Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 6.78%
Wants: 319
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jlindros on 07-08-2012

Our experimental Double IPA experience continues. Hybrid Imperial IPA... Think Double Citra Meets Double Galaxy.
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Ratings: 652 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by BearsOnAcid:
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow body with a sticky white head.

A big dank, stinky hop aroma. Melon, grass, and tropical fruits.

The beer is straight up dank as hell. Resinous and fiendishly bitter but exploding with passion fruit, fresh cut grass, and lemon rind.

Still, it attains a high level of drinkability with all that going on.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden orange.

The aroma smacks of lots of peach, citrus peel, a Sunny Delight citrus sweet tropical.

The flavor follows with citrus peel again, more tropical of peach, mango, with a slightly sugary bready malt. The sugary sweetness is balanced by that tropical and citrus flavor with those juicy flavors throughout.

My new favorite beer from Hill Farmstead, beating S&S #6 and Abner. This beer stands next to Double Sunshine as my favorite DIPA, or beer ever.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the farmhouse poured into a tulip. My first review in a while, but this was stand out enough to make male the effort.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a small white head and some nice thin lacing. Nose is fruity, citrus, and a bit piney.

Taste is bitter, but well balanced, very chewy and creamy with a nice full hop character- fruity and rich on the start and bitter and sweet on the finish. Excellent.

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for sharing this with me, corregidore!

Hazy yellow and light golden with a moderately sized near-white head eventually leaving lines and spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Pretty.

There's a huge assortment of citrus/fruity hop elements in this: grapefruit, mango, nectarine, and orange; sensing a theme? There's enough bread/biscuit to backbone this nicely.

The flavor is similar to the aroma as the citrus and bright fruit/hop notes stand out, though balanced nicely enough by biscuit and mild caramel. Moderate bitterness; remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

My favorite on a night that included many fine beers.

Photo of hagbergl
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I made the pilgrimage to the Hill Farmstead Brewery in early August and picked up a 2 liter growler of this particularly fruity Imperial IPA brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops. Why 2 liters? Let's just say I couldn't resist. Beer was poured from the growler into my St. Bernardus chalice. Review is from notes.

Appearance (5/5): A medium strength pour from the growler produces a luxuriant 2 finger, white head of foam that sits atop a body of opaque, peach orange colored beer. A significant amount of sticky lacing lines the sides of the glass. This is one of the most picturesque IPAs I have seen: it has the signature HF peach orange hue and opaqueness due to its being unfiltered and demonstrates ample head and lacing. Everything you want to see in a beer, nothing less.

Smell (5/5): Notes of pineapple, tropical fruit, some pine. There is a distinct earthiness to the S & S #4's aroma that I really like. There are faint hints of malt that push back, albeit gently and, ultimately, ineffectually against the tidal wave of fruity hop aromas.

Taste (5/5): The first thing anyone notices about this IPA is the absurd level of fruitiness going on: mango, pineapple, orange, passion fruit, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. A little piney flavor is worked in there as well. The bitterness is medium-ish, to put it technically; hop astringence is less prevalent than hop sweetness and fruitiness. S & S's bitterness grows as you consume and the hop oils saturate the tongue, however. A nice biscuity malt provides a nice bit of token resistance. Minimal alcohol presence in the back does not distract at all from the wonderful hop flavor experience. Legit perfection here.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Society and Solitude #4 has a medium body and good medium-light carbonation. This is a very smooth beer. Unlike many IPA's, this one doesn't have much prickliness to it. It is highly drinkable and never feels thick or cloying because of body, poor carbonation problems, or resinous-ness.

Overall (5/5): Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #4 is, simply put, incredible beer and is one of my favorite Imperial IPAs. It is a beautiful, exceptionally fruity, mildly bitter, and immensely drinkable beer that begs to be had fresh. Whenever you see it on tap or at the brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT, make sure to snag some. I hope all you hop-lovers enjoy it as much as I did.

Photo of tastybeer
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Glowing golden yellow-orange. Creamy head is large n in charge. Spotty lace and a good 1/4" retention once the head fades.

S: Very fresh and clean aroma. Lots of clarity. Peach, juicy bright berries, pineapple, apple, tangerine, mango, fresh doughy malt. Wow. Super crisp and happy.

T: Also high on the awesome scale. Sooo juicy and clean. So happy. After a few beers from this brewery I'm noticing a pattern. Clean and juicy. Dank, fresh, very well blended, very delicate. Fruit, fruit, fruit, floral, pine, and grain. Extremely drinkable, and just the kind of double IPA I like. Not too heavy feeling but big nonetheless.

