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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,430
Reviews:
169
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.46%
 
 
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143
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Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Beerman6686
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevrice88
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Nefarious
3.79/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanfox81
3.79/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cshafer7
3.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tjresmini
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micromaniac129
3.86/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VetsPackage
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a partially hazy orange that borders on burnt but isn't all too dark. Nose is composed of mostly light malts with little citrus to back it up. Taste is again centered around the malt profile which is bordering on pale ale and saison without the yeast character. Again not as big as a hop presence as I was expecting particularly with some new zealand varietals that often weigh down the dank. Blindfolded I would've never guessed DIPA, this thing is dangerously crushable and the alcohol is catching up to me pretty quick. Decent, not a great representation of the style nor the hype that surrounds what these guys are capable of producing.

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Photo of Benesi88
3.89/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wasn't a fan of this beer. I taste a lot of caramel and grapefruit but to me this was far too sweet- almost cloyingly sweet. To me this doesn't have the usual hill farmstead feel to it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the ones I missed out on before, now get another chance at trying it thanks to rudzud for splitting again.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with nice soapy lacing, super hazy white peach colored.

Nose is OK, but not as phenomenal as I expected, bit of tangerine, mild resin and hint of tropical fruit, juicy fruit but not much, semi sweet malt.

Taste starts a little sweet malty but mostly plain malts, then hops, mild tropical fruit but barely, little citrus and juicy generic fruit, hint clementine and tangerine, candied citrus fruits, but not much else. Finish is fairly dry, semi bitter with more of the mild citrus and tropical fruit, but not very strong either.

Mouth is med bod, little fluffy, fluffy carb.

Overall another little bit of a letdown. I wonder if these couple batches were missing the right hops, or something else going on as they are really busy with the expansion, either way not really up to typical Hill quality. I'll ahve to try this and the Amarillo again.

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Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a creamy white head that leaves nice lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of genetic citrus, grapefruit. Okay, but not earth shattering.

T - Taste is better, nice grapefruit notes, both bitter rind and flesh. Faint tropical notes light malts. The finish is nicely bitter and lingers.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style. Sharp carbonation, drinkable.

O - Overall I thought this beer was okay, was not wowed by it though, one of my least favorite hill beers.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.92/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first venture into HIll Farmstead IPA's. Was very excited to get a shot at this, received in a grunt, tagged as best by today's date the 19th.

Yellow-orange, very cloudy, opaque color. Hoppy grapefruit aroma. The smell on the beer is very solid. Very light on the palate, this beer goes down easy for being a higher abv. The taste is underwhelming, the first thing I think of is Alpine's Nelson, but this isn't advertised as rye. This is a very unique taste, but honestly not overly impressive. Probably due to the extremely high expectations, and a few days shipping in the growler. I'm hoping I get future experiences with other offerings from Sean, but this one didn't quite do it for me. A solid beer, but didn't live up to the hype for me.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dull, hazy orange with a half inch, bright white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Nose is fairly subdued - notes of citrus fruit and rind. Taste expresses candied citrus and a light medicinal bitterness towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a light acidity and a mild carbonation. Overall, a decent brew but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of aleigator
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Ravenz98
3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nograz
3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MisterBisco
3.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.49 out of 5 based on 1,430 ratings.
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