Society & Solitude #8 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Average: 4.45 | pDev: 6.07%

Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 239

New England IPA | 8.00% ABV

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Notes: Rotating availibility. Imperial Pale Ale brewed with Oats and Wheat. Hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic.
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Photo of Sheppard
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden orange like what you come to expect from a lot of Hill Farmstead IPAs. There's a great ribbon of citrus aroma on the nose. It is raw sugar cane, melon, with a hint of grapefruit rind on the finish. The mouthfeel is luxurious in a such a way that it would not be out of place at LVMH. I wish they made a 6% version of this because it would be downright delightful. Picking a favorite amongst S&S beers for me would be like picking between my children if I had children.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent brew from the arguably the best brewery in the world. They are so good with balancing hops that it is ridiculous. This is just another great example!

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A world of thanks to Matt for this. This will be my first Hill Farmstead beer.

12oz can - dated 04/29/19 - poured into a wine stem at 44F

Pours a fully hazy, orange juice hue, with a creamy, two finger ivory head that sits atop. Head slowly recedes to a thick cap of foam, leaving immense lacing behind. In the glass, the beer looks like an orange julius with a whipped cream topping.

Nose: The can says brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, and the first thing that stands out to me, is that each of those hops are detectable in the aroma, in that precise order. A strong Citra opening, with candied grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel. The green, grassy, herbaceous side of Mosaic brings to mind fresh cilantro, before the deep, sweet, earthy berries and grass side takes the lead. In the very back end, there's a musty, earthy, funky note, that almost translates and black pepper-crusted cheese, before the peppery aroma wins over the cheesy funk, all of which is unmistakably Simcoe. They all blend,together, creating secondary aromas of mango, papaya, persimmon, and earthy apricot.

Palate: The first thing that stands out is that this is not a small beer. There's some weight in this one. The Mosaic notes of earthy berries and fresh grass are in the forefront, with bitter orange and grapefruit rind coming in. The grassy notes quickly turn resinous, and then Simcoe begins to surface, with a piquant black peppercorn, and sharp aged cheddar cheese. This Simcoe character paves the way for the finish, and outlives the bitter grass and citrus rind flavour. It truly does finish like an aged sharp cheddar. There's a moderate to significant malt sweetness that definitely screams wheat and oat. The flavourful wheat sweetness paired with the clean, neutral oat sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer definitely packs a punch of ABV, and it shows that in its weight. It's big and bold, with a soft, slightly creamy, slightly fluffy feel to it. Given the size of the beer, it has a somewhat impressive level of effervescence, which helps to add some crisp airiness to the texture. The beer is entirely wet, with a slightly astringent finish that grows the more you drink it.

Overall: First things first. This beer is beautifully crafted. There is zero question about that. You can tell a good beer when you taste it, and this is a good beer. I will admit that I'm generally not a huge fan of the really funky side of Simcoe, and this really exhibits that classic black peppered cheddar Simcoe quality. It isn't an inherent fault in the beer, it's just what Simcoe does sometimes (very often). Ignoring that aspect for a moment, the beer is just fantastic, with a really nice bitter finish to contrast a classic New England IPA foundation. There's some complexity in the aroma, there's balance in flavour, and the body is rich and full without being too much. It's all great. I find the flavour of Simcoe hurts the beer a little bit, as a whole, but it's still a beautiful beer, it's still an enjoyable beer, and it certainly deserves some praise. I cannot wait to explore some more offerings from these guys, and get a fuller picture of their work. Until then, this will do. This will do.

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

Tap @coals on 5/18.
Great light yellow like grapefruit juice like hazy colour.
Aroma is peach and citrus.
Body is medium to medium-light.
Slightly lesser carbo.
Very smooth and super balance of the sweetness and Hops.
Quite easy to drink and enjoyable.
Very nice NEIIPA.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 4/29/19
Drink by 6/10/19
Opened on 5/15/19

Brewed with Oats and Wheat
Hops: Simcoe>Citra>Mosiac
A true triple threat!! Mouthwatering ingredients.

Pours out a lovely yellow-golden color. True New England Style haze. Very dense. The white foam is thick, slow dissipation, bubbly clumps leftover throughout for coverage. Crazy nice looking, intricate lacing.

The nose is just as impressive as the look.. pungent hop combo aroma is ridiculously inviting. Huge citrus, both sweet and sour tones. Sour earthy wheat and grains, smooth and creamy smelling oats. The depth and complexity of the nose is nothing short of stunning.

New England style DIPA's feel amazing due to the adjunct combos, especially the "body building" smooth, heady effects of the oats as the tangy wheat malt keeps it light and crispy. Yes! There can be both. Crisp bite>smooth middle> lush and round and then dry, yet juicy in the finish. Wow.

