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Society & Solitude #4 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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...

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Photo of durrrr
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.

A - Familiar HF hazy, golden, orangeish-yellow, straw color with three finger head with great lacing and retention. Beautiful.

S - Sweet, hoppy, fruit juice with some mellow tropical mango, pineapple balanced with sharp grapefruit citrus. pretty amazing. Hint of malt, but that's it.

T - Wow! wonderful flavor profile. You get fresh, juicy hop notes from orange & grapefruit to pineapple, mango and even banana! I've never tasted a banana like note -- delicious! Really nice balance of bitterness and sweetness throughout with a lingering finish. There is a slight pale malt presence, but easily outshined by the glorious hop juice!

M - Incredibly drinkable, especially with a medium to full body. Very robust, bursting with flavor. Great carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. As each sip lingered on the palate, it left great anticipation for the next.

O - Delicious and most enjoyable. Having sampled many of HF's DIPAs, I have perhaps even unrealistic expectations when I taste a new one. This beer delivered. It's high on the top favorites list for me. I enjoyed #4 more than either Double Citra or Double Galaxy on their own. A world class beer. So drinkable, fresh and refreshing, you could enjoy outside on a summer day, lazily passing conversation, pour after pour. Yet so equally delicious and interesting, you could savor each sip as if it were the last. I feel this is where Mr. Hill solves the Double IPA equation. Achieving the perfect combination of wonderfully interesting, unique and delicate flavor profiles that are equally as approachable, inviting, and drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Served on tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. The beer arrived in a Hill Farmstead wine glass with a creamy two-finger head and a color that is difficult to describe. It's something of a muted orange with a golden glow. The beer is uniformly cloudy. It almost looks like a mango smoothy. Can't wait to try it.

S - Totally blown away by the smell here. It's all of the citrus elements that one might describe in an IPA, wrapped up with that distinctive fresh smell.

T - Follows the nose dead on, but with a rounded, balancing bitterness that lifts the other flavors up on its shoulders. Truly a wonderful mix of flavors. No alcohol detectable.

M - Can't imagine better. A little fuller than medium bodied, but with carbonation that pushes the flavor everywhere in my mouth. It's pillowy, and not the least bit fizzy.

O - I could have just kept ordering these. Well, until I fell out of my chair. Wonderful beer. I hope everyone gets a chance to try it.

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Photo of Weebay
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

4 day old Growler brought back by TheSevenDuffs.

A - cloudy copper orange

S - Awesome. A lot of tropical fruits but mango really stands out, some pine notes.

T - Tropical fruit, passion fruit and mango stand out amongst the impressive salvo of fruit flavors, some pine. There is an impressive amount of hop flavour without being over powering and annihilating your palate for anything else you might eat/drink

M - This is the one of the most impressive things about the beer, very dry mouth feel. Lowish carbonation.

O - An amazing beer. Full of delicious hops, fantastic mouth feel. This is one of the best beers I have ever had the good fortune of having.

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Photo of Jslay013
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On Tap at Armsby Abbey. That same amazingly smooth mouthfeel that most HF IPAs have. Juicy as hell, soft peach notes, perfect amount of bitterness. Definitely one of my favorite HF IPAs.

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Photo of NearTheGrove
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best DIPA I have ever had. Pure tropical deliciousness, so damn juicy. Would drink this every day if I could. Unseats S&S 6 as my favorite HF hop bomb. Need more.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
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 gonzowestwood
4.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on Tap in a Chimay goblet

A- A cloudy apricot, light orange with a thin head and nice lacing on the glass

S- Orange, grapefruit and citrus hops. A little sweetness almost like fresh strawberries. None of that barnyard hay/funk you get from other HF beers

T- A nice complex hop kick in the teeth. like a fresh sweet orange and nice balance of bitter and sweetness. Again none of that yeasty/grassy you get from the others.

M- Medium to mild. big flavor but not much carbonation

O- Another magnificent beer from HF. This beer reminds me of Lawson's 'Double Sunshine' big time.

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Photo of FoundersPounder
4.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Farmmhouse in Burlington, VT. Amazing DIPA. Prevalent fresh delicious hops as always from Hill Farmstead.

