Society & Solitude #11
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Society & Solitude #11Society & Solitude #11
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #184
Ranked #1,823
4.42 | pDev: 4.75%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Society & Solitude #11Society & Solitude #11
Notes: Imperial IPA brewed with Simcoe and Nelson Sauvin hops.
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Can to snifter.

LOOK: deep dark hazy yellow with maybe a brownish-greenish hint. Healthy foamy eggshell head. Excellent retention.

AROMA: tropical fruit, melon, copper-metallic. Yam. Sweet and savory notes in the nose. Also a fairly strong yeast aroma. Grass, pine, hay round out minimally. A lot going on here. Very juicy with some other tempering notes.

TASTE: apricot, melon, guava, grapefruit, grass,pine, hint of ginger. Very tasty. A touch of puckering accumulates at about 6 oz in, surprising since citrus is not overly present.

FEEL: well balanced, medium body and excellent carbonation. Typical awesomeness in mouthfeel for HF.

Really nice beer and 2 of my favorite hops.


Sep 26, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy bright orange color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head leaves a crown of lacing as it dissipates into a thin sheet. Beautiful color.

The aroma brings a wave of citrus up front; namely fresh grapefruit, tangerines and orange rind. Then comes some notes of grape bubblegum and white wine. Subtly piney and spicy. Wonderfully simple.

The flavor starts off citrusy, with notes of ruby red grapefruit, orange candy, and tangerines with just the foggiest idea of lemonade. There's a bit of honeydew melon, mangoes and grape skin before an earthy, piney finish. The doughy malt is subtle but present. Excellent as always.

The feel is pretty much what you come to expect from Hill Farmstead: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft, creamy, and exceptionally smooth. Dry on the finish.

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA. It's a Hill Farmstead DIPA so that's pretty much a given. It's flavorful and complex with shocking drinkability.

Sep 09, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy yellow with tints of orange and a nice creamy white head. Excellent lacing.

S: Not over the top, but full of white wine, ruby red grapefruit, pine, apricot, and a little bubblegum.

T: Very mild bitterness for the style, moves into juicy grapefruit and and grape flavors. Pine, apricot, and mango are also present. The malt is very restrained but provides a nice bready backdrop for the hops.

F: Soft, creamy, but not thick or sweet. A nice drying finish.

Overall: Another incredible DIPA from Hill Farmstead. Very unique hop character combined with an incredible body and mouthfeel make this a must try in my book.

Sep 03, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant, cloudy orange with two fingers of antique-white head. Good retention and lovely, thick webbed lacing.

Orange peel, tangerine and white pepper stand out most in the nose, with a little white wine behind.

Interesting taste. A slightly sweet, juicy citrus element mixes with what almost tastes like pancakes, as well as a little pith-and-pine bitterness in the finish.

It has a thick, full, chewy feel with just enough carbonation.

Delicious. An all-around great beer from an excellent brewery.

Aug 13, 2019
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bl00 for this
12 oz can, dated 7/8/19, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, some melons and tropical fruits, a little earthy, dank.

T- Melons, citrus, herbal, slightly tea like, piney, a little dank, a little tropical, bitter finish.

M- Smooth, medium body, creamy.

O- A very nice IPA, great balance, really tasty.

Aug 11, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours bright opaque yellow with a nice finger of white head nice retention. Lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma - Simcoe is strong pineapple, candied orange, citrus peel great combination of sweet and slightly bitter.

Taste - Taste is overly ripe mango and pineapple, orange finish is really dank. Earthy citrus peel slightly floral finish.

Feel - Medium bodied soft mildly dry finish.

Overall - Another excellent IPA flavors are well balanced smooth and easy drinking but a ton of flavor.

Aug 05, 2019
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into Hill Farmstead Stemmed bulb.

bottom of can says-
canned: 07/08/2019
drink by: 08/08/2019

Appearance: Opaque and hazy orange / yellow bodied beer with a thick bone white head. The head lasts for a while then dies down to thin ring around the glass leaving lacing everywhere this beer touches the glass.

Smell: Very juicy smelling hops. Prominent fruity hop notes with melon rind. Light dankness and a hint of citrus and tropical fruits. Crazy good nose.

Taste: Catpiss / dank notes upfront that are quickly whisked away with juicy fruity hops, melon rind, and very faint tropical fruits and citrus. The flavor starts out with a bitter bite that smooths out into a sweeter and earthy hop profile. Pine and grapefruit come together at the finish with a mildly bitter finish. Nice balance between the Simcoe and Nelson hops; the Simcoe boldly declares itself right away in the hop profile, but you just taste more Nelson hops through out the beer during mid palate and finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Carbonation is creamy and beer is adequately carbonated. While still being crisp and clean yet soft on the palate. The booze is extremely well hidden. How does Hill Farmstead do it? The mouthfeel of these HF hazies are just show stopping incredible. Dare I say the best in the business?

