Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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4.68/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-20-2013 05:43:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-09-2012 13:25:46 | More by billab914
4.45/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-14-2012 04:43:59 | More by HopHead84
4.43/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
09-23-2012 01:48:13 | More by Brad007
4.43/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
07-17-2013 02:36:49 | More by Alieniloquium
4.58/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-07-2012 15:23:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.93/5 rDev +7.9%
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. ;)
01-03-2013 02:19:18 | More by woosterbill
3.9/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
12-18-2013 23:52:13 | More by rudzud
Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.