Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 775
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.83%
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -20%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of jwsipkins
3.59/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (152 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.59/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Soonami
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (580 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (939 characters)

Photo of Hophead717
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (675 characters)

Photo of brydeen
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chippo33 for sending this one. 750ml growler poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy golden-orange color, with a paper thin white head. Carbonation looks to be lacking a bit.

S: Wonderful juicy, tropical aroma I've come to expect with Citra hops. Loads of citrus fruits, pineapple, and mangos. Sweet sweet nectar.

T: Much subtler than the aroma. Still tropical and citrusy, with a slight bitterness, but it just seems to be slightly lacking. Fruity and refreshing.

M: Very light, with minimal carbonation.

O: Tasty and refreshing, but I had higher hopes. Not sure if the lack of carbonation is due to the growler seal, but it seemed to somewhat flat. The aroma was top notch, but I would have liked more bitterness or a dry finish to go with the juicy fruity flavor. Still a really good refreshing APA, but not the awesomeness I've come to expect from HF brews. (880 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink. (588 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for sharing this growler!

Beautiful pour, tons of lace and head. Hazy and effervescent. Fantastic aroma of fresh Citra hops; pungent, citric, inviting.

Taste is disappointing, however. Citra hops fade into a bland middle before finishing with biting, earthy bitterness. Aroma rivals Zombie Dust, taste does not :) (330 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy golden-orange color, nice foamy white head. Carbonation looks to be lacking a bit. Nice lacing.

S: Love these all citra beers, reminds me a ton of Citra Ninja, Zombie Dust, etc. Huge punch of candied fruits, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, touch of honey, and some pine.

T: Flavor is much more subdued then the aroma. Some citrus, mango and pine. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Just wish it punched you in the mouth just as much as it did in the aroma. Nice light malt background as well.

M: Pretty light, light carbonation. Crisp and not that much residual sugar, which is a plus.

O: Amazing citra aroma that punches you in the nose, but with this had more flavor and bitterness to it. It is really easy to drink though and would love to try this again he there are adjustments. (792 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cparles for hooking me up with a 2-liter of this. Poured into a balloon glass, the brew appears a clouded golden yellow with pillows of frothy white head that fades slowly leaving a full wall of lace.

The aroma has plenty of citrus hoppiness that imparts an abundance of fresh fruity juiciness like grapefruit, lemon, herbs and grass. After it breaths, it gets a little cheesy, sulfuric and the hoppiness turn to that generic scent of pelletized hops crumbled in your hands.

The taste is very hoppy with an herbal bitterness that is somewhat grassy. A very dry wheaty grain or husky malt character is present before some sulfur emits and finishes with a nondescript bitterness. The freshness of this imparts that green hop pellet feel to this that is at times almost gritty and vegetative feeling.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. It is a very nice offering that is crisp and very easy drinking. So strange that while too cold this is really good but as it warms up, it gets kinda forgetable and mediocre. The aroma on this while cold is exceptional, the feel is great and everything else about it is mediocre to slightly above average. (1,168 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for providing this growler. I'm going to be up front and say this growler isn't all too fresh, so I'll adjust once I can score another growler.

A - Pours a yellow/orange color, kinda hazy, white frothy head, some spotty lacing here and there and some random bubbles on top.

S - Nice bouquet of citra hops that hits you right from the start. Some citrus notes such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit as well. Nice floral notes in there as well. Very solid.

T - Similar to the nose and pretty straight forward sweet citrus, nice bitter/hoppy notes.

M - Light to medium, a little too light on the carbonation, oily finish.

D - Another very solid offering from Hill Farmstead. Shaun continues to make some great beers, and this one is right up there. Hopefully, I'll get a fresh growler next time it's released and I'll revise this. (852 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is hazy dark orange with light sediment floating around and a white head with some loose bubbles on top. The hops are quite strong, it gives it a tropical fruit aroma with grapefruit and pineapple notes. There is an accompanying dough malt playing around underneath but subtle. The flavor is more balanced, the Malta are grainy with a light doughiness. The hops are assertively tropical, grapefruit and pineapple, with an assertive bitterness, dry finish, and clean light to medium body. Overall, another good beer from hill farmstead. Good balance, different malt components, interesting focus on the citra hop, extremely bright for a lower abv beer. (656 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared three ways.

Pours a murky golden orange color with a bubbly off white head and average streaks of lacing. Aroma is powerfully dank and resiny, overwhelmed by the citra hops and unsurprisingly not much else. Flavor is mildly sweet with a strong malt body hiding behind abundant citra hops, bitter and citric. Crisp medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a very drinkable single hop APA/IPA. Lacking any complexity or depth of an exceptional IPA to get too excited about, but for what it is, very enjoyable. (531 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler filled today at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY (get it while ya can!)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy murky slightly burnt golden orange with a 1 finger off white (slightly buttery) crown that displays a nice hop sheen, good lace, and decent retention.

