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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 779
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 2.43%
Wants: 333
Gots: 28 | 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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -15%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (596 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks!

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. (478 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,417 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 07/23/12 notes. Had on tap at The Pony Bar in New York at their UES location. Had 2 8 oz. pours of this because it was great.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit, oranges, floral hops, and some fruity malts. Just a ton of wonderful fresh citrus and pine hops. The nose is just about perfect and what you'd want in a big hoppy DIPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, pine hops, and floral hops. There is more orange and lemon than the nose and less pine hops, with some moderate bitterness, but not a ton. Amazing taste again, though the nose is a tiny bit better.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Body has some moderate bitterness.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic DIPA, and it is probably my favorite Hill Farmstead beer, which is saying a lot as I love this brewery. The nose is perfect and the taste is great, both with a ton of citrus and pine hops. Easy to drink two glasses of, would love to get it again. (1,116 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this is #12 on the " Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Served out of a growler (sorry Shaun...not really) into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Don't believe me? Check my twitter. This beer was really good. It was a little sweeter than I expected but a great mouthfeel and a nice finish.

Beer is orangish yellow and mildly hazy with a soft white head, small and large bubbles and some lacing nice retention steady carbonation.

Aroma is light, mildly malty, tropical fruits and sweetness. Nice hops. Very good aroma.

Beer is medium in body and creamy, mildly sweet with a nice finish. Mildly bitter in contrast to the hop profile of tropical fruit and papaya. Mango and other pineapple. I love the beer and has a great finish. (785 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (1,982 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Blackback pub in Waterbury. I also drank a 750 mL of this last week.

The beer appears hazy and golden hued with a half inch of white head. The aroma offers a delectable bouquet of citrus and hops. Malt presence seems minimal - seems very promising so far. OK I'm back...just went to a different universe when I tasted this. To say this is delicious and smooth doesn't begin to do this beer justice. Light bodied without being thin. Dangerously drinkable. Will report back after I come back down from this... (520 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler taken from brewery in less than 18 hour period poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A slight dull lemony yellow body, but some nice faint green hues here also ever so slight. Opaque. Easily one to two finger rich creamy white and merringue head, thick clumps of lacing, big retention, lots of staying power. Wonderful looking brew.

What a great nose on this. Citrus and tropical hob bomb, without the mushy sweetness. Smells like fresh tropical fruit from the island. Mango, faint peach, incredibly fleshy, with warm earthy hop tones, and even a grain fresh ripping malt sense. Unreal.

Taste brings pure magic. Juicy palate and wonderful tropical fruit punch body, with a good thickness. Hop juice finish, mild resin, with big hints of mango and soft baguette dough french bread on the aftertaste. Full, rich, luscious.

Overall just and amazing creation, flooring. Just a stunning brew. Reminds me of a superior Odell Myrcenary. (956 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Farmhouse, Burlington. Served in a tulip-y like glass.

Pours a glowing golden amber/orange with a thick, frothy white head. Ample lace and excellent retention. Intense fresh hop aroma on the nose of dank citrus and tropical fruits; orange, tangerine, mango and pineapple with some subtle grass. Flavor is stupidly hoppy like and instantly relatable to any other HF IPA. Flavor starts with a Double Citra resin and pulpy hop flavor mid palate and finish with a juicy and tropical fruit Double Galaxy sweetness. Same body as other HF IIPAs, medium thick, well carbonated and chewy. Does Double Citra plus Double Galaxy sound like a good idea to you? Yea. (667 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
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! (1,205 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/17/2012

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. (914 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml growler purchased from the brewery 6 days ago. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip glass.

A - Completely cloudy medium yellow with some orange in the middle of the glass. A thin layer of white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass. Some spotty lacing.

S - Massive grapefruit aroma up front with some peach, mango and a touch of pine. A mild malt sweetness is present as well. Very juicy and fresh nose.

T - A sharp bitterness up front that is assertive without being palate-wrecking. Grapefruit, peach and passion fruit flavours are dominant with some lighter mango notes. A fairly sweet malt backbone provides a good balance, more so than the nose indicated. As I continue to drink this one, the galaxy hops come to the forefront more so than the citra.

M - Medium body with a really big chew. The amazing and typical HF dryness is present. Full of tongue-coating hop oils.

