Society & Solitude #4
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Society & Solitude #4Society & Solitude #4
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #20
ABV:
8%
Score:
100
Ranked #64
Avg:
4.6 | pDev: 6.3%
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
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Society & Solitude #4Society & Solitude #4
Notes: Our experimental Double IPA experience continues. Hybrid Imperial IPA... Think Double Citra Meets Double Galaxy.
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Photo of Bfm
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What complexity! On the dryer side, despite the rich tropical elements. In a sense, more restrained, but so tightly woven! Packed with flavors and layers that listing them would be silly. Just an incredible beer with perfect craftsmanship.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So it is a gloomy Friday approaching evening and thanks to Shayne Duggan I am drinking one of if not the finest breweries in the country. Pours a very hazy yellow orange with a finger sticky white head that yields excellent retention and leaves massive streaks of lace behind after every sip, canned on 11/11/19. 4.75

Smell is papaya, tangerine, mango, apricot, cantaloupe, blueberry, pineapple, and pink grapefruit rind. 4.75

Taste follows massive tropical fruit papaya, tangerine, mango, cantaloupe, pineapple, upfront with blueberry, apricot, and grapefruit shining in the lip smacking finish, really balanced and juicy as heck! 5

Mouthfeel is is big, sticky not dry, soft gentle carbonation, and at 8% ABV extremely drinkable but loaded with flavor. 5

Overall this is exactly what you expect from these amazing brewers and especially with Citra and Galaxy hops. Really special. 4.5

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Photo of Gajo74
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Arts and Craft Beer Parlor, NYC.
The color is redolent of freshly squeezed orange juice. Turbid in appearance with a layer of chill haze. No significant head, rather, minimal scattered bubbles on the surface, yet, there is lots of lacing throughout.
Intense hops driven aroma that highlights a varied bouquet of fruit and pungent herbal hops. In the 1st phase, there are notes of oranges, grapefruit, pear, and papaya. A light cracker malt aroma throughout. In the 2nd phase, herbaceous and dank notes of pine resin and grass.
The taste opens with a soft graham cracker malt sweetness accompanied by juicy notes of alcohol laced tropical, citrus and orchard fruit. Fruity and delicious flavors of grapefruit, orange, papaya, mango, peach and pear throughout. In the middle palate, a developing bitterness adds balance, along with notes of grass, pine resin and herbal dank. Furthermore, although juicy, the palate has dryness. Throughout the drink, the bitterness increases, as does the alcohol spice, to its credit, without booziness.
Medium to full bodied, gently carbonated and with a smooth mouthfeel, due perhaps to the addition of wheat and oats. The finish is dry and resiny with a lingering bitterness.
This is one of those beers in which the taste lingers in both the mouth and in the memory. I really hope to have it again sometime because it was wonderful.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best consumed by 8/26/16"; drank 8/26/16 (!) @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque orange/yellow appearance.

Nice bright white head; frothy lace.

Peach, orange citrus & pineapple notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple juice, peach & fresh spring water flavors up front; tangy mango & dry grass notes on the finish.

Perhaps the perfect expression of the NE IPA style. Bravo!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can from egrandfield
8/5/19

L : JUICE. Pure juice. Tons of acidic head clinging on in ropes beautifully. The glass looks like we're taking a ride through a car wash!

S : Peach pit. Slight dank socks. Amazing dank wet grass. Slight hash pipe. Wow, wow, wow.

T : At first, it didn't catch me much. That first sip yields a lot of wet grass and dry grass alike, with some pine and socks, but hold it...hold it...the finish...the finish brings ALL of the flavors forth. Once it's swallowed, the beer completely coats the palate and brings the most amazing papaya-mango-orange juice blast that sits, and sits, and settles on the palate. Incredible, guys.

F : Juicy, acidic, slightly resinous but not overly so, more acid, juice, resin, it continues....resiny finish. Moderate carb, moderate alcohol warmth - just enough to warm you up.

O : Was not disappointed in the least. Very, very good stuff, and I can't wait to procure more of what these guys have done. Very well done. A+

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Photo of stoumi
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Society & Solitude #4 pours a thick, hazy and golden pear juice looking yellow with a big 2-finger, white and complex head, with excellent retention and lacing. The smell is juicy with a big, clean and bright citrus presence, like a tall glass of orange juice and tangerine with a hint of mango and a mild candied sweetness. The taste is excellent! Nice and smooth over the palette with a balanced citrus flavor with a mild creaminess but not overly thick. Juicy orange up front with some berry, a sweet candied melon and a grassy yet subtle dank characteristic.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours two finger head from freshly canned 12oz vessel into wine glass. Very sweet and melon-tasting with a Cabot cheese smell. Good for the first half then became too sweet. Better from the can imo. Very good, but needs to be pretty cold to enjoy it without it becoming too sweet.

