Society & Solitude #6 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Pale Ale brewed almost exclusively with Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest.

Added by claytong on 02-28-2013

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a beautifully hazy golden yellow.

The aroma is Mosaic all the way. The essence of grapefruit peel, guava, kumquat, hints of tropical, but not sweet, ripping, or juicy.

The flavor follows with those flavors along with almost a fake candy flavor, or powdery candy. A fake blueberry candy or jam. But still, it’s that hard to describe guava, essence of citrus and mango, peach, kumquat, big pink grapefruit. There’s a beautiful citrus peel bitterness on the finish, a medium to medium minus bitterness.

A extremely clean, easy drinking, definitely the best hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead, even over Abner.

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Photo of JohnParadee
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly the best beer I have ever had. Reminiscent of all the best elements of Double Sunshine, Focal Banger, and King Sue. The ultimate expression of proper dank and seductive citrus hops. From the nose, to the tip of the tongue, to the mid palate and aftertaste, perfect in every way. A compellingly lascivious masterpiece!!!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden hue with white head. It smells incredible. There are many ways I've described how this tastes:
"Hop Candy."
"God Level. Sweet. Tropical. Pineapples. Yum. Yum. Yum."
"Luxurious."
This is one of my favorite DIPAs and perhaps my favorite beer with predominantly mosaic hops. This is the beer that introduced me to mosaic and I haven't had a better mosaic hopped beer since. I was introduced with the best.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Had it on tap at Armsby Abbey. Look, Smell, Taste, Feel all on point. Lots of tropical notes balanced with a hoppy bite. Think I might grab another while I'm here.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

wow that's good. I love mosaic, it's my favorite hop and this beer...THIS beer...this is fantastic. can't believe 8.1 abv drinks much lighter. great beer. worth hunting down.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled 3-5, consumed on 3-6. Nice bubbly one finger head sits ontop a murky orange glow. It's a great color, with wonderful lacing on the glass, as well. The aroma is so juicy and tropical. Pineapple is the major one I'm getting, with citrus and maybe some passion fruit. It's so great. The smell is a little sweet, can't detect any bitterness yet. It Tastes just like I would expect. Sweetness upfront with some pineapple juice qualities. There are other flavors in there that don't let the pineapple sweetness overwhelm. Almost no bitterness. S&S 5 was great when I had it last time, couldn't imagine this would be better. So bummed I only have one growler. The mouthfeel is creamy and the sweetness lingers for a while, it's very smooth. The alcohol is barely there. The only reason It doesn't get a 5 for mouthfeel is because it's not heady topper quality mouthfeel, which is a 5. HT is so resinous. If you like super juicy DIPA's I can't recommend this enough.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap many places during last week’s trip to Vermont, but the first glass was on tap at the source. Nose releases a beautiful bouquet of orange peel, faint tropical notes, and a bit of pine. Mosaic is apparently a winner. Flavor is quite fruity yet also very bitter. Mouthfeel is near perfection, as is almost always the case with HF hoppy offerings. Supremely drinkable. One of my favorite HF IPAs yet.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Healthy guava and muted honeycomb hues with an ample white head and insane lacing
S: Tangerines, grapefruit, and oranges on the nose with a minimal dankness
T: Bursting with mango, cantaloupe, tangerines, and papaya - sweet tropical fruit-forward palate with minimal malt and hoppiness
F: Medium almost borderline creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation
O: This was an incredible IPA! The creamy, full mouthfeel combined with a sweet/mildly bitter citrus-forward flavor profile made this taste like a cantaloupe and mango smoothie. I thought this was a bit of a welcomed departure from most of HF's other IPAs, but overall this an excellent offering and one I'd highly recommend.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is in my opinion the best of the S&S Series. So far I have been lucky enough to get growlers of 1, 3, 5, 6 & 7 and I think that 6 was the best overall with 5 a close second.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead Brewery - Society & Solitude #6, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Look - Pours the usual great looking hazy straw color with a vibrant white soapy head that retains a bit and leaves an abundance of chunky lacing all over the glass.

Smell - An array of tropical fruits, dank citrus with a touch of spice. Mangoes, pineapple, passion fruit, etc. Mosiac aroma is similar to Nelson but the differences are obvious as well.

Taste - Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, the hops are center stage, malt doesn't play much into it here, which is what I'm looking for with this style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carb. Rests subtle citrus and juicy. This brew isn't one of those ones warming up enhances, it actually heats up the malt a bit, though the brew does get a big juicier, so this isn't a huge flaw.

Overall - Amazing brew, glad to have been able to have this.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

SS6 fill from a few days ago poured cold. Soapy white head with less lace than hill farm usual. Smells upfront if the mosaic piney, floral, hoppy. Taste is on point with upfront earthy pine needles, floral notes and a smooth coating malt profile. Mouthfeel creamy but semi bitter and dry

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL growler in to a HF stemmed tulip. The beer was obtained 3/01/2014 from the brewery and consumed on 3/02.

A- Pours a pale orange. Like most all HF DIPAs I have had, the beer is opaque. You can't see your finger through the glass. The pour produces a dense white head with incredible retention. A sticky, unctuous lacing remains. A beautiful beer that could be proudly displayed alongside any of the other greats.

