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Society & Solitude #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 43
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:
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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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 34
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from the brewery, poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance is a hazy golden tone with nearly two fingers of head. Its` nose has citrus hops, herbs, orange and grapefruit. Excited, for the sip, which delivered more orange, malts, hops. It is pretty tasty, but I was hoping for a little more. HF of course has set the bar high in the past. Mouthfeel is medium, not too much carbonation. Most certainly worth checking out if you can.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the baconsausage for this one.

A: Cloudy dank orange-tinted peach in color. Forms a frothy white head with large, stable bubbles. Reduces down to patchy foamy islands of bubbly head and a large ring around the edges. Some patchy lacing.

S: A potent mix of floral hops and alcohol.

T: The flavor on this one is a bit unusual for a DIPA. The body is extraordinarily light as are the malts. Very light sweetness on the front end with some biscuit and cracker. Then there is a strong flavor of grapefruit with a bit of resiny pine mixed in. But the hops are not strong in the traditional sense: the hops are there, but they're surprisingly subdued. Finish is dry and astringent to point of being chemically. An odd beast, but an enjoyable one.

M: Rather light for a DIPA. Good carbonation. Moderate bitterness, but with a dry astringency on the finish.

O: This DIPA is a bit of an unusual one. It drinks like a single IPA with absolutely none of the characteristics of a DIPA other than the fact that it hits like a Double. Aside from the nose the alcohol is barely present, but it hit hards. A good beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery. 8%ABV.
Legend has it that this brew was created with the help of current brewmaster of PB, Jeff O'Neil at the HF brewery in VT. Glad he showed up, because this brew is fantastic!
Pours a burnt orange haze that you cannot see through. It looks thick. Nice foamy chewy head with great lacing.
Smells of bitter hops, but slighty sweet and bready.
Taste is truly amazing. Great bitter hop flavor, but its finished with a candy-like sweet flavor. Rounded out with some bready/buscuit malts. Truly a great DIPA!
Id have this again in a heartbeat.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear medium orange color with a rocky cream colored head, and mellow carbonation.

S - Spicy citrus rind, oranges, papaya, guava, pineapple, light floral perfume.

T - Light floral perfume, oranges, juicy ruby grapefruit and spicy tropical fruit with a spicy tropical fruit rind and peppery finish.

M - Medium body with smooth carbonation.

O - Would love to have this one in my fridge year around.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz, filled 4/12/13, drank 4/20/13
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. Bright white head. Sticky lacing is getting left on the glass. Still good carbonation.

S: Again, big fruity hops. Orange. Tangerine. Citrus. But here you are getting more of a malt present (both visual and on the nose). Definitely more body than the first two I had today.

T: Nice rush of bitterness on tip of tongue. Grapefruit. Orange. Citrus. More malt here than others. Dry finish. Lingering hop resin.

M: Medium bodied.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.