Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 987
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 5.78%
Wants: 399
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of tewaris
3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler sent kindly by millerbuffoon, thanks a lot!

Hazy amber colored, very typical of HF. Medium head, good lacing. Tropical fruit heavy aroma, lots of pineapple and possibly malty sweetness. Light and hoppy taste with a finishing bitterness and a dominant fruity note. Crisp and dry feel. Overall it's not bad but nothing's great about it either.

3, 3, 3, 4, 3
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Took it's time getting warmed up and what not, glad I had a growler full. Bumping the scores up to 4, 4, 3.5, 4, 3.5 (486 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the ones I missed out on before, now get another chance at trying it thanks to rudzud for splitting again.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, super hazy white peach colored.

Nose is OK, but not as phenomenal as I expected, bit of tangerine, mild resin and hint of tropical fruit, juicy fruit but not much, semi sweet malt.

Taste starts a little sweet malty but mostly plain malts, then hops, mild tropical fruit but barely, little citrus and juicy generic fruit, hint clementine and tangerine, candied citrus fruits, but not much else. Finish is fairly dry, semi bitter with more of the mild citrus and tropical fruit, but not very strong either.

Mouth is med bod, little fluffy, fluffy carb.

Overall another little bit of a letdown. I wonder if these couple batches were missing the right hops, or something else going on as they are really busy with the expansion, either way not really up to typical Hill quality. I'll ahve to try this and the Amarillo again. (1,003 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a creamy white head that leaves nice lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of genetic citrus, grapefruit. Okay, but not earth shattering.

T - Taste is better, nice grapefruit notes, both bitter rind and flesh. Faint tropical notes light malts. The finish is nicely bitter and lingers.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style. Sharp carbonation, drinkable.

O - Overall I thought this beer was okay, was not wowed by it though, one of my least favorite hill beers. (551 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first venture into HIll Farmstead IPA's. Was very excited to get a shot at this, received in a grunt, tagged as best by today's date the 19th.

Yellow-orange, very cloudy, opaque color. Hoppy grapefruit aroma. The smell on the beer is very solid. Very light on the palate, this beer goes down easy for being a higher abv. The taste is underwhelming, the first thing I think of is Alpine's Nelson, but this isn't advertised as rye. This is a very unique taste, but honestly not overly impressive. Probably due to the extremely high expectations, and a few days shipping in the growler. I'm hoping I get future experiences with other offerings from Sean, but this one didn't quite do it for me. A solid beer, but didn't live up to the hype for me. (749 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest.

Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a dense white head that lingers nicely and leaves lots of lacing.

Aroma of bitter citrus, grapefruit, and lemon.

Upfront flavors of orange, lemon, light grapefruit and tropical fruit. A little herbal presence. Bitter finish. Lingering lemon/tropical fruit.

Medium body with moderate to slightly high carbonation. Kind of foamy finish.

Good, enjoyable IPA with moderate bitterness. Nice citrus flavor and aroma.

9/22/2012 (508 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazed golden yellow with an off white head. Nose is juicy, tropical fruit and citrus, a hint resiny and oily in back. Light grain profile up front and some malt sweetness to balance. Taste has more bitterness than I thought it would, lighter body and softer carbonation. The grain is soft up front, hop driven. Citrus, pine fades to a more leafy herbal note, a strong grapefruit bitterness lingers with a fairly dry finish. (431 characters)

Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Very hazy gold pour, almost white, white head. Aroma is really quite fruity and pungent, lots of grapefruit, the hops are wet and sticky. Taste is fruity, not particularly bitter, very grapefruity - bitter and citrusy tart at once. Alcohol is not perceptible. Palate is lightly-med carbed with med body. Not my favourite from HF but definitly very good (360 characters)

Photo of dboon
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Growler, thanks to Colin. Cloudy orangish/yellow pour. White head. Pleasant grapefruit hop aromas. Great mouthfeel. Smooth grapefruit and citrus/orange peel hops blend seamlessly with the caramel malt notes. Really solid with a good body and great balance. (256 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Slatetank for sharing the spoils of your recent VT trip with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded pale yellow color with a firm white topping that persists. The brew plays the part well visually as expected.

