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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Society & Solitude #5
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 6.36%


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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mdfb79

New York

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 21:35:11 | More by mdfb79
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-07-2012 15:23:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2012 02:15:28 | More by MasterSki
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Prost76 for this one. Reviewed from notes from election night.

Beer pours a hazy orange-yellow with a thin white head. It looks like most of the other HF DIPAs, which is to say "perfect." I rarely care about the appearance of beers, but something about the site HF's hoppy beers is just so appealing and citrusy looking. Like most HF hoppy beers, this one has an incredible citrus aroma that just hits you in the face. Flavor follows the nose, and this one is just incredibly juicy. It's a wonderful balance of sweetness, hoppy and citrus fruit here that all comes together perfectly. The fruitiness of it is really what makes this one a standout. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, another home run from Hill Farmstead. This is one of my favorite hoppy beers from them. It's maybe not quite on the level of Abner and Ephraim, but certainly right in there with S&S4 and Double Galaxy. Just awesome.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2012 05:48:26 | More by starrdogg
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler to worthy sniffer

A:golden yellow honey color with bright white heavy head totally opaque

S: when it is first poured it smells like a tropical hop paradise this pungency fades a little but it remains

T: first of all it tastes mainly as described like grapefruit so tip if the cap to Sean there. It is tart and juicy with lots of hop bitterness in the finish but it tastes like a just ate a grapefruit with that harsh tart sour aftertaste that lasts for awhile

M: smooth and somewhat oily with a light amount of carbonation that compliments the bitterness well.

O: I really like this both as an ipa and because it tastes like grapefruit plus it smells amazing its a great beer if you can get a hold of it hill farmstead does it again I'm convinced they brew nothing but greatness

Serving type: growler

12-12-2012 02:36:22 | More by Pinknuggets
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lovindahops

New York

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to crack open a 2 liter growler of society of solitude 5 that I picked from hill farmstead at the 2012 harvest fest. I really enjoyed trying this brew at the festival so my mouth is watering to tap into this growler

A- society and solitude pours a hazy tangerine orange body with a soapy white head of foam that laces the edges with marshmallow webbing. Very exuberant and glowing in my hill farmstead stemware.

S- Ridiculous grapefruit blast that embodies the description of tropical oasis. Sweet and citric catapult of literal grapefruit bombs blasting the scent profile. S&S5 pushes your nostrils off a tropical island of a citric oasis

T- A sweet and sour compilation of the aforementioned tropical flavor. A bitter mouth cringing grapefruit flavor attaches itself to the palate while a sugary spectacle of flavor lingers on. There is a caramel flavor that is at the exit with flavor that suggests some piney resinous flavor contributing and therefore balancing the hoppy grapefruit too

M- carbonated and prickly deliciousness that flows all over the palate

O- The best way to summarize society and solitude 5 is to summarize it as a tropical grapefruit neutron bomb. Very enlightening and tropical brew that explodes and graffitees your palate with bitter sweet flavor. Again, here is Shaun Hill demonstrating that DIPA's can embody many different properties. Way to go Hill Farmstead!

Serving type: growler

09-30-2012 00:09:52 | More by lovindahops
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.53/5  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.

Serving type: growler

11-24-2012 03:08:20 | More by SpeedwayJim
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 19:34:24 | More by yourefragile
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 19:11:58 | More by DrinkSlurm
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden yellow with a finger of a white head. Leaves decent lacing. Nice and hazy.

S - Grapefruit bomb. Sweet and bitter grapefruit pours out of this beer. There's really not too much else to note. If you like grapefruit forward IPAs, this is 100% for you.

T - Follows the nose quite well. Starts out with a nice sweet, juicy grapefruit flavor. Finish is dry and bitter grapefruit.

M - Really smooth, no alcohol. Medium bodied. The bitterness really builds as you drink it.

O - Another fantastic brew from Shaun. Big surprise, right? Not my favorite IPA, but for what they were going for, it's really excellent.

Serving type: growler

09-27-2012 00:04:09 | More by nrs207
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2012 20:20:18 | More by Huhzubendah
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dubinsky

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks for Nick (ilovevermont) for the hook up with this beer. Chilled 750ml growler poured into a C&B snifter/tulip.

A - Pours a super hazy and is clearly unfiltered. Reminds me of a Wit beer the way it pours. The pour yielded a frothy, white head that quickly dissipated leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Holy Citrus Batman. Huge grapefruit and orange aromas. Pineapple and pale malt lend a biscuity sweetness to even out the aroma profile

T - Another awesome tasting beer from HF. Damn these guys! Huge citrus flavors dominated by grapefruit and some tart orange juice. I’m having a hard time picking out any other flavors given how citrusy this beer is. There are slight hints of sweetness in the middle, but it finishes off as tart as it starts.

M - Although this was bottled probably a week ago, it arrived super fresh and very well carbonated. I would almost say it was mildly over carbonated for the style. The mouth feel was fairly thick and slick, almost creamy. The mouth feel of this beer is a complete opposite to what i was expecting at such a low ABV beer. Starts and finishes dry.

