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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Citra Pale Ale
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355 Ratings
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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.48%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.

(Beer added by: baggio on 06-29-2010)
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, bready malt, pine, floral, very fragrant

T-bready malt, citrus, floral, pineapple mango, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-delicious pale ale, love what has been done with this hop, could drink this all day

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 21:01:19 | More by MDDMD
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Lunch

Maryland

4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As I’m sitting here watching House Hunters International at 2:30am (judge as you like, but don’t pretend that you have not seen this fucking show on multiple occasions) and I'm wondering why this asshole is wearing a different goddamn necklace at each "property" (pronounced with with an Australian accent) and my focus quickly shifts to why this asshole (me) is not drinking a fucking beer. For the record, I do not own a necklace and have not since I knew and cared what a goddamn Chinese staircase was and that was back in the 5th grade.

I know that Shaun Hill’s preferred method of delivery for his beers consists of paying for a pour from a several week old growler in a bar in Washington, D.C., but hopefully he’ll be ok with me serving this beer in my fucking home into Hill Farmstead branded stemware from a fresh growler that I procured myself straight from the brewery. The only money that exchanged hands was from the cash register at the goddamn Arby’s that I held up earlier in the day to me to Phil or Keri (spelling?). This may be taboo to admit, but I’ve also been known to share HF growlers on occasion and when I do so I rarely if ever charge. The only instance of charging came by way some drunken motherfucker and the money was only charged in anticipation of me having to buy a new tarp based upon said motherfucker never having had any HF and knowing full well that he was a fucking squirter. I did eat the cost of the renting a goddamn Rug Doctor based upon neglecting to reasonably foresee that the combination of a HF virgin and someone with a general propensity to squirt would necessitate a greater coverage area than my 10' x 10' tarp could provide. I should have been more prepared, but I wasn't and I paid the fucking price.

The beer in question is HF Citra Single Hop Pale Ale and it is erection-worthy. These particular motherfuckers up in Vermont know how to brew a fucking pale ale. The water that they use appears to be magical. Not magical like some asshole posing as a magician making balloon animals that are all shaped like dicks at an 8 year-old birthday party, but magical like I can send a friend a picture of me taking a shit while having my middle finger fully extended and said friend can view this “message” almost instantaneously from seemingly any part of the earth that utilizes toilet paper on a fairly regular basis.

Glowing yellow like the hair color required for all middle-aged white women in most metropolitan areas of the United States. Smells like the goddamn opposite of my grandparents' house. Could drink this shit until I no longer know how to spell my fucking middle name, but I’ve only written that shit out like 5 goddamn times in my life anyway so that is not the best example…the shit is drinkable as fuck.

Perhaps said House Hunters International asshole could have afforded a better place with an “open floor plan that is great for entertaining” combined with a kitchen equipped with "stainless steel appliances" and "granite countertops" if he “chilled” (I don’t use “chill” or any conceivable version of it legitimately as one sounds like an asshole when saying it) the fuck out on the goddamn necklace collection.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2014 00:37:02 | More by Lunch
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tulip glass. From one week old Growler. Big thanks to mjord23 for sharing this.

A: Pours a cloudy pale/straw color with a few cm of fine, white head. Good retention and minimal lacing.

S: Subtle aroma of dank and citrus hops, some floral notes and breadyness, and maybe fruity and crystal malt.

T: Slight citra hoppiness, lemon zest, some breadyness and minerals, very dry and with a mild gripping bitterness on the finish.

M: Slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel on a light body and light carbonation.

O: Tasty, subtle flavors for a highly drinkable pale ale. A bit one note-y and lacking in depth/complexity, but that makes it a nice easy drinking/lawn mower beer.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2014 19:19:16 | More by pmarlowe
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dar482

New York

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a bright hazy straw gold.

The aroma has pure Citra. Orange peel, pineapple, floral, juicy grapefruit. Not too huge however.

The flavor follows of a rush of bright citrus peel and light tropical notes. A light malt with a medium minus bitterness on the finish. Almost a drying quality as well.

The beer is an extremely well done Citra hoppy beer, with certain similarities to Zombie Dust, a single hopped Citra.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 17:48:08 | More by dar482
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy golden-orange color, nice foamy white head. Carbonation looks to be lacking a bit. Nice lacing.

S: Love these all citra beers, reminds me a ton of Citra Ninja, Zombie Dust, etc. Huge punch of candied fruits, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, touch of honey, and some pine.

