Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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98
world-class

609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 310
Gots: 15 | 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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4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
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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4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
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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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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.