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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 858
Avg: 4.55
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 354
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Photo of weonfire
4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Grower fill. One of the cleanest, fruitiest IIPAs I've ever had. Honestly I think the mouth feel is what really sets this IIPA apart. Fresh SoS and Dinner may be 'cleaner' but don't come near the feel of S&S #4.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a glass at the Dive Bar in Worcester. Double citre + double galaxy = amazing. Amazing citrus nose and taste with a creamy finish. Excellent balance while providing an amazing hop bite. One of my favorite beers ever....

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Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If double citra was pretty much the perfect ipa, then this is with the addition of the galaxy hops. I wish the growler never ran out of this beer. Im hooked on these HF pale ales!!

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: An opaque orange. Bubbly white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
S: Citrusy aroma. Hints of tropical fruit.
T: Not incredibly vibrant, but very nice.
F: Smooth and very drinkable.
O: A bit sweet and fruity. A nice pleasant hoppy and bitterness that isn't overbearing.

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Photo of -Rick
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: a hazy orange with a
solid white head
S: orange, citrus fruits, sweet hops
T: like the nose, this is exploding with citrus hops
F: a soft taste, not to carbonated
O: a very well done double. So glad to have tried it.

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Photo of jjdc
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange like a mellow sunset in the glass. Classic HF citrus nose, not unlike Double Citra. Huge citrus flavors on this one. Just perfect balance again for a hoppy beer. Can't go wrong here.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in an opaque gorgeously sunset golden orange.

The aroma jumps out of apricot, nectarine, mango, passionfruit, tangerine, dried tropical fruit, some dank quality.

The flavor follows with tropical fruit gum, dried mango, dried stone fruit, candied tangerine, a white bready malt in the middle, lingering fruit along with a soft herbaceous bitterness, along with a dank aftertaste.

A true masterpiece of a DIPA. I could never get tired of this.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of orange and citrus rind with a lighter hop aroma. Taste is bright orange and citrus with a crisp bitter finish. Nice bitterness on the back-end with a peppery mouth-feel. The citrus washes out with a hoppy bitter feel stays for a bit. Really, really excellent showing from Hill Farmstead. This is world class.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Now THIS is the kind if IIPA I was expecting based on the universal love of Hill. #4 is the real deal! I found myself halfway through the glass before even realizing it. Dangerous at 8%. I wish this was more readily available as it's one of the best IIPA's around.

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Photo of Damian
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a snifter

Outstanding appearance. The cloudy, yellow ochre liquid was topped by a one-finger finger tall, frothy, bright white head. Drippy sheets of lacing trickled along the glass. The head dropped to a thick, bubbly, lasting ring.

The aroma was phenomenal. Uber hoppy and fruity with loads of tropical fruit notes. Passionfruit dominated. Peach and apricot also came through strong. There was an intensely dank, marijuana-like quality as well. Semi sweet. Juicy tangerine notes were apparent. Touch of citrusy tartness.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose and just as stellar. Peach and mango notes hit hard right off the bat. Incredibly fruity and tropical. Passionfruit again came through super strong. Good dose of mango. Really juicy. Tangerine was detectible. There was a slight lemony tartness on the back end. The beer finished with just a touch of grapefruit rind-like bitterness.

The mouthfeel was pillowy soft and fluffy. Creamy and slick on the palate. For the style, a bit lighter bodied than expected yet so smooth.

Just when I thought I had tried the best that Hill Farmstead has to offer, another beer comes along that makes me rethink just how amazing their beer really is. Society & Solitude #4 is possibly the most tropical fruit-forward double IPA I have ever encountered. This beer definitely ranks up there as one of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head is bright-white, pillowy, and dense. Minimal retention. Leaves a couple chunks of cap with a small dense collar. Splotches and ropes of sticky lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Juicy tropical fruit explosion. Tons of peach and nectarine. Solid push of pine needle, grapefruit and orange zest and juice. Green onion and weed. So much peach it's actually a bit nuts. Juicy and macerated peach flesh. Sweet in good measure. Malt base offers a touch of a bready element with some pale malt sweetness. Resin. A touch of lemongrass thrown in the back. Incredibly dank under the sweetness.

