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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
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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 mltobin
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a few months ago; served on-tap in New York City.

Appearance is golden honey with 1 1/2 fingers of a bright white head. It looks very inviting. The nose on this comes through with pine, mango, grass and hops. Meanwhile the taste, has grains, biscuit, more mango, hops, very nice. It is a tasty beer to be sure. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rather bitter. It drinks fairly easily for a DIPA, but not too much so. It is a damn fine beer and it was a treat to enjoy it as part of a day spent in NYC.

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Photo of otispdriftwood
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DeCicco's Brewster. Appearance is a hazy medium golden yellow with a puffy white head. Smell is not as strong as some other DIPAs at first but seems to be stronger after a taste, which is smooth and mellow without any alcohol aftertaste. Overall, another solid brew from Hill Farmstead. My only complaint is that I could not get a growler as they are not permitted to sell anything but in-store servings by the glass. Bummer. I see a road trip in the future to get growlers of HF beer at the brewery.

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Photo of Luk13
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Growler drank the same day and 1 week later. The fresh growler was more fruity and had more carbonation. I didn’t notice any major differences. Appearance: Deep opaque orange with thick white head. Aroma: Tropical fruits (orange, pinneaples) at first, then there is a rustic touch, wood, dank and grass. Taste: Very bitter, some spicy hops, a nice citrus tartness cuts through the bitterness and accentuates drinkability. Full bodied and very dry. Nice mix between rustic and fruity, quite complex. An average Hill Farmstead double IPA, which means a world class DIPA.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried a sample of this at Drink Craft Beer's Summerfest last night in Sommerville. This review is from a 750ml growler filled at the bottle release earlier today. Poured into Hill Farmstead glass.

A- Pours a hazy opaque yellowish orange with a finger of nice fluffy white head that slowly recedes. About average carbonation. Leaves nice layered lacing.

S- A nice aroma of citrus hops and tropical fruits of lemons, oranges, grapefruit, papaya balanced with some subtle spices and some faint booze in the background. Definitely above average aroma strength, hit with the smell while pouring from the growler.

T- Oranges, a little bit of lemons, grapefruit, some light spices. Finishes with a semi-sweet citrusy fruit flavor that lingers for awhile. Definitely not that bitter.

M- Medium bodied, very well balanced, high drinkability, goes down very smoothly, average carbonation, has a very nice full-bodied well-balanced feel for a DIPA.

O- This was another awesome beer from Hill Farmstead, right up there with the rest of them. Very nice balance between citrus fruits and spices and having a very high drinkability without being overly bitter or citrusy. Drinks much lighter then a 8% abv beer. Unfortunately Double Citra kicked before I got the chance to try it, would have loved to compare the two. Wish I could get weekly growler fills of this!

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, frothy snow-white head. Retention is good, and very nice long lines of lacing persist. Brew is a pulpy, almost completely opaque light orange color.

Peppery hop notes first greet my nose (similar to NZ hop varietals), carrying tropical and light citrus notes as well. There is a sweet but understated malt presence; very much there, but not allowing itself to upstage the hops.

Flavor indeed follows the nose: very soft and subtle tropical fruits, peppery spice, and a long, muted citrus peel finish. Just a tiny hint of dankness at the end. Malt balance throughout is soft, creamy, and superb; very light biscuit and bread. Brew is intensely bitter, but incredibly approachable despite.

Long, long finish; very lively, with no sting; minimal foaming; juicy. I think medium is right about on for feel, with a huge, juicy, sticky lingering finish. The bitterness really cleanses your mouth on the finish, leaving you begging the next sip. Absolutely no hint of alcohol.

This reminds me of all the rare, sought-after new-hop-varietal big DIPAs made on the West coast, but with the soft, creamy mouthfeel that, to me, makes HF special. Fruity and peppery hops are showcased, somehow both bold and upfront, yet subtle and balanced with the malts.

