Society & Solitude #7
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #49
Ranked #542
4.39 | pDev: 6.15%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Society & Solitude #7Society & Solitude #7
Notes: Imperial Pale Ale brewed exclusively with Simcoe and Amarillo hops from the Pacific Northwest...
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 390 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mule Bar

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Citrus and pine up front along with some lighter floral notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of citrus and then goes into some lightly bitter pine and floral notes. Finishes with lingering floral and citrus

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good DIPA that highlights the simcoe and amarillo nicely. Very easy to drink. Well worth a drink

Feb 16, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can into Night Shift stemware. A huge thanks to GrumpyOldTroll for this one.

Nose is dank mango, papaya and citrus fruit. I get clementine, pineapple, cane sugar and honey. Juicy, aromatic and almost pulpy. Beer opens citrus, pineapple and starfruit. Dry on the palate with some grapefruit and orange notes in the middle. End is piney with a sprinkle of fresh cut grass, tree sap and more citrus. This is excellent. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly on the palate and goes down dry with a bone dry aftertaste that coats the inside of my mouth.

In a world where everyone is doing a NE style IPA, Hill Farmstead never forgets to remind us who started the trend and who still, after all these years, does it the best. Nobody else really holds a candle.

Feb 06, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Willi becher glass.

Cloudy golden copper body, hazy with a one finger thick white head, good retention and rings upon rings of lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit and pine with faint leafy floral notes. Mild caramel, a bit of grainy biscuit. Fairly aromatic indeed.

Flavour follows. Big grapefruit and pine, big resinous bitterness up front that fades ever so slightly as the palate advances to the end, leaving a mildly soft floral bitterness lingering on the end. Very aromatic yet clean and well executed. It doesn’t have any sort of sloppiness that a lot of hopped up beers can have.

Medium in body, good carbonation. Moderately bitter, a bit more carbonated and prickly than I am used to from Hill Farmstead hoppy beers- 4 and 6 had a bit more of a softness to it that blunted the hop bite. This one is a bit more unapologetic in that regard and I enjoy it even more for that reason alone.

Jun 21, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a cloudy/hazy bright orangey color ale with a nice large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh juicy citrusy notes with subtle tropical notes and light warming alcohol notes. Taste is a mix of huge dank floral undertones notes of juicy citrusy notes with subtle tropical notes with some alcohol phenols notes that are more dominant that I was expecting. Body is full with good carbonation. Enjoyable but definitely alcohol is more apparent then I wished.

Jan 22, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Oct 28, 2018
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John_M from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Oct 03, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Sep 30, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Sep 27, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml growler, filled at the brewery four days ago. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a moderate-to-heavily hazed, semi-opaque straw-gold with a finger-and-a-half of bubbly, sudsy froth. Retention is just pretty good but leaves a thick wall of pebbly lacing.

The smell made me go 'mmmmmm.' Peaches and melon. Sweet, sticky, sun-warmed fruit.

Tastes of ripe peaches and juicy melon, apricot, sweet, tacky orange, sticky berries and cake. Soft and juicy, earthy, extremely low bitterness but finishes with that signature Hill mineral water tang.

Feel is soft, smooth and juicy, medium-hefty bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinkability.

Every HF draught ale I've ever had, I've probably summarized with some variation on 'it's incredibly terrific' so, anyway, it's incredibly terrific.

Jun 25, 2018
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: Soft fresh stone fruit. Peaches, pear skin, apricot. Zesty and tangy citrus notes. Pulpy orange juice, clementines, lemon zest, lemon heads. A touch of diced fresh cut mango and pineapple chunks. Pink bubblegum with a touch of honey malt. The beer is soft and fruity. Not overly explosive, but still it smells nice and enticing.

Taste: Right away when this beer hits the tongue it lets you know how soft, gentle and creamy it is. The beer starts out with a beautiful fresh stone fruit presence. Peach skin, perfectly ripe pear and apricot. The beer has a natural fruit sweetness throughout that comes into contact with a mild honey malt presence in the mid palette. The mid palette also consist of lighter juicy tropical fruit notes Diced mango and pineapple. As well as a mild pink bubblegum note. The natural fruit sweetness glides into the finish where it is greeted ever so graciously by some citrus peel and zest notes. Orange peel, lemon zest and a touch piney bitterness round out this lovely tasting experience.