Taste: Peach flavored weed. Super dank and super tropical. Peach flesh and juice in abundance. Oily and resinous pine. Pine needle. Touches of lemon and pineapple as well. Malts offer up a solid backbone with a slight biscuity sweetness with some bready elements. Pale malt. Some green onion. Bursts of grapefruit juice and zest. General citrus juice. A spicy and floral hop runs throughout. Tons of white nectarine as well. Fruity to the point where it's almost a candied sweetness. Lingering bitterness that almost hits aspirin.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Juicy and a touch creamy through the sip. Relatively high astringency with a decent dryness overall.

Overall: Double down every time.

These two hops always play well together and this is absolutely no exception. It's intense and almost overbearing but not quite. It might be the most peach forward thing I've had that didn't have peaches in it.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled a couple hours ago

Consumed 8/29/15

A: Medium tangerine, with some golden honey - glows in the light - hazy, cloudy, with some clarity around the edges - medium sized, fluffy, off-white head, fades to a mostly solid, wispy cap, leaves some streaks and blobs of lacing

S: Stunning? Paralyzing? Magical? I have been smelling this for a while, and I can't get over it - fresh squeezed, ripe tropical fruit juice - bright, bright orange, tangerine, and grapefruit juice, flesh floral citrus - tons of stone fruit, ripe peach flesh, peach juice, apricots - massive tropical push, with mango, pineapple, and passion fruit - fruity - straight-up hops, hop resin, pine, and a touch of mint - herbal notes - pale malts at the base, extremely clean, no hints of alcohol

T: Juicy, fruity, big - massively hoppy, which is not a surprise - orange, tangerine, grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit - citrus, juice, flesh, and some oil, zest - an array of stone and tropical fruits - peach flesh, apricot, pineapple, mango, passion fruit - hop resin, pine, and some herbal flavors - moderate bitterness that tastes a little more herbal and grassy than expected - clean. pale malts, lightly sweet, touch of caramel, finishes clean

M: Medium body, very smooth, excellent carbonation, finishes clean

O: Can I actually drink this with my nose?

I'm slightly confused by some of the other reviews I am now skimming through, as they suggest that the aroma is not potent. Maybe this quickly fades over time, or maybe this batch is just hyper fresh. Regardless, this is one of the best smelling IPAs I have had in a long time. It's magical. Even compared to other Hill Farmstead DIPAs, this is notable. The taste does not quite fulfill the promises of the aroma, but it's still very lovely.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange body with a thick white head and nearly opaque lacing.
S: Very subtle smell, but still very nice. Citrus aromas dominate the nose, but there are some very mild tropical notes coming through.
T: Meyer lemon, grapefruit and pineapple shine. Very well balanced, with a bit of sweetness up front but finishing dry and hoppy.
F: Soft but crisp feel. Nice full body, but not too full. Little to no booziness.
O: This is a world-class beer for sure. Not my favorite from the brewer, but I already can't wait to drink it again.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The last of my HF growlers, and hopefully the best. 750 ml growler into a tulip.

A - The same as all the rest. Seriously, every HF IPA looks exactly the same. A pale, hazy yellow-orange with a bright, pillowy white head. Nice.

N - Hmm, I like these hops. The nose is tropical fruit and citrus, with no bitterness at all. And that's my favorite kind of IPA - hoppy but not bitter.

T - Good! Definitely a tad more bitter than the nose, but I get the bright, juicy floral hops, plenty of citrus. A very nice example of the style.

M - HF always nails it here. Frothy and coating everywhere. Always impressive.

O - I pretty much give all of their IPAs the same grade, and I'll do the same here. Another great one.