Yet another superb beer. My favorite S&S? I'm thinking no, but absolutely delicious, nonetheless.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL flip-top thanks to DoctorB2B. Full haze, glowing peach pour. Medium white foam with delicate lacing. Fresh peach and butterscotch nose with mild salt, sweat, and thick melon sorbet. Taste is fresh and juicy with a pretty hefty white alcohol Gin bite. Long, herbal sage and white pepper finish. Alcohol is apparent, but the overall experience is juicy, fresh, and soft. Really nice as always. Amazingly quenching, soft palate that comes off as mango, white grapefruit sorbet. One of my favorite DIPAs ever.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy tan/light to medium orange in color with a light head that dies quickly to an even white lacing ring, mellow carbonation.

S - Big aromatic nose that wreaks of big ripe juicy mango, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, all resinous and drowns out the malt base. There's also an alcohol effervescence that's noticeable.

T - Matches up with the nose: Lots of resin and tropical fruit oils with a pepper spice - sweet ruby grapefruit bitterness, mango, bitter oranges, and is hop forward but as the glass warms up the light malt comes through a little more to help balance things out.

M - Light medium body and leaves a bitter sweet peppery grapefruit finish that lingers for many minutes.

O - Another great IPA from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Huge thanks for the generosity. Much appreciated.

A: Hazy pale yellow with an inch of soapy white froth that lingers for a minute before settling to a thin layer of sea foam. Sheets of lacing coat the glass. Pretty hazy.

S: I'm immediately struck by pineapple, followed by nectarine, pine, papaya, and a floral-like spiciness with a dash of lemon. There's a light cracker and biscuit malt presence that's dominated by the grim and unyielding hop aromatics.

T: A juicy blend of nectarine, orange, stone fruit, and grapefruit rind with a light spiciness. There's a light crackery malt presence that's overwhelmed by a smooth upper moderate bitterness and a plethora of hop flavor. The finish is pleasantly clean and crisp without a hint of alcohol.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. Dry and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: Another excellent Double IPA from Hill Farmstead. Thanks again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour courtesy of Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to wisps on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with some malt flavors on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and super tasty flavors

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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 SABERG
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler (48hrs) into a modified tulip glass.
A - Hazy IPA, strawberry blond. Pillowy head and intricate lacing.
S - Passion fruit, pine oil, grass. With some warmth, lemon drop and a kiss of heather.
T - fragrant fruit, sharp hop snap. Tight oily resin. The citrus and conifer seem at odds.
Warmer the citrus fades and the pines win. Actually quite interesting.
M - Carbonation is perfect, lemon drop recedes to tight spruce, a dance across the palate. No conflict there. A dry finish hides the alcohol nicely. A slight linger on the tart side, asks for another sip.
O - Another fine hop centric brew from Hill Farmstead. The profiling is exceptional. Be ready for a challenge though!.

Cheers all

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Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pretty standard HF IPA appearance: cloudy, milky pale amber body with two fingers of lasting head. The nose is a cornucopia of tropical fruit, with papaya, mango, pineapple and a touch of stone fruit. Really impressive hop aroma that nearly overwhelms the malt backbone. The palate offers more of the same, great pineapple, stone fruit and mango flavors that lead into a clean but assertive bitterness. There's a touch of crackery malt beneath. Really impressive stuff.

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Photo of brystmar
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft last night at Brouwerij Lane.

Beautiful golden pour with tons of white head. Plenty of lace adorns my glass. Strong aroma of fresh hops, grapefruit, mangos, citrus, sweet malt, and more piney hops. Love it!

Strongly hopped, yet the ominous malt backbone provides balance. Fruity and delicious up front with piney hops playing rhythm guitar. Perfectly carbonated, and honestly just sublime.

HF comes through again with another world-class DIPA!

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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 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 jlindros
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up at the brewery yesterday. It was tasty then, and I'm sure it will be now.

Pours a very nice head from a growler, big fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades pretty slowly and leaves bits of lacing, over very hazy peach-orange colored beer with a light rosy hue.

Nose brings plenty of hops, fresh fruity citrus hops, with a tropical fruit bringing a bit of grapefruit, light musty almost resin but not quite resinous, a hint of clementine and tangerine, and even touch of pineapple. Just a touch of a light amber pale malt underneath it all.

