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Society & Solitude #5 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our experimental Double IPA series continues.

Imperial IPA. American and New Zealand hops. Think Grapefruit.

Added by Brad007 on 09-23-2012

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Photo of woosterbill
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, served in a HF goblet. One of many. :)

A: Cloudy gold body beneath an inch of creamy eggshell head. Terrific retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Dank weed, gigantic juicy grapefruit, and nothing else. Perfect.

T: All grapefruit here. Rich, juicy, bitter, amazing hops. Smooth, clean finish. Wow.

M: Medium body, creamy carbonation. Great.

O: One of the best beers I've ever had, and a serious rival to Heady Topper for the best DIPA I've ever tasted. If only Heady hadn't just kicked at Prohibition Pig, I would have gotten to try these head to head. Instead, I just had to settle for drinking several of these back to back. The horror. ;)

Cheers!

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Photo of Rutager
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank's so much to the awesome franklinn for this, along with many other VT treats. I should note that sadly, this growler is almost 4 weeks old. I just couldn't pick it up until now. It's almost completely filled to the top and has been kept very cold until now, when I poured it into my Bruery tulip.

Appearance. Pours a very hazy honey-gold with two fingers of thick white head that leaves some great bands behind.

Smell. The smell is absolutely massive as I pour this into the glass. Big piney, floral hops with a bunch of yellow grapefruit and other citrus fruits. There's also some great, lightly toasted malts backing those hops and just a faint hint of stinky socks ...hey, that's what I'm getting.

Taste. Sweet yellow and pink grapefruits with some bitter rinds. There's a little orange and lime present ans well along with some nice lightly toasted light grains. There's a bit of juicy sweetness but the finish is dry. Just an explosion of flavour with a good amount of bitterness. Really awesome stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a medium amount of creamy, velvety smooth carbonation.

Overall. We have a winner here folks. The juicy grapefruit flavours along with that amazing creamy, yet still well carbonated mouthfeel is really something to behold. This has to be the best DIPA I've ever tasted, despite my early reviews of another being higher. I couldn't imagine this tasting any better despite the growler being filled several weeks ago.

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Photo of davey101
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton Joe for the HF hook up! Pour from a 750ml growler into a tulip glass. This was filled October 2nd, 2012.

A - Pours a very cloudy and light yellow body. Never seen a DIPA so light, it almost looks like a murky berliner weisse or something. Massive white head forms with just an unreal amount of sticky lacing and retention. Looks perfect.

S - Mango and grapefruit juice. The smell is just so oily and juicy with a touch of dankness on the very end. One of the best hop aromas I have ever smelled. I typically lean towards grapefruit and tropical notes over the dank/resinous/piney beers so this is just right up my alley.

T - Bitter grapefruit and mango juice. Like drinking a glass of oily and super fresh citrus juice. The taste is just so perfect. Bitterness is intense but never overwhelming and the juicy citrus finishes dry and pleasantly. Again, perfect.

M - Medium bodied with light and prickly carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O - Heady? This just replaced that beer as my favorite DIPA. This is just too stupidly perfect. I could drink this every day and never lust after another beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Nice retention and clingy lacing.

The aroma is very tropical. I get a lot of papaya and mango, with just a slight hint of grapefruit and pine resin. Subtly floral. Beautiful aroma.

The taste follows the nose, but brings a lot more citrusy grapefruit and tangerine flavors. There's a touch of lemon on the back end that gives this beer a very subtle tart character. The biscuity, slightly grainy malt is extremely subtle but present. Overall great balance on the flavor.

The mouthfeel is just ridiculous. Perfect body with a perfect amount of carbonation. So creamy and so smooth. Lightly dry with a subtly bitter finish. Like drinking a perfectly fluffed pillow.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic DIPA, and one of my favorite beers from Hill Farmstead. The flavors are extremely bright and well balanced, and the mouthfeel is absurdly good. Drinks like a smooth pale ale with all the flavors and boldness of a double IPA.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Josh(?) for sharing.

a - light soft straw yellow with foamy IPA head. swirling my glass brings things back to life.
s - perfection. really just and amazing smell. IPA dreams.
t - wow. crazy good. grapefruit, citrus, everything you look for in a well crafted IPA.
m - soft easy drinker. a bit on the thin side.
o - overall, one of the best IIPAs I've ever had. Hill Farmstead really doesn't make a bad beer.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy bright yellow/gold. Small bubbly head. Great looking ipa. The aroma on this is just great. Super tropical and juicy. Couldn't ask for much more in the aroma. The taste is slightly sweet upfront. Really fruity with only a bit of bitterness on the end. Pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, pine. Really great Balance of flavors. The mouthfeel is spot on, too. Medium with a nice amount of carbonation. Coats the tongue with hoppy goodness and is slightly sticky. Maybe even better than what I remember having back around thanksgiving. So drinkable with a ton of flavor.

