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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 1,085
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: 125 | Hads: 1,085
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)

Photo of flipper2gv
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

From a bottle had at the brewery last week.

A: It's a DIPA, they almost all look the same: hazy yellow/light golden color with pure white head, lots of frothy volume, good lacing and retention.

S: Apparently this one has New Zealand hops, and all of the beers I had with hops from there had a lychee or gooseberry like aroma to them. This one follows the rule. There is a ton of lychee and sweet grapefruit coming out of this one with even a tiny bit of green grape. The malt is almost indistinguishable.

T: Right off the bat you get attacked by a strong bite of grapefruit rind kind of bitterness. Then, there is a strong wave of juicy sweet lychee, red grapefruit, gooseberry, green grapes and lime juice. Pale malts are there but wayy wayy back.

M: Super light and fluffy with minimal stickiness, perfect.

O: To me, this is better than Abner and puts it on the same level as Double Sunshine. Great great beer and a bit of an exotic twist on the style. Love it! (968 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

The beer comes in a hazy bright golden color.

The aroma jumps out of grapefruit, citrus peel, and lots of green grassiness.

The flavor follows with that tropical flavor in the front, grapefruit throughout, a hint of bready sweetness, and then onto a signature Galaxy grassiness and almost aspirin astringency. The beer is slightly dominated on the back end by bitterness.

Clearly still world class beer, but I prefer Abner and Societe and Solitude # 6. (455 characters)

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 8/8/14 and poured next day into Belgian ale glass.

A) Pale cloudy amber-yellow with a two-finger head, significant retention, and plenty of lacing.

S) Very strong grapefruit up front from the hops. Some orange, lemon. Malts in background.

T) Grapefruit, orange, lemon, some tropical notes as well. A little bit of pepper on the finish. Dry malt in background.

M) Medium-body, medium-carbonation, dry finish. Unbelievable balance. This is fantastic.

Just phenomenal. Right up there with the very best of DIPAs. (529 characters)

Photo of beerjunky413
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22. Extremely bright yellow (2-3 SRM), hazy. Well but not overly carbonated. Reeks of tropical fruits and pungent hops. Tastes like a funky hop/pineapple creamsicle. Mouthfeel is unbelievably dense and chewy despite it's extreme drinkability. Hops linger on the tongue for what seems like forever. Wow! This might be the best DIPA I've ever had. Highly recommended. (379 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Slatetank for sharing the spoils of your recent VT trip with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded pale yellow color with a firm white topping that persists. The brew plays the part well visually as expected.

The aroma contains notes of citrus with grass clippings, pine and herbal components. Some solvent alcohol and sulfur emerges with a swirl. This has a very fresh yet generic sort of hop bite that smells like pellet hops crushed up in my hands.

The taste is bitey with grassy bitterness blending to pulp/zest/pith of orange. Some solvent alcohol pokes through the back end breaking things up. The taste of this is very familiar, though ive never had this offering before.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A good brew thats fresh and enjoyable with a creeping amount of alcohol inclusion. I know, I know - cast your stones at me for not being a believer in the golden nectar that flows from the farmstead on the hill. From what ive had, their hoppy offerings just taste nearly indifferent from one another (in my opinion.) (1,092 characters)

Photo of Tmyhre802
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at HF 4th Anniversary Party

A-Hazy gold and yellow with a nice white foam.

S-More citrus than grapefruit, but the fruits were certainly were apparent.

T-Amazing taste, fruits are still present but the hops are wonderfully balanced.

M-Such a drinkable beer, the s&s are always some of my favorites and this was perhaps the most drinkable.

O-This was one of my favorites, glad I choose Blackback to post-up in during the beermageddon in waterbury so I could try this! (478 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Nice head, foamy. Nice hoppy smell. Taste pretty good, very bitter and very fresh. A straightforward Double IPA. Very nice body, and nice thickness. Not very memorable, but a really nice beer. Wouldn't mind having more. (259 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a brilliant glowing golden orange, with a half inch head, and a good amount of sticky foamy lacing down the glass.

