Society & Solitude #7 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%

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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler purchased from Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

Pours a pale hazy orange, with a big 2 inch head, and a bit of lacing, not a whole lot. Great color to this.

Smells very strongly of orange and other citrus aromas, with some grapefruit too. Just really, really juicy.

The taste is similar. Only the faintest hint of pale malt flavors, with tons of juicy citrus- both the flesh and some more bitter rind flavors, with a tiny bit of pine. As said before, this one is exceedingly juicy.

Like most hoppy Hill Farmstead beers, the mouthfeel on this one is basically perfect. So light and airy, fluffy like a cloud, with a slight lingering bitterness, and a lower, but still present amount of carbonation. Insanely drinkable.

This is just as good, if not better, than the other Society beers I've had.

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Photo of dar482
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange that instantly clears up as the beer warms, one fingered fluffy white head and minimal carbonation.

S - Pungent grassy citrus, some pine presence, and some citrus rind resin.

T - Resiny and dank red grapefruit, light grassiness, some melon, and spicy orange complexity that ends with a bitter pine and grapefruit bite. Peppery citrus zing.

M - Medium body and gentle, mild carbonation on the tongue.

O - Complex for a big IPA with lots of hop forward personality and presence, the aroma is deceiving because although good, it really shines with the hop profile in the taste. This beer is better than its current rating.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dull, orange-gold with a loose head that dissipates into a filmy, sudsy slick. Amazing nose! Tropical fruit and bubblegum. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's a bid citrus rind presence the cuts through the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (but closer to medium) with a light and lively carbonation. Overall, a great DIPA with a well-hidden abv.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy orange, one finger head, some carbonation and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S-Dank hops, citrus, grass and pine.

T-Great balance, mild malt then bounds of citrus and tropical hops. Orange as well. nice bitterness.

M-Medium to heavy for the style, nicely carbonated and a nice hop bite.

O-First HF DIPA, man was it amazing. The best of Walden, Nelson Single Hop and Susan. Wonderful.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Pour is dark amber, very hazy, lots of white head with a thicker lace. Nose has some fresh cut grain, light pale malt and a touch of sticky caramel. Hops are a bit soapy first, then a very strong grapefruit rind, almost a sweaty grapefruit. Taste is a bit sweeter, lots of fresh grains up front, a fairly moderate malt presence, huge tropical hop punch. Still some grapefruit rind mid to late palate, some mangos and a touch of pineapple. Body is incredibly light and delicate, very nicely carbonated, just a clean crisp and slightly dry finish.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is a slightly hazy orange/yellow. Good-sized white head, moderate retention and great lacing.

Nose contains pine upfront, the Simcoe featured prominently. Sticky citrus and tropical fruits surround.

Taste contains weedy pine flavours upfront, coupled with lots of juicy fruit- orange, mango, grapefruit. Fairly bitter, but not intensely so. Great mix of flavours, super will integrated. A nice flavourful whole.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit oily.

Overall, really good. This is the first Hill Farmstead DIPA I have had the chance to try. It is great, but not up to the level of Double Sunshine or Heady Topper. What is happening in Vermont?

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Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.1/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2L growler served in a HF becher glass. Huge thanks to kevanb for the share.

A: Pours a semi-clear golden yellow color with a nice one finger thick white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick cap that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Sweet malts with a nice grassy undertone. Nice berry bit with a tropical fruitiness to it.

T: Wow, what a fruit explosion. Just simcoe and amarillo? Tons of mango, pear and lemon peel with a light grassy bitterness. Biscuit malt sweetness to round it all out. Really nice.

M: Light bodied with a nice, medium carbonation level. Sweet and fruity finish.

O: Super fruity and delicious. I really enjoyed this one and being a big fan of Amarillo really put this one in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

750ml growler courtesy of tom10101

The pour yields a slightly hazy apricot colour with about 1 finger of off white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is mainly grapefruit, pine sap and floridness. Hints of wet wood in the background. Citrus notes are more pronounced in the flavour. Light bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced with malt backbone - delicious and worth seeking out.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of goldenM13
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What do you expect from Hill Farmstead? It's another near perfect beer. It is well balanced wirh a hop profile that is created with expertise and skill. I will wait in line for an hour to get this beer any day of the week. It's no Abner or Everett, but it's worth every penny spent and every minute in line.

