Society & Solitude #6 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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 BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler one day after fill at the brewery.
Pours a nice tangerine color slightly hazy with one finger of soapy head.
Aromas are lots of mosaic and good malt. Malt reminds me of aroma of the brewery.
Flavors are perfectly balanced with lots of Mosiac up front. Very mild bitterness.
This beer is soft on the palate and perfectly balanced.
Shaun slays once again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery, it pours cloudy gold color which had a 1+ finger foamy bright white head that was full of bubbles and dissipated very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smell is really fruity and pungent with the first wave of citrus hops hitting and bringing grapefruit pith, lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, passion fruit, papaya and maybe some pineapple as the waves of hoppiness leave a malty wake that has biscuit, caramel, graham cracker, peppery spices and fresh floral hops. The malts are a compliment to the fresh, juicy citrus hops and citrus hops, trailing with a mix of citrus, mild earthy spices and piney and floral hops. Overall it's really fresh smelling and complex in a way that makes it hard to distinguish all the fruity and hoppy notes.

Tastes just as or even more fruity than the nose with pungent citrus hops hitting first and bringing grapefruit pith, lemon, orange peel, tangerine, yuzu, passion fruit, apricot, papaya and wet floral hops that come off like weed. The malt base is full of crackers with biscuit, graham cracker, Ritz cracker and toast grains adding balance, then shifting to brown sugar, coriander, pepper and tea leaf bring some earthy spices and trailing with fresh piney hops and/or spruce tips that give some bite and bitterness. The 8% ABV is completely masked by the zesty citrus flavors that almost have too much bitterness for my liking.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and smooth with a medium level of bitterness akin to sipping grapefruit juice. The carbonation is very mellow and mild with a medium body, and then a citrus pucker as it trails off zesty with a lot of citrus notes mixed in with a malty background, piney hops, toasted grains and earthy spices.

A really nice beer that exudes fresh hops in both the flavor and nose, but the bitterness is a tad too high to make this a session-able beer for me. It has all the components to be an amazing DIPA as it's well balanced and hides the ABV perfectly, but the bitterness is just a tad bit too much and negates the perfection of this brew. Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer but just a little too bitter for me.

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Photo of nootch23
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Society & Solitude I've had so I am unable to compare which I feel is a good thing. A lot of people's reviews get hindered by a past recipe or ingredients and it isn't fair to the current version. I had this lovely at Prohibition Pig on tap.

A - pours a hazy, silvery, light orange.

S - nice citrusy smell upfront along with pine and grapefruit. Not an overpowering hoppy smell to it but very subtle.

T - hop bitterness to the front of the tongue. Citrus grapefruit taste appears further back on the tongue. Nice finish to this beer. Bitterness lingers briefly in the finish. Very easy to drink and pretty well balanced.

It's difficult to find something wrong with this beer and I'm glad I had an opportunity to try it. In my opinion, not as good as Abner, another IIPA, but definitely worth a try and grabbing a growler of this. Another success from the Hill Farmstead crew.

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Photo of Skrip
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Alchemist stemless glass.

A~ hazy copper orange, not too pretty haha! nice bubbly head with a lot of lacing.

S~ starts with lemon, passion fruit,and grapefruit. followed by earthy, hoppy bitterness.

T~ the mosaic hops really shine here, tons of fruit! passion fruit is the most prevalent with under tones of grapefruit, lemon, orange and guava. all of that leads into some nice dank grass, and earthy pine. followed by a really nice honey flavor which surprised me.

M~ interesting! thicker than most IPA's almost like they really did add honey. other than that easy drinking and nicely carbonated.

O~ half way through this review i was starting to think, wow... all of my HF hoppy reviews are starting to sound the same haha. but i was really inspired once i took a sip, so much going on here. always excited for more of the Society & Solitude series but would it be horrible to say that i'm more excited about the Excursions series, that ones off to a really great start! i had the pleasure of trying Excursions #1 at a tasting last night for the second time and i was blown away once again. must be that "lemon drop" hop. ohhhh this is a S&S#6 review... opps... haha!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to raveskdr, thanks Chris!

The beer pours a nice golden orange with a small feeble head and some lacing, nice hazy body. THe smell is the highlight for me, a very nice pungent hop front with tropical fruit, weed, honey malts, and some more plant like nugget hops. The taste follows suit, but for me it seems like the malt is a little more stronger than I expected with a honey soaked barley not in the middle, with some citrus hops in the front and a very dry bitter finish. I hoped for a bit more hop bite, but instead it is a little more subtle for an american dipa. Nice feel overall, it is very well balanced and the carbo level is spot on. If it was thicker I could s it flirting with a 5.

