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Society & Solitude #6 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.22%
Wants: 163
Gots: 5 | 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:
Imperial Pale Ale brewed almost exclusively with Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest.

(Beer added by: claytong on 02-28-2013)
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5/5  rDev +11.1%

duceswild, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

stakem, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

corby112, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy dark yellow with a nice white foamy head leaving behind some spotty lacing and a nice white collar.

S: Dank. Passion fruits, tropical fruits with a dash of oniony grass presence.

T: Pretty dank on the initial taste as well. An immediate light onion-grassy note smothered by tangerines, mangos, papaya and some peaches perhaps. A big juicy fruit basket is the best way to escribe this. The finish is nice, psuedo dry with a moderate lingering hop bite. A little bit of bread and honey appear as well.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Great feel, taste keep my palate very happy.

O: All good. I really dig the flavor, balance and cleanliness of the beer. Well crafted!

barleywinefiend, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

mdaschaf, May 21, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Gonzoillini, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev 0%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Kelp, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev 0%

billab914, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +11.1%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Hazy orange body with some sediment floating inside. Nice white head that nearly overflows the glass. Impressive sticky lacing down the sides.

Smell - Incredibly complex aroma from what is effectively a single hop. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and a nice herbal character reminiscent of a Lawson's IPA. Really nice.

Taste - Still incredible, but doesn't quite reach the heights of the aroma. Citrusy, but the tropical fruits don't come through as much as the pine and herbal characters do. I go for tropical fruit more than the other flavors, but it's still excellent. Just a little bit of sweetness behind it all.

Mouthfeel - Low sweetness, medium carbonation. Not quite the body of a double IPA, which is nice. Never feels heavy and is impressively drinkable.

Overall - Stunning, as always, from Hill Farmstead. That one hop is delivering all of this flavor is all the more impressive.

Alieniloquium, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Rhettroactive, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -11.1%

chippo33, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

drummermattie02, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of jrallen34
4.5/5  rDev 0%

jrallen34, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

spinrsx, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev 0%

kscaldef, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -11.1%

LoveStout, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4.5/5  rDev 0%

BGsWo22, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up ehh, 6 hours ago from the brewery. Noticed a crack on the side of my growler so yeah....time to crush a 2L of SS6, solo. First world problems....

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy sunshine hue with soft flashes of orange. A nice two finger sudsy head fades to leave spotty lacing and a thin cloudy blanket.

S - If memory serves me right, this is a mosaic heavy beer. So juicy and delicious on the nose. The hops just pop out without being too resinous or oily. Dank, dank grapefruit notes. So wet and dank, with nice candy sweetness and faint malts.

T - Nice bitter hops here, but not too bitter. Again, incredibly dank and wet hop flavours with glorious grapefruit rind and pith. Nice lighter sweet malts, the hops really shine here. Good hop and malt balance here, but obviously leaning much heavier on the hops.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent for a DIPA. Relatively easily drinkable with some light but sharper carbonation. Really hides that 8.1% ABV.

O - Overall, another solid beer from Shaun. I still think I prefer SS4 out of all the Society beers. That said, this beer is "worth the price of admission" so to speak. Well crafted again.

rudzud, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Jwale73, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Dicers, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev 0%

popery, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

outoffocus, Mar 18, 2013
Society & Solitude #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.