Society & Solitude #10
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Society & Solitude #10Society & Solitude #10
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #49
ABV:
8%
Score:
97
Ranked #566
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 5.62%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
149
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Society & Solitude #10Society & Solitude #10
Notes: Imperial IPA brewed with honey and oats and hopped with Simcoe, Galaxy & Nelson.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 149 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Citrus and pine up front along with some a light breadiness and floral undertones

S: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and light pine along with the dry honey and floral undertones. Moderately bitter. Finishes with lingering citrus and pine

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Definitely on the drier side

O: A very good iteration of the S&S series. Super drinkable and balanced. Galaxy and Simcoe stand out nicely

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

Appearance: Arrives hazy and honey colored with a two finger head; good retention and some clumpy lacing

Smell: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, honeydew melon, and white wine grape

Taste: Pineapple and mango forward with melon and white wine grape undertones; some grapefruit bitterness in the middle but the finish is dominated by the white wine grape element

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation

Overall: An NE IPA that takes quite a nod to the southern hemisphere

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jan 19, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque reddish-orange akin to a ripe nectarine. Head is a finger and a half of white foam, and retains well. Aroma is tangerine, nectarine, guava, mango and mandarin orange. There is just a dash of bready yeast at the back that breaks up the initial sweetness just a touch, although the sweetness is the defining note of the aroma. Flavor profile is tangerine, nectarine, mango, guava, orange, lemon, grassy, earthy, and syrupy hops. Initial sweetness is throttled back just a touch at the mid-point to display the more earthy, syrupy qualities. Sticky hop qualities linger long after the initial citrus chorus open. Dynamic from start to finish. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a soft, pillowy texture that is accompanied by just a light silty grain. Overall, dynamic, but still showcasing the favorable citrus notes out of the gate.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 27, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dull gold in color with a heavy haziness. There’s a fingernail of eggshell white. The aroma is of honey, citrus, and tropical fruit. I’m tasting melon, honey, and citrus. The mouth is smooth and creamy.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Nov 05, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can.
Canned on 10/21/19.
Moderate pour yields a nearly one inch white head over a murky golden body with nice, sticky lacing. Nose of tropical, citrus, tropical, citrus, tropical, citrus fruit with a tad honey. Taste mirrors nose with a bit of white grape from the Nelson Sauvin hops punching its way through the tropical and citrus fruit. Nice feel and overall, another great offering in the S&S lineup. Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Nov 04, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking fresh out of a growler filled today on site. As great a hoppy offering as you will find. Hill keeps this series alive and well. Love galaxy hops!

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, Apr 19, 2019
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4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Peach juice like with a thick head with great retention and leaving strong laces.
Delicious fresh aroma with notes of peaches, mango, passion fruit, a bit of honey and lemongrass.
Unique flavor with notes of cantaloupe melon, pineapple, lemongrass, stone fruits, pine resin, oats and mango. Dry aftertaste with a clean and velvety bitterness.
Bordering full velvety body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is absent.
Perfect blend of flavors that are so well distributed that is harder to capture the boundaries between one and the next one. All hops stand out. Unfair competition here. As drinkable as one Double IPA can be. Must try.

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FLima from Brazil, Feb 16, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 2nd October 2018, and with a drink by date of 13th November 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A murky dark orange colour with a big almost three finger off white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong fruitiness, ripe mango, pineapple, citrusy orange zest and rind, with hints of melon, pine and spice.

Taste: Light sweetness, mango, pineapple, melon, followed by citrusy orange rind and peel, hints of honey sweetness and nice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice easy drinking DIPA with lots of fruit and not a hint of booze.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Nov 10, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had the rest of the six-pack and cannot be happier with the quality of the Hill beers in cans.

A- Standard 12oz can into a tulip with a hazy almost opaque looking (as in not cloudy/murky) golden-orange body. Foam rises on the beer to about a finger high with good retention. An island on the brew remains and a thick belt around the edges leaves massive sheets of lace all down the glass.

S- Galaxy and Nelson hops absolutely burst out of the glass with a very strong hop driven aroma that brings on heavy tropical, stone fruit and dank character. Juicy mango, peach, apricot, guava, papaya, bubble gum, dank weed, floral, mandarin and melon hop notes. Very much hop driven with a hint of light sweets and base grains.

T- As one might expect based on the aroma the bulk of the taste is coming from the hops. The flavor profile opens up a bit more here with the hops lending grassy, herbal, berry and vinous notes beyond the juicy, fruity and floral character found in the aroma. Again things like mango, peach, grapefruit, mandarin, dank herbs, melon, tangerine and pineapple come to mind. A hint of base grains and a light sweetness. The bitterness grows with each sip but never feels overly abrasive at any point.

