Susan | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
99
world-class
188 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
1,770
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.9%
 
 
Wants:
701
Gots:
260
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 1,770
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a lightly hazed orangish-peachy color with good carbonation leaving a moderate, fluffy yet delicate white head with spotty lacing and white ring on the edges

S: Tropical fruits, blend of orange peel and grapefruit with some green vegal notes

T: Nice citrus kick upfront; light lemon and orange peel followed by some light danky green vegal, herbal goodness. There is a nice, prominent yet pungent bitterness which rides on the underbelly of the flavors here. Not overpowering but very evident. The finish is very nice, lots of citrus and "Earthy greeniness" with a dry, delicate, crispness

M: Light to medium bodied, spot on carbonation, dry, crisp, airy, loads of flavor

O: Susan is a sexy drink.

 711 characters

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

A - Hazy, clody medium orange color with a white foamy ring. The lacing is very thick, creamy, and sticky.

S - Resiny tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, papaya, and oranges.

T - Oranges, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, light floral, hoppy sweet and ends with a bitter orange peel and floral presence.

M - Medium body, lots of sprightly carbonation pricklies, coats the moth with tangerine and flowers.

O - Outstanding beer.

 432 characters

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

A-Pours like fruit juice. Murky, dull orange in color. Nice little head grows and stays put after exhausting some of its stature. Light speckles of lace.

S-Unbelievably potent hop character. Huge tropical Citra notes and I bet the Riwaka isn't dragging ass either. The Simcoe also brings forth more of the abrasive hop aromatics of biting grapefruit and pine. There's some oniony character here and I'm all aboard with it.

T-Pure, unadulterated hop extract. The trio of hops gives me a lot to describe. Melon, guava and mango along with some green onion and moss. Peach and pine. Tropical and bright but also dank and bitter. Just a trickle of sweetness before the bitterness burns it away.

M-Long, lingering bitterness.mmedium bodied. Resiny. Chewy hop feel. Moderate carbonation.

O-Easily one of the better beers I have ever had. Need more! The variance of the hop flavors is exquisite. Yeah, another Hill Farmstead beer that easily lives up to its godly status; I should stop being surprised...I've had enough of them to know by now.

 1,041 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

75cl growler generously shared by Doug today, 9/6/2013. Poured into a Bell's snifter. Review #195.

Pours a nice clear copper body, with that impressive Hill Farmstead white head that rises to 2cm, and has great retention. Lacing is decent, but that head is really something.

Nose is really, really pungent. So much tropical fruit here. Citrus, grapefruit, mango, pineapple. This is incredibly strong and delicious.

The flavour on this beer is awesome. At the beginning, there's a lot of tangerine, grapefruit, citrus that transitions into a nice piney bitterness. The malt is there just enough to adequately balance out all the hops in this beer- caramel, toffee, but especially toffee. But this is probably the hoppiest tasting IPAs I've ever had. Then it transitions into this awesome bitterness, even more bitter than Abner or Ephraim which are DIPAs. Crazy.

Mouthfeel is that incredible creamy carbonated Hill Farmstead trademark. I really cannot say enough about these. Incredible. It's gotta be that Hill Farmstead well water.

This is the best single IPA I've ever had. Jai Alai is great, but it just doesn't have that Hill Farmstead creamy full bodied IPA mouthfeel. This is incredible and I have to thank Doug for being so generous in sharing growlers of Hill Farmstead with me.

 1,291 characters

Photo of bylerteck
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled November 15 and consumed on the 17th. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy orange colour with good carbonation. Two fingers of soapy white head. Really good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Zippy hops. Orange, grass, passionfruit. Lotsa citrus.

T - Nice tropical character, floral, citrus, orange, mango, peach, honey. Quite juicy and fruity, mild malt character. Complexity of hop flavours is really nice.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, nice bitterness.

O/D - This was a good IPA. The Riwaka worked really well with Citra and Simcoe. I really enjoyed this one. The depth of hop flavours was really pleasant. Well done.

 646 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank you, Eric.

A uniformly cloudy orange (Shaun needs to filter his IPAs some, methinks) with a dense, fluffy, white cap that leaves a gorgeous amount of lacing, this is a great looking IPA. The nose is rather excellent. Bright and fruity, this has a blend of citrus ( blend of orange and grapefruit, close to a white grapefruit, in fact) and the classic Simcoe floral and fruity aromas standing out (mango is noticeable). Moderately juicy, this beer also has a touch of honey to it. Not particularly dank or resiny, this is rather delicate.