M: Fluid and smooth. A touch resiny with fine carbonation that is worked in so well that you forget about it. This I'd juice meets beer, and I mean that in a 'it's awesome' kind of way.

O: Excellent.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks LambicKing!
Pours a fairly hazy peach color with a great fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

Lovely nose full of tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot, mango and citrus peels.

Flavor is fantastic. Amazing light citrus. Fantastically balanced with a slightly fruity sweetness up front and finishing with a lovely citrussy and mildly bitter hop back end.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal. So light and crisp. So good on this un-godly hot CA summer day.

Overall, God I wish HF was in CA. I've had this and Abner as far as their ipas and both are just phenomenal!

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back Pub. A dirty blonde with a heavy dose of hops.A bit boozy in the finish. Decent to try,grassy,pine, fruity, a good use of citra without the cat pee effect.Fuller mouthfeel.Well malted, tokeep acidic edge away.An interesting beer.

Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, frothy snow-white head. Retention is good, and very nice long lines of lacing persist. Brew is a pulpy, almost completely opaque light orange color.

Peppery hop notes first greet my nose (similar to NZ hop varietals), carrying tropical and light citrus notes as well. There is a sweet but understated malt presence; very much there, but not allowing itself to upstage the hops.

Flavor indeed follows the nose: very soft and subtle tropical fruits, peppery spice, and a long, muted citrus peel finish. Just a tiny hint of dankness at the end. Malt balance throughout is soft, creamy, and superb; very light biscuit and bread. Brew is intensely bitter, but incredibly approachable despite.

Long, long finish; very lively, with no sting; minimal foaming; juicy. I think medium is right about on for feel, with a huge, juicy, sticky lingering finish. The bitterness really cleanses your mouth on the finish, leaving you begging the next sip. Absolutely no hint of alcohol.

This reminds me of all the rare, sought-after new-hop-varietal big DIPAs made on the West coast, but with the soft, creamy mouthfeel that, to me, makes HF special. Fruity and peppery hops are showcased, somehow both bold and upfront, yet subtle and balanced with the malts.

Yet another superb beer. My favorite S&S? I'm thinking no, but absolutely delicious, nonetheless.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Positive Pie. Served out of a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a .5 finger white head which dissipated quickly. Spotty lace with good stick. Beer is cloudy honey. Clarity hurts, but solid on all other fronts.

Nose is honey, citrus, sap hop bitterness, papaya, peach, and other tropical fruit. Moderately aromatic. Very good.

Opens citrus sweetness. Papaya, tree sap hoppiness packs a bitter punch that's balanced out by a tropical fruit malt body that emerges towards the middle. Citrus comes out even more towards the end. Finishes with a hop creaminess that fades into a bitter aftertaste. Perfect.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Abrasive and lively in the mouth and smooth going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Complements the flavor profile amazingly.

Another outstanding hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead. Solid if not near perfect on all fronts.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler poured into a Kate the Great snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange. Small white head. Light, but almost contiguous layer of foam remains atop the beer. Surprisingly leggy as I swirl it.

Smell - A two-faced smell. First aroma is a gigantic pineapple and mango flavor. Almost like there's mango juice in it. Sweet smelling. Behind it is a distinct grapefruit pungency. Almost as if there are two glasses of beer in front of me and I'm smelling both at the same time.

Taste - The flavor lacks a bit of the depth the aroma has. The flavors blend better, but they are also a touch diminished. The grapefruit is more dominant than the tropical fruits and the grapefruit becomes much more dominant in the finish. Builds to a strong bitter grapefruit finish.

Mouthfeel - Low-ish carbonation. Probably due to the growler. Medium body. The bitterness is extreme, though, much like Society & Solitude #3. Like chewing on a grapefruit in the end.

Overall - Everything is great except the finish. Still an extremely enjoyable IPA. Maybe not something I could drink 5 of like Heady, but still excellent. Please continue these hop experiments, Mr. Hill, but cut back on those bittering hops, please!

Photo of Kinsman
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with a nice bright white head. Aroma is fairly tropical with notes of mango and pineapple alongside a healthy dose of citrus zest. A light amount of malt notes in there as well.

Citrus notes dominate the palate with a nice array of grapefruit and orange. Bitterness is there to give a little kick but does not abuse your tastebuds like many DIPAs do. Finding this to be rather sweet with just enough malt backbone to help round things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice lively carbonation. Overall, S&S #4 truly is a top notch DIPA that really shows how some of these newer hops like citra can be used.

Photo of MaxSpang
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml growler into a Founders tulip. Thanks to Cam (UrbanCaver) for hooking me up!

APPEARANCE

Let's face it, IPAs almost always look sexy. This beer is no exception. It's a hazy orange juice color and sits under a rather large slightly off-white head. It had beautiful lacing throughout the (too short) drinking session. This is the kind of beer that would make even the most prude chap get all hot and bothered.

