Society & Solitude #5
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Society & Solitude #5Society & Solitude #5
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #28
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
100
Ranked #104
Avg:
4.55 | pDev: 6.15%
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
1,621
From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  450
Gots
  174
SCORE
100
World-Class
Society & Solitude #5Society & Solitude #5
Notes: Our experimental Double IPA series continues.

Imperial IPA. American and New Zealand hops. Think Grapefruit.
Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 1,621 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy yellow with an orange tint to it. Nice fluffy head and good lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, pine resin, peach, candied malt.

T: Moderate bitterness upfront, big juicy fruit character follows. Mango, papaya, peach and a resinous pine character. The malt adds some sweetness enhancing the juiciness of the beer.

F: Full bodied, but drying on the finish.

Overall: A superb DIPA, just your average Hill Farmstead hoppy brew. You really can't go wrong with these guys.

Sep 12, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/14/20
Consumed 7/31/20

It’s very pretty for a beer. The perfect Instagram shot can be has for anyone with this given it’s bright colors. There’s a little lacing that stays around. I don’t get as much on the nose as I’d like from the absolute favorite IPAs I’ve had. It smells grapefruit zesty and you get that on the tongue. The beer shines through in its bitter balance with sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Why do they make these in only 12oz cans!! My favorite Hop Butcher IPAs often have a softer mouthfeel than this guy, but this is still wonderful. Wow, a great IPA and so glad to be able to have some. Would never pass on it.

Aug 01, 2020
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Jlabs from New York

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass via draft

Color is banana yellow

Smell is dank and pungent pine and tropical fruits

Taste follows the nose very nicely..no alcohol burn here at all..very smooth

Carbonation is medium

Mouthfeel is creamy

Its easy to see why this rates so high..a textbook example of a New England IPA
World Class stuff

Dec 08, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up some cans at the brewery at the end of August. This is a tasty vermont IPA, hazy but not gritty. Excellent mouthfeel for the style. Great tropical aromas and flavors but this came in just a touch behind Double Galaxy for me. Good beer no doubt.

Sep 22, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit aroma jumps out of the can when you pop the top. Hazy and juicy in the glass with a nice, silky head. New England fruity hop flavor blends with the bite of New Zealand hops. The long sustained taste is absolute heaven.

Sep 07, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at HF in Oct of 2015. I just found this on some notes I had made. I am putting in some review numbers so I can keep a list on BeerA so I can find what I have had at HF. So this rating really doesn’t count if you read this.

Aug 02, 2019
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DanielMurtagh from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright yellow and hazy, with an appropriate amount of head.

Smells like a pineapple made sweet love to a passionfruit.

Tastes of gentle grapefruit bitterness right away that's balanced with the right amount of malty sweetness.

Feels like I'm going to drink 5 of these because of how smooth this body is.

Overall this is a very drinkable Imperial IPA thats heavy enough to want to take your sweet time with it, yet refreshing enough to want another sip right as you put the glass down. Yet another great brew from the wizards up in Northern VT.

Jun 25, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium hazy orange, quarter inch silky cap. Aroma has lots of soft melon, pink grapefruit & orange. Palate is stronger on the grapefruit, a little bit of pineapple, very delicate with little bitterness.

Jun 20, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - 1-finger dense, creamy offwhite cap of a head atop a gorgeous, orange juice body.

S - grapefruit, pineapple, herb.

T - incredible grapefruit flavors. Juicy flesh, bitter rind, with a touch of balancing dankness. Clean middle, with a dry finish. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with slightly below average carb.

O - she’s a beaut, Clark. A beaut.

Apr 07, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours slightly dull opaque yellow with a dense white head. Strings of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Aroma leans to a slightly sweet citrus with a nice grain aroma. Mild mango light tangerine, mild dank weed aroma, not much bitterness.

Taste - Ripe mango, citrus peel, the New Zealand hops are prominent. Nice earthy taste mild floral flavor, great ripe citrus flavors.

Feel - medium bodied soft pretty dry finish.

Overall - Really well done IPA, really earthy easy drinking.

Apr 04, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Berries, white grape, tropical fruits, pineapple, passionfruit, citrus, grapefruit, some caramelized malt, floral, earthy dankness, medium plus bodied

Mar 24, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, attractive gold color with a 2 finger, dense bright white head. Great looking.

The aroma is light and fresh with notes of grapefruit and tangerine, though not too sweet.

The flavor follow the smell with well-balanced, light and fresh citrus and tangerine flavors with a hint of florals brought on by a semi-sweet light malt base. The finish is clean with orange notes.

Feel is soft with a light effervescence and very low bitterness.

This is just a fantastic, unpretentious beer that is masterfully crafted with balance in mind. It should be an award winner IMO.

Nov 18, 2018
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JRG281 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden and hazy. Immediate fruity aroma fills the room. The beer starts as nice as it smells, but then ends a little empty and bitter. This is my favorite of the Hill Farmstead beers I've tried, but not my favorite beer. Still worth buying when it's available.

Nov 12, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the prettiest beers I have seen in a while, this pours a hazy orange juice color with a nice two fingers of head. Head lasts a while before breaking leaving generous lacing.

Smell is really quite tropical and fruity. I'm getting a sweet citrus and melon dominance with a touch of a pith or pine in there too.

