Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.63/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
08-10-2012 01:08:42 | More by stakem
3.88/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
08-17-2012 23:28:05 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev -14.9%
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
07-28-2012 19:39:26 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.9/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
08-14-2012 05:19:49 | More by harrymel
4/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
09-08-2012 15:53:09 | More by fiver29
4/5 rDev -12.3%
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
08-31-2013 19:03:21 | More by Skrip
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.