Society & Solitude #6 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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728
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80
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
6.25%
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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 orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
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 thatoneguymike
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler. Thanks so much to Thorpe for getting this for me.

The beer is hazy and orange with a half inch off off white head. The aroma brings a wonderful bouquet of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, mango. Sweet tropical fruits with bitter citric hops. Lovely flavor. Oranges and mangos with a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Pleasant lingering bitterness. Medium in body with soft carbonation. Not my favorite of the Society and Solitude series thus far, but this is certainly a delicious beer. Hill Farmstead strikes yet again.

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Photo of BMart
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Growler shared among many, poured into a taster. The brew appears a hazed yellow color with a white head that holds decent and collapses leaving a wall of lacing effect.

The aroma includes notes of wheat and herbal resiny character. Suggestions of straw and or grass come out as the brew warms and is smelled more.

The taste includes a bit of wheat like cereal and herbs. It is bitter with grassy aftertaste just like the aroma suggested.

This is a light bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Despite the usage of a unique/different hop, this had the same classic HF character to it. Dry, refreshing and otherwise forgettable but not a bad offering.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mklisz
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of malfunxion
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SadMachine
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev 0%
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 Cynic-ale
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a slightly hazy bright orange, with a small white head, and a good amount of lacing. It was poured on tap in Albany, NY at City Beer Hall.

This smells like crisper blueberry, pine, grapefruit, mango with some definite floral notes as well.

Pretty soon I'll try the whole series here. At this point I think I only need number two, number eight, and number nine. The taste is very similar to the aroma. I don't usually much like Mosaic hops, and this is obviously mostly Mosaic. It shows how good this brewery is that despite that fact, I still really love this beer. It's very crisp, with a movie juicy blueberry and mango feel, and a huge grassiness and floral character on the finish. It's the classic build- it starts quite juicy and then descends into pleasant bitterness.

This is lighter bodied, crisp and airy, with a good level of carbonation.

Anther day, another amazing beer from HF.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead tulip. I've never had a beer that uses Mosaic hops (that I know of) so this is quite exciting for me. This isn't my favorite IPA but it is solid and has some great hop character.

Beer is yellow / amber with a nice white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, nice carbonation.

Aroma is earthy, sweet, floral, fruity.

Beer is medium in body and quite hoppy. It is nice moderately bitter on the end, strong throughout the beer. Earthy and fruity, no real malt character, I'd have this beer again.

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Society & Solitude #6 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.48 out of 5 based on 728 ratings.
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