1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Not Rated.
Citra Pale Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

678 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 678
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 348
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 678 | Reviews: 97
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.25/5  rDev -27%

Photo of kevrice88
3.25/5  rDev -27%

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 Savearth
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Thing
3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL swingtop growler to Portsmouth glass on 5/24/12
*From notes

-- 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.

Photo of Indytruks138
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jmilo64
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of GraemeRobinson
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of MrNate
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Phil_H
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of JoninVT
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of the-gobbler
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of krustycamaro
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of MrDave
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Quackus
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.