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Society & Solitude #6 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 524
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 1.8%
Wants: 219
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: claytong on 02-28-2013

Imperial Pale Ale brewed almost exclusively with Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest.
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Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Growler shared among many, poured into a taster. The brew appears a hazed yellow color with a white head that holds decent and collapses leaving a wall of lacing effect.

The aroma includes notes of wheat and herbal resiny character. Suggestions of straw and or grass come out as the brew warms and is smelled more.

The taste includes a bit of wheat like cereal and herbs. It is bitter with grassy aftertaste just like the aroma suggested.

This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Despite the usage of a unique/different hop, this had the same classic HF character to it. Dry, refreshing and otherwise forgettable but not a bad offering. (662 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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+ (3,283 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pour looks like most HF IPA's, hazed bright yellow with small amount of tight white head. Nose is hop forward with faint malt balance and a hint of grain. Hops are tropical, grapefruit and mango with a touch of pine and herbal hops. Taste is more tropical fruit forward. Bright hops, mango and pear with a faint touch of herbal grassy hop through the finish. Bitterness is very light, mild carbonation with a medium to light body and juicy feel. (445 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Massive thanks to cfrances33 for sending this one my way! Split with mnphish and icecoldphatty:

Pours a very hazy honey gold with a soapy finger of paper white foam. Great lacing, lively beading.

Very, very tropical on the nose... mango and pineapple. Dense, lush, bittersweet.

The palate is defined by a big abrasive bitterness. It's more abstract in its expression of the mosaic hop than the nose, there's peach and pineapple. It feels nice and wet, slick, thirst quenching.

I like it. I'd like to become more acquainted with mosaic and I think this is a good start. Thanks Colin! (587 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

The beer pours a nice honey, orange color that's very hazy. A thick, soapy white head appears, nearly a finger high that has nice retention and leaves behind a great amount of sticky lace. The aroma is very pleasant, lots of mango fruit with tangy grapefruit, light tangerine sweetness, lightly floral at times that finishes with bitter pine and dirty weeds. Lots of mango on the tongue straight away, grapefruit is really strong as well and very juicy with some more tangerine/clementine sweetness that brings out the alcohol a bit. The finish is very bitter and almost astringent, lots of earthy resinous pine and grassiness. The body is nice and juicy, soapy at times that coats the mouth well, finishes with a nice, dry bitter kick.

Verdict: A really enjoyable DIPA from Hill Farmstead, yet another success in their increasingly expanding and impressive hoppy portfolio. While it's not up there in the same breath as Abner or Ephraim, this beer is still very enjoyable and has a nice mix of juicy tropical fruit with some earthy, bitter pine. (1,106 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 64 oz. growler filled at the brewery yesterday and poured into a pint glass. Kept chilled since being filled. Also got to sample fresh from the tap at the brewery as part of a taster.

Appearance: Cloudy light orange to yellow in color. Pours a light, fluffy white head that leaves a goregous lacing. Really similar to almost every other HF IPA.

Aroma: Grapefruit and candied citrus from the hops. More of a dank, earthy character than the past couple beers in this series. The Mosiac hops offer a really interesting character I am not too famailar with.

Taste: There is a huge grapefruit flavor upfront in this IPA and it is complimented by some sweet candied citrus and a dank bitterness. The earth tones of this beer are definitely more pronounced than other HF IPAs. Really nice balance of the sweetness and bitterness from the hops. The grapefruit character is really pronounced and relll executed.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but really crisp and really drinkable.

Overall, a really nice IPA from Hill Farmstead but the hop profile is a bit underwhelming for me. Really well balanced and easy to drink with just an insane amount of bitter grapefruit. Incredibly smooth and tasty, but doesn't stand out too much and the bitterness can get really strong. (1,276 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the Blackback on 3/2/2013. Served in a Hill Farmstead Tulip. Pours a golden-orange with a loose, off-white head that dissipates into a soapy skim. Nose reveals citrus notes, rind, earthiness and juicy tropical, fruity esters as the brew warms. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also some bittering and a slightly medicinal quality to the flavor profile that peaks out towards the middle and back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and a kiss of astringency. Overall, extremely drinkable but much more delicate that your typical DIPA with a very light malt profile. Nonetheless, an excellent beer worth seeking out, but definitely allow it to warm to experience it at its best. (724 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml HF swing-top growler poured into HF stemmed glass. Review copied from notes since my computer wasn't working when I drank this. First sampled at the brewery and then entire growler consumed the next day.

