Society & Solitude #6
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #37
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
100
Ranked #149
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 5.75%
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
1,009
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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SCORE
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Society & Solitude #6Society & Solitude #6
Notes: Imperial Pale Ale brewed almost exclusively with Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest.
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 1,009 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy, pale straw yellow with a creamy white head and good lacing.

S: Mango and papaya with a touch of pine resin, not over the top but still very aromatic. The malt is subtle but is combines with the yeast to create a subtle fresh baked bread note.

T: Very mellow bitterness, big ripe mango, citrus and pine flavors with a clean malt backbone. The yeast seems to be contributing some fruitiness as well.

F: A dry, moderate body and a crisp, low-carbonated finish.

Overall: An excellent NE-Style IPA that showcases mosaic hops very nicely. This beer is all about hop flavor just as any beer in the style should be.

Aug 08, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can from a friend thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy electric lemon in color with a decent sized bubbly white head that shows moderate retention. Tangerine pineapple grapefruit mango just dripping with citrus. Light bready maltiness provides a backbone for the hops. Outstanding beer.

Jan 05, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

CAN
Hazy bronze; big pineapple, kind bud, lime zest + honeydew rind nose; mango sorbet + FCOJ at the start, lime + herb high notes in the middle, thread of peach, then a whack of mango, flowers + passionfruit that goes resinous to end; no burn, no IBUs, silky soft + dead smooth with clean piney linger.

4.25 4.25 4.5 4.75 4.5

Drunk on expiry date - but that’s a (properly) short 6 week dating. Like all the greats, hits in stages. Gets all the best out of Mosaic (except maybe berries, but also no onions) as you’d predict. But what’s really shining through is the texture; it’s like Panna it’s so soft. No sharp edges; you need to pay attention to appreciate this one. But so worth it.

Oct 25, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy beige color with notes of orange. A big thumb length head retains well and yields rings of lacing.

The aroma displays several indicators of mosaic hops. Notes of berries, citrus, bubblegum, mango and peach. On the herbal end, there are aromas of grass and pine, subtle and significantly pungent like some of their other offerings.

Sweet and juicy with a medium bodied, frothy and smooth mouthfeel. The fruity flavors mostly align with the aromas, except that flavors come into play as well. A malt backbone that includes wheat and oats contribute to the creamy texture complimented by the gentle carbonation. Mild notes of pine and grass add a gentle spice. The finish is dry with flavors of spiced bubblegum.

Not as intense as some of the other Society and Solitude offerings. Just smooth and flavorful easy drinking

Oct 24, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Every time I go to the Hill I find, by blind luck, outstanding beers I have never had before. This a great example of being in the right place especially since this was the first time I had been to the Hill when they have had cans available. YAY for that. I tried some on tap and then bought 4 4 packs as it was that good. Smooth, very tasty. I would buy this every time I go there and I hope it’s available.

Oct 10, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.54/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Melzingah Tap House in Beacon, New York.
A: Pours a hazy, golden toward amber color (think aged bronze) with a half finger, off-white head, rim retention, and complex, spidery lacing.
S: Very limited nose, but aromas are fruity with orange and nectarine.
T: Semisweet to sweet. Fruity, in theory, but much more coarsely grainy, in fact. Low bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Palatable. Not in the top half of this style that I've tried, but I acknowledge I tend to like them fruitier.

Oct 03, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 9-9-19, consumed on 9-21-19. Best buy date 10-21-19.

Pours a creamy, murky, dank looking pale orange color. 1 finger white, frothy head. The head retention is good, and there's a nice ring of lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.
The nose is quite juicy smelling. Citrus from the hops is the main aroma. Pineapple for sure. I think I'm getting mango also. More of a tropical feel to the aroma.
Taste - It's just a very citrusy beer. The Mango and pineapple are there. It finishes as more of a pine flavor.
Very creamy, and soft feeling. The hops linger, and stick in my throat.
First ever HF beer for me, and I wasn't disappointed. Quite a solid IPA.

