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Society & Solitude #7 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / 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

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a slightly better hop presence in the smell in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

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4.19/5  rDev -4.3%

From 10/02/14 notes. 1L growler shared by BeerLawyer85; thanks Ross.

Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with two fingers of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Pine hops, citrus hops, earthy notes, and floral notes. Taste has more citrus and oranges. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, maybe the tiniest bitter bite to it.

Overall very good, but more bitter than S&S 4, 5, & 6 were and not as juicy/tropical fruity. I prefer 4/5/6 although this is still a good beer; just like the hops used on the other versions better.

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4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Decent white head. Good collar and nice retention.

Smell - Simcoe-y. Grapefruit and a little bit of that onion to it. Malty with a doughy sweetness.

Taste - Bright citrus and some pale malt sweetness. The grapefruit builds up to an almost pithy grapefruit flavor. Bitter lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Sweet and bitter. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Missing the Society magic, I think.

Edit: Had a second growler and it had the Society magic. Rating altered due to magic.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Second time having this beer this week. Thanks to jayhawk73 and starrdogg for the generous share.

The beer is mostly clear and appears a light golden color. Towering white head that leaves copious lacing on the glass. The aroma brings hops, slightly sweet citrus, sourdough bread, biscuits. Like the Nelson Sauvin, this beer is remarkably smooth. Hop character abounds with minimal bitterness. Light to medium in body with soft carbonation. Another great hoppy brew from Hill Farmstead.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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Society & Solitude #7 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 300 ratings
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