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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 1,181
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 410
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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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 JordonHoltzman
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft into tulip. Bright peach tangerine orange, hazy, phenomenal lacing. This beer is excellent. Their house yeast makes their beers so special, and it comes out strong here. You get some nice bitterness from the hops, along with tropical fruits, kiwi, some grapefruit. Mouthfeel is great too, slight tartness on the finish.

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Photo of kculrich
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2L growler filled 10/29/15. I'm settling in to drink it all by myself so if I don't post again, send someone over to check on me. Poured into a 12oz tulip, a gloriously murky pear colored brew with a big sloppy head that fades down to leave great gobs of lacing on the glass. The smell is of a load of tropical fruits spread out on a slab of white bread. Sharp and clean. Taste: 'Think grapefruit' nails it. Beautifully bitter from first impact right through to the lingering aftertaste. Dank, with citrus notes dominating, vanilla bread-iness and mineral astringency. Feel: Medium body, clean and smooth, slight fizzy carbonation ideally complements the sharpness. O: Not a super-complicated brew but who needs complicated? And who could be happier than me? I could have gotten a 750 but I got the 2L instead - absolutely-freaking-outstandingly-good beer coupled with good decision making on my part.

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Photo of Sintech
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a snifter.

Overall - Very interesting beer. Initially wasn't sure but as it warmed I became a fan. Good job HF!

Taste - Big pine and resinous notes turning to citrus as it warms.

Smell - Pretty tame on the nose.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation, medium carbonation.

Look - Hazy orange hue.


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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had poured from a 750ml growler, 7 days old, into a small tulip glass. Nice citrus smell and taste and a pale yellow color with off white and golden accents. Excellent beer that I would go back for again and again.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another amazing offering by Hill Farmstead! Have heard great things about S&S #5 and this one didnt let me down!!! Enjoyed with friends from a 750ml growler. Nice citrus notes and smooth finish but tons of hops character!

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So I'm at the only brew house in my area that gets Hill Farmstead. They always have something from HF on tap. I walk in and just ask for HF without even looking at what it was because I haven't had anything that wasn't excellent from HF. I hear some moaning going on at the other end of the bar and I find out I got the last pour. The keg kicked. First thing I think is damn - this is a great brew but I'm only gonna get one. But then the manager says " no worries - we always have another ready to go " well now were talking. They wipe the board and write in " Society & Solitude #5. I had #4 while in VT so I was pumped and it didn't let me down in the least. Another home run from HF. Wonderful flavor that was deep and went on forever. Great mouth feel. Light for a DIPA and very fruity. Just wonderful. I wish more spots would get brews from HF as the one is 40 minutes from me but hell - its worth the ride.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml growler into teku glass. Pours a lovely, hazy orange color. Nose is pure tropical fruit and the taste follows suit. One finger head that laces well. Very smooth despite the relatively high potency here. A delicious beer for sure.

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

While head. Golden orange color.

Dank and fresh. Juicy and hoppy. Very fruity. Bready malt backbone but not over powering. Just juicy. Mango and papaya. Lots of tropical fruit.

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Photo of Damian
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
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 beanik
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Instead if breaking it down piece by piece...I'll simply say this is Hill Farmstead all the way. Fresh, clean and bit too boozy got a DIPA. One of their best

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Monk's Café in Philly

Look - Golden/orange color. Hazy. Fluffy pillowy head.
Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, pine
Taste - Grapefruit juice! Grapefruit pith/rind, lemony citrus, pine, pine needles, dank
Feel - Dry finish, sticky, slightly creamy

Overall - My first HF beer. Delicious but not my favorite DIPA. I've tasted better local beers (Kane/Carton). None-the-less world class.

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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 CayseyW
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: One of the most perfect looking DIPA I've ever seen. The body is a glowing and hazy orange. The head is fluffy and white with nice lacing as the beer recedes.
S: Citrus and malt dominate the nose. The aroma doesn't tip off the juicy nature of this beer. That said, it's still has a distinctly Hill Farmstead aroma that is super inviting.
T: I wouldn't call the flavor complex, but it's hugely delicious. Grapefruit and tangerines mostly come through in the flavor profile.
F: Beautifully balanced beer, it does lack the soft mouthfeel most HF beers have. The body is full, but delicate.
O: Fantastic DIPA. Not a whole lot you need to say about this or most HF beers.

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Photo of garyloveman
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter hazy orange, good inch tall thick white head.
Smells tropical, mango, orange.
Taste delivers the same, super fruity, evenly balanced between sweet maltiness and hops. Less boozy than #1.
Very smooth drinkable mouthfeel, I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Zonk
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale hazy golden straw, On the light side for double IPA.
N- Lemon, spice, some tropical fruit. Nose was muted enough that it held me back from rating higher.
T- Tropical fruit, underlying sweetness that I find distinct in several HF beers.
M- Viscous, more full than it appears. Very nice
O- Great beer just wish the nose gave more.

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Photo of seedyone
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As a confessed un-fan of IPA's it's with great trepidation that those who know me suggest anything in the genre.

Happily there are those that do.

This is a superlative beer. The color, aroma, taste, texture & enjoyment are all top notch. Rather than dissecting the overall effect/impression, I'l just say this is a very well balanced experience & a quality bevvie.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another 750 ml growler into a tulip. Should be special.

A - The same hazy, pale, straw yellow as all the HF IPAs. A large, pillowy, bright white head sits atop the beer, and it is going nowhere.

N - Not a ton going on with the nose, actually. A slight hop aroma with a bit of spiciness. Lemon zest?

T - I'm not a big fan of New Zealand hops, but this is the best example I've had. The hop presence dominates with lots of pine and fruit. Not citrus; other tropical fruit, like peaches, pineapples, and maybe some mangoes.

M - Frothy and coating like all the HF IPAs. Say what you want about how they look and taste, but the mouthfeel demonstrates how well-crafted these beers are.

O - Great stuff. Not my favorite; that distinction still belongs to the Double Citra, but another winner.

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Photo of VetsPackage
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a partially hazy orange that borders on burnt but isn't all too dark. Nose is composed of mostly light malts with little citrus to back it up. Taste is again centered around the malt profile which is bordering on pale ale and saison without the yeast character. Again not as big as a hop presence as I was expecting particularly with some new zealand varietals that often weigh down the dank. Blindfolded I would've never guessed DIPA, this thing is dangerously crushable and the alcohol is catching up to me pretty quick. Decent, not a great representation of the style nor the hype that surrounds what these guys are capable of producing.

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Photo of lic217
4.31/5  rDev -4%
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

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dull, hazy orange with a half inch, bright white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Nose is fairly subdued - notes of citrus fruit and rind. Taste expresses candied citrus and a light medicinal bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a light acidity and a mild carbonation. Overall, a decent brew but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very nice look and smell. The feel was especially impressive here. My only gripe is that this seems boozy as hell. It's unfortunate as it is otherwise wonderful.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Knapp85 for this growler.

A - Pours a signature Hill Farmstead cloudy, light medium orange color with a creamy thick white lacing ring.

S - Grapefruit, grass, and herbal fresh straw character.

T - Spicy grapefruit rind, lemon grass, resiny pine, and a little bit of bready character, with a lingering herbal, lemon, citrus and pine.

M - Thick medium body, velvety carbonated creaminess mouthfeel, lingering citrus pine finish.

O - I liked it but IMO, it's a little over-scored here.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.