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Society & Solitude #6 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Society & Solitude #6
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 6.18%
Wants: 190
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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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4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap many places during last week’s trip to Vermont, but the first glass was on tap at the source. Nose releases a beautiful bouquet of orange peel, faint tropical notes, and a bit of pine. Mosaic is apparently a winner. Flavor is quite fruity yet also very bitter. Mouthfeel is near perfection, as is almost always the case with HF hoppy offerings. Supremely drinkable. One of my favorite HF IPAs yet.

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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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4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler filled yesterday, I sampled this while there and it was great, so here goes review time.

Naturally poured into my Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip, with a big rich creamy 1.5 finger head, plenty soapy and fluffy bubbles, fades slowly with tons of soapy lacing painting the glass, hazy nectar orange slightly reddish hue color.

Nose is explosive, wafting for miles and filling the room. Big fresh tropical fruit hops, so much mango papaya and passion fruit, which also brings some musty resinous almost skunky like hops, big and pungent, but at hte same time fluffy aromatic and soft. Some citrus, and tangerine like. Underneath all that is a light fluffy malt, just enough to give it a nice backbone and prop up the great hops.

Taste is big juicy hops. again tons of tropical fruits, like I'm sipping fruit juice in the Bahamas. Tropical fruit comes walloping in, papaya, a bit of mango, little passion fruit, and with that is some citrus, tangerine, hint orange pith. The hops get fairly resinous too, musty and very slightly oily. This is so juicy and smooth, tasty, and but at the same time big. Malts bring a bit of sweetness and malty backbone but not enough to even really know they are there except to keep the hops in check as they only get somewhat bitter overall and don't get astringent. Booze is hidden well too. Finish is drier, long lingering hops, gets fairly bitter as it dries and the malts that you didn't realize were there are absolutely gone, long lingering fresh hop, little musty resinous, more tropical fruits lingering, and touch spicy even.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, smooth and drinkable as hell, nice carb, touch oily, booze hidden well.

Overall this is so smooth and drinkable, again like a tropical fruit juice with a mild bitterness and sweetness. Balanced well, with just enough bitterness and sweetness to make it so drinkable. Tropical fruits are very tasty. I'm almost halfway through the growler doing this review as I just pound back sip after sip.

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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at my favorite Chicago drinking hole. Served in a tulip.

A - Giant white foam settles to thick cap, with good retention and tons of splotchy lace. Hazed dark orange body.

S - Big juicy, tropical fruit flavors with some mild dankness, spicy, piney, and earthy notes, and moderately expressive malt backdrop; this is definitely a double IPA in character. As usual per this series, no obvious alcohol and terrific flavor integration, complexity, and balance.

T - The taste is similarly excellent, with massive doses of mango, pineapple, and light citrus zest. Perhaps a bit less earthy than the aroma, but balanced by a moderate bitterness in the finish. Supported by sweet doughy malts that complement without being intrusive.

M - Chewy, medium body, with the expected soft, medium-low Hill Farmstead carbonation. Dry finish with tons of lingering residual oils and resins. Deceptive, with minimal alcohol presence.

D - Great stuff, although I tend to prefer things a tad less sweet, as I didn't feel I could drink this as quickly as Anicca. Mosaic hops are clearly terrific from every example I've encountered and the Hill Farmstead take on them doesn't disappoint. Will have to go snag another pour of this tomorrow.

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4.35/5  rDev -4%
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 02/19/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross! I loved S&S #'s 4 and 5 so was very excited for this one. 32 oz. growler into a Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, floral hops, fruits malts, and light tropical fruits. Nose is great; tons of citrus and oranges to it and very hoppy. I love it.

t - The taste is even better than the nose; really amazing. Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, pasison fruit, pineapples, fruity malts, floral hops, grains, light grapefruit, and light pine. Amazing taste, no bitterness to it whatsoever. Taste has even more oranges and tropical fruits than the nose. Outstanding.

m - Medium body with low or moderate carbonation. Super smooth and no bitterness, very easy to drink.

o - Overall I love HF beers, especially their IPA's, and this is one of their best in my opinion. IMO, the S&S 4, 5, and 6 have all been outstanding; this one is just as good as 4 and 5, if not better. Tons of tropical fruits, oranges, and citrus, yet somehow no bitterness at all making it very easy to drink. If I could I'd buy this every week. Highly recommended.

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3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Society & Solitude #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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