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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 360
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 756 | Reviews: 105
Reviews by MDDMD:
Photo of MDDMD
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love HF IPAs and this just underwhelmed for me. Probably my least favorite of their IPAs.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled today at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY. They have very quickly gone through two 5 gallon kegs of this one in the past 2 weeks or so. Got to get in and get some the first day its on or wait till next time...Thanks to the DeCicco's crew for hooking me up with a 32 ounce sample.

Pours heavily clouded, dull, darker tangarine, under a moderate, relaxed, tiny bubble, light tan head, that stays, then goes to real nice looking and extensive fine lacing, low loose sheeting and a moderate collar. Stuff has the look of other real fine and high quality beer offerings that you sometimes have the luck to come across and get to enjoy.

Pungent and fresh smelling, with a jolt of bitter grapefruit pith, lime, melon and general yummy citric goodness. West Coast style IPA from backwoods Vermont! Gotta get a happy feeling from a sniff of this one.

Citrus, grapefruit theme follows through on the tongue, gums and throat. A treat in the mouth, with waves of all of the above and hopped up goodness. Crusty toast notes as well.

Very enjoyable. More great beer from H.F. Gotta try to get over there for a visit next time I find myself in northern Vermont, hopefully soon. In the meantime, please keep sending kegs to better beer spots in the NYC and Westchester county areas.

Photo of ehammond1
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted Hill Farmstead Citra IPA from Pinnochio's in Media, PA that now has it on-tap and available for growler fills. This is a nice beer that showcases Citra hops, but it feels a little too diminutive to be called an IPA. It's not just that the alcohol content is low, but that the hop flavor, malt character, body and impact of the beer feels a bit underwhelming. Maybe it would be better categorized as an APA because then it would really impress people--as an IPA it leaves me wanting. The Citra hops added a nice tropical fruit component to the beer, but I wanted way more.

Photo of 05Harley
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a fresh 1/6 barrel with Rochefort10nh straight from the brewery. Thanks Shaun and thanks for the extras as well!

Appearance: Poured aggressively in a 20 ounce mug and wow what a sight. A hazy amber color reveals itself along with a 1/2" soapy white head. Some spotty lacing appears in the finish.

Smell: Oh yeah, bring on the grapefruit. This beers aroma is simply awesome! Additional fruit notes of orange and lemon. One of the best smelling American IPA's I've ever experienced.

Taste: Flavor of citrus and pine with a fair amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: One word says it all, refreshing! Clean and crisp from start to finish. A little more carbonation and it would be flawless in the feel.

Drinkability: A perfect summer beer. Sessionable and with a ton of flavor.

Photo of AdamF625
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev -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.

Photo of nhudson
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of F2brewers
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Jwburns75
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the 2 or 3 most enjoyable beers I have ever had

Photo of Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger:

A: Hazy amber with a small white head, minimal lacing.

S: There is tropical fruit goodness all over the place. Tons of citra hops. Awesome.

T: A boat load of hops here. There is a touch of bread that tries to creep in, but the hops jump right back out and beat it into submission.

M: Light and delicious. Not too carbonated which really enhances the smooth feel.

D: Another great offering from Hill Farmstead. I have been really impressed by their beers tonight. This is yet another beer that I would drink regularly if it was available.

Photo of emerge077
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dave for sharing this fine single hop IPA, which wasn't on my radar until you mentioned it ;)

Hazy orange tone, darker than some with plenty of frothy off white foam across the surface.

Ultra pungent citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. It starts out huge, and nearly overwhelms with intense hop aroma from the Citra varietal. Sweet and resinous, it pops like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Flavor is lightly bitter and full of luscious citrus pith, grapefruit, orange rind, with a mild undercurrent of pale malt behind it. A well built lupulin delivery system. Body is a bit lighter, which may be a result of the growler. Medium to low carbonation, which honestly makes it too easy to drink. The very bright hop aromas and flavors are what make this IPA really shine. So fresh and lush, it's impossible to put down until it's gone.

Cheers to Hill Farmstead, they are one to watch.

Photo of Rutager
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a creamy white head with decent retention and good lacing.

All the smells I associate with Citra are present. Lush tropical fruits loads of citrus and grapefruit and a lot of dankness.

Tastes comes up a bit short after the smell. Good citrus flavors up front, but the back end is a little harsh in the bitterness.

Good creamy mouthfeel although carbonation is a tad high which is odd for HF.

Still a good beer, but somewhat below expectations based on both how awesome other HF beers are and the awesomness of Citra.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from DeCicco's, first bottle off the keg. Poured into my Harpoon LE tulip.

A- Murky Amber in color. A light white bubbly head forms on top. Moderate lacing, but nothing crazy.

S- Delicious. Smells of sweet grapefruit and fresh hops. Malty and sweet, it smells like a much bigger beer.

T- One of the most complex single IPA's i've had, and just doesn't taste like a 5.5% beer. The fresh hop character is really nice, slighly piney but with plenty of citrus. Strong tastes of grapefruit, and lemon in the aftertaste.

M- Very nice. Drinks a little big for a 5.5% beer, but there is no shortage of flavor.

D- An all around amazing IPA. Great use of citra hop, and a delicious lower ABV beer.

Gotta keep an eye out for more Hill Farmstead stuff, as the two beers I've had are well above average. If you like a beer that has a crazy taste of fresh hops, this is a great one.

Photo of rlee1390
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Photo of Axic10
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's during their Hill Farmstead event.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden with a finger of white head.

Smell: Holy citrus! A great nose of pineapple, mango and grapefruit mixed with some nice bitter hops.

Taste: Just like biting into a grapefruit, even better than the nose. Sweet grapefruit, pineapple and mango with just the perfect amount of hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: If I could find this on a regular basis, I think this might be the only thing I would ever drink. Really impressive East Coast IPA.

Photo of papat444
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.94/5  rDev +11%
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...

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.