The flavor is a deep... complex triad of hops! Layers of thickly settled hops, smooth creamy effect of oats with the excellent barrage of tangy and crisp wheat. You can literally taste and separate each one within the flavor spectrum, even though they meld together perfectly with an excellent balance held for this awesome style. Other notable flavors include: orange rind style bitterness, star fruit, pithy mango chunks and honeydew melon.

The hops have a depth of charecter so fresh and deep it really is remarkable, even amongst the very best the style has to offer.
World class.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip glass via draft

color is a bright yellow

smell is sweet citrus and grassy

taste follows the nose

mouthfeel is full and medium carbonation

another beauty from HF!

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Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

West coast IPA. Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops ore Elan’s in this beer. Juicy taste, nice color. A solid offering and one of the best IPA amongst the society and solitude series.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey poured into a chalice

Hazy yellow orange with a one finger white foam cap

Aroma is mango, juicy fruits

Smooth mouthfeel

Great beer, repeatable

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Photo of gcasher
4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can a few days old.
This is just about a perfect double IPA. The pour was hazy and beautiful with a well-formed white head and lacing. The ale tasted very fresh and had a wonderful hop bouquet to smell and taste. The feel was very smooth. The hops did not overpower the ale, but balanced it and let you know they were there.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

7/9/18 canning, features Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic hops...

Orange juice-ish-looking beer, opaque, with a few fingers of creamy white foam on top... Combines fruit-like elements with something dank and creamy? There are clearly tropical and citrus suggestions, but they are confounded by something earthy, grainy, and buttery (?)... The overall composition is graceful and complex, extremely smooth and soft, only mildly sweet, only mildly bitter, and plushly carbonated... A top-tier beer without a doubt... Glad I got my hands on one...

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Photo of jwhancher
4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Six pack of cans picked up from the brewery retail sales room. Poured into a snifter. Canned on 1/8/18, drink by 2/19/18 per the bottom of the can.

Looks hazy yellow. Head was okay. Thinned our quite a bit.

Smell of juicy mango, dripping with juices. Some pineapple, citrus, lemon, orange marmalade. Probably some wheat & oats in there.

Tastes juicy & immensely crushable. Lots of citrus & dank hops balanced by a dry & fluffy body & mostly absent malt character. Aftertaste leaves bready & doughy malts. Just a touch of bitterness.

Wet approachable & super drinkable. Would love more but at $20 per sixer i’m Content with just enjoying the remaining few. Would definitely suggest you try it if you ever get the chance to come by it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excited... haven't had a new Hill beer in ages, big thanks to rudzud. Canned 1/8/18

Pours a big fizzy bubbly foamy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, fair lacing, very hazy murky blonde golden color

NOse is big citrus hops, clementine, a bit lemony, musty dank lemon notes, juicy citrus and some grassy floral notes, a bit of sweet malt and citrus candy, creamy wheat notes, a little resin and dank tropical fruits.

Taste brings juicy citrus and tropical, creamy wheat and oats as well, quite creamy, and tropical almost banana smoothie, fair amount of papaya, and some guava notes, clementine and a bit of orange cream, mango puree, candy citrus jellies, a touch of dank tropical and musty resin notes, smooth, a bit of pith, juicy creamy malt, with no alcohol.

Mouth is med bod, fluffy carbonation, creamy juicy feeling, soft smoothie, no alcohol, I would even call it pillowy.

Overall this was a really nice fun beer, juicy, great citrus and fruits, great balance, nice creamy juicy malt, no alcohol, well balance, as expected from Shaun.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque light yellow-tan with a large white foam settling as a central, popover shaped lump leaving an even layer of droopy lace.

Smell is spicy, almost cannabic evergreen softened by mango cucumber melon and a hint of toasty cracker.

Having just had Mosiac, this is sweeter, with a wider variety of fruit flavors outside of mango, and a slightly toastier malt that is cracker-like. I'm getting an Orange Julius vibe with pineapple.

Body is medium-light, with a light, thin carbonation. Finish is almost chewy dry.

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Photo of rudzud
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at the brewery last week.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy golden straw hue with a one finger creamy white head that fades to leave very nice side lacing and a dense blanket.

S - Aromas of light grassy hops, nice light tangerine citrus...fluffy hops. Almost like a melted creamsicle, soft floral notes. Super, super well balanced. Not 'in your face aggressive' like how most breweries are trending towards now.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Some light malt sweetness nice malt backbone with some really, really good creamy wheat and oats. Good tangerine citrus zest and peel, light pith. More of that melted orange creamsicle flavour. Little bit of those grassy/floral hops. Excellent subtle earthy notes with a little bit of tropical mango as well. Finish is just a little bitter, again there is a tremendous amount of balance here. Alcohol hidden wonderfully.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little creamy, medium bodied, fluffy. Absolutely spot on.

