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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Citra Pale Ale
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 287
Gots: 8 | 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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4.1/5  rDev -7.4%

pour is hazy dark orange with light sediment floating around and a white head with some loose bubbles on top. The hops are quite strong, it gives it a tropical fruit aroma with grapefruit and pineapple notes. There is an accompanying dough malt playing around underneath but subtle. The flavor is more balanced, the Malta are grainy with a light doughiness. The hops are assertively tropical, grapefruit and pineapple, with an assertive bitterness, dry finish, and clean light to medium body. Overall, another good beer from hill farmstead. Good balance, different malt components, interesting focus on the citra hop, extremely bright for a lower abv beer.

cpetrone84, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

durrrr, Jul 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

nathanjohnson, Jul 23, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +11.3%

Chilled 750mL growler into a glass. Thanks, Ben. From notes.

This was filled at a release, shipped via expedited FedEx to my work, and placed promptly in the work fridge upon arrival. I had intended to fly it with me on vacation the next day, but I made some excuse about the box being too small, and I convinced my fiancee that we should crack it immediately. To my chagrin, she loved it (she normally hates IPAs) and took quite a generous pour.

A: This is probably the one ding I can give this beer, so if you're looking for one of those reviews where I slam a beer for this or that, click the 'Back' button and look elsewhere. This is a cloudy, golden copper body (unfiltered); but I love clarity. On the other hand, it pours with a beautiful head and leaves creamy lace down the sides. I'll split the difference.

S: Mango, papaya, grapefruit zest, pineapple, even a touch of lychee. This hits that tropical citrus sweet spot that gets me a-twitter, and I'm having a hard time finding much to bitch about here. The nose is billowing, aromatic, and expressive.

T: Ridiculous. This has mild bitterness, but the flavor is loaded with succulent citrusy hops that give it the impression of a sweet fruit salad. Again: papaya, pineapple, mango, grapefruit. The pale malt base is restrained, helping the beer finish dry and clean; at best it imparts a light sweetness. I'll admit my bias for Citra hops is shining through here, but I don't exactly love Knee Deep Citra -- the way you showcase the hops certainly matters. This beer does it well.

M: Just under medium-bodied; it finishes clean, with bitterness found only during the taste and not after it. Good carbonation. The growler survived transit well.

O: It drives me nuts that some of the best IPAs I've had are among the most unattainable. Christ.

Arbitrator, Jul 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Presentation: 2L growler, screwtop instead of a normal swingtop, filled fresh yesterday at the brewery. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass and served while chilled.

Appearance: Bright yellow/orange in color. Pours a really creamy white head that sticks really nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Really nice mango, pineapple and citrus hop notes. The citra is definitely upfront and plentiful. Not much malt background at all.

Taste: Huge tropical fruit notes from the Citra hops. The malt background is barely there and really allows the hop notes to shine. Really nice balance of bitterness and tropical fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: Light, bright and refreshing. Really drinkable.

Overall, a really refreshing and bright single hop IPA/APA. The citra really works perfectly to provide that tropical fruit backbone. Really complex for a single hop beer too. I might have liked this more than the Double Citra. Really good, highly recommended.

Gosox8787, Jun 17, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +3.4%

Pale orange color, cloudy with a small white head that leaves moderate lacing.

Great aroma. Very fruity and complex. I pick up papaya and grapefruit with a touch of pine and spice. Very inviting!

Crisp, juicy taste with orange and other citrus flavors riding on a firm, dry bready malt base. Nice dry finish with a bit of spicy bitterness punctuating the final impression.

Medium mouthfeel with a firm body and good carbonation. Really quite delicious. A great showcase for the citra hop, but also a well made tasty beer on the whole. This is probably my favorite of the Hill Farmstead single hop series to date.

CliffBrake, Jun 14, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

BARFLYB, Jun 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Rifugium, Jun 11, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Had this on 2012-06-09 in Wayne, PA at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Excellent. Hop oils, hop floral, citrus. Almost in Heady Topper league.

S - Like Zombie Dust but less astringent. Fresh tasting. Plenty of citrus and hop bitterness.

T - Fruity and hop floral. Light malt backbone. Some pineapple. Nice dry and balanced bitter finish.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Oily and lightly resinous.

O - If you want to know what this beer is like, crush a hop bud, put it in your mouth and wash it down with some fresh squeezed orange/grapefruit juice. Good stuff.

Tucquan, Jun 10, 2012
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.