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Society & Solitude #3 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 209
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 6.48%
Wants: 47
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-26-2012

The series of experimental Double IPAs continues. This one is hopped with ample amounts of Columbus and is reminiscent of… an Imperial Harlan?
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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 209
Photo of rudzud
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally this was bought for a trade with Aceboogie, but the gentleman never gave me his shipping address so, "unfortunately", I now have to drink this. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Even after 2 weeks of sitting in my fridge this pops with a loud POP and pours a very hazy golden orange juice with a BIG nearly three finger off white head that faded down to a quarter inch thick, creamy blanket with nice side lacing.

S - Outstanding. Dank, wet hops and an overhwleming amount of tropical aromas (mangos and pineapple). This is like a glass of tropical juice with no ABV at all and super light malt.

T - Wow. Even two weeks old this packs a whallop! Delicious pine, citrus rind, and delicious mango. Argh is this outstanding! Some slight malty sweetness with that nice DIPA bitter finish. SOO tropical and wet!

M - Can I give this higher than a 5? No ABV detectable, with that lovely bitter finish. Knock your socks off good for a mouthfeel. Its poundable!

O - Yeah...outstanding. The guys at Hill Farmstead really know how to fill a growler too. Just delicious. Actually glad this guy decided to cut off all communications!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for acquiring the growler for me. Shared with Mike and Adam.

The beer is golden yellow and mildly hazy with a half inch of white head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

The aroma is seductive. Oh my...citrus, crack, hops, voodoo magicks, etc.

The flavor offers a ridiculously smooth blanket of hops. Utterly chuggable. Not too sweet, with a ton of citrus. A touch of malt in the finish, but most definitely a showcase for the hops. This is exactly what I look for in a DIPA.

One of the most drinkable DIPAs I have ever had.

Overall, this reaffirms that Hill Farmstead is one of the best breweries on the planet. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JReites
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler poured into a tulip.

A- Golden orange pour with a nice haze. Two fingers of white foam. Moderate lacing on the glass after each sip.

S- Strong fruit and pine scents. Really picking up a grapefruit scent with other citrus fruits present. Moderate hops smell but not overwhelming.

T- Nice citrus taste. Grapefruit notes jump out right away, and linger in the aftertaste as well. Other tropical/citrus fruits coming through after the initial grapefruit upfront. A perfect amount of bitterness detected, definitely well balance and not too hoppy.

M- Dry, light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Nice citrusy/bitter aftertaste.

O- This is an excellent DIPA. Very smooth and easy drinking. Does not drink like 8% at all. Love the great balance of citrus, earthiness, and hops. Would love to be able to have this all the time. Drinks excellent in the FL summer heat.

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Photo of nootch23
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml growler into a tulip glass.

A- pours a hazy, golden orange with about a fingers worth of creamy white head. Pretty decent lacing.

S- I picked up a lot of fruit type scent in this one. Really picked up citrus, mango and pine which I expected. Then I caught traces of pineapple which I thought was weird and a little bit of a peach notes. Little hops smell but not as dank as I was expecting.

T- really big scent of lemon and orange peel. A little tropical taste of mangoes in there as well. Really earthy taste with very very little bitterness. Defintely not a hop bomb. Very well balanced.

M- dry finish that leaves the mouth with a citrus, bitter aftertaste.

O- This a really great, delicious beer. Well balanced and juicy. Very easy to drink and very smooth. Kind of a light tasting beer, not heavy at all. Really love this beer and hope to have it again in the future.

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Photo of durrrr
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Blackback pub in VT.

This beer pours a hazy golden orange with thin head. beautiful color. Smell is amazing. Very fresh with lots of fruit, some tropical mango, citrus a little dankness and maybe a hint of apple? There is a sweetness to the smell but not much malt noted. Tastes delicious! very fresh, strong hop character with great bitterness throughout. This beer is wonderfully balanced with little alcohol present and a creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation for the style. Hill Farmstead has created another world class DIPA. I hope they brew this again!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Poured a hazy peach colour with a slight yellow glow at the very bottom of the glass. One finger of bright white head formed with decent retention and some good lacing.

S - Massive grapefruit aroma up front with some tangerine, peach and mango aromas. A faint hint of pine and a very light malt sweetness in the background.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with fresh grapefruit, tangerine, peach and a light mango flavour. A very small sweetness from the malt bill adds a touch of balance but there is no question that this is a hop-forward IPA. Very fresh and vibrant palate.

M - Medium body and very silky. Full of tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - Another home run from HF.

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Photo of largadeer
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from gn0sis. Thanks!

Appearance: Hazy golden body topped by a thick and lasting head.

