Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by kevanb:
4.4/5 rDev -0.5%
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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4.63/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a growler fresh from Hill Farmstead into a tuliped pint glass.
A. Pours very very hazy golden and shimmery. looks like its grapefruite juice. A nice half finger head settles down and retains preety well. Medium lacing clings to the glass.
S. Oh yeah! this stuff is great, i mean really great! Beautiful even. So much lemony orange and grapefruity hoppiness. Very strong very potent it brings a smile to your face, the nose on this rivals some of the best i have ever came across. its so light and juicy everything about it is just happy happy hoppy hoppy.
T. You can guess where I am going with this... super dank and resiny, all the scents are covered in the notes. heavy grapefruit up front, juices and rinds. the sweetness mixes so well with that hop bitterness. The hops are very very resiny, coats your mouth and really hangs around for a while. there are some light wheaty notes in there as well, that give it a nice bready feel too.
M. Awesome stuff, light to light medium on everything. very drinkable, no booze at all. perfect carbonation. the acidity is high but the hop IBU is not over the top so its very well paired up. I could drink a lot of this stuff and i plan on it.
O. Absolutely one of the better beers i have had. I will absolutely get more of this. its so juicy and such a wonderfully layered beer. the overload of citra is so welcomed and i love the resin it inherintly has. packed with beautiful citra hoppy nastiness and balanced out perfectly with whatever they have in the water up there. Im conviced there is something in that water up there. it brings everything up a notch or two!
Serving type: growler
04-22-2014 00:56:25 | More by berkshire413
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a softly pale lemon yellow with a hazy little blush inside. A creamy head of white foam that fell slowly and left good lace. Nose is bright lemon peel. As it warms some tropical mango and beautiful floral come forward. Light and flaky biscuit, with a drizzle of honey. Floral and sweet herbal back notes. Taste is lovely and even delicate. This beer has a superb mouthfeel. It's got a just a little breaddiness, just a bit of flaky sweet biscuit to make the mouthfeel creamy and give it depth. The hops are floral and lemony. The bright lemon peel with the citric tartness lightly underneath. The tropical softer stone fruits in this are permeating the drink for a juicy and ripe taste. There is a moderate but very soft bitter that is just one of the best bitters I have ever had.
Light easy to drink and very flavorful. This beer will be an instant favorite.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 14:32:45 | More by utopiajane
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.