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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 843
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 388
Gots: 44 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 SebD
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%

From notes

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tropical fruit, citrus, dank pine resins, floral notes and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a ton of citrus (very tropical), floral undertones, bitter pine resins and some sweet bready malts in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This beer smells like a hand-full of fresh hops. It's a great showcase of Citra.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Sample size (2 ounces) on tap at the brewery.

A: It pours a dark yellow color, with very strong pure white head, good lacing and good retention.

S: Strong strong smell for such a small beer in terms of ABV. It is Citra though, you get almost unriped mangos and pineapples, but, most of all, lemon and orange juice/peel.

T: Like the smell, you get a really good amount of lemon and orange juice that is accompanied by a sour version on mangos and pineapples. Then, you get a the citrus peels type of hoppiness an it is then followed by a light amount of sweetness to linger on in the aftertaste.

M: Very light and fluffy, perfect for this type of beer.

D: Not sure why I need to comment on the drinkability of such a beer. Highly drinakble. I could down a 2L growler by myself no problem.

All in all, a very straightforward beer but it is beautifully executed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Served on tap at the Res in Waterbury.
Pours a hazy golden sun color with generous one finger of frothy head.
Smells fantastic, tons of citra aromatics here.
Tastes fantastic, not just one note complex.
A chewy body that also creates a soft and velvety mouthfeel.
A masterpiece APA.

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Photo of wizmasta
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I made the pilgrimage to HF and it was well worth it.


A: Like most of their offerings golden hue, nice head, looks fantastic. Eye candy
S: Crisp, floral hops, I"m starting to get aroused
T: Light,playful, but full of life, perfectly hopped
MF: A decadent delight on my palate
O: I'm spent, completely satisfied but will want another in 15 minutes !

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2 day old growler into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Appearance- Cloudy golden color with one finger white head that left miniam llacing.

Smell- Some lemon, pine, tangerine, peaches, and white grapes. Minimal malt characteristics. No booze.

Taste- Pretty much follows the nose but with more grassy and piney notes. Finishes medium hop bitterness and lingering earthy/grassy notes.

Mouthfeel- Very light and extremely easy to drink. Medium carbonation with a moderatly dry finish.

Overall- A very nice single hopped pale. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of berkshire413
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler fresh from Hill Farmstead into a tuliped pint glass.

A. Pours very very hazy golden and shimmery. looks like its grapefruite juice. A nice half finger head settles down and retains preety well. Medium lacing clings to the glass.

S. Oh yeah! this stuff is great, i mean really great! Beautiful even. So much lemony orange and grapefruity hoppiness. Very strong very potent it brings a smile to your face, the nose on this rivals some of the best i have ever came across. its so light and juicy everything about it is just happy happy hoppy hoppy.

T. You can guess where I am going with this... super dank and resiny, all the scents are covered in the notes. heavy grapefruit up front, juices and rinds. the sweetness mixes so well with that hop bitterness. The hops are very very resiny, coats your mouth and really hangs around for a while. there are some light wheaty notes in there as well, that give it a nice bready feel too.

M. Awesome stuff, light to light medium on everything. very drinkable, no booze at all. perfect carbonation. the acidity is high but the hop IBU is not over the top so its very well paired up. I could drink a lot of this stuff and i plan on it.

O. Absolutely one of the better beers i have had. I will absolutely get more of this. its so juicy and such a wonderfully layered beer. the overload of citra is so welcomed and i love the resin it inherintly has. packed with beautiful citra hoppy nastiness and balanced out perfectly with whatever they have in the water up there. Im conviced there is something in that water up there. it brings everything up a notch or two!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a softly pale lemon yellow with a hazy little blush inside. A creamy head of white foam that fell slowly and left good lace. Nose is bright lemon peel. As it warms some tropical mango and beautiful floral come forward. Light and flaky biscuit, with a drizzle of honey. Floral and sweet herbal back notes. Taste is lovely and even delicate. This beer has a superb mouthfeel. It's got a just a little breaddiness, just a bit of flaky sweet biscuit to make the mouthfeel creamy and give it depth. The hops are floral and lemony. The bright lemon peel with the citric tartness lightly underneath. The tropical softer stone fruits in this are permeating the drink for a juicy and ripe taste. There is a moderate but very soft bitter that is just one of the best bitters I have ever had.

Light easy to drink and very flavorful. This beer will be an instant favorite.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, bready malt, pine, floral, very fragrant

T-bready malt, citrus, floral, pineapple mango, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-delicious pale ale, love what has been done with this hop, could drink this all day

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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.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a bright hazy straw gold.

The aroma has pure Citra. Orange peel, pineapple, floral, juicy grapefruit. Not too huge however.