MF- Medium bodied IPA with silky creaminess approaching chewy. A high level of carbonation and a sharp yet clean bitterness in the finish.

First review of a Hill brew in cans but honestly the quality holds up or even improves in that format. The Nelson single hop was out of this world and one of the better hoppy pales of recent memory. Bold and fruity hops with the execution that is expected from Hill Farmstead.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Nov 05, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky bright orange color. Awesome nose, tons of citrus and tropical fruits, taste is a little bit bitter. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Another great S&S.

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mdfb79 from New York, Oct 24, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass canned on 10/2.

A: Tight creamy looking tiny white head that settles to a film. Body is a murky turbid bright orange.

S: smells very juicy with part passionfruit, pineapple, and mango.

T: is very juicy & fruit forward mango, passionfruit and a little bit of a tingly carbonation. The flavors seem thin.

M: Even though the carbonation is really low it has a tingly finish on the tongue. The beer also has a super watery feel.

O: This beer looks better on paper then it is in reality. It doesn’t know what it wants to be but it isn’t anything well.

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

Tastes of Oats. American imperial IPA with honey as well and multiple hop strains including Simcoe, galaxy, and Nelson Sauvin. Solid, but not my favorite.

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npolachek from New York, Oct 10, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can dated 7/23/18 and purchased at brewery 7/28/18. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L; 1F head with some lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a hazy bright golden-orange.

S: Ripe tropical fruit and a lot of earthiness. These hops are pretty earthy, piney, bitter as it is.

T: Malts definitely have come forward at this point - in fact we are starting to push on the (welcome) best buy date stamped on the bottom. Lots of earthiness in place of fruit, but still some citrus and melon with the pine and herbal, earthy character. Assuming the oats and honey pulls the bitterness back to neutral, but they are not terrifically evident.

F: Medium bodied, Reasonably lively carbonation. Construction and balance are strong.

O: As it stands, just doesn't have enough to distinguish it from any number of well-constructed traditional DIPAs.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Aug 17, 2018
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4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a hazy amber orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, leaving a ton of sticky cobweb lacing as it settles into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings notes of oranges, grapefruit, honeydew melon, and white grapes with a touch of earthy spice on the back end.

The flavor brings a ton of pineapples, oranges, melon, mangoes, and sweet cereal grains followed by a strong wave of honey and white grapes. Finishes subtly rindy and bitter.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Very soft, smooth and creamy, with a dry finish.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA and definitely one of the better Society beers by HF. It's bursting with flavors from all three hops and remains exceptionally drinkable and soft. So delicious.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, May 02, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Whetstone Station, Brattleboro

Has that same almost glowing orange haze that is characteristic of HF. Small white head that retains and laces moderately well. Aromas and flavors are a nice blend of citrus flesh/pith, oat-bread malts, honey sweetness, and floral. Fluffy, lively, clean mouthfeel. Surprised that the Galaxy character wasn't more prevalent. This is by no means a tropical juice bomb -- once again, HF demonstrates their mastery of the American hops (in this case Simcoe), coaxing out the delicate citrus and floral notes that are too often masked by earthen grassy bitterness.

88/100

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Holderness from Massachusetts, Jan 02, 2018
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4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a growler of this about one week ago at HF.

L: A good inch + of head, poured from a growler into a can glass. Color is a really pretty light orange. Head sticks to the glass for quite a long time. Really nice pour.

S: I smell a bunch of citrus but also a sweet bit of honeydew. If you've had Sip of Sunshine, the two smell quite similar to my unpolished nose.

T: Tastes wonderfully - has the VT double IPA bite but does not linger. Way more smooth than some other older VT IPA's on the market (Heady Topper). Virtually no bitter aftertaste despite the high content.

F: Hard to tell exactly due to the growler pour, but not a particularly high level of carbonation. Definitely a bit of a bite because of the nature of the double IPA, but the bitterness afterwards is particularly pleasant. It could be a slightly bit more carbonated but it is really hard to tell if that's because of the fact that I'm not rating it straight from the tap or in a fully sealed vessel.

O: This is fantastic. A double IPA that is quite easy to drink a lot of. Not too bitter, with a little taste of the citrus flavor that many enjoy but also a very tiny touch of melon. That is not to say that the predominant flavor is not hops. This is hoppy. But I find it to be a much more enjoyable VT double, very similar to Sip of Sunshine but not quite as peppy. Whatever your experience, this is a beer that is absolutely fantastic and you should drink if available!