O - Intense citrus - orange peel, grapefruit, and mango are balanced by sharp pine and an herbal note The aroma is just incredible. Unfortunately, the smell is just a bit weak. It doesn't explode from the glass the way some DIPAs do. But quality certainly beats quantity any day and the beer doesn't suffer much.

T - Citrus and pine are really in harmony here. Beautiful mango and grapefruit presence, with some pineapple sharpness as well. The herbal and grassy components linger and eventually dominate the profile. The finish is somewhat reminiscent of mineral water: crisp and dry with a nice herbal quality.

M - One of the real highlights of this beer. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation! It's resinous by not heavy. Drinks like an IPA!

O - What a magnificent DIPA. The heavy use of Mosaic hops give it an atypical flavor profile, but there is marvelous balance. You wouldn't know this is an 8% beer. Another fantastic beer in the Society and Solitude series, and further cements Hill Farmstead's reputation for producing world class IPAs.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap in my kitchen.

Pours a mirky orange/yellow color, white frothy head, super-sticky lacing, thick ring, and thin cap. Nose is mango-forward, tropical, smooth hops, grass, light pine...really well-balanced and smooth. Flavor is lots of mango, pineapple, hops, grassy...perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and sweetness. Body is light to medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

It's hard to think of another DIPA I would rather drink more of in one session. The alcohol is well-hidden, it's very-well balanced, and the flavor profile is simply right-on. I have to say, my other favorite easy-drinking DIPA is Heady Topper, and this is superior.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. Nice cloudy mix of oj and grapefruit juice. Great lacing. Retention is only downfall. Great smell. Medley of citrus. Fresh peel. Absolute mosaic bomb. This is the type of beer that made me fall in love with the hop. Super juicy. Grapefruit, touch of lime, hint of mango. Rocks the bitter. Another great creamy feel from the HF folks. Bit of stick and juice. Perfect. Great, great beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is simply gorgeous. Solid, one finger, pure as snow white head. Thick, cloudy, opaque liquid. Dark, pulpy orange interior, lightening to almost lemon yellow on the edges. Good head retention and beautiful lacing.

Citrus hops jump at you from the pour. A closer inspection reveals light lemon citrus, mango and tropical fruit, delicate biscuit and caramel malt, and a hint of resinous hops. Mosaic lives up to its name: a lot of different hoppy aromas coming through, with the emphasis on fruit, but nothing overpowering. Delicate and complex.

Taste is initially drier than the nose, but the flavor profile is similar. Hops are present in juicy abundance: an initial lemon flavor, followed by a ton of tropical fruit, and finished off by a slightly dank and fully resinous - yet still very juicy - hop bite.

"Bitter" doesn't leap to mind, despite the hop profile. The water and the yeast carry as much of the flavor profile as the malts, all blending together to support the hops. I get some leather and tobacco, and light biscuit.

Creamy yet light mouthfeel, with an incredibly full flavor. Just enough sting to come across as lively. Not at all syrupy. Great coating of the mouth for a long, smooth aftertaste, and a hint of heat on the back-end. I can't imagine a much better mouthfeel, except perhaps Heady. This is different, albeit similar, but still extraordinary.

This is easily the best new beer I have had in a long while. Like all HF beers I've had, the balance, water quality, craftsmanship, and mouthfeel give this brew so much more character than just the hop load and malt bill. It's truly greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of davey101
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After a sample earlier at the brewery I'm finally sitting down to a full glass of this stuff. From a 750ml growler filled not even ten hours ago.

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow body. Holding it up to the light provides a vibrant ripe peach color. Loads and loads of soapy bone white foam with long lasting retention. Looks perfect.

S - So this is mosaic huh? Huge blast of nectarines, mango and grapefruit. Bitter, sweet, ripe, and juicy with a hint of the danky dank. Has a sort of chalky dry finish.

T - Ripe nectarines and juicy peaches and mango. The finish is lightly bitter. Clean and super tasty, unbelievably juicy fruits here.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The bitterness does get a bit overwhelming after a glass.

O - This is just excellent, excellent stuff. I still prefer #5 over this beer, but if this is what Mosaic is like than I am all aboard that train.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely hazy golden orange, with a thick, sticky three fingers of off white head. Tons of lacing last the entire glass.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit, white pepper, and mangos burst from the glass to start. Some pear creeps in. A stick honey sweetness comes through, and a touch of bread. Nose closes with more sweet citrus.

Taste: First, delicious fresh grapefruit and tangerines. A touch of floral hop character, and lots of clean white pepper. Some pine. A larger bready sweetness than I was expecting, but it works well. Finishes with a sticky sweetness and fresh citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel: Quite sticky, with just a small residual sweetness. Very refreshing. No trace of the 8%.

Overall: Great DIPA. Maybe the least favorite DIPA from HF for me yet, but still head and shoulders above the rest.

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Photo of DanH83
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

THIS is a fantastic beer. It pours from the growler with soft small head that lingers and leaves a little lacing. The color is a cloudy orange/yellow and it's fantastic. The nose hits with superior citrus, strong grapefruit and orange. It has a citrus/pine taste and leaves a pleasant and slightly bitter citrus aftertaste.

