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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Ranking:
#48
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
1,245
pDev:
6.54%
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Photo of SadMachine
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rab53
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Poured into a flared tulip, the appearance was a cloudy/hazy burnt orange color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipates at a nice pace. Moderate lace speckles the glass nicely. The aroma starts off with a beautiful balance between the mango sweetness, somewhat tropical and then flowing into a nice rind-like citrusy bitter grip. Sweet onion starting to come out. The flavor yields to the bitter side first but very quick, and then dries up with the rind, full and pith-like with a super nice juicy to bitter balance rolling into a semi-sticky aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great balance of sipping to sessionable sort of bittersweet feel to it. Good level of carbonation. Overall, extremely nice DIPA that I would love to have again.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -20.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smartassboiler
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of imbibehour
4.92/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from growler taken from brewery in less than 18 hour period poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A slight dull lemony yellow body, but some nice faint green hues here also ever so slight. Opaque. Easily one to two finger rich creamy white and merringue head, thick clumps of lacing, big retention, lots of staying power. Wonderful looking brew.

What a great nose on this. Citrus and tropical hob bomb, without the mushy sweetness. Smells like fresh tropical fruit from the island. Mango, faint peach, incredibly fleshy, with warm earthy hop tones, and even a grain fresh ripping malt sense. Unreal.

Taste brings pure magic. Juicy palate and wonderful tropical fruit punch body, with a good thickness. Hop juice finish, mild resin, with big hints of mango and soft baguette dough french bread on the aftertaste. Full, rich, luscious.

Overall just and amazing creation, flooring. Just a stunning brew. Reminds me of a superior Odell Myrcenary.

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

Photo of InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of AlexFields
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of malfunxion
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this growler. Served in a Hopleaf tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap and splotchy lace. Hazy golden body.

S - Big Galaxy hop aroma, with some zesty citrus in there as well. Lots of tropical fruits and bit of dankness, but this is a true double IPA with a good amount of sweet malts as well.

T - The flavor is also heavy on palate-numbing Galaxy hops and bruising bitterness. Again, lots of tropical fruits, citrus zest, as well as some sugary malts and toasted grains. Gets quite bitter after a few ounces.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, super dry finish, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - While this seems like a great idea on paper (Double Galaxy + Double Citra + ? = Profit), it's a little too bitter to enjoy in large quantities. I'm with Thorpe429 on this one - merely good, and probably my least favorite beer in the series.

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

A - Pours a hazy tan/light to medium orange in color with a light head that dies quickly to an even white lacing ring, mellow carbonation.

S - Big aromatic nose that wreaks of big ripe juicy mango, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, all resinous and drowns out the malt base. There's also an alcohol effervescence that's noticeable.

T - Matches up with the nose: Lots of resin and tropical fruit oils with a pepper spice - sweet ruby grapefruit bitterness, mango, bitter oranges, and is hop forward but as the glass warms up the light malt comes through a little more to help balance things out.

M - Light medium body and leaves a bitter sweet peppery grapefruit finish that lingers for many minutes.

O - Another great IPA from Hill Farmstead.

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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 1,245 ratings