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Society & Solitude #3 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 44
Gots: 0 | 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:
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 23:43:54 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

04-14-2012 16:42:40 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2012 12:45:27 | More by Thorpe429
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-22-2012 18:11:27 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-13-2013 21:24:03 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

05-12-2012 04:22:45 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-07-2012 01:25:30 | More by ygtbsm94
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largadeer

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-03-2012 22:30:34 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-08-2013 22:37:29 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2012 22:53:49 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2012 01:47:35 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-26-2012 03:00:29 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT

Poured a cloud golden-yellow color with a finger or so of foamy white head that retained and laced moderately. Aroma is hop-dominant with notes of bready malts in the background. Taste of citrus and piney hops, grass, some tropical fruit notes, and a decent balance of bready malts. Some bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Medium body, and nicely drinkable for the style, but a bit strong on the palate for the unprepared, in more ways than one (typical of the style).

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 01:07:49 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

06-28-2013 04:07:56 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-19-2013 18:49:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -8%

06-28-2013 13:40:28 | More by mendvicdog
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growlers complements of Thorpe and Tucker.

Pours a cloudy pale golden amber color with a frothy, retentive large white head; ample lacing. Dank citrus nose, exceptionally pungent and hoppy with a strong malt and honey like sweetness. Like nose, strong malt body, more sweet than other HF DIPAs, with an exceptionally dry and bitter finish; pine and orange rind. Medium thick body, well carbonated and very little alcohol presence. Certainly tastes like an Imperial Harlan, not my favorite HF, but I welcome having a few growlers of this.

Serving type: growler

05-19-2012 02:55:43 | More by yourefragile
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-02-2012 18:37:48 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours peach orange with a frothy one and a half finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut tropical fruit and pungent citric hops from start to finish. Some lightly toasted grains and a touch of booze are present as well.

T - Starts off with plenty of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of citric zest, a bit of sweetness and a tiny bit of booze. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Crisp body with a ton of hoppy flavor and moderate carbonation. Plenty of hop bitterness throughout, a touch of sweetness toward the end, with a bit of dryness at the end of each sip.

O - As typical with the hoppy HF beers, this ones description is spot on. Not as good as the What is Enlightenment? I had but still a very good DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 03:03:29 | More by orangesol
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-10-2013 03:10:05 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-29-2013 16:59:05 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Sticky lace. Color is a hazed golden yellow/orange.

Aroma: Dank and weedy hops. Orange citrus. Floral hops. No malts show here. I dig it.

Taste: A little bready malts show here. Very grassy and floral. Orange citrus and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and weedy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a hop resin stickiness.

Overall, the smell was better than the taste. Very sticky and weedy. Not as drinkable as I was expecting.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2012 20:57:37 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door.

In The tulip. Solitude three looks very nice and clean with a bright gold look to it with some orange haze. The cap is firm and leaves minor notches on the way down. Active bubbles coming up from below. Smell is citrus forward with the Amarillo really shining with warming. A light backing of pine with mango and papaya and slight pineapple scent. I get a hit of alcohol to, not going to lie.

Taste is not as hop forward as an Abner or so, this comes into double territory and strays off in the body or so, sort of like an imperial pale ale like port did a while back. The pine is subdued in the taste as well as the tropics being muted some by some malty backing and some alc. With that said, warming brings this one front and center with a nice mix of tropic flavor malt, and pine. Not as agressive as some other DIPA heavy hitters, but worthy non the less.

Feel is medium with not as much bitterness going on as usual, or per the style. It's carbed up nice like all hills beers on tap and as always it tastes real clean with that nice Vermont water. One again, a glass was fine for me, and if I can get this again, I will, because it's good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 04:00:44 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2012 03:25:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's.

The beer pours a golden amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose was a bit odd initially, as I was getting something of an orange citrus/syrup aroma, along with some cardboard. However, the cardboard aroma dissipated over time, and I just got a lot of sweet orange and citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I thought this DIPA a bit sweet for my liking. However, there was sufficient bitterness to dry this beer out on the finish, which I appreciated. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to fairly full, with a long, sweet and bitter finish. Alcohol was pretty well integrated into the flavor profile.

A very nice beer, but not one of my favorites from HF I have to confess.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 12:45:14 | More by John_M
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Society & Solitude #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.