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Photo of TheGent
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: This beer pours an opaque, hazy, golden yellow white grapefruit juice color. It does not have that murky, pond water unattractiveness that comes along with some NEIPA. No visible carbonation. A fluffy white head that sits a finger high in my stemmed wine glass, settling down to a thin layer across the top while leaving a thick blanket of lacing in its wake.

Smell: Meaty and cheesy upon first whiff, with some green, dank, grassy and even skunky notes. As the beer sits for a few minutes the tropical juice notes really come out, including mango, one of my favorite IPA aromas described as crushed sweet tart candy. Orange citrus. There is a sweet bready malt aroma.

Taste: Up front orange citrus, followed by tons of berry including blueberry and strawberry. Sweet, bready malt flavor. The beer pleasantly bitters out mid-palate, with lingering notes of fresh cut grass, grapefruit juice and a pithy dryness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate level of carbonation. Super smooth and creamy.

Overall: It’s been a while since I’ve had a Hill Farmstead IPA and this is freaking fantastic. I love the creamy, candy and tropical fruit juicyness up front balanced out by the grassy, pithy and dry bitterness on the finish. Tons of berry flavor which was unexpected and thoroughly enjoyed. Complex and multi-layered flavor profile. A highly enjoyable drinking experience.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this beer from a 12 oz. can into a snulip glass, this beer pours out like a thick sunny d; bright orange. It forms a pinky width of white, creamy crown that leaves slight lacing.

Before even putting my nose to the glass, I smell juice. It’s a really delightful, clean juice. A lot like sunny d itself. Clean and bright citrus presence; like orange juice, tangerine.

The taste follows suit well. This thing is a little one dimensional with the citrus juice, but it’s so good at what it does, that you can’t fault it for it. Sunny d just keeps coming to mind. So clean.

The mouthfeel has a slight and balanced citrus tang to it. It’s soft, somewhat creamy; but not a hugely thick creamy and clean all the way through. No burn, just smooth clean ness.

Overall, man I see why this thing is a legend. As previously stated, it’s a little one dimensional, but that one dimensional is awesome. And every aspect of it is screaming clean, from the front to the back, the looks to the feel. This thing is hotter than my first pistol that I bought in the hood when I was 15.

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Photo of npolachek
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid double IPA. A bit bitter on the aftertaste for my own personal liking, but the taste is unique given the hop mix and profile. Overall beautiful color.

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Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2/11/19 canning date

A: Pours a completely opaque pale orange. Tall, tall frothy off-white foamy head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S: Very tropical and citrusy. Mango galore along with orange and peach.

T: Very juicy and tropical up front. Mango and peach for sure. Doughy malt is quite nice to boot. Very little bitterness till the finish and aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and soft.

O: Really nice NE style IPA. Soft body, juicy flavors and good balance.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I received this from @jhavs. Canned on 10/22/2018. Poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. It has a classic NEIPA appearance: turbid, muddy-golden in color with a large foamy bright white cap and abundant, thick, lacing. The nose features lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, a whiff of vanilla, and light floral hops. Wow, is this delicious! It opens rather tart with lots of lemon and grapefruit notes, balanced by sweet tangerine and other hints of tropical fruit. At the finish of the sip there is a subtle but noticeable appearance of vanilla that becomes more apparent as the glass warms and gives it a creamsicle quality. The bill of Citra and Galaxy hops is very flavorful and only slightly bitter. It finishes with a touch of pepper. The mouth feel is superb: rich and creamy with a perfect level of carbonation, and the 8% ABV provides lots of substance. Overall, I'm believing the hype. S&S #4 is sensational!

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Photo of Holderness
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 19 days ago.

L — Pours a wonderfully enticing pale orange haze with two fingers of dense white head produced with moderately gentle pour. Fabulous retention and lacing, this looks a lot like Green. Everything HF makes is just so… elegant…
S — Orange, clementine, tangerine, green tea, jasmine, white peach, new sneaker, light diesel
T — Green mango, unripe pineapple, dried apricot, orange pith, white bready malt, creamsicle, faint bubblegum
F — Soft and creamy. Medium mouthfeel, medium- carb. Very restrained and gentle bitterness for the ABV
O — One of the best DIPAs I’ve had, and quite possibly my favorite thus far from Hill Farmstead. Shares a lot in common with Green, which has a somewhat similar hop profile. Very reasonable price @18/6-pack of 12oz cans

94/100

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Photo of VABA
4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant tropical fruit and floral hints
T-The taste follows the nose with generous amounts of tropical fruit and floral flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced beer

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Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

200% opaque dark orange mango and carrot puree with a tall off-white foam that settles to a frothy film and a lumpy collar leaving coral lace.

Smell is spicy and peppery cannabis, even resiny at times, blending into orange and pineapple smoothie and Smarties.