Smell: Very nice amounts of citrus and very diverse notes....LIKE 5 ALIVE!!!! Orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, etc.

Taste: Same as nose with grapefruit pith taking center stage. I was hoping for more tropical and less grapefruit but not the end of the world.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and lacking in carbonation for my liking.

Drinkability: Fairly sessionable but the mouthfeel holds me back. (661 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light hazy straw. There is a solid half inch foamy head.

The aroma is stong and has sweet melon with a hint of orange zest.

The taste has a mild malt flavor; just enough to add a touch of sweetness to lie beneath the itter hoppy finish. Zesty orange peel leads to a dank hoppy finish.

This is light and refreshing. MOAR! (362 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, golden burnt orange color with golden yellowish-orange hues when held to a light source. Very hazy and almost completely opaque with a one finger foamy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, lemon peel and grapefruit are accompanied by some dank earthy pine needle notes. Caramel malt presence in the nose as well with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. The hops smell uber fresh but the malt presence cuts this down a bit. It kind of smells like a tamer cousin of a WCIPA.

Chewy full body for the style with lots of dank, fresh hop bitterness up front that lingers throughout over the sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes and malt backbone into a crisp, dry finish. Although the flavor is dominated by hops, the hop flavors are very well balanced. The palate starts off with very dry earthy piny bitterness which is quickly countered by an excellent sweet citrus flavor. Hints of mango and pineapple as well as some grapefruit and citrus peel. All of this is also nicely balanced by the caramel/graham cracker/biscuit malt backbone. A bit too malty compared to some other beers in the WCIPA style but still plenty hoppy and extremely quaffable. Recommended! (1,327 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love growlers and side by sides and this was an awesome thing to do, served out of a growler side by side with Cenotaph from Three Floyds. Citra FIGHT!

Beer is lighter than the Cenotaph, yellow and mildly hazy with a soft white head of medium and small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low in appearance.

Aroma is tropical and sweet, like a fruit salad but not as in my face as I hoped it would be.

Beer is light to medium in body. There is some minimal sweetness in the lead off ingredient but overall it is mostly bitter with a decent midpalate hop presence. A good beer for sure but overall I think the hops may have been on their way out. I would have this again for sure, it is a solid beer but when using such a vibrant hop like Citra, you do it a dis-service by not showcasing it properly. (842 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, golden yellow beer with two fingers of white head that left some nice lacing behind. Good looking stuff.

S - Smell that citra! Really great combination of tropical fruits and citrus. Really isn't a whole lot else to it, although there doesn't need to be.

T - Citra hops, and a nice take on it. It's very good for what it is, but I actually wish they had something to fill this one out a bit, needs a little bit heavier taste and something to compliment the citra, like a slightly heavier malt profile. Good, though.

M - Crisp, lighter side of medium, nice carbonation.

O - Very good beer, the growler, provided by Kan, was a little old, but I think it was a pretty good representation of this beer. Citra makes a good single-hopped beer, although not my favorite variety, and this is definitely worth trying. (822 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yourefragile for hauling growlers back for me from the HF anny party. Poured into my FFF Teku glass.

A - Golden murky yellow color with light foam lacing.

S - Wow. This is Zombie Dusk-esque. Ever so slightly dank with massive pineapple and tons of mango.

T - Very slight caramelly malt is engulfed by fresh cut pineapple and slight mango flavor. Could have used some more malt back so there could have been more hops to round out the flavor. IBU's not high enough on this one.

M - Unfortunately, the malt backbone just isn't there, which really makes this too light on the front and middle of the mouth. Back end lingers just enough but isn't bitter enough.

O - A really solid beer overall, if you are comparing this to the spectrum of all beer. This is on the lower end of HF beers that I have tried. I expect big things from Shaun and he has almost always delivered. I look forward to trying the double citra, because I feel that resolves the issues that are in this beer. (994 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy golden orange with a nicely sized and nicely lasting foamy white head that dots the glass with lacing. Nose full of hops as expected, citrus zest, tropical fruits, floral notes. Taste starts out juicy with pineapple and dries out considerably mid- to end-palate with freshly peeled orange and grapefruit zest, biscuity malt base distantly noticeable. This drinks almost like an IPA rather than an APA, though the hops, while clearly in charge, are perhaps not quite as intense as they would be in an actual IPA. Medium body, crisp, bitter aftertaste, a nice drink overall. (628 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for this growler. I'll echo Sean's comments that according to Alex who had a growler a week earlier this batch of Citra was on its way down, would love to get some fresh...Pours a dark orange, notes of brown, light tan head, decent head and lacing...The aroma is malt forward, especially for a citra, lots of caramel. Good strategy for this style. The citra hops are still there, just not in your face, tons of citrus fruits, oranges and grapefruits...The taste is right on the nose, a malty citra beer, caramel mixed with citrus. Makes this more drinkable for me as I am not a fan of the in your face citras. Would like to try it fresher, hopefully it doesn't become a citra bomb. (695 characters)

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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