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Society & Solitude #6 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Pale Ale brewed almost exclusively with Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest.

Added by claytong on 02-28-2013

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 599
Photo of Sheppard
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden hue with white head. It smells incredible. There are many ways I've described how this tastes:
"Hop Candy."
"God Level. Sweet. Tropical. Pineapples. Yum. Yum. Yum."
"Luxurious."
This is one of my favorite DIPAs and perhaps my favorite beer with predominantly mosaic hops. This is the beer that introduced me to mosaic and I haven't had a better mosaic hopped beer since. I was introduced with the best.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of oranges and tropical fruits. The taste is citrus, bitter and crisp. Hoppy with peppery notes. Awesome contribution to the S&S series. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best uses of mosaic hops I've experienced. The nose is big and bold with notes of florals, herbs, grapefruit peel and pine. Lots of citrus bursting out in the flavor. Body is so on point and its very drinkable. Overall another world-class HF beer.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler drank in a chalice on 3/27/2016

L-hazy, creamy orange with a white head

T-mosaic bomb! love the flavors and depth of this beer. Mango and pineapple heavy for the citrus side and then the grassy, earthiness comes through strong as well.

F-nice combo of creaminess and juiciness

O-really enjoyable offering from the Hill as expected. This series is fantastic!

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Photo of ELS
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Went to the brewery and had a few different beers and this one was my second favorite after the little bit of Ann that I tasted. The beer has nice head that diminishes quickly. The smell is all mosaic. Citrus/orange, a little dank and a little grassy. Taste is more citrus followed by some earthy grassy flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, easy drinking like all HF Beers. I liked this one more than S&S #5 which surprised me because as much as I like Mosaic hops, I like Citra even more. Yet, the Mosaic IPA was the clear winner for its more intense flavor.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wow that's good. I love mosaic, it's my favorite hop and this beer...THIS beer...this is fantastic. can't believe 8.1 abv drinks much lighter. great beer. worth hunting down.

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Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head with lace. Hazy golden orange.

Tons of citrus and fruit here. Mango and papaya with grapefruit. Floral and tropical.

Light bitterness and stickiness. A very nice beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is in my opinion the best of the S&S Series. So far I have been lucky enough to get growlers of 1, 3, 5, 6 & 7 and I think that 6 was the best overall with 5 a close second.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to @walderek for this growler. You are too kind, Sir.
Tagged "Best Consumed By March 10th... Consumed on March 13th.
Pours a hazy golden apple cider hue. Slightly loose head rised up nicely. White. Quickly recedes to an insignificant afterthought. But thankfully it pumps out some serious aroma...Mosaic. Grassy, some onion.
Flavor is a mix of more subtle onion, grass, pine, a slight citrus zest, and some really beautiful mineral rich water undertones as well. Slightly creamy in the mouthfeel and finished dry.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. Nice cloudy mix of oj and grapefruit juice. Great lacing. Retention is only downfall. Great smell. Medley of citrus. Fresh peel. Absolute mosaic bomb. This is the type of beer that made me fall in love with the hop. Super juicy. Grapefruit, touch of lime, hint of mango. Rocks the bitter. Another great creamy feel from the HF folks. Bit of stick and juice. Perfect. Great, great beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a medium white head that dissipates. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell is hoppy and pungent with some grassy tones. Taste reflects the same, nice earthy, grassy flavor. Feel is super smooth consistent with their other IPAs. Outstanding

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

The pour is a hazy golden orange color with a two-finger fluffy white head. Not much retention but some beautiful cobweb lacing hangs around.

The aroma starts off a bit oniony, but is followed by sticky pine sap and fresh grass. A touch of citrus and grainy wheat sits on the back end. Complex and bold.

The taste has lots of pine and grass, as well as grapefruit and fresh mango. Plenty of sweet, bready malt provides a nice balance.

The feelings is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth, yet very dry. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall, a great and complex DIPA. Not the best offering from HF by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a bright, well-balanced beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of a bottle share. Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are sky-high; this is my first Hill Farmstead beer. Best consumed by: 01/21/15.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Swing-top. 750ml with a paper hangtag.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into an Adelbert's stem-tulip.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Nice creaminess. Fairly full, fairly thick. Not quite as smooth and even as would be ideal. It could also have a softer appearance. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Semitransparent translucent copper of average vibrance with yellow hues. Clean albeit slightly hazy; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special looking, but certainly above average for an (imperial) IPA.

