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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 814
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 384
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: baggio on 06-29-2010

An American Pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.
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Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, yellow ochre appearance. The beer was topped by an

The aroma was powdery, crips and dry initially. Yeasty. Citrus notes came forth. Grapefruit dominated. Some tropical qualities appeared as well. Pineapple and mango were detectible.

The flavor profile was definitely more dry and bitter. Grapefruit dominated. Fairly bitter. Lots of orange rind. Touch of tropical fruitiness. Mango was detectible. The beer finished very dry and bitter with loads of grapefruit rind.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Pillowy soft on the palate. (543 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head is bright-white and creamy. Drops to a small wisp of a cap in short order. Small fluffy cap and collar. A few notches and wisps of lacing.

Smell: Nectarine and a touch of peach. Leafy hop. Clean malt base. Pale malt sweetness. A touch of biscuit and slightly toasted white bread. Sweet and tropical, as in tropical punch minus the sugar. A touch of soft hop spice and a touch of lime. Almost hits at green wood and a touch of pine. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Mango and peach. Touches of tangerine. Sweet candied tropical fruit. Malts are slightly bready with a mild underlying sweetness. Obviously loaded with Citra. Tropical fruit abounds. A touch of tree branch coupled with a soft floral and spicy edge. Some lemon candy. A touch grassy. Leafy hop as well. Lightly toasted in the back. Yeast throws a slight fruity ester Ends up sipping a bit one dimensional. Hop oil. Aggressively pushes the Citra and it ends up sipping like hop pellets.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy. Slightly dry with some astringency.

Overall: Citra is good, this is good.

Single hopped stuff always ends up one note, as expected, but this just loses a little as a result. It's a true and genuine homage to this hop but it's not able to shine alone. (1,299 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about a few hours ago 8/29/15

A: Medium tangerine with some honey and gold - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a nearly solid, wispy cap - leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

S: Clean pale base showcasing Citra hops - straight-up Citra, as expected, with some floral citrus, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice - light tropical notes, with some melon and pineapple - not very aggressive, compared to an IPA, but decidedly hoppy for an APA - clean malt base, pale malts, light bread

T: Surprisingly not one-dimensional - Citra works quite well in this context - tangerine and ruby red grapefruit juice, flesh - floral citrus - tropical notes, with some juicy melon, as well as some mango - medium level of bitterness - pale malts and light bread - minimal sweetness - very clean, as is typical with Hill Farmstead beers

M: On the light side of medium, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes clean

O: Hill Farmstead APA base + [insert hop varietal here] = win

This actually holds up better than I would have expected. Using Citra as the only hop for an IPA or DIPA is good, but not great. It's complex, but not complex enough for a big, hoppy beer. This, on the other hand, is not big. The simplicity and grace of the pale ale lends itself well to Citra. (1,323 characters)

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I just lurve citra hops, so I'm looking forward to this one. 750 ml growler into a tulip.

A - Just like the rest of the HF IPAs - only slightly translucent, extremely hazy. The color is a pale, straw yellow. The head is a bright, thick, bubbly white, and it is making a mess all over my glass. Never was a fan of the HF color, but the head is amazing.

N - Yep, tons of citra. Not very complex, just straight of citrus: orange, lemon, grapefruit...

T - Similar to the nose. Straight up citra, not a whole lot else going on. It's a splendid ode to a splendid hop.

M - Very frothy and dry on the finish. I could drink this all day and all night.

O - Another classic. Looking forward to the rest of my stash. (718 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to aaron for the share!

750 ml HF growler poured into HF wine stem.

Yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers white head. Smells citrusy and tropical fruits with a little bit of hop resin. Taste is exactly the same. Surprised that this HF APA is not very juicy in aroma or flavor profile. Light bodied beer with crisp, clean, and bright mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable APA, it is actually pretty comparable to zombie dust which we actually tried right after drinking this beer. I would say that I much more prefer HF double citra to this HF hoppy beer. (564 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, golden coloring, with a foamy, clingy, bright white head. Nose of sweet lemon, tart grapefruit, richly sweet candi backbone, grassy highlights, and subtle hops bitterness. Flavors are grassy and piney forward, with a lemon and grapefruit tart and sweet blend, roasted notes, and a subtle pepper spice. Robust bodied, but light with the carbonation. Smooth, dry finish, with a piney and citrus linger. (467 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery into a tall goblet.

Absolutely gorgeous looking brew. Glowing peach to apricot orange body, with a fantastic looking head. Creamy like whip cream looking with thick retention, 2 fingers topped off and you could scoop it with a spoon. Bright white, you just want to drown in it.

