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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 1,077
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 6.04%
Wants: 405
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: 124 | Hads: 1,077
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)

Photo of gcamparone
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml HF growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery.

Pours a beautiful, hazy bright golden body with a 3 finger white head that reduces fairly slowly, leaving blotchy lacing and some retention. Very nice.

Absolutely inviting on the nose.. tons of citrus, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, hoppy and forward.

On the tongue citrus dominates, orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, fresh tropical fruits. The finish is not bitter at all, just straight potent hops on the follow through and throughout, absolutely fantastic! Easy drinker, medium body and medium-low carbonation.

Worth the hype. World class DIPA, plain and simple. (676 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a hazy body and a thin white head. Smell is highly citric. Grapefruit and mango seem to lead the way. Taste is grapefruit up front that turns to bready malt mid-palette. The finish is a little resinous with a medium bitterness. Fairly light bodied for a DIPA. Soft mouthfeel, almost creamy.

Great beer. Great drinkability. (363 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden color with hints of orange, nice white head with good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, pine, malty,little herbal

T-citrus, pineapple, little orange, pine, bready malt, little floral, herbal , moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-another great DIPA from HF, nice tropical fruit and great balance (347 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 9 hours ago

Consumed 1/17/15

A: Lightly hazy, medium gold, with some tangerine and orange highlights - pours with a medium, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a nice web of lacing

S: Very hoppy and very reminiscent of Society & Solitude #6 (reviewed earlier today), minus the Mosiac hop profile - dynamic citrus, with fresh oranges, grapefruit - citrus flesh and juice - nicely tropical, with some mango, pineapple, apricot, peach, and lime - very clean, classic Hill Farmstead pale ale malt base, pale grains, bread

T: Bright, fresh hops - ripe, fresh orange, grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit - juice and flesh - fresh apricot, mango, pineapple, lime, kiwi, and other fruits - so, so fruity, with floral citrus as well - sticky and resinous, with some bright pine, lightly spicy - moderate bitterness - pale malts and some bread at the base to round things out

M: Medium body, nice carbonation, finishes with lingering bitterness in the best way possible

O: Number 5. almost gets a 5

Hill Farmstead does some amazing things with hops. And this is one of the best DIPAs I have had from them. It's stupidly juicy and fruity. I hope to see this again. (1,215 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)

Photo of dboon
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Growler, thanks to Colin. Cloudy orangish/yellow pour. White head. Pleasant grapefruit hop aromas. Great mouthfeel. Smooth grapefruit and citrus/orange peel hops blend seamlessly with the caramel malt notes. Really solid with a good body and great balance. (256 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%

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. (291 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%

750ml growler filled about 2 weeks ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours light straw color with two fingers of foamy but dense bright white head. Opaque. Very good retention and leaves behind an intricate lattice of lacing. (4.5)

S: Prominent white grapefruit, along with soft orange and tangerine, and a hint of melon and kiwi. (4.5)

T: Light citrus (grapefruit) and tropical and kiwi notes, along with a bit of sweet-tinged pale malt. Very mild gripping bitterness on the finish leaves a wonderful impression. Leans more towards a hoppy pale ale on the palate, as its light and the flavors are pretty restrained. (4.5)

M: Medium-light body and soft, medium-light carbonation. (4.75)

O: Tasty, subtle flavors make this exceedingly drinkable. You could drink a bottle of this and not break a sweat. I don’t think this will actually “wow” you, but it’s in perfect balance. (4.75) (888 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Juicy and amazing. One of the best.

There is batch variability with this beer: at its worst, it is still a very nice beer; at its best, certainly one of the most enjoyable beers from the Hill Farmstead lineup. (210 characters)

Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.