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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Citra Pale Ale
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 284
Gots: 4 | 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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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Hazy golden orange. Very pale. It's almost a more orange grapefruit juice, the non-ruby red kind. Finger of white head that dissipates for the most part, but leaves a nice lacing.

S - Surprisingly not as strong as I'd imagine considering the taste. Just smell pure citrus fruit, no surprise. Very delicious.

T - So good. It reminds me of Zombie Dust, but not identical. Obviously the hops are the same, which is the main similarity. Huge citrus, some grapefruit. Just so juicy. Light malt backbone there possibly adding a little sweetness, but this is certainly a hoppy pale.

M - Really smooth and creamy. Not overly carbonated. No alcohol presence. Nice lingering bitterness to cleanse the palate.

O - This could be ever so slightly better as a Citra only pale, but this is damn near perfection for what they were going for. If you like Citra hops, you'll love this beer I'd imagine. Another excellent beer by Hill Farmstead.

05-30-2012 02:07:14 | More by nrs207
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -9.7%

05-29-2012 19:24:22 | More by seeswo
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-28-2012 19:07:23 | More by Urbancaver
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-26-2012 21:38:24 | More by whartontallboy
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours cloudy yellow with a creamy white head with decent retention and good lacing.

All the smells I associate with Citra are present. Lush tropical fruits loads of citrus and grapefruit and a lot of dankness.

Tastes comes up a bit short after the smell. Good citrus flavors up front, but the back end is a little harsh in the bitterness.

Good creamy mouthfeel although carbonation is a tad high which is odd for HF.

Still a good beer, but somewhat below expectations based on both how awesome other HF beers are and the awesomness of Citra.

05-25-2012 19:26:07 | More by jmarsh123
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -21%

From 750mL swingtop growler to Portsmouth glass on 5/24/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Irish --

A: It looks quite a bit like a rustic Farmhouse Ale. Hazy lemon in hue. A good pour yields a one finger white head that fades to a killer and thick white collar. Healthy lacing follows.

S: Magical. If you're a citra hop fanatic like I am, this just about the most wonderful bouquet you could ask for. Pure, fresh citra. I almost buckled at the knees from the nose, as it's just jaw droppingly out of bounds.

T: God damnit. How does a beer that smells this good taste so bland? Watered down citra hop oil. That's it. Thin, one note, lacking complexity. To call the flavor profile a letdown is being kind.

M: Thin, fizzy. Like a bottle of club soda that got left on the counter without it's cap. Yet again, this disappoints.

O: The only saving grace here is one of the most memorable bouquets I've come across. Otherwise, this is a pretty big miss from the formidable folks at HF. This lacks flavor, body, complexity and more then anything, a reason to return to my glass for more. Overall, this is an average APA, maybe one notch above at best.

05-25-2012 15:38:14 | More by Rhettroactive
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this beauty.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace with sticky lacing, hazy carrot orange color.

Nose nice hops, citrus, tangerine, orange zest, light guava, clementine, etc, with a hint of sweet malty base, very light musty passion fruit, juicy hops.

Taste is very nice, delicious fruity hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, guava, musty passion fruit, hint of pineapple, tangerine, clementine, even a hint of mint and spicy hop kick, with a mild creamy malt sweetness. Finish brings creamy malts, more resinous fruit, tropical fruit, tons of fruit, and a light fluffy malt, fairly dry, nice bitterness that hits to just the right amount.

Moth is med bodied, good carb, slightly hop oily.

Overall awesome, great hops, even better malt, nice lingering finish, not too bitter either, overall well done IPA and really brings the citra hop to it's peak of awesomeness.

05-24-2012 12:27:10 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +9%

Picked up a 2L Growler of this and shared with jlindros and bpk59. Poured into a boulevard tulip.

A - Pours a glorious sunrise yellowy orange with a nice creamy two finger head that leaves a nice sticky side lacing and a very very nice creamy blanket.

S - Wow wow wow. Citra hops to the face. Big bright orange juice and light light pineapple. Some slight malty sweet finish.

T - Yep this is delicious. Wonderful tropical orange. Soooo juicy and delicious. Light malt sweetness on the end rounds things out nicely. Not too bitter but super orange rind fruit. Can't stress his orangey this is.

M - Mouthfeel is just awesome juuuust awesome. Creamy and delicious.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer one of my favourite ipas from Hill Farmstead it goes down amazingly well. Wish I could have this every day!

05-24-2012 01:14:17 | More by rudzud
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev 0%

750 growler poured into tulip glass.
Pours a hazy yellow with a nice lively head that settles into a slight film across the top of the beer. There is a good amount of sticky lacing.
Smell. Citra Hops, nuff said. Seriously though, Citra is my weakness. This smells of a beautiful citrus bouqet. You can almost 'smell' bitter.
The taste starts of with a dry bitterness and stays that way pretty much throughout. This one will leave a good hop 'heartburn'...I for one, relly enjoy that feeling.
Mouthfeel is a little chewy. I really enjoy swishing this in my mouth.
No surprise here, HF made an eexcellent beer. If you get the chance, drink this!!!!

05-21-2012 00:48:33 | More by DaveHack
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erha2

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

05-19-2012 01:03:29 | More by erha2
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-17-2012 19:21:31 | More by TheRuss9585
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-16-2012 22:46:36 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

03-04-2012 19:39:57 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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dunix

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-11-2012 16:28:36 | More by dunix
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-31-2012 16:22:10 | More by phingdong
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

12-17-2011 17:39:53 | More by jkane101
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-13-2011 23:37:04 | More by spycow
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BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-12-2011 10:26:41 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-07-2011 00:14:11 | More by JohneHoodlum
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

11-28-2011 05:07:53 | More by InspectorBob
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pvequalsnrt

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-19-2011 00:52:21 | More by pvequalsnrt
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-15-2011 22:29:36 | More by rpstevens
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-15-2011 18:11:06 | More by HopStoopid120
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-14-2011 16:37:11 | More by seanwhite
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alalvarez75

New York

5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-14-2011 16:26:06 | More by alalvarez75
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.