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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Society & Solitude #5
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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.36%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-23-2012)
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WTKeene

Texas

4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 05:11:13 | More by WTKeene
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TRFD803

Connecticut

4.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasted on 1/4/14

Girlfriend and I walked into a small restaurant/wine bar named Sotto before our dinner at Trattoria Delia for a few before dinner drinks. Low and behold I see a single beer on tap and it's from Hill Farmstead. The bartender told me it was a DIPA and that I HAD to try it. My girlfriend took one sip and fell in love. We had 2 more glasses each.

A- A nice hazy yellow/orange color with minimal head.

S- Wow, did I just cut into a fresh grapefruit? One of the best smelling beers I've come across.

T- Absolutely amazing! Tons of tropical fruit notes, fresh grapefruit, citrus, truly a one of a kind taste.

M- Decent carbonation, not too bitter, definitely a beer you could enjoy multiples of.

O- Was pretty ecstatic to find this on tap in VT. This was one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2014 05:17:24 | More by TRFD803
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 02:36:49 | More by Alieniloquium
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 22:39:15 | More by sidetracked
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, served in a HF goblet. One of many. :)

A: Cloudy gold body beneath an inch of creamy eggshell head. Terrific retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Dank weed, gigantic juicy grapefruit, and nothing else. Perfect.

T: All grapefruit here. Rich, juicy, bitter, amazing hops. Smooth, clean finish. Wow.

M: Medium body, creamy carbonation. Great.

O: One of the best beers I've ever had, and a serious rival to Heady Topper for the best DIPA I've ever tasted. If only Heady hadn't just kicked at Prohibition Pig, I would have gotten to try these head to head. Instead, I just had to settle for drinking several of these back to back. The horror. ;)

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 02:19:18 | More by woosterbill
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 03:30:06 | More by stonermouse
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -12.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 00:40:06 | More by Luk13
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Hill Farmstead

And I got it just as it was starting to kick too, fortunately. Cloudy peach-yellow pour with a medium-sized white head that settled to a wispy layer of bubbles leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Lots of fresh citrus in the nose, some notes of pine and tropical fruit. The taste reflects the nose in a tremendous way, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, grass, light biscuity malts in the background. Mouthfeel is crisp and juicy, light-medium body fairly bitter in the finish, slightly higher ABV essentially unnoticeable. Great beer overall...just another in a long line of great IPAs/APAs from HF.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 19:37:59 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 21:35:11 | More by mdfb79
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 19:49:58 | More by Sean9689
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at the 2012 Harvest Festival - twice. Pours a beautiful hazy straw color with nice head. Aromas are just amazing. Big citrus/grapefruit hops! Taste is deff full of the grapefruit, but sweet hops and malts really balance the bitterness. Its just so drinkable and bursting with flavors. One of the best Double IPA's out there. Have this brew if you can get your hands on it!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 19:11:58 | More by DrinkSlurm
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a fuzzy peach color with a nice one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong grapefruit pith, fresh cut grass, pale malt and a touch of sweetness. The fruit / grass combo is killer, makes this one a joy to smell.

T - Starts off with the intense fruitiness, mostly grapefruit and other citric rind, slowly giving way to the grassy hop bitterness, pine needles, pale malt and a touch of caramel sweetness. The balance of flavors is great yet intense, hard to pull off. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fruity, bitter feel throughout with a but if dryness at the end of each sip.

O - Probably my favorite to date from the series. It has everything I look for in a DIPA yet it remains incredibly drinkable. Amazing work on this one Shaun.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 00:15:30 | More by orangesol
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on draft a few times during the Harvest Festival weekend, and a few glasses from a growler watching football on Sunday.

Pours a pale, hazed golden amber with a dense, soapy white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin collar and some clumpy lacing. Aroma and flavor are like biting into a fresh grapefruit with a surprising lack of bitterness in the finish. Aroma is ruby red grapefruit, citrus rind and skin, not particularly sweet, artificial or juicy. Flavor has a little more sugary sweetness, but continues with fresh grapefruit notes. Pulpy in the finish with long lasting lingering acidity and no bitterness. Dry, crisp and balanced, body is exceptional for this series. I realize describing this as a grapefruit IPA makes this sound like 1 of N other beers, but this was remarkably unique and exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 19:34:24 | More by yourefragile
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up yesterday from the brewery.

Poured from the 22 oz.bottle into a Hill Farmstead snifter.

a: Hazy gold with an inch tall head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Citrus

t: Citrus and pine over a very smooth medium malt base. Bitterness lingers and builds somewhat.

m: Light on the tongue but with great body.

o: Although the bottle was on ice in a hotel room for several hours,.I probably self-served this too warm. Tasty enough, but the grapefruit rind/bitterness leaves an unpleasantly bitter aftertaste. Will revise this review as necessary when a colder serve is possible.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 04:26:11 | More by scotorum
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2014 21:36:52 | More by cpetrone84
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From Notes:

Pours a murky orange with a full, foamy and bubbly dirty white head that fizzles after a long fight but leaves a persistent, liana-like lacing.

Unique aroma with orange rind, grapefruit, orange juice, sugar, malt, and beer bread.

Tastes of grapefruit juice, a squirt of orange and then some candy sweetness. Finishes off with a flowery, earthy undercurrent and lingering notes of spent grain.

Medium and fairly dry. One of the most perfectly balanced DIPA's (or any big beer for that matter) I've tasted. Alcohol heat is nonexistent.

This is a precise and focused DIPA that makes you think you accidentally grabbed the fruit juice out of the fridge, until you start to feel a very fine buzz. And I'm starting to feel a lot less crazy standing in line for over two hours after driving half the day through rain and snow and sleet to get some of this magic.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2014 23:48:55 | More by stephens101
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2013 22:48:36 | More by rlee1390
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Rheaume17

Vermont

4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2013 14:42:48 | More by Rheaume17
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2013 03:51:42 | More by VeganUndead
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2013 01:20:26 | More by jlindros
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: growler

12-19-2013 23:33:37 | More by KingdomBobcat
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2013 23:52:13 | More by rudzud
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2013 17:16:04 | More by cbutova
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler split between me and Kevin, filled at the brewery earlier that day.

Bright and hazy orange pour into a snifter. A couple fingers or so of white head fall to a thin but full cap with great webby lacing. Classic IPA appearance.

Juicy citrus fruits by the bowlful, earthy weed, with light sugar cookie and bready malts. Nice without a doubt but perhaps could be more potent.

Great mix of grapefruit, peach, lemon, earth and dank, with biscuit and light caramel sweetness for malt backing. Low bitterness makes this seem subtle in a way though the flavors are excellent.

Absurdly smooth+soft mouthfeel, creamy even, and very drinkable for the ABV. Dry finish and low-ish carbonation.

All too drinkable. Great hop flavor, low bitterness and impeccable balance.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2013 23:55:57 | More by Chico1985
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2013 12:16:08 | More by jbaker67
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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.