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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315
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4.3
pDev:
6.28%
 
 
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 315
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Randomly on tap at a bar in Tarrytown, NY. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Served with a 1.5 finger frothy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy pale grapefruit peel color. Lacing is stringy and web-like with good retention.

Citrus, tree sap, cane sugar, papaya, and apricot. Very aromatic and clean.

Citrus, pine, and big cane sugar malt body to balance out the huge hop presence. Resin and sappy. Dry finish with a sap hop aftertaste. Great balance that showcases the huge hop profile at the same time.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and lively in the mouth and messy finish. Dry going down with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Real drinkable.

Hill Farmstead totally lives up to the hype with this IPA series. An awesome beer all around and I'm honred to have gotten the chance to try it!

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

Huge thanks to Michael for bringing this one back from the HF Anniversary Party.

Beer pours a hazy golden-yellow with a fluffy white head. The smell is full of citrus fruity hops with a bit of sweetness in there. Flavor is very citrusy up front, but not as sweet as I expected given the aroma. It's got a bready malt character and the malt comes through more than I expected. The finish is also noticeably more bitter and dry than the average HF DIPA. There's a lot going on here and I like it - very complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is yet another great DIPA from Hill Farmstead. It's not quite on the level of Abner or Ephraim, but this stands above most other beers out there. Extremely drinkable and delicious.

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

Growler

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 durrrr
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Blackback pub in VT.

This beer pours a hazy golden orange with thin head. beautiful color. Smell is amazing. Very fresh with lots of fruit, some tropical mango, citrus a little dankness and maybe a hint of apple? There is a sweetness to the smell but not much malt noted. Tastes delicious! very fresh, strong hop character with great bitterness throughout. This beer is wonderfully balanced with little alcohol present and a creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation for the style. Hill Farmstead has created another world class DIPA. I hope they brew this again!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler into HF stemmed tulip.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange color, white head, sticky lace, thin film on top, thick collar.

S - Big orange peel, citrus, and light mango sweetness. Huge doses of orange/citrus/mango which mixes both bitter hops and light sweetness.

T - A little more bitter then the nose suggests and features orange peel, citrus, light tropical sweetness. The alcohol is light and just perfect for this DIPA. Finish is all citrus peel with a nice bitter bite. Not a hop-bomb or malt-bomb, it's done just right.

M - Light to medium body, perfect carbonation, super-refreshing DIPA, oily finish.

O - This does remind me of an Imperial Harlan, which is just simply an outstanding idea! The citrus and mango sweetness is an excellent combo, and this is one of the more orange-forward DIPAs I can remember. This beer doesn't attempt to over-hop or over-malt you to death, it simply impresses you because it's just plain good. Not sure if I've ever called a DIPA refreshing, but this one is. Outstanding.

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