Society & Solitude #3 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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?

Added by MasterSki on 03-26-2012

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61
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315
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
6.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 315
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 largadeer
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from gn0sis. Thanks!

Appearance: Hazy golden body topped by a thick and lasting head.

Smell: Massive amounts of grapefruit, zesty and sticky. This is extremely dank stuff. Herbal, weedy. Little to no malt presence on the nose.

Palate: A ton of grapefruit again; bitter, resinous, herbal. A lot of marijuana flavor mid-palate. Quite dry - moreso than other Hill Farmstead DIPAs I've tried. Mouthfeel is fantastic here, very sticky and dry with a big bitter kick that never feels astringent. This is exceptionally good stuff, I hope it's brewed again.

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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 Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to a great trader for getting this growler out my way. Served in a Hill Farmstead long stem tulip. Pours a nice orange color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. Nose carries loads of dank hops. Columbus heaven. Can’t get enough. Body is light-medium with really nice bitterness. Fantastic.

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

Nice creamy fluffy head 1 finger fades slowly with lots of lacing, murky orange peach colored beer.

Nose tropical fruit, grapefruit, lots of tangerine and clementine, fluffy malts, juicy tropical fruit and citrus, delicious wafting tropical hop, light peach. Awesome.

Taste brings lots more juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, guava, hint of citrus and musty resin just a hint, nice semi sweet candy hop and citrus candy, hint of chewy spicy hops, etc. finish is semi dry, tons of tropical fruit, light citrus, so much fruit, nice.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, little oily, nice carb.

Overall awesome, great tropical fruits and hops, amazing nose, hops are almost perfect, so good, I could drink the whole 2L growler by myself.

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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 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 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 Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Michael for acquiring the growler for me. Shared with Mike and Adam.

The beer is golden yellow and mildly hazy with a half inch of white head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

The aroma is seductive. Oh my...citrus, crack, hops, voodoo magicks, etc.

The flavor offers a ridiculously smooth blanket of hops. Utterly chuggable. Not too sweet, with a ton of citrus. A touch of malt in the finish, but most definitely a showcase for the hops. This is exactly what I look for in a DIPA.

One of the most drinkable DIPAs I have ever had.

Overall, this reaffirms that Hill Farmstead is one of the best breweries on the planet. Highly recommended.

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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 MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer generously shared by Sean. Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a collar, thin, wispy cap, and minimal spotty lace. Pale, white peach flesh body.

S - Even at 8% this is more of a DIPA instead of the West Coast IPA-plus. Moderate pale malt backbone balances sharp and juicy citrus flavors as well as mild herbal notes. I also appreciate the well-hidden alcohol.

T - The taste seems more hop-dominated, with zesty citrus rind, some herbaceous and mildly chive-y notes, and moderate bitterness in the finish. Malt character seems further in the background here, although it's still fairly balanced.

M - Initially the carbonation is somewhat zesty, but it quickly retreats to a medium-low leve. Juicy, medium body, soft and pleasant, with no obvious alcohol present.

D - Gee, another well-executed DIPA from Hill Farmstead. Who would have guessed? Didn't like this quite as much as 'What is Enlightenment?', but I would still gladly drink this any day of the week.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by somebody, thanks. Beer is yellow and has a mild haze, a thin white head of small bubbles, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is citrus and a little sweetness.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice hop palate a great bitterness on the end, fruits and light in the middle, carbonation was appropriate but a little more would have thinned it out. I would have this again as much as I can drink.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Poured a hazy peach colour with a slight yellow glow at the very bottom of the glass. One finger of bright white head formed with decent retention and some good lacing.

S - Massive grapefruit aroma up front with some tangerine, peach and mango aromas. A faint hint of pine and a very light malt sweetness in the background.

T - A sharp bitterness up front with fresh grapefruit, tangerine, peach and a light mango flavour. A very small sweetness from the malt bill adds a touch of balance but there is no question that this is a hop-forward IPA. Very fresh and vibrant palate.

M - Medium body and very silky. Full of tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - Another home run from HF.

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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 yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growlers complements of Thorpe and Tucker.

Pours a cloudy pale golden amber color with a frothy, retentive large white head; ample lacing. Dank citrus nose, exceptionally pungent and hoppy with a strong malt and honey like sweetness. Like nose, strong malt body, more sweet than other HF DIPAs, with an exceptionally dry and bitter finish; pine and orange rind. Medium thick body, well carbonated and very little alcohol presence. Certainly tastes like an Imperial Harlan, not my favorite HF, but I welcome having a few growlers of this.

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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 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 rudzud
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally this was bought for a trade with Aceboogie, but the gentleman never gave me his shipping address so, "unfortunately", I now have to drink this. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Even after 2 weeks of sitting in my fridge this pops with a loud POP and pours a very hazy golden orange juice with a BIG nearly three finger off white head that faded down to a quarter inch thick, creamy blanket with nice side lacing.

S - Outstanding. Dank, wet hops and an overhwleming amount of tropical aromas (mangos and pineapple). This is like a glass of tropical juice with no ABV at all and super light malt.

T - Wow. Even two weeks old this packs a whallop! Delicious pine, citrus rind, and delicious mango. Argh is this outstanding! Some slight malty sweetness with that nice DIPA bitter finish. SOO tropical and wet!

M - Can I give this higher than a 5? No ABV detectable, with that lovely bitter finish. Knock your socks off good for a mouthfeel. Its poundable!

O - Yeah...outstanding. The guys at Hill Farmstead really know how to fill a growler too. Just delicious. Actually glad this guy decided to cut off all communications!

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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 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 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 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 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 cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour is a dark hazy peach with a slightly off white head and decent lace. The nose is extremely nice, heavy grapefruit and citrus, notes of orange peel and zest. The taste offers more grapefruit, fairly tart, nice citrus in the back and assertively gentle bitterness in the finish. The body is airy and soft with a fair carbonation and semi dry finish. This is a great ipa with an extremely assertive hop, nice tropical notes, with enough malt undertones in the nose and flavor to keep it in check.

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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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Society & Solitude #3 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.
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