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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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world-class

465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
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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Seakyden

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-03-2013 01:29:29 | More by Seakyden
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

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

SS#4 750ml poured into a HF stem

A- Bright golden cloudy hue with a pillowy soft head, looks incredibly inviting

S- Great, mango, passionfruit, papaya, some bitter grapefruit,

T- Initially soft burst of citrus bitter akin to more of a tangerine/orange rind that turns into waves of passionfruit, mango and then kicks in with a more defined grapefruit like bitterness, amazing how many different flavors you get in this...no alcohol and some light cracker malt keeps the bitterness from being overwhelming

M- perfect, not too dry, still a touch of body to carry all the hop flavor

O- One of my favorite beers, dangerously drinkable, even more so than Heady; may be my favorite HF IPA

Serving type: growler

09-14-2013 19:58:13 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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mikeywtc

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-28-2012 21:36:13 | More by mikeywtc
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alwaysanswerb

California

5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-26-2012 02:26:57 | More by alwaysanswerb
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Cooker_stp

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-27-2013 01:25:25 | More by Cooker_stp
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ryang1428

Delaware

5/5  rDev +9.6%

06-28-2014 02:20:54 | More by ryang1428
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-12-2012 23:56:28 | More by TheRuss9585
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Bzah

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-18-2014 00:16:33 | More by Bzah
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jdelbalzo99

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-07-2014 16:42:43 | More by jdelbalzo99
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caguiar

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-03-2013 16:46:36 | More by caguiar
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Mlarz2100

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-10-2014 16:36:15 | More by Mlarz2100
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peacemakers48

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-19-2014 12:33:03 | More by peacemakers48
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Rathakem

Oregon

5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-16-2013 19:52:34 | More by Rathakem
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GatorLCA

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.6%

10-01-2013 19:54:56 | More by GatorLCA
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Scarfer_Brad

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-05-2014 21:25:38 | More by Scarfer_Brad
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Sheppard

Massachusetts

4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've heard a lot about Hill Farmstead and the beers that I've had from Hill Farmstead prior to this have been great to oh my god fantastic. I was in Vermont for the weekend and I have Everett, Edward, and Walden. While I though all were good, only Everett was amazing to me. Now, I barely got three growlers of HFS at the brewery because I overlooked the fact that they were cash only. Anyway, I got three smaller growlers and I'll review Susan and Abner when I have then.

I'm not going to do a full ASTMO review, but this beer was incredible. While a lot of IPAs get that citrus grapefruit-y flavor, #4 gets more of oranges. It's sweeter and tangier. It has some but not most of the sour quality of the more grape fruitier IPAs. It's got a little more of that creamy IPA goodness you'd get from an IPA that has more of that banana/guava goodness. Overall, Society and Solitude #4 will leave you wanting more because it is so damn good.

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip, but this makes me feel grateful to be home and enjoy such a great beer..

Serving type: growler

07-05-2014 01:16:06 | More by Sheppard
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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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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden yellow body with a sticky white head.

A big dank, stinky hop aroma. Melon, grass, and tropical fruits.

The beer is straight up dank as hell. Resinous and fiendishly bitter but exploding with passion fruit, fresh cut grass, and lemon rind.

Still, it attains a high level of drinkability with all that going on.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2012 13:34:40 | More by BearsOnAcid
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled at the brewery, 10 day old batch.
Super special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this one. Your generosity never ceases to amaze...

A- Hazy sunset hued pour with a two finger, large white bubbled head. Slowly fades to a thin cap leaving gobs of lacing around the sides of the glass.

S- Huge amounts of grapefruit, it's as if it has grapefruit juice in it. That sour, citrusy pulpy flesh thrown right in. Bitter pine and than it sweetens out with pineapple, mango and a touch of mandarin and strawberries. This truly is a remarkable smelling beer. Super citrus forward just the way I like it and the way it should be!

T- Grapefruit, mango, mandarin oranges, mango and pineapple. Very tropical but still bitter enough with the citrus and pine hop profile to make any hop head savour every sip. Lingering grapefruit finish.

M- Heavier side of light bodied, good carbonation.

O- I think I found the perfect (if not top 2) IPAs ever produced. It's literally perfect in every sense, the grapefruit is what does it for me. I used to hate grapefruit years ago but now I can't get enough, and having it jammed in a bottle of beer from a highly regarded brewery makes it even better!

Serving type: growler

07-27-2012 21:05:39 | More by korguy123
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler from 9-18-13, drank on 9-29-13. Thanks to DonFrap for snagging this one for me!