SMELL

This beer filled the room with hoppy goodness when I opened the flip top. Tons of Citra yumminess, which brings tropical fruits like pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. The Galaxy brings passion fruit and more citrus. There is a bit of a grape-like aroma as well. For being 8%, there's no alcohol to be found on the nose. This. Beer. Smells. Great.

TASTE

This is bonkers. It seriously tastes like a blend of freshly squeezed grapefruit and orange juice. I almost expect a little pulp while drinking this. There is a very good amount of tropical fruit character, like mango, a lot of pineapple, blood orange, etc. It's not as bitter as other IPAs I've had. Usually, when an IPA isn't bitter I get disappointed, but in this beer I don't miss it at all. It actually tastes less bitter than grapefruit juice while leaving all of the wonderful sweet fruit flavor. No alcohol to be found in this fella. The only negative thing I have to say about this beer is that there is the absolute SLIGHTEST dank/grassy flavor, but that's only because I drank my Haterade earlier. Overall, the Citra and Galazy are playing together so wonderfully in this beer you'd think they were soul mates.

MOUTHFEEL

Slightly under carbonated, which I can probably attribute to the 830+ mile trip that this beer had to undergo in the growler. That being said, this beer still has a wonderful mouthfeel. There's just enough residual sugar to keep this beer from going down exactly like water but is by NO means a struggle to drink. The body is medium-light, which is just about perfect for an IPA. There is a tiny bit of hop resin that lingers after the swallow, and it feels more like a grapefruit pith. Yum!

OVERALL

Hill Farmstead has been gaining a ton of respect lately, and beers like this are the reason for it. This is stupidly delicious and a triumph of brewing. I don't want to sit here and fan the flames of all the Hill Farmstead hype, but in my experience they totally deserve it. For me, the amazing thing about this beer is that it has the one thing that I don't like about Imperial IPAs - it's sweet, not bitter. I generally don't like IPAs unless they are tongue-splitting bitter. But this beer makes a fool out of me, and proves that you don't need an IPA that destroys your taste buds to be amazing. Whatever they are doing at Hill Farmstead they're doing right.

Cheers.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml growler purchased from the brewery 6 days ago. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip glass.

A - Completely cloudy medium yellow with some orange in the middle of the glass. A thin layer of white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass. Some spotty lacing.

S - Massive grapefruit aroma up front with some peach, mango and a touch of pine. A mild malt sweetness is present as well. Very juicy and fresh nose.

T - A sharp bitterness up front that is assertive without being palate-wrecking. Grapefruit, peach and passion fruit flavours are dominant with some lighter mango notes. A fairly sweet malt backbone provides a good balance, more so than the nose indicated. As I continue to drink this one, the galaxy hops come to the forefront more so than the citra.

M - Medium body with a really big chew. The amazing and typical HF dryness is present. Full of tongue-coating hop oils.

O - Another great effort from HF.

Photo of nataku00
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 750 ml growler poured into a tulip glass about two weeks after the growler was filled. Beer pours a hazy orange color, nothing visible through it, with a finger of soft frothy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving heavy lacing on the edge of the glass, to a collar of frothy bubbles. Really nice lacing.

Nose orange fruit and peel, mango, pineapple, pine, dank herbal and grassy hops, and light caramel sweetness.

Taking a sip, citrus peel bitterness, orange and grapefruit, and sweeter hops, orange, mango and pineapple. Mid tongue, more dank pine and herbal flavors dominate with continuing light sweet hops and a bit of caramel malt to help balance the bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering citrus and dank herbal and pine flavors.

Light to medium body, with plenty of carbonation despite the growler fill, light and zesty bubbles. My first HF DIPA and it's very very good.

Photo of smakawhat
4.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler taken from brewery in less than 18 hour period poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A slight dull lemony yellow body, but some nice faint green hues here also ever so slight. Opaque. Easily one to two finger rich creamy white and merringue head, thick clumps of lacing, big retention, lots of staying power. Wonderful looking brew.

What a great nose on this. Citrus and tropical hob bomb, without the mushy sweetness. Smells like fresh tropical fruit from the island. Mango, faint peach, incredibly fleshy, with warm earthy hop tones, and even a grain fresh ripping malt sense. Unreal.

Taste brings pure magic. Juicy palate and wonderful tropical fruit punch body, with a good thickness. Hop juice finish, mild resin, with big hints of mango and soft baguette dough french bread on the aftertaste. Full, rich, luscious.

Overall just and amazing creation, flooring. Just a stunning brew. Reminds me of a superior Odell Myrcenary.