Sep 22, 2019
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 07/23/19. Enjoyed 08/21/19. Pours a thoroughly hazy light straw colour with fluffy off-white head. Head lasts quite a while and there are significant sheets of lacing during drinking. Aroma isn't huge but has a nice citrus, melon hop aroma along with almost a white grape / wine characteristic of some Brut IPAs I've had recently. Was some Nelson Sauvin used along with the "almost entirely" Mosaic? Taste follows the nose with hints of sweet orange juice, melon, pineapple, and again that slight white wine. I say all hints because this is not a huge juice or hop bomb, but rather just a well crafted balanced IPA with many subtle flavours and nothing to blow your socks off or take over the taste. Some grassiness and sweet tartness appear at the end of the sip along with just a hint of non-astringent bitterness to let you taste those hops right to the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately full. This is a very nice IPA, not as big of a taste as I've grown to enjoy, but refreshing & very enjoyable nonetheless.

Aug 22, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Armsby abbey

HAzy orange liquid, one finger creamy, rocky white foam , great rents ruin settles to a creamy solid white layer

Aroma is floral, tropical, pine

Taste is mango , pine, earthy

Smooth , almost creamy mouthfeel, hop taste , no bite

Excellent Beer, repeatable

Aug 14, 2019
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Bench. Pours a hazy yellowish orange with very little head. Lots of lacing. Great nose of berries and fruits. Pure Mosaic hops. The taste is fruity pebbles, pineapple, guava, mango and pineapple. Medium body with a slightly dry mouthfeel and some alcohol heat.

Aug 02, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

absolutely incredible ipa here, the original style vermont ipa, before everything had to get all messed up. pure mosaic here too, in a way i havent known these hops to be in many years, like they have actually been juiced, insanely fresh, and like a concentrated version of themselves, its outrageous in both aroma and flavor, lemon and tangerine and lemongrass and pineapple notes, but also some tea and flowers and botanicals, like nothing else. a million or more beers feature mosaic hops right now, but none like this. just a bit hazier looking than expected, this is pretty thick and even faintly green hued, nice head on it, but not the brightest or sexiest looking ipa. who cares when it smells and tastes like this through, bursting with everything i love about mosaic hops and nothing i dont. i almost think for a second there is some lactose in this, not because its sweet at all, but because there is an insane degree of creaminess to the soft and expansive texture, like satin on the palate, like i want to dive into it. bitterness is really low here, especially for how intense the hops are, its its juicy all the way through the finish. subtle notes of marshmallow, french melon, and kiwi fruit here too. overall just a splendid ipa, they way these should be, and a leader in a very crowded style. this blew me away. dying to try the other beers in this series now!

Aug 01, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Does anyone taste Lipton Ring-O noodle soup at the end? It's more apparent from the can. It tastes really good not so much in spite of that aftertaste, but because of it.

Mar 04, 2019
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Jlabs from New York

4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass via draft

color is a deep hazy orange (neonish)

smell is citrus fruits, mango and papaya

taste is sweet citrus

medium carbonation and full mouthfeel

the S&S series from HF have all been exceptional

Jan 23, 2019
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John_M from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, the beer pours a rich looking, apricot amber color with pretty decent head retention and light lacing. On the nose, there's a huge aroma of mango, papaya, apricot and pineapple. The mosaic hop presence is pretty pronounced in this bad boy. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the tropical fruit flavor wasn't as intense as I was expecting. Mouthfeel was also a bit less full than I was expecting, though I appreciate the fairly light, dry and moderately bitter finish in this beer. The finish is very clean in this beer, and the alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile. So drinkability is pretty good. This is a very good DIPA for sure, though I don't think it quite matches up with the #7 version I tried last night. However, I think a bit more sweetness and richness on the palate would improve this DIPA immensely.

Still a very good beer from the folks at HF.

Oct 04, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look is a hazy orange color with a small off white head that is sort of thin and leaves quickly. Decent lacing.

Smells of orange, tropical fruits and mosaic hops.

Taste is a great mix of mosaic hops with orange and pineapple notes.

Superb feel on this one. Full-bodied and a nice dry finish.

Another excellent overall beer here.

Sep 30, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From howler (less than 2 weeks).

Beautiful bright yellow-orange opaque/hazy appearance with a good bit of frothy foam upon aggressive pour. Mosaic tropical fruit notes all the way. This is different than S&S #4, and closer to S&S #8. Medium mouthfeel but the really impressive part is how clean this beer is. Just very well done.

