Society & Solitude #9 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Society & Solitude #9Society & Solitude #9
Society & Solitude #9Society & Solitude #9

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double IPA witrh Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, and Amarillo hops.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 202
Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft and growler.

A little heavier on haze and cloudiness than most HF IPAs. Golden light orange color, creamy white dense head. Tropical, white grape, light pine, Nelson, grass light spice on nose. Nelson and Amarillo are a great combo on body, creamy and smooth with layers of tropical guava and white grape, leafy and grassy, honeydew and melon, and straw. Bright, balanced, juicy, distinctly a HF IPA though dressing up as a juicier/trendier version of one more so than usual.

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Photo of bobv
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. pour at Doc Ponds in Stowe, VT.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch thick, I say THICK head with lacing for days. Nose and taste are near perfect with attributes of floral, citrus, and pine. Mouthfeel is very nice. Overall, S&S #4 was always my favorite S&S until now...

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Photo of aleigator
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Murky pumpkin and apricot hues with a healthy white foam head and moderate retention
S: Grapefruit, melon, and tangerines
T: Sweet candied oranges and pineapple are met by an abrupt juicy grapefruit bitterness and finished with a splash of crisp pinot grigio
F: Creamy, soft, and smooth with ample carb
O: Another gorgeous addition to the S&S series that takes on its own unique identity. The prominence of the Nelson hops combined with the crispness of the Amarillo hops juxtaposed an interesting interplay between a dry, aromatic white wine and tropical juicy DIPA. Very tasty and distinctive flavor profile underpinned by HF's requisite, but by no means quotidian, IPA craftsmanship - nicely done.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

hazed juice appearance, tons of lace clings to the glass, beautiful looking brew. nose wasnt overly pungent, but very pleasant none the less. soft tropical fruit notes, peach, pineapple, magno, tangerine, some grassyness and white grape apparent as well - beautiful medley of fruit blending with earthy dankness and pine. mouthfeel is absolutely lush. excellent beer - highly recommended!!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this fresh last amazing combination of earthiness, pine, and citrus. Hill continues to be elite at the traditional east coast style ipa when the shift is towards the haze bombs. They don't need to shift and this proves it. I will seek this out again and it was just fantastic.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few weeks ago in a trade, thought I had rated it then but I guess after downing a growler I was a little hazy. My first HF brew and I wasn't disappointed, these guys do it right! Nice orange beer with white head. Smelled tropical, citrusy, dank aroma. Taste followed suit, very enjoyable and I look forward to trading for some more offerings from this fabulous brewery.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ light orange with a small white fluffy head and a lot of lacing.

S~ tons of orange and tangerine! whoa!! slight earthy pine, dank hops, and back around to a lot of citrus!

T~ i didn't think it was possible but theres more citrus going on here!! crazy tangerine and dank hops! lots of Nelson. i can't complain!

M~ extremely smooth, nice carb and refreshing.

O~ i'm sure i've said this before but i seriously think this is my new favorite of the series! the strong tangerine presence really makes this unique and delicious! HF is back on their hop game!! ahh i shouldn't say that... they always kill anything with Nelson!

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Photo of Tommo
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely phenomenal. Among Hill farmstead best beers ive had to date. Beautiful NE style IPA bursting with floral hops, nelson is especially present but not overwhelming. Amazing and clean, much lower sweetness than other NE ipas, a great beer

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this a month past it's prime and still wasn't disappointed. There is definitely some different about these beers. Ever bit of solid as Tree House and Trillium- but better in it's own way.. Back on the hunt for other Societies.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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

Pours an opaque golden orange color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head settles into a film, leaving some splotches of lace along the way.

The aroma is dank, earthy, and extremely citrusy. There are notes of oranges, grapefruit, and waves of tangerine. There's also some musty white grape notes on the back end.

The taste follows suit: Oranges and tangerines for days with a touch of grapefruit and pinot grigio. The middle is more tropical, with notes of melon and pineapple. Finishes lightly piney and bitter.

The feel is typical for HF; stupid. Just absolutely stupid. It's smooth and creamy with a medium-full body, yet crisp and refreshing with moderately high carbonation. Alcohol is undetectable. Perfect.

Overall, yet another amazing addition to the Society and Solitude series. The Nelson hop really shines here, but plays nicely with the more tropical Amarillo and citrusy Mouteka hops. There isn't a ton of malt presence, but this is just a straight hop explosion that has a beautiful rounded bitterness that any IPA fan can enjoy.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a tulip glass.

A~ Hazy light orange with a small white fluffy head. Lots of lacing. Good looking beer.

S~ Orange and tangerine with some earthy pine. I get a little bit of melon as well. Smells exceptional.

T~ So much orange and tangerine in the flavor here. Nice bitter bite on the back. Still getting some melon. Mouth coating hops (resinous).

M~ Perfect carb, refreshing (can't put the glass down). Outstanding.

O~ I've had most of the S&S series and this one's my favorite thus far. So enjoyable with layers of orange, tangerine, melon and pine. Very well done!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of kitch
4.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of npolachek
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Holderness
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
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


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Society & Solitude #9 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 202 ratings