Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 983
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Satchboogie on 05-29-2011

An American Imperial Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.
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Ratings: 1,217 | Reviews: 153
Photo of d5001986
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml swing top growler poured into Spiegelau tulip.
10 day old fill.

Pours cloudy yellow-tangerine color with large whitish head. Huge tropical aromas emerge from the glass. Taste is very citrus/tropical juicy. Mango, pineapple, and orange with moderate bitterness. Very well made and highly drinkable brew. Would love to try fresh at the source someday.

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

Look: Beautifully hazy shade of pale gold. Decent white head, lots of lacing

Smell: Mangos, pineapple, a little citrus. Drool-inducing

Taste: Flavor follows the nose with rich mango and pineapple.

Feel: Densely textured with a moderately assertive bitterness juxtaposed against lovely creaminess. Superb.

Overall: Wow

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Raveskdr for the hook up. My man!

Photo of dmgeng
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this from Hopasouras who was on a business trip up in the NE and I could hardly believe what was in front of me. If only this was available across the US everyone could enjoy the majesty of this brew.

A - Awesome dark gold, orange color. Extremely opaque from all of the hops that emblazon this glorious beer. Perfect fine white head and lacing for days.

S - Extremely strong hop fragrance with tons of tropical fruit literally squeezed into the glass. Mostly a mango, pineapple, and orange mixture that I can barely describe the awesomeness. Could smell it immediately. Definitely the best smelling beer ever!

T - Absolutely incredible hop flavor with a full fruit bouquet hop character with tons of tropical fruit, citrus, some pine, and dank resin hops to round yield one of the greatest beers ever made. If you like tropical flavored hops by the bucket full this is a great beer. Something about this beer that is different than other Citra DIPAs is the malt flavor. In the middle right beside the crazy hops is a sweet malt, buttery cracker, oats flavor that makes this the best beer I've ever tasted. The bitterness is there and adds to the resinous character but doesn't bite at all. The finish is perfectly in the middle with some sweetness from the malt and some fruit and bitter resin.

M - The perfect medium mouth-feel with perfect carbonation. Basically only the hops sit on the tongue and is very refreshing.

Overall, this is my new "best beer I've ever had" candidate. Amazing aroma, flavor, feel, appearance, and anything else you would desire in a DIPA. Without a bite but huge unforgettable flavor, refreshing drinkablity, and perfect balance. I would drink at least 2 of these every week if I lived anywhere near the brewery. Probably a good thing I don't! :P If you are ever within even a couple hours drive from getting this you definitely should because it may just be the best thing you've ever tasted.

Glass- Tulip from a growler

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.7/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely good!!! Had in a 750 Growler sent to me by a trading friend and it did not disappoint!! Only thing better would have been having it out of the tap a week earlier! Lots of Citra hops on the nose and palate.

Photo of ELS
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 2 liter growler in a trade that was about 10 days old. I drank the growler by myself in a 48 hour period (didn't want it to go flat) so I definitely became familiar with this beer.

I love citra hops and this beer didn't let me down. Lots of citrus smells and flavors. Smooth, very drinkable and the lacing on the glass was great. I usually don't mention lacing but this was noticeable and added to the drinking experience. My second favorite citra based beer after ZD.

Photo of Zaximus
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 into a HotD tulip. This growler is 10+ days old so there is that. That being said it pours a dark orange hue with a beautiful two finger head. And it smells fantastic.

Taste. Easily the best Citra IPA I've expereinced. Fruity, resinous, bitter. But alas I do not like Citra. I keep hoping that my taste buds will adjust but it doesn't seem to be happening. I just don't like the spicy, bitter burn that accompanies it. That being said this one is very nicely balanced.

Overall a really nice beer and definitely worth a try. Especially if you like citra.

Though this isn't my favorite HF IPA it's still very good.

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got to try this and my meager descriptive abilities do not do it justice. As another said, "Does it live up to the hype? Yes! Period." No, exclamation point! Period.

Photo of JGLittle
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Notes:
Incredible all around. Thanks again Nat for hooking us up. 750ml. Split it three ways and everyone thought it was top notch.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Hill Farmstead IPA experience. Will it live up to the hype?

It pours a deep golden color with a nice white head with small bubbles. Laces the glass nicely as it goes down. Slightly hazy pour. First smell is pungent grapefruit. Some mango and maybe pineapple? Strong smell. First sip is an explosion of hops. Mango, grapefruit, piney, resinous, a little dank, and a very soft malt backbone. It's medium bodied with a low bitterness and a wonderfully soft mouthfeel. Impressive.

It lives up to the hype. Period.

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unbelievably sweet and hoppy. Flavors are completely balanced and crazy delicious.

Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass, purchased at the brewery a few days ago, enjoy by 12Feb15! Tasted at the brewery but psyched to rate.

Pours a deep orange, hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces slowly, leaving lots of lacing.

Aromas a sharp and inviting, super tropical and piney at the same time, lots of citrus, pineapple, pungent grapefruit.

On the tongue is tons of citrus, grapefruit, mango, with an aftertaste of resin and citrus rind, slight hop bite on the finish. very nice. Easy on the tongue with a medium body and drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall it was everything I expected - super tasty, highly aromatic, and very drinkable. Up there with the best.

Photo of NateF90
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This DIPA has as it all going on: luscious appearance, complex nose, big flavors that remain enjoyable over a session coupled with a light and effervescent mouthfeel. The restrained brewing technique HF embodies lends itself well to their 'stronger' offerings, and Double Citra is no exception.

