Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.33%
Wants: 390
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-23-2012

Our experimental Double IPA series continues.

Imperial IPA. American and New Zealand hops. Think Grapefruit.
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Ratings: 961 | Reviews: 114
Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Photo of Hendry
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of BMMillsy
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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!

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Juicy and amazing. One of the best.

Photo of justforrazors
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of stonermouse
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.67/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled growler into a glass. I'm getting lazy about reviewing, but after having this from 3 separate growlers (thanks Jason and Chris for 2 of those), I don't think I can make any excuses.

A: Looks like unfiltered peach juice capped with frothy, lacy off-white head. Again, my usual disclaimer about how "I like clarity but this is an exceptional beer so I will temporarily restrict my standards" applies.

S: Grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple. Some pale malt sweetness. Very strong, expressive aroma.

T: Grapefruit with lesser elements of pineapple and orange pulp. Bitterness is moderate in the mid-taste but nonexistent in the aftertaste. Pure citrus flavor throughout. There may be an element of sweetness during the taste, but the finish is dry, so I think that's just a mental trick from the fruitiness.

M: It's worth noting that when I was serving this at a tasting, I proudly asserted that this was "only 5.6%." I think that underscores how [scarily] drinkable this is; it drinks like something much, much lighter and can be deadly in larger quantities. This is remarkably clean and dry, with no lingering bitterness, no heaviness, no detectable ABV...

O: Hill Farmstead consistently churns out quality IPAs and DIPAs. This is no different. I prefer Abner to this one, but we're talking about incremental degrees of excellence at this point.

Photo of Tmyhre802
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at HF 4th Anniversary Party

A-Hazy gold and yellow with a nice white foam.

S-More citrus than grapefruit, but the fruits were certainly were apparent.

T-Amazing taste, fruits are still present but the hops are wonderfully balanced.

M-Such a drinkable beer, the s&s are always some of my favorites and this was perhaps the most drinkable.

O-This was one of my favorites, glad I choose Blackback to post-up in during the beermageddon in waterbury so I could try this!

Photo of gcamparone
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml HF growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a beautiful, hazy bright golden body with a 3 finger white head that reduces fairly slowly, leaving blotchy lacing and some retention. Very nice.

Absolutely inviting on the nose.. tons of citrus, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, hoppy and forward.

On the tongue citrus dominates, orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, fresh tropical fruits. The finish is not bitter at all, just straight potent hops on the follow through and throughout, absolutely fantastic! Easy drinker, medium body and medium-low carbonation.

Worth the hype. World class DIPA, plain and simple.

Photo of Rheaume17
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - A very light colored DIPA. Very bright with a bubbly white head.

S - Tons of citrus notes. Probably citra hops have a big part in this.

T - Excellent flavor. The citrus flavors match the smell. A perfect balance of bitterness and a mild malt background. Great hop presence. Flavors of orange, lemon and grapefruit.

M - Extremely smooth. So easy to drink. Perfect carbonation.

O - An excellent, refreshing DIPA. Definitely a different take on a DIPA than the ones I have had before. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance.

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange yellow that pours a thin white head, that dissipates to a ring with some lacing
S-citrus, grapefruit, blood orange, yeastiness
T-fresh citrus hops on the palate, slight bitter aftertaste that's pleasing, some subtle yeastiness
M-almost mimosa-esque, some bubbles/bitterness to it, but mostly orange taste
O-a pretty solid DIPA, but not mindblowing

Photo of kevanb
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler, poured into a Cantillon Mini Mug.

The beer pours a hazy apricot color, hues of orange and copper with a finger or so of soapy white head, that has good retention and leave a small amount of spotted lace behind. The aroma is lovely, lots of citrus, grapefruit, oranges and tangerine, light floral character with a nice amount of bitter pine and soft, doughy grain. This is definitely one of the more citrus forward DIPA's I've ever encountered and boy is it lovely. Lots of juicy grapefruit on the tongue, fresh apricot and peach flesh, bitter pine and light hop spice with some wildflower and light malt sweetness on the back end. The body is juicy and full, lower carbonation than anticipated but enough to be lively, the finish is crisp and has a great dry kick.

Verdict: Delightful. Citrusy, fruity, juicy and all around wonderful. It's bright, it's vibrant and just what I want from an IPA, one of the best showings of citrus in a hoppy beer I've had to date.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%

750ml growler filled about 2 weeks ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours light straw color with two fingers of foamy but dense bright white head. Opaque. Very good retention and leaves behind an intricate lattice of lacing. (4.5)

S: Prominent white grapefruit, along with soft orange and tangerine, and a hint of melon and kiwi. (4.5)

T: Light citrus (grapefruit) and tropical and kiwi notes, along with a bit of sweet-tinged pale malt. Very mild gripping bitterness on the finish leaves a wonderful impression. Leans more towards a hoppy pale ale on the palate, as its light and the flavors are pretty restrained. (4.5)

M: Medium-light body and soft, medium-light carbonation. (4.75)

O: Tasty, subtle flavors make this exceedingly drinkable. You could drink a bottle of this and not break a sweat. I don’t think this will actually “wow” you, but it’s in perfect balance. (4.75)

Photo of jbaker67
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours vibrant, cloudy orange, white head rests like a creamy pillow on the surface, sticky lacing left behind. Aroma is juicy grapefruit and pineapple, mango, orange essence, with earthy, lightly spiced pine, dusty pale malts behind. Taste is more grapefruit-centric with hefty citrus, still a bit of pineapple flesh, caramel sweetness blended in and offset by rich piney bitterness. Medium body, very easy to drink with bright well-balanced flavors and no sticky resin character.