O - Overall this was an excellent DIPA. Just wonderfully executed with care and consideration towards the hops. Spot on balance; not too juicy not too bitter. Precisely how DIPAs tasted around here before 'New England IPA' became a thing. Man oh man I miss this...

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a fairly hazy sharp orange, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like mango, sweet grapefruit, honey, peach, wheat, and grass.

It's almost dumb how good this is. It's super juicy and fresh- with peach, mango, and grapefruit, mainy, and a bit of green dank grassy flavors, and the tiniest bit of pale malt. It all goes down so easily.

This is medium bodied, creamy and light on the palate, with a good level of carbonation.

This is up there with the best of this series. This series hasn't failed me yet.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2L growler, filled at the brewery four days ago. Served in a 16oz tulip.

Pours an opaque, murky, dull pear colour with two-plus fingers of soft and sudsy, bright and bubbly, glorious head. Retention is excellent and leaves sticky gobs of fat lacing.

Nose is a fruit basket of sweet pineapple, tart lime, grapefruit and honey-lemon with something musky, musty and earthy.

Taste pretty much follows the nose, pineapple, lime and white grapefruit, both juice and pith, a bit of stale, musty white bread, orange oil, musky cedar and clean earthiness. The dial is set just shy of the midpoint between juicy and bitter and, as with most of Mr. Hill's IPA's, the last thing I taste at the finish is his well water.

Feel is clean and sharp going in, somewhat juicy and medium bodied whilst swishing around, and with just enough satisfyingly boozy warmth going down to reassure that this is, in fact, something my mother would have disapproved of.

These S&S beers never fail to please. I had this for breakfast on an empty stomach and I don't care.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow hazy with medium sized white head. Has medium low carbonation.
Smell: Peach, lemon, grass, and herbs.
Taste: Peach, lemon, grass, herbs, and pine.
Mouthfeel: Medium light.
Overall: Another good IPA from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of jrnyc
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty limited in smell and taste. This is a very overrated beer. If this beer was in a blind taste test no way it would score the ratings that it gets.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just shared a growler I picked up yesterday with a friend. Amazingly nice beer. I will not try to put this into the five categories and just say drink it if you get a chance and make up your own mind. I, personally, would be very happy if this was the last beer I ever drank

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden orange in color. Hazy in appearance. Tons of ripe white Grapefruit juice, orange zest, tangerine, melon and citrus pith. Medium bodied. Not too sweet. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Tongue tingling. Dry. Real good.

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Photo of EMH73
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a one inch, well retained white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of citrus, pine and a mild sweetness. Tastes of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, slightly sweet caramel and mango. Mild bitterness, lightly carbonated, smooth mouth feel.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap out of a tulip. Beer comes in light gold/yellow with a fuuuullll haze and bright white head. Aroma explodes with pineapple and passion fruit. A good amount of oniony dankness as well. Taste follows the nose with a light citrus bitterness and a medium to medium minus mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really complete beer that meets most of my flavor and aroma expectations. The only thing holding it back is the mouthfeel. 97 points!

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

On tap at Haymaker, NYC, it pours cloudy orange gold color with a small white head that faded slowly and left very good rings of lace coating the sides.

As with all Hill Farmstead IPA's the best way to describe it is juicy and hoppy. The nose of this brew is weaker than the flavor, but the taste makes up for it with pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, melon, biscuit, graham cracker and toasted grains. Some light caramel, floral hops, tea leaf and zesty piney hops trail and add a nice sweetness and good balance. Easy to drink, smooth and it covers the ABV masterfully, it was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy and opaque. OJ and pineapple juice.

S - lemon and pineapple. Definitely getting the wheatiness. Clementine and mandarin orange sweetness.

T - pink grapefruit, clementine, and lemon. Mostly the juicy variety of these flavors with some pith on the afterburner. Soft and subtle transitions between flavors; excellent balance. Masterful, as is always the case with Hill Farmstead. Light oatiness soothes the flavors and makes this quite gentle for the large package it's in.

F - profound silkiness from the oats. Seamless flow of liquid from the moment it enters my mouth to the last drop disappearing down my gullet.

O - this iteration of S&S isn't particularly boisterous or attention-commanding, but it is elegant and artfully crafted with gentle giant flavors.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml fliptop growler. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Pours a medium straw yellow body, hazy in colour with a slight orange hue, one finger thick white head, great retention, bits of lacing. Smell is citrus, orange, grapefruit, resin and a touch of pine, light caramel sweetness on the nose. As always, not particularly bitter or resinous. Flavour is a nice combination of grapefruit, light resin and orange, a bit juicy. Not particularly sweet, fair bit of mineral in the background, but there is a slight booziness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, creamy with a nice carbonation and feel on the backend, vintage Hill water. Overall, a tasty blend of hop aromas and creamy mouthfeel; a bit lacking in depth compared to some of the other hoppy beers that come out of that farm.

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Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 239 ratings