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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 916
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 20.55%
Wants: 399
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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 SABERG
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into the modified tulip glass.
A - Orange creamsicle in color, hazy but not muddled, a fabulous froth caps the body.
Lacing in pillow form clings in overhangs down the glass.
S - Citrus, and more citrus, Orange, and mango in the front, dried pineapple and papaya close behind.
T - Soft display of flavors, orange, and musk melon, Soft lemon poundcake, with a hint of mint,
M- Outstanding, soft on the palate, sturdy support of the flavors, The feel is delicate and uninhibited.
O - There are few pale ales of this caliber.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at Judy & Punch in Astoria. Came out hazy yellow that looked more like orange juice than a beer. It's all citra, so the flavors aren't surprising: big stone fruits with a biting citrus edge in the finish. Another great example of Hill Farmstead's supremely hoppy beers.

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Photo of lazy8
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow gold and cloudy with thin white head. Citrus aroma with pine notes. Medium bodied beer with hops out weighing the malt and yeast. Very good for those that like hops over yeast and malt.

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Photo of Gatch
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whenever I go a while without HF, I forget how great it really is. Not much else can touch them. Just a different level of craftsmanship. The best aspect of this beer and all HF beers is the lack of filtration. Cloudy, thick goodness at all times. Honestly, this stuff is like hop juice, as all of their other APAs and IPAs have been. Dangerously easy to drink. Perfect balance and a wonderful showcase of how good the Citra hop really is. HF is #1 for damn good reasons.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold. Rocky finger or so head.

S: Musky citrus fruit. Earthy, grapefruit peel, bready crust.

M: Light bodied and dry, tart feel.

T: Hit with lemon, melon, and grapefruit. Funky pineapple, barn hay. Finishes with wet grass and sour tangerine.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fine brew from HF. Had this on tap recently and enjoyed it. Very smooth with complex flavor. Light enough to have several yet tasty throughout. HF never disappoints.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey, delivered to me in an Armsby Abbey snifter. Beer was bright orange and hazy with a fluffy white, pillowy head of about two fingers. Smell and taste of citrus zest bitterness. Mouthfeel was super smooth and delicate. If I had the opportunity to crush this all day, I probably would.

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Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The cloudy, straw yellow liquid was topped by an inch tall, super tight and foamy, eggshell colored crown that deposited a blanket of sticky lacing in its wake. Both the head and the lacing lasted until after the beer was finished.

With the thick, fluffy crown fully intact, the aroma was quite muted initially. Crisp, powdery and dry. As the head settled, intense citrus notes came forth. Grapefruit dominated. Some tropical fruits appeared as well. Pineapple and mango were most noticeable.

The flavor profile was solid but definitely more dry and bitter than I am accustomed to for a Hill Farmstead beer. As in the nose, grapefruit dominated. Loads of orange peel as well. As the beer sat, a touch of tropical fruitiness came forth. Mango was detectible. The beer finished pithy and dry with punchy grapefruit rind-like notes.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Pillowy soft on the palate. A hair lighter than medium bodied for the style.

Citra Pale Ale looks and smells a lot like a typical Vermont-style IPA, but the flavor is definitely West Coast all the way. Although I really enjoyed this, Hill Farmstead makes a number of other beers in this style that are far better.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a faded white orange cream with a one finger head. Smell is bright citrus, orange and mango. Flavor is of biscuity malts with juicy citrus and hops. Extremely drinkable/crushable. Light tingle of bitterness that dissipates quickly. Perhaps the best Pale Ale I've ever had, and if not -- certainly among them.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head is bright-white and creamy. Drops to a small wisp of a cap in short order. Small fluffy cap and collar. A few notches and wisps of lacing.

Smell: Nectarine and a touch of peach. Leafy hop. Clean malt base. Pale malt sweetness. A touch of biscuit and slightly toasted white bread. Sweet and tropical, as in tropical punch minus the sugar. A touch of soft hop spice and a touch of lime. Almost hits at green wood and a touch of pine. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Mango and peach. Touches of tangerine. Sweet candied tropical fruit. Malts are slightly bready with a mild underlying sweetness. Obviously loaded with Citra. Tropical fruit abounds. A touch of tree branch coupled with a soft floral and spicy edge. Some lemon candy. A touch grassy. Leafy hop as well. Lightly toasted in the back. Yeast throws a slight fruity ester Ends up sipping a bit one dimensional. Hop oil. Aggressively pushes the Citra and it ends up sipping like hop pellets.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy. Slightly dry with some astringency.