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Photo of Skrip
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead taster.

A~ glowing orange as expected but a lot clearer than expected for sure! nice fluffy head and some lacing.

S~ whoa! tons of fruit! crazy apricot forward followed by lemon, lime, peach and grapefruit. fresh cut grass and nice earthy hops.

T~ dannnnnnnnkkkkk! follows the nose pretty much. more hop presence here but the non existent fruit still comes through haha!

M~ perfect carb, amazingly refreshing and rather dry.

O~ i love this! if i didn't enjoy black IPA's a tad more this would totally be my favorite of the series! i can't believe the fruit that comes out. just the perfect mix of simcoe and amarillo! get it!

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Another Fantastic HF offering--- 750 ml purchased at brewery, opened 2 days later
light hazy peach color with a thick white head---
citrus and dank hops and floral notes in the nose---
Flavors follow-- delicious dank hops, hint of orange, appropriate bitterness, a long smooth and lasting finish...
Another HF offering that makes me smile--- superb!

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Photo of Willytee3
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly hazy delicious golden orange, a with few floaties in the glass and a single stream of bubbles. Nice just off white 2 finger head reduces quickly to a foamy bubbly collar with good lace.
Smells exotic with tropical fruits, loads of mango, touch of pineapple or star fruit. A dank pine and candy malt base with some grapefruit citrus and hint of spice.

Loads of soft fruits up front maybe not as much as the nose would suggest. Mango and grapefruit. Increadebly well balanced as most Hill Farmsteads are. A nice hops bitter comes through in the middle and gives a little snappy balance to the soft fruits. The snap is a bit dry and lingers into a grapefruit skin finish. Candy malts and pine become more apparent as the beer warms. Not a hint of alchohol cmes through.
Feel is soft and luxurious overall with a dry snappy hop balance just the right amount of carbonation in this medium to full body beer.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.36/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml growler purchased at the brewery on 8-8-13. Poured into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.

AP: Colour is peach and apricot, actually fairly similar to Susan and Edward. I poured this one slower than the others so head was only about 1/2" before dwindling down to a dusting across the surface and around the glass. Decent lacing.
AR: Aromas in this aren't real strong. There's scents to be sniffed out, certainly, but they are all very subtle and gentle. Nothing 'pops' here. I've never done growlers before so maybe by day 3 this beer has lost some of it's zip. Some beers you can smell them even when the glass is at the end of your outstretched arm on the table, but I'm putting my nose into this and it's not giving me much.
What I do detect is peach, melon, mango. Malts are biscuit, grains and caramel. Just not getting any citrus or pine at all. Hope it's just the aroma and not the taste.
T: Thankfully the flavour seems to have a bit more pop. Light grains and bready malt. A bit of orange and caramel in the middle. Still not getting much fruit on this. Nothing is standing out and letting it's presence known. A soft kiss of pink grapefruit rind on the aftertaste along with a touch of lemon. Most of the flavour of this is on the finish and aftertaste.
M: Moderately carbonated, medium body, finish is more moist than dry, which right now is the best feature of this beer.
OV: Well, sorry everyone, especially to you loyal diehard HF fans. But this beer totally underwhelmed me and I am rather disappointed at the moment. Like I said, I've never done growlers before going to HF so I don't know if that's played into this or not. At the brewery they said the growlers should be fresh (ideally) for 3 days and still drinkable up to a week. Both the aroma and taste were dulled down to me, something was lacking and this beer seemed pretty bland. Nothing stood out or was 'bright' or juicy about this beer. As I'm writing this I keep taking sips and tasting to see if something finally jumps out at me, but alas, no. Don't know what happened here, but I have to be truthful.

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Photo of JCHOPS
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Picked up a 750ML from Hill Farmstead. Well worth the 2hr wait. Outstanding tropical smell. Mango-like. Taste is outstanding as well. Would think that Citra hops were used, given how smooth this beer is. The Simcoe and Amarillo hops blend perfectly together. Very well hidden ABV. Overall, a great beer, which is becoming a broken record when in the context of Northern VT brews.

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Society & Solitude #7 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.36 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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