Mutual Admiration
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #238
Ranked #1,206
4.37 | pDev: 6.18%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Our friend Pat Mcilhenney, owner and brewer at Alpine Beer Co., and his wife Val visited us in August of 2015 while on an East Coast vacation, so why not brew a beautiful, hoppy collaboration? This IPA is truly a collaboration of styles, techniques and philosophies—resulting in a harmonious, cross-country, hop-forward beer that could only be the product of true mutual admiration.

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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at HF in Oct of 2015. I just found this on some notes I had made. I am putting in some review numbers so I can keep a list on BeerA so I can find what I have had at HF. So this rating really doesn’t count if you read this.

Aug 02, 2019
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml growler, filled at the brewery two days ago. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a thoroughly hazy amber-pear colour with three fingers of lumpy, lathery, cream-coloured head. Retention is excellent and leaves sticky, clumpy wads of lacing.

Moderately pungent nose of your tart tropical fruits, like kiwi, guava and lemon, honey, and funky, musky, sweaty sex. Tart, earthy, flowery.

Taste starts out similar to the nose but with prominent grapefruit juice and white grape skins along with the kiwi, guava and lemon. Tart, dank and... mmm, woodsy? a sort of musky, spicy character. Finishes with almost-medium bitterness and a slight mineral tang.

Feel is smooth and semi-juicy - a brand-new term, incidentally, which is simultaneously the opposite of and the same as semi-dry. Medium bodied and moderately-well carbonated.

Overall, a well-built, tasty beverage. Recommended.

Jun 23, 2018
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a superemely well balanced and delicate juicy IPA. Plenty of tangerine orange, grapefruit, lemon, peach, some nice piney and green notes that bring a mellow bitterness and bready malts dancing in the background. Excellent mouthfeel light/medium bodied with some slightly creamy texture.

Jun 20, 2018
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler. Poured very hazy. Aroma was pretty magnificent. They added a really neat assortment of hops in here. I love the Nelson and its nuanced aromatics. Its very fruity and tropical but there is also a good dose of pine and greens. I enjoyed the flavor a bit less than the nose but both were quite delectable. The flavor was more straightforward and slightly less intricate. Still, the combination of fruity and green was pretty excellent. Slightly earthy hop finish which I liked. Had more body than I was expecting. Creamy feel. Another stud.

Nov 05, 2015
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler (1 day) into a modified tulip glass.
A - Golden hue, slight haze, stunning white cap fed gingerly by a steady trane of
meandering carbonation.
S - Tropical notes lead with papaya, dried mango, passion fruit and pineapple. A bit of malt biscuit
and hints of honey.
T - All of the above and, a wonderful malt base that supports without taking away.
F - Full, rich and round, a beautiful feel that has no edges. A true delight.
O - This offering is a delight to be had, rich in body, full in flavor and a tropical walk in the nose.

Oct 23, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled on 10/17/15, splitting with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 10/21/15

A: Medium orange, with some hints of light amber as well as honey tones- light chill haze, mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, frothy, white head, fades to a wispy cap, medium collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Warning, this may actually be tropical fruit juice - very fruity, very juicy, not even sure where to start - some nice citrus, with orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice, flesh - floral citrus in abundance - highly tropical, with pineapple, melon, mango, and passion fruit - lightly dank and lightly resinous, with some herbal notes - white grapes - pale malts, light bread - lightly sweet in a way that smells more like unfrosted cake than straight-up sugar, which is novel

T: Absurdly juicy and fruity, yet not absurd overall - to an extent, this tastes like a blend of orange juice and tropical fruit juice - orange and tangerine juice, flesh - grapefruit juice to a lesser extent - big tropical component, with mango, melon, passion fruit, peach, apricot - some white grape to round out the fruit - medium level of bitterness - light, pale malts, some light bread, very clean

M: Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth, clean as always

O: I admire this beer

I just drank Double Galaxy, which is one of my favorite offerings from Hill Farmstead, and I was worried that my palate would be wrecked for this review. Nope. This is a remarkable collaboration. It does really taste like a blend of Hill Farmstead and Alpine. Super juicy, super hoppy, super memorable. I would love to see this brewed again.

