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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 861
Avg: 4.55
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 355
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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 jegross2
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead. This might be my favorite IPA that they make, which is to say a lot since Shawn Hill makes some of the best IPA out there.
Score: 97

A week only growler poured and served in to a snifter glass and enjoyed on 08/02/12. This is a backlogged review from notes.

Appearance: Pours a slightly dull, unfiltered orange-peach color with two fingers of off-white head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Good oily lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Fresh tropical citrus and pine. Loads of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange rind and grassy hops. Oh boy! 4.75/5

Taste: Aggressively hopped grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple upfront, which slowly washes away as more of the piney/grassy hops comes through towards the finish with only a hint of lingering tropical flavor on back of tongue. Touch of dirtiness/earthiness on the midpalate to balance out sweet citrus favors too. A near perfect balance is struck here between the sweet and bitter elements, with growing degrees of bitter, slightly dank qualities in the finish as it warms up. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with a low amount of carbonation that lets the bitterness sit heavy on the tongue. Juicy on the tongue. 4/5

Overall: Yet another knockout IPA experiment from the master. This imperial IPA gives Heady Topper a serious run for its money.

Recommendation: Absolutely seek this one out if/when rebrewed again, unless you hate IPAs.

Pairings: Hawaiian pizza.

Cost: $25 for a 2L growler (including the cost of the container).

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Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl growler generously shared by Doug. Poured into a Cantillon wine glass today 9/14/2013 during our One Ear Anniversary tasting.

It pours that typical Hill Farmstead hazy golden colour.. with that typical 2cm white head with awesome retention. Not going to lie, this is like the 5th Hill Farmstead IPA I've ever had, and I'm thinking I've been so spoiled by this one.

Now, no question that this is the best DIPA I've ever smelled. It has so much papaya, mango, orange and tangerine I've ever smelled in a beer. It is just so pleasant, citrusy and smooth that I could sniff this growler forever. Of any IPA/DIPA I've ever had, if you ever made a perfume out of this, this is what I would do. It just smells so sweet, complex and fruity all at once.

Flavour on this one is just so great. I'm just trying to figure out if this hop profile can beat Ephraim's. In the end, its very close but no cigar. But no question, there is just so much citrus and tropical fruit in this one that it unseats Abner. And that's saying a lot. One of the best DIPAs I've ever had. Thank you Doug, for sharing this one!

Mouthfeel is typical Hill Farmstead. So full bodied, creamy and refreshing. I honestly wish all brewers would talk to this guy and incorporate his advice into making their beers this creamy and full bodied. The whole world would be better off for it. Its not dry at all, its bitter but yet so flavourful and drinkable that this beer disappears so soon.

Okay, so this is great. Its crazy to think about it though, if you're a total DIPA head, Vermont is the one state out of the 50 states in the Union that you would want to live in. This is the one of the best DIPAs I've ever had, and I cannot question the use of Citra and Galaxy hops in this. Wow!

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Photo of mtomlins
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mlk growler 2 days after it was filled. This was yet another amazing IPA from HF. I had it the day after Double Citra and found many of the same notes (the sweet, ripe citrus and tropical notes in the nose and taste) but also with a bitmore of a bittering hop bit in the finish. These guys have the Midas Touch right now!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Hill Farmstead Stemmed balloon glass. Bottled yesterday at the brewery.

Pours a deep orange, hazy unfiltered body with a generous white head, reducing fairly quickly but leaving blotchy white lacing.

Bright, fresh, tropical aromas shine through the foam - pineapple, fresh citrus, raw hops, slight buttery aromas come through at times.

On the tongue is an explosion of fresh hops, a nice combination of juicy tropical fruits and delicious dank, resinous zing. Citrus, grapefruit, pineapple. Malt backbone is there -this makes for a nice, medium body with medium-low carbonation.

I didn't expect anything less from HF - where some of the best IPAs in the world are brewed. Perfectly balanced, super flavorful, and an absolute enjoyment to drink.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer.

Most breweries would kill to be able to produce a beer this good. Yet, at Hill Farmstead, it's not even a Top 3 beer.

My only complaint is that when I mixed a growler of Double Citra with a growler of Double Galaxy, it tasted even better than S+S #4.

That being said, this is still a beer that is worth buying every time it is available.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of orange and citrus rind with a lighter hop aroma. Taste is bright orange and citrus with a crisp bitter finish. Nice bitterness on the back-end with a peppery mouth-feel. The citrus washes out with a hoppy bitter feel stays for a bit. Really, really excellent showing from Hill Farmstead. This is world class.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of Verecund
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler opened on September 4, 2012. I'm fearful for the day when a google search of "Society & Solitude" brings up Hill Farmstead beers instead of Emerson, but according to Greg Currie, literature can't give us insight into the mind and its workings anyways, so I drink Hill Farmstead when I could be reading Emerson.

