Society & Solitude #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 195
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 4.82%
Wants: 46
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-12-2012

The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.
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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 195
Reviews by drewd0g:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY, home of brewer Jeff O’Neil, collaborator on this brew.

Pours cloudy, dull, apricot/orange amber. Light oatmeal head, leaves a thick collar and ample delicate webs and bits of fine lace.

Light and aromatic nose with fruit, resiny hops and a whiff of alcohol

Flavorful, fruity, hopped up and dangerously drinkable. Hops do not smack you in the face with audacity, but are more subtle in their approach. Notes of oranges, grapefruit, more and more hoppy waves of goodness with each sip.

Well crafted. Glad I had a chance to enjoy it. (584 characters)

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of doremite
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of whatname
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farm House in Burlington VT. Wow, I did a double take after my first sip of this beer. It's massively hoppy, but not overly heavy or thick. It's almost more wine-like for the thinner body and biting character. The hops are floral, piney, and a little fruity. It's a great and well-balanced mix of hops, though it's almost too much at times. Still, an amazing beer for hop lovers. (393 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy without much head. The thinnest of collars. A few loney islands.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit hops. Very citrusy. A little bit of sweetness.

Taste - Grapefruit and a bit of creaminess. Less intensely hoppy. Grainy hops. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - The creaminess is a little odd, but not off putting. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

Overall - Straightforward but very good. Less impressive than the other Society & Solitude variants. (495 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Lord Hobo (Cambridge, MA) on 2/3/12. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a hazed grapefruit color, topped with a thin bright-white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess that skims the surface, slathering the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells piney, floral, and a little spicy, with a hefty dose of bright zesty grapefruit and a splash of lemon tartness. Malts have a supportive sweet graininess to them underneath but are pretty much put in the background by the fresh robustness of the hops here in the nose. I swear I can smell the hops in this like 2 feet away from the glass!

The taste is straight up bright bitter grapefruit and to a lesser extent lemon tartness, with a touch of underlying softer fruit and herbal textures helping smooth this out a bit. The malts have more of a neutral balancing sweetness to them, keeping the focus on those hops, as this finishes dry, resinous, and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller feeling, with a crisp prickliness the whole way through. An underlying oily slickness (which carries that herbal feel as well) really keeps this riding along nicely. There is a touch of light warmth present from the ABV but it serves no more than to pop the zesty bitterness of this that much more.

This is another excellent hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead, with an all around robust hop profile and an easy going drinkable nature to it. This had some nice well rounded edges to it for a DIPA that kept it really accessible for the size. This is some really good stuff here. (1,580 characters)

Photo of rjm0715
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kinsman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT

Fills the glass with a nice hazy orange and bright white head. First aroma is all Cascade. Reminds me a lot like a beefier SN Pale Ale. Lots of pine on the nose and just a bit of citrus in the background.

Pine resin and floral hops flavors right up front with the first sip. Pleasantly bitter, more so than some other HF DIPAs I've had. Nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, not my favorite of the S&S series but still a damn enjoyable beer. (498 characters)

Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bonez05404
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a golden orange into an oversized Hill Farmstead wine glass. Hazy, almost opaque orange. 1 inch head, good lacing down the glass.

Smells include orange, pineapple, pine, and some grassiness.

The taste is pretty similar. Not a lot of malt flavor here- maybe a tiny bit of pale cracker-like sweetness near the end. Lots of tropical hop flavor here- namely orange. Some piney bitterness lingers on the palate.

A little bit flat, not a whole lot of carbonation. Slightly sticky and sweet mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Probably the least of the HF hoppy beers I had this weekend, but still quite tasty nonetheless. (663 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jalop
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derekg
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Gfunk720
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this growler. Out of my Hill Farmstead stemware.

A- A murky muddled brownish gold, rather dull in appearance. A nice healthy white head forms with tons of lacing.

S- A nice hoppy sweetness,notes of peach and grapefruit. Touches of pine and caramel malt.

T- Surprisingly smooth, and the malt is very toned down. Some bready malt, grapefruit, and lemon hops, intially. The aftertaste is very piney and lingers for minutes. While the hops are great, the base is a little lacking.

M- Could be a little undercarbed due to the growler, but it also struck me a little light for a DIPA. Though it is quite drinkable, it needs a bit more malt body.

O- Overall this beer is well above average for most, but only average for Hill Farmstead. Very nice hop usage, but the malt base came up a bit short for me. As someone else said, would rather Galaxy/Ephraim/Citra...

-GFunk (888 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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