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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 228
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our experimental Double IPA experience continues. Hybrid Imperial IPA... Think Double Citra Meets Double Galaxy.

(Beer added by: jlindros on 07-08-2012)
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Nichols33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -12.3%

07-07-2014 23:43:41 | More by Nichols33
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.3%

07-09-2012 23:38:00 | More by djrn2
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

09-07-2012 02:18:17 | More by woosterbill
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.3%

07-29-2013 19:11:53 | More by Centennial
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Caleb

Colorado

4/5  rDev -12.3%

06-28-2013 22:00:56 | More by Caleb
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -12.3%

03-20-2013 20:09:30 | More by tom10101
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2012 21:50:03 | More by DaveHack
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2012 23:45:24 | More by MasterSki
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2012 19:30:11 | More by Thorpe429
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kevanb

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-28-2014 17:31:31 | More by kevanb
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:14:54 | More by Alieniloquium
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stoutluvr420

Vermont

4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 01:24:12 | More by stoutluvr420
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

07-13-2014 03:22:50 | More by roostor07
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-19-2013 23:39:10 | More by Beerontwowheels
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blabaer

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-26-2013 04:51:35 | More by blabaer
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Ralphs66

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

07-19-2012 23:01:52 | More by Ralphs66
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-29-2013 01:47:57 | More by gillagorilla
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

07-25-2012 15:32:43 | More by jsilva
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

07-16-2012 13:53:00 | More by mcintire78
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NickBeery

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-23-2013 23:31:38 | More by NickBeery
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1424IpA

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-03-2013 02:38:33 | More by 1424IpA
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erha2

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

08-15-2012 19:36:47 | More by erha2
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ThatsThatDude

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

07-02-2014 15:27:16 | More by ThatsThatDude
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

08-01-2012 16:29:02 | More by rpstevens
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leaversuch

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

06-25-2014 14:29:34 | More by leaversuch
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.