ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml growler courtesy of a great BA trader. the pour is an incredibly bright but hazy peach color capped by a fluffy, rocky white head that leaves dense sheets of lace. aroma is incredible, one of the best i’ve ever experienced, with massive, tropical, citra hop notes of pineapple, tangerine, apricot, and mango backed by white grapefruit, dense pine, and lime peels with subtle hints of honey covered biscuits and vanilla as it opens up, flavor is damn near perfect as well with a blast of juicy tangerines, grapefruit, and nectarines up front with sweet pineapple, papaya, and stonefruit through the middle before finishing with rush of resinous pine, herbal bitterness, and wet grass. palate is immensely drinkable with a light body and perfect carbonation and that combination of juicy citrus and resiny bitterness that i love. overall, a truly world class ipa and perhaps the best i’ve had from HF.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Brewery. The pour is mega hazy straw with a perfect creamy head that lasts throughout the glass. The aroma holds explosive citrus and nectar fruit- think tangerine, mandarin orange, and apricot with an assertive background of orange peel and clementine. Hints of green pepper that I also got from the Riwaka single hop and Cantillon Mamouche- not unpleasant whatsoever, and super interesting. The flavor bursts with orange and juicy nectar fruit, leaving hints of pine, and finishing with a very strong grapefruit juice character. The palate is quenching and bone dry in the finish with fluffy meringue like carbonation that provokes an immediate and viscerally compulsory followup gulp. A near perfect ipa for my tastes...
Marheb (2018) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Un ipa hyper aromatique, kiwi, mangue, pêche, raisin vert, agrumes sucrés et en bouche c’est parfaitement carbonaté avec une amertume qui se dissipe rapidement. Étoffée et succulente bière de soif.
BrettTaylor (474) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had as a taster at the brewery. Will update once I’ve dug into the growler for a full glass. PA, rich head, lots of lacing, floral happy note, malt, Carmel, and citrus. Not as in your face hoppy as a traditional IPA, but deliciously smooth. Hazy rich golden color. Long mellow finish. Leaves you licking your lips. Seriously seriously good.
apotekhin (57) - ISRAEL - OCT 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Caramel hop and honey aroma. Sweet and hoppy flavor with some caramel and pineapple. Rich fully body with a grassy bittersweet finish. Perfect IPA, not too happy, but rich, fresh and crisp.
AdamJackson (2535) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery and again out of a 750ML Growler in an HFS tulip at around 50 Degrees F.
A - Bright and cloudy. Unfiltered and full of gorgeous complexity as a super intense orange color. 3 Fingers of fluffy white head that seems to never go away at least over 5 minutes. Very resilient lacing on the swish and subsequent fiddling with the glass.
S - Citra hops dominate the nose. Huge grapefruit, tangerine and lime scents. It’s a citrus bomb with a hint of pine in the back of my throat.
T - Huge hop bitterness strikes first. Like Abner or Society 3, the huge citrus notes fill the mouth aided by a big and generous carbonation that is 2nd only to soda in the way the bubbles tingle and fill your mouth and keep on tingling. Huge level of fresh whole oranges juiced into a glass ice cold and refreshing. There is a chewy hop bitterness of pine needles and grapefruit with pineapple.
M - Medium body but a mouth drying carbonation. It’s not high carbonation but it’s how the carbonation interacts with the flavors to make the beer better. Susan on cask would simply not be the same. The small level of CO2 makes this beer so much better. Everything is accentuated.
O - This is an exceptionally well balanced beer for being so bitter. Every last drop was perfect. i was the first person on RB to review Society & Solitude #5. I gave that beer a 4.8 and, having both of these beers side by side tonight, I stand by that SC5 review. This beer is NOT the same as SC5 but it’s still delicious and drinkable. I won’t give it a 4.8 but it’s damn close. Great job, Shaun!
Chalsk (1064) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Kicked in about 25-30 minutes. A damn fine IPA. Has Heady like qualities with regard to aroma and taste. Obviously lighter on mouthfeel. Pours a pale hazy orange color with fluffy white head. Aroma is just wonderful. Grapefruit forward. Like diving into an orchard. Has a heavier feel for straight IPA. Hop hit is more earthy than malted so not super smooth but in a good way for hop lovers. Vermont makes great IPAs. Can’t wait for my next one.
want1DIPA (224) - - SEP 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m convinced HF can’t go wrong and Susan is right on par with its 100 rating. I had this in a shipped growler fill and it was mind blowing. A good hop malt balance aroma. I loved the balance of the sweet and juicy citrus taste with the sour grapefruit bite. Awesome light body, thin texture balance. Did I mention this beer is well-balanced? Amazing stuff!
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not fair that you have to drive to the boondocks for this one. Its like going on a pilgrimage, a trek into the vast wilderness for the golden elixir. Its worth it though. This is the best IPA I’ve ever had, and I’ve had enough to know. Wish they would distribute just a little more south.
77ships (3692) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy and thanks to digita7693 , LoPo87 and Sam. 750 ml. growler sampled. 7 days old now, spectacular given my geographic location. Pours a hazy light citrus golden, little white bubbles. Nose is huge tropical fruits, lots of juicy pineapple, fruity, mango, peaches, litchi, truly stellar. Taste is bitter grass followed by exotic fruits, lots of pineapple, litchi, clear mango, potato starch feel, floral, grassy in the finish. Lower carbonation, drinks like water, very lovely beer.