Society & Solitude #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.

Added by MasterSki on 01-12-2012

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294
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
16.47%
 
 
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Photo of winningwes91
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler. Pours a gorgeous hazy light orange color that radiates like the sum. Smells so damn juicy and hoppy. Peaches, oranges, malt sweetness and hops. Taste follows suit. Holy damn. This is top 3 ipas next to julius and focal banger. Like a hoppy fruit gusher. Taste explodes on the palate of orange, pineapple, peaches, hops and a sweet bready malt. So dangerous for the abv. Just creamy and juicy. Perfect ipa.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers grapefruit, floral, spicy, a biscuity malt in the middle. The finish comes with grapefruit peel, a good drying with some piney bitterness.

A really wonderful showcasing of the possibilities of Cascade and an underrated Society & Solitude.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to ILOVESTOUTS poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy golden orange with two fingers of clean, fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing through out the glass. Typical beautiful Hill Farmstead beer.

Smell: Big juicy citrus and a nice resinous pine off the start. A light grass. Citrus is characterized by grapefruit and tangerine. A touch of honey.

Taste: Really nice balance between citrus and piney hop flavors. Definite touch of floral and grassy hops as well, but in the right amount. A nice honey and bready sweetness provides a little bit of a backbone. Finishes lightly bitter with citrus and resinous pine.

Mouthfeel: Really fantastically drinkable. Drinks much more like an IPA than a DIPA. Just the right amount of bitterness. Very juicy given the piney flavor profile. Medium bodied.

Overall: I was very impressed, as usual, with this offering from the Society and Solitude series. A very nice showcase of Cascade.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one was a bit stickier, sweeter, and with more of a thick humidity of tropical citrus and orange than any other Hill Farmstead beer I've had. Definitely a departure, but they nailed it.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Armsby Abbey.

Pours a light hazy yellow with nice finger of foam. Great lacing.
Some floral hops upfront with a good amount of orange and citrus on the nose.
Hops again up front but lots of fruit follow through quickly, not a juice bomb, but a well done I PA

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/1/2015 at Armsby Abbey, in Worcester, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of grapefruit and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent 2IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of celfan
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial impression was disappointment, not the full blown hop effect like most Hill Farmstead
DIPAs. After a few more sips, I realized this was an absolute masterpiece of brewing skill
that beautifully blended a strong hop like cascade with a malty sweet finish. Cascade isn't my favorite hop, I find it almost too floral, so if HF was going to make a more malty Society and Solitude, I'm glad they went with this one. Too me, it took the flowery edge off the Cascade, but maintained a strong enough flavor not to be overshadowed by the sweeter malt character.

Full blown hopheads may be underwhelmed, but this would be perfect for the beer drinker just venturing into the hops world. I'd probably choose Abner over this eighty percent of the time, but I've never been more impressed with HF's brewing magic.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer is straw yellow colored and hazy with a lasting white head. A wonderful hoppy aroma, like sunshine in a glass. A touch of fruit and mildly sweet. Quite tasty and drinkable. Crisp carbonation and light to medium in body. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but nothing aggressive. Another delicious beer from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap poured

Opaque yellow orange, white foam ring

Aroma of citrus , grass and tangerine

Taste of citrus , peppery . Pine on the tip of the tongue

Lingering hop aftertaste

Nice beer

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear medium orange color with a rocky cream colored head, and mellow carbonation.

S - Spicy citrus rind, oranges, papaya, guava, pineapple, light floral perfume.

T - Light floral perfume, oranges, juicy ruby grapefruit and spicy tropical fruit with a spicy tropical fruit rind and peppery finish.

M - Medium body with smooth carbonation.

O - Would love to have this one in my fridge year around.

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Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PB

A dark straw color, topped by a long lasting but thin head of off white foam, quite cloudy, makes some crazy lacicles on the tulip.

Med. strength aroma, grapefruit, orange peel, pine bitter, a hint of floral, neutral sweet with a touch of honey aroma.

A hop masterpice on a canvas of neutral sweet and just a hint of bread and honey. Grapefruit, bitter pith and rind, nice drying pine at the end of the sip, some floral and alcohol spice to it, quite a blast of flavor.

Very light in the mouth, yet nicely viscous, perf. low carb., and an excellent finish. Clean and delicious.