T: Flavor is much more subdued then the aroma. Some citrus, mango and pine. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Just wish it punched you in the mouth just as much as it did in the aroma. Nice light malt background as well.

M: Pretty light, light carbonation. Crisp and not that much residual sugar, which is a plus.

O: Amazing citra aroma that punches you in the nose, but with this had more flavor and bitterness to it. It is really easy to drink though and would love to try this again he there are adjustments.

Serving type: growler

03-12-2014 22:07:51 | More by koutkid41
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mdfb79

New York

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 03/10/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross! 64 oz. growler split 2 ways, so got a good 30 oz's of this or so. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky, bright yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemongrass, lemon zest, floral hops, fruity malts, light grapefruit, and some bready malts. Lots of citrus. very nice nose.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Tastes of citrus hops, lemon zest, grapefruit, honey, floral hops, light pine, fruity malts, earthy notes, and light tropical notes. Taste is lightly bitter as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink with the tiniest bit of bitterness.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It is not their hoppiest beer, but it is very good and still has a good amount of citrus hops to it, and it is very drinkable. I wouldn't put it on the level of Zombie Dust or Hoppy birthday in terms of pale ales, but I think it is on par with Edward and still great.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2014 13:55:50 | More by mdfb79
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig. In a tulip the beer was a hazy yellow color, very pretty, with a medium-sized white head. There was a bit of lace.

Aroma was citrus and floral hops, with some sweet malt.

Grapefruit. Flowers. Bread.

Crisp, refreshing.

Shaun Hill can certainly brew beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 16:02:54 | More by lordofthewiens
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2013 22:31:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kevanb

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2L growler poured into a Hill Farmstead Wine Glass

The beer pours a hazy apricot color, hues of orange and copper with a soft, billowy, white head that rises about 2 fingers high with moderate retention and nice sticky lace gets left behind. The aroma is of soft, yet bright citrus; grapefruit, tangerine, wildflower, and a touch of light pine and earthiness with some doughy pale malt. It's soft, balanced, inviting and refined, I just wish it was brighter and more pungent. The flavors are right in queue, lots of grapefruit citrus, sweeter tangerine and acidic lemon rind that brings out the wildflower and meadowy qualities, a slight amount of resinous pine is also notable but serves only to bitter the beer before some sweet, pale malt smoothes things over. The mouthfeel is very nice, rich and full for a pale ale, carbonation is just lively enough, light prickliness, some juiciness to it as well that finishes very smoothly with just a light dryness.

Verdict: Delicious, just darn delicious. A great showcasing of the Citra hop, tangy, juicy, fruity, floral, just wonderful. It's a bit soft and light, but quite refreshing and just a delight to drink.

Serving type: growler

09-24-2013 01:16:54 | More by kevanb
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ehammond1


4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Slightly cloudy light golden. Moderately-sized near-white head. Very small bubbles. Fairly sticky pale ale. Pretty and very appropriate.

Unsurprisingly, this pale ale from Hill Farmstead brewed only with Citra hops smells like fresh, vibrant, in-your-face Citra hops...which is a very, very good thing. Huge floral notes, melon, freshly cut grass, and a sweet, earthy character come to mind. Hop forward and quite delightful.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma, with huge amounts of Citra and just the faintest malt backbone making up the entire flavor profile. While this is simple and straightforward, the ingredients used are some of my favorites. Floral notes, honeydew and cantaloupe melon, mild citrus, a little bit of earthy, rustic bread combine for an exceptional single-hopped pale pale. Lovely.

Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. Exceptional.

Fantastic, as I assumed it would be. My high expectations have been met.

Serving type: growler

09-23-2013 00:23:01 | More by ehammond1
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Aaron last night, thanks for the opportunity!
Cloudy murky straw color with a smallish sticky white head. Floral tropical citrus hop aromas in spades with a hint of bready malt if I squint a bit. Solid fruity and citrus hop flavor with a light to moderate level of bitterness. Light sweet bready malt is barely for show. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Great beer I'm glad I got to try it!

Serving type: growler

09-15-2013 00:56:53 | More by johnnnniee
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Citra pale ale 750 ml poured into a HF stem

A-Bright golden yellow with a fluffy strong white head, gorgeous looking beer

S- mango, grapefruit, touch of lemon, passionfruit

T- passionfruit on the front, grapefruit pith, almost no bitterness whatsoever, some papaya and mango, very bright

M- solid carbonation but nothing that was distinguisable here, kept the beer together but would've liked maybe more carbonation or a bit bigger body

O- thirst quenching, could drink this all day

Serving type: growler

09-14-2013 20:04:27 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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mynie

Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

We were sitting at Montpellier's Threepenny tap when this keg was tapped. For the next hour and half, approximately 90% of drink orders were for Citra. All you had to do was nod at the bartender and he poured you one.

