Society & Solitude #9
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #75
Ranked #413
4.46 | pDev: 5.61%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Double IPA witrh Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, and Amarillo hops.
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ausonius from New York

4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at 1943 Pizza Bar. Poured a very hazy yellow/golden/orange.
Nose > Huge & aromatic. Earthy citrus pith, smoked lime & fresh OJ. Pale malts in background.
Palate > Big thick mouthful, loaded with stuff: earthy OJ/tangerine, citrus pith, & a grainy/spicy, slightly herbal background, with a bit of almost a wheat-like bite. Low-ish IBU's. No heat at all from the 8% ABV. More an Earth-Bomb than a Juice-Bomb, yet still a significant amount of Haze/Juice. Big, fat, rich, complex, with a nice firm backbone/balance. A little surprised at how
Uber-Hazy the pour was, but (no surprise!) pretty much a faultless brew.
Impressive, interesting stuff.

Nov 29, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler of this at the brewery and spit with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a fat two finger white head that fades to leave sticky lacing and a dense blanket.

S - Aromas of flashes of orange zest, candles,'s a really really wierd. Decent grapefruit, light vinous. As it warms it gets more musty grape.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with big cereal grains out of the gate before being rather citrus forward. Tons of musty grape and Nelson coming out. Little sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, good body, alcohol is hidden wonderfully.

O - Overall this was a solid enough ipa, however, some of this stuff doesn't really jive. As it warms the Nelson pops greatly.

Serving Type: growler

Nov 01, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler thanks to rudzud, filled a couple weeks ago
Pours a giant foamy dense frothy head with great retention, great soapy messy lacing, super cloudy hazy apricot-orange color

NOse brings loads of orange cream, lots of raw bread dough and lactose like yeasty notes, artificial citrus, tropical notes as well with a little mango and cake batter almost, a touch of pineapple upside down cake, with a bit of perfumey alcohol, a bit of stone fruit as well

Taste pithy doughy flour like, bread thing, cracker, grain, some hops but not a ton, generic mild citrus but like an underripe citrus, little tropical, mango or papaya skin, as it warms more white grape winey characters, a little bitterness at first increasing to a little below medium bitterness on the finish, drier finish too, lingering citrus rind and white wine skin like

Mouth is med bod, a little creamy, nice rich creamy carb, rich with almost no alcohol

Overall mixed, the nose was a little lighter overall and not much fruit, taste started rough but got much better late, and this being a Hill SS I'm a bit disappointed.

Nov 01, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the whetstone station in brattleboro. The usual elegant HF orange haze with a handsome white head that laces and retains well. Aromas are surprisingly muted for a DIPA but are clearly Nelson: tons of white grape, light fusels, zesty orange. Flavors follow with big white grape and peach character alongside a hefty but manageable citrus rind butterness and that classic HF creamy pale malt character. Mouthfeel is soft and fluffy, a real joy to drink. Overall not the most explosive offering in the HF hoppy lineup but once again there's very little to complain about


May 11, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received two cans in trade from DanPing (great trader), in exchange for some Tree House brews. My third brew from these guys. Just had a Double Citra, so the bar was high, but this is very good.

Jan 18, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, about one and a half weeks old, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Pours a fairly cloudy medium yellow body, slight orange hue, one and half finger frothy white head, good retention, plenty of lacing. Smell is tropical fruit, a bit of sweet vinous character, touch of spicy Nelson, grapefruit, a mild caramel sweetness, light grainy cereal, minerals, floral and grassy. Really complex aroma, that follows through on the palate, with a mild-moderate caramel malt backbone which perfectly supplements the big and different hop presence and aromatics as detailed on the aroma. Really nice and hop-forward, with a reasonably balanced bitter spice, floral and resin notes. Medium bodied, creamy, good carbonation, mild bitterness with an easy drinkability for a double IPA. Hill Farmstead IPAs, in this day and age, perfectly straddle the extremes of hazy juice and the more conventional, bitter hoppy ales. Slightly skewed towards the former, of course, but perfectly situated in between. Love it, especially in this packaging.

Jan 17, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 24th September 2018 with a drink by date of 5th November 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A murky hazy dark orange colour with a two finger white head that had great retention and left lots of nice fluffy lacing.

Aroma: Tropical mango, peach, apricot, guava, some citrus orange, grapefruit, and resinous pine.

Taste: Fruity, tropical and citrus. Mango, peach, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, with hints of pine. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Great aroma and flavours with lots of tropical and citrus fruit.

Nov 04, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a willybecher glass, canned on 9/24.

A: Small eighth of an inch head of tiny white bubbles that dissolves to a ring. Body is a murky vomit color.

S: Lots of passionfruit and grape upfront a little pineapple and orange on the back.