One finger head on the pour. All sorts of fruit on the first sip with an extremely hoppy, resiny finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Near perfect for a non Russian River DIPA ;)

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Photo of MacQ32
4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light yellow/gold color with a finger of near white head, great lacing and retention. Amazing citrusy semi sweet flavors. Lighter citrus notes, reminiscent of pineapple and mango. Ideal drink ability, medium bodied, semi sticky but decent carbonation and bitter notes make this a very refreshing beer. My favorite HF to date.

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Photo of peensteen
4.8/5  rDev +5%

Reviewed from notes, fresh growler shared by Liam.

Pale orange colour, 2 fingers of white head with some lace as well. Smell is hoppy with a nice mix of juicy tropical and citrus flavours, honeydew melon and tangerine with a light crackery malt closer. Taste has lots of honeydew melon and fruit, tropical, moderate bitterness mixed with hop flavours, dry throughout and into the finish. Lightly carbonated, medium-full body, fairly oily. Exceptional, probably the best DIPA I have had to date.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Hill and poured from growler.

A- hazy yellow and straw like color. A finger if frothy white head.

S- lots of tropical citrus fruits. Grapefruit, peach, and some lemon. Just a touch of pine.

T- very fruity and juicy. Very enjoyable and all the citrus from the nose has not disappeared on the taste. This one was a little different than the other IPAs on tap, as it had a slight bitterness at the end, but it was an enjoyable bitter. Almost a little tart, but very smooth and refreshing.

M- medium bodied, a smooth light creaminess with medium carbonation.

O- another really great IPA from HF. I feel like this brewery can't mess up a beer. I could drink this or any if their beers all day, every day.

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Photo of pants678
4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy yellow, white head.

Tangerine, melon.

Absolutely pops, nothing subtle about it. Orange juice-esque and not even a tad dry. Was there a bittering hop in this beer? Better than any single hop galaxy or citra I've had, the combination is perfect. Guilty of being one note but still incredible.

Carbonation feels right.

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Photo of nataku00
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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 JandJMD
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Kraj30
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my fav Hill Farm Hops to date... so complex and so refined all in one beer.. the flavors are amazing citrus and everything around this beer is on point..

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Photo of rudzud
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

fresh growler drank on 8/25/2016

L-nice clarity, thick white head, nice lacing

S-earthiness really stands out, certainly some unique citrus notes too...some grapefruit, but i get a lot of mango, papaya, orange, and melon too

T-the complexity and balance of the earthiness, pine, citrus really comes through in the taste. All of the same from the smell comes through and comes through exceptionally well

F-creamy, kind of heavy, but so smooth and easy to drink...nice bitter back end too

Overall-one of my favorite of the HF IPAs, probably second or third after Abner and maybe Double Citra. I really enjoyed this. Very unique, especially when considered how the style is changing these days. This is a Classic East Coast IPA and one of the best out there. Thanks Shaun!

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Photo of weonfire
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
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 jhavs
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Three Penny Taproom. Served in tulip.

A= A light orange hazy pour with a foamy head that is just barely off-white. Sticky lacing.

S= Big citrus aroma, mostly orange juice, zest, and pith. Some tropical notes in the background but orange is quite powerful.

T= Tons of juicy fruit goodness. Orange juice still strong in the flavor, mango, tropical fruits, some grapefruit hints. Super tasty.

M= Moderate carbonation, medium body.

O= This may be my new favorite from HF. So fresh and inviting. Aroma and flavor are top notch. Juicy as can be.

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Photo of Resuin
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL growler into an enlarged snifter. This was filled at the brewery a week ago today.

A: Pours a very hazy apricot and leaves a fluffy couple fingers of white head which take a while to fade, leaving some white atop the beer. (4.5)

S: Juicy citrus, tropical fruits, some floral hops, a touch of spruce, and some creamsicle. Full of delicious fruit flavors, no off flavors at all. (4.75)

T: Big grapefruit, pineapple, apricots, a bit of spruce, some grassy/earthy notes. Very drinkable, full of hoppy deliciousness. (4.75)

M: Medium, slightly creamy body, medium carb with some juiciness in the body. (4.5)

O: A really well done, aggressively hoppy (especially citrus and tropical) IPA that is very drinkable. Hopheads will definitely enjoy this one, as did I. (4.75)

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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!

APPEARANCE

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.

SMELL

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.

TASTE

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.

MOUTHFEEL

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!

OVERALL

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.

Cheers.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.57 out of 5 based on 1,067 ratings.
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