The aroma contains notes of citrus with grass clippings, pine and herbal components. Some solvent alcohol and sulfur emerges with a swirl. This has a very fresh yet generic sort of hop bite that smells like pellet hops crushed up in my hands.

The taste is bitey with grassy bitterness blending to pulp/zest/pith of orange. Some solvent alcohol pokes through the back end breaking things up. The taste of this is very familiar, though ive never had this offering before.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A good brew thats fresh and enjoyable with a creeping amount of alcohol inclusion. I know, I know - cast your stones at me for not being a believer in the golden nectar that flows from the farmstead on the hill. From what ive had, their hoppy offerings just taste nearly indifferent from one another (in my opinion.) (1,092 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Bilco for the growler.

Appearance: Hazy peach-tinged gold. White head starts off huge with loose large bubbles. Drops to a tiny wispy cap and small collar. Sticky lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Juicy mango and peach laced with a hint of pineapple. Some backing oily pine. A touch of mint with some backing dank herbal notes. Malt runs a little bready with some mild pale malt sweetness. Nice and clean with some hints of yeasty esters. Fresh flowers. Leafy.

Taste: Solid pine and pith bitterness up front. Juicy mango and peach follow. Soft pale malt sweetness with an almost powdery yeast finish. Hemp seed with some lingering mint. Nicely bitter. Some pith and bright tropical fruit. Oh yeah mango. Some nice backing pineapple. Warms nicely, offering a decent balance with an assertive lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Carries that distinct medium and creamy body I've come to expect from draft Hill Farmstead. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish, with a juicy initial sip. Easy drinking, especially for the style.

Overall: Build me a cabin and put this on tap and I'll go Walden.

A nice, if slightly less than mind blowing beer from Hill Farmstead. I really dig the balance and the hop profile. Nicely bitter. Carries all the trademarks of a Hill Farmstead pale ale and that's a mighty fine pedigree. (1,359 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Nice head, foamy. Nice hoppy smell. Taste pretty good, very bitter and very fresh. A straightforward Double IPA. Very nice body, and nice thickness. Not very memorable, but a really nice beer. Wouldn't mind having more. (259 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler (Harvest Fest)
New Belgium Globe

A: Hazy as hell golden orange color. About a finger of bright white head. Leaving some sticking lacing sheets. There is some yeast in suspension floating around. Again, so cloudy.

S: Tons of piney grapefruit notes. Very reisinous. Smells so inviting. Low malt bill. Hop bomb. Right in my wheel house.

T: Lots of crazy hop bitterness on tongue. Just really attacking it. Tons of pine and grapefruit. Hop bomb. Low malt bill. I like the lower ABV for a DIPA. Not as sweet with the lower malt too.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter than most DIPAs. (587 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Society & Solitude #5 from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont.

Score: 92

Two-and-a-half week old growler that was brought to me courtesy of a good friend, and kept ice cold the whole time. Served in a Perennial tulip/snifter hybrid glass and enjoyed on 08/11/13.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden straw color with two fingers of frothy white head that settles to a wispy coating outlined by a thick ring of head around the edges of the glass. Very good lacing, good retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Earthy spiced hops, orange peels, spruce, pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of white wine. As the beer warms, the earthy spiciness falls off and the tropical juiciness comes through more in the nose. 4.25/5

Taste: Quite bitter, less juicy-sweet than I would have guessed on the nose. Bitter pineapple/grapefruit and "hoppy white grape" up front, with orange rind and woody/piney hops on the finish. Spicy caramel malt backbone, has just a dash of onion-iness that complements the spice. The bitterness and earthiness linger, but do not "layer" such that they get overly intense. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, medium-light carbonation gives good life to the bitterness of the brew. Oily mouthfeel. 4.25/5

Overall: A well-rounded, nicely crafted imperial IPA with a good malt backbone, a pleasing bitterness level and easy drinkability, but it is not up to par with some of Hill Farmstead's better hoppy beers such as Society & Solitude #4, Abner, Ephraim or Double Citra. This brew is definitely worth seeking out, but it is not one of the "can't miss" beers in their portfolio.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml growler fill. (1,664 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tag says best consumed before April 15, 2015.