A- Growler opens with a nice "pop" to pour out a hazy mostly opaque slightly brownish orange grapefruit color with 1-2 fingers (1 finger on first pour, 2 fingers on second pour) of foamy head with very nice retention and leaving frothy lacing. Nice consistent carbonation.

S- Grapefruit, fruity citrus lemons (not acidic smelling), light greeny hops, and a nice balance of malts hiding in the background and adding a balanced sweetness. Not as intense of a citrus aroma as the previous two Societys, but very pleasant and well balanced.

T- Grapefruit, lightly bitter citrus lemon, finishes with grapefruit juice and balanced malts that complement the citrus. Lingering balanced presence of citrus and malts. Again not as citrus forward as previous Societys, but a very nice balance.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very easy drinking, slight bitter feel but refreshing.

O- This is another great Society & Solitude that definitely lives up to the other beers in the series. I loved the mosaic hops in this however I think I like SS4 and SS5 just a tiny bit better with them being a little bit more citrus forward without the balance between the malts as much. That's just personal preference though. I definitely recommend checking this beer out, it definitely will not disappoint even if you hold it to high expectations. (1,540 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler. Thanks so much to Thorpe for getting this for me.

The beer is hazy and orange with a half inch off off white head. The aroma brings a wonderful bouquet of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, mango. Sweet tropical fruits with bitter citric hops. Lovely flavor. Oranges and mangos with a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Medium in body with soft carbonation. Not my favorite of the Society and Solitude series thus far, but this is certainly a delicious beer. Hill Farmstead strikes yet again. (540 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to sideshowe for picking this up for me!

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with banana yellow edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention with large streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass.

Floral, earthy hop aroma with resinous, grassy pine notes along with a subtle sweaty/onion-y character that countered by tropical and citrus fruit sweetness and a pale malt backbone. Not very familiar with mosaic hops but this beer smells pretty complex. Dank and sticky with hints of spruce tip, grass and pine needle followed by subtle citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple. Again, some vegetal, onion/scallion character with some bread and biscuit underneath.

Full bodied with a slightly creamy texture and a blast of earthy, sticky hops which provide crisp, dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter fruit notes and pale malts into a dry finish. Aggressive bitterness up front with resinous oils and grassy pine needle flavor. There's also a bit of that onion like character but its not as strong as the nose suggests and fades a bit after it warms and the palate adjusts. The bitterness is countered by subtle citrus and tropical fruit notes, especially grapefruit, mango and lemon peel. Underneath, there is a pale malt backbone that's strong enough to perfectly balance things out without interfering with the hops. Some bread/yeast character along with biscuit and graham cracker.

The most surprising aspect of this beer is how drinkable it is. Even though it's full bodied and aggressively bitter up front, it's perfectly balanced by the sweeter notes and malt backbone. Complex and flavorful with a crisp and refreshing finish that leaves me immediately craving another sip. I had to slow myself down and savor it before I blazed through the whole growler. Another great beer from Hill Farmstead! (1,881 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead tulip. I've never had a beer that uses Mosaic hops (that I know of) so this is quite exciting for me. This isn't my favorite IPA but it is solid and has some great hop character.

Beer is yellow / amber with a nice white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, nice carbonation.

Aroma is earthy, sweet, floral, fruity.

Beer is medium in body and quite hoppy. It is nice moderately bitter on the end, strong throughout the beer. Earthy and fruity, no real malt character, I'd have this beer again. (547 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy golden orangish color, topped with a finger of white head.

S- Very hoppy, tropical fruit aroma, mango and papaya, grapefruit and pine, the hops also have a nice resinous and earthy, very mildly garlicy aroma.

