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:
#51
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
1,236
pDev:
6.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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442
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Ratings: 1,236 |  Reviews: 162
Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev -2%

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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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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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 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 epyon396
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ShanePB
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Stevedore
4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl growler generously shared by Doug. Poured into a Cantillon wine glass today 9/14/2013 during our One Ear Anniversary tasting.

It pours that typical Hill Farmstead hazy golden colour.. with that typical 2cm white head with awesome retention. Not going to lie, this is like the 5th Hill Farmstead IPA I've ever had, and I'm thinking I've been so spoiled by this one.

Now, no question that this is the best DIPA I've ever smelled. It has so much papaya, mango, orange and tangerine I've ever smelled in a beer. It is just so pleasant, citrusy and smooth that I could sniff this growler forever. Of any IPA/DIPA I've ever had, if you ever made a perfume out of this, this is what I would do. It just smells so sweet, complex and fruity all at once.

Flavour on this one is just so great. I'm just trying to figure out if this hop profile can beat Ephraim's. In the end, its very close but no cigar. But no question, there is just so much citrus and tropical fruit in this one that it unseats Abner. And that's saying a lot. One of the best DIPAs I've ever had. Thank you Doug, for sharing this one!

Mouthfeel is typical Hill Farmstead. So full bodied, creamy and refreshing. I honestly wish all brewers would talk to this guy and incorporate his advice into making their beers this creamy and full bodied. The whole world would be better off for it. Its not dry at all, its bitter but yet so flavourful and drinkable that this beer disappears so soon.

Okay, so this is great. Its crazy to think about it though, if you're a total DIPA head, Vermont is the one state out of the 50 states in the Union that you would want to live in. This is the one of the best DIPAs I've ever had, and I cannot question the use of Citra and Galaxy hops in this. Wow!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bursting with tropical fruit juice flavors, very balanced bitterness and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of puboflyons
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml growler purchased from the brewery 6 days ago. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip glass.

A - Completely cloudy medium yellow with some orange in the middle of the glass. A thin layer of white head formed and reduced to a ring around the glass. Some spotty lacing.

S - Massive grapefruit aroma up front with some peach, mango and a touch of pine. A mild malt sweetness is present as well. Very juicy and fresh nose.

T - A sharp bitterness up front that is assertive without being palate-wrecking. Grapefruit, peach and passion fruit flavours are dominant with some lighter mango notes. A fairly sweet malt backbone provides a good balance, more so than the nose indicated. As I continue to drink this one, the galaxy hops come to the forefront more so than the citra.

M - Medium body with a really big chew. The amazing and typical HF dryness is present. Full of tongue-coating hop oils.

O - Another great effort from HF.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spinrsx
4.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can received in trade

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Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of rudzud
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a hard fought growler of this at the Hill Farmstead Civ 4 bottle release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy dark straw pour with a nice two finger sudsy white head that leaves good side lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Wow, HUGE amounts of tropical notes. Big orange and pineapple and mango. Super fresh hops here. Just outstanding.

T - Yeah, outstanding. Huge amounts of bitter, delicious hops. Almost bubblegummy with big orange peel and pineapple. Absolutely delicious. Very strong, bitter finish. Alcohol not even slightly noticeable. So, so good.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, bitter, like chewing on hops. Nice lower level carbonation. Stuff drinks wonderfully.

O - Overall this is an exceptional DIPA. Its just outstanding and amazing how Shaun can create such wonderful brews.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in an opaque gorgeously sunset golden orange.

The aroma jumps out of apricot, nectarine, mango, passionfruit, tangerine, dried tropical fruit, some dank quality.

The flavor follows with tropical fruit gum, dried mango, dried stone fruit, candied tangerine, a white bready malt in the middle, lingering fruit along with a soft herbaceous bitterness, along with a dank aftertaste.

A true masterpiece of a DIPA. I could never get tired of this.

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Photo of petermethot
4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 1,236 ratings