Aroma is kind of unexpected as there is a big yeast note on this which is the dominant trait. Some mild sensing hop tropics come out, even just slightly mushy tasting, but fairly small, even a little bit of nutty quality manages to sneak out as well. Different.

Palate provides a solid experience. Clean and just enough density and almost chewy mouthfeel. Hints of mineral water on the finish, with washing orange and tropical hop notes. A bit of earth peaks out with the citrus in the mid palate, and some mild toast dry malt character. Some mild pine bitterness also rounds out nicely.

Quite varied for a single hop brew, not too bad just wish the bouquet was a little different. (1,014 characters)

Photo of jwsipkins
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I just tried this beer with two guys who had reviewed it very well previously and we all agreed it wasn't quite that great. Perhaps it was a bad bottle. (152 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the brewery on 5/16.

Poured from the 68 oz. growler into a Tree House snifter.

a: Hazy orange with an inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Citrus and pine,.

t: Follows the nose with medium strength over a light biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingers somewhat on a dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A wonderful session pale, probably the best I have had, hoppy to near perfection. (480 characters)

Photo of BeerBeast
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Hill farmstead, happy to begin with my favorite hop, Citra!

Outstanding nose, delicious flavor, finishes light on the mouth, most excellent! (150 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a hazy, gloomy yellow with large foamy head.
S - Grapefruit dominates the nose, big tropical fruits dominate here
T - All citra, all good - should be a quote in the beer world. so juicy, so well balanced, tons of pineapple/grapefruit, a little guava/mango slice and just the smallest grassy hop bitters at the end round out a delicious beer
F - so crushable, really goes down smooth- light yet full of flavor
O - Awesomeness! (434 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml growler into a HF taster. Filled at the brewery 2 days ago.

Pours a magnificent golden yellow very cloudy body with a white head that reduces to a layer of foam. Some lacing.

Aromas are delectable, tons of tropical fruits.. The hop profile here is dominated by juicy citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, mango.

On the tongue come big freshly hop oils - straight citrus and tropical fruit, followed by a slight hop bite but not much, making this an extremely easy beer to put down. Carbonation is medium and body is medium-light.

Delicious citra ale.. Having experience in brewing citra forward beers, this is what I aspire to create. (652 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a growler three days after purchasing from the brewery into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Golden straw in color with a nice 1-finger head that settles into a thin film of foam. Completely opaque with unfiltered goodness. Looks like an illuminated streetlight with frosted glass. Very pretty.

S: Really great aromas right off the bat, with heavy hop notes of pine, citrus, and grass. Bitter and bright with a sharper hop nose than other HF pale ales. There is a touch of malt backbone on the end of the nose that evens it out quite a bit.

T: Strong notes of hoppy pine up-front with a lemony hay middle and a bitter toast finish. Balance is towards the hop side of things with a distinct dry bitterness following the taste all the way through. Tasting notes of lemon rind, grapefruit, tall grass, pine needles, and damp hay at the end. A tannic hollow tin taste on the finish.

F: Good feel in-mouth with a bit of a strange after-feel. Afterfeel was hollow with a bitter feel that resides in the jaw. Though the in-mouth feel can't be overstated, the after left me a bit disappointed.

O: A good offering from a great brewery, though their dedication to true craft may have set my expectations a bit high on this one. All in all it's an excellently done single-hop Pale Ale, but comes up lacking in a few departments. But don't take my word for it, try it yourself! (1,386 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to @EvilAsh for grabbing me a growler of this. The best comparison I have for this is Zombie Dust- but this beer blows zombie dust away. It has the wonderful Citra flavor, but it is so much cleaner. If more people had access to this, it would be a top 5 beer on this site... (285 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Totally hazy yellow body, flavor explodes with lemon leaving the tartness at the door. Mild grapefruit and rind are also present. Bitterness is present yet never oversteps. Very good pale ale. (226 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes:

Remarkable depth, flavor, and feel for a single-hop APA. Instead of having Citra dominate the entire flavor, the malt backbone makes a very strong showing.

A bit each of sweetness, citrus, and tropical fruit. Fantastically smooth mouthfeel - among HF's best.