Overall: It has been far too long since I have drank a hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead. The thing that I enjoy the most about Hill Farmstead hoppy beers is that you don't get the hop burn from these hoppy beers like you would from most breweries brewing hazy hoppy beers these days. The combination of Nelson and Simcoe hops is a pairing I don't frequently drink. Its very enjoyable combo. As usual, a Hill Farmstead beer that does not disappoint.

Aug 01, 2019
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz can into a perennial willi becher glass. pours a hazy light orange with soapy white head. smells of pine, earthy green onions and some light tropical fruit. taste has a much more significant fruit flavor punch than the nose along with pine and that vegetal nelson hop characteristic. mouthfeel is full with lower carbonation leading to a very smooth finish. incredibly drinkable DIPA. one of the better ones in the S&S series.

Jul 29, 2019
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zonker17 from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can pour to tulip. Super hazy yellow, white head, slight lacing. Nose light pine, musty. Taste balanced juicy hops with good bitterness that has a mellow finish with some bite in the back of your throat.

Jul 25, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 8th October 2018, with a drink by date of 19th November 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

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

Aroma: Tropical and citrus, grape, mango, orange, orange rind and pine.

Taste: Fruity, mango, grape, pineapple, melon, citrus rind, a touch of berries, lightly floral and a hint of dankness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another nice DIPA by Hill Farmstead. Easy to drink with its good tropical and citrus fruitiness.

Nov 13, 2018
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a dark lemondrop haze. Big fluffy white head that looks like whipped cream.

S - meaty grape aroma. Sticky, bready orange marmalade hops and olives.

T - mellow, ruminating grape dank with vanilla-infused lemon meringue. Hearty and hefty, there's some honeywine sweetness along with thick berry juiciness. Sharp grapefruit pierces through at the end to keep this from being overwhelming.

F - mein gott, this is like a meal in a can. Get's thicker and fuller the more I drink, but not in the way an imperial milk stout chokes you out. This is satisfyingly creamy beyond belief.

O - once again, HF shows their skill in this craft. Mature and elegant, this S&S delicately nails the standout flavors of these hops and even extracts some new ones. Great brew.

Nov 02, 2018
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy tangerine color. Light lacing,
ivory head. Perceive a lot of scapes, undetripe pear, dull grape notes, oxidized apples. Large grainy, husked grass character, sunflower shoots and radish shoots that are pleasantly bitter and slightly spicy. The spice and fresh floral grasiness are prominent on the nose, but so something unpleasant like celery root or cat litter. Medium bodied, semi dry but juicy too.

Nov 01, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a nice light and hazy orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like decadent hop candy, with bitter orange rind, candied grapes, candied pineapple, sweet grapefruit, and pine.

Simcoe and Nelson is an excellent hop combo, and it's used to great effect here. The Nelson provides the sweet juice bomb aspects, and the Simcoe seems to provide a dry bitterness to balance it out well. All of the fruits- orange/grape/grapefruit/pineapple- that I mentioned in the aroma are here.

This is light bodied, but full and creamy at the same time, with a good level of carbonation and very high level of drinkability. It doesn't drink at all like a DIPA.

I had tried all 10 of this series before S&S 11 came out, so I had to have this can. But now, as I'm doing this review, it seems that S&S 12 will be released soon, so the hunt continues, as always.

Oct 29, 2018
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mad Taco. Pours a hazy vibrant orange color with an inch of thick head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is tropical and citrus fruits with some white grapes and berries as well. The taste is mostly the Nelson. Berries, white grapes, white wine and some floral/dank hops. Light citrus peel. Toasted malts, pine and berry finish. Medium to heavy body with a dry mouthfeel. Somewhat boozey. Another winner.

Oct 24, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had a pour of this on tap at mule bar. beer looks absolutely beautiful. aromas and palate are orange, grapefruit, mango, herbaceous and grassy, hint of white grape, peach, grainy and bready malts. beautiful balance.

Oct 15, 2018
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a tulip.
Beautiful pour reveals a hazy and bright medium straw color with one finger of head.
Aromas are inviting and beautifully hoppy with Nelson coming through.
Flavor is sticky and hoppy. Mellow and refined.
Mouthfeel is perfect.
I love this beer and not a hint of alcohol here.

Oct 11, 2018
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npolachek from New York

3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very bland and non distinct. Not a bad beer, but a lot less personality than Society and Solitude 7-11 series. If you like mild IPA this is a good beer for you.

Oct 10, 2018
Society & Solitude #11 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 49 ratings