The flavor follows of a rush of bright citrus peel and light tropical notes. A light malt with a medium minus bitterness on the finish. Almost a drying quality as well.

The beer is an extremely well done Citra hoppy beer, with certain similarities to Zombie Dust, a single hopped Citra.

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig. In a tulip the beer was a hazy yellow color, very pretty, with a medium-sized white head. There was a bit of lace.

Aroma was citrus and floral hops, with some sweet malt.

Grapefruit. Flowers. Bread.

Crisp, refreshing.

Shaun Hill can certainly brew beer.

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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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2L growler poured into a Hill Farmstead Wine Glass

The beer pours a hazy apricot color, hues of orange and copper with a soft, billowy, white head that rises about 2 fingers high with moderate retention and nice sticky lace gets left behind. The aroma is of soft, yet bright citrus; grapefruit, tangerine, wildflower, and a touch of light pine and earthiness with some doughy pale malt. It's soft, balanced, inviting and refined, I just wish it was brighter and more pungent. The flavors are right in queue, lots of grapefruit citrus, sweeter tangerine and acidic lemon rind that brings out the wildflower and meadowy qualities, a slight amount of resinous pine is also notable but serves only to bitter the beer before some sweet, pale malt smoothes things over. The mouthfeel is very nice, rich and full for a pale ale, carbonation is just lively enough, light prickliness, some juiciness to it as well that finishes very smoothly with just a light dryness.

Verdict: Delicious, just darn delicious. A great showcasing of the Citra hop, tangy, juicy, fruity, floral, just wonderful. It's a bit soft and light, but quite refreshing and just a delight to drink.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Slightly cloudy light golden. Moderately-sized near-white head. Very small bubbles. Fairly sticky pale ale. Pretty and very appropriate.

Unsurprisingly, this pale ale from Hill Farmstead brewed only with Citra hops smells like fresh, vibrant, in-your-face Citra hops...which is a very, very good thing. Huge floral notes, melon, freshly cut grass, and a sweet, earthy character come to mind. Hop forward and quite delightful.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma, with huge amounts of Citra and just the faintest malt backbone making up the entire flavor profile. While this is simple and straightforward, the ingredients used are some of my favorites. Floral notes, honeydew and cantaloupe melon, mild citrus, a little bit of earthy, rustic bread combine for an exceptional single-hopped pale pale. Lovely.

Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. Exceptional.

Fantastic, as I assumed it would be. My high expectations have been met.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Citra pale ale 750 ml poured into a HF stem

A-Bright golden yellow with a fluffy strong white head, gorgeous looking beer

S- mango, grapefruit, touch of lemon, passionfruit

T- passionfruit on the front, grapefruit pith, almost no bitterness whatsoever, some papaya and mango, very bright

M- solid carbonation but nothing that was distinguisable here, kept the beer together but would've liked maybe more carbonation or a bit bigger body

O- thirst quenching, could drink this all day

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Photo of mynie
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

We were sitting at Montpellier's Threepenny tap when this keg was tapped. For the next hour and half, approximately 90% of drink orders were for Citra. All you had to do was nod at the bartender and he poured you one.

Why? Because it's that freaking good. Like most other single-hopped citra APA's, HF's Citra pulls off the rare feat of being incredibly hop forward but also ridiculously sessionable, like 7 Up. The fruit nodes are gigantic and zippy, but they come without the more "acquired taste"-style nodes you get with your regular high-alpha beer. There's no cat pee, no pine, no verdant stickiness, not even much bitterness. Just apricots, mangoes, and oranges.

Having had this, Zombie Dust, and PseudoSue all fresh at their respective brewers, I'd say this just nudges out Sue but still falls a tiny bit short of the dust. It's the most sessionable of the three (there's practically nothing in the aroma or flavor that comes off as alcoholic), but I just like the slightly more abrasive feel of the Dust. Still, this is world class.

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Photo of Luk13
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hill Farmstead third anniversary. Pours a pale hay golden with thick creamy head. Aroma is tropical fruits and citrus, flowers and dank resin. Taste is very fruity, moderatly hoppy with a little more malt than I could expect from HF that makes it dangerously drinkable. Very good.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a hazy, pale orange, with a frothy, foamy white head that hangs around and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S- Huge citrus, tropical fruits, hints of sweet bread. Big, potent and fruity aroma.

T- Packs a huge tropical fruit punch, with lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, hints of mango. Enormous hop flavor for a 5.3% abv beer.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking, very refreshing.

O- Just a remarkable beer. Packs so much hoppy flavor into a refreshing, lower abv beer. One of the best uses of Citra hops and one of Hill Farmstead's best hoppy offerings.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.