Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On-tap at 2012 Hill Farmstead Harvest Fest.
Pours a hazy light yellow-orange with a dense white head that lingers nicely and leaves lots of lacing.
Aroma of bitter citrus, grapefruit, and lemon.
Upfront flavors of orange, lemon, light grapefruit and tropical fruit. A little herbal presence. Bitter finish. Lingering lemon/tropical fruit.
Medium body with moderate to slightly high carbonation. Kind of foamy finish.
Good, enjoyable IPA with moderate bitterness. Nice citrus flavor and aroma.
Serving type: on-tap
06-24-2013 22:39:15 | More by sidetracked
4.25/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
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.
Serving type: growler
05-02-2013 03:45:45 | More by jegross2
Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.