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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4.49
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great citrus and tropical aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DaveHack for the hookup o this one. The beer poured out as a nice hazy yellow color with a massive fluffy white head. The smell of citrus fills the air after popping the growler and pouring out into the glass. There is a beautiful soft grapefruit aroma on this. There is a very nice citrusy flavor too with subtle waves of wheat ad grains in there as well. The mouthfeel is soft, light bodied and refreshing. Overall this is a great IPA. Very good stuff.

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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 emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Fitz for sharing this one. Poured into a standard solo cup, it had a golden orange color, with a thin layer of white foam on the surface, some clusters of larger bubbles clung to the sides of the glass.

Citrusy grapefruit aroma, slightly grassy and pungent with resinous hops.
Taste is also citrus forward, mainly grapefruit that is slightly sweet, a light pale malt presence towards the middle, generally very light and smooth in feel. Light to medium bitterness, it finishes clean and mellow. Very drinkable, but somewhat one dimensional taste-wise. Enjoyed the light body and easy drinkability most of all.

Any better than some of the best local IPA's? Not really, but it's well made and worth trying.

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Photo of oline73
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a goblet.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color. The nose is full of citrus peel bitterness and grassy hops. The flavor is even nicer than the nose. I'm getting citrus peel hop bitterness along with a grassy note here as well. There is just enough light malt behind the hops, gives the beer a pleasant bread like characteristic.. The finish is bitter with a slightly fruity note. The carbonation is smooth with a dry finish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Michael for the growler. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a slightly-hazy orange color with a full, fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

The nose starts off with some nice bursts of tropical and citrus fruits. As it warms there is a bit more citrus and just a touch of resin. Flavor is stunning, with the perfect bitterness level to complement the hop flavors. Light-medium body and extremely drinkable.

Another hoppy home run from 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 jlindros
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Huge creamy head, sticks around for a while, tons of thick fluffy lacing, layered, super hazy carrot orange red color.

Nose great, the riwaka really stands out, great fruity like tropical but grassy and floral at the same time, light almost lemony citrus with guava and light passion fruit, touch of grapefruit, etc etc, fluffy malts underneath.

Mmmmm, again riwaka, very tasty, light tropical fruit, guava and passion fruit, light grassy floral, light jack fruit like too, light bitter rind, light lemony, little tangerine light hop oil, touch resin. All that with a nice light malt base to balance. Finish is nice, dry and balanced, lingering long hop with grassy and floral citrus tropical fruit goodness.

Mouth is med bodied, light oily feel, nice carb.

Overall very nice, nice hop profile, again the delicious riwaka taking the show with the nice other tropical fruit hops in there as well.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite IPAs, period; incredible balance, mouthfeel that is soft / chewy yet still refreshing and clean as opposed to pulpy. Great interplay of tropical fruit, citrus, bitterness, minerality. Avoids anything resinous or piney, with any plant notes being more herbal, grass and leaves.

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

First had: on tap at Hill Farmstead. But never rated it, so this is from a recent tasting on tap at TJ's, Ardmore, PA.

Hazy, orange-yellow pour, with a small cap of foamy white head, which settled down from about an inch out of the tap; good retention and moderate lacing. Fresh citrusy hop aroma, lemony, pine needles, all things hoppy and good. An assertive twinge of citrus greeted the palate, lemon and grapefruit pith, lighter tropical and floral notes, with a light, crackery malt base. Light-medium mouthfeel, lower bitterness, moderate carb. Super drinkable, super good.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at the Blackback in Waterbury Vermont served chilled in a tulip type snifter.

The color is mildly hazed amber with thick white head with fine bead. The smell is good with a nice mix of herbal and slight tropical hop aromas with a nice amount of citrus. The feel is great with a nice balanced bitterness level and dry finish with perfectly level carbonation.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/28/12 notes. Had this on tap at Blind Tiger in NYC. Served in a tulip, 12 oz. pour.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemon, honey, pine hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, fruity malts, and floral hops. Tons of fresh fruit and hops; a really awesome nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, lemon, pineapples, mangos, fruity malts, floral hops, bready malts, and light yeast. Follows the nose pretty closely, with a ton of hops. No bitterness to it though, which I like a lot.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink with not much bite at all from the hops. Very nice.

o - Overall another fantastic hoppy beer from HF. Tons of citrus hops and tropical fruits, but easy to drink and no bitterness at all. I loved it and hope I can have it again sometime.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul for snagging this gem for me.

The beer is fairly hazy and golden hued with a soft white head. The aroma offers hops, tangy citrus, a hint of grapefruit rind. Delicious flavor. A beautiful hop forward beer. Mild bitterness and nary a hint of alcohol. Refreshing and tasty. It was quite effortless to polish off a pint of this.

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

750 mL growler poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow. Small white head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Tons of simcoe. Deeper whiff reveals mango and tropical fruits. I don't love simcoe, but this smells great.

Taste - All hops. Simcoey grapefruit at first. Grainy cracker malt. Switches dramatically to citra-like hop flavors in the finish. Tastes like mangoes in the end.

Mouthfeel - Light. Well carbonated and a touch of bitterness.

Overall - It takes a lot for a simcoe IPA to win me over, but this did.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growlerette filled at the source two days ago.
Pours a cloudy murky light yellow golden color with a decent sized bone white head that slowly fades to a smattering of lace. That aroma is intoxicating, literally! Wiked old school citrus of grapefruit, orange, and lemon with pine with hints of resin. If there's malt in there I can't smell it, but shit I don't miss it, I've got a hop chubby. The flavor does hold some light bready malt but the citrus hop flavor is the dominatrix to my taste buds. Grapefruit, tropical fruits, tangerines, pine, resin its all there and it all melds together wonderfully. Smooth never harsh bitterness provides balance to the little malt I can find. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a smooth resinous mouthfeel. It doesn't look like much in the glass, but that's a damn fine beer right there.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Three Penny Tap Room into a shaker pint. Fresh keg, just changed.

