Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Ratings: 495 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tobelerone:
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
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.
07-24-2012 17:12:40 | More by tobelerone
More User Reviews:
4.4/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
07-10-2012 23:53:21 | More by kingcrowing
4.43/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
08-19-2012 02:19:05 | More by ehammond1
5/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
08-23-2012 03:38:53 | More by hagbergl
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.