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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 857
Avg: 4.55
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 352
Gots: 36 | 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 jmarsh123
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold with a sticky 3 finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

Strong mango aroma. Loads of citrus and papaya as well.

Tropical fruits also shine through a lot in the flavor. I get a lot of mango and also some pineapple along with a resiny lingering finish. Juicy fruit lingers on the tongue.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels. Just a kiss of alcohol present even at 8%

Typical home run from Hill Farmstead. I could drink this one all day despite the higher ABV.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Hazy golden-orange body, essentially translucent. Big, persistent white head, big lacing.

S - Smacks the nose around with all kinds of hop wildness. Dank, cat, tropical notes, bodies, all mingled together. Some notes attract, some repel, but definitely interesting, and not surprising given the hop bill.

T - But if the nose is all over the place, the taste dials in on the pure hop dream of citrus. Orange juice, grapefruit pith, zest. It is powerful stuff, but the tightrope is walked, and it lands clean. The close is surprisingly mild, crisp, without the stinging bitterness one might expect.

M - This is shockingly clean, crisp, with only mild drying right in the tail end.

O - Rock solid, a double I'd drink any time I could get it, for certain. The only detraction is a wildness in the nose, which fortunately is still largely appealing. The taste and feel are simply amazing. Awe-inspiring work.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to enjoy some Hill Farmstead brews this weekend while up in VT. While some of the local brews left me a little dissappointed every brew I tried from HF was amazing. One was better than the other and this one was right at the top. Not the best looking brew I've had but one of the most tasty. Strong flavor and keeps on coming till the end. Wonderful brew thats worth seeking out.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Now THIS is the kind if IIPA I was expecting based on the universal love of Hill. #4 is the real deal! I found myself halfway through the glass before even realizing it. Dangerous at 8%. I wish this was more readily available as it's one of the best IIPA's around.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Glowing golden yellow-orange. Creamy head is large n in charge. Spotty lace and a good 1/4" retention once the head fades.

S: Very fresh and clean aroma. Lots of clarity. Peach, juicy bright berries, pineapple, apple, tangerine, mango, fresh doughy malt. Wow. Super crisp and happy.

T: Also high on the awesome scale. Sooo juicy and clean. So happy. After a few beers from this brewery I'm noticing a pattern. Clean and juicy. Dank, fresh, very well blended, very delicate. Fruit, fruit, fruit, floral, pine, and grain. Extremely drinkable, and just the kind of double IPA I like. Not too heavy feeling but big nonetheless.

M: Fluid and smooth. A touch resiny with fine carbonation that is worked in so well that you forget about it. This I'd juice meets beer, and I mean that in a 'it's awesome' kind of way.

O: Excellent.

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Photo of MaxSpang
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml growler into a Founders tulip. Thanks to Cam (UrbanCaver) for hooking me up!


Let's face it, IPAs almost always look sexy. This beer is no exception. It's a hazy orange juice color and sits under a rather large slightly off-white head. It had beautiful lacing throughout the (too short) drinking session. This is the kind of beer that would make even the most prude chap get all hot and bothered.


This beer filled the room with hoppy goodness when I opened the flip top. Tons of Citra yumminess, which brings tropical fruits like pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. The Galaxy brings passion fruit and more citrus. There is a bit of a grape-like aroma as well. For being 8%, there's no alcohol to be found on the nose. This. Beer. Smells. Great.


This is bonkers. It seriously tastes like a blend of freshly squeezed grapefruit and orange juice. I almost expect a little pulp while drinking this. There is a very good amount of tropical fruit character, like mango, a lot of pineapple, blood orange, etc. It's not as bitter as other IPAs I've had. Usually, when an IPA isn't bitter I get disappointed, but in this beer I don't miss it at all. It actually tastes less bitter than grapefruit juice while leaving all of the wonderful sweet fruit flavor. No alcohol to be found in this fella. The only negative thing I have to say about this beer is that there is the absolute SLIGHTEST dank/grassy flavor, but that's only because I drank my Haterade earlier. Overall, the Citra and Galazy are playing together so wonderfully in this beer you'd think they were soul mates.