Photo of BeRanger
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml Growler into my HF Tulip, #properglassware bitches.

A: Pours the typical yellow/orange color with a white rim - not a ton of head but a fair amount of lacing sticking to the glass throughout my drinking session.

S: Another lovely HF DIPA - plenty of tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple, orange... Small traces of pine/hop but I'd say this is pretty dominated by the tropical bouquet.

T: A lot like it smells however the lighter fruits really take it over, I feel like its a little more dominated by orange/mango versus your typical citrus bomb, its very delicious. The taste is very smooth, no harsh after-taste or lingering hop sensation.

M: Light bodied, mild carbonation

O: I feel like a broken record but another job well done - I love the fruit on this one and particularly like that I'm getting a lot more Orange on this one. Delicious beer!

Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this from the 750ml growler courtesy of tenderbranson69, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden lemon meringue with thick 2 fingers of rocky white head while a web of lace sticks to the glass with fine bead. The smell is great with lots of hops- tons of citrus and dank herbal aromas with some tropical fruit which brings to mind pineapple mostly. The feel is great -resinous texture of copious hop oils with light sweet malt and semi-dry finish with moderate carbonation -the alcohol is hardly detectable and bitterness only really increases in the end with low astringency throughout.

The flavor is wonderful with a bevy of fruit from the hops which seems tropical up front but the flavor verges on grapefruit and slight tangerine with more pineapple and herbal flavors continuing throughout the taste with only a slight sweetness of malt and gentle astringent tea-like taste with an almost spicy element toward the finish which is dry - tons of juicy and dank hop flavors which are fresh and vibrant. Overall one of the best Imperial IPA's based on freshness and pure hop intensity without being an assalt of hop bitterness, very fresh and intense with lots of Mary jane type similarities from the cousin in this. The smell and moutfeel with only a little grassy hints in the finish.

Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/02/12 notes. Had this on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC. 10 oz. pour, had two glasses of it.

a - Pours a murky, orange-golden color with one and a half fingers of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus, grapefruit, pine hops, tropical fruits, lemon, fruity malts, floral hops. Ton of fresh hops and fruit; really an amazing nose for a hoppy beer. Perfect for me.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruits, bready malts, pine hops, some earthy notes, and floral hops. Again, really amazing, though I think the nose had a little more to it. Still an amazing taste.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is super smooth and insanely easy to drink. Not much bitterness at all for a DIPA. Near perfect mouthfeel for a DIPA for me.

o - Overall a really amazing DIPA. I also drank a Heady Topper and Ephraim tonight, and this is right up there with them as some of the best hoppy beers I've ever had. I think I like it a little bit better than S&S #4 as I find this less bitter and more drinkable. Perfect nose and mouthfeel to me, would love to have this one again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler to HF Stemmed tulip. Growler filled on Sept 22, consumed on October 5th.

A - Very cloudy golden yellow with some orange in the centre. Half a finger of white head with moderate lacing.

S - Massive hit of fresh grapefruit, pine and orange zest with a fairly noticeable but not overwhelming bitterness. Some sweet honey/caramel in the background.

T - A bitter punch up front with one of the most pungent grapefruit rind flavours I've tasted in a beer. While most grapefruit-forward IPAs taste of fresh grapefruit juice, this one definitely tastes of the bitter rind, not the fruit. There are also lighter peach and orange zest flavours present with a lighter honey/caramel malt sweetness in the background. The finish is bitter and dry.

M - Medium body; chewy with the typical HF IPA dryness that I love. Light carbonation.

Photo of starrdogg
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Prost76 for this one. Reviewed from notes from election night.

Beer pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin white head. It looks like most of the other HF DIPAs, which is to say "perfect." I rarely care about the appearance of beers, but something about the sight of HF's hoppy beers is just so appealing and citrusy looking. Like most HF hoppy beers, this one has an incredible citrus aroma that just hits you in the face. Flavor follows the nose, and this one is just incredibly juicy. It's a wonderful balance of sweetness, hoppy and citrus fruit here that all comes together perfectly. The fruitiness of it is really what makes this one a standout. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, another home run from Hill Farmstead. This is one of my favorite hoppy beers from them. It's maybe not quite on the level of Abner and Ephraim, but certainly right in there with S&S4 and Double Galaxy. Just awesome.

Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.