Oct 22, 2015
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy off yellow - nice lasting frothy head, looks juicy and delicious
S - great danky orange nose, lots of tropical fruit notes but not huge in your face. more deep, or strong undertone aromas. This should be nice!
T - Typical juice-forward HF taste, this is great but something is dull or old, hard to say words like that because the beer is still really nicely done. Maybe oily is best to describe it but its hard for me to put my finger on.. just different, good but different.
F - Soft and delicious, still and overhanging oily feel that I can't get over but its floral and juice. lottos orange peel, reminds me of Nelson from Alpine - bit of onion and garlic but not over-powering.
O - a really well done beer, this is a nice combo of west and east coast styles. tons of juice yet a nice finishing earthy feel too.

Oct 21, 2015
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FlandersNed from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

25.4oz bottle. Hazy amber color with a medium off-white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma and flavor. Slight aged note but quite nice. Medium+ body and medium carbonation.

Oct 21, 2015
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Jwburns75 from New York

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler filled Saturday 10/17, drank from snifter 10/19. Less than one finger head, some lacing. A good beer, did not blow my mind like I'd hoped.

Oct 20, 2015
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Skrip from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ glowing orange with a huge fluffy bubbling head and a little lacing.

S~ sweet caramel malt up front, slight pepper and a good amount of tropical fruits. passion fruit, guava, and orange.

T~ follows the nose a lot of bitter orange peel here and dank grass on the back end.

M~ super smooth, nice carb and crushable!

O~ i definitely expected a little more with the Alpine brewer collaborating on this one but its pretty much just another VT/east coast IPA. worth a shot but nothing to go crazy over. i've sadly been a little disappointed with HF's hops as of lately...

Oct 14, 2015
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 750 ml (25.36 fl.oz.) growler purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, VT
Best consumed by OCT 17 2015
Served in a pint glass

The cloudy, brassy-amber body was topped by an inch tall, tight, frothy, off white crown. Outstanding retention. The head slowly dropped to a clingy, bubbly film. A thick wall of patchy, sudsy lacing clung to the glass.

The nose was fragrantly hoppy and sweet. Really fruity and bright. Loads of generic tutti fruity notes. This reminded me of Juicy Fruit Gum. Mango was perhaps most noticeable. Passionfruit and honeydew melon came through as well. Orange notes were also detectible. This almost had a sweet, orange soda-like quality to it. There was an interesting honey presence as well. All in all, really complex.

The flavor profile was even more citrus-forward than the aroma. Orange notes dominated. Freshly squeezed orange juice to be precise. Some clementine and tangerine as well. Like in the aroma, there was a complex, honey-like note. The beer finished with loads of orange peel and a hint of grapefruit. Fairly sweet but incredibly well balanced. Amazingly smooth and dangerously quaffable.

The mouthfeel was perfect. Uber soft and supple. Frothy. Super creamy and smooth. The liquid contained an ultra fine, zippy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Mutual Admiration is perhaps the best collaboration beers I have ever tried. When you have the best hoppy beer brewer on the East Coast teaming up with best on the West Coast, good things are apparently bound to happen.

Oct 14, 2015
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best collab IPA I've ever had. Just a perfect looking beer with an exception feel. Slightly bitter, soft, yet dry. Nice balance between citrus and pine. I wanna drink this forever.

Oct 14, 2015
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light gold or straw color, white head. Tons of citrus aroma, I get some orange and tangerine. There is some upfront sweet citrus character, but it is defined mostly by a sticky dankness. The feel on this beer is excellent. This is a very good collaboration.

Oct 08, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this over the weekend.

A- 750ml growler poured into a few glasses just hours after being filled with a cloudy golden orange hue and a frothy white head. Decent retention and lacing is spotty with a few large webs down the sides.

S- Fruity hops, for the most part, with Mosaic and Citra really coming to mind for me with just a hint of Nelson in the backdrop. Reminds me of melon, oranges, tangerine, berries and stone fruits. Somewhat laidback aromatically.

