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Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 812
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 386
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 812
Photo of cfrances33
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler thanks to ILOVESTOUTS poured into a pair of Hill Farmstead stems.

Pour: Hazy, bright yellow orange body, with two fingers of white fluffy head. Lots of sticky lacing, and the head lingers for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big, bright grapefruit and mango up front. Lots of juicy citrus. A touch of white pepper, and light breadyness.

Taste: Really clean grapefruit and citrus juiciness throughout the entirety of the taste here. A very light white pepper. A slight doughy sweetness. Finishes with a light bitterness and linger citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. Very light bitterness, and a very juicy consistency.

Overall: One of the most drinkable pale ales I’ve had and maybe the best. (735 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ almost looks like a mix of lemonade and orange juice but very hazy. with minimal head.

S~ man, i can tell its all citra hops right off the bat. very fresh and a little earthyness.

T~ just as expected, citr(a)us up front with a piney finish. very clean! just as clean as Spotted Cow, if that makes sense to anyone lol

M~ smooth as can be, nicely carbonated, and very refreshing!

O~ really nice and very sessionable! this is probably only my 4th hoppy HF brew but they have all been amazing. trade for some growlers! sell your soul! do what you have to do! (627 characters)

Photo of nhudson
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 2L of this in person from the Brewery on Saturday. Shipped back to Birmingham chilled and opened. Poured into a Piggly Wiggly snifter.

A: this beer is by no means clear, it cloudy and hazy. Yellow to golden in color with the best looking head I've ever seen on a beer. Lacing is thick and sticks to the glass in heavy sheets. This beer is beautiful to look at.

S: what an amazing aroma, pure Citra. Pineapple, Grapefruit, Dragonfruit heavy in the nose. Reminds me of the last time I drank Zombie Dust. They should make an air freshner that smells like this.

T: citrus hops bitterness with a very soft roundness to the beer. It's not harsh like most heavily hopped IPA's or Pale Ales. It's easy as hell to drink with the lower abv. Beer finishes dry and has a very light malt back bone. Tons of pineapple in the flavor.

M: the softness of the beer beings out the oils in the hops, it's oily but very easy drinking. No alcohol is noticed. I could drink the entire 2l in one sitting, if I had to.

O: one of the best APA's I've ever had. Hands down a world class beer, especially for hop heads. Wish I had access to this brewery all the time. (1,160 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A single hopped pale ale from Hill Farmstead. Uses only Citra hops, one of my favorite hop varieties. This is gonna be good. Poured from my Hill Farmstead half growler into my Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Pours a very hazy and cloudy orange-ish. Medium sized head forms, and sticks around for a good amount of time. Looks like orange juice, maybe grapefruit juice.

Smells like citrus, so juicy and fresh.

Tastes incredible. Citrus fruits- grapefruit, orange, mango, etc. Light but pleasant bitterness throughout makes it very easy drinking. No real malt flavor to speak of, it's all about showcasing the Citra hop.

Light bodied, well carbonated. Insanely drinkable, goes down so easy.

One of HF's best pale ales. (725 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (656 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,813 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (937 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (615 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (887 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (628 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (590 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Jake hauled this one back for on his recent trip. Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a golden muddy yellow with a nice cap of white head.

Citrapalooza on the aroma. Lots of tropical fruits like pineapple and oranges. This is simply lots of sweet citrus fruit. The pallet has a lots of citrus flavors with some a nice bitter hop finish. Hints of toffee sweetness in the background.

The body is medium and sticky with good carbonation. Overall this one is amazing. Other beers will only disappoint going forward. (519 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light hazy straw. There is a solid half inch foamy head.

The aroma is stong and has sweet melon with a hint of orange zest.

The taste has a mild malt flavor; just enough to add a touch of sweetness to lie beneath the itter hoppy finish. Zesty orange peel leads to a dank hoppy finish.

This is light and refreshing. MOAR! (362 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for sharing this growler!

Beautiful pour, tons of lace and head. Hazy and effervescent. Fantastic aroma of fresh Citra hops; pungent, citric, inviting.

Taste is disappointing, however. Citra hops fade into a bland middle before finishing with biting, earthy bitterness. Aroma rivals Zombie Dust, taste does not :) (330 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown during Philly Beer Week. Poured into a 9 ounce snifter glass. The menu said 8%, but 5.4% seems more like it.

A: A super cloudy murky lighter golden color that has hints of brown. This is actually a tan color if I had to describe it correctly. Minimal head and glass lacing that was huge, sticky and lasting.