Smell: Massive amounts of grapefruit, zesty and sticky. This is extremely dank stuff. Herbal, weedy. Little to no malt presence on the nose.

Palate: A ton of grapefruit again; bitter, resinous, herbal. A lot of marijuana flavor mid-palate. Quite dry - moreso than other Hill Farmstead DIPAs I've tried. Mouthfeel is fantastic here, very sticky and dry with a big bitter kick that never feels astringent. This is exceptionally good stuff, I hope it's brewed again.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a chilled 2L growler into a pint glass. Picked this up from the brewery a day ago, so it is still very fresh.

Appearance: Pours a really full, creamy white head with really nice retention. Pale cloudy orange in color with bright highlights throughout.

Aroma: Big pine, grassy and floral hop notes with a nice full tropical hop notes in the background. Not as fruity or sweet as some of the other Hill Farmstead IPAs, but really nice nonetheless.

Taste: The hop presence definitely dominates throughout. Big grassy, piney notes upfront provide some bitter notes. This is not overly sweet at all and is really nicely balanced for a DIPA. Really nice hop notes with just a touch of fruit in the background. Really easy to drink considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Definitely on the drier side for an IPA. Really crisp and refreshing though.

Overall, another great DIPA from Hill Farmstead. This one took me a little longer to get into, but the balance of bitter and sweet notes really works well. Definitely not as big or juicy as some other IPAs but really easy to drink and incredibly tasty. I will definitely look for this next time it is available.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler poured into Hill Farmstead glass.

Appearance: Somewhere between a very light orange and a dark yellow. Fluffy white head with some staying power, and excellent lacing down the glass.

Smell: Crazy pineapple and some other nebulous citrus hops aroma.

Taste: A citrus-y hop monster. Pineapple dominates with some pine and a decent malt backing to balance. Zero alcohol to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied for a DIPA, dry, moderately carbed.

Drinkability: High - this hits my personal DIPA sweet spot of being nicely balanced and relatively low ABV at 8%. This growler will be split with another and crushed tonight, as it drinks incredibly well.

Overall: Another chalk mark in the long line of incredible Hill Farmstead DIPAs. This is right up there with their other highly rated DIPAs. As another reviewer said, this is strangely reminiscent of Heady Topper.

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Photo of tewaris
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Society and Solitude 3
Very fresh growler sent by my friend in VT.

Quite hazy looking and I am positive that it's the hops. This is a double IPA but it drinks like a pale ale. The hop profile is right up my alley too: grass, pine, weed and ginger. No sweetness and none of the tropical fruit bullshit. I am f'in loving it.

No balance so to speak, just a very dry and fresh tasting IPA. The ginger note is a new one for me but it works very well. Reminds me of Heady Topper and wows me in the same manner Heady did.

4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5

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Photo of silentjay
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as with all Hill Farmstead IPAs, this is unfiltered and so hazy you can barely see through it. A nice two-fingered pure white head recedes rather quickly, but leaves tons of lacing.

Definitely lots of Columbus hops. earthy, dank, and a bit spicy with some pine and a big shot of citrus.

citrusy hops are more evident in the flavor, balancing with the columbus heavy earthy aroma. very hoppy, but not very bitter. most of the hops were added late in the brewing process, I think. malts are just there for support. goes a bit tropical and sweet in the middle before the earthiness again takes over and some pine comes in as well. a very "dirty DIPA" I guess. It's like drinking a great IPA in a pine forest with a bunch of people smoking pot around you. Unique for a style that has thousands of "me too" beers.

medium bodied and resiny with a nicely effervescent carbonation.

Not my favorite IPA or DIPA by Hill Farmstead, but it still knocks the socks off most you can find. Definitely unique blend of hop aromas/flavors.

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Photo of Luk13
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Biere de Norma release. Beautiful orange-gold with thick white head. Aroma is wet grass, citrus (peach), honey and onion. The most Dank of the Society and Solitude series. Lots of grassy and resin flavors and citrus peel. Full bodied and sharp. Classic Hill Farmstead IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy fluffy head 1 finger fades slowly with lots of lacing, murky orange peach colored beer.

Nose tropical fruit, grapefruit, lots of tangerine and clementine, fluffy malts, juicy tropical fruit and citrus, delicious wafting tropical hop, light peach. Awesome.

Taste brings lots more juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, guava, hint of citrus and musty resin just a hint, nice semi sweet candy hop and citrus candy, hint of chewy spicy hops, etc. finish is semi dry, tons of tropical fruit, light citrus, so much fruit, nice.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, little oily, nice carb.

Overall awesome, great tropical fruits and hops, amazing nose, hops are almost perfect, so good, I could drink the whole 2L growler by myself.