Taste starts with a hint of sweetness and some amber malts with a touch of a reddish malt flavor. Then hops, it doesn't get too bitter but a nice hop full flavor. Hops bring mostly citrus and tropical fruits, with a nice grapefruit flavor, hints of citrus tangerine and clementine like flavors again, touch of a pineapple and even slight spicy hops. Mostly clean and a light musty fresh hops. Juicy light tropical fruit juice. Finish is drier with a fairly bigger hop bite, hint of spiciness of hops and some light citrus and tropical fruits. Just a hint of what could be seen as booze but barely.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied, fluffy, with decent carb.

Overall quitegood, nice hop character without a big bitterness, quite drinkable, booze hidden fairly well, just a light malt to attempt to balance it, and lots of tropical fruit juice flavors.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 64 oz. screwtop growler filled on Saturday at the brewery. Keep chilled since being filled. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow in color. Pours a nice full, three finger head. Leaves a really nice lacing up and down the glass.

Aroma: Huge citrus aromas upfront. Lots of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and some resiny pine. A really pleasant and aromatic hop profile.

Taste: Cirtus and tropical fruit notes really shine here as well. The bitterness is not overpowering at all. Tons of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Some pine comes in near the end, but any of the bitterness is offset by some of the sweetness of the alcohol and malt, which adds a touch of light honey. Really balanced and tasty. Completely drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very crisp. Really refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, another spectacular Hill Farmstead IPA. Definitely one of my new favorites and one I would like to have them revisit soon. Really tropical, balanced and refreshing. Considering the ABV, this is really easy to drink a lot of. A definite winner.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for the share! Notes from 8/29.

a - brew poured a murky orange yellow with thin fizzy head and spotty lacing. swirling the glass rebuilds the head. looks a bit like honey in a glass.

s - earthy citrus. tropical fruit bouquet.

t - great balanced bitterness with a citric blast. great tropical fruit notes.

m - smooth and even with great carbonation. just a well made beer.

o - Hill Farmstead has come to earn a solid reputation and this is just another beer that backs it up. yet ANOTHER fine DIPA from one of the best breweries out there. these guys just don't make bad beer. they don't even make mediocre beer...very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

<2 week old growler, thanks to parkingphi

A: 1cm white head over hazy apricot beer. Splotchy lacing.

S: Papaya, peach, a touch of grape and light floral notes.

T: Lots of juicy, tropical fruit (papaya, mango) finishing with a bit of resin

M: Moderate carbonation, pretty good for a growler fill. Good impression of body, although not in a malty way, more like a juice. Just slightly sticky on the lips in the second glass.

O: Really juicy delicious IPA.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pale golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus light pine ,floral, light malt

T-slightly sweet malt, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, earthy, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, smooth

O-another fantastic IPA from HF, great flavors and balance

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Positive Pie. Served out of a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a .5 finger white head which dissipated quickly. Spotty lace with good stick. Beer is cloudy honey. Clarity hurts, but solid on all other fronts.

Nose is honey, citrus, sap hop bitterness, papaya, peach, and other tropical fruit. Moderately aromatic. Very good.

Opens citrus sweetness. Papaya, tree sap hoppiness packs a bitter punch that's balanced out by a tropical fruit malt body that emerges towards the middle. Citrus comes out even more towards the end. Finishes with a hop creaminess that fades into a bitter aftertaste. Perfect.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Abrasive and lively in the mouth and smooth going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Complements the flavor profile amazingly.

Another outstanding hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead. Solid if not near perfect on all fronts.

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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 Bendurgin
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy orange with a small cap of white head. This settles down to a small ring of thin lace.

The aroma has a ton of citrus with some tropical fruits. Nice bitter edge on this one. The pallet mirrors the aroma nicely. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavors with a nice bitter finish. This has a touch of caramel sweetness in the finish.

The body is medium. Nice and sticky with good carbonation. Pretty much another near great IPA from these guys. Real enjoyable.

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