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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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 332
Photo of Hyptochrons
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of BaronRVH
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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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 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 PHBoiler
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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 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 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 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 IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of JReites
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 cfrances33
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour: Hazy orange with a finger and a half of white. foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing through out the glass.

Smell: A big burst of pine and floral hops. Some citrus fruits in there as well. This beer has the most malt driven nose of the Society series beers I've had yet. Finishes lightly resinous.

Taste: Follows the nose with some resinous pine, grass, and orange pulp. The middle is rather malty, at least for a Hill Farmstead beer - some caramel, raw dough, and oats. The finish is bitter with pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Pretty bitter, at least more so than I expected. Medium to full bodied. Finishes bitter, with a lingering doughy sweetness and some pine resin.

Overall: Easily my least favorite of the Society series, but still a superb DIPA.

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Photo of nootch23
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml growler into a tulip glass.

A- pours a hazy, golden orange with about a fingers worth of creamy white head. Pretty decent lacing.

S- I picked up a lot of fruit type scent in this one. Really picked up citrus, mango and pine which I expected. Then I caught traces of pineapple which I thought was weird and a little bit of a peach notes. Little hops smell but not as dank as I was expecting.

T- really big scent of lemon and orange peel. A little tropical taste of mangoes in there as well. Really earthy taste with very very little bitterness. Defintely not a hop bomb. Very well balanced.

M- dry finish that leaves the mouth with a citrus, bitter aftertaste.

O- This a really great, delicious beer. Well balanced and juicy. Very easy to drink and very smooth. Kind of a light tasting beer, not heavy at all. Really love this beer and hope to have it again in the future.

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Photo of Luk13
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Biere de Norma release. Beautiful orange-gold with thick white head. Aroma is wet grass, citrus (peach), honey and onion. The most Dank of the Society and Solitude series. Lots of grassy and resin flavors and citrus peel. Full bodied and sharp. Classic Hill Farmstead IPA.

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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 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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