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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 1,109
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 6.68%
Wants: 409
Gots: 76 | 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 GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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Photo of cbutova
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank's so much to the awesome franklinn for this, along with many other VT treats. I should note that sadly, this growler is almost 4 weeks old. I just couldn't pick it up until now. It's almost completely filled to the top and has been kept very cold until now, when I poured it into my Bruery tulip.

Appearance. Pours a very hazy honey-gold with two fingers of thick white head that leaves some great bands behind.

Smell. The smell is absolutely massive as I pour this into the glass. Big piney, floral hops with a bunch of yellow grapefruit and other citrus fruits. There's also some great, lightly toasted malts backing those hops and just a faint hint of stinky socks ...hey, that's what I'm getting.

Taste. Sweet yellow and pink grapefruits with some bitter rinds. There's a little orange and lime present ans well along with some nice lightly toasted light grains. There's a bit of juicy sweetness but the finish is dry. Just an explosion of flavour with a good amount of bitterness. Really awesome stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a medium amount of creamy, velvety smooth carbonation.

Overall. We have a winner here folks. The juicy grapefruit flavours along with that amazing creamy, yet still well carbonated mouthfeel is really something to behold. This has to be the best DIPA I've ever tasted, despite my early reviews of another being higher. I couldn't imagine this tasting any better despite the growler being filled several weeks ago.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
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. ;)


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Photo of BMMillsy
4.76/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a growler 24 hours after the 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvestfest.

Society and Solitude #5 pours a hazy straw yellow with a medium sized, creamy head on top. The foam is slow to dissolve leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with pine, grapefruit and lemon citrus. A touch of bready pale malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is oily on the palate with a good firm carbonation. The flavor has lots of lemon and grapefruit citrus as well as some pine. There's some bubblegum sweetness and a touch of bready pale malt found in the background. The beer finishes dry and bitter and slightly tart. Once gone the lemon citrus lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer that's loaded with hop flavor, but the aroma fades quickly.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of thebigredone
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jon for hooking me up with this.

Poured from a growler to a New Belgium snifter. Small white head, extremely hazy golden color. Basically opaque, cannot see through this beer at all.

The smell is where this beer shines. Grapfruity, citrus, pine, I love the nose on this. Best smell ever.

Taste follows the grapefruity smell. Bitter grapefruit, a msall amount of malt, a bit of pine and cirus on the finish. Mouthfeel is great.

Overall, this is an excellent DIPA. I am extremely happy I got to try it!

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled growler into a glass. I'm getting lazy about reviewing, but after having this from 3 separate growlers (thanks Jason and Chris for 2 of those), I don't think I can make any excuses.

A: Looks like unfiltered peach juice capped with frothy, lacy off-white head. Again, my usual disclaimer about how "I like clarity but this is an exceptional beer so I will temporarily restrict my standards" applies.

S: Grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple. Some pale malt sweetness. Very strong, expressive aroma.

T: Grapefruit with lesser elements of pineapple and orange pulp. Bitterness is moderate in the mid-taste but nonexistent in the aftertaste. Pure citrus flavor throughout. There may be an element of sweetness during the taste, but the finish is dry, so I think that's just a mental trick from the fruitiness.

M: It's worth noting that when I was serving this at a tasting, I proudly asserted that this was "only 5.6%." I think that underscores how [scarily] drinkable this is; it drinks like something much, much lighter and can be deadly in larger quantities. This is remarkably clean and dry, with no lingering bitterness, no heaviness, no detectable ABV...

O: Hill Farmstead consistently churns out quality IPAs and DIPAs. This is no different. I prefer Abner to this one, but we're talking about incremental degrees of excellence at this point.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tyler for this one. 22oz growler into a snifter.

Pours a 1 finger frothy white head that dissipates slowly. Beer is a pale, cloudy lemon. Lacing is thick, layered, and patchy. Pretty beer.

Nose is aromatic as hell. Citrus, pine, mango, papaya and other tropical fruits. Real sweet, fruity and super appetizing. Real pulpy and grassy too.

Opens with a big citrus punch. Grapefruit, papaya and passion fruit along with a strong cane sugar backbone. Fruity hop bitterness comes in towards the middle to tie things together and balance the sweetness. Finishes with more mango, papaya, and other tropical fruit flavors. Aftertaste is pleasantly citrus. Very nearly perfect.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Light and prickly in the mouth and on the tongue and aggressive and quenching going down. Finishes messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Can't get enough of this one!

Another very nearly perfect pale ale from Hill Farmstead. I'm convinced they churn out the best variety of consistently amazing ipas of any brewery around.

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Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Society & Solitude #5 from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont.

Score: 92

Two-and-a-half week old growler that was brought to me courtesy of a good friend, and kept ice cold the whole time. Served in a Perennial tulip/snifter hybrid glass and enjoyed on 08/11/13.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden straw color with two fingers of frothy white head that settles to a wispy coating outlined by a thick ring of head around the edges of the glass. Very good lacing, good retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Earthy spiced hops, orange peels, spruce, pineapple, grapefruit and a hint of white wine. As the beer warms, the earthy spiciness falls off and the tropical juiciness comes through more in the nose. 4.25/5

Taste: Quite bitter, less juicy-sweet than I would have guessed on the nose. Bitter pineapple/grapefruit and "hoppy white grape" up front, with orange rind and woody/piney hops on the finish. Spicy caramel malt backbone, has just a dash of onion-iness that complements the spice. The bitterness and earthiness linger, but do not "layer" such that they get overly intense. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, medium-light carbonation gives good life to the bitterness of the brew. Oily mouthfeel. 4.25/5

Overall: A well-rounded, nicely crafted imperial IPA with a good malt backbone, a pleasing bitterness level and easy drinkability, but it is not up to par with some of Hill Farmstead's better hoppy beers such as Society & Solitude #4, Abner, Ephraim or Double Citra. This brew is definitely worth seeking out, but it is not one of the "can't miss" beers in their portfolio.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml growler fill.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled at Hill Farmstead earlier today. Poured into HF stemmed glass.

A- Pours a hazy slightly orange yellow with about a finger's worth of foamy head that recedes fairly fast and leaves some foamy layered lacing. Decent carbonation.

S- Grapefruit (when they said think Grapefruit they weren't kidding), orange peel, light lemon zest. Nicely balanced, nice aroma strength, and definitely pleasant.

T- Grapefruit, orange peel, light lemon zest. Nicely balanced fruity taste that lingers and finishes without much bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very smooth, abv pretty much non existent. Pretty much perfect feel for an IPA.

O- This was a very nice IPA that easily stands up to the SS4 that preceded this. Nice grapefruit presence with a light zest and pretty much nonexistent bitterness. I think this came out pretty much exactly how they wanted it to come out. My only major complaint is that it should be made year round.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler (Harvest Fest)
New Belgium Globe

A: Hazy as hell golden orange color. About a finger of bright white head. Leaving some sticking lacing sheets. There is some yeast in suspension floating around. Again, so cloudy.

S: Tons of piney grapefruit notes. Very reisinous. Smells so inviting. Low malt bill. Hop bomb. Right in my wheel house.

T: Lots of crazy hop bitterness on tongue. Just really attacking it. Tons of pine and grapefruit. Hop bomb. Low malt bill. I like the lower ABV for a DIPA. Not as sweet with the lower malt too.

M: Medium bodied. Lighter than most DIPAs.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.