Society & Solitude #3
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #96
Ranked #877
4.33 | pDev: 6%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: The series of experimental Double IPAs continues. This one is hopped with ample amounts of Columbus and is reminiscent of… an Imperial Harlan?
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dfillius from Iowa

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a dank, piney, catty IPA! I expected all juice and tropical, but I guess I should’ve known better based on the labeled hops! Old school West Coast IPA monikers. This is the first time I’ve seen the acknowledgement of the trademark on Simcoe hops...seems odd. Cloudy, golden, fair head retention. Smell is fairly modest: sweet and hoppy, with a faint allium whiff from the Simcoe. Mouthfeel is prickly and Bitter with a capital ‘B’. A good one, but not your typical tropical juice bomb of a NEIPA. Thanks warnerry!

Jul 05, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden look. Aroma is floral and fruity. Taste is fruity but rounded, hoppy but not too bitter. Light body, easy drinking, very well balanced. It has the nice HF character.

Jun 16, 2018
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very hazy yellow color, small white head. Smell is orange and peach. Taste is orange, starts sweet and ends with a nice firm bitterness. Light carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel for style. Overall: a very refreshing, easy drinking beer, but one that lacks complexity.

Apr 14, 2018
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 growler into HF stemware.
Pours a very hazy and glowing vibrant blonde with ample thick head.
Aromas are lots of citrus and lemon rind, dank hops, HF distinctive yeast.
Flavors right in line with aroma. Soft, almost no bitterness, lemony hoppy.
Mouthfeel was fantastic.
Overall, an incredible hoppy beer.

Oct 22, 2017
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold 1 finger of head. Lots of lacing. Grapefruit zest, mango, floral hoppy aroma. Wave of bitter hops up front, grapefruit, pine, zesty with a bit of young pineapple. Good carbonation medium body.

Jul 04, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Blackback, Waterbury VT. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a muddled hazy burnt orange color with a thin finger’s white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Streamy to stringy lacing rode around the glass appropriately. The aroma bleeds with a super bittersweet orange juicy pulpiness. Bittersweet grassy hoppy tones invade but extend a certain balance to the evasive malt backbone. Yes, that malt backbone is there, but exceptionally light. The flavor leads into the balance of the orangey bittersweet juicy hops to the malts. Practically, an absolute perfect blend. Juicy orangey aftertaste charging finely into the finish. On the palate, this one leans towards a medium bodied somewhat sessionably crisp yet bitter gripping harshness penetrating the IBU’s seemingly appropriate, still with a nice balance for the most part. Overall, hmmmm, well, what can I say, yes, another fantastic DIPA by Hill Farmstead.

Jun 08, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ridiculously good looking beer, nice hazed appearance with sticky bands and microdots of lace all over the glass. somewhat underwhelming on the nose, but the palate makes up for it. Minty and other herbaceous green notes, grapefruit, peach, hints of tropical fruit, definite orange note, grassy and earthy dankness, somewhat pronounced piney bitterness on the finish. overall the intended flavors definitely come together and the appearance and feel is absolute perfection - like most HF DIPAs. its probably one of my less favorite in the society & solitude series, but still quite excellent.

Nov 26, 2016
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BaronRVH from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally made it up after traveling to Maine from Ohio. This is a juicy, balanced, complex DIPA that maintained its freshness days after I drove it back to Ohio. I kept it on ice. Definitely fruity, some dank, and quaffable!

Aug 02, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Candied orange and some light grapefruit, pretty malty. Moderate bitterness and decent mouthfeel. Bittern orange and caramel malt sticks around in a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. Not that impressive, especially for a Hill Farmstead DIPA. Not distinguishable from an above average DIPA from your local brewpub.