Smells like orange, grapefruit, a small amount of pine, and pineapple.

This one is so smooth I could die. Not bitter at all, just loads of fresh fruity hop flavor. Lots of citrus- grapefruit, orange, some lemon, a little bit of pineapple, and a tiny bit pine that doesn't add any bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp mouthfeel, just an unbelievable mouthfeel, as is expected with Hill Farmstead IPAs. Goes down so easily. Medium pleasant carbonation.

Need I say more? Hill Farmstead strikes again. This was awesome! (693 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this from the 750ml growler courtesy of tenderbranson69, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden lemon meringue with thick 2 fingers of rocky white head while a web of lace sticks to the glass with fine bead. The smell is great with lots of hops- tons of citrus and dank herbal aromas with some tropical fruit which brings to mind pineapple mostly. The feel is great -resinous texture of copious hop oils with light sweet malt and semi-dry finish with moderate carbonation -the alcohol is hardly detectable and bitterness only really increases in the end with low astringency throughout.

The flavor is wonderful with a bevy of fruit from the hops which seems tropical up front but the flavor verges on grapefruit and slight tangerine with more pineapple and herbal flavors continuing throughout the taste with only a slight sweetness of malt and gentle astringent tea-like taste with an almost spicy element toward the finish which is dry - tons of juicy and dank hop flavors which are fresh and vibrant. Overall one of the best Imperial IPA's based on freshness and pure hop intensity without being an assalt of hop bitterness, very fresh and intense with lots of Mary jane type similarities from the cousin in this. The smell and moutfeel with only a little grassy hints in the finish. (1,311 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a snifter. This was filled at the brewery 6 days before drinking.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber/yellow and leaves a finger of white, fluffy head that slowly fades.

Smell: Citrus hops, light pine, light peach. Very refreshing aroma.

Taste: Matches the aroma well: citrus, pine, hint of peach. Quite juicy which is really nice.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes really smooth.

Overall: Wonderful hop-forward IPA - the hops are really able to shine in this one. Really smooth for a DIPA. (573 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler. Thanks Anthony. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass on 5/20/2014.

A- Predictably (by now) hazy straw yellow body, effervescent two-finger white head with fantastic retention. Rings of lacing initially and as the beer goes down. Beautiful as always.

S- Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, some pine. A subtle but distinct Nelson-like spiciness. But this is a more fruit forward nose backed up by the smallest but sufficient pale malt toffee flavours.

F- Pineapple, passion fruit, citrus on the front end with a nice but subtle caramel malt backbone and a nice graininess hitting in the middle, finishing with a mildly bitter pine and citrus finish. Wonderfully complex, but it does remain a bit subtle.

M- Medium body that is incredibly soft and smooth as expected from HF pale ales. Not terribly bitter but a lot of pine and citrus character on the backend. Wonderfully drinkable without any hint of heat.

O- Very good DIPA, doesn't quite compare to S&S #4 or Abner/Ephraim for that matter, but this is most certainly still a true pleasure to drink. (1,073 characters)

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

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Spencer goblet. Filled 5/16, consumed 5/18.

A vigorous pour yields a glowing, hazy deep yellow liquid with a tight bone-white head, maybe two fingers high. Good retention and plentiful, sticky webs of lacing.

In the nose, massive displays of fresh tropical fruits. Copious pineapple, as well as ruby red grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, orange, and hints of pine resin and pale malt.

In the mouth, juicy grapefruit up front, with pineapple, mango, passionfruit, and lemon zest all playing supporting roles. Subtly sweet pale malt appears mid-palate, as well as something I can best describe as an almost Chardonnay grape-like vinous note. Finishes dry and slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel is excellent--creamy and lush, with good carbonation keeping the beer lively and easy-drinking. No hint of alcohol here at all.

On the whole, this was everything I had hoped it would be. A truly world-class beer from my neighbors in VT, and reason enough unto itself to make the 4-hour pilgrimage. I can't wait to try the rest of the beers I picked up from Shaun Hill & Co. (1,096 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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! (392 characters)

Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.