Society & Solitude #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
295
Reviews:
55
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
6.92%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
12
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0
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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few HF beers, especially hoppy beers that disappointed me. Had it very fresh, but there was a significant lack of hoppy smell or taste. Perhaps it is that I don't care for Cascade hops.

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Photo of anteatr23
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kidkramer
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy murky orange color with a cap of white head with a little bit of sticky lace.

The aroma is sweet juicy citrus with some hints of caramel. Nice balance of malt and a little bit of bitterness in the background. Bitter and grassy hops here with a little bit of caramel sweetness rounding out the pallet. Seems to have a bit of lemon here too.

Nice light body with somewhat sharp carbonation.

Overall a solid brew. Enjoyable to drink with a nice balance of hops and rich malts.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Pretty sure I had this before, but got to sample the latest batch the other day. Golden pour, mostly clear, with a thin white head. Fruity aroma, citrus mainly, straw, grassy, sweet grains. Oily hop resin in the taste--citrus, pine, perfume--strong malt base, with a neutral alcohol zing. Not as crisp as other HF offerings, somewhat sticky. About right for a typical DIPA, but just not one of my favorites from "the Hill."

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew33
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of HookemHoos
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of xenjoiii
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of dailyminefield
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kniles38
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishColonial
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnGray
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a little darker than the standard hf ipa. Medium amber with the standard heavy haze and a tight white head. Nose has an assertive spice, oily hop, notes of citrus, moderate earthiness malt balance. Taste has a fair bit of the grain bill right up front, earthy malt, citrus comes in and gets a touch oily in the hop flavor. Spice lingers around the finish. Citrus and a hint of floral hop give an added punch as it warms. Body is light, really soft feel, moderate carb, dry but still a long finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Arrogant Swine, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—tangerines seem to stand out in particular.
T: Following the smell, the taste has flavors of tangerine citrus and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer is very easy to drink for an Imperial IPA as the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of smb71481
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.19 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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