AROMA: Hop-forward, absolutely. Oniony and floral, with some pleasant zest and lemongrass. A kiss of soapiness; how long did this spend in primary fermentation? I like that it's slightly juicy. Pale malts. Grassiness. I like that it's not as clean and clinical as many IPAs; there's a slight earthy influence which manifests via the herbal character and grassiness that I dig. Still, some nectary character and/or overt citrus might make it even more appealing.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant and appealing IPA aroma, but I've certainly come across better. The onion and slight soapiness are interesting, albeit risky.

TASTE: Has a pleasant hop profile replete with notes of herbal hop character, heavy grassiness, floral character, lemon, onion (which actually works in this flavour profile), and lightly twangy citrus. Well-balanced, with a perfect amount of pale malt sweetness but no obnoxious cloying caramalt. Above average depth of flavour. It's aptly complex for an imperial IPA, and doesn't have a syrupy or overbearing malt build. The hops are rightly the stars of the show.

Nice duration of flavour, with a moderate aftertaste. Good intensity of flavour; it doesn't beat you over the head with the hops. More and more subtlety emerges as it comes to temperature.

The balance is what really works here; it's not the imbalanced bitter bomb put out by many problematic contemporary breweries (e.g. Green Flash).

TEXTURE: Incredibly soft and light-bodied. Smooth, wet, refreshing, and delicate. Boasts a fragility rarely observed in IPAs. This texture complements the taste very nicely, elevating the beer to a level of shocking refreshment, which also bolsters drinkability. Carbonation is near perfect (and that's impressive seeing as this is a swingtop).

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's incredibly drinkable by virtue of its masterfully handled mouthfeel. Hides its 8.10% ABV surprisingly well. I could down this by the growler with ease. This is on par with offerings from Russian River - or even Alpine - and grows on me the more I drink it. It's a great introduction to Hill Farmstead, and makes me excited to try their other offerings; this emperor, it seems, indeed has clothes.

B+

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Photo of MDDMD
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, topical fruit, grains, grass, dank

T-grapefruit, mango, pineapple, bready malt, wheat, grass, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-another outstanding DIPA from HF

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 7 hours ago

Consumed 1/17/15

A: Lightly hazy, medium gold with some orange highlights - pours with a medium-sized, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

S: Many hop, much Mosiac - very hoppy, with some big, juicy, orange, grapefruit, peach, and apricot - leafy, resinous, dank, and just straight-up hoppy, like sniffing a bag of hop pellets - lightly spicy - pale, clean malts

T: Extremely hoppy, no surprise - big, juicy citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, and some zest, rind - wet, resinous hops - tropical fruits, lemon, peach, apricot, pineapple - it's like hop juice - moderate level of bitterness - low level of sweetness - solid malt base, pale grains, light bread, extremely clean

M: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation, finishes clean

O: Have you ever wondered what Mosaic hops taste like?

Surprise surprise, Hill Farmstead can make a world-class DIPA. This is extremely similar to some other of their others of this style, but that is not a criticism. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy yellow gold with a soapy bright-white head. Clumps of lacing stick to the glass. Ok head retention leaves a small swirl of a cap with a small collar.

Smell: Stone fruit. Peach. Malts are slightly sweet with some biscuit and a touch of dough. Slight crakcery elements as well. Some mild sweetness. Light and fruity. Dank. Warming adds even more weed to the whole mix. Peach and a touch of pineapple, but mostly weed. Vague sort of spiciness. Lemon drops.

Taste: Stone fruit and weed. Dank. Peach pit, flesh, and skin. Touches of pineapple. Some solid herbal and spicy hop elements as well. A bit woody. Pale malt base with some slight sweetness and a touch of bread dough. Slight lingering pine bitterness. Ripe mango and some passionfruit as well. Nicely balanced. Warming ups the stone fruit element a touch. Weed sits on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Slightly creamy. A touch if lingering dryness on the back of the sip.

Overall: Better with friends.

It's yet another Hill Farmstead pale ale. That means it's good. The straight use of Mosaic leaves the depth a little underwhelming.

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Photo of JohnParadee
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best beer I have ever had. Reminiscent of all the best elements of Double Sunshine, Focal Banger, and King Sue. The ultimate expression of proper dank and seductive citrus hops. From the nose, to the tip of the tongue, to the mid palate and aftertaste, perfect in every way. A compellingly lascivious masterpiece!!!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit is quite powerful with some nice apricot notes. Taste is also dominated by some huge notes of tropical fruit with some nice apricot notes with also some nice citrus notes. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation. Dominant floral hoppy notes makes for this a great treat.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to iguenard for this

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste oranges, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some caramel and apricots and a bit of floral and resin.