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4.87/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a bright and fairly hazy orange, with a solid fluffy head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like sweet pink grapefruit, white grapes, melon, mango, and orange.

This is absolutely killer. Simcoe/Galaxy/Nelson is an inspired hop combo and it works here- you get a little hint of the usual grape flavor from Nelson, with an inspired blast of melon and mango juicy hop goodness, and a hint of bitter grapefruit. There's the classic Hill Farmstead zesty bitterness on the finish- I love that house character.

This has the usual killer HF mouthfeel, full and creamy, while simultaneously being light as a cloud and so drinkable. How do they do it? That well water is dynamite, clearly.

This might be the second best beer in this series, just after #4. This is so well constructed that it's almost unfair to any other brewery.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Dec 30, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter glass via draft

color is a bright sunny yellow with off-white foam

smell is a very aromatic blend of tropical and slightly bitter citrus

taste follows the nose and getting a little bit of honey sweetness on the backend

carbonation is medium , as is the mouthfeel

fantastic beer!

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Jlabs from New York, Dec 11, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh growler into the test glass.
A - Luminous dark straw color, loose knit white froth caps the offering,
S - From 3' away, tropics unfold, pineapple, mango, grapefruit. a bit closer and sweet malts add to the pleasure.
T - Sweet grains start, then the delightful exploration of the hops shows off, keeping everything fresh, again, mango, orange reduction, dragon fruit, ripe musk melon.
M - Soft on the palate, almost creamy, carbonation adds just enough to the experience, the use of oats must play into this.
O - Possibly my favorite of the series, amazing feel, while exploring the hops flavors all the way through.

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SABERG from Massachusetts, Dec 03, 2017
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4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to jhavs for this
750 ml growler poured into a teku

A- A hazy orange with a two finger white head.

S- Tropical fruits, some mango and pineapple, citrus, lime zest, honey, floral, slightly dank.

T- Juicy mango, citrus, some zest, slightly floral, dank finish, some honey, very well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- A fantastic DIPA, worth seeking out. Very well balanced and easy to drink.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Jun 28, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft, 10 oz pour at AA&A, served in tulip. Copper yellow color, hazy with one finger alabaster head. Minimal retention and lacing. Nose is papaya and mango skin. Flavor is resins and dank, some subtle vegetal notes. Very dry, little to no sweetness. Clean medium mouthfeel, touch of creamy texture on the finish that compliments the dryness. A bold and mature example of the style by a favorite. 93/100, cheers!

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unclejazz from New York, Jun 25, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler filled at the brewery. Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow body with a one finger thick white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smell is bursting with oranges, grapefruit, tropical fruits, light grain, honey, and resin. Flavour is a smooth tropical fruit flavour, like juicy fruit, with a nice slight grain and honey presence behind all the big hops. Grapefruit and citrus, a bit of floral and resin. Yummy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, rich tropical fruit and resin on the finish. Delightful IPA, that really gets into the NE IPA style like few others.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Jun 24, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: turbid orange body with very thin head that leave a faint, speckled lacing.
S: soft tropical notes that include mango, pineapple and passion fruit
T: very tropical and juicy. Lots of orange, pineapple, mango and passion fruit with just a hint of citrus peel on the finish.
F: outrageously soft. Lightly carbonated, perhaps to a bit of a fault. Nice bitter finish to round out the fruit juice-like flavors.
O: amazing beer that further illustrates how that HF is the best at whatever they do.

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CayseyW from Connecticut, Jun 22, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Other Half pint glass.

A~ hazy copper orange with a bubbly head and a ton of lacing.

S~ burnt candied oranges up front along with some other citrus, lemon, lime and guava. followed by dank herbal earth to back it all up.

T~ mmm...! follows the nose with a ton of orange here in every aspect, juice, zest, rind, etc... a little sweet honey mid pallet, ending with a slightly bitter backbone which ties all the citrus together nicely!

M~ super light for a double IPA, goes down way too easy. creamy as well, nice carb and oh so smooth!

O~ another great addition to the series! i seriously might kill this growler in under 10 minutes... thats how drinkable this is!! perfect combo of hops as well. please do this one again!!!

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Skrip from New Jersey, Jun 16, 2017
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4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead are masters of pungent but delicately balanced and clean IPAs. their society and solitude series is always top notch, so after seeing a newly available batch the hype was very real!

mild aromas and pungent flavors of grapefruit, spicy floral and plastic dankness, honey soaked mango, juicy orange, bready malts, superbly fluffy mouthfeel. herbal and piney notes on the finish bring everything together so nicely... this is an insane brew!!!

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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts, Jun 13, 2017
Society & Solitude #10 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 149 ratings