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Photo of pja786
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L- excellent golden color, almost as if it glows. Very hazy, completely opaque. Two finger fluffy white head.

S- tropical notes, mango, lemon zest, orange, and grassy notes. Smell isn't so powerful, but very present.

T- perfectly balanced with just the right hop flavor. A truly excellent beer. I get more tropical notes, grapefruit, pineapple, pine.

F- creamy, if not pillowy. Mild carbonation, just enough to make my taste buds dance.

O- I can't say enough positive about it. The flavor is just impeccably and precisely on point. It's delicate yet aggressive and definitely sets a high bar.

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Photo of papat444
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark banana colored body, huge foam that slathers the side and takes its time. Ultimate lush fruit in aroma and flavor. I get peaches but there are other overripe fruit flavors. Kind of like pureed fruit a bit. Killed a 750ml in no time, dangerously drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! Had it in a growler about a month after filling and still was very very tasty. Good hop flavor and creamy IPA look. Really solid beer that I would drink again and again

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Photo of lochraneg
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap at a few locations and then of course in a take home growler. Like most of HFS beers, it's deceptively good. Another shining example of Vermont's fine IPA's. Golden color, hazy pour with a nice light white head upon pouring. Trade for it if you can!

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to enjoy some Hill Farmstead brews this weekend while up in VT. While some of the local brews left me a little dissappointed every brew I tried from HF was amazing. One was better than the other and this one was right at the top. Not the best looking brew I've had but one of the most tasty. Strong flavor and keeps on coming till the end. Wonderful brew thats worth seeking out.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Absolutely awesome beer.
Poured from a growler, it has a cloudy appearance and an inch head.

Aroma is spectacular citrus and herbal tropical fruit sweetness.

Taste is hop sticky resiny. Herbal fruity notes come through.

Great beer.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Hill and poured from growler.

A- hazy yellow and straw like color. A finger if frothy white head.

S- lots of tropical citrus fruits. Grapefruit, peach, and some lemon. Just a touch of pine.

T- very fruity and juicy. Very enjoyable and all the citrus from the nose has not disappeared on the taste. This one was a little different than the other IPAs on tap, as it had a slight bitterness at the end, but it was an enjoyable bitter. Almost a little tart, but very smooth and refreshing.

M- medium bodied, a smooth light creaminess with medium carbonation.

O- another really great IPA from HF. I feel like this brewery can't mess up a beer. I could drink this or any if their beers all day, every day.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Hazy golden-orange body, essentially translucent. Big, persistent white head, big lacing.

S - Smacks the nose around with all kinds of hop wildness. Dank, cat, tropical notes, bodies, all mingled together. Some notes attract, some repel, but definitely interesting, and not surprising given the hop bill.

T - But if the nose is all over the place, the taste dials in on the pure hop dream of citrus. Orange juice, grapefruit pith, zest. It is powerful stuff, but the tightrope is walked, and it lands clean. The close is surprisingly mild, crisp, without the stinging bitterness one might expect.

M - This is shockingly clean, crisp, with only mild drying right in the tail end.

O - Rock solid, a double I'd drink any time I could get it, for certain. The only detraction is a wildness in the nose, which fortunately is still largely appealing. The taste and feel are simply amazing. Awe-inspiring work.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mlk growler 2 days after it was filled. This was yet another amazing IPA from HF. I had it the day after Double Citra and found many of the same notes (the sweet, ripe citrus and tropical notes in the nose and taste) but also with a bitmore of a bittering hop bit in the finish. These guys have the Midas Touch right now!

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Photo of DrunkAl
3.9/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer.

Most breweries would kill to be able to produce a beer this good. Yet, at Hill Farmstead, it's not even a Top 3 beer.

My only complaint is that when I mixed a growler of Double Citra with a growler of Double Galaxy, it tasted even better than S+S #4.

That being said, this is still a beer that is worth buying every time it is available.

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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.