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Photo of stephens101
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From Notes:

Pours a murky orange with a full, foamy and bubbly dirty white head that fizzles after a long fight but leaves a persistent, liana-like lacing.

Unique aroma with orange rind, grapefruit, orange juice, sugar, malt, and beer bread.

Tastes of grapefruit juice, a squirt of orange and then some candy sweetness. Finishes off with a flowery, earthy undercurrent and lingering notes of spent grain.

Medium and fairly dry. One of the most perfectly balanced DIPA's (or any big beer for that matter) I've tasted. Alcohol heat is nonexistent.

This is a precise and focused DIPA that makes you think you accidentally grabbed the fruit juice out of the fridge, until you start to feel a very fine buzz. And I'm starting to feel a lot less crazy standing in line for over two hours after driving half the day through rain and snow and sleet to get some of this magic.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Heavy orange peel and orange juice in the aroma. Fresh hop sensation throughout the taste, heavy grapefruit bitterness, ending with pine that lingers. I cant say enough about the taste of this beer, it is the most perfect example of an IPA I have come across.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a brilliant glowing golden orange, with a half inch head, and a good amount of sticky foamy lacing down the glass.

Smells like orange, grapefruit, a small amount of pine, and pineapple.

This one is so smooth I could die. Not bitter at all, just loads of fresh fruity hop flavor. Lots of citrus- grapefruit, orange, some lemon, a little bit of pineapple, and a tiny bit pine that doesn't add any bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp mouthfeel, just an unbelievable mouthfeel, as is expected with Hill Farmstead IPAs. Goes down so easily. Medium pleasant carbonation.

Need I say more? Hill Farmstead strikes again. This was awesome!

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is a dark and cloudy honey orange color that just radiates in the sunlight- fantastic. Smell is distinctly citrussy tropical with grapefruit, tangerine and mango coming to mind. I can pick up on a minimal amount of malty sweetness with few piney notes. Juicy citrus and tropical grapefruit, tangerine and mango explode on the pallet and remind me of what I think an ideal juicy citrus hop profile should taste like. Bitter pine is not up front for me, but does come through in the finish. I don't pick up on much malt here, but its just enough in the background to complement the hops yet not overwhelm or take anything away. I would say the finish holds a very mild bitterness to it that is somewhat toned by a creamy malt. Great creamy mouth feel that I have come to expect from HF- very drinkable. Overall its hard to beat this brew and I can personally think of very few that come close to the hop flavor profile! No question in my top 5 DIPA

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Photo of Damian
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750 ml (25.36 fl.oz.) growler purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Best consumed by OCT 17 2015
Served in a snifter

Beautiful appearance. The completely opaque, yellow ochre liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, frothy, inch-plus tall crop of bright white foam. A wall of soapy lacing clung to the glass. The head slowly dropped to a lasting film that was surrounded by a thick, clingy, bubbly ring.

The nose was pure Southern Hemisphere hoppy goodness. Super fruity and bright. Loads of tropical fruits. Musty passionfruit was quite apparent. Good amount of papaya too. Juicy orange and white grapefruit notes came through strong. Lots of lemony tartness as well. There was a crisp, dry yeasty quality. A touch of mango was also noticeable. As the beer sat, the grapefruit notes intensified and eventually took over.

The flavor was nearly identical to the nose. Uber hoppy. Nelson and Galaxy hop notes dominated. Super fruity. Loads of freshly squeezed tangerine and clementine juice. Good amount of lemony tartness. Hint of dry, rind-like pith. The lingering finish contained strong notes of white grapefruit and a hint of bitter lemon and grapefruit peel. Overall, super intense yet still balanced and drinkable.

The mouthfeel was flawless. Light and fluffy on the palate. Super frothy and highly effervescent. Creamy and slick. Almost cloud-like.

Society & Solitude #5 is an amazing celebration of New Zealand hops. Although this beer is supposedly brewed with American hops as well, the hop bill seemed to be pure kiwi. This is another incredibly flavorful and refreshing offering from Hill Farmstead that nicely straddles the boundary between IPA and double IPA.

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Photo of Hendry
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Swing top 750 ml growler filled yesterday, poured into a port glass. Classic cloudy yellow orange, unfiltered beauty,2 finger dense bone white head,carbonation difficult to see but spot on, tons of sticky lacing left behind.

