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Society & Solitude #1 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
294
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
16.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 294
Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting better from Hill Farmstead, some lemon, good deal of wheat. Nice hops but HF is usually better. Maybe some orange and grapefruit. There are better HF IPAs out there.

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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 Dope
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler filled yesterday.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a very tall, very frothy off-white head. Great head retention and heavy sheets of lacing everywhere.

S: Very flowery. Almost like lavender. Some orange blossom when swirled.

T: Sweet candied oranges up front. Lots of that lavender mixing in, especially in the middle. Bready malt stands out pretty well. More flowery hops rounding it out and lingering forever. A bit resinous and surprisingly a bit boozy to boot. Get a hint of pine in between sips sometimes.

M: Medium bodied, lightly harsh aftertaste.

O: Very floral IPA for sure. At times I envisioned drinking soap. Tasty but a little bit unbalanced and I'm not a huge fan of the floral hops usually so I scored this one in line with that.

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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 FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1082nd Review on BA
Growler to stemmed tuplip
750 ml

Thanks to CliffBrake for this one.

Shared with GuruDel

App- I wasnt expecting this color. This seemed a bit darker and muted than most. More of an over ripened peach color with some yellows mixed in. A tiny 1/4" of head was there and gone.

Smell- A very fruit forward DIPA. More along the grapefruit and musk kinda smell. Intermixed with a bit of Fusel alcohol notes.

Taste- I like the idea of single hop series to see how they all mix. This one is a bit of straight grapefruit and pine flavor with some juiciness behind it with a bit of a dry ending to the taste. A slight malt character in the middle.

Mouth- A medium body atop a slight medium carbonation level. Residual musk and grapefruit flavors.

Drink- Overall a good beer from HF. This was quite interesting with a musky zesty fruit flavor and a little bit of malt mixed in.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the baconsausage for this one.

A: Cloudy dank orange-tinted peach in color. Forms a frothy white head with large, stable bubbles. Reduces down to patchy foamy islands of bubbly head and a large ring around the edges. Some patchy lacing.

S: A potent mix of floral hops and alcohol.

T: The flavor on this one is a bit unusual for a DIPA. The body is extraordinarily light as are the malts. Very light sweetness on the front end with some biscuit and cracker. Then there is a strong flavor of grapefruit with a bit of resiny pine mixed in. But the hops are not strong in the traditional sense: the hops are there, but they're surprisingly subdued. Finish is dry and astringent to point of being chemically. An odd beast, but an enjoyable one.

M: Rather light for a DIPA. Good carbonation. Moderate bitterness, but with a dry astringency on the finish.

O: This DIPA is a bit of an unusual one. It drinks like a single IPA with absolutely none of the characteristics of a DIPA other than the fact that it hits like a Double. Aside from the nose the alcohol is barely present, but it hit hards. A good beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a mirky light orange color, frothy cream-colored head, sticky lacing, thin collar, thin cap.

S - Sweet citrus and tropical nose that's heavy on the Mandarin oranges. Light pine, some floral notes in there as well. Very clean and sweet, quite enjoyable.

T - Not quite as a palate-buster as the taste would suggest, which is nice. Again, really nice citrus/orange, some lemon zest, and a nice dose of sweet malts in round things out. Finish is slightly floral hoppy notes with a nice bitter bite on the end.

M - Light, refreshing, good carbonation.

O - Another excellent hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead...what a surprise, haha. The nose led me to believe this one was bigger then I though it was, which is nice because it was easy to drink while still having some nice complexity. Recommend.

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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 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 Gatch
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. My initial excitement was quickly replaced with disappointment. A very underwhelming brew. Still very good, but seemed very one-dimensional and had some strange raw meat aromas and metallic flavors. I had a glass of What Is Enlightenment? beforehand which was much, much better. I've had many other S&S versions and this one just doesn't seem to be on the same level. Oh well.