Taste is a follow-through of the nose, with the sweet juicy tropicals coming through strong. It seems kind of a hoppy fruit juice. Bitterness of pith and pine on the back end.

Feel is creamy and smooth as all get out. Carbonation is spot on, and the finish brings a dry earthy bitterness that lasts and lasts.

I am going to say that I am lucky to have had this beer. And to be honest, it's a couple of months old and still fantastic. I know if I had regular access to this, I'd have a fridge full.

Oct 03, 2018
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Ready4aHeady from New York

4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

drank from 12 oz can poured into tulip glass, a little over 4 weeks old--- no sign of weedy old hops, still very fresh tasting....delicious brew---nice balance of upfront fruitiness, pineapple mostly w a little grapefruit, followed by balancing mellow bitterness...Nice!

Sep 29, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12/2013 - Big pineapple and orange nose, with some grapefruit lingering; large hop body with resinous notes dominating, and fruity grapefruit in the back; tangy bitterness on finish.

Sep 27, 2018
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Aug-27-2018


A:
Pours a hazy chamomile tea-color with a finger or so of white head that drops to a film. Ok retention; moderate lacing. (4)

S:
Sugary tropical fruits and underbrush. Mango, candied orange peel, a little lacquery alcohol. (4.25)

T:
Really interesting balance between fruity and earthy hop flavors. Almost tropical sweet, almost piney, almost minty/herbal, riding a crest of biscuity malt. (4.5)

M:
Bright, creamy body with active carbonation and smooth finish that still lingers a bit. (4.25)

O:
A very nice beer from HF.
It is a nice little hop showcase that manages to be multiple things at once, all in harmony. I have a hard time describing it but the aroma and flavors are balanced along the border of the classic IPA flavors (old and new). Different facets of different hop characters holding each other up. Drinkable and generally enjoyable. I'd like to try it with a little smoother alcohol presence maybe, though admittedly I feel like that does add to it a little bit. As usual, a well put-together beer that is a lot of things at once without any sticking out like a sore thumb. I'd gladly have it again and am thrilled that I have one more in my fridge. (4.5)

Sep 20, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost fully opaque yellow-orange with a thick, convex white steamed milk-like froth settling in lumps with some spotty leopard lace.

Smell is dank, spicy and peppery with tropical notes of pineapple, passion fruit and peaches, ending with light biscuit.

Taste is apricot, green mango, kiwi and pineapple with spicy eucalyptus and pine, as well as a bit of toasty cracker on the swallow.

A light, soft yet crisp fizz runs through the tingly light body that finishes chalk dry.

Sep 17, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a hazy bright yellow topped by a finger of dense white head which retains well and leaves excellent lacing as it recedes
S: Smells of huge juicy citrus and grapefruit to the point of smelling like grapefruit juice
T: Taste is smooth and malty before the grapefruit comes in with full force. Very juicy but also slightly pithy with a touch of sweetness. Swallow is more juicy grapefruit and citrus with some lingering citrus zest on the finish.
M: This beer has a medium body with carbonation that is just slightly prickly while the beer finishes on the oily and refreshing side due to all the hops along with a little sweet malt.
O: Overall this is a top notch DIPA. Great flavors and some decent complexity though the grapefruit note is definitely the star of the show. A very clean and balanced DIPA as well. One to try if you like citrusy DIPAs and can get your hands on it.

Jul 09, 2018
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y2kawakami from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orange-yellow with about 2 fingers of white head

A: Smells like a nice, ripe, freshly peeled tangerine

T: On the first sip, you pick up lots of citrus; grapefruit, tangerine are the first two that come to mind. Very faint bitterness on the end.

M: Refreshing, clean, with a nice amount of carb for an IPA

O: Very enjoyable IPA; I can see why its highly sought after. Glad I got to try this.

Mar 26, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled January 2015; drank 1/29/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Cloudy light yellow appearance.

HUGE white head; thick lace.

Pineapple, fresh-cut grass & mango nose.

Thin mouthfeel. Pineapple & dandelion flavors up front; a clean, spring water finish.

Tasty & refreshing; a damn fine IPA.

Mar 26, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very cloudy straw appearance with white head. Aroma is a nice grapefruit citrus with a hind of hops. Taste is a very pleasant grapefruit citrus with hops that has a slight bitterness

Mar 12, 2018
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folkstar from Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really smooth and juicy! great nose with just enough dank and plenty of orange/citrus.. a little pop of grapefruit on the tail end of the taste ... again everything is really balanced and nothing is overdone. not too heavy, but not thin on the mouthfeel either. this one is so damn drinkable

Feb 27, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz can into a willi becher pint glass. pours a hazy, milky orange with a thin layer of head. smells of grapefruit and a bit of pine. taste has strong grapefruit flavors with some piney bitterness to back it up. feel is heavy, lower carb and full. this really is alcoholic grapefruit juice in a can. it doesn’t get overly fruity though as the combination of hops compliment each other to a balanced and citrusy yet dank & resinous DIPA.

Dec 24, 2017
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Choppin-Banana from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got it fresh at Hill , excellent beer..... great taste very smooth ... sweet finish, touch of honey... cirrus overall slight bitter ...... will be having again

Dec 09, 2017
Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1621 ratings