philipmeese (81) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the tap at the Mad Taco in Waitsfield, VT - beautiful slightly hazy golden color with a warm, white head of small bubbles that sticks around. Light grapefruit/citrus over hops aroma carried by a good carbonation. Flavor kicks off with a bright bitter note, and but mellows out to a softer, deliciously slightly salty aftertaste. Creamy body buoyed by a light carbonation. This is a very versatile, drinkable beer - no special occasion needed.
drsandman (7) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like the rest of HFS' golden children, cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Melon pineapple and citrus zest on nose. In taste this is fruitier than some of their other undertakings, a little less subtle on that front but still so good. Cantaloupe and passionfruit taste, tropical rather than their "go-to" citrus or lemon. Super tasty
---Rated via Beer Buddy
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit juices burst from this Double IPA, leading the way to grassy hop resins and their salient bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam laces atop the cloudy blond.
-The pungent bitterness detracts from the drinkability, but then again this IS a Double IPA...
-The tropical fruit character spans from passionfruit to peaches, from guava to plantanes, from citrus to lychee.
-Alcohol is not bothersome at all.
On tap at the brewery.
cpetrone84 (1160) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour looks like most HF IPA’s, hazed bright yellow with small amount of tight white head. Nose is hop forward with faint malt balance and a hint of grain. Hops are tropical, grapefruit and mango with a touch of pine and herbal hops. Taste is more tropical fruit forward. Bright hops, mango and pear with a faint touch of herbal grassy hop through the finish. Bitterness is very light, mild carbonation with a medium to light body and juicy feel.
jkwood04 (3238) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler into a tulip. Pours hazy golden with a lacy, white head, the perfect color of all HF beers. Aroma strong of citrus, tropical fruit, and floral notes from the hops plus a nice light maltiness that balances it oh so well. Flavor just a great blend of the strong hops and the light malts. Texture light and fluffy like almost all HF beers. Another stupidly good hoppy beer from HF.
vtafro (2292) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Super citrus, pineapple, and grassy hop aromas. Citrus heavy flavor, alcohol well hidden, more please.
merc7186 (1645) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Hazy Orange Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Great Lacing
S: Citrus, Grapefruit Rind, Piney
T: Citrus Rind, Crackers, Piney
M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a solid DIPA with a nice blend of citrus, piney, and bittering hops. Solid.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In short: A highly aromatic, pillowy, fruity, uber-hoppy blond ale with a relatively smooth bitterness. Drinks like a session beer.
How: Tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury VT. Then a growler at home consumed the day of purchase.
The look: Cloudy apricot-color body topped by a medium white head with good retention.
In long: Except for Society & Solitude #2 which was a enormously hoppy black ale most entries in the S&S series are variations on a common theme. Same great HF blonde beer body, signature HF cushiony mouthfeel, as usual highly aromatic, typical low sweetness sensation and dangerously drinkability, and so on and so on… So what’s different about this one? The hopping is predominantly fruity with piney undertones. The fruity part focuses more on peaches, mangos, pineaples, other tropical fruits, this means not much grapefruits and lemons and this makes for a less sharp and less biting bitterness even if the beer is hopped to the max. Maybe my favorite entry in the series, right up my alley. Am I immature if I giggle every time I see that beer name because the “&” in the name looks like a little baby dragging his ass on the floor.
JulienHuxley (2414) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at HF third anniversary, Pours a hazy golden with thick fluffy head. Aroma has some classic HF dank and resin to it but is mostly tropical fruits forward. Lots of pinneaples, oranges, peaches, etc. Taste is also along those lines with a distinctive citrus acidity to balance the grassy bitterness. Full bodied and highly drinkable.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Hill Farmstead during their Third Anniversary Party. Pours a hazed gold under a medium to large sized white head. Bright citrus with light musk. Medium, big citrus, lots of malty earthiness and big citrus. Loads of citrus, grapefruit and pith. Lovely.
SrSilligoose (3089) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at hill farmstead anniversary party. pleasant floral and tropical fruit hop character. dry toasted tangerine sweetness provides balance. some resin. nice.