Friendship & Reunion | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Dieu du Ciel. This batch was brewed at Hill Farmstead.

For the batch brewed at Dieu du Ciel, review here:

Added by MasterSki on 03-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 119
Photo of Kinsman
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rather light in the glass with a nice orangish-straw color. A bit hazy and capped by a sticky white head.

As expected, orange is the dominant note on the aroma but it's not quite as 'in-your-face' as I thought it would be. Instead it's a nice orange note alongside the more typical fruity hop notes and a bit of malt.

Juicy and a bit floral as well in the mouth. Not really a palate-wrecker of an IPA, instead just a nice well balanced beer with tasty orange highlights. Overall, a fine beer for a quiet evening but not quite as memorable as some other HF IPAs.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL growler poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Nice surface foam that lasts a while. Nice lacing.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit hops. I'd guess columbus. Slightest bit of sweetness from the malt.

Taste - Follows the nose. Grapefruit. More bright citrus. Balanced very well by the malt. Barely sweet, but the malt is present. A bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium low carbonation. Balanced IPA.

Overall - I seldom enjoy a balanced IPA, but this is great. Another hit from HF.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Friendship & Reunion pours a hazy straw yellow with a moderate sized fizzy head on top. As the foam dissolves it leaves behind a nice netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of orange and tangerine citrus with a little lemon mixed in. There's a little hint of bready malt in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate with light carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of orange, tangerine and lemon citrus along with some tropical fruit. Some bready malt and a little sweetness helps balance out the hops. It finishes dry with lingering citrus notes.

This beer has lots of hops, but the flavor doesn't over power. The bitterness is light to moderate which makes this a fairly easy drinking beer.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from detailed notes after filling a growler at Hill Farmstead on 4/6/2013. Poured into a Weizen glass at low altitude in upstate NY the following day, 4/7/2013.

A: Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a small stark-white head. No visible particles, nice lacing and a good looking beer overall.

S: Citrus and tropical fruit notes up front with sweet caramel malt notes in the background. Not particularly complex, but smells clean and juicy -- generally appealing.

T: Grapefruit citrus notes up front give way to tropical fruit sweetness and tanginess. The water has a distinctive mineral quality and the bitterness lingers for a while on the finish, but not so much as to overwhelm the balance. Fits the style nicely.

M: Medium-bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation. Wet and quite refreshing in combination with the tropical fruit and citrus flavors noted above.

O: Clean flavors that highlight a single hop. Very refreshing and would love to drink this in hot weather if it were readily available (alas).

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Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slight hazy golden color with a nice white head on top, good lacing and retention as well. The smell of the beer is malty with some light hops on the nose. The taste has a good bitterness to it, light resiny finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft carbonation and light bodied. Overall it's a good IPA, but Hill Farmstead has better.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours the cloudy golden yellow color typical of a lot of Hill Farmstead beers, same bubbly sticky head too.

Smells of sticky fruity hops, grapefruit and citrus, some pine, and then some dry fruit character that is probably blood orange. Smells pretty dry.

Tastes of bitter fruity citrus, tangerine and orange and grapefruit, floral hops too, some definite blood orange character, light sweetness from the fruit but not much malt character.

Soft and creamy mouthfeel that is typical of HF IPAs, excellent drinkability.

Another great beer, the fruitiness here is more impressive than the hop profile itself, this is not as aggressively hopped as some other HF IPAs.


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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably considerate surprise courtesy of Cam. Thank you so much buddy! Your generosity is so much appreciated. Growler shared with the wife and Mandi.

Poured an unfiltered medium yellow with a thin skim and nice
lace .

Smells of light fruitiness and crackery malt. It's mild but inviting.

Loads of fruit, but its calm rather than explosive. Predominance of nectarine, just past ripe. Pithy. Very dry finish with a lingering bitterness that sits on the tongue. Crackery malts lends support but doesn't interfere where not welcome.

Very dry beer with a nice light feel and soft carbonation

One of my favorite places to enjoy a beer is the cabin up north. I had no idea Cam was even sending this box and was fortunate that a friend meeting us here was able to swing by the house and grab this off the porch. Awesome gesture, very enjoyable beer, and a ridiculously generous surprise. Thanks again, Cam!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler, filled 4/12/13, drank 4/20/13
5oz mini snifter

A: Really light hazy yellow color. Layer of white head. Sticks around. Lacing sheeting is left on the glass, even with the small snifter.

S: Big orange and citrus. Orange. Lemon. Grapefruit. Tangerine. Really fruity. Minimum malt bill like many HF IPAs (which I love).

T: Delicious. Light malt. Nice fruity hops: orange, tangerine, grapefruit, etc.. Awesome stuff.

M: Light bodied. Really crushable.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler purchased at the brewery on Friday.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale peach with honey folds. The crown is 1 finger, white, billowy, shows moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: I believe they only added blood oranges to this beer, but I swear my palate registers it as loads of fairly nondescript tropical going on here.... Hard for me to make them out specifically but my allergies are kicking my ass today. It reminds me of "5 Alive" quite a bit.... oranges, lemons, grapefruits, tangerines, and limes.

