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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 859
Avg: 4.55
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 355
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler into a snifter. Thanks go to Jonathan for picking up several growlers at the brewery and bringing them to my house to share. The brew pours a clouded golden yellow. A finger of off-white head fades leaving thick patches of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl effortlessly brings a finger back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew has quite a bit of straw to dry grain or wheat quality. Citrus is there with some grass and cheese quality. When swirled it gets almost footy with a smell of floor malted pilsner and gets even more like funky feta. Faint tropical notes are there intermingled with some alcohol esters. The smell is somewhat like grapefruit but instead of the flesh, it concentrates more on the pulp or rindy elements. A cut above the other HF hoppy brews I got to try lately.

The taste brings the bitterness with an oily resinous cling. Just like the aroma led on, there is a very strong grassy and straw to wheat element. Some sulfur and cheese flavoring mid palate. The alcohol is fairly evident with a solvent kick that warms the back of the throat. At times this brew feels quite tannic and almost astringent. The bitterness is quite pulpy like grapefruit rinds and it persists long after each sip with an herbal to grassy feel to it. Some sips mildly hint towards some residual sweetness but that is short lived as the bitterness is quick to swallow that up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest snappy level of carbonation. For 8% it is astoundingly crisp and easy drinking. I just dont know what the deal is with these Hill Farmstead offerings. It is like every single one of them utilizes a strikingly similar grain bill with the same bittering/flavor hop additions. Other than the alcohol/body fluctuating and a minor twist and turn in the aroma, I am hard pressed to find distinguishing qualities among many of these. I hate to be ignorant or rude here but I almost feel like if you had one of their hoppy offerings, you had them all.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank Keith!

Pours murky apricot orange with thick white foam that sticks around for quite some time. The nose really opens as it warms - peach, mango, dank, some pineapple and resin. Nice nose - not too sweet, which is norm as of late. Flavor is bitter and grainy with plenty of nuances. Pine, grapefruit rinds, some lemon and grains. I'm surprised and refreshed at how bitter this is. Medium bodied and moderated carb. Nice beer, I'm betting this is a step higher up at the brewery fresh as possible. I think the peach and mango would be stronger and really make this one.

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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 DarthKostrizer
3.92/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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Photo of fiver29
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Mike for sharing this growler. Pours cloudy golden amber hue with marshmellow off white head. Aroma has a nice mix of citrus bitter hops with a touch of pine. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor has upfront citrus tart note, then the finish has a strong and somewhat astringent hop bite. It lets you know that its a double. Even though it doesn’t really taste like a double. Its very deceiving. Thanks again Mike.

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Photo of Skrip
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Kane snifter.

A~ glowing neon yellow, with a nice fluffy head and some lacing.

S~ crazy citrus hop presence. Nice and earthy and full of life!

T~ pretty much follows the nose, you can really tell the difference between the citra and galaxy. They really play nice together. More mango, lemon like bitterness comes in on the after taste.

M~ super smooth and amazing carbonation as always.

O~ definitely not my favorite of the series but still incredible. I'm still more for the blacks lol

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Photo of woosterbill
4.01/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to the ever-generous kingkong for the growler. Shared with friends and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy pale orange body under a finger of large-bubbled white froth from a vigorous pour. Not much internally-produced head, but for impact bubbles they stick around well. Very light lace. No better than average.

S: Lovely hop dominance. Quite dank and herbal up front, with citrus and tropical fruit following close behind. Just a hint of toasty malt. Excellent, but not quite room-filling.

T: Spicy, piquant hoppiness right away, with mango, grapefruit, and spruce resin dominant on the middle part. Huge herbal bitterness pounds the back of my tongue throughout the slightly malty finish and persists to the end of the citrusy, almost eternal aftertaste. Super flavorful, but a little shy of truly dynamic.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Very soft and delicate, but a touch too close to lifeless.

O: Excellent beer, but I enjoyed both Double Citra and Double Galaxy significantly more. Thanks again, Patrick!


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Photo of DaveHack
4.05/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a small head.

Smells of light citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste is slightly bitter with a tropical fruit sweetness.

Feels really rich in the mouth without being cloying or too heavy. Finishes with a slight dryness.

Another awesome HF offering.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this growler. Served in a Hopleaf tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap and splotchy lace. Hazy golden body.

S - Big Galaxy hop aroma, with some zesty citrus in there as well. Lots of tropical fruits and bit of dankness, but this is a true double IPA with a good amount of sweet malts as well.

