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Society & Solitude #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Society & Solitude #1
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.23%


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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Kinsman

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 22:35:35 | More by Kinsman
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to ILOVESTOUTS poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy golden orange with two fingers of clean, fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing through out the glass. Typical beautiful Hill Farmstead beer.

Smell: Big juicy citrus and a nice resinous pine off the start. A light grass. Citrus is characterized by grapefruit and tangerine. A touch of honey.

Taste: Really nice balance between citrus and piney hop flavors. Definite touch of floral and grassy hops as well, but in the right amount. A nice honey and bready sweetness provides a little bit of a backbone. Finishes lightly bitter with citrus and resinous pine.

Mouthfeel: Really fantastically drinkable. Drinks much more like an IPA than a DIPA. Just the right amount of bitterness. Very juicy given the piney flavor profile. Medium bodied.

Overall: I was very impressed, as usual, with this offering from the Society and Solitude series. A very nice showcase of Cascade.

Serving type: growler

04-06-2013 21:32:44 | More by cfrances33
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2012 01:55:06 | More by CliffBrake
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pschul4

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a translucent orange with a tiny bit of head but it leaves lots of lacing

S- Smell is very faint, some lemony citrus in there as well as pines

T- Zesty, lemony, peppery hops. Yes you heard me PEPPERY. It is amazing in it's unique-ness. Not much malt to speak of

M- Very carbonated but not in a bad way

O- I really like this. It's no Abner but it's tasty as phuck

Serving type: growler

04-04-2013 02:52:08 | More by pschul4
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: growler

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

New York

4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml Hill Farmstead growler into a Hill Farmstead tulip at low altitude in NY. Looking forward to enjoying a full glass of this after sampling it at the brewery.

A: Pours a gradient reddish orange with a think stark white head of little retention. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: Citric Cascade hops with a bit of malt backing. A bit of alcoholic heat here as well.

T: Citric hops up front with a bit of resinous character to follow. The sweet malt body helps to offset the hop bitterness, but I think it could be a bit more balanced. The bitterness is a bit overwhelming.

M: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Dry finish. Suits the flavors well.

O: In true Hill Farmstead fashion, this is a straightforward beer that highlights a single hop. However, it's not among the best DIPAs I've tried in recent memory.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2013 01:32:52 | More by schlimenhaumer
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Skrip

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmsted oversized wine glass.

A~ hazy, glowing orange with minimal head and nice lacing.

S~ not too much going on here, a little citrus and hop bitterness.

T~ peppery bitterness up front followed by nice citrus, mostly lemon. not as much bitterness as i was expecting from the cascade hops. not a bad thing at all though. i like it a little tame.

M~ nice carbonation, smooth, and very refreshing!

O~ a great IPA, definitely not in my top 10 or anything but still very enjoyable. this could be a daily late spring/summer beer for sure!

Serving type: growler

04-05-2013 20:39:56 | More by Skrip
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

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

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.

Serving type: growler

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

Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial impression was disappointment, not the full blown hop effect like most Hill Farmstead
DIPAs. After a few more sips, I realized this was an absolute masterpiece of brewing skill
that beautifully blended a strong hop like cascade with a malty sweet finish. Cascade isn't my favorite hop, I find it almost too floral, so if HF was going to make a more malty Society and Solitude, I'm glad they went with this one. Too me, it took the flowery edge off the Cascade, but maintained a strong enough flavor not to be overshadowed by the sweeter malt character.

Full blown hopheads may be underwhelmed, but this would be perfect for the beer drinker just venturing into the hops world. I'd probably choose Abner over this eighty percent of the time, but I've never been more impressed with HF's brewing magic.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 13:09:37 | More by celfan
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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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