Society & Solitude #6 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad DIPA by any means, but compared to others from the S&S series that I have had, this one just didn't stand out as much. I'd be more than happy to give it a second chance though...

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Photo of mynie
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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 jcflorian
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at armsby abbey on 5-13.

Appearance-light golden orange,slight haze.
Smell-citrus up front malt on back end
Taste- very balanced malt/hop ratio. Not a juice bomb or who bomb, dank enjoyable balanced ipa
Mouthfeel- clean, crisp, nice texture
Overall- enjoyed it more than any of the hill farmsteads I have tried( I have not tried abner or Everett yet tho)

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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 BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Dolphinsmarlins1
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Fireman_RK
4.75/5  rDev +6%
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 CHickman
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Sheppard
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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."
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 anteatr23
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
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 CayseyW
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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 rabbott2
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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 +0.7%
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 imonhiatus
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
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 mothman
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head with lace. Hazy golden orange.

Tons of citrus and fruit here. Mango and papaya with grapefruit. Floral and tropical.

Light bitterness and stickiness. A very nice beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.75/5  rDev +6%
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 2beerdogs
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to @walderek for this growler. You are too kind, Sir.
Tagged "Best Consumed By March 10th... Consumed on March 13th.
Pours a hazy golden apple cider hue. Slightly loose head rised up nicely. White. Quickly recedes to an insignificant afterthought. But thankfully it pumps out some serious aroma...Mosaic. Grassy, some onion.
Flavor is a mix of more subtle onion, grass, pine, a slight citrus zest, and some really beautiful mineral rich water undertones as well. Slightly creamy in the mouthfeel and finished dry.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
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 costanzo_mike
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
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 ScaryEd
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

The pour is a hazy golden orange color with a two-finger fluffy white head. Not much retention but some beautiful cobweb lacing hangs around.

The aroma starts off a bit oniony, but is followed by sticky pine sap and fresh grass. A touch of citrus and grainy wheat sits on the back end. Complex and bold.

The taste has lots of pine and grass, as well as grapefruit and fresh mango. Plenty of sweet, bready malt provides a nice balance.

The feelings is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth, yet very dry. Lingering bitterness on the finish.

Overall, a great and complex DIPA. Not the best offering from HF by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a bright, well-balanced beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My notes below are truncated; I'm having this beer as part of a bottle share. Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Expectations are sky-high; this is my first Hill Farmstead beer. Best consumed by: 01/21/15.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Swing-top. 750ml with a paper hangtag.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into an Adelbert's stem-tulip.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Nice creaminess. Fairly full, fairly thick. Not quite as smooth and even as would be ideal. It could also have a softer appearance. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Semitransparent translucent copper of average vibrance with yellow hues. Clean albeit slightly hazy; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special looking, but certainly above average for an (imperial) IPA.

AROMA: Hop-forward, absolutely. Oniony and floral, with some pleasant zest and lemongrass. A kiss of soapiness; how long did this spend in primary fermentation? I like that it's slightly juicy. Pale malts. Grassiness. I like that it's not as clean and clinical as many IPAs; there's a slight earthy influence which manifests via the herbal character and grassiness that I dig. Still, some nectary character and/or overt citrus might make it even more appealing.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant and appealing IPA aroma, but I've certainly come across better. The onion and slight soapiness are interesting, albeit risky.

TASTE: Has a pleasant hop profile replete with notes of herbal hop character, heavy grassiness, floral character, lemon, onion (which actually works in this flavour profile), and lightly twangy citrus. Well-balanced, with a perfect amount of pale malt sweetness but no obnoxious cloying caramalt. Above average depth of flavour. It's aptly complex for an imperial IPA, and doesn't have a syrupy or overbearing malt build. The hops are rightly the stars of the show.

Nice duration of flavour, with a moderate aftertaste. Good intensity of flavour; it doesn't beat you over the head with the hops. More and more subtlety emerges as it comes to temperature.

The balance is what really works here; it's not the imbalanced bitter bomb put out by many problematic contemporary breweries (e.g. Green Flash).

TEXTURE: Incredibly soft and light-bodied. Smooth, wet, refreshing, and delicate. Boasts a fragility rarely observed in IPAs. This texture complements the taste very nicely, elevating the beer to a level of shocking refreshment, which also bolsters drinkability. Carbonation is near perfect (and that's impressive seeing as this is a swingtop).

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's incredibly drinkable by virtue of its masterfully handled mouthfeel. Hides its 8.10% ABV surprisingly well. I could down this by the growler with ease. This is on par with offerings from Russian River - or even Alpine - and grows on me the more I drink it. It's a great introduction to Hill Farmstead, and makes me excited to try their other offerings; this emperor, it seems, indeed has clothes.


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Photo of MDDMD
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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 angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 7 hours ago

Consumed 1/17/15

A: Lightly hazy, medium gold with some orange highlights - pours with a medium-sized, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

S: Many hop, much Mosiac - very hoppy, with some big, juicy, orange, grapefruit, peach, and apricot - leafy, resinous, dank, and just straight-up hoppy, like sniffing a bag of hop pellets - lightly spicy - pale, clean malts

T: Extremely hoppy, no surprise - big, juicy citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice, and some zest, rind - wet, resinous hops - tropical fruits, lemon, peach, apricot, pineapple - it's like hop juice - moderate level of bitterness - low level of sweetness - solid malt base, pale grains, light bread, extremely clean

M: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation, finishes clean

O: Have you ever wondered what Mosaic hops taste like?

Surprise surprise, Hill Farmstead can make a world-class DIPA. This is extremely similar to some other of their others of this style, but that is not a criticism. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy yellow gold with a soapy bright-white head. Clumps of lacing stick to the glass. Ok head retention leaves a small swirl of a cap with a small collar.

Smell: Stone fruit. Peach. Malts are slightly sweet with some biscuit and a touch of dough. Slight crakcery elements as well. Some mild sweetness. Light and fruity. Dank. Warming adds even more weed to the whole mix. Peach and a touch of pineapple, but mostly weed. Vague sort of spiciness. Lemon drops.

Taste: Stone fruit and weed. Dank. Peach pit, flesh, and skin. Touches of pineapple. Some solid herbal and spicy hop elements as well. A bit woody. Pale malt base with some slight sweetness and a touch of bread dough. Slight lingering pine bitterness. Ripe mango and some passionfruit as well. Nicely balanced. Warming ups the stone fruit element a touch. Weed sits on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Slightly creamy. A touch if lingering dryness on the back of the sip.

Overall: Better with friends.

It's yet another Hill Farmstead pale ale. That means it's good. The straight use of Mosaic leaves the depth a little underwhelming.

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Photo of JohnParadee
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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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