794. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1

Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1Somehow in all my trips to Hill I was never able to try the original Society & Solitude. I have had the other 6 versions and they are some of my favorite beers. Fortunately it was available on one of my trips this summer/fall. Society & Solitude #1 is brewed entirely with Cascade hops and it always amazes me the many different flavors a brewer can get from one hop.

Appearance is typical of a Hill Farmstead DIPA with a deep slightly hazy orange color and inch thick white head that left loads of lacing on the glass. Aroma is lighter than the other S&S beers but has some floral and citrus. Taste is big on the citrus, grapefruit and also has a bit of floral. A fair amount of bitterness as expected with a big DIPA. Typical Hill Farmstead mouthfeel, carbonation, etc – which really means exactly the way I like my beers.

Overall an excellent beer but not quite as good S&S #5 or #7.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.

793. Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union

Jacks Abby Hoponius UnionAnother beer from Jack’s Abby Brewing; Hoponius Union seems to be their most popular beer and is widely available on draft, in bottles and growlers at the brewery. I’ve tried the beer on draft multiple times so when I went to the brewery I opted for the 64 ounce growler.

Hoponius pours a nice orange color with solid white head. Aroma has a nice sweet base like many other lagers but the hops also come through with some nice spicy, citrus and tropical notes. Taste follows with the same sweet malt base and crisp clean hops add plenty of grass, citrus and pine. Finish is super clean and only slightly bitter.

This beer would satisfy most hoppy beer fans need for hops. Hopefully Jack’s Abby will start distributing in Maine soon. 
Pros:
Super clean and refreshing
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 6.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
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Brewers Website: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Brewers Description: 
Hoponius Union harmoniously combines lager yeast fermentation and West Coast IPA hops. Our India style Pale Lager is like a traditional IPA but with a twist – it’s fermented cold and aged for extended periods. A blend of classic American hops creates a huge tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma. A dry finish accentuates the pleasant bitterness and hop profile.