T - The flavor is also heavy on palate-numbing Galaxy hops and bruising bitterness. Again, lots of tropical fruits, citrus zest, as well as some sugary malts and toasted grains. Gets quite bitter after a few ounces.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, super dry finish, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - While this seems like a great idea on paper (Double Galaxy + Double Citra + ? = Profit), it's a little too bitter to enjoy in large quantities. I'm with Thorpe429 on this one - merely good, and probably my least favorite beer in the series.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely cloudy pale orange with lots of tight white head that lingers. Nose has a husky grain, a musky hop, and tons of citrus. Extremely bright. Flavor follows suit, bright, tons of citrus in back, stronger grain presence, very musky citra hop, moderate bitterness, really soft feel with great carb. Bitterness lingers slightly through the finish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Pours a moderate peach color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing. Nose has heavy citrus and tropical notes. Mango big in the flavor, followed by heavy bitterness. Touch of passion fruit. Really bitter, but still crushable. I would have liked a little less on that for more focus on the flavor blend of Citra and Galaxy.

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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 Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light tangerine hue with a hazy clarity and a bright white head that quickly dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose is a bit subdued - citrus zest and a hint of spice and sweet citrus towards the back. Taste follows nose - even and drinkable with a little rind at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but closer to light, with an even, mild carbonation. All and all, a dangerously drinkable beer, but not my favorite hoppy offering from HF.

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Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a super hazy, murky, unfiltered apricot color, hues of orange and honey with a thick, white, soapy head, easily 2 fingers high with very nice retention that yields a lovely network of sticky lace. The aroma is nice, dank yet juicy, citrusy and piney, grapefruit, hop resin, mangos, pineapples and some grassy weediness that brings out the floral qualities, very pungent, with light, doughy malt. The flavors line up very well, huge pine that brings out the earthy, grassy character, big juicy citrus and tropical fruit with some more rustic wildflower flavors, much stronger bitterness than the nose suggested with the signature hill farmstead malt character, chewy and very doughy without being too sweet, just supports the hops while also imparting a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice, very juicy while coating very well, lively but creamy and soft at times with a very dry finish that lingers nicely.

Verdict: A very nice Double IPA from Hill Farmstead, per usual. Excellent showcase of hops that are both juicy and dank but at times they fight for attention and the bitterness is a bit high and kind of puts a damper on the brightness and delicate nature of the flavors, more aggressive than I'm used to seeing from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -7.3%
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!

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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 stoutluvr420
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

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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 HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Flip-top opened on 10.9.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a large soapy, very light tan head with good retention.

S - Grassy and pineapple citrus.

T - Lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, orange, mango.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very tropical and nice with a very subtle bitter finish.

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Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for grabbing me a growler of this one from the brewery.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a dense two finger tall white head leaving sticky rings of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of fresh citric fruit zest, pungent hops, fresh cut grass, pine needles and some light caramel malt sweetness.

T - Starts off with a ton of hop bitterness that lasts through the finish. The galaxy and citra hops work well together but they are hard to tell them apart at times. Hints of citric fruit zest, grass and pine as well as some sweet caramel help round things out. The finish is quite bitter, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness throughout with a dry finish, no alcohol detectable at all.

O - A very good DIPA yet again from Hill Farmstead. Not as good as some of their other hoppy beers but it was still a very enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to Huhzubendah!

A - Pours a a mirky golden orange color, white frothy head, sticky lace, thick collar, and some wisps on top.

S - Big mango & tropical fruit sweetness up front on the nose along with some citrus and pine that quickly follow. The hops are there, big time, but the fruit & citrus help balance things out very nicely...not overpowering (which I prefer).

T - Grassy, tropical fruit sweetness, some earth, pine. A little more dank then the nose and the hops are showcased here a bit more. There still a nice orange citrus peel note here as well. Alcohol is there, ever so slightly for 8%. Finish is super-bitter pine & resin.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - A really nice DIPA that makes two special beers combine into one. I have to say, I'm a fan of the Galaxy DIPA over this beer, but prefer this one over Double Citra. That said, it's all meaningless chatter because this beer is very enjoyable and I will be drinking more in the very near future. Cheers!

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster. The color is hazy straw to melon. There is a nice quarter inch head and lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma has a lot of sweet melony hops mixed with a touch of piney hop aroma.

The taste mixes sweet melony flavor with slight citrus notes and a touch of pine. The hop bitterness perfectly complements the malt sweetness. Yum.

This is medium to full bodied with nice subtle carbonation. This is super fantastic as expected from Hill Farmstead.

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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 paulys55
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Bobby for this one. Enjoyed around the fire with family while camping...can't think of a better place to consume. Nice fluffy head is all can say for appearance as this was consumed at night out of a plastic cup. Hoppy nose hints at what is to come. Really actually pretty balanced once it hits the mouth with bitter hops up front kept in line with medium body malt goodness. Enjoyed this beer immensely if not for the great taste but the company and atmosphere alone.

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