Society & Solitude #4 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#48
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
1,195
pDev:
6.54%
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Photo of InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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 GreesyFizeek
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 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 t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of mklisz
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 Dicers
4.5/5  rDev -2%

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 Nichols33
4/5  rDev -12.9%

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 IPAchris
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this is #12 on the " Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Served out of a growler (sorry Shaun...not really) into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Don't believe me? Check my twitter. This beer was really good. It was a little sweeter than I expected but a great mouthfeel and a nice finish.

Beer is orangish yellow and mildly hazy with a soft white head, small and large bubbles and some lacing nice retention steady carbonation.

Aroma is light, mildly malty, tropical fruits and sweetness. Nice hops. Very good aroma.

Beer is medium in body and creamy, mildly sweet with a nice finish. Mildly bitter in contrast to the hop profile of tropical fruit and papaya. Mango and other pineapple. I love the beer and has a great finish.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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

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 ShanePB
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of tobelerone
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made a special trip to the Pony Bar on the Upper East Side so I wouldn’t miss the very brief NYC appearance of this beer. Other kegs seemed to kick in a single afternoon and this one wound up lasting less than a day so it seems I wasn’t alone. Simply put this is as good as any highly hopped beer I’ve ever had. I don’t know how to rank these beers anymore; it simply is a matter of what hop combination one prefers at any given time, because this one and things like Abner, Pliny, Double Sunshine, the best of Alpine, Heady, the best of Surly and Three Floyds, etc. are all just fantastic. Holy crap there are some terrific hoppy beers being brewed these days.

S & S #4 pours light hazed, apricot/gold; with a small, slowly settling head and nicely clinging lace. Super vivid hoppy aroma leaps from the glass, packing tons of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and resinous notes. The flavor follows suit; there’s no maltiness muddling things up; just lots of tropical and citrus fruit, with lesser pine and floral notes bringing up the rear. Some very light fruity sweetness and a dry finish. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. The bitterness is assertive but doesn’t get in the way of the hop subtleties at all. Booze is totally masked.

Medium body, moderate carbonation; smooth and slightly creamy, drinks clean but leaves the hops lingering on your tongue for a long time. Bravo, extremely well done. What a beer.

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Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 1,195 ratings
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