Overall - Not as good as some of their other DIPA/IPA's but well above average for sure. It's amazing how many world class beers this place pushes out. Would love to have regular access to their products.

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a beautifully hazy golden yellow.

The aroma is Mosaic all the way. The essence of grapefruit peel, guava, kumquat, hints of tropical, but not sweet, ripping, or juicy.

The flavor follows with those flavors along with almost a fake candy flavor, or powdery candy. A fake blueberry candy or jam. But still, it’s that hard to describe guava, essence of citrus and mango, peach, kumquat, big pink grapefruit. There’s a beautiful citrus peel bitterness on the finish, a medium to medium minus bitterness.

A extremely clean, easy drinking, definitely the best hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead, even over Abner.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

SS6 fill from a few days ago poured cold. Soapy white head with less lace than hill farm usual. Smells upfront if the mosaic piney, floral, hoppy. Taste is on point with upfront earthy pine needles, floral notes and a smooth coating malt profile. Mouthfeel creamy but semi bitter and dry

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead Brewery - Society & Solitude #6, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Look - Pours the usual great looking hazy straw color with a vibrant white soapy head that retains a bit and leaves an abundance of chunky lacing all over the glass.

Smell - An array of tropical fruits, dank citrus with a touch of spice. Mangoes, pineapple, passion fruit, etc. Mosiac aroma is similar to Nelson but the differences are obvious as well.

Taste - Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, the hops are center stage, malt doesn't play much into it here, which is what I'm looking for with this style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carb. Rests subtle citrus and juicy. This brew isn't one of those ones warming up enhances, it actually heats up the malt a bit, though the brew does get a big juicier, so this isn't a huge flaw.

Overall - Amazing brew, glad to have been able to have this.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

SS 6
A- hazy straw color with fluffy white head. White lacing all over the glass.
S- mango, banana, passion fruit, melon
T- follows the nose with light tropical fruits like mangos, banana, honeydew melon, melon pear, and pineapple.
M- light body with moderate carbonation. Sticky hops. Oils coat the palate pleasantly.
O- another killer beer from HF. I love the mosaic hops. The more fruity and tropical the IPA the better. Easy to drink with tons of flavor and no harsh bitterness.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled 3-5, consumed on 3-6. Nice bubbly one finger head sits ontop a murky orange glow. It's a great color, with wonderful lacing on the glass, as well. The aroma is so juicy and tropical. Pineapple is the major one I'm getting, with citrus and maybe some passion fruit. It's so great. The smell is a little sweet, can't detect any bitterness yet. It Tastes just like I would expect. Sweetness upfront with some pineapple juice qualities. There are other flavors in there that don't let the pineapple sweetness overwhelm. Almost no bitterness. S&S 5 was great when I had it last time, couldn't imagine this would be better. So bummed I only have one growler. The mouthfeel is creamy and the sweetness lingers for a while, it's very smooth. The alcohol is barely there. The only reason It doesn't get a 5 for mouthfeel is because it's not heady topper quality mouthfeel, which is a 5. HT is so resinous. If you like super juicy DIPA's I can't recommend this enough.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL growler in to a HF stemmed tulip. The beer was obtained 3/01/2014 from the brewery and consumed on 3/02.

A- Pours a pale orange. Like most all HF DIPAs I have had, the beer is opaque. You can't see your finger through the glass. The pour produces a dense white head with incredible retention. A sticky, unctuous lacing remains. A beautiful beer that could be proudly displayed alongside any of the other greats.

O - Intense citrus - orange peel, grapefruit, and mango are balanced by sharp pine and an herbal note The aroma is just incredible. Unfortunately, the smell is just a bit weak. It doesn't explode from the glass the way some DIPAs do. But quality certainly beats quantity any day and the beer doesn't suffer much.

T - Citrus and pine are really in harmony here. Beautiful mango and grapefruit presence, with some pineapple sharpness as well. The herbal and grassy components linger and eventually dominate the profile. The finish is somewhat reminiscent of mineral water: crisp and dry with a nice herbal quality.

M - One of the real highlights of this beer. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation! It's resinous by not heavy. Drinks like an IPA!

O - What a magnificent DIPA. The heavy use of Mosaic hops give it an atypical flavor profile, but there is marvelous balance. You wouldn't know this is an 8% beer. Another fantastic beer in the Society and Solitude series, and further cements Hill Farmstead's reputation for producing world class IPAs.

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Society & Solitude #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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