Jul 13, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/25/16

A: Orange gold with some nice honey around the edges - lightly hazy, as any self-respecting DIPA from New England should be - pours with a large, foamy bright white head, fades to a wispy but mostly solid cap, leaves massive streaks of lacing

S: Super hoppy and super fruity, which is really impressive for a somewhat old-school varietal (Columbus) - citrus, with some orange and grapefruit - under-ripe peach - some pepper - herbal notes and some resinous, dank hops - pine trees, pine needles - nice malts at the base, with some caramel and bread, touch of sweetness

T: Columbus bomb, as expected - lots of citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit flesh, rind, and orange marmalade - herbal flavors and pine, pine sap, pine needles - earthy hops with some grass - oily citrus - moderate amount of bitterness - clean, yes, but with some lingering earth

M: Medium body, oily and super smooth, medium-low carbonation, finishes with lingering orange marmalade

O: An imperial Harlan indeed

The Society & Solitude series is consistently interesting. I suppose that is the point. #3 is a hop bomb, but it's not a juicy, tropical blast. It's amplified old-school hops. This iteration is definitely worth a try.

Jun 26, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fairly juicy with some hints of sweetness. Orange juice, orange peel, and some finishing dankness/ditchweed. The balance is in tact while the beer is cold. The finish adds some bitterness and a hint of alcohol closer to room temp.

Jun 21, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the source, thanks Curran.

This one pours a hazy soft orange color, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

I didn't think Columbus hops could go this far, but they do. Smells like orange creamsicle, grapefruit, a bit of bready malt, and mango.

This tastes pretty great. It's got a super creamy taste, with some orange, a bit of pale slightly bready malt, some clean pine, grapefruit rind, and mango in the taste. It's incredibly tasty.

This is medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a pretty crisp mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

Every hoppy beer I've had from HIll Farmstead has been incredibly good. This is no exception.

Jun 02, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy peach color with a finger of foam forming; decent retention and some good lacing

Smell: Grapefruit aroma dominates, with tangerine, peach and mango elements

Taste: Bready, up front, from the malt with grapefruit, tangerine, peach and a light mango flavors building; peaches, with a hint of cream through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA but I was expecting more, given the brewer

May 18, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler. Pours a hazy orange color. Big, assertive, hoppy nose. Columbus is mixture of fruit, citrus, and pine. Flavor has no surprises but its pretty tasty. Its and interesting mixture of East Coast and West Coast Imperial IPA. Brash but fruity. Incredibly hoppy and resiny. Columbus hops don't always get their due. It isn't as complex in it's hoppiness as many other Hill Farmstead brews but I had zero trouble gulping on this.

Apr 27, 2016
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer smells and tastes like Columbus hops. Very dank on the nose and strongly bitter on the palate.

Of the Society and Solitude series, not quite in the top tier.

Apr 24, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into the modified tulip glass.
A - Autumn straw colored, gentle carbonation feeds a loose knit froth, lacing from another time, another place, seductive.
S - Deciduous, orange marmalade, lemon reduction and sweet grains.
T - Wonderful hop oils, pine, lemon reduction, pineapple and warm troast.
M - Slick on the palate, medium in body, amazing feel, fully coated the carbonation marches through and cleans up. Leaves a dry finish.
O - A well executed offering, big in every respect, the display of hops is stunning, matched with a delicate grains makes for another fine HFB offering.
Cheers all

Apr 23, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler purchased 4/8/15, opened 4/11/15. Poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: Attractive hazy amber. 1F+ head with OK retention, little lacing and ring.

S: Tropical fruit like pineapple. Citrus, especially grapefruit. Some pine.

T: Light grapefruit, some mango and pineapple. Pine and resin. Light malt.

F: Well-balanced, light-medium body, light carbonation. Very good.

O: Maybe a bit more muted than some others, but solidly constructed and tasty.

Apr 11, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Nice retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

The aroma is piney with notes of grapefruit. There's also a solid amount of grainy malt.

The flavor is piney and lemony up front, followed by grapefruit and sweet orange rind. Sticky pine resin lingers on the end of each sip.

The feel is close to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, with a lingering pine bitterness.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Nicely hopped with lots of citrus and pine flavors.

Apr 07, 2016
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Trevor11 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering from Hill Farmstead. It is an unfiltered hazy orange with nice lacing. Lots of citrus / grapefruit. Balanced bitterness with drinkable smoothness/soft carbonation. Not as incredible as Shaun's others but still high on the list when it comes to IPAs.

Apr 02, 2016
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JReites from Florida

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler poured into a tulip.