Feel: As mentioned above this beer is so soft and gentle. Extremely creamy with a nice medium mouthfeel. The feel of this beer is so pleasant and makes this way to drinkable. I only have one can and I’m trying to make it last, but it is really hard to do that.

Overall: What a treat. This beer is absolutely stunning and easily world class. I’ve had two beers from Hill Farmstead and that is now 2/2 on knocking it out of the park.

May 14, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, bright yellow color with a froth, big and stable white head.

Smells of unripe blueberries, lemon pulp, mashed white wine grapes, bread crust and a tropical note of papaya. A pungent punch of kiwi, wet grass and passion fruit join in, adding a great, diverse complexity on the nose, defined by its convincing balance.

Has a velvet, smooth mouthfeel with a slightly more bubbly finish and a surprisingly tame aftertaste.

Tastes of a slightly cakey maltiness among more fruity then bitter lemon and a tropical fruit blend, featuring passion fruit and oranges. Got a unique interplay of kiwi and blueberries, slowly toned down by a sweet malt backbone, soothed by an aqueous silkness, which maintains its smooth mouthfeel. Finishes fruity on the oranges and dried garden herbs with no prevailing bitterness to speak of, but a present maltiness and just a whiff of kiwi.

Tastes quite fruit forward with a nice, herbal undertone and a disappointing bland finish. Starts vivid and promising with lots and lots of juicy and bitter fruits, while it ends with only the beers great mouthfeel holding up the high bar, but nothing else.

May 10, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque orange-tan with a moderate lumpy off-white foam that clings in subtle arches on the glass.

Smell is quite spicy and pungent cannabis that gives a hint of burnt rubber but doesn't detract from more forward pineapple and passionfruit notes.

Taste is tangy yellow apple and green mango with orange and freshly spicy bud. The swallow brings up a graham biscuit malt.

This infinitely drinkable, lightly frothy medium-light body has a chalk dry finish.

May 01, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours bright straw color with foamy white head. Lots of stringy lacing.

Aroma - orange, mango, grapefruit, a slight musty aroma. Sweet tangerine

Taste - Nice candied fruit flavor orange, mango, bitter citrus peel, grapefruit picking up the Amarillo hops nice pine bitterness.

Feel - Medium bodied great carbonation slightly bitter dry finish.

Overall - Well done DIPA no alcohol at all nice balance of sweet/bitter flavors.

Apr 21, 2018
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange pour with a thumb of head. Dank, catty, grassy aroma. Pine and grapefruit in both taste and aroma. Grassy and not overly bitter. A nice change-up IIPA. Drinks like its 4%

Mar 28, 2018
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a light, murky orange with a frothy head. Nice lacing.
S - Aroma is citrus
T - Flavor is orange and lemon with some citrus pith.
M -Mouth feel is a little creamy, average carbonation.
O - Excellent, wish I had purchased 2 bottles.

Sep 27, 2017
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jhavs from New York

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from this series. Tons of citrus, grapefruit in both sweet and lightly bitter form. Zest and juice of orange and grapefruit.

Moderate carbonation, stays super soft. Medium body.

Great all around brew, no sign of 8.0 ABV.

Aug 24, 2017
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my third Society and Solitude and I'm very happy I scored it at Hill last weekend. Hoppy, New England flavor bomb of a beer here. Easy feel, very tasty. Hills the best!

Aug 21, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

awesome hazed golden color, bright white head leaves beautiful lacing. aromas and palate are pithy grapefruit, flesh and rind, pulpy OJ, sweetness reminiscent of honey or bubblegum, biscuit malt, bright slightly spicy herbaceous and floral notes, bit of lemon, touch of mint and pine. as with all the S&S brews, this is incredibly punchy yet simultaneously very soft and balanced. really enjoyable stuff as always!