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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 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 silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When they said they were going to make an experimental series of IPAs, I was kind of taken aback when they decided to make a single-hopped beer with Cascade hops, which is one of the most common hops used for the past decade +. figured they would have gone with something more "experimental" but I'll let the beer speak for itself.

very hazy golden copper with a sizable pure white head that sticks around forever and laces well.

definite cascade aroma of citrus and grapefruit with that slight pine twang. lots of orange peel, grapefruit juice, lemon zest. not detecting much in the way of malts. very hoppy and citric, which was expected.

again, lots of juicy citrus, a bit of bitterness but more of the cascade flavor than bitterness. There is a bit of a floral/spicy quality in the middle and it finishes with a bit of a resiny finish with a slight bitterness, but for how hoppy this is, the bitterness is tame. again, just tons of fresh hop flavor.

medium bodied with a very pleasant carbonation level and a slightly resiny finish that leaves a pleasant juicy flavor lingering for a while.

Well, Cascade hops are the most used in America for a reason, they are damn tasty. I like how this focuses more on the flavor and aroma of the hop rather than the bitterness. Would like a bit more complexity, but there still is a lot of flavor for a single-hopped single-malted beer.

I have read that this measures at 8%ABV, but not direct from the brewer.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Society and Solitude #1 poured from a large HF growler into a HF oversized wine glass.

A- Hazy golden orange similar in color to Edward. 1/2 finger white head with lots of lacing. I like the look of this beer.

S- Citrusy grapefruit aroma with some good floral hop notes. Also detect the alcohol in the nose.

T- This is a different Dipa, nice bitterness with some kick. Alcohol is present and some sweet bready malts. The floral hop characters are what im focusing in on first. Also picking up some nice citrus followed by some pine and ending with a clean dry finish.

M- Light bodied for a Dipa and good carbonation. Its not as creamy as alot of other Dipas.

O- Not my favorite Dipa but a really nice beer in all accounts. This beer is absolutly worth a try but it didnt blow me away. Not the best from Shaun Hill (great guy by the way) but still a really good beer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL swingtop growler filled at the brewery today. Chilled and enjoyed in a Hill Faarmstead tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale orange in color and cloudy. Pours a decent, fluffy white head. Really nice retention. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Huge cascade notes. Lots of pine, mango and grapefruit notes. Really big freh hop character.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine really dominate here. Really light malt character. Not as sweet as some of Hill Farmstead's other IPA's. Actually, this is very dry overall. Lots of hop bitterness and just a touch of tropical fruit juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry. Definitely refreshing and nicely carbonated.

Overall, a really nice IPA, but not one of my favorites from HF. This is definitely drier than other double IPA's and doesn't offer the huge juicy fruit character of some their other beers. Really nice and refreshing but just a step below top notch.

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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 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 andrewinski1
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster glass. The color is hazy orange. There is a great white head on this.

The aroma is slightly sweet with a nice hoppy citrus. There is a bit of zestyness to the hop aroma as well.

The taste has a nice cereal graininess here while being nice and dry. There is a nice zesty hoppiness throughout that leads to a dry bitter finish. This is pretty simple, and the flavors are clean.

The body is light and this drinks nice and easy. Great carbonation coming from the growler.

This is really good. I imagine it was even better a couple weeks ago.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden straw, not much of a head from the tap. Not much on the nose, slightly sweet, citrusy. Taste is biscuit, pepper, citrus. A little boozy in my opinion. Decent lighter carbonation, substantial bite mouthfeel.

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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 pschul4
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a translucent orange with a tiny bit of head but it leaves lots of lacing

S- Smell is very faint, some lemony citrus in there as well as pines

T- Zesty, lemony, peppery hops. Yes you heard me PEPPERY. It is amazing in it's unique-ness. Not much malt to speak of

M- Very carbonated but not in a bad way

O- I really like this. It's no Abner but it's tasty as phuck

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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 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 Mini4x
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On growler from the brewery, after waiting in line for 3 hours and dropping about $200, this is the prixe I received, not sure I'm that happy about it, great IPA but not as great as some of their other offerings.

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Photo of Skrip
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmsted oversized wine glass.

A~ hazy, glowing orange with minimal head and nice lacing.

S~ not too much going on here, a little citrus and hop bitterness.

T~ peppery bitterness up front followed by nice citrus, mostly lemon. not as much bitterness as i was expecting from the cascade hops. not a bad thing at all though. i like it a little tame.

M~ nice carbonation, smooth, and very refreshing!

O~ a great IPA, definitely not in my top 10 or anything but still very enjoyable. this could be a daily late spring/summer beer for sure!

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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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