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Society & Solitude #3 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Sticky lace. Color is a hazed golden yellow/orange.

Aroma: Dank and weedy hops. Orange citrus. Floral hops. No malts show here. I dig it.

Taste: A little bready malts show here. Very grassy and floral. Orange citrus and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and weedy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a hop resin stickiness.

Overall, the smell was better than the taste. Very sticky and weedy. Not as drinkable as I was expecting.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Capping bottle, or half a growler. Cloudy orange colour, lots of lace. Hoppy, fresh and citrus aroma. Above average mouthfeel, but hop pellet bitterness. Raw and not the greatest drinkability. Dissapointing experience, not done well.Would like to see better hopping, malting.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT

Poured a cloud golden-yellow color with a finger or so of foamy white head that retained and laced moderately. Aroma is hop-dominant with notes of bready malts in the background. Taste of citrus and piney hops, grass, some tropical fruit notes, and a decent balance of bready malts. Some bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Medium body, and nicely drinkable for the style, but a bit strong on the palate for the unprepared, in more ways than one (typical of the style).

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Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's.

The beer pours a golden amber color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose was a bit odd initially, as I was getting something of an orange citrus/syrup aroma, along with some cardboard. However, the cardboard aroma dissipated over time, and I just got a lot of sweet orange and citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I thought this DIPA a bit sweet for my liking. However, there was sufficient bitterness to dry this beer out on the finish, which I appreciated. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to fairly full, with a long, sweet and bitter finish. Alcohol was pretty well integrated into the flavor profile.

A very nice beer, but not one of my favorites from HF I have to confess.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -7%
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

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Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ejyoung, poured into a tulip.

Deep tangerine, cloudy, and topped with a pillowy head of pure white. Pockets of large, sticky bubbles explode randomly, receding very slowly and leaving marshmallow fluff-like lacing on the glass.

Bright, snappy nose. Smells almost bitter, packed with citrus pith. Campari, maybe. A little lemon, a little grass, a touch of alcohol. Not much malt.

More malt in the flavor, in the form of sweet honey and burnt sugar. Nice floral qualities have met the citrus bitterness, lavender, maybe. Orange juice, grass, a touch of lemon. The swallow brings a bigger blast of bitter citrus that lingers

Silky yet light body, gentle on the tongue. Maybe a notch under medium-light, soft nudges of carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol heat.

Very tasty and well-balanced, but maybe not on the same level as Hill Farmstead’s other DIPAs. Doesn’t have the same dank, complex hops.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door.

In The tulip. Solitude three looks very nice and clean with a bright gold look to it with some orange haze. The cap is firm and leaves minor notches on the way down. Active bubbles coming up from below. Smell is citrus forward with the Amarillo really shining with warming. A light backing of pine with mango and papaya and slight pineapple scent. I get a hit of alcohol to, not going to lie.

Taste is not as hop forward as an Abner or so, this comes into double territory and strays off in the body or so, sort of like an imperial pale ale like port did a while back. The pine is subdued in the taste as well as the tropics being muted some by some malty backing and some alc. With that said, warming brings this one front and center with a nice mix of tropic flavor malt, and pine. Not as agressive as some other DIPA heavy hitters, but worthy non the less.

Feel is medium with not as much bitterness going on as usual, or per the style. It's carbed up nice like all hills beers on tap and as always it tastes real clean with that nice Vermont water. One again, a glass was fine for me, and if I can get this again, I will, because it's good beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of grover37
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-09 in Wayne, PA at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Cloudy light straw-orange with a billowy white head that fades quickly and leaves mild lacing.

S - Light citrus, pale malt and a bit of hop floral. Not much aroma.

T - Maltier than Abner. Grapefruit, touch of tropical, herbal, lightly dank. Lingering citrus flesh and bitter zest in the aftertaste. Very nice.

M - Light body with light-medium carbonation. Good body but still crisp.

O - Very, very good but I like the Abner better, which I also had today..

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL Hill Farmstead swing top growler poured to a taster. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Light golden orange. Cloudy with a small head. Maybe due to the growler?

Smell - Pine and then oodles of grapefruit. One-note Columbus hops. Grapefruit overload.