Creamy top one finger tall bright white head, very thin bubbles in the head almost nitro looking. Great apricot yellow and orange colored body, with a very opaque character and a nice lemon glow very shiny.

Palate has wonderful soft tropical hop notes, slightly floral. The hop fruit character comes off more jammy actually but also surprisingly light as well. Very impressive.

Palate has a great chewy malt character and touch of biscuit at first, then the mid palate really opens with citrus rind and tropical fruit. Light mix of creamy body and almost session like easieness in mouthfeel, but not quite that light or wet which comes out more impressive.

Excellent IPA in the Farmstead cannon.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Sean. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - White foam settles to some wisps, a collar, and spotty lacework. Murky peach flesh-colored body. Fairly pale, as seems to be usual for these Hill Farmstead IPAs.

S - Lots of tropical fruits and citrus zest, with perhaps a touch of dank and onion. The Riwaka is fairly apparent. Fairly neutral malt backdrop; this one is all about the hops.

T - Zesty citrus, a bit of lemon peel, some mild herbal and dank notes, and juicy tropical fruits. Again, malt doesn't impart much else beyond some faint and nebulous sugary notes. High bitterness that is somewhat surprising for Hill Farmstead.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium-low carbonation, dry and crisp finish. No perceivable alcohol.

D - Another fine IPA from Shaun E. Hill. It's very easy to drink and has a really broad hop bouquet that covers all the bases. I could use perhaps a touch more malt sweetness to offset the high bitterness, but otherwise this is quite good.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orange/gold with a large white head that slowly recedes and leaves plenty of lacing. Beautiful!

S- Smells intensely citrusy and fruity with notes of tangerine, lemon, and dark grapefruit. Floral/grassy notes, and a good malt backbone of butterscotch and caramel.

T- The flavor opens mostly with citrus, specifically tangerine and grapefruit. The middle is buttery smooth with the caramel/butterscotch malt body. It finishes with a floral/grassy, mildly bitter hop bite.

M- The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. Frighteningly smooth and buttery, reminiscent of Abner. Just the right amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

O- Overall this is an outstanding IPA that has DIPA-like flavor and aroma!

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Photo of aasher
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler courtesy of msquared2 and split with my Aunt Susan for her birthday. Thanks Morgan!

Susan pours a medium bodied very cloudy tangerine orange I'm color with a great one finger, bright white and soapy head. The nose is bright and citrusy with a slightly earthy and grassy, mellow hop character. The flavors are very well rounded. There is a lot of citrus up front followed by a spicy bready malt aspect. It finishes with a soapy grassy note that interesting and a little yeasty. It drinks light and soapy and an off dry. I really like it. For an IPA it is very unique. The three hop varietals work very well together. Hats off to Sean Hill. This one worked.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, Vermont, filled two growlers of it.

Pours a murky hazy bright golden yellow/orange, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like orange zest, pine, grapefruit, orange juice, pineapple. Juicy as all hell.

This one tastes amazing. The bitterness level is understated, and perfect, just there right at the back, lingering the whole time, reminding you it's an IPA, but on top of that, there's a whole of citrus and tropical fruity goodness, pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. There's really nothing malt-wise in this one.

Susan is light and sprightly, with a very crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

A most excellent IPA, it's crazy how drinkable and easy this one is.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler purchased 6/28 and consumed 7/5.

A - Cloudy golden orange with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromas - grapefruit, orange rind, peach and pine. A touch of honey sweetness.

T - Good bitterness with a fresh and juicy hop profile. Peach, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango and lighter grapefruit notes with a slight honey malt sweetness in the background. Incredibly smooth and dangerously drinkable.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a cloudy golden orange color.

The aroma is just rolls of tangerine, bright grapefruit, tropical fruits and mango. It's hugely vibrant and citrusy. There's a bit of malt in there.

The flavor is just an explosion of grapefruit baseline. Spicy and grassy in the front. The middle offers a sweet passionfruit, apricot, peach, mango, onto a bit of bubble gum. The back end dries out with light bitterness. A bit of floral and spicy herbal bitterness.

This beer really blows my mind about how well crafted an IPA can be. The hops just do not stop on this one.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL growler, served in a HF wine glass.

Pours a hazed golden copper with a dense fluffy white head. Nose has heavy with resiny tropical fruits and earthy pine. Flavor is a little sweeter, with grapefruit rind, pineapple, mango and peach and a dry earthy pine and grassy finish. Medium thick body, soft carbonation and a sticky, bitter finish. Great balance of hops as the Simcoe pine plays nicely with the leafy NZ hop tropical fruitiness. The Riwaka single hop was a little more "exceptional" and a better showcase for that hop, but Susan's subtlety and balance make this much easier to drink.

The smell and overall scores are more of a 4.75 but I refuse to use the new quarter intervals in scores since I never had access to them the previous 6 years of reviewing. Just...whatever.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/08/2012

Thanks! I think this is the second batch.

A: Hazy yellow orange with two fingers of mountainous sea foam. Very cloudy. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S: Bright, fresh fruit redolence: tangerine, spicy grapefruit, orange flesh, mango, and papaya. There's a little sweet malt beneath the layers of hop fragrance, imparting a touch of breadiness.

T: The excellent aroma carries through to the flavor. Waves of fruit hit my palate, and each sip leaves me wanting another. Notes of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit blend with a light tropical fruit presence. Bitterness is at a moderate level and it's very smooth and gentle, lacking any astringency whatever. Smooth bitter fruity hop finish.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A nice IPA. Smooth and highly drinkable with an excellent aroma.

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