The palate opens with a blend of mango, grapefruit, a little lemon and a rather floral pine nose. This really is a potpourri of hop goodness. Bitterness is moderate and is gentle, lacking in the pungency and resiny character that my favorites have, but instead, having an almost-as-enjoyable gently fruity bitterness that is the HFS signature (to me, at least). Malt? What malt? Maybe some pale malt, along with a touch of honey, but really, there isn't much here. The mouthfeel is soft and gentle, with a prodding bitterness and a suffuse fruity hop flavor that fully coats the palate. Initially, it does seems a little watery, but the creamy carbonation does pair rather well with the rest of the flavors here. Lingering flavors on the finish are mango, citrus and some floral character. Excellent stuff.

 1,352 characters

Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another shout out to Ineedabeerhere. Pours a dull orange hue with a hazy clarity and a frothy, textured, bright white head. Nose expresses tangerines, simcoe hops and a hint of grain. Taste follows nose - a little less bright than suggested by the nose with the addition of a light, slightly lingering medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slight acidity and a carbonation that falls just short of crisp. Overall, very good, but closer to an APA than an IPA in my opinion.

 503 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Flip-Top Growler opened on 9.5.13

A - Pours a hazy, lighter orange with a very large fluffy off-white head with great retention.

S - Very fruity and citrusy, oranges, grapefruit, lemon.

T - Same as the nosze, a touch bitter, the sweet in the finish.

D - Good carbonatio with a medium body.

O - Another citrus forward lovely one from Shaun. Delighted to have had this one.

 382 characters

Photo of cbutova
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back a full-size growler of this one over the weekend and extremely glad I did. Also drank a 750ml the night before with a different set of people. Notes from July 7th.

A- Light golden-orange colored body poured into 5 pint glasses with just enough room for a one finger head sticking out the top of the glass. The cap has a nice creamy texture to it and retains very well. Lots of lacing webs.

S- A massive mango-citrus-IPA feel almost like a pulp/puree of extremely fresh fruits. Just has a great juicy feel like the best of the "West Coast" IPAs. Peach and orange zest really come to mind too.

T- Everything really works out nicely here. Juicy citrus, orange, mango, passion fruit, peach, tropical hop profile. The hop flavor is very big but not over the top like some new beers tend to be, the flavors are easily distinguished but come together into one great mix. Slight freshly cracked grain and yeast bread in there beyond this. Earthy and pine hop flavors come into play eventually as well.

MF- Creamy and a resinous, oily IPA feel. Moderately thick body with a medium carbonation that accentuates the hop flavor nicely. Clean bitterness round it all out.

West Coast flavors produced beautifully on the Eastern side of the USA. Between Heady and Hill Farmstead I think the coastal styles of IPA has truly been abolished because they are just as good over here. The best new IPA I have tried in quite some time.

 1,431 characters

Photo of rlee1390
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head, great lacing.

S-Lots of citrus, very hoppy, some grass and lemon, great balance.

T-Great balance, citrus, lemon and pine all mesh together perfectly. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with nice carbonation and hop bite

O-What a beer, a great IPA, could use a tad bit mor bitterness for my liking but a great beer.

 364 characters

Photo of Resuin
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. This was filled at the brewery 5 days ago.

Appearance: Pours a light, hazy amber and leaves a finger or two of white medium-density head, which lingers around a bit.

Smell: Lemon peel, juicy citrus, mild peppercorn, some light spices. Smells very refreshing and has a nice, mild aroma.

Taste: Matches the aroma right on. Lemon peel, peppercorn, citrus. Quite juicy. Finishes with some mild, earthy pine. Very light and well balanced.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with a light to medium body. Very, very smooth, alcohol is completely hidden.

Overall: A very well balanced, light, delicious IPA. I could definitely drink a lot of this. Citrus is the dominant hop flavor but there are some nice other flavors weaved in.

 786 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery consumed a couple days later. Hazy orange, tons of tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A very good IPA but not quite as good as the two Society and Solitude beers I had.

 193 characters

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

Another one I have had on many occasion but have yet to add a review, well that changes now thanks to a surprise 64oz growler that my buddy maddogg21 dropped off earlier today on his way out of town for a trip to Belgium (apparently did not have time to drink it between the pick up about a week ago and now - who does that? But I digress...) enjoyed from a bulbous hill farmstead wine glass.

a -'brew pours a cloudy crisp orange yellow with a darker core. Really nice lush foamy head hangs out and the n coats the glass with lace as the head dissolves and the beer is consumed.

s - nose is soft citric. Fresh fruit. Crisp.

t - taste is also fairly spot on. Fresh fruit with a wonderful fruity hop. Bright citric notes but all extremely we'll balanced.

m - has that wonderful hf mouth feel. Easy drinking and perfectly medium bodied.

o - overall what can you say about Susan that you cannot say about hill farmstead on general. It is a quality product. Hill farmstead sets a new bar in beer creation. Everything in the right place. Recipes are carefully crafted and it shows. This is a phenomenal IPA. Psyched to have 64oz of is for myself.