Taste: Same as the nose but more intense! No malt presence really...just hops and citrus zest.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of thin bodied, low carbonation, and the always enjoyable HF slickness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a fantastically refreshing hoppy beer that I'd drink all summer long if I had the option. Please make more!

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Photo of adjunctlager
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPA with a lighter than usual bottle. Had this on tap at a nearby Pub in Waterbury, VT (Prohibition Pig FTW. Great spot.) Body was light and almost "wheat beer" like. Aroma was floral with grapefruit and grass right on. Finish was dry and refreshing. Total re-drinker.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 2L growler filled at the brewery on Saturday. Kept chilled since being filled. Poured into some Hill Farmstead stemware.

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow to medium orange in color. Very little head, unlike most Hill Farmstead IPA's. The acid seems to cut any head retention.

Aroma: Lots of bright tropical fruit upfront. Pineapple, mango, and some orange juice from the hops. Definitely more fruity than bitter. The citrus definitely gives of a nice brightness.

Taste: Big mango, pineapple, and papaya upfront. Some light acid cuts through the hops and provides a nice lemon zest and orange juice. A touch of bitter grapefruit on the finish. Interesting combination of juicy hops and a touch of refreshing acid.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with some lower than average carbonation. I think the acid from the citrus thins out the beer a little.

Overall, a really great, tasty beer from Hill Farmstead. Definitely one of their beter hoppy beers. The acid really does a great job highlighting the other fruity character from the hops and brighting out the bitterness on the finish. Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Skrip
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

A~ light glowing orange, with minimal head and a good amount of lacing.

S~ just like grapefruit juice! followed by hoppy hay funk. smells amazing!

T~ grapefruit/lemon/orange peel with some earth notes. more citrus with slight tartness on the finish. this actually kind of reminds me of a hoppy Juicy.

M~ amazing carbonation, smooth as could be with a slight pucker.

O~ one of my favorite hoppy HF brews for sure, probably in the top 3. i love how they portray juice flavors in their brews, some how keeping the mouthfeel in an otherwise very carbonated, hoppy brew. incredible!

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Photo of joel66
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler, thanks to cypherenigma

Poured a hazy apricot color with a half inch of head.

Nose was citrus , orange and grapefruit with a hint of papaya

Taste was extremely juicy mixed with the bitterness of grapefruit pith. Slight sweetness from the orange in the after taste.

Overall this was delicious. Top 3 hf ipa next to abner and society 5

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a swing-top growler. Thanks, Matt!

A- pours a hazy, pale orange with a 1/8" foamy white head. Each sip leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass.

S- orange peel, lemon, faint pine resin

T- incredibly citrusy. Just like the smell, there is a hint if pine in the background.

M- moderate carbonation, thin-to-medium mouthfeel.

O- A fantastic American IPA. I would love to get my hands on more of this.

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Photo of Number45forever
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Yet another incredible HF IPA. I'm handling a 64oz growler of this puppy tonight, it's been in my fridge for nine days since it was filled. Experience tells me nine days stored properly is no worry for HF IPAs.

Appearance: HF IPA. Slightly darker than the single hop IPAs Shaun makes. Trademark pillowy head that disappears before long.

Smell: Wow. Juice. Extraordinarily dry smelling, like a very crisp whiff of citrus juice, hops...and something like clementine pith, or sweet orange pith. I'm a citrus lover, this is as good as it gets.

Taste: See smell, but for your mouth. Amazing. Zero bitterness. Juicy hops, super dry finish. You're not going to believe this, but it goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Awesome. Life most HF IPAs, the carbonation is not overpowering. Super dry mouthfeel.

Overall, it doesn't get much better than this. Of the lower gravity hoppy beers that Shaun and company have put out, I place this alongside What is Enlightenment? as one of my favorites. Echoes a baby version of Society and Solitude #4, if you ask me. Super juicy, super dry...just insanely easy to drink.

Sadly, this has kicked at HF. Here's hoping this one is brewed again.

...this morning, Shaun posted on facebook that he's brewing something that is, as he said, a fusion of Friendship & Reunion and What is Enlightenment? I'm not fortune teller, but I'd bet that's going to be pretty good.


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Photo of cfrances33
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2L flip top growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem. Thanks Frank!

Pour: Bright, radiant mango orange with two fingers of soapy white head. Lots of lacing, and the head hangs around at an eight of a finger for the majority of the glass. Just an awesome looking beer.

Smell: Juicy oranges and tangerines right off the bat. A touch of mango and pineapple, and maybe even some lemon. A touch of light oat sweetness, but brillant citrus really owns the nose.

Taste: Lots of oranges, tangerines, and mangos just like the nose implied. A greater presence of oat and doughy sweetness, but this is hardly close to being balanced. Slick hop oils mix with a nice citrus acidity. Finishes lightly bitter with a lingering orange juiciness.

Mouthfeel: Needless to say, this is insanely drinkable and refreshing. Drinks like juice. The hop oil and acidity play very well off each other.

Overall: I was very, very impressed with this beer. I could drink this endlessly. Well done Shaun and Luc!

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Friendship & Reunion from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.34 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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