Why? Because it's that freaking good. Like most other single-hopped citra APA's, HF's Citra pulls off the rare feat of being incredibly hop forward but also ridiculously sessionable, like 7 Up. The fruit nodes are gigantic and zippy, but they come without the more "acquired taste"-style nodes you get with your regular high-alpha beer. There's no cat pee, no pine, no verdant stickiness, not even much bitterness. Just apricots, mangoes, and oranges.

Having had this, Zombie Dust, and PseudoSue all fresh at their respective brewers, I'd say this just nudges out Sue but still falls a tiny bit short of the dust. It's the most sessionable of the three (there's practically nothing in the aroma or flavor that comes off as alcoholic), but I just like the slightly more abrasive feel of the Dust. Still, this is world class.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 03:27:13 | More by mynie
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hill Farmstead third anniversary. Pours a pale hay golden with thick creamy head. Aroma is tropical fruits and citrus, flowers and dank resin. Taste is very fruity, moderatly hoppy with a little more malt than I could expect from HF that makes it dangerously drinkable. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 21:55:30 | More by Luk13
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a hazy, pale orange, with a frothy, foamy white head that hangs around and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S- Huge citrus, tropical fruits, hints of sweet bread. Big, potent and fruity aroma.

T- Packs a huge tropical fruit punch, with lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, hints of mango. Enormous hop flavor for a 5.3% abv beer.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking, very refreshing.

O- Just a remarkable beer. Packs so much hoppy flavor into a refreshing, lower abv beer. One of the best uses of Citra hops and one of Hill Farmstead's best hoppy offerings.

Serving type: growler

05-26-2013 00:31:42 | More by stephenjmoore
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Flip top growler opened on 5.11.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange-yellow with a foamy off-white head and good retention.

S - Lots of citrus- oranges, mango, pineapple. Great!

T - Pineapple, oranges, subtle tropical -amazingly smooth and soft on the tongue.

D - Good carbonation and a medium silky body.

O - A fruit forward, light pale with the wonderful citra hop dancing on my tongue. I loved this beer!

Serving type: growler

05-20-2013 04:34:35 | More by HuskyinPDX
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Citra pale ale pours a cloudy straw yellow with a medium sized, creamy head on top. As the foam dissolves a netted pattern of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma has strong notes of pine with some orange and lemon citrus mixed in. A touch of pale malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and watery on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor has a nice balance of malty sweetness and citrus hoppiness. It begins with pine, lemon and orange citrus. In the background there's a nice dry malty sweetness that's somewhat bready. It finishes dry with lingering pine and malt sweetness.

This is a great well balanced full flavored beer with a great aroma. My only issue is that I'm not close enough to Hill Farmstead to get it more often.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2013 22:02:36 | More by WanderingFool
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Hazy golden yellow. Bright white head. Sticky lacing. Still good carbonation after a week in the growler.

S: Lots of juicy citrus. Fruity hops. Orange lemon rind. Maybe a touch of light malt graininess, but primarily getting bit orange and citrus on the nose. Smells heavenly.

T: Flavor matches nose. Delicious citrus forward hop varieties: getting plenty of tangerine and orange and lemon, but also some grapefruit and mango juiciness. Minimal malt bill makes this so sessionable. Dry crisp finish.

M: Light to medium bodies.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2013 14:06:25 | More by inlimbo77
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A HUGE thank you to the most generous Caudalie for sending me this as a part of my fantastic CANBIF box!! 750ml growler.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, bright yellow-gold with a finger of frothy white heads that leaves some great lace.

Smell. Big yellow grapefruits, some papaya and orange, grainy lightly toasted malts and a touch of cedar. There's a hint of green onion there as well, but it's not a bad thing (if that makes any sense).

Taste. Huge yellow grapefruits again complete with plenty of bitter rinds, a little orange and it's rind as well, even some lemon rind in the bitter finish and a nice light grainy malt that adds just a little sweetness and flavour in the background throughout. Very much lives up to the hop's namesake.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, on the lower side of medium, very smooth carbonation.

Overall. Man, these guys can do no wrong with everything I've tried from them so far. Thanks again Caudalie, very cool to get a rare treat like this all the way here on the west coast of Canada!

