Citra Pale Ale - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 775
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.83%
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Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
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: 96 | Hads: 775
Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +4.6%
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 -3.2%
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 -4.3%
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 -2.3%
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 +5.7%
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 -5.7%
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 -10%
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 -2.3%
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 -0.5%
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 -4.6%
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 -11.8%
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 -11.4%
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 -12.5%
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 +2.5%
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 -2.7%
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 -18.2%
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 -0.9%
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 +9.3%
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)

Photo of DaveHack
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!! (651 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -20%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.17/5  rDev -5%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4.62/5  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. (549 characters)

Photo of BeerThursdays
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (480 characters)

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