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Society & Solitude #4 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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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131
Ratings:
985
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
18.34%
 
 
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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 985
Photo of daudelin2000
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Just wow! My favorite Hill Farmstead beer. Possibly my favorite beer of all time. Although, at the time of writing this, I've still yet to have any of the Treehouse IPA's.

Pours a very hazy light golden orange color. Almost looks like sludgy orange juice with a nice fluffy off white head. Smells like oranges and tangerines. Very explosive aroma. Tastes like orange and citrus juice. Also has a candy like or maybe a creamsicle flavor. Crazy good. Almost no bitterness to be found. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. The other HF IPA's and IIPA's I've had seem restrained. This one is not. The hoppiness is unapologetic. What an awesome brew! Wish I could drink it all the time.

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Photo of pants678
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Nachojon
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuck. This beer in my glass in Portland. HOW? Flip top 750 opens with a hiss, nice frothy head, beautiful color, the perfect, I mean perfect haze, the orange, the amber, the lemon rind. Aroma is amazing citrus, some pine, some melon some stone fruit. The flavor, soft up front, ripe citrus, grapefruit, melon. Crisp and clean mouthfeel with just that bit of pucker holding on to remind you that this is incredible. One of the best things I have ever tasted.

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Photo of zshaft
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had this beer from growler about a week old. color and look is nice hazy hill farmstead. nose is great. taste is tropical heaven. had before susan. much better with more flavor. hill farmstead is awsome

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.99/5  rDev +9%
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 don't give out perfect 5's, but this is as close as it gets.

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Photo of Jslay013
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Kraj30
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
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 jhavs
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler procured from the source from a good friend.

This one pours a hazy, murky and turbid looking mess, bright and sunshiny and so inviting. There's a one inch head, and lots of lacing.

Smells so inviting, just a fruity bomb of a beer, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and melon. I can pick out each hop pretty well in the aroma, which is cool.

This has gotta be up there with the juiciest beers ever. There's just so much here- it's like sucking the hops straight off the branch. There's tons of fruit, as described the atoroma- they're all there- with orange and pineapple being the leaders in dominance. There's a hint of catty and piney bitterness at the end, with some slight earthy flavors too. This is just near perfect.

This has a really creamy mouthfeel, with a super juicy finish, mostly juicy but slightly dry with a little bitterness. It's an drinkable it's just stupid.

Unbelievable. One of the pinnacles of American hop mastery, in my humble opinion. In my top 5 IPAs of all time. Within Hill Farmstead, only 2nd to Abner. I am in awe.

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Photo of sprat1960
5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 ArrogantB
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery consumed a day or two after filling. Cloudy, hazy orange. Aroma is bursting with tropical hops. the flavor is the same. Truly a top notch IPA.

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Photo of jason3125
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the best Hill DIPA I have ever had. It's tropical fruit meets pine. Soft mouth feel, very clean, lingering clean hop flavor. I can't say enough about how good this beer is.

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Photo of Mr_Moe
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank on tap at The Well in Brooklyn , NY

I had this beer right after having Abner. It made we want to move to Vermont to have Hill Farmstead every day.

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Photo of weonfire
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 SDRedDevil
4.99/5  rDev +9%
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 imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -Rick
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: a hazy orange with a
solid white head
S: orange, citrus fruits, sweet hops
T: like the nose, this is exploding with citrus hops
F: a soft taste, not to carbonated
O: a very well done double. So glad to have tried it.

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Photo of jjdc
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange like a mellow sunset in the glass. Classic HF citrus nose, not unlike Double Citra. Huge citrus flavors on this one. Just perfect balance again for a hoppy beer. Can't go wrong here.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in an opaque gorgeously sunset golden orange.

The aroma jumps out of apricot, nectarine, mango, passionfruit, tangerine, dried tropical fruit, some dank quality.

The flavor follows with tropical fruit gum, dried mango, dried stone fruit, candied tangerine, a white bready malt in the middle, lingering fruit along with a soft herbaceous bitterness, along with a dank aftertaste.

A true masterpiece of a DIPA. I could never get tired of this.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of orange and citrus rind with a lighter hop aroma. Taste is bright orange and citrus with a crisp bitter finish. Nice bitterness on the back-end with a peppery mouth-feel. The citrus washes out with a hoppy bitter feel stays for a bit. Really, really excellent showing from Hill Farmstead. This is world class.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Damian
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Goblinmunkey7
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler.

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 angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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