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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 6.35%
Wants: 281
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-23-2012)
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

OnryAndMean, Dec 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

ejeffer11, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

rjm0715, Dec 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Brendog9, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

RMoeNay, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Bilco
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Bilco, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

jbaker67, Dec 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

jayhunter357, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

PHBoiler, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

waddellc2, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Growler

Had my eye on this guy, thanks Ryan! A hazy, glowing tangerine orange liquid gurgles from the swingtop. There's no seeing through the body of this beer but there are some golden highlights when backlit. A pure white head rises to a moderate cap and stays put leaving momentary drink lines down the glass.

I can smell this beer while it sits on the table 3' from my nose. Smells like weed. When I smell closer though it's more grapefruit and Mandarin orange, pineapple and mango. The weed is still there but the grapefruit and oranges are bright and in your face. There's a touch of lactic quality to the citrus and a soft backbone of crackery malt. Very nicely done.

The first thing I notice in the flavor profile is that crackery malt, it makes itself comfortable through the finish. Citrus is the highlight, a mix of Mandarin oranges, grapefruit, that soft lactic sweetness again, that the more I drink the more reminds me of overripe pineapple, and good green on the finish. While the citrus is nice my favorite part of the flavor profile is the dank finish. The flavor doesn't snap like the nose but that'd be pretty hard to do.

I'd have to say the body is moderate but the carbonation leaves it feeling even lighter, which I appreciate in IPAs. The finish is nicely dry and while the bitterness doesn't hit you immediately it seems to grow long after each drink.

Society & Solitude #5...A damn fine IPA. Right in the alcohol wheelhouse I appreciate, bursting with juicy citrus, and drinkability off the charts. This would be a dangerous beer to have readily available. I'd love some more of this. Thanks again, Ryan!

joe1510, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

AOShabaz, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jw1978, Dec 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

shehateme, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

jamvt, Dec 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml Hill Farmstead growler into a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Color is a hazy honey with a lacey white head 1.5 fingers high.
Smell is ridiculous. Citrus, especially lemon, crisp.
Taste is right in line with aromas. Delicious, refreshing citrus hops with very little bitterness.
Mouthfeel is lots of tiny tiny bubbles on my tongue, finishes clean.
Overall, flat out amazing douple IPA. Hides the ABV totally. Quenching, refreshing, delicious.

BoldRulerVT, Dec 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

schmidtmattsays, Dec 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

trevorpost, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Knapp85, Dec 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

In_Control_Mike, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Bilco for the growler.

Appearance: Hazy peach-tinged gold. White head starts off huge with loose large bubbles. Drops to a tiny wispy cap and small collar. Sticky lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Juicy mango and peach laced with a hint of pineapple. Some backing oily pine. A touch of mint with some backing dank herbal notes. Malt runs a little bready with some mild pale malt sweetness. Nice and clean with some hints of yeasty esters. Fresh flowers. Leafy.

Taste: Solid pine and pith bitterness up front. Juicy mango and peach follow. Soft pale malt sweetness with an almost powdery yeast finish. Hemp seed with some lingering mint. Nicely bitter. Some pith and bright tropical fruit. Oh yeah mango. Some nice backing pineapple. Warms nicely, offering a decent balance with an assertive lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Carries that distinct medium and creamy body I've come to expect from draft Hill Farmstead. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish, with a juicy initial sip. Easy drinking, especially for the style.

Overall: Build me a cabin and put this on tap and I'll go Walden.

A nice, if slightly less than mind blowing beer from Hill Farmstead. I really dig the balance and the hop profile. Nicely bitter. Carries all the trademarks of a Hill Farmstead pale ale and that's a mighty fine pedigree.

Goblinmunkey7, Dec 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Denzo, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

earljones199, Nov 29, 2013
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ScotNH, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Saltee, Nov 23, 2013
Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.