Aroma of tangerines and tropical fruit. A completly hazy gorgeous body with nice lacing. Flavor starts out mellow with some lemon zest and plush fruit but as it warms it develops a nice bitter fruit taste overall. (260 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mac & Justin for sharing!

This bright, straw-colored body is lighter in color than I remember from other HF DIPAs. Delicate lace and head form atop the liquid which, again, departs from the thicker, often aggressively stubborn foam shown by their other offerings.

Taste and aroma are similar. Initial dose of lemon zest has spring in its step, yet this succumbs to the hoppy base midway through the drink. Fresh hops take over, imparting a bitter quality that isn't overbearing or imbalanced, yet doesn't quite capture the magic of their previous DIPAs. More hop resin at the end for a unique finish.

A crisp, clean, tasty brew that's sure to please many, but I'm still an Abner man. (696 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It has that east coast look to it. Very cloudy, pale orange color with a bright white puffy head. The cap is not as big on mine as some of the other descriptions I have read, and disappears very quickly. I did open it a day past their best by date though.


Aromas are somewhat sour orange. Juicy and piney hops that have just a hint of medicinal/green to them. Kind of musty.

Taste like a combination of multiple fruits. Orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit with orange being dominant. The sourness carries through from the aroma. It is grapefruit tart. The hops really seem subdued at first, but they keep creeping up on you toward the end with a piney finish and a bitterness that just keeps building. It is a lingering bitterness though. Very smooth. I dont notice any alcohol. Nicely balanced.

I like the feel of it overall, but this is where I have my biggest complaint. I dont know if they use some sort of Belgian yeast, or variation of in all of their beers, but it is a bit crisp and sparkling to me. Actually more like brets. Not a fan of that aspect, but if you take that away, it is a great texture. Full without being filling. Much like Heady and Sip of Sunshine.

A fantastic ipa. The balance of flavors is world class. (1,240 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for hooking me up with this.

Poured from a growler to a New Belgium snifter. Small white head, extremely hazy golden color. Basically opaque, cannot see through this beer at all.

The smell is where this beer shines. Grapfruity, citrus, pine, I love the nose on this. Best smell ever.

Taste follows the grapefruity smell. Bitter grapefruit, a msall amount of malt, a bit of pine and cirus on the finish. Mouthfeel is great.

Overall, this is an excellent DIPA. I am extremely happy I got to try it! (514 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL growler split into tulip.

A: relatively opaque body. a straw orange color. head is slightly off-white. great retention and moderate lacing.

S: a really rich mix. piney, resinous, smells a little bit like Fruit Loops. a pretty pungent hop character is the star here. cant tell if im getting any malt presence, think this is mostly all hops.

T: a lot of grapefruit. ganja. super sticky. a decent amount of pine. bitterness is present. very much so. not finding a ton of balance between the grist and hops. however that is not the worse thing. great hop flavor, just wish there was a bit more balance.

M: average. slightly mellow carb. full body.

D: pretty solid, but I have to say my world isn't being shattered here. good DIPA, easy drinking, enjoyable. (767 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Growler

Had my eye on this guy, thanks Ryan! A hazy, glowing tangerine orange liquid gurgles from the swingtop. There's no seeing through the body of this beer but there are some golden highlights when backlit. A pure white head rises to a moderate cap and stays put leaving momentary drink lines down the glass.

I can smell this beer while it sits on the table 3' from my nose. Smells like weed. When I smell closer though it's more grapefruit and Mandarin orange, pineapple and mango. The weed is still there but the grapefruit and oranges are bright and in your face. There's a touch of lactic quality to the citrus and a soft backbone of crackery malt. Very nicely done.

The first thing I notice in the flavor profile is that crackery malt, it makes itself comfortable through the finish. Citrus is the highlight, a mix of Mandarin oranges, grapefruit, that soft lactic sweetness again, that the more I drink the more reminds me of overripe pineapple, and good green on the finish. While the citrus is nice my favorite part of the flavor profile is the dank finish. The flavor doesn't snap like the nose but that'd be pretty hard to do.