Hop bomb aroma,very grapefruit rind dominated with some fresh pineapple juice in the mix, malts are completely in the background, very juicy nose, inviting.

Taste is right on time: Hill Farmstead has a knack for hop forward,small hand crafted batches that are the fancy of die hard hopheads. Tons of bitter grapefruit with a touch of pineapple, and an interesting yeast component. Alcohol is masterfully masked for 7.8% abv,dry bitter finish as one would expect.

Mouthfeel is medium, bitterness starts mid palate then steps to the rear where it hangs out for just the right amount of time. Slightly acidic character never interferes with the overall enjoyment or becomes overbearing.

Bright & bouncy hops flavors spank your palate like a fraternity paddle. HFS requires some effort to obtain (even for a Vermonter), yet the enjoyment factor is at the top of the scale
and comes highly recommended. The lines of excellence are becoming blurred amongst Society & Solitude #5,Double Citra, Ephraim, and Abner: well done Mr. H!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery. Pours cloudy yellow with a big creamy white head that just sticks all over the glass. Aroma of grapefruits, pineapples, mangoes, some pine and grass, really nice. Flavor is off the hook. Lots of bitterness here, but it gets your palate ready for the sweet pineapple and mango, along with lots of citrus fruits, and then a final kick of bitter dry pine. Finishes clean as can be (no surprise there for HF). Body is relatively light for a DIPA, but creamy with nice sweet malt backing. Goes down way too easy. This is fantastic.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love everything about this beer. Cloudy and hazy, beautifully unfiltered, with a super tropical nose. The taste is fantastic. Juicy tangerine, mango, slight passionfruit and grapefruit, and pine on the back really showcase the variety of hops in here. Nice creamy like mouthfeel as well. Perfect balance between American and NZ hops.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

The beer comes in a hazy bright golden color.

The aroma jumps out of grapefruit, citrus peel, and lots of green grassiness.

The flavor follows with that tropical flavor in the front, grapefruit throughout, a hint of bready sweetness, and then onto a signature Galaxy grassiness and almost aspirin astringency. The beer is slightly dominated on the back end by bitterness.

Clearly still world class beer, but I prefer Abner and Societe and Solitude # 6.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

From a bottle had at the brewery last week.

A: It's a DIPA, they almost all look the same: hazy yellow/light golden color with pure white head, lots of frothy volume, good lacing and retention.

S: Apparently this one has New Zealand hops, and all of the beers I had with hops from there had a lychee or gooseberry like aroma to them. This one follows the rule. There is a ton of lychee and sweet grapefruit coming out of this one with even a tiny bit of green grape. The malt is almost indistinguishable.

T: Right off the bat you get attacked by a strong bite of grapefruit rind kind of bitterness. Then, there is a strong wave of juicy sweet lychee, red grapefruit, gooseberry, green grapes and lime juice. Pale malts are there but wayy wayy back.

M: Super light and fluffy with minimal stickiness, perfect.

O: To me, this is better than Abner and puts it on the same level as Double Sunshine. Great great beer and a bit of an exotic twist on the style. Love it!

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml Hill Farmstead growler into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Color is a hazy honey with a lacey white head 1.5 fingers high.
Smell is ridiculous. Citrus, especially lemon, crisp.
Taste is right in line with aromas. Delicious, refreshing citrus hops with very little bitterness.
Mouthfeel is lots of tiny tiny bubbles on my tongue, finishes clean.
Overall, flat out amazing douple IPA. Hides the ABV totally. Quenching, refreshing, delicious.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Juicy and amazing. One of the best.

There is batch variability with this beer: at its worst, it is still a very nice beer; at its best, certainly one of the most enjoyable beers from the Hill Farmstead lineup.

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Photo of justforrazors
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Happy IPA day! I just got this in the mail today so I figured it would be a great time to drink up.
Poured into a HF becker glass.

A-Cloudy orange yellow color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. decent retention and amazing lacing.

S-Grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, some grassy notes, and a feint bready character on the back end.

T- Huge hop aroma- more grapefruit and mango mixed with some grass and pine resin. This kind of tastes like Abner. There is a big bitter note mixed in with some caramel on the back end. No alcohol or other flaws that I can note. Very close to the perfect IPA in my opinion.

M- Carbonated to the perfect level. You can barely notice it, indicating it is right where it should be. Dry, but not overly so. The long bitter finish encourages you to keep drinking.