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Photo of CADMixes
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by somebody, thanks. Beer is yellow and has a mild haze, a thin white head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is citrus and a little sweetness.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice hop palate a great bitterness on the end, fruits and light in the middle, carbonation was appropriate but a little more would have thinned it out. I would have this again as much as I can drink.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a full of tropical, citrus, and pine hops, with some grapefruit and pineapple, and some sweet caramel malt.

T - Starts off with some citrus and tropical hops with lots of grapefruit and pineapple flavor with some bitterness and a bit of sweet caramel malt. Through the middle piney and earthy hops come through with stronger bitterness and some more sweet malts. The finish is a mix of tropical and citrus fruits, with lots of grapefruit, some resiny pine, bitterness, and a bit of sweet malt.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a resiny, dry, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big hop forward DIPA with lots of citrus and tropical fruits and bitterness coming through. Hop profile is really nice from start to end.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer generously shared by Sean. Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a collar, thin, wispy cap, and minimal spotty lace. Pale, white peach flesh body.

S - Even at 8% this is more of a DIPA instead of the West Coast IPA-plus. Moderate pale malt backbone balances sharp and juicy citrus flavors as well as mild herbal notes. I also appreciate the well-hidden alcohol.

T - The taste seems more hop-dominated, with zesty citrus rind, some herbaceous and mildly chive-y notes, and moderate bitterness in the finish. Malt character seems further in the background here, although it's still fairly balanced.

M - Initially the carbonation is somewhat zesty, but it quickly retreats to a medium-low leve. Juicy, medium body, soft and pleasant, with no obvious alcohol present.

D - Gee, another well-executed DIPA from Hill Farmstead. Who would have guessed? Didn't like this quite as much as 'What is Enlightenment?', but I would still gladly drink this any day of the week.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Michael for bringing this one back from the HF Anniversary Party.

Beer pours a hazy golden-yellow with a fluffy white head. The smell is full of citrus fruity hops with a bit of sweetness in there. Flavor is very citrusy up front, but not as sweet as I expected given the aroma. It's got a bready malt character and the malt comes through more than I expected. The finish is also noticeably more bitter and dry than the average HF DIPA. There's a lot going on here and I like it - very complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is yet another great DIPA from Hill Farmstead. It's not quite on the level of Abner or Ephraim, but this stands above most other beers out there. Extremely drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of landhoney
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Columbus? Really? Excellent IIPA, very complex flavor and aroma but very drinkable. Excellent hop aroma, citrus/piney on the nose, some tropical aroma as well. Nice balance of bitterness, touch of malty sweetness, but nice dry finish. Overall an excellent IIPA, really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color with a very thick, creamy white lacing ring and very sticky on the sides of the glass. As the beer warms it gets crystal clear.

S - Dank citrus, pithy grapefruit, yeast, and pine.

T - Oranges, spicy citrus, light lemon, zesty, with a resiny pine citrus finish. Light alcohol and a lingering piney citrus biter finish.

M - Full medium body, light and very gentle carbonation.

O - This is an amazing big IPA that's well worth the pursuit.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to a great trader for getting this growler out my way. Served in a Hill Farmstead long stem tulip. Pours a nice orange color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. Nose carries loads of dank hops. Columbus heaven. Can’t get enough. Body is light-medium with really nice bitterness. Fantastic.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler into HF stemmed tulip.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color, white head, sticky lace, thin film on top, thick collar.

S - Big orange peel, citrus, and light mango sweetness. Huge doses of orange/citrus/mango which mixes both bitter hops and light sweetness.

T - A little more bitter then the nose suggests and features orange peel, citrus, light tropical sweetness. The alcohol is light and just perfect for this DIPA. Finish is all citrus peel with a nice bitter bite. Not a hop-bomb or malt-bomb, it's done just right.

M - Light to medium body, perfect carbonation, super-refreshing DIPA, oily finish.

O - This does remind me of an Imperial Harlan, which is just simply an outstanding idea! The citrus and mango sweetness is an excellent combo, and this is one of the more orange-forward DIPAs I can remember. This beer doesn't attempt to over-hop or over-malt you to death, it simply impresses you because it's just plain good. Not sure if I've ever called a DIPA refreshing, but this one is. Outstanding.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is a dark hazy peach with a slightly off white head and decent lace. The nose is extremely nice, heavy grapefruit and citrus, notes of orange peel and zest. The taste offers more grapefruit, fairly tart, nice citrus in the back and assertively gentle bitterness in the finish. The body is airy and soft with a fair carbonation and semi dry finish. This is a great ipa with an extremely assertive hop, nice tropical notes, with enough malt undertones in the nose and flavor to keep it in check.

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Society & Solitude #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.