Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by kevanb:
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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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
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
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
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.