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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Black Back Pub. A dirty blonde with a heavy dose of hops.A bit boozy in the finish. Decent to try,grassy,pine, fruity, a good use of citra without the cat pee effect.Fuller mouthfeel.Well malted, tokeep acidic edge away.An interesting beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour courtesy of Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to wisps on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with some malt flavors on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and super tasty flavors

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a cloudy golden color with a nice white head on top. Good retention and lacing. The smell is spewing tropical aromas and it's really enticing. The taste is very hoppy but also has a good amount of malt in there too. Overall the beer is excellent.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Torst in Brooklyn at $13 per 14oz pour.

APPEARANCE: Frothy off-white creamy head atop a hazy orange body. Retention is good - about 10 minutes. 3-4cm of head. Leaves nice even coating on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

AROMA: Resinous and floral, with blossoming citrus. Pale malts even out the hops.

Average aromatic intensity.

TASTE: Bends a bit into the new world hop tropical camp, evoking orange creamsicle, tangerine zest, and even a bit of pineapple - not a flavour I'm a fan of in a beer. The mango and papaya are nice. Resinous and floral enough to satisfy, but the prominent tropical fruit flavour isn't really up my alley.

Slightly imbalanced, but the pale malts do a good job fighting the hop bitterness. I'm not dazzled by the hop profile, but it's nice enough.

TEXTURE: Slightly scratchy and dry in the third act and finish, but otherwise smooth and wet for the most part. A bit overcarbonated. No booziness or heat here.

OVERALL: Not a dazzling imperial IPA like its reputation suggests (I hoped for more flavour), but certainly an enjoyable one. I wouldn't buy it again at this price, but I'm glad I got to try it. Drinkability is on par with the ABV.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives hazy and honey colored with an impressive capping; clumpy lacing all the way down

Smell: Bright and floral with tropical fruit and citrus tones; grapefruit and pineapple dominate

Taste: A hint of sweetness is delivered by the malts and the pineapple tones, up front, with grapefruit and clementine orange adding a citrusy edge, through the middle; the finish is dry but there are plenty of residual hop tones lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Everything I have tried in this series has been outstanding and this one is no exception

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4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. No time for a real review but one of my favorite IPAs and one of the best from HF. Period.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden sunset orange.

White head. Lots of lace.

Juicy and hoppy. Earthy with some pine. A nice amount citrus. Grapefruit, mango, papaya.

Medium bodied. Clean. Nice light bitterness.

Very nice dipa. Easy to drink.

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4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pretty standard HF IPA appearance: cloudy, milky pale amber body with two fingers of lasting head. The nose is a cornucopia of tropical fruit, with papaya, mango, pineapple and a touch of stone fruit. Really impressive hop aroma that nearly overwhelms the malt backbone. The palate offers more of the same, great pineapple, stone fruit and mango flavors that lead into a clean but assertive bitterness. There's a touch of crackery malt beneath. Really impressive stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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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4.19/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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