O- Amazing beer. I think this is my favorite of the society series, and maybe of all the HF IPAs and pales I have had so far. Amazing hop flavor and aroma that smacks you in the face but doesn't overtake the malt balance whatsoever. I could drink a 2L growler of this by myself in a night easily, despite the alcohol. Can't wait to get more if/when it comes around again.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured fom tap at TJs in Paoli into a snifter glass in August 2015.

A: A meduim somewhat hazy orange color with full on glass lacing that sticks forever.

S: Loads of tropical fruits, some citrus and some fruity sweetness.

T: I get a huge rush of tropical fruit and stone fruit. Mango, peach, pineapple and grapefruit all really stand out. A little floral and gassyness is there. The fruity flavors turn somewhat sweet with some biscuit malt but the tropical hops pound down to the end with a bone dry finish. Wow, what a beer.

M: Full, coating, prickly but not alcoholic for the ABV. Believe it or not, these drink super easy.

O: What a fantastic DIPA from the Hill. So glad I tried it, I might have to go back and get more. Fantastic brew! I'm getting a chance to try some of their rarer beers here in the Philly area and not one has disappointed.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to @Evilash for muling this for me from HF. Poured from a HF 750ml growler into a HF stem glass. My wife shared a small glass of it with me. Like the other HF pale ales/IPAs I've been lucky enough to try, what sets this apart is the incredibly clean finish. It's hoppy and juicy, but the finish is so amazingly clean. It's a marvel how they are able to do that with their pales. Bitterness and fruit from the hops come forward in the flavor. An outstanding offering, one that is right up there with the best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at HF, and then out of a growler the next day. Pour into a sample glass and into a standard pint.

Pours a fantastic, hazy yellow. Foamy, thin white head and great lacing. The head is dense, and looks like meringue, which foreshadows the lemony, grapefruit deliciousness to come.

The aroma is sweet, yet has a bit of a sharp pine bite to it. It's a bit mild, but does have just a slight booze presence as well.

The taste, however, has no booze whatsoever. This beer is just spectacular. It's lemon/pineapple/grapfruit profile truly mimics a holiday dessert, but the bitter finish reminds you that it's an potent IPA that you are consuming instead. There's just a touch of sweetness to bring out the flavors, but it's mostly a bitter bomb of pure citrus. The citrus combo is as clean as it is potent, however, and isn't harsh at all. Even the lingering bitterness just disappears from your palate, leaving you thirsting for more.

I tried my damndest to find a fault with this brew, but there really are none. It is dangerously drinkable, unbelievably quenching, and I would highly recommend sharing a growler with a few friends. It goes down quickly and easily.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looked like an extremely cloudy, vibrant color yellow, not dissimilar to many American wheats or hefeweizens. White head, looked distinct and respectable. Aroma was out of this world, heavenly luscious tropical fruit aromas, this is the creme de la creme of new proprietary hop aromas coming out, this ain't your daddies C hop bomb (nothing wrong with that though).

Taste is replete with solid citrus and tropical fruit bursts, very juicy, the bitterness is very doable, fruit stripe gum kind of pleasantness without all the coppery bitter bite of bandwagon jumper double ipa fools in recent years. A distinct amount of peach to it. Malt aspect of the beer is only enough to keep the hops running in ridiculous amounts of flavor punch. Its light. Pineapple and peach together at last, with all kinds of mango, lemon and tangerine thrown in to round out the hop mouthfeel. Yowza! Typical for Hill Farmstead, the alcohol is nowhere to be found tastewise, its just a massively enjoyable beer. Extremely dry finish, this is just one of many beers to seek out if you call yourself a hophead.

Massively awesome stuff.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler drank from most recent release

Pineapple and grapefruit juice bomb mixed with some nice earthiness. An incredibly enjoyable and balanced DIPA and one I will seek out again. Not super familiar with the New Zealand hops, but I will seek out if they always make this great of an IPA. Slightly malty to allow for a nice creamy beer but also very juicy and refreshing. Thanks HF!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jason for the bottle!

Pours cloudy gold with a pillowy white head. As usual excellent retention and lacing.

Smells like fresh fruit juice. Loads of mango, pineapple and grapefruit.

Starts off with a little bitter floral flavor. Cracker malts in the middle before finishes with a huge grapefruit rind finish. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up a bit. It's good cold out of the bottle, but the tropical fruit juices really come through more as it warms and the grapefruit is delectable tart.

Good light creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Fantastic beer. Perhaps liked S&S #4 a bit more, but this is still delicious. About the only nitpick I have, is it took the beer a bit of temperature to hit its sweet spot. Absolutely love the grapefruit presence.

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.