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Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #6

Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #6
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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Imperial Pale Ale featuring the Mosaic hop variety.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (538) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2015
750 mL growler. Originally reviewed 5/25/2013. Hazy orange body with some sediment floating inside. Nice white head that nearly overflows the glass. Impressive sticky lacing down the sides. 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 is 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. Low sweetness, medium carbonation. Not quite the body of a double IPA, which is nice. Never feels heavy and is impressively drinkable. Stunning, as always, from Hill Farmstead. That one hop is delivering all of this flavor is all the more impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Huge thanks to sideshowe for picking this up for me! Pours a cloudy golden orange color with banana yellow edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention with large streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass. Floral, earthy hop aroma with resinous, grassy pine notes along with a subtle sweaty/onion-y character that countered by tropical and citrus fruit sweetness and a pale malt backbone. Not very familiar with mosaic hops but this beer smells pretty complex. Dank and sticky with hints of spruce tip, grass and pine needle followed by subtle citrus rind, grapefruit and pineapple. Again, some vegetal, onion/scallion character with some bread and biscuit underneath. Full bodied with a slightly creamy texture and a blast of earthy, sticky hops which provide crisp, dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter fruit notes and pale malts into a dry finish. Aggressive bitterness up front with resinous oils and grassy pine needle flavor. There’s also a bit of that onion like character but its not as strong as the nose suggests and fades a bit after it warms and the palate adjusts. The bitterness is countered by subtle citrus and tropical fruit notes, especially grapefruit, mango and lemon peel. Underneath, there is a pale malt backbone that’s strong enough to perfectly balance things out without interfering with the hops. Some bread/yeast character along with biscuit and graham cracker. The most surprising aspect of this beer is how drinkable it is. Even though it’s full bodied and aggressively bitter up front, it’s perfectly balanced by the sweeter notes and malt backbone. Complex and flavorful with a crisp and refreshing finish that leaves me immediately craving another sip. I had to slow myself down and savor it before I blazed through the whole growler. Another great beer from Hill Farmstead!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (389) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Growler from HF. Pours a bright golden color, some haze, pillowing white head that fades to a ring. Aromas of straight snake juice! I am a sucker for Mosaic hops and this hits the spot. Light cereal malt medley keeps the hop overload in check. Taste follows the nose but this has some extra bitter bite to it. Nice tropical fruits, snake juice...and then a semi-assertive bitter bite. Really nice beer, clean profile and soft palate....HF hits the mark again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2015
Growler @ 5 Kay, 7.5 Kay, 10 Kay Tasting. Thanks to Leighton! Hazy gold with a small white head. The nose is fantastic. Bright and nuanced. Jasmine tea and mandarin orange. Honey comb and beeswax. Some tropical fruits, mango smoothie. Taste has some citrus fruit character, grapefruit and oranges. Modest cake-like sweetness. Growing leafy green bitterness on the finish. Some musty peach skin. Light and zippy. Drinks below its ABV. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Franckg (646) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
Smell of graprefruit. Taste of citrus followed by a smooth and long bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Growler shared at the 5K/7.5K/10K tasting - who the shitshines has a 7.5K tasting anyway? big thanks to once again to that man Leighton for more HF goodness, 30/12/14. Hazed orange amber with a decent off white covering that dissipates then retains. Nose is juicy citrics, pine, straw, tangerine, mandarin, fresh grass. Taste comprises tangerine, pine needle, orange pith, grassy, light grapefruit. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a balanced level of hop bitterness. Crushable stuff, drinks well below the ABV, solid hop jus. I can normally pick out Mosaic easily but didn’t do so here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Growler. Milky golden yellow pour with a white head. Fruity hop aromas. Delicious with bitter hop notes and tropical fruit backbeats. Nice malty presence to keep her in check. Really good mouthfeel. Good body. Bravo!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Growler. Soft off-white head atop clear light amber body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grape, some orange, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grape, orange, some grapefruit. Medium body, some resin, light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
30th December 2014
5 Kay, 7.5 Kay, 10 Kay Tasting. Big thanks to Leighton. Light haze on this pale gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth and light with decent fine carbonation. Smooth light pale malts, mild creamy sweetness. Nice mellow hop skunk, light pine and decent hop spice. Mild tropical fruits underneath. Light smooth finish with a mild bitter linger. Very smooth and well joined up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (574) - - JAN 14, 2015
750 ml growler brought back by Lunch, many thanks Paul! Pours a hazy golden orange with lasting off white head. Aroma is tropical fruit, dank hops, and citrus complexity. Flavor is same with delicious grassy and dank aspects. Medium bodied, bright carbonation, lingering bitter dank finish.

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