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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
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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:
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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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-25-2012 01:04:53 | More by Prost76
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FoundersPounder

New York

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Farmmhouse in Burlington, VT. Amazing DIPA. Prevalent fresh delicious hops as always from Hill Farmstead.

One finger head on the pour. All sorts of fruit on the first sip with an extremely hoppy, resiny finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Near perfect for a non Russian River DIPA ;)

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 23:54:48 | More by FoundersPounder
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-24-2012 17:39:13 | More by bostonryan
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markasparov

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-23-2012 17:31:05 | More by markasparov
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2012 04:45:03 | More by smakawhat
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hagbergl

Maryland

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I made the pilgrimage to the Hill Farmstead Brewery in early August and picked up a 2 liter growler of this particularly fruity Imperial IPA brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops. Why 2 liters? Let's just say I couldn't resist. Beer was poured from the growler into my St. Bernardus chalice. Review is from notes.

Appearance (5/5): A medium strength pour from the growler produces a luxuriant 2 finger, white head of foam that sits atop a body of opaque, peach orange colored beer. A significant amount of sticky lacing lines the sides of the glass. This is one of the most picturesque IPAs I have seen: it has the signature HF peach orange hue and opaqueness due to its being unfiltered and demonstrates ample head and lacing. Everything you want to see in a beer, nothing less.

Smell (5/5): Notes of pineapple, tropical fruit, some pine. There is a distinct earthiness to the S & S #4's aroma that I really like. There are faint hints of malt that push back, albeit gently and, ultimately, ineffectually against the tidal wave of fruity hop aromas.

Taste (5/5): The first thing anyone notices about this IPA is the absurd level of fruitiness going on: mango, pineapple, orange, passion fruit, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. A little piney flavor is worked in there as well. The bitterness is medium-ish, to put it technically; hop astringence is less prevalent than hop sweetness and fruitiness. S & S's bitterness grows as you consume and the hop oils saturate the tongue, however. A nice biscuity malt provides a nice bit of token resistance. Minimal alcohol presence in the back does not distract at all from the wonderful hop flavor experience. Legit perfection here.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Society and Solitude #4 has a medium body and good medium-light carbonation. This is a very smooth beer. Unlike many IPA's, this one doesn't have much prickliness to it. It is highly drinkable and never feels thick or cloying because of body, poor carbonation problems, or resinous-ness.

Overall (5/5): Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #4 is, simply put, incredible beer and is one of my favorite Imperial IPAs. It is a beautiful, exceptionally fruity, mildly bitter, and immensely drinkable beer that begs to be had fresh. Whenever you see it on tap or at the brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT, make sure to snag some. I hope all you hop-lovers enjoy it as much as I did.

Serving type: growler

08-23-2012 03:38:53 | More by hagbergl
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DoubleSunshine610

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-23-2012 00:45:36 | More by DoubleSunshine610
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BigLittleHokis

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-19-2012 15:35:56 | More by BigLittleHokis
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-19-2012 14:23:33 | More by InspectorBob
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ehammond1


4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

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.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2012 02:19:05 | More by ehammond1
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claytong

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-18-2012 23:54:35 | More by claytong
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HopHead84

California

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-18-2012 04:41:15 | More by HopHead84
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mitchellaneous

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-18-2012 03:08:07 | More by mitchellaneous
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 23:28:05 | More by Sammy
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-17-2012 01:52:57 | More by millerbuffoon
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2012 21:42:03 | More by jzeilinger
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-15-2012 20:04:36 | More by bootdown21
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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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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-15-2012 02:14:06 | More by Chugs13
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2012 21:27:41 | More by orangesol
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Nickfellow007

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-14-2012 20:29:46 | More by Nickfellow007
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harrymel

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2012 05:19:49 | More by harrymel
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-13-2012 02:06:01 | More by rondufresne
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-11-2012 20:38:20 | More by ferrettman687
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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
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.