I'd have to say the body is moderate but the carbonation leaves it feeling even lighter, which I appreciate in IPAs. The finish is nicely dry and while the bitterness doesn't hit you immediately it seems to grow long after each drink.

Society & Solitude #5...A damn fine IPA. Right in the alcohol wheelhouse I appreciate, bursting with juicy citrus, and drinkability off the charts. This would be a dangerous beer to have readily available. I'd love some more of this. Thanks again, Ryan! (1,641 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a growler 24 hours after the 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvestfest.

Society and Solitude #5 pours a hazy straw yellow with a medium sized, creamy head on top. The foam is slow to dissolve leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with pine, grapefruit and lemon citrus. A touch of bready pale malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is oily on the palate with a good firm carbonation. The flavor has lots of lemon and grapefruit citrus as well as some pine. There's some bubblegum sweetness and a touch of bready pale malt found in the background. The beer finishes dry and bitter and slightly tart. Once gone the lemon citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer that's loaded with hop flavor, but the aroma fades quickly. (796 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ crazy glowing light yellowy orange that gets lighter towards the bottom of the glass. big fluffy white head with a ton of lacing.

S~ a lot of natural earth and grass. some citrus notes, grapefruit, mango, lemon, lime, etc... all followed by a lot of hop presence.

T~ follows the nose with way more earthy pine bitterness that over takes your pallet leaving behind the juiciest tropical blend that seems to linger into a... run on sentence hahaha! (into a...) delicious, mellow, all around perfect IPA.

M~ as smooth as could be. extremely nice carbonation and very refreshing. great summer brew!

O~ might be my favorite of the "regular" IPA S&S series, the black IPA comes first for me though! if you're in a happy, hoppy mood you can't get any better than this. i'm gonna call it a fruit beer/IPA lovers dream. (883 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy golden orange color with good carbonation leaving a small fluffy white cap which resedes after a few sips revealing layers of white rings clinging to the edge of the glass.

S: Healthy doses of pine needles, grapefruit and some orange peel. Very appealing and pleasant

T: An immediate grapefruit, pine resin meet the palate with a moderate dry hop bitterness. The malt bill is very light on this really leaving the hops to work overtime. Light booze, bigger pine and citrus notes keep the taste buds salivating. The finish is clean, a little sweetness, bitter and it has a drying but resiny duo thing going on.

M: Medium bodied, almost light to medium, well carbonated. Very airy, pleasant.

O: Again, so nice, wanted a bit more body. Again, this beer is just so damn clean and tasty that i did not even care. Very well crafted beer. (855 characters)

Photo of s1ckboy
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange/yellow body, fluffy white head.

S - Citrus & pineapple. Juicy.

T - Pineapple, lemon, orange, a bit piney. Dry finish.

M - Medium body, mid to low carb.

Good stuff. One of the better IPA's I've had from Hill Farmstead. Bonus characters! (255 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a stone snifter. It poured a hazy light golden color with a thick foamy white head. Great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows some Juicy peach and tropical fruit flavors. A little grapefruit rind bitterness mixing in along with some light notes of grapes. A little of the pale malts peek through. Very nice hoppy aroma overall.

The taste shows a little more of the grapefruit rind and crisp grape notes to it at first. Peach and tropic fruit lead into a dry finish. Really great juicy and bright hoppiness to it.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Very good beer overall, loved the juicy bright hoppiness. Very drinkable and flavorful. (700 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a cloudy and dull yellow appearance but settled into a golden hue. The head had immense foam that was thick with great retention.

The nose is fruity with the scents of the beach. Cocoa butter, tropical fruit punch, grapefruit and even banana were easy to behold.

The taste is actually quite creamy with a a sweet caramel base. The flavor is complex after the initial sip with fresh cut grass, lemongrass, honey, lemons, clover, grapefruit and a piney herbal hop finish.

The feel is a bit astringent, slightly metallic but very light and easy with a decent amount of heft.

This is a beer where you can truly taste the art and craftsmanship of the the brewer. (678 characters)

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.