O - Damn, these guys at HF sure know how to brew beer. I'm used to all the usual Northern California offerings and am blown away by the beers i have tasted from this brewery. I found this to be the most drinkable, almost sessioanable IPA i have ever had. I prefer their more potent Abner but would easily say this is the second best IPA i have had from them.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2012 04:16:56 | More by dubinsky
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tarheels86

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL flip-top growler thanks to jbeatty. 2-Day air mailed to me. Poured full haze glowing orange with rich, bright white foam. Good lacing. Nose is whipped cream, butterscotch, jackfruit, mango, and typical Nelson squashiness. Taste is richer than expected with whipped cream and heavy biscuit. Flashes of sugar and alcohol. Thick, dessert like finish. Saltwater, buoyant palate with a finale of grapefruit rind. Awesome, but not as bright and refreshing as the passionfruit forward S&S#6.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2013 11:31:45 | More by tarheels86
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 00:15:30 | More by orangesol
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler split between me and Kevin, filled at the brewery earlier that day.

Bright and hazy orange pour into a snifter. A couple fingers or so of white head fall to a thin but full cap with great webby lacing. Classic IPA appearance.

Juicy citrus fruits by the bowlful, earthy weed, with light sugar cookie and bready malts. Nice without a doubt but perhaps could be more potent.

Great mix of grapefruit, peach, lemon, earth and dank, with biscuit and light caramel sweetness for malt backing. Low bitterness makes this seem subtle in a way though the flavors are excellent.

Absurdly smooth+soft mouthfeel, creamy even, and very drinkable for the ABV. Dry finish and low-ish carbonation.

All too drinkable. Great hop flavor, low bitterness and impeccable balance.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2013 23:55:57 | More by Chico1985
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WTKeene

Texas

4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on-tap at the Prohibition Pig on 12/27/13, served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: A pale and hazy orange/gold, with thick creamy head and thick creamy lacing.

Smell: Disappointingly weak. But what I do get is a lot of floral citrus and pine. Apricot comes through prominently too.

Taste: Lightly vinous, bitter, with creamy malts backing up piney hops. Believe it or not, I even got a prominent bubblegum flavor toward the end. Probably from all that yeast that made the beer so hazy. This was really delicious, and the vinous character made it somewhat distinct from the other IPAs I tried on my Vermont trip.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation. The beer seemed to stay forever.

Overall: I should have written this when my memory of the beer was clearer, but I do remember this being delicious, even with the weak nose. Glad I got an opportunity to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 05:11:13 | More by WTKeene
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HopHead84

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2012 04:43:59 | More by HopHead84
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Brad007

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 01:48:13 | More by Brad007
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Jack's Abby pint

A Pours a hazy light orange color with a pretty large white head. Lots of sticky lacing left all the way down the glass and lots of lively carbonation. Typical Hill Farmstead looking beer...

S Citrus bomb. Grapefruit, tangerine, orange and a light malt hiding out in the back.

T Follows the nose perfectly. Medium to lighter bitterness with lots of sweet grapefruit and tangerine. Sweetens up in the middle and rides out to a juicy finish. I'm always looking for the bitterness in IPAs and DIPAs but the citrus in this is crazy. and does NOT drink almost 8%.

M Medium feel with a medium amount of carbonation on the tongue. The finish is somewhere between dry and sticky.

O This beer was pretty unreal. It tastes like goddamn fruit juice with a small bitterness. These S&S's dont deviate from the awesome line. Thanks HF guys for having another top notch fest and making ridiculous beers.

Serving type: growler

09-25-2012 00:00:54 | More by Gushue3
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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...just another in a long line of great IPAs/APAs from HF.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 19:37:59 | More by Rifugium
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2012 19:55:47 | More by Thorpe429
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Treebs

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cfrancess33 for getting the growler to our tasting. 750 ml growler served in a HF wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellowish color with some orange-like hues dancing through out the body. A white head forms on the pour and recedes to a bubble ring. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Lots of juicy citrus fruits going on with this one. Grapefruit, lemon rind and some lime zest as well. Tropical fruits as well with some pineapple. A little orange pith dryness and some sweet cracker malts.

T: The taste is much more vibrant the nose. Tons of grapefruit and tangerine notes. Incredibly juicy and citrusy. Lots of orange, mango and peach with some minimal resiny bitterness on the finish. Light sweet malt profile is present.

M: Light bodied with a perfect carbonation level. Smooth and sweet with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Very delicious. I could drink growler upon growler of this one. Great balance of flavors with a high drinkability.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2013 20:30:59 | More by Treebs
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 02:36:49 | More by Alieniloquium
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utopiajane

New York

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy and like grapefruit juice. Yellow and with a thin white head of foam that fell pretty fast. Leaves some lace. Nose is citrus! Orange, grapefruit and a little sweet grass. The malt peeks it's head out with a touch of sweetness on the nose. It drinks lovely. Not a hint of alcohol on the palate. Just beautiful citrus. sweet orange, sweet earth, a touch fo grapefruit and some grass. Finishes with a perfect bitter that does not reside too long and that reminds you to take one last notice of all that fruit. Malt is a bit of weight on the palate but has a sweetness that seems to come out of no where and so delicately. Drinks clear and fruity and finishes dry but with a bit of tartness to keep your mouth watering long into the finish.

Another fabulous beer from Hill Farmstead.

Serving type: growler

04-21-2014 15:51:36 | More by utopiajane
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2013 17:16:04 | More by cbutova
Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.