Society & Solitude #7 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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4.37/5
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355 Ratings
Society & Solitude #7Society & Solitude #7
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Pale Ale brewed exclusively with Simcoe and Amarillo hops from the Pacific Northwest...

Added by goldenM13 on 08-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#592
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
355
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Photo of BEER88
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an orange with a transparency that strikes a good balance between dark and murky, and white-opaque. Head formation is a finger and a half after an easy pour. Head foam is dense in formation, and white in color with good retention. Aroma is big notes of papaya, mango, pineapple, and guava in a tropical fruit blend. It comes off natural, which is great. Light wheat and doughy bread malt notes linger behind, while allowing the hops to play in the sunlight. Flavor profile is mango, papaya, pineapple, guava, and a little melon rind. The tropical fruit smoothie from the aroma was just doubled in concentration. Despite big tropical fruit notes, none come off as fragile or artificial. Thick doughy bread and wheat malts form a solid foundation, although the balance tips cleanly towards hops. Mouth feel is light velvety and finishes with a touch of grainy, bordering on a chalky, texture. It has a medium-thick consistency bolstering the presence of each sip. Overall, just superb. Every bit as good and notable as the big-name 16oz NE IPA canners in the Northeast.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_M
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, the beer pours a very frothy, peachy amber color into my Founder's teku. Head retention is quite good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The nose is attractive, as I get a decent amount of tropical fruit, orange citrus and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there is a richness and depth on the palate that I don't see in HF's regular IPA's. While the alcohol is much more noticeable in this beer than in their regular IPA's, it's still well integrated into the flavor profile, and gives the beer an added dimension. There's some very light bitterness on the finish in this beer, which is really my only quibble. I think this beer would benefit from a bit more bitterness. That being said, this beer is otherwise very well balanced, with the initial tropical fruit sweetness drying out very nicely on the finish. The finish is long and satisfying, and the beer otherwise is very soft and fairly full on the palate.

Very nice beer from the folks at HF. Quite impressive.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A very hazy bright yellow color with a thick white head. The foam clung nicely to the glass. The aroma was noticeable right out of the can on the pour. Fruity and floral; really nice. Fresh peaches, berries, lavender, and some pine. Fairly bitter up front, but not overpowering - just more than the typical NEIPA. All of the elements from the aroma were there, with fruit transitioning to pine and grass. The feel was fantastically soft. Outstanding as expected.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScaryEd
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a willie belcher glass.

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a finger of creamy, egg shell white head. The head has excellent retention, leaving a ring of lacing before settling into a thick blanket of foam.

The aroma brings notes of fresh peaches, melons, grapefruit, and orange rind. The back end is earthy and piney.

The flavor follows the nose: Peaches and honeydew melon for days, followed by a wave of citrus. Finishes piney and subtly spicy.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very soft, smooth and creamy.

Overall, a great DIPA that is both fruity and tropical with plenty of earthy bitterness for balance. I can't help but be reminded of Tree House's Bright w/Simcoe and Amarillo. Definitely an interesting combination of hop profiles. But a successful one at that.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmk82
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Trio2shine
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of npdevil27
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Society & Solitude #7 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 355 ratings