Unlikely you will get a shot at this limited, delicious beer, but if you see it go for it, it is like a Taupin/John song in the form of a collab.'tive beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler compliments of Tucker. Served in a tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw orange color with a quickly fading cream color head fading to a thin collar slippery lacing. Hops and not much else on the nose. Orange and pine, slightly earthy and some vanilla reminiscent of Nor, but for the most part this is tropical orange and not much else. Medium thick body, soft carbonation, soft and fluffy on the palate with a slight dry, bitter finish. Flavor is vanilla and orange on the front of the palate with earthy, pine and resin hops drying out the finish. Sweet with slight spice and gentle bitterness, this is a very easy drinking IIPA; no problem enjoying a 750 of this.

edit: Ideally the flavor is a 4.25, but I'll round up.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery. 8%ABV.
Legend has it that this brew was created with the help of current brewmaster of PB, Jeff O'Neil at the HF brewery in VT. Glad he showed up, because this brew is fantastic!
Pours a burnt orange haze that you cannot see through. It looks thick. Nice foamy chewy head with great lacing.
Smells of bitter hops, but slighty sweet and bready.
Taste is truly amazing. Great bitter hop flavor, but its finished with a candy-like sweet flavor. Rounded out with some bready/buscuit malts. Truly a great DIPA!
Id have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Lord Hobo (Cambridge, MA) on 2/3/12. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a hazed grapefruit color, topped with a thin bright-white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess that skims the surface, slathering the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells piney, floral, and a little spicy, with a hefty dose of bright zesty grapefruit and a splash of lemon tartness. Malts have a supportive sweet graininess to them underneath but are pretty much put in the background by the fresh robustness of the hops here in the nose. I swear I can smell the hops in this like 2 feet away from the glass!

The taste is straight up bright bitter grapefruit and to a lesser extent lemon tartness, with a touch of underlying softer fruit and herbal textures helping smooth this out a bit. The malts have more of a neutral balancing sweetness to them, keeping the focus on those hops, as this finishes dry, resinous, and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller feeling, with a crisp prickliness the whole way through. An underlying oily slickness (which carries that herbal feel as well) really keeps this riding along nicely. There is a touch of light warmth present from the ABV but it serves no more than to pop the zesty bitterness of this that much more.

This is another excellent hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead, with an all around robust hop profile and an easy going drinkable nature to it. This had some nice well rounded edges to it for a DIPA that kept it really accessible for the size. This is some really good stuff here.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this after having grown Cascade hops for years, and having done most of my limited homebrewing with Cascade.

Cloudy dull orange color with a small head and modest lacing.

Good floral and fruity hop aroma with a bit of malt leaking around the edges. I can imagine melon and peach in the nose.

Great and big hop flavor on a firm malt backbone. The malt is definitely in the backseat, but enough body and sweetness to create a decent sense of balance - moreso than many hop-forward American IPA's.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall drier and crisper than many DIPA's. Very enjoyable. I am glad to have tried this and would order it again. However, I would prefer HF's other DIPA's (Citra, Galaxy and Abner) to this one.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farm House in Burlington VT. Wow, I did a double take after my first sip of this beer. It's massively hoppy, but not overly heavy or thick. It's almost more wine-like for the thinner body and biting character. The hops are floral, piney, and a little fruity. It's a great and well-balanced mix of hops, though it's almost too much at times. Still, an amazing beer for hop lovers.

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Photo of oline73
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Lord Hobo. Poured into a goblet.

Cloudy like cider, amber, finger fluffy off white head, ring left on top of the pour 3

Grassy citrus hops, earthy, not sweet malt 4

Bitter hops, nice balance, citrus and grass, bit peppery 4.5

Medium body, aggressive carbonation, über dry finish 4.5

Great, really bitter , earthy, I would have again 4.5

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Photo of MasterSki
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a thin collar and a few wispy patches on top, but no lace. Murky white peach flesh body.

S - My initial impression is creamsicle - a hefty dose of orange and vanilla malts. However, as it warms up a bit I get a tad more herbal, earthy, and slightly piney hop flavors adding depth to the intense citrus flavor.