Photo of DrunkAl
3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2l growler. Cloudy light yellow. Very heavy on the grapefruit, yet light. Kinda tastes like grapefruit juice pulp and water. Subtile and easy drinking. Pretty good, but one of my least favorite HF IPAs.

Photo of jegross2
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead. This might be my favorite IPA that they make, which is to say a lot since Shawn Hill makes some of the best IPA out there.
Score: 97

A week only growler poured and served in to a snifter glass and enjoyed on 08/02/12. This is a backlogged review from notes.

Appearance: Pours a slightly dull, unfiltered orange-peach color with two fingers of off-white head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Good oily lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Fresh tropical citrus and pine. Loads of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange rind and grassy hops. Oh boy! 4.75/5

Taste: Aggressively hopped grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple upfront, which slowly washes away as more of the piney/grassy hops comes through towards the finish with only a hint of lingering tropical flavor on back of tongue. Touch of dirtiness/earthiness on the midpalate to balance out sweet citrus favors too. A near perfect balance is struck here between the sweet and bitter elements, with growing degrees of bitter, slightly dank qualities in the finish as it warms up. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with a low amount of carbonation that lets the bitterness sit heavy on the tongue. Juicy on the tongue. 4/5

Overall: Yet another knockout IPA experiment from the master. This imperial IPA gives Heady Topper a serious run for its money.

Recommendation: Absolutely seek this one out if/when rebrewed again, unless you hate IPAs.

Pairings: Hawaiian pizza.

Cost: $25 for a 2L growler (including the cost of the container).

Photo of jmarsh123
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold with a sticky 3 finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

Strong mango aroma. Loads of citrus and papaya as well.

Tropical fruits also shine through a lot in the flavor. I get a lot of mango and also some pineapple along with a resiny lingering finish. Juicy fruit lingers on the tongue.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels. Just a kiss of alcohol present even at 8%

Typical home run from Hill Farmstead. I could drink this one all day despite the higher ABV.

Photo of wedge
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Unclear orange tinted yellow color with a big, frothy head that fills up the rest of the glass and then some. Heavy, juicy, fruity aromas...grapefruit, orange, mango, peach, and pineapple. Fresh, floral hop cones galore. Huge tropical fruit presence on the tongue. Really juicy, authentic, pulpy citrus just like I've experienced from all of the HF beers I've tried thus far, but also kiwi, peach, passion fruit, and melon all over a sticky bed of pine needles. Medium-plus bodied, almost chewy in nature as it begs to be swished around. Drying and bitter, but delightfully smooth and dangerously drinkable. Oh man...they harness the pure flavor and aromas of the hops so well. Fantastic!

Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks!

Pretty standard HF IPA appearance: cloudy, milky pale amber body with two fingers of lasting head. The nose is a cornucopia of tropical fruit, with papaya, mango, pineapple and a touch of stone fruit. Really impressive hop aroma that nearly overwhelms the malt backbone. The palate offers more of the same, great pineapple, stone fruit and mango flavors that lead into a clean but assertive bitterness. There's a touch of crackery malt beneath. Really impressive stuff.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.92/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7

Look: Pours a yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch white head good retention and some nice circular lace

Smell: Tropical fruit galore here pineapple mango come to mind due to the Citra hops.

Taste: Again there is some tropical fruits mangos, peach and pineapple are all present. But I must say that I was not a fan of the way the Citra and Galaxy hops blended together it created a weird flavor that I can't really explain

Mouthfeel: Medium body and good amount of carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: I wanted to really like this beer because I absolutely love citra hops but in the end it just ended up being a solid DIPA and nothing overly special

Photo of Jsmick
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I do not say this lightly... but this beer is perfect. It is absolutely perfect. I am not usually a fan of hoppy beers or IPAs in general.

This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden. The smell is of rich tropical fruits, with a hint of pine.

The taste? Unreal. Beautiful hints of tropical fruit with just a touch of pine, a touch of sweetness, and perfect carbonation. The bitterness is there, but it is very low.... much lower than I am used to for this style, and that is perfect.

I could drink this beer every day for the rest of my life. This is one brewery that actually lives up to the hype.

Photo of stoutluvr420
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect summertime brew, pours a near clear orange gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has an outstanding combination of slightly sweet citrus with slightly bitter pine backed by grass. Flavor has citrus up front that transitions to grapefruit and pine with a hint of chive, backed by light grain. Love this one!

Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml HFB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 1/2" off-white head, over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head promptly fades and drifts to the rim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is tangerines and sweetness.

Taste begins sweet, tart citrus in the middle, closes with pine bitterness that lingers. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the style. Nice brew from start to finish.

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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.