Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -21%
From 750mL swingtop growler to Portsmouth glass on 5/24/12
-- Thanks, Irish --
A: It looks quite a bit like a rustic Farmhouse Ale. Hazy lemon in hue. A good pour yields a one finger white head that fades to a killer and thick white collar. Healthy lacing follows.
S: Magical. If you're a citra hop fanatic like I am, this just about the most wonderful bouquet you could ask for. Pure, fresh citra. I almost buckled at the knees from the nose, as it's just jaw droppingly out of bounds.
T: God damnit. How does a beer that smells this good taste so bland? Watered down citra hop oil. That's it. Thin, one note, lacking complexity. To call the flavor profile a letdown is being kind.
M: Thin, fizzy. Like a bottle of club soda that got left on the counter without it's cap. Yet again, this disappoints.
O: The only saving grace here is one of the most memorable bouquets I've come across. Otherwise, this is a pretty big miss from the formidable folks at HF. This lacks flavor, body, complexity and more then anything, a reason to return to my glass for more. Overall, this is an average APA, maybe one notch above at best.
05-25-2012 15:38:14 | More by Rhettroactive
3.5/5 rDev -21%
Cool 750 ml flip-top growler from baconsausage-- thanks Tucker!
Served in a pint.
Kinda hazy, golden orange. One finger white head, despite an aggressive pour. Weak lacing and retention. Looks nice, and I'm a sucker for this color, but missing the head, retention, and carbonation to be anything better than average.
Smells of no malt: this is all hops. Grapefruit and light orange peels. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't seem vibrant and fresh... It actually seems muted and earthy.
Tastes pretty dry, some light bready malt hits first with the citrus hop notes on the back.
Crisp and clean finish. Where's the bitterness? A lingering citrus flavor holds a little bitterness, but not nearly as much as I had hoped for. The body is great-- lots of carbonation helps this feel prickly and palate-scrubbing.
Overall-- this is a dry ipa with a citrus hop flavor and light, accessible bitterness. This is a decent beer, but not a "every BA needs to seek this thing out" beer... It's more of a "I like trying new beers, so I'll give this a go" beer.
06-05-2011 02:52:08 | More by AleWatcher
3.78/5 rDev -14.7%
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
3.78/5 rDev -14.7%
Thanks to Irishcolonial for sharing this the other night. Poured from a 750ml growler. It poured cloudy and golden amber in color with a frothy white head to it.
The aroma shows off the Citra hops perfectly. Extremely juicy with lots tropical fruit flavors. Pineapple, mango and peach all jump out in it. Fantastic Citra hop aroma, so juicy, fruity and delicious.
Unfortunately, the taste doesn't really follow through on the amazing hoppiness front. I get a modest amount of pineapple and mango mixing with some grapefruit and citrus rind, but it's actually pretty light overall. It seems to show the bitter, citrus rind flavors more than the tropical fruit notes the aroma had. It just felt a little light and almost watery
Mouthfeel is lighter with moderate carbonation. Again, it feels a little light and watery. Overall, it was pretty good APA. I loved the aroma but the taste couldn't live up to the hoppiness the nose suggested.
06-01-2012 18:10:37 | More by billab914
3.83/5 rDev -13.5%
Poured from a 750ml growler into a HF tulip.
A: Hazy, golden straw with a thin head that quickly fizzes away.
S: Juicy tropical fruits all the way on this one. Mango, pineapple, generally sweet.
T: Surprisingly light on the palate and not in an outstanding way. Tropical and citrusy upfront, but very light in flavor. A little bitterness mid-sip to the end, with hints of grassiness. What is here is nice, but it's just too light in flavor.
M: Body is also light, with medium-high carbonation. Fairly easy drinking, though the higher carbonation isn't great.
O: A good beer to be sure, but not what I hoped for from the elite Hill Farmstead. Not one I'd hunt down again.
06-03-2012 03:10:27 | More by Hophead717
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.