Can thanks to Nic! Pours hazy golden with a medium frothy white head. Aromas of mango, citrus, oranges, cantaloupe, slight herbal, wet grass. Taste is just absolutely perfect. Mango, pineapple, melon, oranges, subtle piney, light herbal dank ish, sweet but with a good hop backbone and just a slight bit malty. This is definitely one of the best IPAs I've ever had!
On tap at District Tap House. Pours hazy bright yellow. Peach, passionfruit, mango, papaya, little grassy. Good body. Very nice.
The ninth edition in this series of DIPAs by the renowned Hill Farmstead, one of the 'designers' of the New England or Vermont style that swept the world. Canned on January 2nd of this year and recommended to be consumed ultra-resh, i.e. by mid-February, so strictly speaking my sample (a 355 ml can) is already a month past its 'best before' date - but I am already thankful, and flabbergastered, that I was able to buy a can in the first place so I'm not complaining. Irregularly edged, very mousy, frothy, egg-white, bubbly but closed and stable head, completely cloudy ('soupy') robe, deep peach-orangey blonde with yolk-yellow edges. Quite intoxicating aroma, bursting with exotic citric effects (finger lime, kumquat, kaffir lime leaf even) of the Motueka flanked by equally strong and gorgeous 'white grapeyness' of the Nelson Sauvin, supported by classic freshly squeezed orange-like Amarillo, with side notes of fresh chives cream cheese, ginger chicken masala, Surinam peanut sauce, raw celeriac, spiced bread dough, dried habañero peppers, Japanese deep-fried shrimp, curcuma powder, a perfumey sweetness of mango and tropical orchids lurking underneath. Utterly fruity onset in an exotic, sultry way, deceptively sweetish with sourish edges, hinting at exotic citrus fruit again, kumquat, rambutan, lime, nectarine, softly carbonated, with an extremely soft, fluffy, bit powdery-dusty mouthfeel; this fluffy 'bed' of doughiness has a cereally core but is completely covered under a heavy load of tropical hoppiness, bursting with flavour in a most exotic, spiced, perfumey and zesty way, with the Indian and Surinam cuisine, tropical citrus and light cream cheese all making their appearance once again. Ends extremely juicy, exotic fruit juice indeed but with a powdery, 'yellow-green', bit resinous hop bitterness to it, lingering for a long time, with drying, spicy effect amidst - and beyond - the juiciness; something soapy lurks in the background as well. I was aware of Hill Farmstead's highly elevated level of quality when it comes to IPAs but had very few of them - so I am very grateful that I was able to taste this example, which to me only confirms that Shaun Hill is truly not just one of the instigators, but still a grand maestro of the Vermont ale style. I had my fair share of NEIPAs in the meantime and grew tired of them, to be frank, but if all of them had tasted like this, I could keep drinking them till my final day on this planet. Absolutely stunning, this brings me back to my first sip of Alchemist's Heady Topper and other highlights in the NEIPA field - so I cannot but grant this a top score even if it was already one single month too old according to the brewer's commendations...
Can shared at KJUBZT November ‘18. Very hazy dull golden with a thin off white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, orange, peach and mango. Flavour is light moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Sampled at Ace&Kees festival. Hazy darker yellow with small white head. Massive dank tropical fruits with pineapple, papaya, light white grapes, marijuana, green melon, grassy. Over medium sweet and medium bitter. Bit over medium bodied. Lovely!
Sampled at Ace & Kees. Can. Hazy golden with white head. Sweet malts, massive mango, pineapple, oniony. Big sweet fruity juice. Light bitter, juicy tart and pineapple spicy. Over medium body and soft carbonation. Nice stuffs.
Turbid amber white color. Amazing nose of weed, white grapefruit, pine, apricot and peaches in the nose. Very dank and slightly sweet. Low medium bitterness, slightly sweet, slightly boozy with candied peaches, white grapefruit. Mouthfeel isn’t perfect but ok. Flavor is amazing and this is a two month old beer. This would be mind blowing if it was fresh. The dankenss just lingers. Love this beer.
Imported from my RateBeer account as Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #9 (by Hill Farmstead Brewery):
Aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 5/5, Taste: 10/10, Palate: 4/5, Overall: 19/20, MyTotalScore: 4.6/5
7/IX/18 - 12Fl. Oz. can from a trade, shared @ home - BB: VIII/27/18, canned: VII/16/18 (2018-1220) Thanks to Mark for the trade!
Pretty cloudy bright blond to yellow head, big solid creamy off-white head, little stable. Aroma: pretty fruity, sweetish impression, bit malty, tropical fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet and malty start, caramel malts, ripe tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit. Aftertaste: sweetish, some alcohol, citrus notes, soft bitterness, super fruity, lovely stuff.
Can shared at Lucky Bamboo share. Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white foam that dissipates. Citrus and light mango and peach on the nose. Palate is more exciting with bright citrus, peach and apricot and some light pineapple notes. Good carbonation, smooth on the palate with a lingering pithy bitterness on the finish.