Slightly under carbonated, which I can probably attribute to the 830+ mile trip that this beer had to undergo in the growler. That being said, this beer still has a wonderful mouthfeel. There's just enough residual sugar to keep this beer from going down exactly like water but is by NO means a struggle to drink. The body is medium-light, which is just about perfect for an IPA. There is a tiny bit of hop resin that lingers after the swallow, and it feels more like a grapefruit pith. Yum!


Hill Farmstead has been gaining a ton of respect lately, and beers like this are the reason for it. This is stupidly delicious and a triumph of brewing. I don't want to sit here and fan the flames of all the Hill Farmstead hype, but in my experience they totally deserve it. For me, the amazing thing about this beer is that it has the one thing that I don't like about Imperial IPAs - it's sweet, not bitter. I generally don't like IPAs unless they are tongue-splitting bitter. But this beer makes a fool out of me, and proves that you don't need an IPA that destroys your taste buds to be amazing. Whatever they are doing at Hill Farmstead they're doing right.


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 growler filled the other weekend, poured into HF bulb glass.

A. Large foamy white head with really nice lacing. Body is a hazy orange with some carbonation bubbling up. Looks pretty nice.

S. Big time sweet fruits. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango and orange and a subtle earthy green bitterness.

T. Obviously very hoppy. Sweet citrus melds nicely with the bitterness from front to back. Sweet pink grapefruit gets me initially along with an array of nice tropical fruits. Next comes a quick jab of bitterness that packs a punch. The finish is a nice balance of hops and sweet fruit that leads to a lingering citrus and pine taste. Awesome IPA.

M. Mediumish mouthfeel which is nice. Many of the big DIPAs ive had lately have been big thick and syrupy, this feels nice. Carbonation is smaller bubbles and a low to medium low amount. Feel is pretty much spot on.

O. This is a fantastic IPA, the flavor really takes the cake with this beer. Perfectly balanced between bold sweetness and bitterness. Everything else was spectacular as well. Another top notch brew from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL growler into an enlarged snifter. This was filled at the brewery a week ago today.

A: Pours a very hazy apricot and leaves a fluffy couple fingers of white head which take a while to fade, leaving some white atop the beer. (4.5)

S: Juicy citrus, tropical fruits, some floral hops, a touch of spruce, and some creamsicle. Full of delicious fruit flavors, no off flavors at all. (4.75)

T: Big grapefruit, pineapple, apricots, a bit of spruce, some grassy/earthy notes. Very drinkable, full of hoppy deliciousness. (4.75)

M: Medium, slightly creamy body, medium carb with some juiciness in the body. (4.5)

O: A really well done, aggressively hoppy (especially citrus and tropical) IPA that is very drinkable. Hopheads will definitely enjoy this one, as did I. (4.75)

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of weonfire
4.73/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Grower fill. One of the cleanest, fruitiest IIPAs I've ever had. Honestly I think the mouth feel is what really sets this IIPA apart. Fresh SoS and Dinner may be 'cleaner' but don't come near the feel of S&S #4.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | 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..

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Photo of rudzud
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 750 ml growler poured into a tulip glass about two weeks after the growler was filled. Beer pours a hazy orange color, nothing visible through it, with a finger of soft frothy off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes, leaving heavy lacing on the edge of the glass, to a collar of frothy bubbles. Really nice lacing.

Nose orange fruit and peel, mango, pineapple, pine, dank herbal and grassy hops, and light caramel sweetness.

Taking a sip, citrus peel bitterness, orange and grapefruit, and sweeter hops, orange, mango and pineapple. Mid tongue, more dank pine and herbal flavors dominate with continuing light sweet hops and a bit of caramel malt to help balance the bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering citrus and dank herbal and pine flavors.

Light to medium body, with plenty of carbonation despite the growler fill, light and zesty bubbles. My first HF DIPA and it's very very good.

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Photo of JandJMD
4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy with a nice light orange color.
Smells amazing when the growler is popped. A very sweet fruit smell.
The taste is a lot of tangerine and mango with sweetness up front and then a long lingering bitterness on the end with a pine aftertaste. Some sticky-ness at the end.
It was pretty heavily carbonated out of the growler at first (assuming from transport), but generally a lighter carbonation, decent head, just clinging to the glass.

Wish this was more readily available.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Hill and poured from growler.