Aug 30, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy thick orange color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant orange, pineapple and hops hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice balanced orange, pineapple and hop flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well balanced well made NE IPA

Jul 01, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can. Canned 5/22/18 opened on 6/1/18 ss#6

Hazy lazy golden orange color, fat, all white foamy cover. Lots of lace on the misplaced liquid. Holds on strong.

A seriously strong earthy orange and pineapple aroma pops right out of the hops. Sweet and tangy fruitiness, freshly cut grass and black pepper keep it going.

The flavor is deep hops man, earthy tones, tangy bitterness, wet earth, dry leaves, tangy pineapple and citrus notes all over the place. Very light malt, pilsner and crystal style bring forth a light, crisp but slightly honey sweet balance to the multiple layers of complexity in these hops.

It always amazes me how deep and fresh, juicy but earthy the hops are from the finest New England breweries. Just killin' it, ipa style.

The feel starts out light and crisp with a fresh, healthy bite, then becomes a bit lush and smooth, rounded edges which become a bite sharp from the dry, earthy bite right at the end. Very impressive.

Just Mosiac really brings a serious amount of rainbow colored fruity hop patters, especially bold citrus and tropical pineapple.

Jun 01, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw color with white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a prominent grapefruit aroma. Taste is also a prominent grapefruit taste with a little touch of hops. Nice blend

Apr 13, 2018
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T-34-85 from New York

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excellent Double IPA in a 12 oz can.
Pours a bright cloudy orange with a relatively thick white head on top.
The aroma has a complex fruity mix that is explosive on the first pour out of the can.
Juicy taste that follows the smell with a good level of sweetness and a pithy bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Great Beer

Mar 24, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light grapefruit color, gentle haze throughout. Nice foamy head that lingers. Big citrus bomb. Load of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, orange, some grassiness. Taste follows nose: sweet pineapple, grapefruit pith, lemon zest, fresh squeezed Valencia orange juice. Wow. Very nice. Carbonation is on point. Overall this is a very enjoyable DIPA. Not too heavy, not very malty, NE style, VERY juicy, not dank. Outstanding.

3/19/18
16 oz can from brewery, dated 2/518. Thanks Adam!
4.5 rating

Mar 20, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(Review added 06/27/18)
From a 750ml growler, filled at the brewery six days ago. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a moderately hazy, pale, tawny straw-gold with two-plus fingers of lush, fat, sudsy head. Retention is better than excellent, leaving thick wads of sticky lacing hanging off the glass.

Softly sweet, bready nose of apricot, pineapple and proofing bread dough with a slight coppery tang.

Taste is lightly sweet, slightly tart, and massively juicy. Pineapple and papaya, sweet, fresh-cut grass, blueberry and bubblegum, with white grapefruit juice bitterness taking over into the finish. Also noted at the finish is a fair booziness and the return of that coppery tang I smelled which, although I think it probably constitutes a technical ding, doesn't significantly detract from my enjoyment of the beer.

Feel is juicy and refreshing, medium bodied and well carbonated. There's a slight mouth-coating tackiness at the end and a boozy warmth in the gullet.

This review replaces my 4.36 rating-without-a-review of 03/05/18 and I don't think the final score will approach the previous one. While it was an enjoyable beverage, and still a superior beer, there were a few off-flavours, odours and feels that couldn't be overlooked. I don't THINK that a week should be too long to store a properly purged swing-top growler but maybe it is and it's my bad, in which case, oops.

Mar 05, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to Satchboogie for this brew.

My 3800th Beer Review

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 02/05/18
Drink By: 03/19/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice cloudy yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, peach, apricot, blueberry), very nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, peach, apricot, blueberry), very nice diesel like. Medium Body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Addictive! Orange Julius! Thanks Kyle!

Mar 03, 2018
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Tupperlover from Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer out-tree houses Tree House. It was like a pineapple jumped out of the can when I popped it and punched me in the nose. Abner was my first great love by this brewer but I've discovered another. THIS is why I love beer.

Feb 26, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. pours a lovely hazy gold with bright white foam. strong lacing on this one. smell is an exquisite mix of dank resin, ripe fruitiness and a slight bit of pine. such a complex aroma for a single hop beer. taste is dank and fruity with nice bitterness. overripe melon and resin. so well balanced. feel is smooth, creamy and full. this is an amazing DIPA. complex yet drinkable. enjoyable the whole way through. pure Mosaic bomb.

Feb 21, 2018
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1009 ratings