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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
1,746
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
20.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 1,746
Photo of thebeers
3.95/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of dgmirelli
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

will need to give this another try, had it after Other Half IPA and it was too light on carbonation and feel in comparison. Look was hazy light yellow-orange color, smell was subtle not much citrus, taste enjoyable with lingering aftertaste on back of flavor, Feel lightly carbonated light to medium mouth feel. Overall a solid beer, as I said earlier need to give it a try on its own.

Had another- a significantly different beer than the first, not sure of the reason for the change but this thing was great, citrus, grapefruit and pineapple abound!!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Resiny with light, sweet cracker malt. Grapefruit pith, earthy twig; underlying a peppery and sweek mint. Tangerine, passionfruit, stonefruit. Great flavor that echoes the pine and grapefruit aroma. Bright feel, medium bodied on the edge of creamy. Some alcoholic phenols sneak their way in--delightfully so. Fast and active carbonation on pour, hazy but brought orange.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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 jcflorian
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- hazy light orange color.
Smell- subtle dankness, distant pine.
Taste- this is where Susan shines. Very enjoyable with lingering bitterness at back end.
Feel- lightly carbonated, light to medium mouthfeel.
Overall- liked this beer a lot. Grew on me the more I drank.

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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.

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

L - golden, completely opaque (a good sign), head is small but sticks around and leaves lots of lacing

S - dank, hint of onion, passion fruit

T - orange, dank, tropical, a little bitterness on the end, but overall not very bitter, medium sweetness, not too malty

F - smooth, no alcohol noticeable, medium to low carbonation

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

Untouchable beer.
L:Signature NE IPA cloudy appearance. Thick frothy white head, very cloud like and silky in texture. Leaves a nice head. Color is a brilliant orange.
S: Very citrusy with notes of tropical fruit and sweet malt, maybe a touch of floral hops found in German beers
T: Once again, tropical citrus flavors, a little peppery and floral notes, also a touch of honey and mango. Aftertaste brings home a subtle hop bitterness, with just enough bite
F: Untouchable, like drinking liquid clouds. Very frothy, full mouthfeel. Creamy with a medium carbonation and a bite from the bitterness. So balanced
O: Glad I finally got to try this, one of my favorite beers to date.

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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.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The only down side of this beer was the look, very cloudy, I think that is a flaw for this style. The nose was almost prefect, it was like smelling hops fresh on the bine. Tropical fruits dominated, but there was a good biscuit smell from the malt. The taste was even better than the nose, piney, then black pepper spice, then mango, and then there was a real hop bitterness. The hop overload(in a good way) was then washed away by the residual sugars from the malt. The mouthfeel was a bit too heavy, but I am not sure how you can carry that much flavor with anything lighter. Overall a great beer, seek it out and you won't be disappointed.

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

On tap at Ambulance brew house, into a snifter.

Fantastic beer, I might have rated it a 5 if I had it once it warmed up a little, but it was too good to wait. Signature HF mouth feel, perfect.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12/22/15 - On tap at TRIA in Philly. Served in their signature "T" tall stemmed tulip glass. Somewhat cloudy and straw-blonde color. Not too much head. Great hoppy taste with little bite and a nice consistent aftertaste. Refreshingly good. I'll have another just to be sure.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all around great IPA! I'm so impressed by the big juicy hops aroma of this one which seems to be a staple and a quality common to these great Vermont IPAs. Hoppy but not overpowering. Lots of grapefruit rind in the taste and some clean mineral waters. Big dry palate. Smooth.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can look at and smell this beer for days. A true delight, like every other HF IPA. Excellent hop aroma and hazy pour. Taste is hop forward, clean finish. One of my favorite IPAs.

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

Got to try some from a day old growler at a share.

Everything you have heard about HF IPAs, slightly turbid appearance, hop forward nose and solid balanced flavor. Very drinkable and would like to try it again!

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into speiglue glass from 2L growler filled 10/17. This is a beyond excellent flagship IPA from HF and one of the better beers I've had from that brewery.

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

On tap at BBD's in Rocky Point, NY; pours hazy yellow gold color with a big foamy 2 finger snow white head that stuck around forever and left incredible lacing and a foamy iceberg floating on top that swirled around after each sip.

Smell and flavor are both top notch, pretty close to perfect with fresh citrus fruit/citrus hops, grapefruit and lemon zest, grassy notes, piney hops and a malty, graham cracker background to make it balanced and masterfully constructed. Real mild bitterness, it was a pleasure to take down each sip, which was simple and yet complex all at once.

Incredibly easy to drink, an outstanding IPA as it was so tasty and refreshing at the same time that it seemed like a session IPA. Seek this out, it's that damn good.

4/15/2016-Had this again on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY, and it was fantastic. Very fresh and hoppy smelling, but not over the top; extremely tasty with the perfect amount of bitterness and a ton of hoppy citris notes to completely hide the ABV and flow down effortlessly. Even better the 2nd time around.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at some joint in Waterbury.

Hazy orange color with a 1f white head. Some lacing. active rising carbonation.

Orange color leads to a citrus aroma of...oranges, as well as grapefruit and pine oil . Lots of citrus and some pale-ish malts.

Mostly malt forward flavor with citrus hop taste also. Piney.

Smooth feel with good carbonation. Hop tang, not too bitter.

Tasty and drinkable., quite refreshing as well. Not dank.

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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 Mikefriedman90
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color without much head. Very drinkable and well hopped. Snagged this gem at john Browns smokehouse in LIC queens. Definitely would get it again

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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 kculrich
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2L growler filled this morning, into a cool nonic. A: Nearly-opaque, mango coloured, a thick cap of fluffy suds that lasts and lasts. S: Tropical fruits, herbs and, faintly, sweet biscuit. T: Sticky fruits and sweet buns, herbs and a faint mineral tang. Hops up front overlaying a lightly sweet malty body, easy bitterness lingers long after the last sip. F: Creamy, chewy, absolutely perfect amount of carbonation. O: Probably as great as any beer at this abv range I've ever met. Drinks so tasty, smooth and easy it had ought to carry a warning label.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Didn't know what I had until I tried some draft at HF recently. Couldn't wait to fill a growler and opened it tonight and am just freekn' savoring one of the best beers I've ever had. I honestly don't feel that I have the sophistication that others have when reviewing beers because I almost 69 and age makes a difference. I just know what I know and this is amazingly fun, tasty, complex but not so anything overpowers anything of the ingredients. Love it. Gonna be back in mid Oct and I can only hope they have this in a bottle.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

holy crapp talk about a beautifully crafted beer - its a juice bomb with massive tangerine orange, but its also one of the most perfectly balanced, delicate & drinkable IPAs ive tried. drink this is you see it!!

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Photo of tregan_20
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly poured at the Hill Farmstead brewery in VT. The appearance was almost like a grapefruit juice, but not as hazy, with a thick, one-finger head. The smell was amazing with lots of citrus aromas coupled with some pine and grapefruit in there. The taste on the palate was of sticky-hop flavors, with layers of citrus and somewhat herbal. It starts with sweetness that ends with a decent amount of crisp bitterness. Overall, this is a great offering from Hill Farmstead and a good rendition of an American IPA utilizing New Zealand hops. If you haven't already, definitely check out not only this beer but the brewery as well; awesome place, cheers!

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,746 ratings.
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