Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by tobelerone:
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Made a special trip to the Pony Bar on the Upper East Side so I wouldn’t miss the very brief NYC appearance of this beer. Other kegs seemed to kick in a single afternoon and this one wound up lasting less than a day so it seems I wasn’t alone. Simply put this is as good as any highly hopped beer I’ve ever had. I don’t know how to rank these beers anymore; it simply is a matter of what hop combination one prefers at any given time, because this one and things like Abner, Pliny, Double Sunshine, the best of Alpine, Heady, the best of Surly and Three Floyds, etc. are all just fantastic. Holy crap there are some terrific hoppy beers being brewed these days.
S & S #4 pours light hazed, apricot/gold; with a small, slowly settling head and nicely clinging lace. Super vivid hoppy aroma leaps from the glass, packing tons of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and resinous notes. The flavor follows suit; there’s no maltiness muddling things up; just lots of tropical and citrus fruit, with lesser pine and floral notes bringing up the rear. Some very light fruity sweetness and a dry finish. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The bitterness is assertive but doesn’t get in the way of the hop subtleties at all. Booze is totally masked.
Medium body, moderate carbonation; smooth and slightly creamy, drinks clean but leaves the hops lingering on your tongue for a long time. Bravo, extremely well done. What a beer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-24-2012 17:12:40 | More by tobelerone
More User Reviews:
4.61/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Tasted on tap at Prohibition Pig. Bright and hazy. The aroma is mainly dank citra with earthy, floral, pungent undertones from the galaxy. Taste isn't overly complex with both featured hops dominating. Very drinkable, another good DIPA from Hill Farmstead.
Serving type: on-tap
07-29-2014 02:14:36 | More by beerjunky413
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
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.