Overall: Citra is good, this is good.

Single hopped stuff always ends up one note, as expected, but this just loses a little as a result. It's a true and genuine homage to this hop but it's not able to shine alone.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about a few hours ago 8/29/15

A: Medium tangerine with some honey and gold - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a nearly solid, wispy cap - leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

S: Clean pale base showcasing Citra hops - straight-up Citra, as expected, with some floral citrus, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice - light tropical notes, with some melon and pineapple - not very aggressive, compared to an IPA, but decidedly hoppy for an APA - clean malt base, pale malts, light bread

T: Surprisingly not one-dimensional - Citra works quite well in this context - tangerine and ruby red grapefruit juice, flesh - floral citrus - tropical notes, with some juicy melon, as well as some mango - medium level of bitterness - pale malts and light bread - minimal sweetness - very clean, as is typical with Hill Farmstead beers

M: On the light side of medium, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes clean

O: Hill Farmstead APA base + [insert hop varietal here] = win

This actually holds up better than I would have expected. Using Citra as the only hop for an IPA or DIPA is good, but not great. It's complex, but not complex enough for a big, hoppy beer. This, on the other hand, is not big. The simplicity and grace of the pale ale lends itself well to Citra.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I just lurve citra hops, so I'm looking forward to this one. 750 ml growler into a tulip.

A - Just like the rest of the HF IPAs - only slightly translucent, extremely hazy. The color is a pale, straw yellow. The head is a bright, thick, bubbly white, and it is making a mess all over my glass. Never was a fan of the HF color, but the head is amazing.

N - Yep, tons of citra. Not very complex, just straight of citrus: orange, lemon, grapefruit...

T - Similar to the nose. Straight up citra, not a whole lot else going on. It's a splendid ode to a splendid hop.

M - Very frothy and dry on the finish. I could drink this all day and all night.

O - Another classic. Looking forward to the rest of my stash.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to aaron for the share!

750 ml HF growler poured into HF wine stem.

Yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers white head. Smells citrusy and tropical fruits with a little bit of hop resin. Taste is exactly the same. Surprised that this HF APA is not very juicy in aroma or flavor profile. Light bodied beer with crisp, clean, and bright mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable APA, it is actually pretty comparable to zombie dust which we actually tried right after drinking this beer. I would say that I much more prefer HF double citra to this HF hoppy beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazy, golden coloring, with a foamy, clingy, bright white head. Nose of sweet lemon, tart grapefruit, richly sweet candi backbone, grassy highlights, and subtle hops bitterness. Flavors are grassy and piney forward, with a lemon and grapefruit tart and sweet blend, roasted notes, and a subtle pepper spice. Robust bodied, but light with the carbonation. Smooth, dry finish, with a piney and citrus linger.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery into a tall goblet.

Absolutely gorgeous looking brew. Glowing peach to apricot orange body, with a fantastic looking head. Creamy like whip cream looking with thick retention, 2 fingers topped off and you could scoop it with a spoon. Bright white, you just want to drown in it.

Aroma is kind of unexpected as there is a big yeast note on this which is the dominant trait. Some mild sensing hop tropics come out, even just slightly mushy tasting, but fairly small, even a little bit of nutty quality manages to sneak out as well. Different.

Palate provides a solid experience. Clean and just enough density and almost chewy mouthfeel. Hints of mineral water on the finish, with washing orange and tropical hop notes. A bit of earth peaks out with the citrus in the mid palate, and some mild toast dry malt character. Some mild pine bitterness also rounds out nicely.

Quite varied for a single hop brew, not too bad just wish the bouquet was a little different.

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Photo of jwsipkins
3.59/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful opaque orange in color with frothy white head. Smells, as expected, of orange, mild pine and mild sweetness. Taste follows suit with nice citrus flavor and tamed bitterness. Feel is fairly light and almost fluffy. Overall I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of M_chav
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
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...

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Photo of papat444
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.