Aug 20, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured into a snifter served at The Reservoir. The appearance was a thick ruddy grapefruit rind color with a slim bar pour’s kind of head that barely left any lacing. The smell was a wonderful combination of the grapefruit pulp and orange pulp. Slight mango and papayas slide in underneath. The taste was mainly bittersweet fully combined. Really tasted like I was drinking my morning orange / grapefruit juice. Awesome smooth transition from aftertaste to finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation seemed pretty good as the bittersweetness really impounds my tongue in an awesome manner. Overall, not sure why I’m seeing lower ratings from everyone else but I loved this one. HF knocked it out of the park!

Jun 08, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With only Amarillo and Simcoe hops, and a well-engrained idea of what a pale ale should be, the talents at Hill Farmstead put their nose on the grindstone to develop the best taste possible from this meek hop array. Society & Solitude #7 shows what's possible with fairly common cones when executed properly.

The foggy straw beer takes the hues of canary and puts it in a haze-infused and unadulterated pour. Its cottony swath of foam fills the room with a tantalizing fragrance of tropical, citrus and berry fruits that wet the whistle by scent along. Its taste is succinct with the delicacy of sugar cookie and confectioner's sweet and tart interplay.

Its candied fruit upstart soon makes way to a drying middle palate where the raw and radiant fruits come out to play- white grapefruit, branch-ripe orange, hints of lemon and lime tease the tastebuds while the pulpy richness of pineapple, passionfruit and kiwi round out the fruit punch and sherbet tangy-sweet middle. Gooseberry and herb finishes the session with those unapologetic urges of cannabis, chive, tomcat and light garlic.

Light-bodied for pale ale, the beer's firm and bitter grip on the throat is relentless. Its deep resinous power of ripped pine cones turns to lemongrass and fresh grass clippings before trailing with a semi-dank and almost sour fruit aftertaste.

Feb 18, 2016
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler from the brewery. Hazy, cloudy orange, pillowtop head with foam sticking to the glass. Aroma is pungent hops, almost stinky. The flavor is great. Grass, lemons, melon, slight bit of alcohol on the finish and a decent bitterness. This is a great IPA, I'm glad to have had the opportunity.

Jan 17, 2016
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kevanb from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 1.12.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright orange color with copper hues that is quite hazy and turbid, with a finger or so of white head, soapy and frothy that has great retention and yields plenty of lace. The aroma is really juicy, loads of fresh citrus, grapefruit peel, tangerine flesh, valencia orange with some assertive bitterness that sneaks in as it decants. There is a nice helping of wildflower, doughy malt, hints of pine, and the signature mineral water character from Hill Farmstead. The flavors are great, intense juicy citrus bursts out, tangerine, valencia orange and grapefruit with a bit of pine, hop spice and wildflower, loads of fresh and bright flavors that have some earthy complexities to them as well. The bitterness of this beer does become quite apparent and is powerful over time and especially at the finish. The mineral water and doughy malt I always expect are definitely there as well. The mouthfeel is excellent, very coating, juicy, full bodied, creamy, perfectly carbed for great texture with a soft but dry finish.

Verdict: A really nice DIPA from Hill Farmstead and another successful entry in the Society & Solitude line. Perhaps a bit too much bitterness washes over the flavors but all in all, this is a fine beer that will satisfy anyone who loves hops.

Jan 16, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy pale amber with a fluffy white head.

The aroma hits of huge orange zest, sweet lemon peel, tangerine, grapefruit, grass, crackery malt, sweet honey.

The beer hits of upfront of wonderful citrus. Orange candy, Starburst, tangerine, soft doughy malts, a bit of honey sweetness, onto floral, grassiness, medium spruce and pine. The beer excels with a lingering hint of sweetness combined with lemon and grapefruit peel.

Jan 13, 2016
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich orange with a one finger head. Smells dank, herbal and citrusy. Taste follows suit, but with an initial spicy bite, followed by orange/citrus, dank and earthy. Light sweetness. Really delicious, really awesome DIPA from Hill Farmstead. Always world class.

Jan 05, 2016
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TBonez477 from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little more bitter on the finish than I've come to expect from HF, and the billing was for strong citrus notes. This came out much more piney and resinous than anything else. All in all still a good IIPA, just a little off the mark of what I was expecting.

Jul 24, 2015
Society & Solitude #7 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 390 ratings