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Society & Solitude #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 6.98%
Wants: 45
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Double IPA brewed with Cascade hops.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-12-2012)
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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL swingtop growler shared by yourefragile. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a golden-peach color with a nice rocky white head and a good bit of lacing. The nose carries a moderate amount of citrus hops plus a touch of an herbal/piney character. I believe someone said this was all or mostly Cascade, which seems about right. Flavor has nice citrus qualities as well with a touch of orange. Very light backing malt. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a crisp, bitter finish. Really nicely done, as always.

Thorpe429, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy bright orange color, it's got a nice rocky white head on top. The retention is good and the lacing is sticky. The smell is more mellow than I expected, it's got a muted citrus aroma, some sweet malt on the nose as well. The taste of nicely balanced between the hops and the malt, there is a touch of boozy heat in there too. The mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, gently carbonated and refreshing. Overall it's a good sessionable IPA. Worth checking out.

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Kegatron, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a thin collar and a few wispy patches on top, but no lace. Murky white peach flesh body.

S - My initial impression is creamsicle - a hefty dose of orange and vanilla malts. However, as it warms up a bit I get a tad more herbal, earthy, and slightly piney hop flavors adding depth to the intense citrus flavor.

T - Taste is also quite similar, with both sweet orange flesh and bitter orange peel flavors, lightly sugary malts, and a surprising tropical flavor I don't generally get from Cascade hops. More balanced than I was expecting, but the malt character integrates well with the juicy hop flavors. Bitterness is pretty low.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, chewy texture, and a very dry finish. Plenty of residual hop oils and resins that coat the teeth. Could maybe use a few more bubbles.

D - I had fairly low expectations considering I tend to dislike Cascade-heavy beers. I'm not sure if Shaun supplemented the hop bill with another hop, or just has great ingredient sourcing, but this one was a winner and avoids the soapy flavors that I associate with Cascade. I was sad that Sean took home the second 750ml growler, as I kind of wanted more of this one.

MasterSki, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Lord Hobo. Poured into a goblet.

Cloudy like cider, amber, finger fluffy off white head, ring left on top of the pour 3

Grassy citrus hops, earthy, not sweet malt 4

Bitter hops, nice balance, citrus and grass, bit peppery 4.5

Medium body, aggressive carbonation, über dry finish 4.5

Great, really bitter , earthy, I would have again 4.5

oline73, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for this. He described it to me as one of the worst IPAs made by Hill Farmstead and then stated that it is probably about a 4.2 on beeradvocate. It was quite good, I'm not as critical of their offerings.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with nearly no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy, fruits mostly.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice hop character and a sweet finish. A very cool little beer but not as good as others from them. Almost no bitterness on the finish, drinks a little bit more like a pale ale ultimately than an IPA, still I enjoyed it and would have it again.

drabmuh, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Rochefort10nh, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

InspectorBob, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler compliments of Tucker. Served in a tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw orange color with a quickly fading cream color head fading to a thin collar slippery lacing. Hops and not much else on the nose. Orange and pine, slightly earthy and some vanilla reminiscent of Nor, but for the most part this is tropical orange and not much else. Medium thick body, soft carbonation, soft and fluffy on the palate with a slight dry, bitter finish. Flavor is vanilla and orange on the front of the palate with earthy, pine and resin hops drying out the finish. Sweet with slight spice and gentle bitterness, this is a very easy drinking IIPA; no problem enjoying a 750 of this.

edit: Ideally the flavor is a 4.25, but I'll round up.

yourefragile, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -7%

orangesol, May 26, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Billolick, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

tempest, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer is straw yellow colored and hazy with a lasting white head. A wonderful hoppy aroma, like sunshine in a glass. A touch of fruit and mildly sweet. Quite tasty and drinkable. Crisp carbonation and light to medium in body. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but nothing aggressive. Another delicious beer from Hill Farmstead.

Huhzubendah, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml flip top growler opened on 5.12.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a foamy cream-colored head that slowly fades leaving lots of lace on the glass.

S - Orange, some bitter orange peel, lemon, a touch of melon.

T - More bitter orange, grassy hoppy pine, bitter bite at the end.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a bitter finish.

O - Another great IPA from HF, shocker. More orange and bitterness.

HuskyinPDX, May 20, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -30.2%

chippo33, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -7%

AgentZero, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

LoveStout, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

outoffocus, May 26, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1082nd Review on BA
Growler to stemmed tuplip
750 ml

Thanks to CliffBrake for this one.

Shared with GuruDel

App- I wasnt expecting this color. This seemed a bit darker and muted than most. More of an over ripened peach color with some yellows mixed in. A tiny 1/4" of head was there and gone.

Smell- A very fruit forward DIPA. More along the grapefruit and musk kinda smell. Intermixed with a bit of Fusel alcohol notes.

Taste- I like the idea of single hop series to see how they all mix. This one is a bit of straight grapefruit and pine flavor with some juiciness behind it with a bit of a dry ending to the taste. A slight malt character in the middle.

Mouth- A medium body atop a slight medium carbonation level. Residual musk and grapefruit flavors.

Drink- Overall a good beer from HF. This was quite interesting with a musky zesty fruit flavor and a little bit of malt mixed in.

FosterJM, Feb 02, 2012
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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.