Susan | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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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1,812
Avg:
4.49
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6.68%
 
 
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyler for this one. 22oz. growler into a Lawson's pint glass.

Pours a .5 finger white, creamy head with good retention. Beer is a cloudy, murky papaya and pale orange. Lacing is patchy and thick with great cling. Real pretty beer considering its unfiltered.

Nose is clean and simple. Grapefruit, hop resin, citrus sweetness, and a mellow grassiness. Moderately aromatic. Nice.

Opens citrus, pine, and cane sugar. Some papaya and other tropical fruits provide a nice malt backbone against a mellow hop bitterness. Finishes citrus and resin with a light sappy hop aftertaste. Really refreshing.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick, smooth and slightly lively in the mouth. Goes down quenching. Slightly messy finish with a moderately dry, sticky aftertaste. Awesome!

This is pretty in line with the rest of the HF pale ale offerings... namely incredibly balanced and drinkable. Really just a well crafted ipa in every sense that showcases each of the hop varities infused into it.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL flip-top growler thanks to yourefragile. Moll is the man! Pours a cloudy orange with a medium, buttermilk head. Good lacing. Complete rings. Nose is jackfruit, dragonfruit, serrano hot pepper, pineapple/peach. Taste is chalky, minerally, a tad powdery. Flavor has some funky rind, cantaloupe, peach/pear juicy sweetness. Finish brings nice mellow bitterness. Palate is ultra soft, fluffy, easy to drink. Quenching, cloud like mouthfeel.

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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.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had 5/1/15 at Nate's house. It was only a 5oz. sample, got notes of citrus fruit inside a deliciously drinkable bitterness. My first and only beer from this highly rated brewery.

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Photo of Damian
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise

Cloudy, dark mustard yellow in appearance. The liquid was topped by a small, eggshell colored crop of froth that fell to a clingy film. Lacy looking patches of foam trickled down the glass.

The aroma was amazingly skunky and dank. Super weed-like. Piney and resiny. Tropical fruit notes were apparent. Definitely some mango and pineapple. Slightly citrusy.

Citrus notes dominated the flavor profile. Lots of tangerine and orange peel. Touch of lemon. Some pine and resin as well. Semi-bitter notes of white grapefruit came through on the finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy and frothy yet thinner bodied for the style. The liquid contained a lively, spritzy effervescence.

Susan is a very solid IPA but definitely not one of Hill Farmstead's better offerings. Even though this beer is all about hops, I cannot help but think that a touch more malts could help improve the mouthfeel and round out the flavor profile.

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Photo of kevanb
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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 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 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.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the brewery on 8-8-13, from a 750ml growler poured into a The Alchemist pint glass.

AP: Nice inviting colour on this one, reminds me of orange or peach marmalade. Fluffy 1.5" head that dwindles down to 1/4". Almost no lacing on the sides when you tilt the glass, so excellent head retention.
AR: A pine and citrus explosion of aromas on the first whiff. Green fresh pine more like the needles than the bark/sap. Citrus is grapefruit, lemon, orange, tangerine. Light toasty crackery grains in the background.
T: I swear the malt base to this has a buttery roll taste to it, like the croissants I bought recently at my local supermarket. I like that as it gives it more depth than just being light grains and crackers playing solely second fiddle to the hops. All the citrus aromas are in the taste as well, very well balanced both among themselves and with the malts. On the taste I get a little more tropical fruit like pineapple and papaya. A nice soft bitter citrus rind finish that lingers for a while. The fruity hops flavours don't come across as what I'd call 'juicy' though.
M: Fairly carbonated, slightly creamy on the palate, finish isn't too dry or puckering, pretty much a clean finish.
OV: A very good beer for certain, just not quite World Class to me. It's very good, but it didn't blow me away. Now, that's not a bad thing and I'm not disappointed in any way. If I could get my hands on a beer like this whenever I wanted then it would be in my regular rotation to drink. I'm glad I got this and tried it.

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Photo of Etan
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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.

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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 inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler
Filled 1/19/13 (drank at 2 weeks)

A: Pours out the typical HF hazy bright yellow orange color. Still some carbonation after nearly two weeks, I love it! Bright white head with tight tiny bubbles. Leaves some sticky lacing bits on the glass.

S: On the nose, got lots of citrus fruits. Really light on the malt bill. Citrus and some pine notes.

T: Taste follows the nose. Really awesome fruity, citrus and pine IPA. Low on the malt bill, but still some what balance on the palate. Not overly bitter, but you do get that hit right up front on the touch. The finish is dry with some lingering hoppy flavors.

M: Medium bodied.

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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 TWStandley
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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 mtomlins
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler.

Pours a cloudy hay color with a nice big foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Big hop nose and flavor profile with lots of citrus and citrus rind, grapefruit and tropical notes. Nice toasted malts in the background. Smooth, light and lively on the palate. Fantastic.

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Photo of lic217
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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.

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Photo of zonker17
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Completely hazed golden with dense white head, strong lacing. Tropical nose mainly pineapple, other berries maybe. Taste is bitter, not much malt presence, grapefruit juice in an ale. Mouth coating resiny feel with below average body and carbonation.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hill Farmstead makes terrific beers. Susan is no exception. Juicy, dank, citrusy IPA with a bitter dry finish. Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey. World class offering as usual!

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Photo of SABERG
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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 starrdogg
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 Gfunk720
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour out of my HFS glass. Just a few days old now.

A- A bright orangey mango color with a healthy white head. It's pretty murky and hazy, but still has a nice glow to it. It almost looks like some fruit juice of sorts.

S- Sweet hops and pineapple. Scents of mango and tangerine are also present. The smell is not terribly piney, but still has incredible depth. Not terribly strong, but what I'd expect from an IPA.

T- Extremely smooth at first, with a very nice blend of goodness that follows. A nice balance of citrus and sweet fruitiness. I get lots of tangerine and pineapple, with hints of hop pine. Finishes with a crisp dry hoppy finish, and a lemon hoppy aftertaste.

M- As always, spot on. Higher carbonation, but suits the style.

O- Overall, another solid IPA from Hill Farmstead. I definitely can see that this utilizes some of their different hop varieties, as it is a very interesting blend of sweet hoppiness with some bold dry flavor. It's a little dry to rank too high up on my list, but I would never complain about drinking this.

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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,812 ratings.
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