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Society & Solitude #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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95
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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
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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:
Double IPA brewed with Cascade hops.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-12-2012)
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%

Thanks to Andy for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy murky orange color with a cap of white head with a little bit of sticky lace.

The aroma is sweet juicy citrus with some hints of caramel. Nice balance of malt and a little bit of bitterness in the background. Bitter and grassy hops here with a little bit of caramel sweetness rounding out the pallet. Seems to have a bit of lemon here too.

Nice light body with somewhat sharp carbonation.

Overall a solid brew. Enjoyable to drink with a nice balance of hops and rich malts.

02-10-2012 05:27:45 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured into a wine taster glass. The color is hazy orange. There is a great white head on this.

The aroma is slightly sweet with a nice hoppy citrus. There is a bit of zestyness to the hop aroma as well.

The taste has a nice cereal graininess here while being nice and dry. There is a nice zesty hoppiness throughout that leads to a dry bitter finish. This is pretty simple, and the flavors are clean.

The body is light and this drinks nice and easy. Great carbonation coming from the growler.

This is really good. I imagine it was even better a couple weeks ago.

02-10-2012 05:06:13 | More by andrewinski1
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

02-07-2012 18:14:45 | More by Kegatron
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oline73

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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

02-07-2012 05:17:06 | More by oline73
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

02-07-2012 03:41:10 | More by Thorpe429
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -7%

02-06-2012 01:07:41 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

02-05-2012 14:17:24 | More by wdarcy77
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7%

02-05-2012 01:37:24 | More by greenmonstah
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

02-02-2012 21:37:03 | More by whartontallboy
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FosterJM

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

02-02-2012 17:30:45 | More by FosterJM
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Society and Solitude #1 poured from a large HF growler into a HF oversized wine glass.

A- Hazy golden orange similar in color to Edward. 1/2 finger white head with lots of lacing. I like the look of this beer.

S- Citrusy grapefruit aroma with some good floral hop notes. Also detect the alcohol in the nose.

T- This is a different Dipa, nice bitterness with some kick. Alcohol is present and some sweet bready malts. The floral hop characters are what im focusing in on first. Also picking up some nice citrus followed by some pine and ending with a clean dry finish.

M- Light bodied for a Dipa and good carbonation. Its not as creamy as alot of other Dipas.

O- Not my favorite Dipa but a really nice beer in all accounts. This beer is absolutly worth a try but it didnt blow me away. Not the best from Shaun Hill (great guy by the way) but still a really good beer.

02-02-2012 00:55:16 | More by HopsHopenstein
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

02-01-2012 00:27:55 | More by yourefragile
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

750ml growler poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a mirky light orange color, frothy cream-colored head, sticky lacing, thin collar, thin cap.

S - Sweet citrus and tropical nose that's heavy on the Mandarin oranges. Light pine, some floral notes in there as well. Very clean and sweet, quite enjoyable.

T - Not quite as a palate-buster as the taste would suggest, which is nice. Again, really nice citrus/orange, some lemon zest, and a nice dose of sweet malts in round things out. Finish is slightly floral hoppy notes with a nice bitter bite on the end.

M - Light, refreshing, good carbonation.

O - Another excellent hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead...what a surprise, haha. The nose led me to believe this one was bigger then I though it was, which is nice because it was easy to drink while still having some nice complexity. Recommend.

01-31-2012 19:33:00 | More by Sean9689
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-31-2012 16:25:40 | More by phingdong
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

01-29-2012 07:14:48 | More by ChrisPro
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

When they said they were going to make an experimental series of IPAs, I was kind of taken aback when they decided to make a single-hopped beer with Cascade hops, which is one of the most common hops used for the past decade +. figured they would have gone with something more "experimental" but I'll let the beer speak for itself.

very hazy golden copper with a sizable pure white head that sticks around forever and laces well.

definite cascade aroma of citrus and grapefruit with that slight pine twang. lots of orange peel, grapefruit juice, lemon zest. not detecting much in the way of malts. very hoppy and citric, which was expected.

again, lots of juicy citrus, a bit of bitterness but more of the cascade flavor than bitterness. There is a bit of a floral/spicy quality in the middle and it finishes with a bit of a resiny finish with a slight bitterness, but for how hoppy this is, the bitterness is tame. again, just tons of fresh hop flavor.

medium bodied with a very pleasant carbonation level and a slightly resiny finish that leaves a pleasant juicy flavor lingering for a while.

Well, Cascade hops are the most used in America for a reason, they are damn tasty. I like how this focuses more on the flavor and aroma of the hop rather than the bitterness. Would like a bit more complexity, but there still is a lot of flavor for a single-hopped single-malted beer.

I have read that this measures at 8%ABV, but not direct from the brewer.

01-25-2012 04:03:29 | More by silentjay
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Afufnuh

Vermont

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-24-2012 16:27:07 | More by Afufnuh
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

01-24-2012 03:38:38 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

01-22-2012 21:26:54 | More by AgentZero
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cestlavie

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-19-2012 02:20:19 | More by cestlavie
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

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

01-17-2012 23:47:33 | More by Gfunk720
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vitese

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-17-2012 06:02:10 | More by vitese
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Glad to try this after having grown Cascade hops for years, and having done most of my limited homebrewing with Cascade.

Cloudy dull orange color with a small head and modest lacing.

Good floral and fruity hop aroma with a bit of malt leaking around the edges. I can imagine melon and peach in the nose.

Great and big hop flavor on a firm malt backbone. The malt is definitely in the backseat, but enough body and sweetness to create a decent sense of balance - moreso than many hop-forward American IPA's.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall drier and crisper than many DIPA's. Very enjoyable. I am glad to have tried this and would order it again. However, I would prefer HF's other DIPA's (Citra, Galaxy and Abner) to this one.

01-17-2012 01:55:06 | More by CliffBrake
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drewd0g

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-16-2012 14:15:55 | More by drewd0g
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RSchaeffer

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2012 22:46:23 | More by RSchaeffer
Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.