Mouth-feel is great, a little bit of froth and then a smooth ending.

The balance of this beer is incredible. The ease and enjoyment it brings means a quick end to a 2 ltr. growler!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a medium white head that dissipates. Nice lacing on the glass. Smell is hoppy and pungent with some grassy tones. Taste reflects the same, nice earthy, grassy flavor. Feel is super smooth consistent with their other IPAs. Outstanding

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Photo of claytong
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great double ipa from Shaun.

I was really impressed with this hop variety. I'm not sure I've had much with mosaic hops.
Anyways the appearance is standard hill farmstead dipa, not much of a head but a little

Smell, lots of citrus, tropical fruits of all kinds hinting around

Taste is very similar

I seem to always love the mouthfeel of Shaun's dipas, thicker than all other dipas and a nice soothing sensation in the throat

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Hazy orange body with some sediment floating inside. Nice white head that nearly overflows the glass. Impressive sticky lacing down the sides.

Smell - Incredibly complex aroma from what is effectively a single hop. Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and a nice herbal character reminiscent of a Lawson's IPA. Really nice.

Taste - Still incredible, but doesn't quite reach the heights of the aroma. Citrusy, but the tropical fruits don't come through as much as the pine and herbal characters do. I go for tropical fruit more than the other flavors, but it's still excellent. Just a little bit of sweetness behind it all.

Mouthfeel - Low sweetness, medium carbonation. Not quite the body of a double IPA, which is nice. Never feels heavy and is impressively drinkable.

Overall - Stunning, as always, from Hill Farmstead. That one hop is delivering all of this flavor is all the more impressive.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a pint

A - Opaque-ish, white and light orange. Big white head that retains for a long time, leaving lots of lacing.

S - rich tropical citrus, warm smell of orange and mango somewhat slight, but very nice.

T - awesome. Lots of rich and juicy tropical fruit. Mango, orange pineapple. Lots and lots of depth in the flavor, then a big snap of bitterness at the end . Very very good, easy drinking and tasty.

M - medium carbonation, rich, oily, very nice.

O - a top notch ipa. I would pick this up all the time if I could.

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Photo of MasterCraft
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2L growler generously handed off by chuckycheese, thanks again man! Poured into HF stemware.

A-Beautiful three finger head, on the pale end of DIPA, clowdy as unfiltered DIPAs are wont to be.

S-smells like dank rotted fruit, though not as offensive as the Double Citra, and does not stray into 'cat piss' territory

T-tastes like the smell, though more like sweet/overripe fruit than rotted. Mangos, papaya, nice balance of sweet hop flavor and hop bitterness

M-out of this world, like all HF IPAs. Give me your goddamn secrets Shaun!

Great DIPA, a pure hop show. Drank side by side with HT, and makes Heady seem balanced.

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Photo of jlindros
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler filled yesterday, I sampled this while there and it was great, so here goes review time.

Naturally poured into my Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip, with a big rich creamy 1.5 finger head, plenty soapy and fluffy bubbles, fades slowly with tons of soapy lacing painting the glass, hazy nectar orange slightly reddish hue color.

Nose is explosive, wafting for miles and filling the room. Big fresh tropical fruit hops, so much mango papaya and passion fruit, which also brings some musty resinous almost skunky like hops, big and pungent, but at hte same time fluffy aromatic and soft. Some citrus, and tangerine like. Underneath all that is a light fluffy malt, just enough to give it a nice backbone and prop up the great hops.

Taste is big juicy hops. again tons of tropical fruits, like I'm sipping fruit juice in the Bahamas. Tropical fruit comes walloping in, papaya, a bit of mango, little passion fruit, and with that is some citrus, tangerine, hint orange pith. The hops get fairly resinous too, musty and very slightly oily. This is so juicy and smooth, tasty, and but at the same time big. Malts bring a bit of sweetness and malty backbone but not enough to even really know they are there except to keep the hops in check as they only get somewhat bitter overall and don't get astringent. Booze is hidden well too. Finish is drier, long lingering hops, gets fairly bitter as it dries and the malts that you didn't realize were there are absolutely gone, long lingering fresh hop, little musty resinous, more tropical fruits lingering, and touch spicy even.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, smooth and drinkable as hell, nice carb, touch oily, booze hidden well.

Overall this is so smooth and drinkable, again like a tropical fruit juice with a mild bitterness and sweetness. Balanced well, with just enough bitterness and sweetness to make it so drinkable. Tropical fruits are very tasty. I'm almost halfway through the growler doing this review as I just pound back sip after sip.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pint glass. Best by 12May16, growler filled 5 days ago.

Pours a hazy, not quite OJ hazy, dark amber body with a frothy white head that reduces slowly to leave a little lacing and a half inch layer of retention.

Heavy citrus on the aroma, dank hops, grassy, herbal. On the tongue is tangerine, citrus, grapefruit, dankness on the finish with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Easy drinking medium body with medium carbonation.

This is a solid DIPA, very well balanced and nice flavor profile. Great showcase of Mosaic.

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Society & Solitude #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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