Society & Solitude #5
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New England IPA
Ranked #28
Ranked #106
4.55 | pDev: 6.15%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Society & Solitude #5Society & Solitude #5
Notes: Our experimental Double IPA series continues.

Imperial IPA. American and New Zealand hops. Think Grapefruit.
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Photo of Jlabs
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 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

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Photo of ArrogantB
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
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.

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Photo of DanielMurtagh
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
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

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Photo of digboy
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.

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Photo of JRG281
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
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.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
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!

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Photo of Zach_Attack
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of y2kawakami
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of Radcpa
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

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Photo of folkstar
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

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
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.

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Photo of Choppin-Banana
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

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Photo of mnj21655
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque pale orange in color with a finger+ of pillowy white head. Aroma is a bit on the muted side but I get pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and mango. Taste hits the same notes as the aroma; lots of smooth tropical fruits with a touch of citrus and pineapple sharpness, finish leans lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is perfectly pillowy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is an excellent beer, it's near perfectly balanced and super drinkable. I wish I had grabbed more than one growler.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.11/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at The Farmhouse Burlington.
Slightly hazy dark yellow with a good sized long lasting head. Rich earthy citrusy grapefruit and pine with bits of sweet bread to counter. Very tasty clean well made brew.

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1598 ratings