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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194
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1,816
Avg:
4.49
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6.68%
 
 
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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 anteatr23
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy cloudy orange. Medium-sized head. Smells like pine and loads of tropical citrus. Taste is smooth and delicious, plenty of bitterness and citra. Goes down way too easy. Creamy and smooth with a dry pleasant finish. This beer was everything I was hoping for.

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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.

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

Hill Farmstead Susan

Poured into a small 8oz tasting glass at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice white head. There are some nice bright orange hues to the brew as well. The head is nice and sticky and soapy like most of the higher quality IPAs.

Aroma starts off with citrus fruits, amazing tropical fruit notes. Bright and fresh citrus fruit juice with a nice herbal and grassy backbone is present. There are notes of orange and tangerines and some mild grapefruit and nice dry overall hoppy bitterness. These HF brews although seem balanced are all about the hops. The bready malt is there but it isn’t.

Flavor is the same story. Grassy and herbal with nice pine notes. I forget this is a single IPA ‘cuz it is a hop-heads dream. Clean yet dank and piney with tons of citrus notes that are very present but not overwhelming. They just keep making you come back for more. There are some mild tropical fruit notes of mango and papaya but the citrus notes take the lead. Yummy, drinkable and deceiving because it seems like a DIPA. Mouthfeel is great crisp, clean, dry and bitter.

HF IPAs are taking the craft beer scene by storm. I think this one deserves the hype as a strong single IPA that is drinkable and well crafted.

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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

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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 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 SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Need to thank Dr. H for this treat. Poured from 750 growler into my 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very cloudy orange yellow, with a two inch sticky off white head, leaves loads of lacing behind. Smell is heavenly mango, passion fruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Taste is all of that, with a grapefruit finish. Body is thinner than I expected, not overly carbonated, not dry, and very drinkable. This another treasure from one of the great users of citra hops. Vermont can brew IPAs.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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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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.

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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 Phigg1102
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light orange in color, fairly hazy. One finger head that has exceptional retention. Great malt-hop balance in the aroma, a focus on citrusy hops, with hints of pine. The malt aroma is cracker like, slightly bready. The taste is focused more on piney hop character with notes of citrus and berries. Again a cracker-like malt profile, balance is towards the hops in the taste. Rich, smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body and moderate carbonation levels. Edwards sister beer indeed.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed 6/6/15, growler filled at the brewery about 4 hours ago

A: Hazy, medium orange with golden honey - pours with a dense, bright white head, fades to a nearly solid cap, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Bright, fresh citrus, with gigantic floral notes - orange, grapefruit, and ruby red grapefruit flesh - nice tropical aromas, big mango and pineapple - straight-up hops, hop cones, hop pellets - very, very floral

T: It's a Hill Farmstead IPA; very hoppy with an immaculately clean malt base - juicy, fleshy, ripe orange, tangerine, grapefruit - very, very floral - some hints of pine, straight-up hop resin - very nice tropical notes, with mango and pineapple - some stone fruit, peach - tropical fruit juice - medium level of bitterness - clean pale malt base, fresh and refreshing

M: Medium body, very smooth, finishes lightly dry

O: Possibly the quintessential Hill Farmstead IPA

Hill Farmstead makes awesome pale ales. Their APAs, IPAs, and DIPAs have many similarities. It's like a spectrum. And Susan is right in the middle. Very hoppy, but not aggressively so, super clean, and stupidly easy to drink. Awesome stuff.

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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 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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Skrip
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Jester King snifter

A~ cloudy glowing orange with a nice white head

S~ loads of citrus and tons of hops. very tropical

T~ wow it really comes out now. great hop bitterness with all the right tropical fruits. lemon, mango, grapefruit, orange, and even a little kiwi

M~ nice carbonation, smooth as could be and bitter on the back of the throat

O~ really good IPA, this one i could put in my top 5. i had this back to back with Double Galaxy, definitely enjoyed this one a lot more. which is strange usually i would pick a DIPA over a regular IPA, especially in an american style. this is damn good! get it any way you can!

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Photo of nlb802
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at farmhouse on a few occassions. Floral boozy flavor. Seemed light on the malt, heavy on the piney, tropical, spicy flavors. The aftertaste was minimal, little bit of lemon or lime. Nice and dry.

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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 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 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 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 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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