Pours a cloudy tangerine yellow-orange. A finger of resilient, creamy white head sticks around.

Riper-than-ripe juicyfruit nose. Unbelievable tropical fruit, mango, tangerine, lemon citrus, pineapple, maybe a hint of green leafy bitterness. Bright, bitter, and brilliant.

More of the same. A citra bomb on the front of the palate, beaming citrus and pineapple, playing right into galaxy's passionfruit/tropical fruit brilliance. Mango juice. This beer sweats more juicy, fruity bitterness than other beers are made of. Resinous finish. Just enough sweetness to pull this back from the too-bitter.

Creamy; medium, medium light bodied.

At this point I'm convinced Shaun knows something other brewers don't. One of my personal favorites from his repertoire of IPAs/DIPAs, and playing right into my weaknesses, S&S #4 is a nearly perfect showcase of what citra and galaxy can do.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer comes to me in a small snifter, a fact which I assume destroys a bit of the fluffy factor in the head. Pretty translucent golden orange color. Big aromas of tropical fruit, melon, tangerine. Its a tropical bonanza. Super fruity! Melon, tangerine, citrus, and waves of bitterness crash over my palate. Dry and medium bodied. I love these hop forward X2IPAs that aren't sticky or cloying. Sometimes I find X2IPAs can lean to far towards barleywine or strong ale. This one rocks.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1434th Review on BA
Growler to HF Stem

Thanks to RudZud & Jlindros for sending this.

App- As soon as the cap was popped on the growler I was excited. Pours out a deep orange with a bit of a unfiltered haze to it. The head was pure white with a great amount of cling to it.

Smell- Awesomely hoppy but not over done. Not boozy. Rich notes of creme come up with deep notes of tropical fruits. Guava, mango, pineapple. So lush you just smell for a while. I get only small amounts of pine coming up as well.

Taste- OMG, like Guy Fieri says, "Welcome to flavor town" This is a great example of a well made DIPA with huge hops, great citrus and incredible balance. Not overtly piney or boozy on the flavor. Great layers of creamy hops and dank citrus.

Mouth- Incredible smooth and lush with a low medium body and a paired well bubbly medium carbonation. The creamy notes just stay with you and at the same time entice you into drinking this way too quickly.

Drink- I think I finally have something to suggest to people other than HT. This is like HT's little brother that is slowly going through a growth spurt ready to kick big bros ass.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with a nice bright white head. Aroma is fairly tropical with notes of mango and pineapple alongside a healthy dose of citrus zest. A light amount of malt notes in there as well.

Citrus notes dominate the palate with a nice array of grapefruit and orange. Bitterness is there to give a little kick but does not abuse your tastebuds like many DIPAs do. Finding this to be rather sweet with just enough malt backbone to help round things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice lively carbonation. Overall, S&S #4 truly is a top notch DIPA that really shows how some of these newer hops like citra can be used.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap, served in a snifter. Orange and yellow hued body, leaning toward a straw-colored yellow. Fluffy white head; lacing in spades. Nose of citrus and tropical fruits, a little dankness underneath it all. Taste follows the nose, with an ever-so-slight presence of alcohol heat. A godly mouthfeel. Very pleasant to drink. Hill Farmstead is making it hard on everyone else to create good IPAs.

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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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Photo of fdig23
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 8/31, consumed 9/6.

Appearance: Vibrant, glowing pale orange with an effervescent bone white head. Beautiful.

Nose: A bit subdued, surprisingly, but still excellent. Big juicy citrus: oranges, lemons, grapefruits. Some sharp apple and overripe mango. Tons of fruit. The galaxy adds a nice floral grassiness to everything.

Taste: One of the juiciest double IPAs I've tasted. Rich orange juice, fresh mangoes, lemon zest. There's a good bit of fresh-cut grass and white flowers mixed into the middle and a crisp, light toast backbone. Finishes sticky and lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect. Full, sticky, maybe a hint too carbonated but its really hard to complain.

Overall: This may be my favorite IPA that I've had from Hill Farmstead. The juiciness is intense and the balance of it all is excellent. This is definitely in my top tier of double IPAs. I very much hope to get to drink this again someday.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy orange body with a thick white head and nearly opaque lacing.
S: Very subtle smell, but still very nice. Citrus aromas dominate the nose, but there are some very mild tropical notes coming through.
T: Meyer lemon, grapefruit and pineapple shine. Very well balanced, with a bit of sweetness up front but finishing dry and hoppy.
F: Soft but crisp feel. Nice full body, but not too full. Little to no booziness.
O: This is a world-class beer for sure. Not my favorite from the brewer, but I already can't wait to drink it again.

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