T- Similar to the aroma, very nice hop flavor overall, lots of citrus and tropical fruit with a nice amount of earthiness and dank hop flavors. Malty sweetness appears that wasn't in the nose.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and creamy feel.

O- The mosaic hops on this are awesome, a really nice DIPA overall. (609 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow with touches of gold and a nice fluffy white, two-fingers- width head that stick around and leaves a sticky fat lacing on the glass. The beer’s body is an opaque haze and appears to be free of carbonation bubbles. On the nose, the beer smells pungently of sweet and juicy tropical fruit. Mango, pineapple, touches of grapefruit, tangerine, and even touches of nectarine run across the nose and are backed up with a strong shivering pine resin and a slight caramelly bread malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and then nicely bitter with a wonderful round feeling that doesn’t wrack the mouth, but does give it a proper tingle. There is also a slight pucker from acidity in this beer. The flavors begin as light and then grow, sweet tropical fruit juice flavors work from pineapple juice into orange and grapefruit flavors and then explode with bitter sticky pine in the mouth. Juicy fruit flavors also run across the palate during the sip. The finish is bitter and a touch medicinal, but thirst quenching and tasty, and the aftertaste shows the light bready malt background of the beer. In the mouth the beer feels medium light in body, and fluffy soft from the carbonation with only a touch of a prickle on the sides of the tongue. This beer also gives a proper thirst quenching snap to the mouth, which is lovely. The mouth is left dry on top and wet on the sides from the slight acidity. Overall, this is a lovely tropical fruit DIPA and a nice introduction to the mosaic hop for me. That this is a single hop beer really shows both the skill of the brewer and the wonder of this new hop variety. This beer is excellent, and you should try it. (1,685 characters)

Photo of mobius387
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to ILOVESTOUTS for this one

poured into a HF stemware

appearance: cloudy honey yellow, thin white head, little to no carbonation bubbles, glows well in the light. looks delicious

aroma: soft notes of pine and orange dominate, some real subtle sweetness and some grass/hay smell as well. nice, but nothing stunning

palate: sweet & boozy, not very carbonated, sits well in the mouth, a little bitter going down but thats what you expect from a DIPA

taste: sweet oranges, tangerines, some lemon, a little too sweet tho. the citrusness of it gets overpowered. reminds me of alchemy hour by GL, but it definitely retains the robustness ive seen in other HF ipas

overall: another fantastic brew by these guys. they can do no wrong. very fortunate to have had this one (774 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled today, 2/12/2014. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 2/12/2014. So about 5 hours old...

App- Hazy straw-yellow body, nice 1 finger white head with great retention, filmy and thick collar. Lots of retention on the drinking end of the business. Looks just as delicious as any other of Shaun's pale ales.

Smell- Thick and very pungent passion fruit mixed in with biscuits and honey. Really a basic combination, which is a bit surprising for a Mosaic-hopped beer. Delicious though!

Flavour- Phenomenal. Passion fruit, orange, grapefruit, pineapple all mixed in with bready biscuits, a little bit of caramel and perhaps honey. Its a very complex combination of hops and malts that doesn't bring a ton of bitterness to the table. Incredibly well-crafted beer that doesn't mess around.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, almost on the verge of full-bodied due to the great carbonation that makes the feel so creamy. Nice dry finish that isn't mouthpuckeringly bitter at all. Lots of residual fruit flavours dance on my palate for time and a half afterwards.

Overall- Phenomenal double IPA that continues the S&S series' excellence in weaving hops and malts together. Ranks just behind #4 for me. Definitely worth getting, however much it takes. (1,269 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazy yellow color with a very nice white head on top. The retention is solid and the lacing is sticky. The smell of the beer has a very nice floral fruity citrus aroma, some subtle malt on the nose also. The taste of the beer is very good, plenty of fresh hop flavors and sweet malt. Fruity citrus and melon flavors cover the taste buds. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a soft carbonation, it's a very drinkable beer. Overall it's a excellent IPA. Well worth seeking out. (504 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Growler picked up at the brewery two days ago. Pours a nice lightly hazy orange and capped by a bit of white sticky head.

