craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Draft at Farmhouse in Burlington- thanks to Jeff for having this one on tap for my visit! Pours a lovely hazy orange with that classic dense, gorgeous frothy white Hill Farmstead head. Nose brings a stunning initial hit of grapefruit rind, both more bitter white zest character with sweeter pink flesh flavor, along with tangerine, clementine, apricot, honeydew, and assertive pine. The flavor continues to bring wave after wave of immensely flavorful citrus backed by subtle but beautifully bittering evergreen and balancing nectar fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel is just full enough, but beautifully drinkable with a lasting bitterness that almost seems to provide a 5 second respite causing the facade of a smooth finish, then attacking you again for that lingering hop bite. An absolutely stunning lower alcohol IPA; could be my favorite. drfabulous (8590) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 19, 2012
750 flip top growler thanks to Scott. Big tropical fruit nose. Amazing aroma. Bitterness met with more tropical flavors. Pineapple. Grapefruit. Lots of citrus. Another fantastic beer from HF. bottleforager (3208) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 19, 2012
750ml from brewery. Pours a hazy light orange golden color with a finger of fluffy foam. Aromas are big citrus and stonefruit; nectarine, peach, tangerine and pineapple. Amazing mouthfeel and a light juicy carbonation that delivers the complex flavors perfectly. Touches of pine and lime sneak through mid to late palate when a big grapefruit bitterness comes to dry it all out and start all over again. jredmond (8645) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Draft at Blind Tiger with whole slew of dads. Pours a deep, hazy orange body with light white lacing, pretty much no head. Aroma is fresh dank citrus, light pine, pineapple, and citric hop. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with notes of tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, light funk, creamy butter, light malt balance and pine hops. Very drinkable - probably could have sessioned on this all day if it hadn’t kicked in 30 minutes. Beautiful beer. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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.
PhillyCraft (7935) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 On tap with James and a small crew at blind tiger, hazy almost murky orange-gold pour. So much grapefruit citrus, tropical pineapple, butter, caramel, and cheese, pine and lots of tropical notes. Awesome mouthfeel, so sweet and refreshing with a nice hop bitter finish at the end. Highlight of the event for me. If it was a little more dry and citrus dominant it would have been epic. Maybe a little too much sugar left behind but still world class. Tried again via growler at Franks, enjoyed this version better then the one at B Tiger. More dryness and more new zealend cheese, thit yoo, thats some thitt oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
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... ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Tap. Aroma is focused on citrus hops, bold mango and grapefruit jump out of the glass, some pine and resin. Nice malt in the nose as well, bread, some toast, and notes of honey. Pours hazy golden, thick white head has good retention and laces nicely. Flavor is a fantastic balance of hops and malt. Big burst of hops, lots dank grapefruit and tropical fruit, bitterness is high up front but integrates nicely as the malt flavors come in. Honey and biscuit malt meld well with the hop charge. Medium body and carbonation, smooth and drinkable. Excellent. AdamChandler (5181) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2012
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!