Photo of Guess2814
4.67/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oman! I'm sucking the taste off my tongue..

Photo of Billquirk
3.98/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a growler. Not sure if the growler just had issues, but this just was a supreme disappointment.

Photo of BigStein88
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best beers I have ever had. The light cloudy color, nose and taste are all top rate. Waited a long time to get my hands on some growlers of this and it is easy to see why it is in high demand. Exceptional beer from an exceptional brewer.

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a signature hazy golden light orange.

The aroma has juicy oranges and grapefruit, mango and peach tropical for a bit of sweetness.

The flavor follows with that bright Citra tangerine and citrus peel flavor throughout. A generally light beer as the mid palate empties from that light flavor onto a floral flavor of mostly drying. A clear transitioning from fruit as the Citra hop offers. I almost got a hint of "rubber," but not necessarily in a bad way.

In general, a restrained CItra DIPA. It tastes like a bigger brother of the Citra Pale Ale, which despite being world class, is still one of the weaker DIPAs out of HF. As "disappointing" as going on a date with the least desirable Victoria's Secret model could be...

Photo of BMos
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

11/8/14

Photo of Skeeter1330
5/5  rDev +8.5%

Picked up a 750ml yesterday and it didn't even make it home to CT. Juicy and dank. Love it

Photo of spwalshesq
5/5  rDev +8.5%

If you love citra hops, you will absolutely love this beer. Big and juicy, great nose, and immensely drinkable. Another world class DIPA from Shaun Hill.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Cloudy like Marcel Carne shooting "Port of Shadows," but the outcome is glorious like Walt Disney in the end. Citrusy, yeasty... Just all around perfect, smooth..um, yeah, perfection.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Abner, Legitmacy, and Nelson Single Hop. Of the four, I ranked this one 4th.

It probably has a lot to do with comparing this to other Citra DIPA's I've had. Compared to KR Citra and NAW Citra Showers, it falls short. It's got this weird herbal presence in the middle of the taste. Still a top tier IPA!

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -26.2%

Many thanks to baybum who schlepped this thing across many county lines to get it to MN. 750ML growler best by 10/31/14, so I still have 96 minutes. I better get to it. Split with my lovely wife.

The pour is thick, chewy-looking orange with plenty of carbonation…a bit actually leaked out when I popped the top, which is always a good sign on a growler. Smells like 64 degrees in January in Minnesota: oranges, citrus, mango, pretty much every fruit lighter than purple. Not bad.

Double Citra is a nicely balanced IPA, which is akin to saying you liked the dialogue in Star Wars. The hops are less about the ex-bitterness & more about the tropical fruity breezes. Mango, oranges, all the stuff that crept up my nose is here creeping down my throat. The mid-palate is more about the mouthfeel, thick, juicy, sticky, incredibly decadent for a hoppy beer, & that’s what saves it in my mouth. Mild bitterness, big malty sweetness, honey combine to tame the hops & smooth everything out. Smooth is my kryptonite. I’m not having any trouble drinking this, but I won’t be weeping uncontrollably when the glass is empty.

I’ve been consistently wowed by HF stuff in the past, but this one left my taste buds distracted by…I’m wondering who the new Twins manager is going to be. Glad I got to try it. Pretty good.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 5 hours ago

Consumed 10/25/14

A: Lightly hazy, tangerine orange with some gold and honey tones - pours with a large, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a nice web of lacing

S: Ripe, juicy, fresh citra hops - very potent, but not extreme, with some very nice depth - juicy, ripe tangerine flesh with some orange and grapefruit - resinous and a touch dank - nice range of tropical aromas with some peach, pineapple, mango - light sweetness with some pale malts

T: Juicy, tropical, and very bright - ripe, fresh tangerine slices - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit flesh and juice - floral notes - hint of pine and resin - moderately bitter - nice tropical flavors with some ripe peach, pineapple, and mango - moderately bitter - pale malts with a hint of caramel - starts off a bit sweet, ultimately may be a bit sweet

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes bitter

O: Prepare for trouble, and make it double

This is a solid use of citra hops. It has more depth than some beers that use 100% citra... But it still feels a little one-dimensional. Tasty and well-done nonetheless.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy gold/dark yellow. Head is bright-white and fluffy. Drops to a small cap and creamy collar. Streaks and splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Citra. Deeply tropical with notes of tangerine and peach. Slightly floral with some pine bitterness layered in the back. Big juicy fruit push. Malts are light and bready with some powdery yeast notes. Mild fruity esters. Orange peel, zest and pith. Malts add a touch of needed sweetness with some undercooked bread dough. As it warms it takes on a sharper floral edge and a vague spiciness creeps out as well. A bit leafy.

Taste: Follows the nose...it's Citra. Tropical fruit, mostly tangerine on the initial sip. Slightly bitter in a woody branch sort of way. Some peach and mango as well. Orange peel and a slightly oily rind. A touch floral and bitter. Malts are lightly sweet and slightly bready with some raw biscuit dough. A touch of raw honeycomb. Some pineapple as it warms with a touch of grapefruit as well. Surprisingly balanced. Almost crackery snap as well. Almost buttery at times. Slight caramelized sweetness with an herbal push as well.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. The typical smooth pseudocreaminess that all Hill Farmstead pale ales possess. Slightly dry on the finish.

Overall: Double down - win one hand.

It's Citra through and through. If that's your jam this will blow your mind. As it stands, it's solid, but that's not surprising.

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.