This poured a hazy gold color with a foamy, thick off-white head that stays for a long time, leaving lacing down the glass as you go.

The aroma on this thing... wow. After my pour I was sitting back in my chair playing on my phone, a good 3 feet from the glass, and the smell was overpowering. Incredibly mango and citrusy hop and fruit smell.

The taste is an ever-changing complex arrangement that leaves you wishing the bottle was bottomless. At the forefront is a pleasant mango and fruit that tapers off to a biting grapefruit. The way this changes in your mouth is incredible.

Medium mouthfeel with perfect carbonation (even after spending a week and a half in the growler).

I wouldn't change a thing about this beer, except make it available more often.

A must have.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2013 02:20:09 | More by jbdpsu82
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MrVonzipper

California

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks LambicKing!
Pours a fairly hazy peach color with a great fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

Lovely nose full of tropical fruit, pineapple, apricot, mango and citrus peels.

Flavor is fantastic. Amazing light citrus. Fantastically balanced with a slightly fruity sweetness up front and finishing with a lovely citrussy and mildly bitter hop back end.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal. So light and crisp. So good on this un-godly hot CA summer day.

Overall, God I wish HF was in CA. I've had this and Abner as far as their ipas and both are just phenomenal!

Serving type: growler

09-13-2012 00:14:21 | More by MrVonzipper
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +7%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 00:43:32 | More by Huhzubendah
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durrrr

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

A - Familiar HF hazy, golden, orangeish-yellow, straw color with three finger head with great lacing and retention. Beautiful.

S - Sweet, hoppy, fruit juice with some mellow tropical mango, pineapple balanced with sharp grapefruit citrus. pretty amazing. Hint of malt, but that's it.

T - Wow! wonderful flavor profile. You get fresh, juicy hop notes from orange & grapefruit to pineapple, mango and even banana! I've never tasted a banana like note -- delicious! Really nice balance of bitterness and sweetness throughout with a lingering finish. There is a slight pale malt presence, but easily outshined by the glorious hop juice!

M - Incredibly drinkable, especially with a medium to full body. Very robust, bursting with flavor. Great carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. As each sip lingered on the palate, it left great anticipation for the next.

O - Delicious and most enjoyable. Having sampled many of HF's DIPAs, I have perhaps even unrealistic expectations when I taste a new one. This beer delivered. It's high on the top favorites list for me. I enjoyed #4 more than either Double Citra or Double Galaxy on their own. A world class beer. So drinkable, fresh and refreshing, you could enjoy outside on a summer day, lazily passing conversation, pour after pour. Yet so equally delicious and interesting, you could savor each sip as if it were the last. I feel this is where Mr. Hill solves the Double IPA equation. Achieving the perfect combination of wonderfully interesting, unique and delicate flavor profiles that are equally as approachable, inviting, and drinkable. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 12:11:13 | More by durrrr
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xenjoiii

New York

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This review is a based on culmination of notes taken from when I had the beer fresh on draft (at Positive Pie) and from a three day old growler filled at Hill Farmstead Brewery.

A: Poured a deep golden color with an apricot-orange tinted hue with about a finger and a half of white head. The head receded into suds and a thick rim around the walls of the glass.

S: The aroma on the beer reveals hints of orange, grapefruit, and tangerines. The beer holds a very "clean" smell. One of the better smelling DIPAs I have head (reminds me of Abner).

T: This is what an IPA should taste like; bright sweet citrus quality engulfs my palate (notes of sweet orange and sugar sprinkled grapefruit) upfront. Out the back is mild sweetness that is over taking by a lingering bitterness.

M: Light/Soft carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

O: A very well crafted IPA. The aroma is an excellent foreword to the taste. The taste is extremely balanced and full of flavor. On par, if not better than Abner (and I loved Abner).

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 22:39:32 | More by xenjoiii
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Weebay

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 day old Growler brought back by TheSevenDuffs.

A - cloudy copper orange

S - Awesome. A lot of tropical fruits but mango really stands out, some pine notes.

T - Tropical fruit, passion fruit and mango stand out amongst the impressive salvo of fruit flavors, some pine. There is an impressive amount of hop flavour without being over powering and annihilating your palate for anything else you might eat/drink

M - This is the one of the most impressive things about the beer, very dry mouth feel. Lowish carbonation.

O - An amazing beer. Full of delicious hops, fantastic mouth feel. This is one of the best beers I have ever had the good fortune of having.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2012 21:44:06 | More by Weebay
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.