Society & Solitude #5 | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
99.3%
Liked This Beer
4.55 w/ 1,442 ratings
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#72
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
1,442
Liked:
1,432
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
6.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
443
Gots:
144
Trade:
0
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.4/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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

i havent had a ton of the wild or dark stuff from hill farmstead, and i know its all been really well received, but for me, its the hoppy stuff that makes them stand apart, and this series, and this beer in particular, are what thats all about. the more i drink these beers this week, the more i think they all kind of look the same, very hazy yellow, pale straw colored without visible sediment and tall frothy white heads that leave all kinds of intricate lacing on the edges of the glass. as many as ten of their hoppy beers look like this, and this iteration does as well. its the nose and taste that make this one stand out from the others, you really get the new zealand hops there, but unlike some of the others they do with these hops, this one actually brings the bitterness in the finish. i suppose it is a grapefruit peel sort of bitterness, not a generic hop intensity, but its much more bitter than a lot of their other ones. the oily resiny part comes way sooner, really early actually compared to the field, about the middle of the beer. its juicy and ripe and very much alive, but it doesnt taste like other ipa. there must be some wheat and even oats in here fluffing up the body and rounding the edges, there is nothing harsh about this, including its abv, which should really come through a lot more than it does. i am just so impressed with the composition of this beer on the whole, awesomely fresh from the tap, and frankly one i should have slowed down and savored a little more, its just so easy to drink beer this good. i would really love to try the other beers in this series, but this one sure is a winner. not to be passed up if you are lucky enough to come across it.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a nice golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is bright with citrusy hops. The taste of the beer has a nice citrus fruitiness to it. The feel of the beer is smooth, light bodied, very nice. Overall it's a very good IPA.

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

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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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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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While head. Golden orange color.

Dank and fresh. Juicy and hoppy. Very fruity. Bready malt backbone but not over powering. Just juicy. Mango and papaya. Lots of tropical fruit.

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4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -14.3%
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 Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Moll for grabbing the growler for me. Served in Hill Farmstead stemware. Nose has loads of grapefruit and accompanying peel. Very dry. Fairly bitter, but not super over the top. Pretty light body. Another huge winner from Hill Farmstead. I am not surprised.

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

First had: on tap at Hill Farmstead

And I got it just as it was starting to kick too, fortunately. Cloudy peach-yellow pour with a medium-sized white head that settled to a wispy layer of bubbles leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Lots of fresh citrus in the nose, some notes of pine and tropical fruit. The taste reflects the nose in a tremendous way, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, grass, light biscuity malts in the background. Mouthfeel is crisp and juicy, light-medium body fairly bitter in the finish, slightly higher ABV essentially unnoticeable. Great beer overall.

I really can't think of many other DIPAs as good as this...retaining all the hops, keeping a crisp mouthfeel with no malty/heavy body, and having the higher ABV so well hidden.

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4.55/5  rDev 0%

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 99.3% out of 100 with 1,442 ratings
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