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Society & Solitude #3 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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96
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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 46
Gots: 0 | 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:
The series of experimental Double IPAs continues. This one is hopped with ample amounts of Columbus and is reminiscent of… an Imperial Harlan?

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-26-2012)
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Reviews by CADMixes:
Photo of CADMixes
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tasted from a 4-day-old growler in a hf stemmed glass.

A - hazy goldenroad with a huge head that makes an appearance at the end of the growler pour. excellent lacing on this one.

S - tropical aromas like pineapple and mango are what's happening here. they're backed up by citrus and maybe a little booze.

T - lots going on here, including slightly sweet malts, citrus, and dry piney hops. grapefruit predominates as you get near the finish, which is dry but not that bitter and leaves the slightest bit of sticky hops in the back of your mouth. ridiculously balanced with a hint of warming alcohol.

M - medium body. carbonation is lively and flawless for the style.

O - very smart and balanced double ipa with interesting fruity components in the aroma and taste. hf could probably make a thousand citrusy ipas and it would be hard not to love each and every one.

CADMixes, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bierdabbler, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

bpfrush, Apr 03, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Very cloudy dark orange with a large, off-white head that leaves lots of spiderweb lacing down the glass.

Nice aroma with lots of citrus and sweetness, with just a hint of a malt backbone, though it most certainly all about the hops. Sweet orange candy and grapefruit make up the majority.

Citrus-forward flavors, with low to moderate bitterness per the style, along with a touch of onion, and cereal malt. Very good, but not great.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very nice and incredibly drinkable. Perfect.

A very good hop-forward beer from Hill Farmstead, though I was actually expecting to be blown away, and I wasn't.

Abner blows this away.

ehammond1, May 21, 2012
Photo of skivtjerry
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and cloudy, with a big sticky head. Smells wonderful; the citrus typically seen is overpowered by pine and dankness. Taste is more of the same with a hint of sweet malt that can't compete with the hopfest. Body is fairly sturdy for the style, reminds me of Heady Topper. People drinking with us said it reminded them of Heady too, though a distinctly different beer. Overall a nice one. Think of it as Heady Topper's slightly shady cousin.

skivtjerry, Apr 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

SPRichard, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Jason Richard for muling this growler for me, a very generous and awesome BA. And, thanks to Bhollas (Brandon) for going in with me on the shipment.

This is beer #25 for #BOTG challenge! Go Astros!

Popped the growler, nice "pop" after opening it up, glad to see this held up well through the trip, still plenty of carbonation. Poured from growler into DFH snifter. Pours a cloudy yellow orange color- very light for a DIPA. Resembles IIPAs like Yellow Sunshine and Heady Topper. Something up with the Vermont breweries and their IIPAs resembling eachother? Who knows. Nice sticky lacing and fluffy white head. Decent retention. This is a great looking beer. Smell- buttery, citrusy hop resins, grapefruit, lemon zest. Def of the lighter side of the citrus range here. Taste- Nice grapefruit sweet blast followed by a EXTREMELY sour citrus blast. Not sour as in "a sour", but its just so damn citrusy that it puckers. Hop resins coat my teeth and mouth and go down the back of my throat. Wow. The offset to the bitter hop blast comes in the form of the sweet grapefruit notes, like taking a bite into a sweet grapefruit. Not balanced, but a really nice salute to the citrus bomb New England IPA style. Well done.

lnashsig, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

biniek13, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

prdstmnky, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Capping bottle, or half a growler. Cloudy orange colour, lots of lace. Hoppy, fresh and citrus aroma. Above average mouthfeel, but hop pellet bitterness. Raw and not the greatest drinkability. Dissapointing experience, not done well.Would like to see better hopping, malting.

Sammy, May 03, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Randomly on tap at a bar in Tarrytown, NY. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a 1.5 finger frothy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy pale grapefruit peel color. Lacing is stringy and web-like with good retention.

Citrus, tree sap, cane sugar, papaya, and apricot. Very aromatic and clean.

Citrus, pine, and big cane sugar malt body to balance out the huge hop presence. Resin and sappy. Dry finish with a sap hop aftertaste. Great balance that showcases the huge hop profile at the same time.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and lively in the mouth and messy finish. Dry going down with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Real drinkable.

Hill Farmstead totally lives up to the hype with this IPA series. An awesome beer all around and I'm honred to have gotten the chance to try it!

SpeedwayJim, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

leschkie, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

mcbeerbrew, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler

pours a bright murky faint golden yellow. creamy fluffy white head. very nice sticky retention and lacing.

tropical and citrus on the nose, grapefruit, orange, ripe mango.

more bitter in the flavor. less citrus and a bit more pine. some white grapefruit through out. malty pale finish.

moderate carbonation and body, a bit light feeling.

overall, this is REALLY good. very easy to drink, never overpowering.

hooliganlife, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL Hill Farmstead swing top growler poured to a taster. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Light golden orange. Cloudy with a small head. Maybe due to the growler?

Smell - Pine and then oodles of grapefruit. One-note Columbus hops. Grapefruit overload.

Taste - Sweet and citrusy hops nearly giving it the tartness of a fresh grapefruit. I expect it to turn tart as if I was eating a grapefruit, but it turns very bitter, like the pith.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter flavor, medium-low carbonation. Lots of bitter hops make it tougher to drink that most IPAs.

Overall - Interesting. Way too grapefruity. Fascinating taste, but maybe too extreme. Another interesting experiment from HF.

Edit: Had the second batch and I enjoyed it more. Upped the numbers a bit.

Alieniloquium, Jul 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

KMcG, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

GuisseppeFranco, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

rjm0715, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

jamesb7, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Keith_R, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Ajlvt, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

twillingthenoz, Oct 29, 2012
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Society & Solitude #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.