Taste is tangy and spicy cannabic pine, toasty salted cracker, and lemony mango.

Crisp up front filling to softly frothy, the body is medium and finishes cotton dry.

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Photo of thebeers
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with two fingers of creamy, off-white head. The head sticks around for a good while and leaves heavy lacing.

Creamy orange aroma — like an Orange Julius made with tangerines and clementines.

There’s an explosion of citrus medley up front in the taste, with clementine, tangerine, orange, lime that again includes some creaminess and light sweetness, but that’s cut by a pithy, grassy finish. There’s a slight mineral water / soda water element to it as well that prevents the fruits from being over the top.

Medium bodied and smooth feel with just enough carbonation.

Really excellent beer. 10/22/18 canned on date.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of pineapple, melon, kumquat, and tangerine. It tastes of pineapple, lemon, tangerine, and melon. The feel is light, and smooth. A nice ipa from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/2014 - Massive pine, some tropical fruit, grassy aromas; flavorful, clean, bitter, sharp hoppiness all over the palate; light bitterness, with some more tropical fruit on the finish.

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Photo of eppie82
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From growler (under 2 weeks). Bright yellow-orange completely opaque/hazy appearance with a good bit of frothy foam and carbonation upon aggressive pour. Very citrus and tropical aromaticity. Loads of citrus fruit flavors. Sweeter taste. Creamy mouthfeel and little bit of a different finish than your typical NE IPA (different from Tree House and Trillium). Hard to describe but it works well and balances the citrus fruitiness.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a wine glass.
4.25/4/4.5/4/4.25
Pours a muddy light yellow with aggressive lacing.
Smells underwhelming. Citrus peel, orange juice, light hops.
Tastes great! Really thick and complex flavors. The initial impression is NEIPA, with murky fruits, bitterish-pleasant hops, and a light dryness. The endtaste though is loaded with spices, with spicy, almost savory notes. Robust, beefy, and compelling, I keep coming back for more.
Overall, a wonderful IPA that may not be particularly memorable, but damn sure is tasty! recommended.

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Photo of Worcester90
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First IPA from HF. Absolutely fantastic beer. Super juicy but there is a great balance of bitterness. It pours super, orange-yellow with lots of lacing. It’s creamy and delicious. Almost impossible to tell this is a double. One of the best IPAs I’ve had this year

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Photo of DavidR_9
4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

7/30/18
Beautiful deeply hazed golden yellow body and a super fine bubbly white head. Aroma is Citrus. Tangerine, orange, mango, grapefruit pith. Taste is super smooth citrus - tangerine, orange juiciness, grapefruit pith, touch of tropical fruit, mango. Light notes of caramel and biscuit. Crazy smooth and pillowy mouthfeel. Zero trace of abv heat, finishes with a touch of lingering bitterness which cuts through the delicate malt breadiness and sweetness just right. The aroma and taste aren’t truly explosive but everything else it exceptional.

So glad I got to visit Hill Farmstead!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can: Poured a bright hazy yellow color ale with a nice large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh floral undertones notes of citrusy and light tropical notes with dank herbal notes and subtle residual sugar notes. Taste is a great mix of dank herbal nots with superb floral undertones notes of citrus and tropical fruits with right amount of residual sugar. Body is full with good carbonation. Solid IPA that I wish I could have access to on a regular basis.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jhavs for this one. canned on 3/12/18, drink by date of 4/23/18. Hmm, only good for 5 weeks? Seems sorta sketchy. 12oz can poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a solid orange color with about 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention, but good lacing.

The aroma was fantastic, right from the crack of the can. A huge blast of citrusy hops. No real grain/malt presence.

This is one of the rare beers for me where the flavor doesn't live up to the scent. The hops were muted compared to the nose. Still no grain.

The body was thin, as seems to be typical for this style, and had a tart, dry finish.

Drinkability was good, the beer went down easily, and the flavors lingered long enough (a rare thing in this style, in my experience) that you didn't need to immediately grab another sip. Overall, a pretty nice brew, worth trying if you can.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A bit dank! Tropical, sweet, juicy, and delicious. This is legendary for a reason.

This is my third Society and Solitude experience, in reverse order starting with 6. I had 5 just recently at a bottle release (Pulpit Rock Fat Joe), but was tremendously drunk (and had a bad cold) when I tasted it. Thus, #6 is all that I can really compare against - and I have to say that #4 is the best and most memorable of the three.

The beer pours a very pleasant orange, with a finger's width of white head. Aesthetically, quite pleasing. It smells lovely and tastes of rich, ripe citrus - it's one of the more "orange" tasting beers I've had (even more so than Julius, which is kind of sad). That flavor is so nice and full, but it's not a heavy, filling beer. Quite light. I could drink several of these (though likely should not).

S&S#4 is a fantastic beer.

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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1384 ratings