T- The juicy-stone-tropical fruit factor is fairly high with the Mosaic and Citra giving classic hop tones of mango, melon, tangerine, orange citrus and dankness. A touch of Nelson and pale cracked barley. Fermented cleanly.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a frothy-creamy consistency and high carbonation. Ends with a smooth bitterness.

As someone who admires both of these brewers quite a bit I am not surprised by this beer at all. Takes a page out of both of their brewing books which have produced stellar IPAs on both sides of the USA. Plenty of fruity, juicy hop satisfaction without blasting away the taste buds.

Oct 06, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Incredible appearance; a thicker and more steady head than most HF IPAs. Excellent lacing. Smell is juicy, citrus (sour orange and lime) and grapes, with a hint of pine forest.Bitterness is lingering but seems to sit in the back of the mouth with fruit and malt dominating up front. Incredible creamy and chewy texture.

Oct 05, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT on Saturday 9/26. Into a snifter glass, this pours a cloudy amber color with a smaller head that stays. Big hoppy aroma on this, tons of tropical fruit and sweetness. Great flavor profile, tons of stone and tropical fruits, papaya, middle is leafy and oily hop resin. Finishes bitter and the hoppiness lingers. Body is a bit too heavy and the carbonation isn't enough to clean the palate. Overall a very well designed beer showcasing these hops, very reminiscent of Tree House's In Perpetuity.

Sep 30, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this Growler at the brewery in Greensboro, shared with tb69 chilled in Hill Farmstead goblets.

The color is golden like pear nectar with rocky white cream of several fingers in depth with fine bead and waves of lace stick. The aroma is great with strong citrus and tropical smell with mild floral and Nelson's characteristic white grape odor with light tangerine fruity and slight pine-like herbal element with a lemony lime zest odor and citrus hop esters. The juicy orange is mild with a rind type fragrance with almost mango-like tropical/floral and fruity hop blend with aromas of citrus freshness practically no alcohol just juicy hop smelling goodness.

The feel is tangy and juicy with medium bitter quality and mild zesty presence with resinous full feeling moderately carbonated with semi-dry finish and low astringency with a light creamy texture of yeast and hop resins with finish of hops lingering on the palate.

Sep 28, 2015
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Hootie159 from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange. 1-2 finger foamy white head. Power lacing. Smell is quite nice. Started a bit timid but getting mainly orange and lime. Taste stands out much more. Sweet and bitter citrus punches you in the mouth. Medium high carbonation. Acidity really hits the tongue. Big fan.

Sep 26, 2015
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-Rick from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color, this beer oozes aromas of orange, pineapple, piney hops, and sweet fruits. Taste is tropic, oranges and sweet fruits. A bit acidic also. Well carbonated and a long lasting tropic mouth feel, this beer is a great coming together of two fantastic breweries.

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey

Sep 26, 2015
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MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA. A great collaboration. Was it not going to be? I mean, obviously these guys know their business. A nice, juicy, citrusy IPA. Smooth mouthfeel, great body on it. Full-feeling, light carbonation. Just terrific.

Sep 26, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a super hazy golden orange hue with a nice one finger head that fades slowly to leave creamy lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of oranges, grapefruit, pine sap, faint pineapple. Light vinous notes courtesy of the Nelson. Quite mellow and balanced.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of earthy pine gives way to light citrus, oranges and grapefruits with a lingering pithy bitterness. The Nelson really pops towards the finish and cancels out the probable mosaic notes.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, clean, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was a solid collaboration. Personally I'm not a huge mosaic fan and as such the initial earthiness doesn't really do anything for me. That said, all-around this is a solid beer.

Serving type: on tap

Sep 25, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is terrific and everything I wanted out of a collaboration IPA between Hill Farmstead and Alpine.

A wonderful showcase of hops, presented elegantly in a deceptively simple beer, that delivers an exceptional flavor profile on the palate and a smooth, clean finish.

Sep 24, 2015
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