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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 1,072
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 6.04%
Wants: 407
Gots: 72 | 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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Reviews: 123 | Hads: 1,072
Photo of brystmar
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
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 GuitarIPA
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from HF growler
L - hazy orange, white head, lacing throughout
A - tropical fruit, light pine, toast
T - fruit is predominate, sweet, toast
F - fortunate to try a number of HF beers and great mouthfeel is consistent
*better as you drink it, nice dry finish (264 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Think grapefruit, it says. So I did, and they're correct. Very much a fruity punch of grapefruit in the face. An enjoyable DIPA, with an above-average mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Hill Farmstead just does it right. That's what they do. (236 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev -4%
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%
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%
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 -3.8%
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 lic217
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from three day old growler

Look: hazy, light orange, white head that fades fast, light lacing
Smell: smell is tropical, Nelson hops have a very unique smell that I get here, not sure if they are in here, but I get that unique smell/taste, orange, tangerine
Taste: lingering sweetness with a touch of alcohol, and lightly bitter for an IPA, Nelson hop taste, and orange
Feel: a little thin for an imperial IPA
Overall: a really good beer, it's an orange bomb (467 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -2.9%
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)

Photo of mtomlins
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler.

Pours a cloudy orange hay color with a big white foamy head, good retention and lots of lacing. The nose and taste both feature a beautiful boquest of hops, lots of floral and dry citrus rinds with a dry biting finish. Not much residual malt sweetness. Increadibly drinkable for the 8.1% ABV. Delicous! (336 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at Three Penny Tap Room into a tulip glass.

Deep lemon yellow, with pale pineapple like glowing color and solidly opaque. Excellent creamy topped head, vanilla bright white, thick looking and soupy with big retention. Excellent looking.

Aroma though is quite closed. Really hard to pick up anything even a malt bill or sweetness is not coming through at all.A faint dry pine barely, only after some sips does grapefruit become apparent.

Palate just gets explosive. Lightly juiced grapefruit aromas and flavors come together melding with a tropical rush. Excellent mouthfeel soft and full, with this wonderful sense of powdered vanilla sweetness on the finish. Huge amounts of zesty oils of citrus, and once again more geared towards grapefruit. Chewy and dense.

The way a grapefruit IPA should be, however it appears there is no grapefruit added to this which makes it more impressive. Sort of reminds me of the grapefruit version of sculpin but more hop and bitter and less fruit forward. Excellent beer. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at TRIA in Philadelphia. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass. Nice bite and hop forward. Not too boozy, so I had a second. Good to have HG on tap in Philly. (161 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Parker Pie and HF Harvest Fest 2012 into HF wine glass and pint glass (at Parker Pie).

Pours a mirky golden yellow color, white head, thin collar, spotty lace. Aroma is hop-forward without being over-the-hop, light fruity sweetness, some resin in there too. Flavor is grapefruit, pine, and citrus. Hoppy yet smooth...not a palate-wrecker...very well-done. Light toward medium body, good carbonation, oily hoppy finish.

Easier to drink then S&S #4 and I think I enjoyed this one a bit more as well. Very easy to drink for 7.8% and the perfect balance of hops to not kill me after one or two glasses. Great stuff! (623 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled at Hill Farmstead earlier today. Poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a hazy slightly orange yellow with about a finger's worth of foamy head that recedes fairly fast and leaves some foamy layered lacing. Decent carbonation.

S- Grapefruit (when they said think Grapefruit they weren't kidding), orange peel, light lemon zest. Nicely balanced, nice aroma strength, and definitely pleasant.

T- Grapefruit, orange peel, light lemon zest. Nicely balanced fruity taste that lingers and finishes without much bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very smooth, abv pretty much non existent. Pretty much perfect feel for an IPA.

O- This was a very nice IPA that easily stands up to the SS4 that preceded this. Nice grapefruit presence with a light zest and pretty much nonexistent bitterness. I think this came out pretty much exactly how they wanted it to come out. My only major complaint is that it should be made year round. (958 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy and cloudy bright orange that leaves nice lacing.

S-Very tropical, lemon and citrus, some bready notes.

T-What balance! Starts with great tropical notes; lemons, mango, citrus, pineapple and ends with mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Another wonderful DIPA from HF. Really I don't think HF can do any wrong. (339 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden Brown, Hazy, head straight to the top of glass, thick lasting lacing, lots of carbonation rising

S - Juicy, grapefruit, pine, grass, lemon, earthy bread

T - Sweet grapefruit, dry pine, juicy fruits, grass, earth, mellow finish - hoppy but not too bitter

M - Smooth, frothy, medium body, full coverage

O - Perfectly balanced. Initially sweet smooth fruity grapefruit followed by dry piney hops/ touch of carmel and finished by a mellow hoppy pleasant finish. ABV is completely hidden. Excellent. But my personal favorite is still Double Galaxy. (558 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler reviewed a week ago or so live. Split with friends Kathy and Chris.

A- Cloudy golden bodied into several glasses. Small one finger white head with decent retention. Falls to a small ring andlace starts with some webs at the top and is spotty further down.

S- Tropical hops and citrus hops dominate the nose with mango, peach, grapefruit, orange peel and tangerine coming to mind. Pretty much just hop domination in a good way. Juicy nectar goodness.

T- Follows the nose with more general hop intensity. Mix of juicy tropical and stone fruits with a ton of grapefruit in there too. Juicy notes of tangerine, mango, orange zest, grapefruit for sure. Pretty much just hops, slight sweets and fresh cracked pale grains.

MF- Creamy bodied with moderate carbonation. Light to medium bodied thickness finishes with a smooth but substantial bitterness. Feels nowhere near 8%ABV.

A half and half blend it seems of tropical and citrus fruits. Another superb use of hops from the farm up north. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Moll for grabbing the growler for me. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Nose has loads of grapefruit and accompanying peel. Very dry. Fairly bitter, but not super over the top. Pretty light body. Another huge winner from Hill Farmstead. I am not surprised. (267 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Hill Farmstead Autumn Harvest Festival in a 750ml bottle. I honestly had not sampled the previous four in this series so I was not sure what to expect.

Pours a cloudy orange-blonde with a two-finger head that fades to lacing in my glass. I was not expecting the cloudiness but perhaps it's there for a reason?

Spicy with a touch of pine and citrus in the nose. It tingles my olfactory gland, mellowing me out.

Wow. It starts with a touch of pine that morphs into a tsunami of acidic grapefruit with a sweet, biscuity backbone. Something about this just feels so right.

It's all in the mouthfeel. The hops fade and lead to a buttery, doughy, lupulin-soaked aftertaste. Wow.

Sure, scoff at the repetitive use of "wow". I am very happy with this selection. (783 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler into a modified tulip glass.
A - Hazy lemon colored, stunning white cap constantly fed from a steady stream of
carbonation.
S - Citrus central starts the event, ten the pines take over. The citrus is very forward.
T - What a delight, starts with that high level citrus, runs through the candy like lemon drop, finishes dry and deciduous. What a delight.
F - Beautifully constructed, the palate is gently coated, coaxed into believing this is some kind of elixir. The body is solid and present without being overbearing. The carbonation assists in the clean up. A dry clean finish begs for another pull/
O - Craft at its finest, a classic study of balance, and beauty.
Cheers (703 characters)

Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.