T: tastes aren’t really well defined some bitter with some pithy grapefruit and pineapple in the after taste. Mostly up front you get a slightly watery juicy fruity taste.

M: medium bodied lightly carbonation a little watery.

O: it’s an ok beer taste is muddled not much depth or anything.

Oct 26, 2018
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npolachek from New York

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My second favorite of the Society and Solitude series 7-11. A solid offering for lovers of IPA. New Zealand based hops prevelant in this brew. Drinkable.

Oct 10, 2018
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought in cans a few months back it’s criminal that I just opened my first! If they’ve fallen off at all they must be unbelievable fresh because I can’t find anything wrong with this!

Sep 11, 2018
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth. Pillowy soft body. White grape and light citrus notes on the nose. Balanced sweetness with only a hint of bitterness on the back end. Easy drinking DIPA.

Aug 06, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source.

This one pours a super hazy and creamy looking orange color, with a small foamy head and lots of lacing.

This smells pretty floral, with some lime, mango, pineapple and grapefruit, with piney hops.

The taste basically runs the same gamut, as there’s a wonderfully complex and wide ranging juicy fruit flavor here, with lemon, passionfruit, mango and lime, with some grapefruit as well. There’s no malt character that I can detect.

This is pretty light bodied, with a crisp and clean feel to it, and a super high level of drinkability.

I have finally had every beer in this series. I am the king of tick mountain.

Aug 03, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost fully opaque, except around the edges, this mainly displays hues of orange and light accents of yellow, and is topped by a moderate to large beige foam leaving some solid layers of spongy lace on the glass.

Smell is both floral and citric, delicate yet popping with enticing lime aromas.

Taste is also lime-forward, nearing Froot Loops, with a bit of a tangy, sharp tropical fruit melange and a mild biscuit swallow.

This exhibits that always impressive moderate yet pillowy HF IPA body, with a bit of a sharper carbonation, and that classic, just semi-dry finish.

Aug 03, 2018
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KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good looking IPA, lots of legs with a thick white head. Smell was wonderfully hoppy, but was missing something. Taste was perfectly hoppy, slightly tart and malty that was just wonderful with a tremendously smoothe drinkable feel.

Aug 02, 2018
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ghostwalker from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely DIPA enjoyed from a 750 ml growler purchased from the source. Sticky head. Grassy nose. Fresh citrus with the characteristic HF light and frothy malt body. Tart, puckery mouthfeel. Super drinkable. Love it!

May 19, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazed yellow to amber color with a froth, medium sized head.

Smells of fresh cut water melon, mashed blueberries and lemon peel, with a note of ice bonbon and white grapes. The beer offers a intense orange and papaya fruitiness, inheriting a sweet caramel malt quality.

Drinks fairly easy, revealing no sign of the beers higher abv, drinking very soft, smooth with a well nuanced carbonation and a long lasting, hop defined finish.

Tastes of pleasantly bitter, mellow, fruity hops, opening up the palate to an intense and complex hop composition. It features garden herbs, lime zest, oranges and papaya, with its focus being on a fruity bitterness, slowly unfolding on the palate with a great creaminess. Finishes with an even more uncompromising bitterness, which intuitively brings a pleasant malty presence up, creating an intriguing complexity, coated up by the incredibly smooth mouthfeel in this.

Fantastic double ipa, drawing its beauty from a world class mouthfeel, soothing and intensifying the flavors of the beer at the very same time. This is one of the most pungent, well focussed hop forward beers I have had so far, with an aftertaste, which is recognizable for minutes. It drinks dangerously easy though, addictive, because it works like a roller coaster you can‘t stop riding.

May 02, 2018
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Jsalz21 from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered at Ambulance Brewhouse on a lightly raining afternoon. I came to beat the rush, because it will most certainly be gone a few hours after i finish typing this.

Poured from draft into a 9 oz. glass, it keeps an orang-ish/yellow hue and looks cloudy. Sticky foam clinging to the sides about a fingers worth of head that has now subsided.

It's aroma is one of a heady smell of hops, restrained by it's serving temp. at the moment. What i do smell resembles notes of Nelson citrus and a touch of orange.

Gooseberry, musk, broiled grapefruit, zested halo orange, white grape, key lime. All of that is my direct reaction. It is incredibly stacked and varied. The musky, heady character of Nelson seems to mesh with the crushed-citric lime Motueka in harmony, and the Amarillo compliments them both.

The mouthfeel on this is quite as I expected from HF. It's incredibly balanced between bitterness and maltiness and very clean. It doesn't even feel like a Double IPA, but it isn't fully committed to being a hyper juicy New England IPA either.

This beer is worth it. I have no more to say.

