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 MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hay colored DIPA, lots of good hop aroma and tropical fruit aromas. Really well made beer, clean, balanced and tons of hops. HF makes classic hop beers so well

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque yellow/orange color with a fingers worth of bubbly white head. The nose had a lot of citrus fruit with pine and spices. The flavor has a ton of citrus fruit with a splash of tropical fruit, earthiness, and finishes with the slightest bit of pine. The feel is medium, well carbonated, and slightly resinous. This beer is outstanding! Well worth all the praise it gets and I will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Creamy yellow orange look. Smell is fresh citrus hops, taste is juicy and smooth like a cloud in your mouth, no alcohol taste at all. Very nice color, smell is perfect and taste is even better.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap pour into tulip. Smaller head with minimal retention and nice medium sticky lacing. Aroma is assertively citrus and dank tropical fruit. Flavor follows and is beautifully balanced with the nice malty background. Delightful fluffy mouthfeel and no hint of the alcohol. This beer is a winner

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Photo of M_chav
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally able to track this thing down and had massive expectations.. double citra (when fresh) is one of my all time favorite beers that I've ever had the pleasure to sip on so when they describe this and double citra meets double galaxy - you know it's gonna be an instant favorite. "when fresh" as mentioned above is important as I live in New Mexico and have only ever been able to try HF hops through the means of trading and I very rarely am able to try them within the recommended drink by date that HF prints on their tags. I had an incredible pour of double citra the first time I got to it, the next was from a growler that had a marked "drink by" date from a 8 days prior (so probably 13 day old growler by that time)... and was really bad. So in my experience, the hoppy beers in growlers from HF fall off extremely fast.... that said, if you are lucky enough to enjoy any of their hoppy beers within the recommended time, I envy you. HF is the best in my opinion. Rant over, now lets drink:
January 16th, 2017 - shipper didn't want to send out until a tuesday because of low temps in the NE - which I completely understand, but this meant I wouldn't receive the ground shipping until 6 days later and after a weekend. Recommended drink by date on this tag was Jan 13th
L - light golden hazy look with a frothy top and sticky lacing showing the 8% abv
S - there is it, the fresh hopped grapefruit and papaya, the danky galaxy is dominant but the tropical citra is seducing as always.
T - delicate candied orange and grapefruit, danky resin and a lite bread backbone, this is great.
F - super soft, without already knowing this was an Imperial IPA I would have probably guessed at an abv closer to 6%, its way too crushable.
O - and outstanding offering from HF and one that I will absolutely seek out once again, I can only imagine that this may be slightly better when enjoyed from the tap, instead of 9 days removed from the pour date.

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Photo of aquabears
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy and golden, almost apricot, fluffy head. Smell is citrus, sweet orange, and warm, fruity, sweetness. Feel is... incredible. Light carbonation that spreads evenly across the sip, so smooth and creamy... amazing. Taste is barely bitter, maybe some rind on the back. Pineapple, orange, almost vanilla sweetness... wow.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up 750ML growler in trade.
Bottled 1/7,
Enjoyed thoroughly 1/10

Spectacular beer. I absolutely loved this beer. I've only had a few brews form Hill Farmstead so far but this was out of this world. Well deserving of the 100 rating for sure.

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

On draft at Three Penny Taproom, $7.50 for 8 oz (?) pour. Appearance is a murky, yellow-orange, with a tall, thick, creamy head that coats the glass. Aroma is a medley of tropical fruits with a hint of herbal/spice hops, not super aromatic. Taste is delicious. Mango, pineapple, orange, a hint of spice, a soft, muted bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is about perfect. Overall, an incredible DIPA, a little pricey, but glad I had it.

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Photo of kculrich
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml growler, filled at the brewery 11/02/16. Served in a tulip.

Pours an opaque golden-pear colour with a finger-plus of ivory suds. Retention is good for a few minutes and leaves a thick ring of foam and generous amounts of lacing.

Smells of limes, clementines and vanilla sugar cookies.

The taste upfront is a melange of bitter citrus, lemons, both juice and pith, limes, orange peel and grapefruit juice... are there any citrus fruits I missed? Them, too. After the initial citrus assault, there's papaya, lots of pine sap and sugar cookies. Earthy and resinous, finishing with a long, lightly-lingering, tongue-coating citric bitterness.

Feel is light-to-medium-bodied, crisp, with bright carbonation and a dank zippiness.

Overall, as straightforward, bad-ass, full-on, high alpha citrus NEDIPA as they come. Totally forgot about the whole 8% abv thing until I tried to get up off the sofa.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

damn. as the description implies, think legendary status similar to double citra and double galaxy. beautiful appearance, incredible fluffy mouthfeel, ridiculously big and simultaneously perfectly balanced and delicate.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.9/5  rDev +7%
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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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 rabbott2
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mothman
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of GeeL
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If I want a glass of tropical fruit nectar, I'll grab a bottle of East Coast IPA... that's the direction this style is headed. For better or worse, it takes some getting used to. Once I got used to it, I found myself liking it more and more.

I wasn't as impressed with this as I thought I'd be, there are others in this style I liked better. There was a background dankness I couldn't get my brain to move past. But it's a great beer and I had no problem finishing the growler with a friend during a ski weekend.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the growler obtained at the brewery on August 20, 2016. Sampled the next day.

It pours a milk pale yellow-orange tone with a modest white head that fades to a ring. Leaves lacing.

The aroma is alive with citrus, fruity and spicy characters. Cantaloupe and tangerine. Light toasted bread under currant.

The body is medium to bold but there is an acidic fuzziness to it.

The taste is a hop heads delight with all that tangerine and cantaloupe juiciness mixing with a citrus cleanliness leading to ma juicy, yet crisp and bitter finish. Another topnotch offering from this Vermont brewery.

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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 have yet to give out a perfect 5, 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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