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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow hold. Looks like almost every other Hill Farmstead pale ale. Head is white, fluffy, and dense. Drops to a few clumps of a cap with a small creamy collar. Sheets and splotches of lacing.

Smell: Pine and some tropical notes. Touches of tangerine. Hill Farmstead yeast and water add a very soft earthiness. Malt backbone is ever so slightly bready with some pale malt sweetness as well. Lots of pine sap and grapefruit. Bitter. Floral. Woody. Slightly sweet. Warming adds a little bit of mango and peach. Some hop spiciness as well.

Taste: Bitter pine. Loaded with tropical fruit. Mango, peach, tangerine, it's all there. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with some bread dough. Pale malts add a little bit of sweetness. Bitter. Tons of pine needle. Grapefruit pith and oil. Juicy. Super floral. Bitter and sweet. A hint of lime in the back. Some leafy hops as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to almost light carbonation. A touch of astringency. Juicy initial sip.

Overall: A classy lady.

It's obviously good. This hop profile is better than most.

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Photo of brystmar
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger for VSK.

Slightly cloudy, golden body below the creamy head. Good lace, though not as sticky as other HF IPAs. Aroma like WHOA! Smells like I hollowed out a grapefruit and stuck my head inside. Fresh hops and citrus galore.

Unfortunately, the taste reminds me why I generally dislike Single IPAs: too much hop bite for my palate. Lacks the fruity magic from the nose, and the (very few) Single IPAs I enjoy possess this in spades. Can still tell this is a well-crafted brew; it's just not for me.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at 3 penny

A- hazy golden orange color with a light, wispy froth of white head

S- everything pops, grapefruit initially, with waves of tangerine, pummelo,

T- some light breast malt takes a back seat to a citrus explosion, a little grapefruit bitter then goes into tangerine citrus sweet, delicious

M- crisp mouthfeel, light body

O- dangerously drinkable, fantastic choppy IPA

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler gives a great pop and fills the glass with a golden body and a long lasting lacy white head.

Bright fruity citrus and pine battle it out above a soft bready malt presence. Orange, grapefruit, mango.

Simcoe flavors seem dominating to me. Pine, earth, grapefruit, then some tropical mango edge to it.

Medium bodied, carbonated and bittered. One of the better mouth feels on a IPA I've had. Ends dry.

Imminently drinkable. One of the best single IPAs out right now.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my brand new Hill Farmstead stemware. Thanks for the amazing box, Dave!

Pours light and carbonated. Contains the signature HF glow, which I surmise is caused by highly addictive drugs. Very beautiful brew.

Smells huge! Wow. Packs a punch for a single IPA. Smells bigger than most IIPAs I've had in the past, including Abner. Its citrusy (grapefruit) and piney.

Taste is not as big as the smell, but it is fantastic. The beer is pretty damn bitter with resin lingering on the tongue. I actually think the 'single' aspect to this IPA is what accentuates the hops. There is no where for them to hide, so you get a little bit of a smack in the face. Again, a lot of grapefruit with a piney bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel... Well, it's HF, so pretty much perfect. Super creamy and full bodied. Also very carbonated, but in a unique way. It's almost like the carbonation is more evenly distributed than most beers. Carbonation is never harsh with HF. The head is always big but extra fluffy. Water? Yeast? Maybe it's magic.

Overall, on the single ipa curve, this one takes the cake so far. I honestly can't think of anything better. Furious is ok, two hearted is good, blind pig is great, but this is fantastic. Cheers to Susan!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jfmamj for hooking me up with this one.

Beer pours a hazy golden-orange with a moderate white head - looks like most other HF IPAs. Smell is a very nice citrus-forward aroma with a bit of grassiness, impressive, but I'm not sure it's quite up to the level of some of the best hoppy HF beers, it's not overpowering like I usually expect from these guys. Flavor takes it up a notch - this blend of hops, likely due to the Riwaka, gives it a pretty unique flavor profile, it's very citrusy up front and has a flavor I can't quite put my finger on (likely the Riwaka hop, which I haven't had much of). Finish is orange peel-y bitter. The beer isn't as big and hoppy as most of the HF IPAs are, particularly in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is another great beer from Hill Farmstead, but I think the fact that it's a single IPA instead of a DIPA keeps it from being a smash hit, as the flavor doesn't get as big as I'd hoped. That said, another well done, hoppy beer from HF.

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Photo of scotorum
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery last weekend 5/16. Poured from the 750ml growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.

a: Cloudy gold with an uneven bubbly surface foam wnich receded to a small patch of surface foam and extensive spotty lacing.

s: Moderate citrus. Notes strangely similar to RAID bug killer emerge a bit later.

t: A flavor initially closer to pear than citrus, medium hop bite, slight lingering bitterness on a very dry finish. Later citrus and pine come to dominate the flavor.

m: Light to medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: An eminently drinkable IPA, except for the weird aroma that develops.