S: Juicy fruit and citrus are abound. Tropical fruit, pineapple, lemon, citrus and some slight sweetness.

T: Juicy citrus and tropical hop flavors just pour out. Pineapple, mango, lemon, tangerine, passion fruit and some grassy notes are melded with the subtle caramel sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter and super dry but smooth. Nice beer.

M: Medium to even a bit light. Easy drinking, not overly bitter, good carbonation and no alcohol.

O: A great pale ale that I just couldn't believe was so damn murky. Still, a real winner with this one.

Another great beer by HF. i wish I could drink their stiff all the time. Nice. (979 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Michael for bringing this one back from Vermont!

Beer pours a cloudy golden color with a medium white head. I'm not sure why exactly, but I really like the color. The smell on this beer is absolutely phenomenal - it's bursting with citrus and I just can't get enough of it. Unfortunately the flavor doesn't quite live up to the incredible aroma, it's still quite good, but it's a bit one-dimensional as I find a lot of the single hop beers to be. It's got a very nice citrus hop blast on the front end, but there's not a whole lot else to this flavor and it falls off rather quickly to a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is another very high quality hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead, but I just tend to like more hop complexity than a single hop beer can offer. (822 characters)

Photo of raveskdr
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yourefragile for hauling growlers back for me from the HF anny party. Poured into my FFF Teku glass.

A - Golden murky yellow color with light foam lacing.

S - Wow. This is Zombie Dusk-esque. Ever so slightly dank with massive pineapple and tons of mango.

T - Very slight caramelly malt is engulfed by fresh cut pineapple and slight mango flavor. Could have used some more malt back so there could have been more hops to round out the flavor. IBU's not high enough on this one.

M - Unfortunately, the malt backbone just isn't there, which really makes this too light on the front and middle of the mouth. Back end lingers just enough but isn't bitter enough.

O - A really solid beer overall, if you are comparing this to the spectrum of all beer. This is on the lower end of HF beers that I have tried. I expect big things from Shaun and he has almost always delivered. I look forward to trying the double citra, because I feel that resolves the issues that are in this beer. (994 characters)

Photo of Hophead717
3.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml growler into a HF tulip.

A: Hazy, golden straw with a thin head that quickly fizzes away.

S: Juicy tropical fruits all the way on this one. Mango, pineapple, generally sweet.

T: Surprisingly light on the palate and not in an outstanding way. Tropical and citrusy upfront, but very light in flavor. A little bitterness mid-sip to the end, with hints of grassiness. What is here is nice, but it's just too light in flavor.

M: Body is also light, with medium-high carbonation. Fairly easy drinking, though the higher carbonation isn't great.

O: A good beer to be sure, but not what I hoped for from the elite Hill Farmstead. Not one I'd hunt down again. (675 characters)

Photo of brydeen
3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chippo33 for sending this one. 750ml growler poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy golden-orange color, with a paper thin white head. Carbonation looks to be lacking a bit.

S: Wonderful juicy, tropical aroma I've come to expect with Citra hops. Loads of citrus fruits, pineapple, and mangos. Sweet sweet nectar.

T: Much subtler than the aroma. Still tropical and citrusy, with a slight bitterness, but it just seems to be slightly lacking. Fruity and refreshing.

M: Very light, with minimal carbonation.

O: Tasty and refreshing, but I had higher hopes. Not sure if the lack of carbonation is due to the growler seal, but it seemed to somewhat flat. The aroma was top notch, but I would have liked more bitterness or a dry finish to go with the juicy fruity flavor. Still a really good refreshing APA, but not the awesomeness I've come to expect from HF brews. (880 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Irishcolonial for sharing this the other night. Poured from a 750ml growler. It poured cloudy and golden amber in color with a frothy white head to it.

The aroma shows off the Citra hops perfectly. Extremely juicy with lots tropical fruit flavors. Pineapple, mango and peach all jump out in it. Fantastic Citra hop aroma, so juicy, fruity and delicious.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't really follow through on the amazing hoppiness front. I get a modest amount of pineapple and mango mixing with some grapefruit and citrus rind, but it's actually pretty light overall. It seems to show the bitter, citrus rind flavors more than the tropical fruit notes the aroma had. It just felt a little light and almost watery

Mouthfeel is lighter with moderate carbonation. Again, it feels a little light and watery. Overall, it was pretty good APA. I loved the aroma but the taste couldn't live up to the hoppiness the nose suggested. (939 characters)

Photo of nrs207
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (934 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (545 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (904 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (812 characters)

Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.