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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 270
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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New York

5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-14-2011 16:26:06 | More by alalvarez75
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 14:52:58 | More by sideshowe
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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool 750 ml flip-top growler from baconsausage-- thanks Tucker!
Served in a pint.

Kinda hazy, golden orange. One finger white head, despite an aggressive pour. Weak lacing and retention. Looks nice, and I'm a sucker for this color, but missing the head, retention, and carbonation to be anything better than average.

Smells of no malt: this is all hops. Grapefruit and light orange peels. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't seem vibrant and fresh... It actually seems muted and earthy.
Tastes pretty dry, some light bready malt hits first with the citrus hop notes on the back.
Crisp and clean finish. Where's the bitterness? A lingering citrus flavor holds a little bitterness, but not nearly as much as I had hoped for. The body is great-- lots of carbonation helps this feel prickly and palate-scrubbing.

Overall-- this is a dry ipa with a citrus hop flavor and light, accessible bitterness. This is a decent beer, but not a "every BA needs to seek this thing out" beer... It's more of a "I like trying new beers, so I'll give this a go" beer.

Serving type: growler

06-05-2011 02:52:08 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of AgentZero


4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, golden yellow beer with two fingers of white head that left some nice lacing behind. Good looking stuff.

S - Smell that citra! Really great combination of tropical fruits and citrus. Really isn't a whole lot else to it, although there doesn't need to be.

T - Citra hops, and a nice take on it. It's very good for what it is, but I actually wish they had something to fill this one out a bit, needs a little bit heavier taste and something to compliment the citra, like a slightly heavier malt profile. Good, though.

M - Crisp, lighter side of medium, nice carbonation.

O - Very good beer, the growler, provided by Kan, was a little old, but I think it was a pretty good representation of this beer. Citra makes a good single-hopped beer, although not my favorite variety, and this is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2011 04:50:46 | More by AgentZero
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 21:34:43 | More by orangesol
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New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's during their Hill Farmstead event.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden with a finger of white head.

Smell: Holy citrus! A great nose of pineapple, mango and grapefruit mixed with some nice bitter hops.

Taste: Just like biting into a grapefruit, even better than the nose. Sweet grapefruit, pineapple and mango with just the perfect amount of hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: If I could find this on a regular basis, I think this might be the only thing I would ever drink. Really impressive East Coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 05:00:49 | More by Axic10
Photo of BeerThursdays


4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's

A - Burnt orange color with a nice white foamy head that fades quickly. Somewhat hazy.

S - All citra hops, which is to be expected. Specific smells are oranges, grapefruit and pineapple. Some caramel malts.

T - Very fruity, slightly bitter IPA. Lots of the pineapple in there, but a bit of maltiness too. Well balanced.

M - Lighter brew with a medium body. Not a ton of carbonation.

D - Could drink this all day. It's like fruit juice. Send it to Delaware!

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 14:01:49 | More by BeerThursdays
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones.

A- comes to me with a finger or so of loose egg shell white head that settles rather quickly to leave a simple sudsy ring and a few patches on top. Hazy slightly dark sunset orange in color.

S- wow! That's one hell of a great nose. To say it smells like citrus fruits doesn't do it justice. Loads of ripe lemons, limes, tart oranges, tangerines. Its the whole fucking fruit section here. Malts are light and slightly honey like. Floral at times.

T-like biting into a grapefruit and chewing the rind up. Bitter and fruity. Lots of lemon zest and tart oranges. Malts are understated but do just enough to balance out the insane hop bill.

M-on the lighter side of medium bodied and simple yet crisp carb, just right for the body.

D- I can't say enough about how drinkable this beer is. I tossed back my glass in what seemed like a few minutes but in reality was a lot longer. One of the tastiest ipa's I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 00:09:30 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-06-2011 21:18:56 | More by drabmuh
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District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-06-2011 03:33:29 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap and in growlers numerous times.

Pours a lovely golden orange huge with a nice white head.

Punchy aroma of grapefruit and hoppy goodness.

Taste is well balanced with ample hop body, citrus and resin with a malt backbone to support it.

Nice dry, clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 02:32:16 | More by GatheringBrews
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4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2010 19:41:46 | More by jrallen34
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4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for providing this growler. I'm going to be up front and say this growler isn't all too fresh, so I'll adjust once I can score another growler.

A - Pours a yellow/orange color, kinda hazy, white frothy head, some spotty lacing here and there and some random bubbles on top.

S - Nice bouquet of citra hops that hits you right from the start. Some citrus notes such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit as well. Nice floral notes in there as well. Very solid.

T - Similar to the nose and pretty straight forward sweet citrus, nice bitter/hoppy notes.

M - Light to medium, a little too light on the carbonation, oily finish.

D - Another very solid offering from Hill Farmstead. Shaun continues to make some great beers, and this one is right up there. Hopefully, I'll get a fresh growler next time it's released and I'll revise this.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2010 05:53:06 | More by Sean9689
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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-24-2010 04:36:59 | More by corby112
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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2010 16:17:31 | More by MasterSki
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2010 03:32:29 | More by Billolick
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler filled today at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY (get it while ya can!)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy murky slightly burnt golden orange with a 1 finger off white (slightly buttery) crown that displays a nice hop sheen, good lace, and decent retention.

Smell: Very nice amounts of citrus and very diverse notes....LIKE 5 ALIVE!!!! Orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, etc.

Taste: Same as nose with grapefruit pith taking center stage. I was hoping for more tropical and less grapefruit but not the end of the world.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and lacking in carbonation for my liking.

Drinkability: Fairly sessionable but the mouthfeel holds me back.

Serving type: growler

12-10-2010 20:49:58 | More by koopa
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger:

A: Hazy amber with a small white head, minimal lacing.

S: There is tropical fruit goodness all over the place. Tons of citra hops. Awesome.

T: A boat load of hops here. There is a touch of bread that tries to creep in, but the hops jump right back out and beat it into submission.

M: Light and delicious. Not too carbonated which really enhances the smooth feel.

D: Another great offering from Hill Farmstead. I have been really impressed by their beers tonight. This is yet another beer that I would drink regularly if it was available.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 15:42:17 | More by Neffbeer
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2010 03:01:30 | More by emerge077
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2010 05:05:57 | More by yourefragile
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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2010 02:43:23 | More by 321jeff
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3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 06:36:01 | More by Soonami
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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2010 18:12:25 | More by Gfunk720
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4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.


Serving type: growler

11-26-2010 22:53:13 | More by sholland119
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New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 01:25:11 | More by 05Harley
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.