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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 227
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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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

11-11-2013 09:33:35 | More by zestar
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-18-2013 03:51:24 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.63/5  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.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2012 22:36:24 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.3%

09-08-2013 17:09:38 | More by BARFLYB
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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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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-07-2013 05:26:29 | More by drewone
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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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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-14-2013 01:15:22 | More by Kelp
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billab914

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-03-2014 22:06:34 | More by billab914
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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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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

07-10-2014 18:24:12 | More by drummermattie02
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-16-2014 03:48:06 | More by liamt07
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 17:12:40 | More by tobelerone
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

01-22-2013 01:22:52 | More by jrallen34
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2013 20:40:32 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-28-2012 15:16:03 | More by Rhettroactive
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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
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-04-2013 12:37:30 | More by ShanePB
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2012 17:36:54 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

12-30-2012 20:33:24 | More by AgentZero
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-03-2013 01:00:22 | More by iL0VEbeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.58/5  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.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2012 00:06:28 | More by DefenCorps
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

11-02-2012 01:00:23 | More by chippo33
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-25-2012 19:16:50 | More by bsuedekum
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to the ever-generous kingkong for the growler. Shared with friends and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy pale orange body under a finger of large-bubbled white froth from a vigorous pour. Not much internally-produced head, but for impact bubbles they stick around well. Very light lace. No better than average.

S: Lovely hop dominance. Quite dank and herbal up front, with citrus and tropical fruit following close behind. Just a hint of toasty malt. Excellent, but not quite room-filling.

T: Spicy, piquant hoppiness right away, with mango, grapefruit, and spruce resin dominant on the middle part. Huge herbal bitterness pounds the back of my tongue throughout the slightly malty finish and persists to the end of the citrusy, almost eternal aftertaste. Super flavorful, but a little shy of truly dynamic.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Very soft and delicate, but a touch too close to lifeless.

O: Excellent beer, but I enjoyed both Double Citra and Double Galaxy significantly more. Thanks again, Patrick!

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

09-07-2012 02:18:17 | More by woosterbill
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.