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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 118
Hads: 835
Avg: 4.55
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 338
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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:
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 Damian
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a snifter

Outstanding appearance. The cloudy, yellow ochre liquid was topped by a one-finger finger tall, frothy, bright white head. Drippy sheets of lacing trickled along the glass. The head dropped to a thick, bubbly, lasting ring.

The aroma was phenomenal. Uber hoppy and fruity with loads of tropical fruit notes. Passionfruit dominated. Peach and apricot also came through strong. There was an intensely dank, marijuana-like quality as well. Semi sweet. Juicy tangerine notes were apparent. Touch of citrusy tartness.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose and just as stellar. Peach and mango notes hit hard right off the bat. Incredibly fruity and tropical. Passionfruit again came through super strong. Good dose of mango. Really juicy. Tangerine was detectible. There was a slight lemony tartness on the back end. The beer finished with just a touch of grapefruit rind-like bitterness.

The mouthfeel was pillowy soft and fluffy. Creamy and slick on the palate. For the style, a bit lighter bodied than expected yet so smooth.

Just when I thought I had tried the best that Hill Farmstead has to offer, another beer comes along that makes me rethink just how amazing their beer really is. Society & Solitude #4 is possibly the most tropical fruit-forward double IPA I have ever encountered. This beer definitely ranks up there as one of my all-time favorites.

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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 brystmar
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft last night at Brouwerij Lane.

Beautiful golden pour with tons of white head. Plenty of lace adorns my glass. Strong aroma of fresh hops, grapefruit, mangos, citrus, sweet malt, and more piney hops. Love it!

Strongly hopped, yet the ominous malt backbone provides balance. Fruity and delicious up front with piney hops playing rhythm guitar. Perfectly carbonated, and honestly just sublime.

HF comes through again with another world-class DIPA!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head is bright-white, pillowy, and dense. Minimal retention. Leaves a couple chunks of cap with a small dense collar. Splotches and ropes of sticky lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Juicy tropical fruit explosion. Tons of peach and nectarine. Solid push of pine needle, grapefruit and orange zest and juice. Green onion and weed. So much peach it's actually a bit nuts. Juicy and macerated peach flesh. Sweet in good measure. Malt base offers a touch of a bready element with some pale malt sweetness. Resin. A touch of lemongrass thrown in the back. Incredibly dank under the sweetness.

Taste: Peach flavored weed. Super dank and super tropical. Peach flesh and juice in abundance. Oily and resinous pine. Pine needle. Touches of lemon and pineapple as well. Malts offer up a solid backbone with a slight biscuity sweetness with some bready elements. Pale malt. Some green onion. Bursts of grapefruit juice and zest. General citrus juice. A spicy and floral hop runs throughout. Tons of white nectarine as well. Fruity to the point where it's almost a candied sweetness. Lingering bitterness that almost hits aspirin.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Juicy and a touch creamy through the sip. Relatively high astringency with a decent dryness overall.

Overall: Double down every time.

These two hops always play well together and this is absolutely no exception. It's intense and almost overbearing but not quite. It might be the most peach forward thing I've had that didn't have peaches in it.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the farmhouse poured into a tulip. My first review in a while, but this was stand out enough to make male the effort.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a small white head and some nice thin lacing. Nose is fruity, citrus, and a bit piney.

Taste is bitter, but well balanced, very chewy and creamy with a nice full hop character- fruity and rich on the start and bitter and sweet on the finish. Excellent.

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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 angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled a couple hours ago

Consumed 8/29/15

A: Medium tangerine, with some golden honey - glows in the light - hazy, cloudy, with some clarity around the edges - medium sized, fluffy, off-white head, fades to a mostly solid, wispy cap, leaves some streaks and blobs of lacing

S: Stunning? Paralyzing? Magical? I have been smelling this for a while, and I can't get over it - fresh squeezed, ripe tropical fruit juice - bright, bright orange, tangerine, and grapefruit juice, flesh floral citrus - tons of stone fruit, ripe peach flesh, peach juice, apricots - massive tropical push, with mango, pineapple, and passion fruit - fruity - straight-up hops, hop resin, pine, and a touch of mint - herbal notes - pale malts at the base, extremely clean, no hints of alcohol

T: Juicy, fruity, big - massively hoppy, which is not a surprise - orange, tangerine, grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit - citrus, juice, flesh, and some oil, zest - an array of stone and tropical fruits - peach flesh, apricot, pineapple, mango, passion fruit - hop resin, pine, and some herbal flavors - moderate bitterness that tastes a little more herbal and grassy than expected - clean. pale malts, lightly sweet, touch of caramel, finishes clean

M: Medium body, very smooth, excellent carbonation, finishes clean

O: Can I actually drink this with my nose?

I'm slightly confused by some of the other reviews I am now skimming through, as they suggest that the aroma is not potent. Maybe this quickly fades over time, or maybe this batch is just hyper fresh. Regardless, this is one of the best smelling IPAs I have had in a long time. It's magical. Even compared to other Hill Farmstead DIPAs, this is notable. The taste does not quite fulfill the promises of the aroma, but it's still very lovely.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of starrdogg
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ScottP for sending this one my way. Hill Farmstead makes the best hoppy beers out there - super excited for another one.

