Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 370
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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 321jeff
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a thin white head. Sticky lacing is left on the glass with every swirl.

Aroma is all citra hops, lots of citrus but a fair amount of pine as well. Hints of caramel malts in the background, but they definitely take a backseat in this brew.

Taste features grapefruit and orange but has a solid caramel malt backbone. Finishes with some sticky resin flavor.

Mouthfeel is just a bit watery and carbonation seems low, but I suspect this is caused by the growler. Very drinkable IPA that's a nice platform to put the Citra hop on display. I wish something like this was readily available near my house.

Photo of Soonami
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from DeCicco's, first bottle off the keg. Poured into my Harpoon LE tulip.

A- Murky Amber in color. A light white bubbly head forms on top. Moderate lacing, but nothing crazy.

S- Delicious. Smells of sweet grapefruit and fresh hops. Malty and sweet, it smells like a much bigger beer.

T- One of the most complex single IPA's i've had, and just doesn't taste like a 5.5% beer. The fresh hop character is really nice, slighly piney but with plenty of citrus. Strong tastes of grapefruit, and lemon in the aftertaste.

M- Very nice. Drinks a little big for a 5.5% beer, but there is no shortage of flavor.

D- An all around amazing IPA. Great use of citra hop, and a delicious lower ABV beer.

Gotta keep an eye out for more Hill Farmstead stuff, as the two beers I've had are well above average. If you like a beer that has a crazy taste of fresh hops, this is a great one.

Photo of sholland119
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this from Pniocchio's on the way to Thanksgiving dinner.

A-Hazy honey gold with a frothy off white head and great sheets of lacing.

S-C-I-T-R-A hops. Plentiful and aromatic, juicy and citric. Lots of grapefruit with some grapefruit rind and lemon.

T-Resiny and citric, plenty of hops from front to back. Just enough malt to hold it together. A long lingering hop kick gives this a great finish.

M-Lingering bitterness, medium bodied, crisp and nicely dry.

D-Outstanding. One of my new favorite IPAs.


Photo of 05Harley
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a fresh 1/6 barrel with Rochefort10nh straight from the brewery. Thanks Shaun and thanks for the extras as well!

Appearance: Poured aggressively in a 20 ounce mug and wow what a sight. A hazy amber color reveals itself along with a 1/2" soapy white head. Some spotty lacing appears in the finish.

Smell: Oh yeah, bring on the grapefruit. This beers aroma is simply awesome! Additional fruit notes of orange and lemon. One of the best smelling American IPA's I've ever experienced.

Taste: Flavor of citrus and pine with a fair amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: One word says it all, refreshing! Clean and crisp from start to finish. A little more carbonation and it would be flawless in the feel.

Drinkability: A perfect summer beer. Sessionable and with a ton of flavor.

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


A: Orange/yellowish with a mediumsized, white, head.

S: Caramel, Citric notes, Exotic fruit with a hint of white bread.

Taste: Citric notes, Exotic fruit, Melon, Caramel and a hint of pine.

M: Clean and crisp ipa, perfectly balanced and refreshing showing what one can do with the citra hops. We're talking drinkability++ here.

My favourite brew by far from this small microbrewery in the middle of nowhere. One of the best low-alcohol ipa's i've had in a long while.

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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