A- Golden orange pour with a nice haze. Two fingers of white foam. Moderate lacing on the glass after each sip.

S- Strong fruit and pine scents. Really picking up a grapefruit scent with other citrus fruits present. Moderate hops smell but not overwhelming.

T- Nice citrus taste. Grapefruit notes jump out right away, and linger in the aftertaste as well. Other tropical/citrus fruits coming through after the initial grapefruit upfront. A perfect amount of bitterness detected, definitely well balance and not too hoppy.

M- Dry, light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Nice citrusy/bitter aftertaste.

O- This is an excellent DIPA. Very smooth and easy drinking. Does not drink like 8% at all. Love the great balance of citrus, earthiness, and hops. Would love to be able to have this all the time. Drinks excellent in the FL summer heat.

Jul 06, 2013
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color with a very thick, creamy white lacing ring and very sticky on the sides of the glass. As the beer warms it gets crystal clear.

S - Dank citrus, pithy grapefruit, yeast, and pine.

T - Oranges, spicy citrus, light lemon, zesty, with a resiny pine citrus finish. Light alcohol and a lingering piney citrus biter finish.

M - Full medium body, light and very gentle carbonation.

O - This is an amazing big IPA that's well worth the pursuit.

Jul 04, 2013
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scottfrie from California

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks AutumnBeerLove! 750ml growler. Split with shortysdude285.

A: Pours a lightly hazy glowing golden color with a huge, thick and greasy off-white head that slowly faded into a greasy film leaving a complex network of lace down the glass.
S: Juicy scents of grapefruit nectar, pith, and faint pine. Bready malt pokes through the hops as well.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of citrus pith, grapefruit, lemon peel, biscuit malt and mild pine, and maybe mint. Solid bitterness, lingering pine, and herbal aftertaste.
M: Medium-full body, soft carbonation, sticky hop resin and oily mouthfeel. Mild alcohol booze. Greasy, slick and drinkable.
O: Very very good. Clean hoppy, nothing wrong, but tastes like a million others I’ve tried. Not HF’s best, but I’d gladly drink it again. Thanks again, Kevin!

Jun 30, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml swing top opened on 6.16.13

A - Pours a very hazy, cloudy light orange with a huge soapy light tan head with good retention.

S - Citrusy, tropical, and some melon.

T - Tropical fruit, floral, melon, orange, a touch of wheat.

D - Smooth light body with good carbonation.

O - #3, and another good one. It didn't blow me away, but HF may be spoiling me with all these amazing beers.

Jun 20, 2013
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Luke. Thank you very much for the opportunity!

Yellow-orange pour into my Tired Hands teku with a big white bubbly dome. HF hops just look good in a glass.

Herbal minty citrus jumps from the growler. There's also a white cake batter underneath.

Juicy orange on the front of the tongue for the briefest of moments. Immediate segue into dry baby aspirin and big catty dankness. Remember when you'd blow bong hits through a toilet paper roll stuffed with fabric softener? Hey the potheads are doing laundry again. Well, this is like exhaling a gnarly sticky nug straight through Mr. Whiskers crap den. Prickly bitterness along the finish with an herbal feline fade.

Next time you decide to fire one up, call your kitty in on the session. My guess is you'll have a lot to talk about.

Jun 19, 2013
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kevanb from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy orange color, with a nice finger and a half of soapy white head that has very nice retention and leaves behind a massive network of sticky lace. The aroma is fairly tame, lots of bitter pine, light citrus, mostly grapefruit with some light tangerine, a touch of floral character with some rich, sweet malt backbone. The flavors are more impressive, lots of bitter, resinous pine on the tongue, spicy hop character, tangy grapefruit, tangerine with just a touch of pale malt that has some straw-esque after taste that lingers. The body is nice and juicy, coats the mouth well, a bit of a soapy texture that has a great dry kick at the finish.

Verdict: Another delicious IPA from Hill Farmstead. While not quite up to snuff with their best efforts, this beer still hits the spot for any hop head. One of the best showings of the Columbus hop I've had to date.

Jun 15, 2013
Society & Solitude #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 378 ratings