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: 198 | Ratings: 1,831
Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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 +2.2%
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 -17.1%
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 +11.4%
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 +9.8%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.4%
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 -3.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +2.4%
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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Photo of Rugg315
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Blind Tiger NYC in a tulip glass. Great look to this, classic NE IPA. Big citrus smell setting the stage. Taste was good finish was a little iffy had all the components of a great IPA. Really enjoyed this would love to see it more often.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had 5/1/15 at Nate's house. It was only a 5oz. sample, got notes of citrus fruit inside a deliciously drinkable bitterness. My first and only beer from this highly rated brewery.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank out of a tulip. Beer comes in a hazy light orange/medium gold color. Aroma has huge orange up front with some biscuity malt on the back end. Big orange flavor on the palate as well with a light level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is in line for its ABV range. Overall, an awesome expression of a NE Juice bomb. 95 points!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one felt like a cloud in my mouth. Probably my favorite IPA by Hill Farmstead. Hoppines was perfect, wasn't to strong just the right amount and felt so juicy. Perfect IPA

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Photo of aleigator
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
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 -22%
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 +1.1%
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 +1.1%
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 +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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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,831 ratings.
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