Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
4.73/5 rDev +3.7%
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Serving type: growler
09-08-2012 23:41:57 | More by MaxSpang
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4.64/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
750ml growler split into 2 HF wine stems.
Appearance: cloudy and glowing yellow bodied beer with a large 3 fingers worth of creamy bubbly white head that leaves thick lacing everywhere on the side of the glass. Head has great staying power and drops down to a clumpy and uneven cap on the beer.
Smell: Orange and tropical fruit bomb. Hint of pine. Extremely juicy and slightly dank hops.
Taste: Mild to moderate hop bitterness. So much oranges flavor its not funny. Tangy and sweet oranges. Mango, papaya, and a hint of pineapple for good measure. Bready malts balance the beer nicely while still allowing all that hop goodness to be the main event.
Mouthfeel: Almost, but not quite a medium bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with this DIPA. If I didn't know any better, I would have sworn that I was drinking an APA. Extremely drinkable DIPA.
Overall: This beer is just like blending my favorite attributes of both PsuedoSue and Double Sunshine into one fantastic hoppy beer. I prefer this ever so slightly over Abner, but S&S4 is my favorite DIPA thus far from Hills Farmstead. These Hill Farmstead hops are among the best in the nation. This is the best hoppy beer that I have ever drank. To this point when I talked about my favorite DIPA it was always Double Sunshine; and that's been long standing for several years. Now, my new favorite DIPA is definately S&S4. I gotta say that my first trip to the east coast has opened my eyes to the fact that the east coast hoppy beers are the best in the nation. Between Hill Farmstead and Lawsons they have hoppy beers perfected. And Toppling Goliath hops are of the same world class caliber.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 01:57:03 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
5/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
07-15-2014 01:16:18 | More by Jsmick
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.