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Society & Solitude #4 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our experimental Double IPA experience continues. Hybrid Imperial IPA... Think Double Citra Meets Double Galaxy.

Added by jlindros on 07-08-2012

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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 1,049
Reviews by MaxSpang:
Photo of MaxSpang
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ScaryEd
4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a murky golden straw color with a generous white head. Leaves lots of clingy, soapy lacing. Excellent retention.

The aroma is mindblowing. I get loads of citrus up front; orange and grapefruit, a touch of tangerine, followed by some tropical fruit notes. There's a subtle pine needle aroma that sticks out just enough to let you know it's there. The pale malt is sweet and doughy, and subtly present.

The taste follows the nose perfectly. Sweet orange citrus, bittersweet grapefruit, tangerine, some mango and peaches, all balanced out by a bitter pine flavor that is gone as quickly as it hits your palate. Bright and juicy. Just amazing.

The feel, as with most HF IPA's, is soft, creamy, and smoother than Billy Dee Williams. Medium-light carbonation. The finish is not too dry and has just a faint lingering bitterness.

Overall, Hill Farmstead has now brewed my two favorite beers. Double Citra, and this masterpiece. It's pretty much the perfect DIPA, in my humble opinion. It's juicy and fruity, but has enough pine and malt to balance out the sweetness and add depth to an already delicious beer. I have yet to give out a perfect 5, but this is as close as it gets.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up at the brewery yesterday. It was tasty then, and I'm sure it will be now.

Pours a very nice head from a growler, big fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades pretty slowly and leaves bits of lacing, over very hazy peach-orange colored beer with a light rosy hue.

Nose brings plenty of hops, fresh fruity citrus hops, with a tropical fruit bringing a bit of grapefruit, light musty almost resin but not quite resinous, a hint of clementine and tangerine, and even touch of pineapple. Just a touch of a light amber pale malt underneath it all.

Taste starts with a hint of sweetness and some amber malts with a touch of a reddish malt flavor. Then hops, it doesn't get too bitter but a nice hop full flavor. Hops bring mostly citrus and tropical fruits, with a nice grapefruit flavor, hints of citrus tangerine and clementine like flavors again, touch of a pineapple and even slight spicy hops. Mostly clean and a light musty fresh hops. Juicy light tropical fruit juice. Finish is drier with a fairly bigger hop bite, hint of spiciness of hops and some light citrus and tropical fruits. Just a hint of what could be seen as booze but barely.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied, fluffy, with decent carb.

Overall quitegood, nice hop character without a big bitterness, quite drinkable, booze hidden fairly well, just a light malt to attempt to balance it, and lots of tropical fruit juice flavors.

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Photo of sprat1960
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Straw yellow with hints of amber; totally cloudy, completely opaque. Pours with a thick, 2 finger, white cloud-like head that dies down very slowly leaving a thick, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and large amounts of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Perfect!

Smell: Fresh cut grass, loads of citrus (think grapefruit), slight aroma of pine, acidic finish. Smells delicious and inviting.

Taste: Slight grassy-start, followed by a bold, citrus middle (grapefruit), with a mildly tart lemony citrus finish. No dry-bitter taste at all. Awesome!

Feel: Heavier-side of medium body. Rich, velvety feel to start; then a mild fizzy sensation from the carbonation, ending with slight pucker at the end. Refreshing - almost zero dryness at the finish.

Overall: I believe this is the best DIPA that I have ever had. Love it! I could drink this one over and over!

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Photo of lovindahops
5/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 07/23/12 notes. Had on tap at The Pony Bar in New York at their UES location. Had 2 8 oz. pours of this because it was great.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit, oranges, floral hops, and some fruity malts. Just a ton of wonderful fresh citrus and pine hops. The nose is just about perfect and what you'd want in a big hoppy DIPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, oranges, pine hops, and floral hops. There is more orange and lemon than the nose and less pine hops, with some moderate bitterness, but not a ton. Amazing taste again, though the nose is a tiny bit better.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Body has some moderate bitterness.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic DIPA, and it is probably my favorite Hill Farmstead beer, which is saying a lot as I love this brewery. The nose is perfect and the taste is great, both with a ton of citrus and pine hops. Easy to drink two glasses of, would love to get it again.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Straight from a growler I picked up at the brewery on October 19, 2016 and drank that night.

An orange pale yellow color. A little over one finger white head that faded slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is fruity citrus with some spicy scent. I taste more tangerine in this one.

Some acidic body and more carbonated than necessary.

The tangerine and hops goes great together. A world-class beer with a great bitter finish. Hill Farmstead is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Schlais
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaaaaBeers
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lateralundertow
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EnkiduBrew
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DWolf
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pja786
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L- excellent golden color, almost as if it glows. Very hazy, completely opaque. Two finger fluffy white head.

S- tropical notes, mango, lemon zest, orange, and grassy notes. Smell isn't so powerful, but very present.

T- perfectly balanced with just the right hop flavor. A truly excellent beer. I get more tropical notes, grapefruit, pineapple, pine.

F- creamy, if not pillowy. Mild carbonation, just enough to make my taste buds dance.

O- I can't say enough positive about it. The flavor is just impeccably and precisely on point. It's delicate yet aggressive and definitely sets a high bar.

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Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bierdabbler
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Peaches, oranges, lemons, some pineapple, on top of a nice malty sweet blanket. An excellent IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpfrush
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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