Hill Farmstead Sue: A Farmhouse Pale Ale


This is a carefully considered blend of ales aged in a variety of barrels for nearly a year, developing and evolving into its current manifestation: a complex, lightly tart and delicately hopped farmstead ale.

Final Rating: 4.64/5

look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a hazy bright orange body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave behind chunky foam and thick lacing. Beautiful!

On the nose is a very inviting and unique combination of a sour and an IPA – some aromas that stick out are sour lactic, tart apples, tropical fruits, fresh citrus, some farmhouse funk, and oak.

Wow, lots going on on the tongue. Fruity, citrusy, tropical notes combined with tart citrus and apple, followed by funky, barnyard notes and a light oakyness on the finish. Aftertaste shows some hop presence with resin and pine.

Light, easy to drink, medium-high carbonation. Very enjoyable.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Combines the fruity characteristics of a world class IPA with subtle farmhouse funk and tart lactic character. Seek it out.

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