 1,145 characters

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

Pints at Armsby Abby. I wrote this on my phone, where reviews always seem a heck of a lot longer and more descriptive than they end up being.

Pours hazy yellow. Smells a little grassy and very dry. Nice balance, but a little underwhelming.

Tastes, at first, like it smells: fruit, grass, then intense, bitter dryness. But it really grows on me as it warms, with the malt aftertaste taking on a bursty fruit complexity. Very tasty and pretty unique.

 454 characters

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

A totally cloudy orange body with good lacing. Smell hints at hops but the flavor is more malt forward than hoppy which is a little disappointing. Flavor of orange and mineral aftertaste round things out. Clean finish with minimal lingering. While good, with the pedigree that HF has built up, this one falls short unfortunately.

 375 characters

Photo of cpetrone84
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a hazed golden amber with a bubbly white head. Nose is powerful citrus and grapefruit hops. Subtle grain notes and a hint of a malt backbone. Taste is so gentle and focused, tropical fruits everywhere, mango, grapefruit, peach skin. Light grain notes. Bitterness is present through the finish with a fairly inviting palate, extremely soft body, crisp clean finish, tropical fruits gently linger. This stuff is darn good.

 428 characters

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.

 161 characters

Photo of jrenihan
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden, good-sized white head. Great retention, good lace.

Nose contains lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Very bright, lots of pineapple, orange, mango, tangerine. Great.

Flavour is similar. Sticky tropical and citrus fruit; pineapple, tangerine, orange, mango. A touch of grapefruit. Moderately bitter. No significant malt presence to speak of. Very flavourful.

Medium bodied, low carbonation level. Oily.

Overall, an excellent IPA. Very citra heavy. Super juicy.

 479 characters

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.

 568 characters

Photo of MDDMD
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wonderful aromas of tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, herbal hints

T-grapefruit, pine, pineapple, mango, grassy, nice bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-a top notch IPA bursting with flavor and aroma, would love to see this available in bottles

 351 characters

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So far this is my favorite Hill Farmstead beer. Had it shipped to me in a growler and drank it pretty fresh. Great smell, flavor, and balance. Susan was bomb.

 158 characters

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

drank so much of this - in and around Waterbury as well as a liter growler to go, and lord it was a lovely time

Susan is a deep, golden apricot in color with a rich cream white head that leaves good lacing. A carefully crafted hop blend is the highlight here - those lovely NZ hops bring their tropical medley including kiwi, mango, and passionfruit with the others bringing citrus highlights of tangerine and grapefruit. Juicy and fresh, riding a light, subtly sweet pale malt base with a touch of honey. Pleasant on the palate - moderate in body with a soft light-moderate carbonation. A balanced bitterness with a touch of citrus oil accents the finish and provides a dry, drinkable close. A top-tier IPA that pulls in all the best characteristics of a great hop blend and sets them against a thoughtful malt base..

 819 characters

Photo of peensteen
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%

Fresh growler shared by Liam, reviewed from notes

Hazy orange, ring of white head with some lace. Smell is hoppy lots of fruit, nectarine, fuzzy peach and apricot, just a little bit of sugar cookie/crackery malt on the tail end. Taste is a juicy mix of nectarine and peach, touches of grapefruit, moderate bitterness throughout, some restrained malt flavours underlying, dry finish. Lightly carbonated, medium full body. Just awesome an incredible top tier IPA, incredibly drinkable.

 485 characters

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

Had this in 2016-02-06 in Lancaster, PA at Hunger and Thirst

A - Hazy golden orange with a one finger white head

S - Pineapple, dank, very mild pine

T - Similar to smell with some grapefruit fruit flesh. Not very bitter

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Very fresh and juicy. Good stuff indeed.

 304 characters

Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DonFrap!

Pours a very hazy opaque dark almost muddy orange. Two fingers of off white head. Lost of web by lace.

Bright citrus aroma, with some floral hops and touches of pine and sweet bread malts.

Taste is high citrus, ,old grapefruit, some sweet orange, spice, somewhat resinous.

Has a great feel, somewhat light bodies, good mild crisp carbonation, some slickness.

Another great HF IPA, but I think Abner is better still. Yeah, I'm splitting hairs ;)

 468 characters

Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,770 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe