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Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 1,180
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 410
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-23-2012

Our experimental Double IPA series continues.

Imperial IPA. American and New Zealand hops. Think Grapefruit.
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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

The beer comes in a hazy bright golden color.

The aroma jumps out of grapefruit, citrus peel, and lots of green grassiness.

The flavor follows with that tropical flavor in the front, grapefruit throughout, a hint of bready sweetness, and then onto a signature Galaxy grassiness and almost aspirin astringency. The beer is slightly dominated on the back end by bitterness.

Clearly still world class beer, but I prefer Abner and Societe and Solitude # 6.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 8/8/14 and poured next day into Belgian ale glass.

A) Pale cloudy amber-yellow with a two-finger head, significant retention, and plenty of lacing.

S) Very strong grapefruit up front from the hops. Some orange, lemon. Malts in background.

T) Grapefruit, orange, lemon, some tropical notes as well. A little bit of pepper on the finish. Dry malt in background.

M) Medium-body, medium-carbonation, dry finish. Unbelievable balance. This is fantastic.

Just phenomenal. Right up there with the very best of DIPAs.

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Photo of beerjunky413
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22. Extremely bright yellow (2-3 SRM), hazy. Well but not overly carbonated. Reeks of tropical fruits and pungent hops. Tastes like a funky hop/pineapple creamsicle. Mouthfeel is unbelievably dense and chewy despite it's extreme drinkability. Hops linger on the tongue for what seems like forever. Wow! This might be the best DIPA I've ever had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Slatetank for sharing the spoils of your recent VT trip with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded pale yellow color with a firm white topping that persists. The brew plays the part well visually as expected.

The aroma contains notes of citrus with grass clippings, pine and herbal components. Some solvent alcohol and sulfur emerges with a swirl. This has a very fresh yet generic sort of hop bite that smells like pellet hops crushed up in my hands.

The taste is bitey with grassy bitterness blending to pulp/zest/pith of orange. Some solvent alcohol pokes through the back end breaking things up. The taste of this is very familiar, though ive never had this offering before.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A good brew thats fresh and enjoyable with a creeping amount of alcohol inclusion. I know, I know - cast your stones at me for not being a believer in the golden nectar that flows from the farmstead on the hill. From what ive had, their hoppy offerings just taste nearly indifferent from one another (in my opinion.)

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at HF 4th Anniversary Party

A-Hazy gold and yellow with a nice white foam.

S-More citrus than grapefruit, but the fruits were certainly were apparent.

T-Amazing taste, fruits are still present but the hops are wonderfully balanced.

M-Such a drinkable beer, the s&s are always some of my favorites and this was perhaps the most drinkable.

O-This was one of my favorites, glad I choose Blackback to post-up in during the beermageddon in waterbury so I could try this!

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Photo of JulioH
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff.

Pours a nice yellow beer. Nice head, foamy. Nice hoppy smell. Taste pretty good, very bitter and very fresh. A straightforward Double IPA. Very nice body, and nice thickness. Not very memorable, but a really nice beer. Wouldn't mind having more.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a brilliant glowing golden orange, with a half inch head, and a good amount of sticky foamy lacing down the glass.

Smells like orange, grapefruit, a small amount of pine, and pineapple.

This one is so smooth I could die. Not bitter at all, just loads of fresh fruity hop flavor. Lots of citrus- grapefruit, orange, some lemon, a little bit of pineapple, and a tiny bit pine that doesn't add any bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp mouthfeel, just an unbelievable mouthfeel, as is expected with Hill Farmstead IPAs. Goes down so easily. Medium pleasant carbonation.

Need I say more? Hill Farmstead strikes again. This was awesome!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a cloudy and dull yellow appearance but settled into a golden hue. The head had immense foam that was thick with great retention.

The nose is fruity with the scents of the beach. Cocoa butter, tropical fruit punch, grapefruit and even banana were easy to behold.

The taste is actually quite creamy with a a sweet caramel base. The flavor is complex after the initial sip with fresh cut grass, lemongrass, honey, lemons, clover, grapefruit and a piney herbal hop finish.

The feel is a bit astringent, slightly metallic but very light and easy with a decent amount of heft.

This is a beer where you can truly taste the art and craftsmanship of the the brewer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this from the 750ml growler courtesy of tenderbranson69, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is golden lemon meringue with thick 2 fingers of rocky white head while a web of lace sticks to the glass with fine bead. The smell is great with lots of hops- tons of citrus and dank herbal aromas with some tropical fruit which brings to mind pineapple mostly. The feel is great -resinous texture of copious hop oils with light sweet malt and semi-dry finish with moderate carbonation -the alcohol is hardly detectable and bitterness only really increases in the end with low astringency throughout.

The flavor is wonderful with a bevy of fruit from the hops which seems tropical up front but the flavor verges on grapefruit and slight tangerine with more pineapple and herbal flavors continuing throughout the taste with only a slight sweetness of malt and gentle astringent tea-like taste with an almost spicy element toward the finish which is dry - tons of juicy and dank hop flavors which are fresh and vibrant. Overall one of the best Imperial IPA's based on freshness and pure hop intensity without being an assalt of hop bitterness, very fresh and intense with lots of Mary jane type similarities from the cousin in this. The smell and moutfeel with only a little grassy hints in the finish.

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Photo of Resuin
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a snifter. This was filled at the brewery 6 days before drinking.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber/yellow and leaves a finger of white, fluffy head that slowly fades.

Smell: Citrus hops, light pine, light peach. Very refreshing aroma.

Taste: Matches the aroma well: citrus, pine, hint of peach. Quite juicy which is really nice.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes really smooth.

Overall: Wonderful hop-forward IPA - the hops are really able to shine in this one. Really smooth for a DIPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler. Thanks Anthony. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass on 5/20/2014.

A- Predictably (by now) hazy straw yellow body, effervescent two-finger white head with fantastic retention. Rings of lacing initially and as the beer goes down. Beautiful as always.

S- Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, some pine. A subtle but distinct Nelson-like spiciness. But this is a more fruit forward nose backed up by the smallest but sufficient pale malt toffee flavours.

F- Pineapple, passion fruit, citrus on the front end with a nice but subtle caramel malt backbone and a nice graininess hitting in the middle, finishing with a mildly bitter pine and citrus finish. Wonderfully complex, but it does remain a bit subtle.

M- Medium body that is incredibly soft and smooth as expected from HF pale ales. Not terribly bitter but a lot of pine and citrus character on the backend. Wonderfully drinkable without any hint of heat.

O- Very good DIPA, doesn't quite compare to S&S #4 or Abner/Ephraim for that matter, but this is most certainly still a true pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Ljudsignal
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL growler into a Spencer goblet. Filled 5/16, consumed 5/18.

A vigorous pour yields a glowing, hazy deep yellow liquid with a tight bone-white head, maybe two fingers high. Good retention and plentiful, sticky webs of lacing.

In the nose, massive displays of fresh tropical fruits. Copious pineapple, as well as ruby red grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, orange, and hints of pine resin and pale malt.

In the mouth, juicy grapefruit up front, with pineapple, mango, passionfruit, and lemon zest all playing supporting roles. Subtly sweet pale malt appears mid-palate, as well as something I can best describe as an almost Chardonnay grape-like vinous note. Finishes dry and slightly earthy.

Mouthfeel is excellent--creamy and lush, with good carbonation keeping the beer lively and easy-drinking. No hint of alcohol here at all.

On the whole, this was everything I had hoped it would be. A truly world-class beer from my neighbors in VT, and reason enough unto itself to make the 4-hour pilgrimage. I can't wait to try the rest of the beers I picked up from Shaun Hill & Co.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tderoeck! Pours a hazy yellow orange color with a tight white cap. The smell is grapefruit and tropical fruit. The taste is red on grapefruit initially with some softer tropical fruit notes coming in later with a touch of honey sweetness, ending dry and somewhat bitter. On the light side of medium with the typical Hill Farmstead wonderfully fine, elegant carbonation. Great stuff!

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy bright yellow/gold. Small bubbly head. Great looking ipa. The aroma on this is just great. Super tropical and juicy. Couldn't ask for much more in the aroma. The taste is slightly sweet upfront. Really fruity with only a bit of bitterness on the end. Pineapple, mango, orange, lemon, pine. Really great Balance of flavors. The mouthfeel is spot on, too. Medium with a nice amount of carbonation. Coats the tongue with hoppy goodness and is slightly sticky. Maybe even better than what I remember having back around thanksgiving. So drinkable with a ton of flavor.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy and like grapefruit juice. Yellow and with a thin white head of foam that fell pretty fast. Leaves some lace. Nose is citrus! Orange, grapefruit and a little sweet grass. The malt peeks it's head out with a touch of sweetness on the nose. It drinks lovely. Not a hint of alcohol on the palate. Just beautiful citrus. sweet orange, sweet earth, a touch fo grapefruit and some grass. Finishes with a perfect bitter that does not reside too long and that reminds you to take one last notice of all that fruit. Malt is a bit of weight on the palate but has a sweetness that seems to come out of no where and so delicately. Drinks clear and fruity and finishes dry but with a bit of tartness to keep your mouth watering long into the finish.

Another fabulous beer from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of scotorum
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up yesterday at the brewery.

Poured from the 22 oz.bottle into a Hill Farmstead snifter.

a: Hazy gold with an inch tall head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Citrus

t: Juicy citrus over a very smooth medium malt base.

m: Light on the tongue but with great body.

o: Great DIPA, nicely citrus juice-dominated. Reminiscent of Stone Enjoy By at its best, but has even more substance to it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazed golden yellow with an off white head. Nose is juicy, tropical fruit and citrus, a hint resiny and oily in back. Light grain profile up front and some malt sweetness to balance. Taste has more bitterness than I thought it would, lighter body and softer carbonation. The grain is soft up front, hop driven. Citrus, pine fades to a more leafy herbal note, a strong grapefruit bitterness lingers with a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on-tap at the Prohibition Pig on 12/27/13, served in a tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: A pale and hazy orange/gold, with thick creamy head and thick creamy lacing.

Smell: Disappointingly weak. But what I do get is a lot of floral citrus and pine. Apricot comes through prominently too.

Taste: Lightly vinous, bitter, with creamy malts backing up piney hops. Believe it or not, I even got a prominent bubblegum flavor toward the end. Probably from all that yeast that made the beer so hazy. This was really delicious, and the vinous character made it somewhat distinct from the other IPAs I tried on my Vermont trip.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation. The beer seemed to stay forever.

Overall: I should have written this when my memory of the beer was clearer, but I do remember this being delicious, even with the weak nose. Glad I got an opportunity to try it.

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Photo of stephens101
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From Notes:

Pours a murky orange with a full, foamy and bubbly dirty white head that fizzles after a long fight but leaves a persistent, liana-like lacing.

Unique aroma with orange rind, grapefruit, orange juice, sugar, malt, and beer bread.

Tastes of grapefruit juice, a squirt of orange and then some candy sweetness. Finishes off with a flowery, earthy undercurrent and lingering notes of spent grain.

Medium and fairly dry. One of the most perfectly balanced DIPA's (or any big beer for that matter) I've tasted. Alcohol heat is nonexistent.

This is a precise and focused DIPA that makes you think you accidentally grabbed the fruit juice out of the fridge, until you start to feel a very fine buzz. And I'm starting to feel a lot less crazy standing in line for over two hours after driving half the day through rain and snow and sleet to get some of this magic.

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Photo of TRFD803
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasted on 1/4/14

Girlfriend and I walked into a small restaurant/wine bar named Sotto before our dinner at Trattoria Delia for a few before dinner drinks. Low and behold I see a single beer on tap and it's from Hill Farmstead. The bartender told me it was a DIPA and that I HAD to try it. My girlfriend took one sip and fell in love. We had 2 more glasses each.

A- A nice hazy yellow/orange color with minimal head.

S- Wow, did I just cut into a fresh grapefruit? One of the best smelling beers I've come across.

T- Absolutely amazing! Tons of tropical fruit notes, fresh grapefruit, citrus, truly a one of a kind taste.

M- Decent carbonation, not too bitter, definitely a beer you could enjoy multiples of.

O- Was pretty ecstatic to find this on tap in VT. This was one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy and cloudy bright orange that leaves nice lacing.

S-Very tropical, lemon and citrus, some bready notes.

T-What balance! Starts with great tropical notes; lemons, mango, citrus, pineapple and ends with mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-Another wonderful DIPA from HF. Really I don't think HF can do any wrong.

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Photo of Rheaume17
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau IPA glass.

A - A very light colored DIPA. Very bright with a bubbly white head.

S - Tons of citrus notes. Probably citra hops have a big part in this.

T - Excellent flavor. The citrus flavors match the smell. A perfect balance of bitterness and a mild malt background. Great hop presence. Flavors of orange, lemon and grapefruit.

M - Extremely smooth. So easy to drink. Perfect carbonation.

O - An excellent, refreshing DIPA. Definitely a different take on a DIPA than the ones I have had before. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance.

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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 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 KingdomBobcat
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange yellow that pours a thin white head, that dissipates to a ring with some lacing
S-citrus, grapefruit, blood orange, yeastiness
T-fresh citrus hops on the palate, slight bitter aftertaste that's pleasing, some subtle yeastiness
M-almost mimosa-esque, some bubbles/bitterness to it, but mostly orange taste
O-a pretty solid DIPA, but not mindblowing

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Society & Solitude #5 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.