This beer is so good that if I went back and re-rated all single-hop Citra APAs I've had (including ZD and PseudoSue), this one would likely come out on top. (432 characters)

Photo of AdamF625
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful cloudy golden pale ale. Unfiltered with a soapy two finger white head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange. Flavor follows suit with strong citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is impeccable as are most if not all HF beers. Medium body and carbonation. I really have enjoyed their single hop series. They turn simplicity into perfection. (354 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow in color. Cloudy. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. The aroma is more "dry" than "juicy," though there is a hint of juiciness to it. Aroma consists of citrus, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, with lesser notes of tropical fruit and mango. Taste is similar. This is drier beer. Mostly citrus and citrus pith with notes of orange and grapefruit. Maybe a touch of pineapple. Lighter boded. Medium carbonation. Crisp and dry. Moderate bitterness.
Nowhere near as good as it's bigger brother, but still a quality beer. (567 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased and reviewed at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT over the past weekend. Probably the second time I have had this brew.

A- Pours to a HF tumbler with a super chalky cloudy golden body. Creamy white head to over a finger and good retention. Puffy ring and pillow remains and lacing is composed of sheets and webs.

S- Citra hops aren't massive but certainly plentiful with crisp tones of stone and tropical fruits ala tangerine, apricot, citrus, orange and peach.

T- Juicy but crisp at the same time. Minimally sweet with fruity notes of tangerine, apricot, mango and passion fruit. Citrus zest of orange and lime, just slightly on the latter.

MF- On the light side but still quite a bit of creamy, frothy texture. Carbonation just below high but overly smooth. Finished just slightly bitter.

Juicy as all hell but might need just a bit more body to make it a great one. Reminds me of all day but juicier and more texture. Still very good with a Citra flavor on point. (979 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to tom10101 for sending us a fresh growler.

Lots of tropical fruit, some pine, hint of dankness and a solid malt backbone. One of the best pales I've had the pleasure of tasting. (187 characters)

Photo of F2brewers
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL growler filled 10/2. Served at 40F into a HF wine glass

A: Brilliant hazy golden yellow body with lots of fine carbonation. Pours to a 1.5 inch white frothy head filled with bubbles. Solid 2 minute head retention that regenerates with gentle swirling. Minimal lacing remains in the glass as I drink this.

S: Lemon and grapefruit (shocking, I know!) with. tropical notes and a dank, grassy undertone. No hint of malt. Faint traces of pine and pine resin.

T: This beer bursts with tropical fruit, citrus and a mild residual bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit peel. Rich and juicy, the malt blends into the background. The dank hoppiness from the nose follows through in the finish.

M: Medium to medium-light...surpisingly light given the hop bomb nose and taste, it's totally appropriate for a 5.4% beer. An oily coating remans on the tongue and mouth commensurate with the lingering bitterness.

O: If you're looking for monster Citra flavor (i.e., more hoppy than HF Edward) without too much punch or body, this beer is for you. Completely crushable without fatiguing the palate, this beer is another fine example of how a well executed pale ale can be rich, but easy to drink. Highly recommended. (1,210 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

A-Cloudy bright yellow/orange, two finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Rather citrusy, lemon, tropical, grapefruit.

T-The citra hops provide a great citrus flavor with some grass an spice, tad bit of tropical notes with a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins with a nice crisp finish.

O-Another knock out from HF, Citra is a great hop. (358 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.72/5  rDev +8%

From notes

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tropical fruit, citrus, dank pine resins, floral notes and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a ton of citrus (very tropical), floral undertones, bitter pine resins and some sweet bready malts in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This beer smells like a hand-full of fresh hops. It's a great showcase of Citra.

Serving type: growler (716 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Sample size (2 ounces) on tap at the brewery.

A: It pours a dark yellow color, with very strong pure white head, good lacing and good retention.

S: Strong strong smell for such a small beer in terms of ABV. It is Citra though, you get almost unriped mangos and pineapples, but, most of all, lemon and orange juice/peel.

T: Like the smell, you get a really good amount of lemon and orange juice that is accompanied by a sour version on mangos and pineapples. Then, you get a the citrus peels type of hoppiness an it is then followed by a light amount of sweetness to linger on in the aftertaste.

M: Very light and fluffy, perfect for this type of beer.

D: Not sure why I need to comment on the drinkability of such a beer. Highly drinakble. I could down a 2L growler by myself no problem.

All in all, a very straightforward beer but it is beautifully executed. Highly recommended. (885 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Served on tap at the Res in Waterbury.
Pours a hazy golden sun color with generous one finger of frothy head.
Smells fantastic, tons of citra aromatics here.
Tastes fantastic, not just one note complex.
A chewy body that also creates a soft and velvety mouthfeel.
A masterpiece APA. (284 characters)

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.