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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Citra Pale Ale
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 282
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-24-2014 06:24:14 | More by RyanOooh
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

08-17-2014 01:05:01 | More by BoldRulerVT
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4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

02-23-2014 16:02:54 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-10-2014 12:19:00 | More by cincysig
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2012 17:15:02 | More by bierdabbler
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

12-12-2010 03:32:29 | More by Billolick
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

03-04-2012 19:39:57 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

02-23-2014 22:36:59 | More by sgn4779
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4.66/5  rDev +5.4%


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.

09-23-2013 00:23:01 | More by ehammond1
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

08-20-2014 23:21:31 | More by jminch
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-13-2013 20:15:46 | More by doremite
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3.78/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

11-29-2010 06:36:01 | More by Soonami
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-04-2014 10:25:09 | More by williamjbauer
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-19-2014 23:34:37 | More by jtladner
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-11-2013 17:06:44 | More by SPRichard
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-23-2013 02:12:17 | More by stereosforgeeks
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.5%

05-26-2013 17:30:06 | More by acurtis
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New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

11-24-2010 01:25:11 | More by 05Harley
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-05-2014 22:11:51 | More by headyhardy
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

09-24-2013 17:16:26 | More by Beerontwowheels
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

09-28-2013 16:46:23 | More by Indytruks138
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

06-26-2013 20:20:00 | More by prdstmnky
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

05-03-2014 04:09:08 | More by Ace1117
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

04-04-2013 21:56:07 | More by nhudson
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

07-26-2013 13:22:34 | More by huskermike12
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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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