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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:
186
Ratings:
1,751
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
20.94%
 
 
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Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 1,751
Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer twice on tap, but never from HF directly, so take that with a grain of salt. First time was around 7/24/15 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA and then again on 8/10/15 at Torst in Brooklyn. Both times were pretty consistent in every way, but FWIW, a lot of people that tried it at Torst have agreed that it was much less hazy than they remembered and not nearly as flavorful. It certainly didn't taste off in any way to me, and was still a way above average IPA, but not as amazing as I would have expected from HF (again, having never been to the brewery). I will add that the Edward I had at AA was one of the best beers of the year for me hands down, but Susan just didn't hit that level (though I get the sense that it should and would have if up to quality it normally is/used to be...

Anyway, the beer was still great, so Shaun please don't stop sending barrels down to NYC again like following the RnH incident. Instead, we need some more HF love, especially from the Ancestral series...

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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.

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

First had: on tap at Hill Farmstead. But never rated it, so this is from a recent tasting on tap at TJ's, Ardmore, PA.

Hazy, orange-yellow pour, with a small cap of foamy white head, which settled down from about an inch out of the tap; good retention and moderate lacing. Fresh citrusy hop aroma, lemony, pine needles, all things hoppy and good. An assertive twinge of citrus greeted the palate, lemon and grapefruit pith, lighter tropical and floral notes, with a light, crackery malt base. Light-medium mouthfeel, lower bitterness, moderate carb. Super drinkable, super good.

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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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/08/2012

Thanks! I think this is the second batch.

A: Hazy yellow orange with two fingers of mountainous sea foam. Very cloudy. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S: Bright, fresh fruit redolence: tangerine, spicy grapefruit, orange flesh, mango, and papaya. There's a little sweet malt beneath the layers of hop fragrance, imparting a touch of breadiness.

T: The excellent aroma carries through to the flavor. Waves of fruit hit my palate, and each sip leaves me wanting another. Notes of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit blend with a light tropical fruit presence. Bitterness is at a moderate level and it's very smooth and gentle, lacking any astringency whatever. Smooth bitter fruity hop finish.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: A nice IPA. Smooth and highly drinkable with an excellent aroma.

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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 spacecake9
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I picked up on 6/28 and kept cold on the trip home.
A - Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head.
S - Aroma is very nice citrus with some grass.
T - Flavor is similar to nose, with orange and especially pineapple notes coming thru. Finish is mild, not particularly bitter.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Drank this after Harlan, and it was definitely another rung or 2 up the IPA flavor ladder. Like every HF beer I've tasted, the balance of flavors is really impressive. Great beer.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul for snagging this gem for me.

The beer is fairly hazy and golden hued with a soft white head. The aroma offers hops, tangy citrus, a hint of grapefruit rind. Delicious flavor. A beautiful hop forward beer. Mild bitterness and nary a hint of alcohol. Refreshing and tasty. It was quite effortless to polish off a pint of this.

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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.

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

Poured from a 2 day old 750ml growler.

This stuff is aromatic as all hell: piney, citrus juice, slight tropical fruit, and a whiff of awesome hit me all at once. The pour is a deep golden yellow with a smaller than expected white laced head.

The taste is divine: crisp and tight. Fruity, juicy, and oh so beautifully smooth. It just dances in the mouth and down the throat.

I'm in love. Never had a regular IPA be such a blast. This is real love guys.

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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great citrus and tropical aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
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 oline73
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a goblet.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color. The nose is full of citrus peel bitterness and grassy hops. The flavor is even nicer than the nose. I'm getting citrus peel hop bitterness along with a grassy note here as well. There is just enough light malt behind the hops, gives the beer a pleasant bread like characteristic.. The finish is bitter with a slightly fruity note. The carbonation is smooth with a dry finish.

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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 BigCheese
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My homebrew buddy picked up a 22oz growler of this at the Brewery a week ago.

Pours a cloudy orange/honey, thin creamy white head lasts the whole brew. Leaves some webbing.

The smell is remarkable, super tropical, mango, apricots and peaches come to mind. Maybe papaya, a little bit of piney notes too.

Taste follows nose, lots of kiwi, pineapple, some grapefruit, lemon grass, also some herbal and piney notes. Very sweet citrus tropical fruits. Maybe some clementines. Pretty bitter but also has a nice honey/pie crust malt backbone thats barely present. Pretty complex and quite flavorful. Definitely a lot of citra in here.

