Society & Solitude #5 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our experimental Double IPA series continues.

Imperial IPA. American and New Zealand hops. Think Grapefruit.

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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 1,401
Photo of Phineasco
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow, hazy with a fluffy head that sticks around for a while.
Smell: Earthy, tangerine, and herbs.
Taste: Taste follows the nose.
Mouthfeel: Soft with no bitterness.
Overall: A good ipa that reminds me a lot of abner.

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Photo of Conscious_Palate
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, from over the weekend...

A: Very hazy and bright yellow. Nice fluffy foam on top.
S: Tropical citrus
T: The taste is grapefruit and pineapple.
M: Soft and juicy with almost no bitterness.
O: Another great offering from HF

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Photo of KidDoc
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap pour into Tulip glass. Nice hazy honey look. Decent head with minimal retention but nice sticky foamy lacing all the way down. I had this after a #4 and it was a bit underwhelming after that. Nice dank tropical fruit aroma and nice understated flavor. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol was very well hidden. Delicious beer

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Photo of ryno6616
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another solid brew from HF. No surprise
Society & Solitude #5 is my 2nd one of the series. I recently had S&S#4 and do have to say I enjoyed 4 more, but 5 Is still solid as hell. #5 is a double that hides its 8% + very well. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hated straw golden with a dense bright white head - good retention and lacing.

Beautiful aromas of green tea, spicy floral note, earthyn dankness, nectarine, grapefruit, bubblegum, medical plastic.

Palate is minty herbs, green tea, pulpy OJ, grapefruit, peach, grassy, spicy pine.

Feel is medium-full- perfect fluffy creamy.

Overall this is what im looking for in an IPA. complex, pungent but balanced... easy drinking and totally satisfying.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hill Farmstead has done it again. No bitterness, nice hoppiness. Amazing smooth fluffy cloud feel. The hops and fruitiness just go so well on the taste. So perfect.

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Photo of aleigator
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orange, hazed color with a decent, bubbly white head.

Smells of a pleasant tropical crispness, defined by orange pulp, tangerine and lemon zest, topped off by a chunk of juicy blood orange and pineapple. Cakey malts, white bread crust and wet grass, together with a note of blueberry bush build up the subtle malt balance in this, creating a nose which comes very well together.

Drinks silk, incredibly soft with a nice, juice accompanied hop bite, which gets wrapped up by toffee malts with a prevailing, long lasting dryness on the tongue. Drinks very gentle with no indication of the higher abv apart from the noteable malt backbone during the finish.

Tastes of a nice lemon crispness, which gets a fruity quality due to fresh peeled oranges and wet grass with an immediate dry bite. The hop bite gets tamed by the fluffy, soft mouthfeel and bready malts, which turn cakey sweet during the mid palate. Develops a prickly kiwi sourness during the finish, soothed by blood orange and juicy, dry lemon with an ongoing, supportive malt foundation.

Not overly complex but well brewed with an awesomly soft mouthfeel and a pungent, well nuanced hop punch.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a tulip. Dank hops with somewhat off-putting hints of garlic/onion. Perfect carb and well-hidden alcohol presence. A solid offering.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours goldish orange. White head. Smells of grapefruit. Tastes like grapefruit. I was worried about some soapiness on the finish but the soapiness isn't too overbearing. It's a nice way to cut the fruit. The mouthfeel is soft as ever with a Hill DIPA. This is an excellent DIPA.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the growler filled on August 20, 2016. Sampled on August 25, 2016.

Orange-yellow and murky tone underneath a moderate white head.

Big aroma of pineapple, citrus, and spice and a white bread malt note.

Medium to full body.

The herbal and spicy characters are more forward in the flavor with the same white bread malt base. Lingering juicy bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of GeeL
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's true to style: hoppy, not bitter; background hop fruitiness.
It does what it's supposed to: taste good, be complex, something to talk about over aprez ski happy hour.
I didn't think it was as fantastic as everyone says it it. The flavors aren't crisp, they're muddled. Too much going on at the same time. But it could be just me. Try for yourself...

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a growler filled a week ago. Pours cloudy orange-yellow, with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of citrus, not strong. Pleasant hoppy taste, lingers well. Feels very smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on draft at Armsby Abby brunch today, 8/7/16, in a wine-like tulip glass; another great hoppy brew from Hill Farmstead, completely hidden ABV and very easy to drink

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Photo of hasher
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Perfect mouthfeel. Not a lot of smell but tastes great some vanilla, earthy, just great. Liked it better than the double Galaxy. Complex profile. Poured from growler one week after visit. Get this one!