Overall a very nice offering, nice stuff.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a one finger head. Smells of oranges and tropical fruits. The taste is citrus, bitter and crisp. Hoppy with peppery notes. Awesome contribution to the S&S series. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheapbeerbuzz shared this one. Thanks!

Pretty standard murky/hazy looking Hill Farmstead hoppy beer appearance. Plenty of head retention. Nose is full-on juicy tropical fruit, big guava and pineapple notes, slightly overripe and sugary (in a good way). A little doughy malt rounds out the nose. Palate is similarly excellent, very bright and citrusy, loaded with pineapple, mango and guava goodness. Nice sturdy malt backbone that doesn't provide much sweetness. Finishes mildly bitter. Another exceptionally good beer in this series.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at my favorite Chicago drinking hole. Served in a tulip.

A - Giant white foam settles to thick cap, with good retention and tons of splotchy lace. Hazed dark orange body.

S - Big juicy, tropical fruit flavors with some mild dankness, spicy, piney, and earthy notes, and moderately expressive malt backdrop; this is definitely a double IPA in character. As usual per this series, no obvious alcohol and terrific flavor integration, complexity, and balance.

T - The taste is similarly excellent, with massive doses of mango, pineapple, and light citrus zest. Perhaps a bit less earthy than the aroma, but balanced by a moderate bitterness in the finish. Supported by sweet doughy malts that complement without being intrusive.

M - Chewy, medium body, with the expected soft, medium-low Hill Farmstead carbonation. Dry finish with tons of lingering residual oils and resins. Deceptive, with minimal alcohol presence.

D - Great stuff, although I tend to prefer things a tad less sweet, as I didn't feel I could drink this as quickly as Anicca. Mosaic hops are clearly terrific from every example I've encountered and the Hill Farmstead take on them doesn't disappoint. Will have to go snag another pour of this tomorrow.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit is quite powerful with some nice apricot notes. Taste is also dominated by some huge notes of tropical fruit with some nice apricot notes with also some nice citrus notes. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation. Dominant floral hoppy notes makes for this a great treat.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy dark yellow with a nice white foamy head leaving behind some spotty lacing and a nice white collar.

S: Dank. Passion fruits, tropical fruits with a dash of oniony grass presence.

T: Pretty dank on the initial taste as well. An immediate light onion-grassy note smothered by tangerines, mangos, papaya and some peaches perhaps. A big juicy fruit basket is the best way to escribe this. The finish is nice, psuedo dry with a moderate lingering hop bite. A little bit of bread and honey appear as well.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Great feel, taste keep my palate very happy.

O: All good. I really dig the flavor, balance and cleanliness of the beer. Well crafted!

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Photo of CayseyW
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best uses of mosaic hops I've experienced. The nose is big and bold with notes of florals, herbs, grapefruit peel and pine. Lots of citrus bursting out in the flavor. Body is so on point and its very drinkable. Overall another world-class HF beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, topical fruit, grains, grass, dank

T-grapefruit, mango, pineapple, bready malt, wheat, grass, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-another outstanding DIPA from HF

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Photo of mynie
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Penny.

Bursts mosaic. Very thick body. Big, chewy yeast finish. A bit shallow and one-note 90 percent of the way through, and that single note would be enough for a pretty good store, but that fantastic yeast punch at the end pushes it into semi-greatness.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

SS 6
A- hazy straw color with fluffy white head. White lacing all over the glass.
S- mango, banana, passion fruit, melon
T- follows the nose with light tropical fruits like mangos, banana, honeydew melon, melon pear, and pineapple.
M- light body with moderate carbonation. Sticky hops. Oils coat the palate pleasantly.
O- another killer beer from HF. I love the mosaic hops. The more fruity and tropical the IPA the better. Easy to drink with tons of flavor and no harsh bitterness.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler drank in a chalice on 3/27/2016

L-hazy, creamy orange with a white head

T-mosaic bomb! love the flavors and depth of this beer. Mango and pineapple heavy for the citrus side and then the grassy, earthiness comes through strong as well.

F-nice combo of creaminess and juiciness

O-really enjoyable offering from the Hill as expected. This series is fantastic!

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Photo of ELS
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Went to the brewery and had a few different beers and this one was my second favorite after the little bit of Ann that I tasted. The beer has nice head that diminishes quickly. The smell is all mosaic. Citrus/orange, a little dank and a little grassy. Taste is more citrus followed by some earthy grassy flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, easy drinking like all HF Beers. I liked this one more than S&S #5 which surprised me because as much as I like Mosaic hops, I like Citra even more. Yet, the Mosaic IPA was the clear winner for its more intense flavor.

