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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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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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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 Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
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).

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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 hooliganlife
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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