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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 1,109
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 409
Gots: 76 | 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: 127 | Hads: 1,109
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of weonfire
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of SABERG
4.4/5  rDev -2%
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
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.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy color that has a lingering hop dust look
S: a traditional VT IPA that is not overpowering
T: Subtle but not weak, doesn't leave any doubt of taste
F: All HFS beers have a specific body to them unmatched
O: Def worth it if you can find it

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Photo of Devman171
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler, pour is golden with medium head. Aroma is big tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Taste is fruity and bitter with a smooth finish, a touch of alcohol

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Photo of utopiajane
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy and like grapefruit juice. Yellow and with a thin white head of foam that fell pretty fast. Leaves some lace. Nose is citrus! Orange, grapefruit and a little sweet grass. The malt peeks it's head out with a touch of sweetness on the nose. It drinks lovely. Not a hint of alcohol on the palate. Just beautiful citrus. sweet orange, sweet earth, a touch fo grapefruit and some grass. Finishes with a perfect bitter that does not reside too long and that reminds you to take one last notice of all that fruit. Malt is a bit of weight on the palate but has a sweetness that seems to come out of no where and so delicately. Drinks clear and fruity and finishes dry but with a bit of tartness to keep your mouth watering long into the finish.

Another fabulous beer from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Jack's Abby pint

A Pours a hazy light orange color with a pretty large white head. Lots of sticky lacing left all the way down the glass and lots of lively carbonation. Typical Hill Farmstead looking beer...

S Citrus bomb. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange and a light malt hiding out in the back.

T Follows the nose perfectly. Medium to lighter bitterness with lots of sweet grapefruit and tangerine. Sweetens up in the middle and rides out to a juicy finish. I'm always looking for the bitterness in IPAs and DIPAs but the citrus in this is crazy. and does NOT drink almost 8%.

M Medium feel with a medium amount of carbonation on the tongue. The finish is somewhere between dry and sticky.

O This beer was pretty unreal. It tastes like goddamn fruit juice with a small bitterness. These S&S's dont deviate from the awesome line. Thanks HF guys for having another top notch fest and making ridiculous beers.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on-tap at the Prohibition Pig on 12/27/13, served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: A pale and hazy orange/gold, with thick creamy head and thick creamy lacing.

Smell: Disappointingly weak. But what I do get is a lot of floral citrus and pine. Apricot comes through prominently too.

Taste: Lightly vinous, bitter, with creamy malts backing up piney hops. Believe it or not, I even got a prominent bubblegum flavor toward the end. Probably from all that yeast that made the beer so hazy. This was really delicious, and the vinous character made it somewhat distinct from the other IPAs I tried on my Vermont trip.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation. The beer seemed to stay forever.

Overall: I should have written this when my memory of the beer was clearer, but I do remember this being delicious, even with the weak nose. Glad I got an opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Treebs
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cfrancess33 for getting the growler to our tasting. 750 ml growler served in a HF wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish color with some orange-like hues dancing through out the body. A white head forms on the pour and recedes to a bubble ring. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Lots of juicy citrus fruits going on with this one. Grapefruit, lemon rind and some lime zest as well. Tropical fruits as well with some pineapple. A little orange pith dryness and some sweet cracker malts.

T: The taste is much more vibrant the nose. Tons of grapefruit and tangerine notes. Incredibly juicy and citrusy. Lots of orange, mango and peach with some minimal resiny bitterness on the finish. Light sweet malt profile is present.

M: Light bodied with a perfect carbonation level. Smooth and sweet with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Very delicious. I could drink growler upon growler of this one. Great balance of flavors with a high drinkability.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a straight sided glass at the Mad Taco.

Appearance - Hazy yellowish orange. Nice white head. Good lacing.

Smell - Bright orange hops. Slightly sweet. Some grapefruit. Grainy.

Taste - Lots of citrus hop. Reminds me a lot of Heady Topper. Orange and some grapefruit. Grainy texture throughout with less sweetness than I expected given the nose. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - A little on the heavy side. Medium carbonationand a bit creamy.

Overall - First beer on my Vermont vacation. For an "experimental" IPA, this is a finished product.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tderoeck! Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a tight white cap. The smell is grapefruit and tropical fruit. The taste is red on grapefruit initially with some softer tropical fruit notes coming in later with a touch of honey sweetness, ending dry and somewhat bitter. On the light side of medium with the typical Hill Farmstead wonderfully fine, elegant carbonation. Great stuff!

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Photo of TWStandley
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%

Growler into a tasting glass.

Appeared a light yellow/orange color with a white head.

Smells of citrus - lemons, grapefruit, orange. Slight resinous smell.

Taste is delicious. Floral and citrus notes with a bitter finish.

Mouth-feel was average - a bit light.

Overall an awesome DIPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Growler from Barry, thanks! Snifter.

A: Very hazy yellow orange with a frothy white head. Scattered lacing.

S: Spicy grapefruit with notes of mango, tangerine, and orange. Exceptional fruit profile. Perfumy floral notes with no malt influence. There's a little lemon in there.

T: Very dry with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Lots of rind as well as flesh. Upper moderate bitterness with no real sweetness to shelter the palate from the hop onslaught. Dry, bitter, juicy, well attenuated finish. No evident booze.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A great addition to the Society & Solitude series. Very nice.

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.