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Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up ehh, 6 hours ago from the brewery. Noticed a crack on the side of my growler so yeah....time to crush a 2L of SS6, solo. First world problems....

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy sunshine hue with soft flashes of orange. A nice two finger sudsy head fades to leave spotty lacing and a thin cloudy blanket.

S - If memory serves me right, this is a mosaic heavy beer. So juicy and delicious on the nose. The hops just pop out without being too resinous or oily. Dank, dank grapefruit notes. So wet and dank, with nice candy sweetness and faint malts.

T - Nice bitter hops here, but not too bitter. Again, incredibly dank and wet hop flavours with glorious grapefruit rind and pith. Nice lighter sweet malts, the hops really shine here. Good hop and malt balance here, but obviously leaning much heavier on the hops.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent for a DIPA. Relatively easily drinkable with some light but sharper carbonation. Really hides that 8.1% ABV.

O - Overall, another solid beer from Shaun. I still think I prefer SS4 out of all the Society beers. That said, this beer is "worth the price of admission" so to speak. Well crafted again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler kindly delivered to my door by the Thorpes on their trek back to DC.

Pours a hazy light straw golden amber with a large white head that fades to a thick collar and film with patchy clumps of lace. Aroma starts with sweaty and juicy tropical hops: mango, passion fruit, tangerine, and lime. There's also some bready and pale malt and some grass and pepper spice on the finish. Flavor starts from the front of the palate bitter and peppery that persists throughout the sweet and fruity body. There is a persistent doughy malt base that blends nicely the grassy hop bitterness and juicy tropical notes. Fruit presence tends more toward tangerine, nectarine, mango and citrus skin than the nose. Full bodied, with soft carbonation and a dry, smooth finish. Aftertaste of resin, grass, bread and hoppy bitterness. I like the mix of styles of beer in this series instead of sticking to just making massive IIPAs showcasing a different hop each time. This is another winner.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler to hfs sniffer

A: golden in color it is semi transparent but not necessarily cloudy it had a big fluffy white head that goes away quickly and leaves an average lacing around the edge of the glass.

S:lots and lots of hops upfront and there are different smells too. It is mainly resinous piney hops (mosaic) but there are also notes of citrus as well. Hop bomb and I love It

T: follows the nose with lots of resinous hops upfront that stick to your tongue throughout the finish. Though there is definitely some citrus flavors in the form of mango and grapefruit as it is almost bitter and a little tart at the same time though it is quite bitter in the finish.

M: the resin extends to the feel as you can feel the stickiness for like 30 seconds after one sip. It is oily, crisp and fairly thick for a dipa but it goes down easy and the alcohol is completely hidden. It's a little sticky for my taste

O: really high quality dipa lives up to other S&S I've tried other hfs beers. It is hop bomb with lots of great unique hop flavors. Get this beer if you can.

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Photo of neophilus
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy white head with a solid body on top of a cloudy, tawny-gold ale. Aroma filled with overripe pineapple, juicy yet pungent. Cracker-like dry malt aroma underneath.

Flavor brings a big dose of tropical fruit up front, leaning heavily towards pineapple. A rough, resinous edge to the hop bittering keeps the tropical flavors in check. Subtle malt sweetness underneath like a pie crust that's been filled with fruit.

Finishes with a firm bitterness and rather dry, wiping away any hint of residual sweetness. The dryness keeps it dangerously drinkable as you keep going back for another sip after the last. A roller coaster of tropical hop flavor barely held back by some piney resin finish.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 02/19/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross! I loved S&S #'s 4 and 5 so was very excited for this one. 32 oz. growler into a Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, floral hops, fruits malts, and light tropical fruits. Nose is great; tons of citrus and oranges to it and very hoppy. I love it.

t - The taste is even better than the nose; really amazing. Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, tropical fruits, pasison fruit, pineapples, fruity malts, floral hops, grains, light grapefruit, and light pine. Amazing taste, no bitterness to it whatsoever. Taste has even more oranges and tropical fruits than the nose. Outstanding.

m - Medium body with low or moderate carbonation. Super smooth and no bitterness, very easy to drink.

o - Overall I love HF beers, especially their IPA's, and this is one of their best in my opinion. IMO, the S&S 4, 5, and 6 have all been outstanding; this one is just as good as 4 and 5, if not better. Tons of tropical fruits, oranges, and citrus, yet somehow no bitterness at all making it very easy to drink. If I could I'd buy this every week. Highly recommended.

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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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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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Society & Solitude #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.
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