UPDATE 7/12/15: Opened a 68 oz. growler tonight and had a couple of glasses. No odd aromas or flavors, just a great balance of citrus/piney hops and bready malt, highly drinkable and refreshing on a hot summer's day. Appearance also improved, with an inch thick white head which took some time to dissipate. Also very good body, almost like a different beer from the one I had from the 750 ml. Raising my ratings accordingly to a: 4.5, s: 4.0, m: 4.25.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as approximately 2 weeks old via trade. Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish color with exceptional lacing. The Riwaka hops must be what I'm smelling as it's unique (but pleasant) to the nose - a juicy IPA no doubt. This is really a fantastic American IPA and provided a wonderful drinking experience overall. Balanced and delicate fruitiness throughout, subtle dryness on the end.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into my Urthel glass. Split with my brother.

Appeared a hazy, orange/goldish color with a robust white head.

Smelled of grapefruit and citrus, as well as some honey.

Taste is delicious - very refrehsing. Some lemon and earthy tones detected. Alcohol non existent.

Mouthfeel was spot on, just the right amount of carb, nice tartness and malts to back the hops.

Overall a delicious IPA. Not the greatest ever but definitely nice.

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Photo of Etan
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Roscoe Village Pub, in conjunction with WLV for Zwanze 2012.

A: Bright yellow body, nice white head.

S: Fresh grapefruit juice and mango in the nose. Some mild herbal notes and light pale malt behind.

T. Drier than the nose, but still with a good balance of juicy vs. dry/bitter. Pithy orange, dry grass, sweet bready finish. Plenty of citrus and tropical notes to keep things interesting.

M. Light-bodied with bright carbonation.

O. Very good IPA, but that's not too surprising considering who we're dealing with.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange body, short white head, and extensive lacing.

S - Huge orange and grapefruit nose, citrus hop esters galore, along with big pine complements. If juicy IPAs are your thing, this is exactly how you want your IPA to smell. As it warms, some of the Citra and Simcoe dankness comes forward, but it is never off-putting.

T - The nose, but more restrained, with a more subtle juice element pairing with definite resin and pine elements. The middle introduces the malt backbone. Most IPAs that deliver huge hop fronts close superbly bitter, but while there is a definite bitter turn, here it is more balanced, keeping the fruitiness and bright notes throughout. Which is one neat trick.

M - Very bright and carbonated. The close has some subtle drying, but nothing out of character for an IPA.

O - This straight ahead IPA is big and fun, delicious and bright. Susan is a top notch IPA, and it is a testament to the careful craft of this beer that it manages it all without falling for any of the major traps that trip up even the better brewers working with these hops and profiles.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy, yellow golden perfection. A beautiful fingers worth of white head. Some wonderful lacing left along the way.

S: A lot of citrus notes. Grafefruit, orange, mango. Real nice.

T: Follows the nose along with some pine on the back end. Quite bitter.

F: Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

O: An excellent beer. I had more than one.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had a fair number of HF IPAs at this point and this is my favorite so far. Though to be honest I like I well balanced IPA.

Citrus hop flavor with a nice sweet malt background and insanely drinkable. Yet another reason I wished Vermont would deliver.

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Photo of kevanb
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

The beer pours a really lovely copper honey color, hues of gold and light amber, very cloudy complexion. A nice finger and a half of white soapy heady appears and has good retention, lots of film atop the beer after the head has completely receded and wonderful soapy lacing survives the entire session. The aroma is spectacular, bright and vibrant notes of grapefruit and pineapple, floral notes of a fresh bouquet of wildflowers are very dominant as well, light earthy pine is there as well with a healthy amount of pale cereal malt. I could stick my nose in this beer forever, the balance is wonderful and the brightness is really special. The flavors are nice but fall a bit flat compared to the nose, grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine are all present with the same kick of fresh wildflower and lemongrass, the earthiness take over at the finish with bitter dirty pine and grassy weeds and some stronger sweeter malt than the nose suggested. Susan is full bodied, lower on the spectrum of carbonation but still lively and appropriate for the style and has a nice dry bitter finish that leaves a bit of a cottonmouth sensation behind.

Verdict: A really wonderful IPA from Hill Farmstead and another triumph in their hoppy arsenal. The aroma is really something to behold, a truly delightful beer to savor and enjoy.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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 lovindahops
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HF Susan, my first growler from our trip to the brewery yesterday. I am excited to try the application of New Zealond hops in this

A- Susan pours a gorgeous mango orange fill with highly anticipate hazy color. A creamy white head of foam rises only to slowly subside leaving lacing everywhere. It's a sticky as possible it can be towards the edges

S- A plethora of citrus and tropical fruit tones burst out of the glass. Some sweet malt is present along with a pepper like presence. Susan is very lively and floral and that is exactly how I like ipas. Even a slight pine scent at the end just to round it off

T- an onslaught of tropical fruit, pineapple, and lemon zest wax my taste buds in the form of a green mountain avalanche. While the hoppiness is out of this world, a sweet malt undertone coates the palate with some of the aforementioned pepper tone. This is the real deal for an India pale ales taste profile. Hoppy as can be with emphasis on citrus and bitter characteristics as well

M- carbonation, smoothness, coating flavor that has the perfect feel. Sticky on the palate and delicious aftertaste

O- so it is now a fact for me. For ipas only, Susan passes Flower power as the best ipa I have ever had. The riwaka hops combined with simcoe and citra (and topped off with shaun's brewing style) created a citric hop bomb of mouth watering flavor. I really enjoyed this and wish I had easier access to it

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Photo of Gatch
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day.

