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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Citra Pale Ale
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 286
Gots: 8 | 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:
An American Pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.

(Beer added by: baggio on 06-29-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at the Blackback Pub & Flyshop on November 4, 2010. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a bright orange color with a two-finger bone-white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is really, really bright with tons of fresh hops and loads of citrus as well as some tropical notes. A lot of orange, tangerine, and a bit of mango and some other tropical notes. The taste is really fantastic with citric and tropical notes going on overload, with the mouthfeel providing a really excellent amount of bitterness to complement the beer's hop flavors. Drinks incredibly well and I could have kept on going with these all night.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -9.7%

zestar, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Knapp85, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks Dave for sharing this fine single hop IPA, which wasn't on my radar until you mentioned it ;)

Hazy orange tone, darker than some with plenty of frothy off white foam across the surface.

Ultra pungent citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. It starts out huge, and nearly overwhelms with intense hop aroma from the Citra varietal. Sweet and resinous, it pops like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Flavor is lightly bitter and full of luscious citrus pith, grapefruit, orange rind, with a mild undercurrent of pale malt behind it. A well built lupulin delivery system. Body is a bit lighter, which may be a result of the growler. Medium to low carbonation, which honestly makes it too easy to drink. The very bright hop aromas and flavors are what make this IPA really shine. So fresh and lush, it's impossible to put down until it's gone.

Cheers to Hill Farmstead, they are one to watch.

emerge077, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%

Huge thanks to Beerloco for this one. Shared with the family, and served in pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin cap and leaving spots and splotches of lace. Hazy orange body that is evocative of grapefruit juice.

S - Huge unadulterated Citra hops. Tons of ripe grapefruit and orange, light chive, some nebulous tropical fruits, and a sugar cookie malt backdrop.

T - Great intense citrus zest, massive fruit juice character, and a hint of burnt sugar in the finish. Bitterness is present, but well-attenuated.

M - Medium-bodied, crisp moderate carbonation, very dry, with tons of residual hop oils.

D - This is absolutely crushable and thoroughly delicious. Even my mother-in-law liked this, and she doesn't even like beer. I could have consumed all 70oz or so on my own with ease. This is what I was expecting Cenotaph to be like.

MasterSki, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks much to Stakem for sharing this with tenderbranson and me, enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is light with golden hues and light haziness with white head and average bead/lace. The smell is extremely aromatic with hop forwad smell like few I have had the pleasure to inhale -lots of citrus, pineapple and dank hop esters which bring to mind pith of grapefruit and herbs. The feel has moderately high bitterness with subtle astringent tangy qualities and medium carbonation with mild sweetness to support the hop acidity.

The taste is great - tons of floral, herbal and dank flavors from the hops which are mildly grassy in a good way with somewhat tropical and grapefruit-like in the juicy taste as if one were cut at the peak of ripeness. Overall this is a hard to compare pale ale that demonstrates the aromatic qualities of Citra very well and is extremely drinkable almost IPA bitterness thanks again, Adam!

Slatetank, May 09, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

drabmuh, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this beauty.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with sticky lacing, hazy carrot orange color.

Nose nice hops, citrus, tangerine, orange zest, light guava, clementine, etc, with a hint of sweet malty base, very light musty passion fruit, juicy hops.

Taste is very nice, delicious fruity hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, guava, musty passion fruit, hint of pineapple, tangerine, clementine, even a hint of mint and spicy hop kick, with a mild creamy malt sweetness. Finish brings creamy malts, more resinous fruit, tropical fruit, tons of fruit, and a light fluffy malt, fairly dry, nice bitterness that hits to just the right amount.

Moth is med bodied, good carb, slightly hop oily.

Overall awesome, great hops, even better malt, nice lingering finish, not too bitter either, overall well done IPA and really brings the citra hop to it's peak of awesomeness.

jlindros, May 24, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Rifugium, Jun 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

oline73, Sep 14, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev -2.7%

From 03/10/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross! 64 oz. growler split 2 ways, so got a good 30 oz's of this or so. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky, bright yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, lemongrass, lemon zest, floral hops, fruity malts, light grapefruit, and some bready malts. Lots of citrus. very nice nose.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Tastes of citrus hops, lemon zest, grapefruit, honey, floral hops, light pine, fruity malts, earthy notes, and light tropical notes. Taste is lightly bitter as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink with the tiniest bit of bitterness.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer. It is not their hoppiest beer, but it is very good and still has a good amount of citrus hops to it, and it is very drinkable. I wouldn't put it on the level of Zombie Dust or Hoppy birthday in terms of pale ales, but I think it is on par with Edward and still great.

mdfb79, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

mendvicdog, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Well, here it is. My second perfect rating.

Hill Farmstead Citra is a gorgeous beer to behold. When held to the light, a fiery orange sunburst color shines from within the confines of my tasting glass. Burnished gold highlights radiate from the edges. A fantastic soft head cascades upwards with a gentle pump of the handtap. With each luxuriant sip Brussel's lace is deposited on the sides of my glass.

The nose on this beauty features grapefruity goodness in all it's glory. Other tropical fruits come to the fore as fresh pineapple, mango and passion fruit waft from the glass. A subtle smell of dank marijuana and basil can also be detected as well as forest pine.

Taste is full on citrus bitterness as the aforementioned fruitiness is deeply cut by the hoppy bite. A perfect balance of way-in-the-back malty sweetness keeps things from becoming too astringent. Make no mistake about it though, this beer is all about the Citra hops - and what hops these are!

Mouthfeel is spot on. Neither too thin, nor too think. Sticky hops infused liquid coats the glass and when a droplet falls on the fingers its minor adhesive properties become apparent;).

Multiple glasses of this 5.5 percent abv beer are consumed effortlessly and the bottom of the glass begs to be refilled with the same elixir.

A perfect IPA!!

Rochefort10nh, Nov 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

oriolesfan4, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%

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!

corby112, Dec 24, 2010
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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.