Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.97%
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Capone's into a sampler glass.

A - Pours cloudy, murky, orange with a nice pillowy one finger white head leaving sticky spots of lacing down the glass.

S - Now we are talking! I let this baby sit for over an hour and it still had a HUGE citric hop punch up front, so damn intoxicating. Lots of grapefruit and other tropical fruits meld well with the sweet caramel malt. A simply amazing nose on this one.

T - Lots of strong grapefruit, from the hops, up front giving way quickly to a mix of sweet caramel malt and strong citric hops. Finish is caramel sweet with some lingering bitterness from the hops and dryness from the yeast. There is no doubt in my mind that I am a sucker for citra hops. This has been one of the best citra hop IPA's I have had to date.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Feel is very nice with plenty of bitter hops. Finish is bitter with a bit of dryness. Nothing too mind blowing in this department.

D - Very high. I think I could literally drink this all day. One of the best smelling IPA's I have had in quite some time. The taste was a bit of a letdown but it was still very good. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. Excellent stuff for sure.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429 and Amyliz4. Thanks Mike and Amy! Served alongside FFF Cenotaph.

A: Hazy and orange, with about an inch of white head that leaves some good lacing on the pint glass.

S: Nice bouquet of citrus and hops.

T: Delicious. Not quite as hop forward as the Cenotaph, but perhaps smoother and easier drinking. Wonderful aroma and flavor coming from the Citra hops.

M: Medium body, very smooth with a nice carbonation level.

D: A great IPA. I'd happily drink this again.

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

On Tap at Teresa's Next Door and some pours from some growlers at Capone's

Off the spout, this looks mighty tempting. A new golden penny look with some burnt orange seeping through. The inch of firm white head leaving notches is strong and lasting. Great looking beer. Smell is all citra hops leaving some mango and papaya, slight grapefruit. The smallest amount of pale malt in the distance, biscuit like. Oh boy, a light beer with mad flavor. Big on the citrus and light on the pine, lighter on the malt and no alcohol. Some light grassy flavor with warming. The feel is light bodied with moderate carb that fizzles out with some swirls leaving for some clean unadulterated hop flavor going down the gullet with ease. If I could procure a growler of this, it would be taken down in two hours. It's all in the well water, and people who care about their product, Hill is that and more.

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled today at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY. They have very quickly gone through two 5 gallon kegs of this one in the past 2 weeks or so. Got to get in and get some the first day its on or wait till next time...Thanks to the DeCicco's crew for hooking me up with a 32 ounce sample.

Pours heavily clouded, dull, darker tangarine, under a moderate, relaxed, tiny bubble, light tan head, that stays, then goes to real nice looking and extensive fine lacing, low loose sheeting and a moderate collar. Stuff has the look of other real fine and high quality beer offerings that you sometimes have the luck to come across and get to enjoy.

Pungent and fresh smelling, with a jolt of bitter grapefruit pith, lime, melon and general yummy citric goodness. West Coast style IPA from backwoods Vermont! Gotta get a happy feeling from a sniff of this one.

Citrus, grapefruit theme follows through on the tongue, gums and throat. A treat in the mouth, with waves of all of the above and hopped up goodness. Crusty toast notes as well.

Very enjoyable. More great beer from H.F. Gotta try to get over there for a visit next time I find myself in northern Vermont, hopefully soon. In the meantime, please keep sending kegs to better beer spots in the NYC and Westchester county areas.

Photo of yourefragile
4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.84/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a nice white head. Sticky lacing. Great retention.

Smell - Oh my. Citrus hop all the way. Smells like a really well hopped IPA. Tropical fruits and citrus. Just a hint of grainy malt shines through.

Taste - More focused on orange citrus here, but still retains some tropical fruit flavors. No sweetness, grainy malts give the only bit of backbone it has. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, maybe a little low from the growler. Light body. Drinkable as hell.

Overall - This is just as good, if not better than Zombie Dust. Holy crap. Hill Farmstead has set the standard on pale ales with this one.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Aaron last night, thanks for the opportunity!
Cloudy murky straw color with a smallish sticky white head. Floral tropical citrus hop aromas in spades with a hint of bready malt if I squint a bit. Solid fruity and citrus hop flavor with a light to moderate level of bitterness. Light sweet bready malt is barely for show. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Great beer I'm glad I got to try it!

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.

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4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Flip top growler opened on 5.11.13

A - Pours a cloudy light orange-yellow with a foamy off-white head and good retention.

S - Lots of citrus- oranges, mango, pineapple. Great!

T - Pineapple, oranges, subtle tropical -amazingly smooth and soft on the tongue.

D - Good carbonation and a medium silky body.

O - A fruit forward, light pale with the wonderful citra hop dancing on my tongue. I loved this beer!

Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 2L Growler of this and shared with jlindros and bpk59. Poured into a boulevard tulip.

A - Pours a glorious sunrise yellowy orange with a nice creamy two finger head that leaves a nice sticky side lacing and a very very nice creamy blanket.

S - Wow wow wow. Citra hops to the face. Big bright orange juice and light light pineapple. Some slight malty sweet finish.

T - Yep this is delicious. Wonderful tropical orange. Soooo juicy and delicious. Light malt sweetness on the end rounds things out nicely. Not too bitter but super orange rind fruit. Can't stress his orangey this is.

M - Mouthfeel is just awesome juuuust awesome. Creamy and delicious.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer one of my favourite ipas from Hill Farmstead it goes down amazingly well. Wish I could have this every day!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. This brew sports a pretty little cap of soft white foam. Decent lacing.

S-The Citra hop is in full bloom. Citra has such a magnificent, delectable aroma and Hill Farmstead has showcased it in masterful fashion. I could go on and on with descriptors but instead I will say that this beer smells of glorious Citra.

T-Citra hop, perhaps the best hop in my opinion. The flavor packed into this beer is laughably intense. The whole cornucopia of hop-driven fruit flavors is present here. I loved up the finish; it finishes like a Pale Ale. A nice little sweetened doughy character that keeps the spotlight on the hoppiness.

M-Water substitute.

O-I have wanted to try this little beaut for quite some time. I am so impressed with this beer. Flavor, drinkability, texture. Hill Farmstead-Thanks once again.

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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