Finishing the day with this after several sours. Another huuuugely fragrant and flavorful IPA from the talented brewers at HF. Beautiful, cloudy, golden color with a massive frothy, sticky, white head with tons of lace and pillows of foam lingering on top. Explosion of floral and fruity hops. NZ hops are unique so the Riwaka stand out but all three are easily discernible. Glad I got to try a beer with the elusive Riwaka. Sticky resin, pine, cedar, earth, wood, a few varieties of citrus...very complex but all hops at the same time. Like all of their beers it's way too smooth and easy to drink. Seriously. Such a creamy, full body. Every mouthful brings a smile. The flavors are so big and the hops are so intense. This beer is transcendent. I can't believe it's this good. I'm sorry, but I'm giving it a 5!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler thanks to Gosox8787, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Complete hazy deep orange body. Perhaps the haziest Hill Farmstead IPA/DIPA I've had yet. Really nice white, fluffy, thick head. Head hangs around for quite a while, and provides really nice sticky lacing. Another beautiful beer.

Smell: Comes right out of the gate with juicy mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. A really nice citrus zest as well. Some pepper. A light bready malt comes in, but finishes with obvious pineapple.

Taste: Follows the nose on point. A ton of grapefruit and mangos. A really nice white pepper comes in from the citra. Sweetness is nice, but not too big, a little heavier than biscuity. A light resin comes in and it finishes with clean citrus juiciness.

Mouthfeel: Astonishingly juicy. More so than Abner in my opinion. Not quite S&S#5 level, but a more medium body than it. Bitterness is more of a supplement than really there. Fantastic.

Overall: Another absolute winner from Shaun Hill. Love the combo of these hops. Maybe could've done without Simcoe, but that's really nitpicking as much as I can.

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Photo of Treebs
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Zwanze Day, 2012. Served in a my Zwanze taster.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a frothy off white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick ring and leaves some soapy lace down the glass.

S: Very fruit forward nose. Very intoxicating mix of peach, pineapple, apricot and stone fruit. slightly grassy with a sweet biscuit malt backbone.

T: The malt base is a little heavier in the taste. Biscuit and toffee with sweet bursts of pineapple and peach.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice medium-high carbonation level. Fruity and sweet flavors left on the palate.

O: High drinkable with a great fruit forward nose and taste. Definitely enjoyed this one!

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Photo of jhartley
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a HF growler to a long stemmed wine glass.

Cloudy and hazy body with about a finger width head. Almost looks like a combination of orange and mango juice.

Tastes of citrus: orange and lemon and hops. A nice sweetness on the end from the malts. Nicely balanced.

Not a lot of carbonation, and by the end their wasn't much left coming out of the growler. Really lets the hops and malts shine.

Overall a really great IPA! Very well done!

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great ipa from Hill farmstead. Super fruity with a nice bitterness and just a touch of malt to balance out at the end. Great mouthfeel and carb for a very drinkable ipa. I could crush this all day long .

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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 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 SABERG
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh growler into a modified tulip glass.

A - Hazy, dank, grapefruit orange, rugged froth cap, lacing for the entire time. Gentle dance of carbonation on the perimeter.
S - Mango, passion fruit, calla lily. A hint orange rime. Tropical all the way.
T - Mirrors the nose, lots of tropical fruit, with a fine malt dance. Not bitter in the least. A striking balance. At 6% there ins nothing to hide here. Fantastic body. Sorry Susan
M - Medium bodied, fabulous coating across the palate. No big sweep of oil, and a rich finish.
Does not finish bone dry. Delightful.
O - This IPA is just about perfect, bucks the trend of over the top hop monsters.
Achieves a delicate dance and a long backwards glance. This is worth every effort to taste.

Cheers

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Photo of standardcherry
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Lawson's snifter.

A: Hazy, orange/golden color with a nice white head. Looks creamy.
S: Wonderful citrus/tropical smells with a hint of grassiness at the end.
T: Taste is not as intense as the smell. Amazing citrus(grapefruit) and mango taste. A little floral too.
M: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Creamy/oily mouthfeel.
O: Another home run from Hill Farmstead! Delicious hop profile.

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4.48 out of 5 based on 1,686 ratings.
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