Apr 27, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can canned on 4/16/18 opened on 4/22/18

Burnt golden color with amber and white hazy highlights. A formidable foam cap is thick and bubbly, recedes slow but dissipates down to a solid foam ring just around the edges of the glass.

The hop-scentric aroma is pretty unique from two new and interesting hops. The Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hops seem to give off peppery melon's, serious spice rack combo, herbalized citrus with a low layer of very light malty sweetness. There are some other hoppy aromatics in there I just cannot describe, closest thing I can think of is like fresh red pepper flakes.

Well, after the first sip I guess I pretty much nailed it with my description of the strange hoppy aroma being like red pepper, because the first aspect of the hoppy flavor is in fact, a bunch of crushed red pepper and spices. It's a very big, peppery, wild and earthy bite. The mouthfeel is an incredibly crispy, dry bite to it, light, fresh and very clean. Mild citrus notes along with some dry cantalope and zippy starfruit pretty much sums up the hoppy side of the flavor. The hop combo is very unique, a bit strange, but certainly complex. The malted barley has an earthy crisp bite with herbal tones and a hint of honey sweetness.

I'm a big fan of earthy and peppery hop flavor's and I REALLY like unique flavor's that color outside the box. Hill Farmstead is able to find an excellent balance within serious experimentation. A hallmark of truely excellent brewing alchemy.

Apr 23, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head. It has medium low carbonation. The beer smells of orange, lime, kiwi, white grapes, and grapefruit. It tastes of lime, kiwi, white grapes, grass, and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is medium light. A good easy drinking IPA from Hill Farmstead.

Apr 22, 2018
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gbiello from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into tulip glass. Nice cloudy NEIPA with a trace of head. Nelson hops strong on the nose and prominent in the taste. If you like Nelson, this is the beer for you.

Apr 20, 2018
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unclejazz from New York

4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy amazing shit Batman. When you take amazing well water, a fine malt backbone and scintillating south of the equator hops and let the best in the world ferment that out you got this. As if the first 8 iterations, this one hits the bullseye.

Jul 18, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Mule Bar, Winooski, VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a crisp juicy pale orange color. Bar pour’s kind of slim white head dissipates immediately leaving some speckled lace running here and there. The aroma started off with thick sweet orange juicy pulp. Bitter citrus rind accompanies nicely. Subtle sweet grassy to lemony notes hit as well. The flavor leads with pure bittersweet juicy orange pulp. Grassy notes come back in a nice balanced fashion. No aftertatse. Balanced bittersweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. ABV seems well hidden. Decent smoothness. Overall, really nice juicy DIPA that I would love to have again.

Jun 14, 2017
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wasatchback from Tajikistan

3.47/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what went wrong with this batch (or these fills) but the beers I got aren't worthy of these scores. Typical soft HF feel and beautiful hazy color but this is incredibly vegetal, definitely something wrong with the hops. Maybe this was just a one off keg or bottom of the barrel fill but it's hard to drink really.

May 28, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft at Parker Pie. Poured into a Hill Farmstead large goblet.
A - Hazed sunflower color, excellent frothy cap, laced to the base.
S - Tropical lily, apricot, pineapple, mango, a bit of grassy component.
M - Delicate on. The palate, soft water feel, amazing dry finish.
O - Another fantastic IPA from this talented brewer.

May 26, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Jeffrey, NYC.

A- Draft pours to a tall goblet with a thick and foamy white head. This cap makes it to about 2 inches high with very good retention dying to a tall island and massive ring. Lacing is plentiful leaving a sheet after every sip.

S- The Nelson, Motueka and Amarillo are the stars of the aroma staying fairly soft and together giving a tropical fruit character overall. Mango, peach, dank, floral, papaya and light passion fruit comes to mind. Fresh and hippy with an immaculate clean ferment and just basal pale grains beyond the hops.

T- The aforementioned hop trio shines on the palate atop a minimal level of yeast and barley influence. Hop profile has strong mango, apricot, tangerine, peach and a generally tropical character. The taste also includes hints of cereal grains, yeast bread, floral, dank herbal, grapefruit, berry, stone fruit sweets, pale mashed barley and melon. Not a juice bomb but you get all the hop flavors needed without destroying the taste buds.

MF- Creamy and silky as can be medium body. Feels like a cloud or high quality heavy cream on the palate, so soft yet the high carbonation still lifts the hop flavors with a zesty crispness. Ends with a clean hop bitterness lingering.

Hill Farmstead IPAs came before many of the best of the modern wave of New England IPAs and Sean keeps pumping out greatness with his signature style. He accentuates the great character of this hop trio without going over the top and to top it off the mouthfeel is truly amazing.

May 16, 2017
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