Taste - Sweet and citrusy hops nearly giving it the tartness of a fresh grapefruit. I expect it to turn tart as if I was eating a grapefruit, but it turns very bitter, like the pith.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter flavor, medium-low carbonation. Lots of bitter hops make it tougher to drink that most IPAs.

Overall - Interesting. Way too grapefruity. Fascinating taste, but maybe too extreme. Another interesting experiment from HF.

Edit: Had the second batch and I enjoyed it more. Upped the numbers a bit.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Very cloudy dark orange with a large, off-white head that leaves lots of spiderweb lacing down the glass.

Nice aroma with lots of citrus and sweetness, with just a hint of a malt backbone, though it most certainly all about the hops. Sweet orange candy and grapefruit make up the majority.

Citrus-forward flavors, with low to moderate bitterness per the style, along with a touch of onion, and cereal malt. Very good, but not great.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very nice and incredibly drinkable. Perfect.

A very good hop-forward beer from Hill Farmstead, though I was actually expecting to be blown away, and I wasn't.

Abner blows this away.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

The body sits a straw infused orange color with a foamy slightly off white cap. Clingy, spider web lacing all over the glass.

Pithy tangerines and white grapefruit up front. This smells bitter. Clean malt backbone props up all of these hops. Waves of tropical fruit...each time I dip my nose back in, I get something a little different...pineapple, mango, apricots.

Follows the nose for the most part. Pithy tropical fruit weaves in and out with a clean biscuit malt profile. A moderate rush of bitterness and a faint hint of booze in the finish.

Medium body, a little chewy in the best way possible.

Another damn fine dipa from HF. Clean malt with tons of hop character.

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Photo of Skrip
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Three Floyds Teku.

A~ glowing light orange, with a nice fluffy white head and a lot of lacing.

S~ tons of citrus and pine. mostly lemons and grapefruit, not too much going on here.

T~ pretty follows the nose, very well balanced but nothing more then the citrus, pine and hop bitterness.

M~ thick, but smooth. feels imperial haha! nice carbonation of course and a tad dry.

O~ not a bad DIPA but definitely not my favorite, i tend to like a lot more complexity. still very drinkable and slightly messing me up on this fine summer day!

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Photo of SABERG
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed orange, fluffy white head, good sticky lacing. Scent brings lots of dank, spicy and earthy hop resins, crackery and biscuity malt add a faint hint of sweetness. Big bitter, zesty, spicy and bitter citrus pith, earthy, some malt sweetness to stand up to the bold hop notes. Medium bodied, oily, tingly bitterness. Another unique IPA from Hill Farmstead, although the lack of fruity notes is not my preferred style.

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Photo of Treebs
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler served in a Portsmouth tulip. Growler courtesy of Sean (Sean9689). Thanks again!

A: Pours a hazy gold color with nice orange hues. A fluffy white head forms on the pour and recedes to a nice sticky collar that leaves similar sticky sheets of lace.

S: Nice pineapple and mango tropical scents with a nice sweet oat malt flavor to compliment the hops.

T: The hops are a little more complex in the taste with some grassy undertones and sweet tropical fruits and nice sweet oat malts.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel, but refreshing at the same time with a sweet fruity finish.

O: Another delicious and hoppy creation from HF. This a very balanced and flavorful DIPA that is a must try for any tropical fruit flavored fan.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours peach orange with a frothy one and a half finger tall white head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut tropical fruit and pungent citric hops from start to finish. Some lightly toasted grains and a touch of booze are present as well.

T - Starts off with plenty of citric hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of citric zest, a bit of sweetness and a tiny bit of booze. Finish has plenty of hop bitterness, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.

M - Crisp body with a ton of hoppy flavor and moderate carbonation. Plenty of hop bitterness throughout, a touch of sweetness toward the end, with a bit of dryness at the end of each sip.

O - As typical with the hoppy HF beers, this ones description is spot on. Not as good as the What is Enlightenment? I had but still a very good DIPA.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler

pours a bright murky faint golden yellow. creamy fluffy white head. very nice sticky retention and lacing.

tropical and citrus on the nose, grapefruit, orange, ripe mango.

more bitter in the flavor. less citrus and a bit more pine. some white grapefruit through out. malty pale finish.

moderate carbonation and body, a bit light feeling.

overall, this is REALLY good. very easy to drink, never overpowering.

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Society & Solitude #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.3 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
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