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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Ratings:
1,141
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
6.55%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.12/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of CityofBals
3.25/5  rDev -29%

Photo of Joecaddie
3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -22.5%
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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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler into a snifter. Thanks go to Jonathan for picking up several growlers at the brewery and bringing them to my house to share. The brew pours a clouded golden yellow. A finger of off-white head fades leaving thick patches of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl effortlessly brings a finger back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew has quite a bit of straw to dry grain or wheat quality. Citrus is there with some grass and cheese quality. When swirled it gets almost footy with a smell of floor malted pilsner and gets even more like funky feta. Faint tropical notes are there intermingled with some alcohol esters. The smell is somewhat like grapefruit but instead of the flesh, it concentrates more on the pulp or rindy elements. A cut above the other HF hoppy brews I got to try lately.

The taste brings the bitterness with an oily resinous cling. Just like the aroma led on, there is a very strong grassy and straw to wheat element. Some sulfur and cheese flavoring mid palate. The alcohol is fairly evident with a solvent kick that warms the back of the throat. At times this brew feels quite tannic and almost astringent. The bitterness is quite pulpy like grapefruit rinds and it persists long after each sip with an herbal to grassy feel to it. Some sips mildly hint towards some residual sweetness but that is short lived as the bitterness is quick to swallow that up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest snappy level of carbonation. For 8% it is astoundingly crisp and easy drinking. I just dont know what the deal is with these Hill Farmstead offerings. It is like every single one of them utilizes a strikingly similar grain bill with the same bittering/flavor hop additions. Other than the alcohol/body fluctuating and a minor twist and turn in the aroma, I am hard pressed to find distinguishing qualities among many of these. I hate to be ignorant or rude here but I almost feel like if you had one of their hoppy offerings, you had them all.

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Photo of Bnassiver
3.65/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of deanhead
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msteves99
3.8/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of J-Rice
3.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%
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 wisrarebeer
3.86/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of harrymel
3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank Keith!

Pours murky apricot orange with thick white foam that sticks around for quite some time. The nose really opens as it warms - peach, mango, dank, some pineapple and resin. Nice nose - not too sweet, which is norm as of late. Flavor is bitter and grainy with plenty of nuances. Pine, grapefruit rinds, some lemon and grains. I'm surprised and refreshed at how bitter this is. Medium bodied and moderated carb. Nice beer, I'm betting this is a step higher up at the brewery fresh as possible. I think the peach and mango would be stronger and really make this one.

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Photo of k47k
3.89/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrunkAl
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2l growler. Cloudy light yellow. Very heavy on the grapefruit, yet light. Kinda tastes like grapefruit juice pulp and water. Subtile and easy drinking. Pretty good, but one of my least favorite HF IPAs.

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3.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Wowcoolman at Woodshop 7

Look: Pours a yellowish orange color with a 1/2 inch white head good retention and some nice circular lace

Smell: Tropical fruit galore here pineapple mango come to mind due to the Citra hops.

Taste: Again there is some tropical fruits mangos, peach and pineapple are all present. But I must say that I was not a fan of the way the Citra and Galaxy hops blended together it created a weird flavor that I can't really explain

Mouthfeel: Medium body and good amount of carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: I wanted to really like this beer because I absolutely love citra hops but in the end it just ended up being a solid DIPA and nothing overly special

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Deltoro
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of cshafer7
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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