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Society & Solitude #4 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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100
world-class

475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 230
Gots: 6 | 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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sweemzander

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-16-2013 14:07:25 | More by sweemzander
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FosterJM

California

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1434th Review on BA
Growler to HF Stem
750ml

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.

Serving type: growler

08-04-2012 16:11:37 | More by FosterJM
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2012 03:32:51 | More by rudzud
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mynie

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

08-30-2013 01:55:59 | More by mynie
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BGsWo22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-11-2013 16:32:16 | More by BGsWo22
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-14-2014 16:54:55 | More by tectactoe
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-21-2013 17:13:29 | More by AngusOg
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.6%

08-02-2012 01:06:20 | More by bpfrush
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-20-2014 15:33:16 | More by Griffith
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2012 23:43:18 | More by VelvetExtract
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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

07-15-2013 01:39:55 | More by Holland
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-06-2013 01:40:33 | More by outoffocus
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to Huhzubendah!

A - Pours a a mirky golden orange color, white frothy head, sticky lace, thick collar, and some wisps on top.

S - Big mango & tropical fruit sweetness up front on the nose along with some citrus and pine that quickly follow. The hops are there, big time, but the fruit & citrus help balance things out very nicely...not overpowering (which I prefer).

T - Grassy, tropical fruit sweetness, some earth, pine. A little more dank then the nose and the hops are showcased here a bit more. There still a nice orange citrus peel note here as well. Alcohol is there, ever so slightly for 8%. Finish is super-bitter pine & resin.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - A really nice DIPA that makes two special beers combine into one. I have to say, I'm a fan of the Galaxy DIPA over this beer, but prefer this one over Double Citra. That said, it's all meaningless chatter because this beer is very enjoyable and I will be drinking more in the very near future. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

07-25-2012 02:49:19 | More by Sean9689
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-20-2013 06:57:53 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for sharing this with me, corregidore!

Hazy yellow and light golden with a moderately sized near-white head eventually leaving lines and spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Pretty.

There's a huge assortment of citrus/fruity hop elements in this: grapefruit, mango, nectarine, and orange; sensing a theme? There's enough bread/biscuit to backbone this nicely.

The flavor is similar to the aroma as the citrus and bright fruit/hop notes stand out, though balanced nicely enough by biscuit and mild caramel. Moderate bitterness; remarkably drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

My favorite on a night that included many fine beers.

Serving type: growler

08-19-2012 02:19:05 | More by ehammond1
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-10-2014 15:18:57 | More by ShemRahBoo
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-03-2013 02:48:53 | More by kscaldef
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harrymel

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank Keith!

Pours murky apricot orange with thick white foam that sticks around for quite some time. The nose really opens as it warms - peach, mango, dank, some pineapple and resin. Nice nose - not too sweet, which is norm as of late. Flavor is bitter and grainy with plenty of nuances. Pine, grapefruit rinds, some lemon and grains. I'm surprised and refreshed at how bitter this is. Medium bodied and moderated carb. Nice beer, I'm betting this is a step higher up at the brewery fresh as possible. I think the peach and mango would be stronger and really make this one.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2012 05:19:49 | More by harrymel
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cosmicevan

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2012 03:33:53 | More by cosmicevan
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -12.3%

03-20-2013 20:09:30 | More by tom10101
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

05-04-2014 10:24:48 | More by williamjbauer
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-21-2013 20:27:53 | More by thegerm87
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koopa

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-28-2013 14:31:46 | More by koopa
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7

Look: Pours a yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch white head good retention and some nice circular lace

Smell: Tropical fruit galore here pineapple mango come to mind due to the Citra hops.

Taste: Again there is some tropical fruits mangos, peach and pineapple are all present. But I must say that I was not a fan of the way the Citra and Galaxy hops blended together it created a weird flavor that I can't really explain

Mouthfeel: Medium body and good amount of carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: I wanted to really like this beer because I absolutely love citra hops but in the end it just ended up being a solid DIPA and nothing overly special

Serving type: growler

07-28-2012 19:39:26 | More by DarthKostrizer
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -12.3%

08-25-2012 19:30:32 | More by birchstick
Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.