Looks like a HF DIPA - a hazy golden-orange with a thin white head. All DIPAs should look like this one. Smell is awesomely fruity - you can barely even tell it's hops that you're smelling here and not a fresh fruit juice with a slight hint of spice. I've never had one quite like this before. The flavor here is also quite interesting - not exactly what I was expecting, but super impressive. Obviously it's hoppy, but the flavor is nicely complex - there is a quite noticeably an orange peel thing going on where you get both the sweetness and the bitterness at the same time. It's more on the bitter side than most of the HF DIPAs. Mouthfeel is nice and medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, another big hit of a hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead. This one is certainly a little unique and stands on its own.

Edit: Opening up a 2nd growler, this beer is not nearly as bitter and is significantly more drinkable than the first growler was. It's a hell of a beer! Bumping flavor from 4.5 to 5.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: An opaque orange. Bubbly white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
S: Citrusy aroma. Hints of tropical fruit.
T: Not incredibly vibrant, but very nice.
F: Smooth and very drinkable.
O: A bit sweet and fruity. A nice pleasant hoppy and bitterness that isn't overbearing.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a glass at the Dive Bar in Worcester. Double citre + double galaxy = amazing. Amazing citrus nose and taste with a creamy finish. Excellent balance while providing an amazing hop bite. One of my favorite beers ever....

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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 lovindahops
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok double galaxy meets double citra here we go.

A- murky ultra HF yellow an excellent off white head of foam. Spider-Man like lacing reaches to the side as the brew completely glows in the glass. The most vibrant look you can ever expect. The body screams DIPA

S- there it is.... Papaya, mango, citrus, pineapple, tropical oasis in a glass! Citra and galaxy accompanied by a prickly pine scent that is combined to create something you can only find from HF. This is what is meant by the terminology tropical bouquet. The scent is viral as it bursts into your nostrils and literally clings there. It's perfect... A utopia of DIPA's if you will

T- a cascade of smooth pineapple and mango glides over the tongue while some fresh waves of grass and mild earthiness dust along. So clean and full of a citric hop bouquet. Waves of prickly pineapples coate, sting, and consume the entire mouth. This is the real deal. Massively clean and constructed to dominate with a shade of bitterness

M- HF creaminess and carbonated flavor blasts the palate. Absolutely wicked.

O- I never thought I could have a beer that topped Double Galaxy. Well... Society and Solitude 4 just tied it! This tropical apocalypse just manifested itself as the best beer I have ever had (tied with DG). Unbelievably clean and full of the best hop profile one can ask for. Shaun Hill is the best brewer in the history of mankind. I'm serious

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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 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 kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a super hazy, murky, unfiltered apricot color, hues of orange and honey with a thick, white, soapy head, easily 2 fingers high with very nice retention that yields a lovely network of sticky lace. The aroma is nice, dank yet juicy, citrusy and piney, grapefruit, hop resin, mangos, pineapples and some grassy weediness that brings out the floral qualities, very pungent, with light, doughy malt. The flavors line up very well, huge pine that brings out the earthy, grassy character, big juicy citrus and tropical fruit with some more rustic wildflower flavors, much stronger bitterness than the nose suggested with the signature hill farmstead malt character, chewy and very doughy without being too sweet, just supports the hops while also imparting a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice, very juicy while coating very well, lively but creamy and soft at times with a very dry finish that lingers nicely.

Verdict: A very nice Double IPA from Hill Farmstead, per usual. Excellent showcase of hops that are both juicy and dank but at times they fight for attention and the bitterness is a bit high and kind of puts a damper on the brightness and delicate nature of the flavors, more aggressive than I'm used to seeing from Hill Farmstead.

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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 imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If double citra was pretty much the perfect ipa, then this is with the addition of the galaxy hops. I wish the growler never ran out of this beer. Im hooked on these HF pale ales!!

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Photo of dcloeren
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jared (jlindros) for this bottle!

Pours a hazy golden orange with a finger of bright white bubnly head

Big citrus and pine notes on the nose. The smell is extremely enticing.

The taste is an explosion of orange citrus and pungent pine hops. An amazing tasting brew for sure. I wish I could have had this straight from the tap.

Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking if you can handle hop bombs. Drying citrusy pine aftertaste.

Overall, this is a top notch IPA. Can't thank jlindros enough for the trade. The perfect brew for IPA day without a doubt.

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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 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 korguy123
4.92/5  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!

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The last of my HF growlers, and hopefully the best. 750 ml growler into a tulip.

A - The same as all the rest. Seriously, every HF IPA looks exactly the same. A pale, hazy yellow-orange with a bright, pillowy white head. Nice.

N - Hmm, I like these hops. The nose is tropical fruit and citrus, with no bitterness at all. And that's my favorite kind of IPA - hoppy but not bitter.

T - Good! Definitely a tad more bitter than the nose, but I get the bright, juicy floral hops, plenty of citrus. A very nice example of the style.

M - HF always nails it here. Frothy and coating everywhere. Always impressive.

O - I pretty much give all of their IPAs the same grade, and I'll do the same here. Another great one.

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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 MrVonzipper
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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