T - Taste is also quite similar, with both sweet orange flesh and bitter orange peel flavors, lightly sugary malts, and a surprising tropical flavor I don't generally get from Cascade hops. More balanced than I was expecting, but the malt character integrates well with the juicy hop flavors. Bitterness is pretty low.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, chewy texture, and a very dry finish. Plenty of residual hop oils and resins that coat the teeth. Could maybe use a few more bubbles.

D - I had fairly low expectations considering I tend to dislike Cascade-heavy beers. I'm not sure if Shaun supplemented the hop bill with another hop, or just has great ingredient sourcing, but this one was a winner and avoids the soapy flavors that I associate with Cascade. I was sad that Sean took home the second 750ml growler, as I kind of wanted more of this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Mad Taco.

Golden small orange to deep yellow body, quite opaque not totally though, with a rising creamy one finger head. Excellent spotted and cascading sheets of lace while drinking, and some minimal carbonation. Very nice looking IPA.

Aroma doesn't deliver much, but some light sweet biscuit and soft hop. Very indistinct, really cant pinpoint or determine and angle, slightly floral but very small if hardly noticeable. Decent but burried.

Palate finally awakens with much grandeur. Litteraly liquid hop juice with big notes of pine and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel follows big and bold, with great juicy tones, treacle like syrup feel which also seems to accent some sweetness on the palate really nicely. Very clean finish, and lingering hop controlled bitterness on the aftertaste.

Another very solid IPA from Hill Farmstead. Quite a surprise thought this was going to be a dud, but hardly is for me.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml flip top growler opened on 5.12.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a foamy cream-colored head that slowly fades leaving lots of lace on the glass.

S - Orange, some bitter orange peel, lemon, a touch of melon.

T - More bitter orange, grassy hoppy pine, bitter bite at the end.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a bitter finish.

O - Another great IPA from HF, shocker. More orange and bitterness.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Dive bar.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a semi clear golden hue with a fat white blanket that fades to leave super dense lacing.

S - Aromas of nice soft floral, nice faint citrus, light malts. Faint lemons.

T - Taste is bitter oranges, little bit of pine, faint malts. Finish is nicely bitter, little grassy floral notes too. Not getting any alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, nice cascade notes, however, I prefer single hop cascade to this by far.

Serving type: on tap

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz, filled 4/12/13, drank 4/20/13
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours a cloudy orange color. Bright white head. Sticky lacing is getting left on the glass. Still good carbonation.

S: Again, big fruity hops. Orange. Tangerine. Citrus. But here you are getting more of a malt present (both visual and on the nose). Definitely more body than the first two I had today.

T: Nice rush of bitterness on tip of tongue. Grapefruit. Orange. Citrus. More malt here than others. Dry finish. Lingering hop resin.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT

Fills the glass with a nice hazy orange and bright white head. First aroma is all Cascade. Reminds me a lot like a beefier SN Pale Ale. Lots of pine on the nose and just a bit of citrus in the background.

Pine resin and floral hops flavors right up front with the first sip. Pleasantly bitter, more so than some other HF DIPAs I've had. Nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, not my favorite of the S&S series but still a damn enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY, home of brewer Jeff O’Neil, collaborator on this brew.

Pours cloudy, dull, apricot/orange amber. Light oatmeal head, leaves a thick collar and ample delicate webs and bits of fine lace.

Light and aromatic nose with fruit, resiny hops and a whiff of alcohol

Flavorful, fruity, hopped up and dangerously drinkable. Hops do not smack you in the face with audacity, but are more subtle in their approach. Notes of oranges, grapefruit, more and more hoppy waves of goodness with each sip.

Well crafted. Glad I had a chance to enjoy it.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this growler. Out of my Hill Farmstead stemware.

A- A murky muddled brownish gold, rather dull in appearance. A nice healthy white head forms with tons of lacing.

S- A nice hoppy sweetness,notes of peach and grapefruit. Touches of pine and caramel malt.

T- Surprisingly smooth, and the malt is very toned down. Some bready malt, grapefruit, and lemon hops, intially. The aftertaste is very piney and lingers for minutes. While the hops are great, the base is a little lacking.

M- Could be a little undercarbed due to the growler, but it also struck me a little light for a DIPA. Though it is quite drinkable, it needs a bit more malt body.

O- Overall this beer is well above average for most, but only average for Hill Farmstead. Very nice hop usage, but the malt base came up a bit short for me. As someone else said, would rather Galaxy/Ephraim/Citra...

-GFunk

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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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