Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.33%
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Gots: 54 | 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

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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 Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Moll for grabbing the growler for me. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Nose has loads of grapefruit and accompanying peel. Very dry. Fairly bitter, but not super over the top. Pretty light body. Another huge winner from Hill Farmstead. I am not surprised.

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

I really can't think of many other DIPAs as good as this...retaining all the hops, keeping a crisp mouthfeel with no malty/heavy body, and having the higher ABV so well hidden.

Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2L growler from Jim (jale). Thanks a ton dude! Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lacework. Murky peach juice color that is fairly light, but seems to be typical of Hill Farmstead's hoppy beers in this ABV range.

S - Smells like grapefruits. There's some citrus flesh, light grass, and a touch of orange zest, but this is heavy on ripe grapefruits. Not much malt character either, with just the lightest pale malt and vanilla wafer backing things up.

T - The taste is redolent of grapefruits too, with lots of citrus pulp and zest present. Moderate bitterness and a very restrained malt backbone - just a ton of bitter grapefruit flesh and zest. Perhaps a touch of grass in there as well.

M - Medium body, with pleasant active but soft carbonation. Very dry in the finish, with tons of lingering hop oils and resins. No perceptible alcohol.

D - Very easy to drink at 7.8%, with tons of flavor. I love the dry texture, and attenuated malt bill - Shaun can roll with the best West Coast Pale Ale brewers. I like this significantly more than #4, and I managed to crush the entire growler with a little help from the indefatigable Marie Curiosity. Hopefully Hill Farmstead revisits some of the best recipes from this series of beers.

Photo of mdfb79
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -12.7%
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.)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is hazy golden yellow with a white head. Citrus and hops, grapefruit, orange, rind. Smells fabulous. Smooth and delicious. Lingering hops with a delectable bitterness. Little malt profile. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Another winner from Shaun and the folks at Hill Farmstead.

Photo of yourefragile
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a stone snifter. It poured a hazy light golden color with a thick foamy white head. Great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows some Juicy peach and tropical fruit flavors. A little grapefruit rind bitterness mixing in along with some light notes of grapes. A little of the pale malts peek through. Very nice hoppy aroma overall.

The taste shows a little more of the grapefruit rind and crisp grape notes to it at first. Peach and tropic fruit lead into a dry finish. Really great juicy and bright hoppiness to it.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Very good beer overall, loved the juicy bright hoppiness. Very drinkable and flavorful.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/13/2012

Growler from Barry, thanks! Snifter.

A: Very hazy yellow orange with a frothy white head. Scattered lacing.

S: Spicy grapefruit with notes of mango, tangerine, and orange. Exceptional fruit profile. Perfumy floral notes with no malt influence. There's a little lemon in there.

T: Very dry with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Lots of rind as well as flesh. Upper moderate bitterness with no real sweetness to shelter the palate from the hop onslaught. Dry, bitter, juicy, well attenuated finish. No evident booze.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A great addition to the Society & Solitude series. Very nice.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy golden orange color with good carbonation leaving a small fluffy white cap which resedes after a few sips revealing layers of white rings clinging to the edge of the glass.

S: Healthy doses of pine needles, grapefruit and some orange peel. Very appealing and pleasant

T: An immediate grapefruit, pine resin meet the palate with a moderate dry hop bitterness. The malt bill is very light on this really leaving the hops to work overtime. Light booze, bigger pine and citrus notes keep the taste buds salivating. The finish is clean, a little sweetness, bitter and it has a drying but resiny duo thing going on.

M: Medium bodied, almost light to medium, well carbonated. Very airy, pleasant.

O: Again, so nice, wanted a bit more body. Again, this beer is just so damn clean and tasty that i did not even care. Very well crafted beer.

Photo of kscaldef
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Peach juice, splash of mango. A little pineapple on the nose. Delicious.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler to HF Stemmed tulip. Growler filled on Sept 22, consumed on October 5th.

A - Very cloudy golden yellow with some orange in the centre. Half a finger of white head with moderate lacing.

S - Massive hit of fresh grapefruit, pine and orange zest with a fairly noticeable but not overwhelming bitterness. Some sweet honey/caramel in the background.

T - A bitter punch up front with one of the most pungent grapefruit rind flavours I've tasted in a beer. While most grapefruit-forward IPAs taste of fresh grapefruit juice, this one definitely tastes of the bitter rind, not the fruit. There are also lighter peach and orange zest flavours present with a lighter honey/caramel malt sweetness in the background. The finish is bitter and dry.

M - Medium body; chewy with the typical HF IPA dryness that I love. Light carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looked like an extremely cloudy, vibrant color yellow, not dissimilar to many American wheats or hefeweizens. White head, looked distinct and respectable. Aroma was out of this world, heavenly luscious tropical fruit aromas, this is the creme de la creme of new proprietary hop aromas coming out, this ain't your daddies C hop bomb (nothing wrong with that though).

Taste is replete with solid citrus and tropical fruit bursts, very juicy, the bitterness is very doable, fruit stripe gum kind of pleasantness without all the coppery bitter bite of bandwagon jumper double ipa fools in recent years. A distinct amount of peach to it. Malt aspect of the beer is only enough to keep the hops running in ridiculous amounts of flavor punch. Its light. Pineapple and peach together at last, with all kinds of mango, lemon and tangerine thrown in to round out the hop mouthfeel. Yowza! Typical for Hill Farmstead, the alcohol is nowhere to be found tastewise, its just a massively enjoyable beer. Extremely dry finish, this is just one of many beers to seek out if you call yourself a hophead.

Massively awesome stuff.

Photo of Brad007
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Hill Farmstead Autumn Harvest Festival in a 750ml bottle. I honestly had not sampled the previous four in this series so I was not sure what to expect.

Pours a cloudy orange-blonde with a two-finger head that fades to lacing in my glass. I was not expecting the cloudiness but perhaps it's there for a reason?

Spicy with a touch of pine and citrus in the nose. It tingles my olfactory gland, mellowing me out.

Wow. It starts with a touch of pine that morphs into a tsunami of acidic grapefruit with a sweet, biscuity backbone. Something about this just feels so right.

It's all in the mouthfeel. The hops fade and lead to a buttery, doughy, lupulin-soaked aftertaste. Wow.

Sure, scoff at the repetitive use of "wow". I am very happy with this selection.

Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of VeganUndead
3.92/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of jbaker67
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Josh(?) for sharing.

a - light soft straw yellow with foamy IPA head. swirling my glass brings things back to life.
s - perfection. really just and amazing smell. IPA dreams.
t - wow. crazy good. grapefruit, citrus, everything you look for in a well crafted IPA.
m - soft easy drinker. a bit on the thin side.
o - overall, one of the best IIPAs I've ever had. Hill Farmstead really doesn't make a bad beer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of cbutova
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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