Tropical and citrus fruits are right up front on the nose. A bit floral as well. First sip is refreshingly fruity with your typical grapefruit and orange notes packing quite the punch. Bitterness is there but it's certainly not the palate crusher some HF DIPAs are. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied.

Overall, another tasty DIPA from Hill Farmstead as expected. It's getting tough now though to differentiate between all the different Society and Solitude beers. Jucicy, citrusy hops seem to dominate all the ones I've had so far so even with the best of note taking, it's hard to pick a favorite. (733 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HF third anniversary, Pours a hazy golden with thick fluffy head. Aroma has some classic HF dank and resin to it but is mostly tropical fruits forward. Lots of pinneaples, oranges, peaches, etc. Taste is also along those lines with a distinctive citrus acidity to balance the grassy bitterness. Full bodied and highly drinkable. (338 characters)

Photo of nootch23
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Society & Solitude I've had so I am unable to compare which I feel is a good thing. A lot of people's reviews get hindered by a past recipe or ingredients and it isn't fair to the current version. I had this lovely at Prohibition Pig on tap.

A - pours a hazy, silvery, light orange.

S - nice citrusy smell upfront along with pine and grapefruit. Not an overpowering hoppy smell to it but very subtle.

T - hop bitterness to the front of the tongue. Citrus grapefruit taste appears further back on the tongue. Nice finish to this beer. Bitterness lingers briefly in the finish. Very easy to drink and pretty well balanced.

It's difficult to find something wrong with this beer and I'm glad I had an opportunity to try it. In my opinion, not as good as Abner, another IIPA, but definitely worth a try and grabbing a growler of this. Another success from the Hill Farmstead crew. (899 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Alchemist stemless glass.

A~ hazy copper orange, not too pretty haha! nice bubbly head with a lot of lacing.

S~ starts with lemon, passion fruit,and grapefruit. followed by earthy, hoppy bitterness.

T~ the mosaic hops really shine here, tons of fruit! passion fruit is the most prevalent with under tones of grapefruit, lemon, orange and guava. all of that leads into some nice dank grass, and earthy pine. followed by a really nice honey flavor which surprised me.

M~ interesting! thicker than most IPA's almost like they really did add honey. other than that easy drinking and nicely carbonated.

O~ half way through this review i was starting to think, wow... all of my HF hoppy reviews are starting to sound the same haha. but i was really inspired once i took a sip, so much going on here. always excited for more of the Society & Solitude series but would it be horrible to say that i'm more excited about the Excursions series, that ones off to a really great start! i had the pleasure of trying Excursions #1 at a tasting last night for the second time and i was blown away once again. must be that "lemon drop" hop. ohhhh this is a S&S#6 review... opps... haha! (1,203 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to raveskdr, thanks Chris!

The beer pours a nice golden orange with a small feeble head and some lacing, nice hazy body. THe smell is the highlight for me, a very nice pungent hop front with tropical fruit, weed, honey malts, and some more plant like nugget hops. The taste follows suit, but for me it seems like the malt is a little more stronger than I expected with a honey soaked barley not in the middle, with some citrus hops in the front and a very dry bitter finish. I hoped for a bit more hop bite, but instead it is a little more subtle for an american dipa. Nice feel overall, it is very well balanced and the carbo level is spot on. If it was thicker I could s it flirting with a 5.

Overall a very nice offering, nice stuff. (760 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheapbeerbuzz shared this one. Thanks!

Pretty standard murky/hazy looking Hill Farmstead hoppy beer appearance. Plenty of head retention. Nose is full-on juicy tropical fruit, big guava and pineapple notes, slightly overripe and sugary (in a good way). A little doughy malt rounds out the nose. Palate is similarly excellent, very bright and citrusy, loaded with pineapple, mango and guava goodness. Nice sturdy malt backbone that doesn't provide much sweetness. Finishes mildly bitter. Another exceptionally good beer in this series. (535 characters)

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Society & Solitude #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.