A- hazy yellow and straw like color. A finger if frothy white head.

S- lots of tropical citrus fruits. Grapefruit, peach, and some lemon. Just a touch of pine.

T- very fruity and juicy. Very enjoyable and all the citrus from the nose has not disappeared on the taste. This one was a little different than the other IPAs on tap, as it had a slight bitterness at the end, but it was an enjoyable bitter. Almost a little tart, but very smooth and refreshing.

M- medium bodied, a smooth light creaminess with medium carbonation.

O- another really great IPA from HF. I feel like this brewery can't mess up a beer. I could drink this or any if their beers all day, every day.

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Photo of peensteen
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%

Reviewed from notes, fresh growler shared by Liam.

Pale orange colour, 2 fingers of white head with some lace as well. Smell is hoppy with a nice mix of juicy tropical and citrus flavours, honeydew melon and tangerine with a light crackery malt closer. Taste has lots of honeydew melon and fruit, tropical, moderate bitterness mixed with hop flavours, dry throughout and into the finish. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body, fairly oily. Exceptional, probably the best DIPA I have had to date.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light yellow/gold color with a finger of near white head, great lacing and retention. Amazing citrusy semi sweet flavors. Lighter citrus notes, reminiscent of pineapple and mango. Ideal drink ability, medium bodied, semi sticky but decent carbonation and bitter notes make this a very refreshing beer. My favorite HF to date.

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Photo of gonzowestwood
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on Tap in a Chimay goblet

A- A cloudy apricot, light orange with a thin head and nice lacing on the glass

S- Orange, grapefruit and citrus hops. A little sweetness almost like fresh strawberries. None of that barnyard hay/funk you get from other HF beers

T- A nice complex hop kick in the teeth. like a fresh sweet orange and nice balance of bitter and sweetness. Again none of that yeasty/grassy you get from the others.

M- Medium to mild. big flavor but not much carbonation

O- Another magnificent beer from HF. This beer reminds me of Lawson's 'Double Sunshine' big time.

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Photo of FoundersPounder
4.82/5  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 ;)

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Photo of NearTheGrove
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best DIPA I have ever had. Pure tropical deliciousness, so damn juicy. Would drink this every day if I could. Unseats S&S 6 as my favorite HF hop bomb. Need more.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours that of any HF IPA I've tasted. It's a light, hazy straw color with a fluffy white head. It has the same mysterious HF glow.

Best smelling ipa. Ever. This smells so good. Juicy fruits, straight up. Papaya, mango and pineapple. A complex, well-crafted juice, if you will. Well, not quite...

Tastes a lot like the smell. This is a super complex, fruity, tangy ipa. All the same fruit flavors that come in waves after each sip. There is some bitterness in the flavor, but it serves only to balance, not to overwhelm. I don't mind an overwhelming bitterness, but that isn't what this beer is about. I don't know how it's possible to achieve such a unique and distinct flavor profile in an ipa, but I'm sure it's some brilliant combination of the galaxy, citra, and well water.

Mouthfeel is again typical of HF IPAs; and by typical I mean perfect. Creamy, rich, medium-full bodied. Insanely drinkable.

This is my second favorite ipa only next to Ephraim. The flavor profile between is is very different, but all the stand out features remain consistent between each brew. Shaun knows which elements to highlight and which elements to leave alone. Can't wait to try more and more.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Served on tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. The beer arrived in a Hill Farmstead wine glass with a creamy two-finger head and a color that is difficult to describe. It's something of a muted orange with a golden glow. The beer is uniformly cloudy. It almost looks like a mango smoothy. Can't wait to try it.

S - Totally blown away by the smell here. It's all of the citrus elements that one might describe in an IPA, wrapped up with that distinctive fresh smell.

T - Follows the nose dead on, but with a rounded, balancing bitterness that lifts the other flavors up on its shoulders. Truly a wonderful mix of flavors. No alcohol detectable.

M - Can't imagine better. A little fuller than medium bodied, but with carbonation that pushes the flavor everywhere in my mouth. It's pillowy, and not the least bit fizzy.

O - I could have just kept ordering these. Well, until I fell out of my chair. Wonderful beer. I hope everyone gets a chance to try it.

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Photo of Weebay
4.84/5  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.

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