Society & Solitude #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
4.26/5
295 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,069
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
295
pDev:
6.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy bright orange color, it's got a nice rocky white head on top. The retention is good and the lacing is sticky. The smell is more mellow than I expected, it's got a muted citrus aroma, some sweet malt on the nose as well. The taste of nicely balanced between the hops and the malt, there is a touch of boozy heat in there too. The mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, gently carbonated and refreshing. Overall it's a good sessionable IPA. Worth checking out.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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 oline73
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy yellow gold with a half finger of quickly disapating head that laces all the way down. Faint citrus aroma with matching taste...mostly tangerine. Smooth feel with nice tingle at the ebd. Nice !!!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap at Abbey

Big foamy 1+ finger creamy rich head fades slowly with tons of layered thick lacing, murky golden honey color.

Nose juicy hops, citrus orange, tangerine, little mango rind, hint of resinous musty passion fruit, melon rind, tropical fruit must and citrus pith, with hint of toasted grainy malt.

Taste starts with a mild sweet malt, candy toasted malt, mild sweetness with a hint of booze tickle. Then big hops, more bitter than I expected, spicy notes, big orange rind and pith, some musty dank hop notes, big candied fruit candied apricot and orange peel, hint passion fruit guava thing. Finish is a bit sticky, mild dry, hint of booze, quite bitter, lingering candied apricot orange peel thing and nice mild resin and spicy like hops, long lingering bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bod, nice fluffy carb.

Overall decent, other ones are better, bit too much malt sweet candy profile, too bitter and sticky feeling, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL swingtop growler shared by yourefragile. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a golden-peach color with a nice rocky white head and a good bit of lacing. The nose carries a moderate amount of citrus hops plus a touch of an herbal/piney character. I believe someone said this was all or mostly Cascade, which seems about right. Flavor has nice citrus qualities as well with a touch of orange. Very light backing malt. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a crisp, bitter finish. Really nicely done, as always.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
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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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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 smithj4
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy without much head. The thinnest of collars. A few loney islands.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit hops. Very citrusy. A little bit of sweetness.

Taste - Grapefruit and a bit of creaminess. Less intensely hoppy. Grainy hops. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - The creaminess is a little odd, but not off putting. Very drinkable. Low carbonation.

Overall - Straightforward but very good. Less impressive than the other Society & Solitude variants.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
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 dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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 BMart
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 295 ratings
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