Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 370
Gots: 34 | 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:
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: 764 | Reviews: 108
Photo of jwsipkins
3.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I just tried this beer with two guys who had reviewed it very well previously and we all agreed it wasn't quite that great. Perhaps it was a bad bottle.

Photo of scotorum
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the brewery on 5/16.

Poured from the 68 oz. growler into a Tree House snifter.

a: Hazy orange with an inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Citrus and pine,.

t: Follows the nose with medium strength over a light biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingers somewhat on a dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A wonderful session pale, probably the best I have had, hoppy to near perfection.

Photo of TBonez477
3.69/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not as much flavor as I'm accustomed to in Hill Farmstead beers. Almost a lager flavor with the lack of strong hop smell/taste.

Photo of elvisdoc
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic hoppiness and tasty bitterness. Very drinkable. As usual, Shaun knows how to make his hops stand out.

Photo of BeerBeast
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Hill farmstead, happy to begin with my favorite hop, Citra!

Outstanding nose, delicious flavor, finishes light on the mouth, most excellent!

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draft at Armsby Abbey....great offering, seems thin but only compared to Double Citra.

Photo of Devman171
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler, big citrus and fruity aroma, taste is less complex and more bitter than the mosaic, but still a great pale

Photo of Givemebeer
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Of course its good. But I'd much rather have a clean crisp burst of citra hops from Citra Mantra.

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 M_chav
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a hazy, gloomy yellow with large foamy head.
S - Grapefruit dominates the nose, big tropical fruits dominate here
T - All citra, all good - should be a quote in the beer world. so juicy, so well balanced, tons of pineapple/grapefruit, a little guava/mango slice and just the smallest grassy hop bitters at the end round out a delicious beer
F - so crushable, really goes down smooth- light yet full of flavor
O - Awesomeness!

Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml growler into a HF taster. Filled at the brewery 2 days ago.

Pours a magnificent golden yellow very cloudy body with a white head that reduces to a layer of foam. Some lacing.

Aromas are delectable, tons of tropical fruits.. The hop profile here is dominated by juicy citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, mango.

On the tongue come big freshly hop oils - straight citrus and tropical fruit, followed by a slight hop bite but not much, making this an extremely easy beer to put down. Carbonation is medium and body is medium-light.

Delicious citra ale.. Having experience in brewing citra forward beers, this is what I aspire to create.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a growler three days after purchasing from the brewery into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Golden straw in color with a nice 1-finger head that settles into a thin film of foam. Completely opaque with unfiltered goodness. Looks like an illuminated streetlight with frosted glass. Very pretty.

S: Really great aromas right off the bat, with heavy hop notes of pine, citrus, and grass. Bitter and bright with a sharper hop nose than other HF pale ales. There is a touch of malt backbone on the end of the nose that evens it out quite a bit.

T: Strong notes of hoppy pine up-front with a lemony hay middle and a bitter toast finish. Balance is towards the hop side of things with a distinct dry bitterness following the taste all the way through. Tasting notes of lemon rind, grapefruit, tall grass, pine needles, and damp hay at the end. A tannic hollow tin taste on the finish.

F: Good feel in-mouth with a bit of a strange after-feel. Afterfeel was hollow with a bitter feel that resides in the jaw. Though the in-mouth feel can't be overstated, the after left me a bit disappointed.

O: A good offering from a great brewery, though their dedication to true craft may have set my expectations a bit high on this one. All in all it's an excellently done single-hop Pale Ale, but comes up lacking in a few departments. But don't take my word for it, try it yourself!

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hopped perfectly. So smooth. Hits your toungue hard and finishes smooth and mellow. A+

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...

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 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 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 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 Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow in color. Cloudy. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. The aroma is more "dry" than "juicy," though there is a hint of juiciness to it. Aroma consists of citrus, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, with lesser notes of tropical fruit and mango. Taste is similar. This is drier beer. Mostly citrus and citrus pith with notes of orange and grapefruit. Maybe a touch of pineapple. Lighter boded. Medium carbonation. Crisp and dry. Moderate bitterness.
Nowhere near as good as it's bigger brother, but still a quality beer.

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased and reviewed at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT over the past weekend. Probably the second time I have had this brew.

A- Pours to a HF tumbler with a super chalky cloudy golden body. Creamy white head to over a finger and good retention. Puffy ring and pillow remains and lacing is composed of sheets and webs.

S- Citra hops aren't massive but certainly plentiful with crisp tones of stone and tropical fruits ala tangerine, apricot, citrus, orange and peach.

T- Juicy but crisp at the same time. Minimally sweet with fruity notes of tangerine, apricot, mango and passion fruit. Citrus zest of orange and lime, just slightly on the latter.

MF- On the light side but still quite a bit of creamy, frothy texture. Carbonation just below high but overly smooth. Finished just slightly bitter.

Juicy as all hell but might need just a bit more body to make it a great one. Reminds me of all day but juicier and more texture. Still very good with a Citra flavor on point.

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 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 yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

The perfect beer for the end of summer. That mouthfeel... those hops... so beautiful.

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 SebD
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%

From notes

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tropical fruit, citrus, dank pine resins, floral notes and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a ton of citrus (very tropical), floral undertones, bitter pine resins and some sweet bready malts in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This beer smells like a hand-full of fresh hops. It's a great showcase of Citra.

Serving type: growler

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.