O - Another great effort from HF. (931 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made a special trip to the Pony Bar on the Upper East Side so I wouldn’t miss the very brief NYC appearance of this beer. Other kegs seemed to kick in a single afternoon and this one wound up lasting less than a day so it seems I wasn’t alone. Simply put this is as good as any highly hopped beer I’ve ever had. I don’t know how to rank these beers anymore; it simply is a matter of what hop combination one prefers at any given time, because this one and things like Abner, Pliny, Double Sunshine, the best of Alpine, Heady, the best of Surly and Three Floyds, etc. are all just fantastic. Holy crap there are some terrific hoppy beers being brewed these days.

S & S #4 pours light hazed, apricot/gold; with a small, slowly settling head and nicely clinging lace. Super vivid hoppy aroma leaps from the glass, packing tons of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and resinous notes. The flavor follows suit; there’s no maltiness muddling things up; just lots of tropical and citrus fruit, with lesser pine and floral notes bringing up the rear. Some very light fruity sweetness and a dry finish. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The bitterness is assertive but doesn’t get in the way of the hop subtleties at all. Booze is totally masked.

Medium body, moderate carbonation; smooth and slightly creamy, drinks clean but leaves the hops lingering on your tongue for a long time. Bravo, extremely well done. What a beer. (1,433 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml HFB swing-top bottle filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 1/2" off-white head, over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head promptly fades and drifts to the rim, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is tangerines and sweetness.

Taste begins sweet, tart citrus in the middle, closes with pine bitterness that lingers. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent for the style. Nice brew from start to finish. (436 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a hard fought growler of this at the Hill Farmstead Civ 4 bottle release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy dark straw pour with a nice two finger sudsy white head that leaves good side lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Wow, HUGE amounts of tropical notes. Big orange and pineapple and mango. Super fresh hops here. Just outstanding.

T - Yeah, outstanding. Huge amounts of bitter, delicious hops. Almost bubblegummy with big orange peel and pineapple. Absolutely delicious. Very strong, bitter finish. Alcohol not even slightly noticeable. So, so good.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, bitter, like chewing on hops. Nice lower level carbonation. Stuff drinks wonderfully.

O - Overall this is an exceptional DIPA. Its just outstanding and amazing how Shaun can create such wonderful brews. (823 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this at Matt's birthday tasting last night. Thanks for sharing this, Matt!

Mildly hazy orange yellow with a dense white head that falls off to a disk. The nose? JFC. Big fruit - citrus, stone fruit, bright, redolent and resplendently hoppy. Not grassy at all. Beautiful aromatic. The citrus is more orange and tangerine than grapefruit. Fantastic stuff.

The palate opens with a great balance between bitterness and fruitiness, with the brightness of Citra front and center, while the tropical notes from Galaxy play a secondary but crucial role. Delicate but firm, there's pineapple and mango coupled with a very enjoyable citrus note. Malt character is mild, a little doughy, even. That said, this is all hops. Drying, mildly fruity and a touch resiny on the finish, this has great balance between the fruity flavors and bitterness. Medium light in body, moderately carbonated, this is fantastic stuff. (913 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-This beer is a murky, glowing amber color. Head is mild but it leaves a bunch of stringy lacing.

S-Such a concentrated grapefruit aroma. Literally wreaks of ruby red grapefruit. Coarse and ridden with deep tropical fruits. Pine is also stressed. I wouldn't call the nose 'bright'. It's more of an intensely concentrated aroma. Either way, the nose is world class. Wreaks of hoppy fruits.

T-Brilliant flavor! Ruby, ruby, ruby, ruby red GRAPEFRUIT. Citrus and tropic fruits. All of the fruitiness is covered in a shell of rigid pine hops. Malt is built into the flavor but I stands no chance against the ridiculous hoppiness of the beer.

M-Medium-to-heavy body. Has that 'Hill Farmstead' carbonation level. Feel drawn from a cask. Resinous. Feels Iike a muscular DIPA.

O/D-Simply phenomenal. One of the best beers I have ever had. Bloated with hops. Worth a trek to VT. Hill Farmstead has blown my mind yet again. Crafted by the gods. (939 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (361 characters)

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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.