Serving type: growler

04-17-2013 02:37:49 | More by Rutager
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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

750 mL growler poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a nice white head. Sticky lacing. Great retention.

Smell - Oh my. Citrus hop all the way. Smells like a really well hopped IPA. Tropical fruits and citrus. Just a hint of grainy malt shines through.

Taste - More focused on orange citrus here, but still retains some tropical fruit flavors. No sweetness, grainy malts give the only bit of backbone it has. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, maybe a little low from the growler. Light body. Drinkable as hell.

Overall - This is just as good, if not better than Zombie Dust. Holy crap. Hill Farmstead has set the standard on pale ales with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:34:45 | More by Alieniloquium
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler thanks to ILOVESTOUTS poured into a pair of Hill Farmstead stems.

Pour: Hazy, bright yellow orange body, with two fingers of white fluffy head. Lots of sticky lacing, and the head lingers for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big, bright grapefruit and mango up front. Lots of juicy citrus. A touch of white pepper, and light breadyness.

Taste: Really clean grapefruit and citrus juiciness throughout the entirety of the taste here. A very light white pepper. A slight doughy sweetness. Finishes with a light bitterness and linger citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. Very light bitterness, and a very juicy consistency.

Overall: One of the most drinkable pale ales I’ve had and maybe the best.

Serving type: growler

04-07-2013 18:23:42 | More by cfrances33
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Skrip

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A~ almost looks like a mix of lemonade and orange juice but very hazy. with minimal head.

S~ man, i can tell its all citra hops right off the bat. very fresh and a little earthyness.

T~ just as expected, citr(a)us up front with a piney finish. very clean! just as clean as Spotted Cow, if that makes sense to anyone lol

M~ smooth as can be, nicely carbonated, and very refreshing!

O~ really nice and very sessionable! this is probably only my 4th hoppy HF brew but they have all been amazing. trade for some growlers! sell your soul! do what you have to do!

Serving type: growler

04-05-2013 03:18:48 | More by Skrip
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nhudson

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 2L of this in person from the Brewery on Saturday. Shipped back to Birmingham chilled and opened. Poured into a Piggly Wiggly snifter.

A: this beer is by no means clear, it cloudy and hazy. Yellow to golden in color with the best looking head I've ever seen on a beer. Lacing is thick and sticks to the glass in heavy sheets. This beer is beautiful to look at.

S: what an amazing aroma, pure Citra. Pineapple, Grapefruit, Dragonfruit heavy in the nose. Reminds me of the last time I drank Zombie Dust. They should make an air freshner that smells like this.

T: citrus hops bitterness with a very soft roundness to the beer. It's not harsh like most heavily hopped IPA's or Pale Ales. It's easy as hell to drink with the lower abv. Beer finishes dry and has a very light malt back bone. Tons of pineapple in the flavor.

M: the softness of the beer beings out the oils in the hops, it's oily but very easy drinking. No alcohol is noticed. I could drink the entire 2l in one sitting, if I had to.

O: one of the best APA's I've ever had. Hands down a world class beer, especially for hop heads. Wish I had access to this brewery all the time.

Serving type: growler

04-04-2013 21:56:07 | More by nhudson
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A single hopped pale ale from Hill Farmstead. Uses only Citra hops, one of my favorite hop varieties. This is gonna be good. Poured from my Hill Farmstead half growler into my Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Pours a very hazy and cloudy orange-ish. Medium sized head forms, and sticks around for a good amount of time. Looks like orange juice, maybe grapefruit juice.

Smells like citrus, so juicy and fresh.

Tastes incredible. Citrus fruits- grapefruit, orange, mango, etc. Light but pleasant bitterness throughout makes it very easy drinking. No real malt flavor to speak of, it's all about showcasing the Citra hop.

Light bodied, well carbonated. Insanely drinkable, goes down so easy.

One of HF's best pale ales.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2013 20:25:24 | More by GreesyFizeek
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is hazy dark orange with light sediment floating around and a white head with some loose bubbles on top. The hops are quite strong, it gives it a tropical fruit aroma with grapefruit and pineapple notes. There is an accompanying dough malt playing around underneath but subtle. The flavor is more balanced, the Malta are grainy with a light doughiness. The hops are assertively tropical, grapefruit and pineapple, with an assertive bitterness, dry finish, and clean light to medium body. Overall, another good beer from hill farmstead. Good balance, different malt components, interesting focus on the citra hop, extremely bright for a lower abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 13:47:27 | More by cpetrone84
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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.