Nice smooth sipper, rich creamy full bodied mouthfeel, high carbonation. Medium "drink-ability".

O An Awesome brew, really hope I get to try more hill farmstead, dont find many IPAs like this these days.

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Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Big thanks to Jared for picking this up for me on a recent trek to the brewery.

A - Pours a hazy, fruity juicy looking, pale dirty orange color - almost looks like thin grapefruit juice. A thick two fingers of fluffy and a bit rocky off white foam with good staying power and shape retention. Lingers for a couple of minutes and falls slowly to the surface leaving a small mountain of foam in the middle of the glass and lots of sticky webs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of hoppy good aromas here. I get a big hit of pine up front surrounded by dense grapefruity citrus aromas. Quite resiny and sticky smelling beer...a sharp Riwaka spiciness and a fair amount of sweaty-ness in the hops also. Malt...maybe a touch can be found under all of the fresh hops, but it is a bit of a stretch - hints of sugary sweetness is really all I can pick up here. Great smelling IPA.

T - A bit of sweetness at the base that quickly is overtaken by a mid-level bitterness that is crisp and has a nice linger to it on the tongue. Resiny pine makes the biggest impression on my palate, followed by the sweaty sticky hop flavors. Citrus is well integrated as well although it is lost a bit behind the pine aspects. Rounded out by the herbal and spicy southern hemisphere hop flavors. The pungency of the hop aroma led me to expect a bit more intensity in the hop flavor. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of hop flavor here, but it is surprisingly tame on the palate. It doesn't hit the tongue like a sledgehammer of hops like I expected it would. instead it is rather smooth and a bit gentle allowing a lot of hop complexity to come thru.

M - Carbonation is a bit on the lower side of medium, giving a light tingle on the tongue. Body is also a touch lighter than medium. Sticky body with a wealth of hops complexity - citrus, pine, spice, herbal...great mix.

O - Overall, a very good American IPA. One of the better examples of the style using New Zealand hops. I find that the NZ hops on their own are interesting but just a little bit "off" for me. This has a mix of American and NZ hops that works quite well...super complexity in the hop profile with a wealth of different flavors that play off of each other without any one hop really dominating. Glad to have been able to try this one.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange with a big creamy white head that recedes down to about a finger. Excellent spotty lacing down the glass.

Big tropical fruit presence. I get mostly mango, but a little pineapple as well. Slight peppery spiciness in the background and not a lot of malt.

Lots of tropical fruit including massive mango up front. Just a little bit grainy towards the middle, but almost all hops. Finishes with a grapefruit pith explosion with a little floral character along with other citrus. I love the transition from tropical fruits to grapefruit at the end. Great hop combo.

Medium bodied and very oily. A shade over medium carbonation. As always HF nails mouthfeel.

Haven't looked up exactly what riwaka is, but I will now. There are some great flavors and it complements the known deliciousness of the citra/simcoe combo. Once again Hill Farmstead nails an IPA.

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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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Duane_Opfer
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT. Served in a 12 oz tulip glass. Consumed on 11/1.

A - Light orange in color. Cloudy with a bright white head. No lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S - Extremely fragrant. Orange, pine, pineapple, and fresh hops.

T - Somewhat tart, mandarin/orange, lemon and apricot flavor. More noticeable malt backbone.

M - Creamy with a medium body. Nice tingle throughout mouth. Standard HF quality.

O - Very very good, but preferred Harlan (consumed same evening), although Susan is higher rating. Like all HF products, it is a must try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Michael for the growler. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a slightly-hazy orange color with a full, fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

The nose starts off with some nice bursts of tropical and citrus fruits. As it warms there is a bit more citrus and just a touch of resin. Flavor is stunning, with the perfect bitterness level to complement the hop flavors. Light-medium body and extremely drinkable.

Another hoppy home run from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As far as IPA's go, Susan is about as solid as they come. Appearance is as you would expect from a HF IPA. Golden yellow and hazy. The aroma is of citrus and some light bready malt. Aroma is solid, but doesn't explode out of the glass. Taste is juicy and smooth with very little bitterness. As with most HF beers, the mouthfeel is soft and incredible. Nothing harsh or overwhelming about this beer at all. Just a solid, well crafted, tasty brew!

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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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Susan from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,751 ratings.
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