Society & Solitude #5 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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.

Added by Brad007 on 09-23-2012

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Ranking:
#77
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
1,503
pDev:
6.37%
Bros Score:
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Photo of M_chav
2.72/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

'approaching drain pour status' is what my notes say during a blind taste test - this growler may have not held up well. really bummed

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Photo of CityofBals
3.25/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Keeling
3.43/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.62/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Pony Bar, New York, NY. Currently #92 in the Top 250 beers list. Brief impressions below:

Creamy white head dies within 30 seconds, leaving nice frothy lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Still, retention is poor overall - even given its 8.1% ABV.

Body colour is a murky cloudy yellow-orange. No yeast/lees are visible within. Vibrant enough.

It's a nice appearance for an imperial IPA, but lacks any unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Tropical fruit. Passionfruit. Floral hop aromatics. Hop oils. A blip of grapefruit citrus. Pale malts seem to keep it in balance; I don't pick up on any overly sweet caramalt or crystal malt.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. No off-the-shelf or booze is detectable.

TASTE: Lovely. Ample hop flavour with nice hop pungency though depth of flavour could be improved. Tropical fruits: passionfruit, faint guava. No melon, papaya, tangerine, or the like.

There's mild accompanying bitterness, but this beer is well balanced with pale malts and 2 row keeping it in check instead of saccharine Crystal or caramalt.

Individual constituent hop flavour could get more vivid and distinct. Not the most expressive brew out there.

TEXTURE: Light to medium-bodied. Aptly carbonated, with a slight crisp bite. I'd like more of an oily soft feel on the palate, but this is refreshing, smooth, and wet, and avoids feeling boozy or overly heavy like many expressions of the style.

OVERALL: If like to revisit this in finer grain given its evident quality. Hop profile approaches that tropical creamsicle vibe observed in many of these Johnny come lately hazy (I)IPAs but doesn't downplay bitterness to the point that it just tastes like stale alcoholic orange juice. Very drinkable and balanced with a good but not great hop profile. I don't regard it as world class, but it's damn solid work, no doubt.

B (3.64) / GOOD

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Photo of tewaris
3.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler sent kindly by millerbuffoon, thanks a lot!

Hazy amber colored, very typical of HF. Medium head, good lacing. Tropical fruit heavy aroma, lots of pineapple and possibly malty sweetness. Light and hoppy taste with a finishing bitterness and a dominant fruity note. Crisp and dry feel. Overall it's not bad but nothing's great about it either.

3, 3, 3, 4, 3
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Took it's time getting warmed up and what not, glad I had a growler full. Bumping the scores up to 4, 4, 3.5, 4, 3.5

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3.71/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 1,503 ratings