at a drab orange colour. No yeast or sediment is visible but I'd be reticent to call it clean looking given how hazy it is.

Well-carbonated judging by appearance. Not unique or special looking, but the unfiltered body does catch the eye a bit.

AROMA: Fresh citrus pulp is present, bending more towards classic orange instead of hip new world hop tangerine (to its benefit). Hill Farmstead's mastery as the Simcoe whisperer is paid testament here, with subtle oniony notes working their way in without rendering it in any way off-putting. Pale malts keep it balanced.

Those after oily, resinous, overtly floral, herbal, or dank hop aromatics needn't apply; this is up-the-middle citrus and onion.

Aromatic intensity is light; I had to search for what I found.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Yogurty creamsicle sherbert notes take me by surprise, showing this IPA does have a new world hop bend after all. The citrus pulp is there (though it lacks the expressiveness and depth you'd expect in a world class citra-hopped IPA), as is the subtle Simcoe onion, but the yogurt dominates, bringing cool tanginess to the table to balance out that citric acidity. I get a blip of lime in the late second act.

Creamy, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, somewhat refreshing, of fair softness, and cool. Carbonation approaches perfection. There's a nice harmony of texture and taste, with the cool creamy vibe of the texture feeding into the yogurt tones nicely.

Bitterness/sweetness balance is good, leaning towards the malts. Some drinkers may crave more oily pungency and bitter grapefruit, and for them imbalanced expressions of the style from Green Flash, Stone, and the like will appease. For drinkers who value balance, this is a refreshing change of pace.

Depth of flavour and complexity could be improved, to nitpick. Flavour duration and intensity are merely average.

OVERALL: A well-brewed IPA, but I don't know that I'd count it amongst the top 100 beers worldwide. Certainly not the finest brew even just in Hill Farmstead's oeuvre, but more than worthwhile and I'd certainly order it again (even at its high price). Drinkable enjoyable fare with a balanced flavour and a nice uncommon hop profile.

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

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Photo of Zythophile
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: growler 10/15/16
Palate Contaminants: none

Appearance is a thick, opaque gold. It only lets a little light through.

The smell is great. It's sweet red grapefruit, peaches, and sweet plums. It's so nice and balanced.

The taste is a little bitter at first, with the hops showing some fresh peat. Then the sweet and savory elements take over. Pears are the main fruit, with white grapefruit (in a change from the nose) following up. There's a mellow malt flavor that's almost like what one gets with rice candy, or maybe it's fresh wheat. Subdued, yet flavorful; not sharp, yet fresh.

The feel is the weakest thing about it. The carbonation comes out with a swish around the mouth, but it's not prickly. The aftertaste isn't quite as well balanced as the rest. It's mostly unsweetened white grapefruit. Still, this is a great one.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Burlington.

A hazy orange tone with a little over a finger of very thick head. Lots of lacing left on the snifter.

A standard IPA with grapefruit, a little lemon and some piney notes.

Taste was better than expected. A great blend with a nice bitter finish.

A great IPA that I recommend trying.

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Photo of eifster82
4.84/5  rDev +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 +0.4%
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 +0.2%
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 -3.6%
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 -5.1%
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 +5.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.2%
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 -0.2%
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%
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 -2.2%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.8%
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 -8.3%
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 +6%
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%
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 +4.2%
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 -7.8%
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%
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 +0.2%
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 -11.8%
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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