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Society & Solitude #3 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Society & Solitude #3
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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 47
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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Photo of cbeer88
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

cbeer88, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Society & Solitude #3 pours a hazy straw yellow with a massive rocky, white head on top. As the foam disappears it leaves behind clumps and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Pine and grapefruit citrus plus some tropical fruit notes (pineapple) are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is loaded with hops with plenty of sweet malt to balance the bitterness. Hoppy flavors of grass, pine and grapefruit citrus dominate. In the background caramel and pale malt flavor are present. It finishes bitter with lingering pine and grass notes when gone.

There's enough sweetness in this beer to balance out all the hops. It's full of flavor and easy to drink.

WanderingFool, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of mcbeerbrew
4/5  rDev -8%

mcbeerbrew, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of landhoney
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

landhoney, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
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).

Rifugium, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of jamesb7
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

jamesb7, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

ngeunit1, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

millerbuffoon, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of furthurgone
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

furthurgone, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ithinkimasofa
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ithinkimasofa, Apr 15, 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 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8%

djrn2, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -8%

TheRuss9585, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

claytong, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -8%

nh2032, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of biniek13
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

biniek13, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Retail1LO
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL Hill Farmstead swingtop growler into a Firestone Walker tulip.

Beer pours a beatuiful, hazy, golden straw color that's VERY cloudy. Two finger head that quickly recedes. The nose is a mix of citrus and dank hops. There are lots of grassy, floral tones. No noticeable pine or citrus. This is an interesting tasting beer. It has a very nice hops presence with spicy, floral notes galore. Very juicy beer. The mouth is nice. It's got a good hoppy bit to it that's lush on the tongue , with a dry bitter finish. Another awesome Hill Farmstead IPA. One of their best.

Retail1LO, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of dudeabides76
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

dudeabides76, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of jbuddle
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

jbuddle, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Gosox8787, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

CharlieMurphy, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of hophead0808
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

hophead0808, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

DaveHack, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Urbancaver, Apr 06, 2012
Society & Solitude #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.