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Society & Solitude #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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54
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293
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
16.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 293
Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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 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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 DrunkinYogi
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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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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 jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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 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 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 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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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 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 Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 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 drabmuh
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for this. He described it to me as one of the worst IPAs made by Hill Farmstead and then stated that it is probably about a 4.2 on beeradvocate. It was quite good, I'm not as critical of their offerings.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with nearly no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy, fruits mostly.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice hop character and a sweet finish. A very cool little beer but not as good as others from them. Almost no bitterness on the finish, drinks a little bit more like a pale ale ultimately than an IPA, still I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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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 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 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 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a golden orange into an oversized Hill Farmstead wine glass. Hazy, almost opaque orange. 1 inch head, good lacing down the glass.

Smells include orange, pineapple, pine, and some grassiness.

The taste is pretty similar. Not a lot of malt flavor here- maybe a tiny bit of pale cracker-like sweetness near the end. Lots of tropical hop flavor here- namely orange. Some piney bitterness lingers on the palate.

A little bit flat, not a whole lot of carbonation. Slightly sticky and sweet mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Probably the least of the HF hoppy beers I had this weekend, but still quite tasty nonetheless.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Poured a pale orange color. Medium sized head. Aroma is perhaps the most concentrated amount of Cascade hops I have ever come across. A pungent mixture of pine, florals, citrus and grass. Über-West Coast hop profile that is much different than most of Hill's hoppy beers. First sip is a knife chop of Cascade delivered directly to my throat. Pine, grass, grapefruit and flowers. That pale, doughy Hill Farmstead malt again and again supports all those hops. Powerful flavor. Resinous feel. Resins! Fuller bodied. My third Spciety & Solitude. My least favorite but you can tell the craftsmanship is there.

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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 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 mltobin
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from the brewery, poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance is a hazy golden tone with nearly two fingers of head. Its` nose has citrus hops, herbs, orange and grapefruit. Excited, for the sip, which delivered more orange, malts, hops. It is pretty tasty, but I was hoping for a little more. HF of course has set the bar high in the past. Mouthfeel is medium, not too much carbonation. Most certainly worth checking out if you can.

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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.
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