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled on Saturday, opened last night...

Look: Hazy yellowish orange color with a white head. Looks great.
Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine and melon. I get lots of melon.
Taste: Melon flavors really shine which make this a super smooth drinking DIPA.
Feel: Med carbonation and damn near perfect.
Overall: Another outstanding offering by HF. They are so consistently excellent across their entire portfolio.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler filled on Friday, opened Sunday.

Look: Hazy golden straw with a pure white head. Inviting.

Smell: Grapefruit and tangerine juice meets melon pineapple and papaya

Taste: Holy shit. Huge, but refined flavors of grapefruit and honeydew melon shine. Amazing.

Feel: Classic Hill Farmstead perfection.

Overall: Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour: On draft at the Jeffery in NYC. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Very hazy and light straw in color. Medium white head. Aroma: Tropical fruit. Good hoppy citrus notes. Taste: Complex yet balanced. Immediately thought provoking on the first sip. First there is a very earthly quality which then reveals citrus, hops and pine flavors. Aftertaste: Hoppy citrus and pine recedes and finishes with earth and grass. Overall: Very interesting and complex brew. Really enjoyed it! Excellent. 4.68 out of 5.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fresh growler drank from most recent release

Pineapple and grapefruit juice bomb mixed with some nice earthiness. An incredibly enjoyable and balanced DIPA and one I will seek out again. Not super familiar with the New Zealand hops, but I will seek out if they always make this great of an IPA. Slightly malty to allow for a nice creamy beer but also very juicy and refreshing. Thanks HF!

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the brewery. Nice citrus nose. Lots of grapefruit notes and a strong hop presence with this one. Clean and crisp finish. Wish I was able to get more

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a 2-finger fluffy white head. Nice retention and clingy lacing.

The aroma is very tropical. I get a lot of papaya and mango, with just a slight hint of grapefruit and pine resin. Subtly floral. Beautiful aroma.

The taste follows the nose, but brings a lot more citrusy grapefruit and tangerine flavors. There's a touch of lemon on the back end that gives this beer a very subtle tart character. The biscuity, slightly grainy malt is extremely subtle but present. Overall great balance on the flavor.

The mouthfeel is just ridiculous. Perfect body with a perfect amount of carbonation. So creamy and so smooth. Lightly dry with a subtly bitter finish. Like drinking a perfectly fluffed pillow.

Overall, an absolutely fantastic DIPA, and one of my favorite beers from Hill Farmstead. The flavors are extremely bright and well balanced, and the mouthfeel is absurdly good. Drinks like a smooth pale ale with all the flavors and boldness of a double IPA.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite beer that I have had from Hill Farmstead. Nice and 2 finger head, with a gradient turbidity from yellow to orange. S&S#5 smells of strong citrus and tropic fruits. However, the taste is rather mild with some balanced acidic bitterness with balanced sweetness and full smooth mouthfeel. The bitterness remains in the middle notes but completely drops off at the end for a clean finish.The overall notion of this imperial IPA is utter drinkability as its stability between bitter and sweet is completely in tact.

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Photo of theIPAman
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A deep straw pour with a thin head but nice lacing. A sweet hop scent leads to a balanced citrus and grapefruit taste. Mild bitterness. The alcohol is well masked, nombooziness. Solid.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very smooth and refined offering from HF.. pours the classic HF straw yellow hazy.. smells of citrus rind fruits.. so smooth to taste.. taste follows the nose.. mouthfeel is great.. awesome stuff from HF

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing yellow color with a tremendous amount of haze to it. Is this a wheat beer? Looks like it. Solid white head almost 1/3". Tons of tropical fruit and grapefruit on the nose. Super dank and impressive.

Taste just keeps the fruit flavors coming without any degree of grating bitterness. Peach and soft pink grapefruit along with tropical vibe. Super dry, conceals alcohol well, hops shine. This is just super elite 1st tier double ipa stuff.

I want to hate trill farmstead, but damn if they don't serve up some awesome stuff.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a month old growler that a friend picked up at the brewery. Light golden, hay colored DIPA. Great hop aroma with a little more bitterness than expected. This may have sat a little too long, but was still very good

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