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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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Photo of Zonk
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (866 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 CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of VetsPackage
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (646 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 Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of tylerstravis
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (497 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 Benesi88
3.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wasn't a fan of this beer. I taste a lot of caramel and grapefruit but to me this was far too sweet- almost cloyingly sweet. To me this doesn't have the usual hill farmstead feel to it. (187 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pilsner glass, the beer is a hazy, yellow-gold coloring with a foamy, clingy, bright white head. Aromas of lemon, subtle pepper spice, cut grass, subtle piney notes, and a bready backbone. Highlights of tangerine and basil. Very balanced aromas. The flavors are an amazingly balanced blend of lemon, candi sugar, cut grass, pine tassels, and a bready backbone. Highlights of tangerine, basil, and hints of pepper. Extremely balanced on a smooth, robust body. Amazingly balanced, even into the peppery and citrus sweet aftertaste. The finish is smooth, soft, and quickly dry at the end. Very well balanced, amazingly crafted beer! (658 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i havent had a ton of the wild or dark stuff from hill farmstead, and i know its all been really well received, but for me, its the hoppy stuff that makes them stand apart, and this series, and this beer in particular, are what thats all about. the more i drink these beers this week, the more i think they all kind of look the same, very hazy yellow, pale straw colored without visible sediment and tall frothy white heads that leave all kinds of intricate lacing on the edges of the glass. as many as ten of their hoppy beers look like this, and this iteration does as well. its the nose and taste that make this one stand out from the others, you really get the new zealand hops there, but unlike some of the others they do with these hops, this one actually brings the bitterness in the finish. i suppose it is a grapefruit peel sort of bitterness, not a generic hop intensity, but its much more bitter than a lot of their other ones. the oily resiny part comes way sooner, really early actually compared to the field, about the middle of the beer. its juicy and ripe and very much alive, but it doesnt taste like other ipa. there must be some wheat and even oats in here fluffing up the body and rounding the edges, there is nothing harsh about this, including its abv, which should really come through a lot more than it does. i am just so impressed with the composition of this beer on the whole, awesomely fresh from the tap, and frankly one i should have slowed down and savored a little more, its just so easy to drink beer this good. i would really love to try the other beers in this series, but this one sure is a winner. not to be passed up if you are lucky enough to come across it. (1,697 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. I have had one Society & Socitude before, the fourth iteration. Loved it. This one has New Zealand hops; love those, too. Poured a cloudy orange color. Aroma is a blast of fruity hops. A damn blast. Tangerine and grapefruit and other puréed fruits. Hops just flexing about with no regard for human souls. Doesn't necessarily remind me of New Zealand hops but I don't mind, it smells delectable. Flavor is very proud and strong. Pure hop immulsion. Hops are of orange, tangerine, lemon, pineapple and guava. So strong but still so smooth. Bitter but not an enamel stripper. I always love heading to VT in the Summer and gorging myself on their delicious liquid gifts. I had Society & Solitude 4 several years prior to this but I remember loving it and I feel the same about this one as well. (799 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've ever had period. All Hill Farmstead beers are near perfect but this one elevates itself above their other offerings. If I could rate higher than 5 for all 5 categories I would. (191 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 BMMillsy
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery. Pours cloudy yellow with a big creamy white head that just sticks all over the glass. Aroma of grapefruits, pineapples, mangoes, some pine and grass, really nice. Flavor is off the hook. Lots of bitterness here, but it gets your palate ready for the sweet pineapple and mango, along with lots of citrus fruits, and then a final kick of bitter dry pine. Finishes clean as can be (no surprise there for HF). Body is relatively light for a DIPA, but creamy with nice sweet malt backing. Goes down way too easy. This is fantastic. (552 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: hazy tangerine with a bone head. S: bitter orange, tropical fruit, a fleeting hint of anise seed. F: bitter orange, tropical fruit, a bit of pine and minerals. Juicy but with a clean finish. (193 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to @Evilash for muling this for me from HF. Poured from a HF 750ml growler into a HF stem glass. My wife shared a small glass of it with me. Like the other HF pale ales/IPAs I've been lucky enough to try, what sets this apart is the incredibly clean finish. It's hoppy and juicy, but the finish is so amazingly clean. It's a marvel how they are able to do that with their pales. Bitterness and fruit from the hops come forward in the flavor. An outstanding offering, one that is right up there with the best IPAs I've had. (544 characters)

Photo of Devman171
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (157 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 papat444
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
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)

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