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Double Citra | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Imperial Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.

Added by Satchboogie on 05-29-2011

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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 1,630
Photo of PHBoiler
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old school meets new school. Grapefruit and tangerine juice meets bitter pith and pine. Sweet fruity front end. Bitter finish. Full body with that creamy HF mouthfeel.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never knew citra hopped beers could be this good. Double citra looks like the standard HF beer, turbid, yellow-orange colored with a nice white head. However the aroma is of candied citrus fruit and honeyed grains.
The taste is amazing, grapefruit forward, and some bitterness, but very sweet. Also tastes and smells of candied orange, honey melon, and sweet honey.
All around great beer, would absolutely seek it out if available.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like a floating, cloudy orange orb, with a large, fluffy head leaving a thick, creamy blanket and tons of wavy lace.

This smells really fruity, but also gives off a very tart, almost acetic aroma as well, but not quite on the sour scale. This is a very complex nose. Double Citra is herbal and floral yet dank. Powerful and delicate aromas all at same time competing for attention yet not overtaking one another. Pine, with verdant green foliage, berries, oats, straw, mint, spent grain, limeade. In the end, I began thinking margarita.

I taste graham, pine, with a bit of yeast heat on the back end. Mostly, the hops shine here without trying to mimic any of the aromas I've described that might recall actual fruit, although maybe I'm detecting some peach, kiwi, and wild mint.

Obviously, the aromas on this one were the focal point for me, there was so much going on and it really is the showcase. While you can find them in the flavor, they aren't as present. Overall Double Citra, as you might expect from Hill Farmstead, is very balanced, drinkable and soft on the palate.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. Served in a tulip glass:

Appearance: bright golden-orange color, slightly hazy, with a super thick white head on top. Dissipates slowly, leaving a foam circle on top. Some carbonation visible through little bubbles.

Aroma: powerful and pungent aroma of citrus peel, tangerine, and tropical fruit. Very little malt, basically all hops.

Taste: slightly sweet and juicy, but also packed with tons of lemon-y, citrus flavor. Maybe a touch of light malt, but it's mostly all hops, with the Citra packing tons of lemon zest, fresh pineapple, and orange. Not much in the way of bitterness, it's all juice here.

Feel: full-bodied and smooth as silk, with no heat to speak of or booziness.

Overall: Hill Farmstead makes some of the best hoppy beers in the world. This is no different.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Citra hopped IPAs I've had. An explosion of Citra aromas with excellent Citra flavors to back up the aromas. Very clean finish on the beer as well. Loved it

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Photo of ProfessionalJ
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

great great great great. why do all of these north vermont ipas have this similar superior taste? must be the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of ragnar3
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a taster. Huge citra in the nose and taste. One of the most pronounced citra tasting beers I have had the opportunity to try. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Double Citra is a beautifully bright yellow-orange with foamy two finger head out of a 3 day old, 750 mL growler. This hazy beer leaves huge lacing throughout the glass. Has great complexity of grapefruit bitterness and pine with soft mouthfeel that is reminiscent of Maine's Dinner. Another great balanced beer from Hill Farmstead worth picking up when available.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Clouded apricot-cantaloupe orange. Snow white head, good lacing.

Mellow, well-rounded and extremely pleasant aroma combining citrus, floral, and tropical elements. Melon rind, mango, grapefruit, peach and tangerine.

Nice, firm and assertive hop derived tartness. Dry without being puckering so with a rather soft body.

Taste is sweet and tart; a cross of tangerine with blood orange. Peach nectar and lychee on back with some grapefruit peel. Underlying honey malt sweetness throughout sets a very good contrast.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 growler poured into tulip glass. Little over a week old.

L. Light copper orange with a 2 finger head and sticky lacing. Full haze.
S. Citra jumps right up at you with a good amount of pine with a ton of tropical fruit notes.
T. Some bitterness up front with a nice sweet finish. Very well balanced and quite complex.
F. Medium mouthfeel with same carbonation.

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Photo of tregan_20
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler fill poured into a HF bulb glass. The color is a yellowish-orange with a decent amount of cloudiness. The pour formed a small amount of white, fluffy head. There is substantial lacing as you get through the glass. The aroma is awesome; smell of ripe citrus juiciness. Sort of reminded me of Tree House Juice Machine. The taste is definitely juicy with tangerine, orange, mandarins, mango and other citrus fruits. There isn't much alcohol evident with this one. Medium body and low carbonation. Mouth feel is definitely smooth. Overall, there aren't many beers that are better than this in my opinion. This is an excellent beer and an amazing example of how the citra hop should be utilized. Cheers!

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy, light orange. Pungent orange and grapefruit on the nose and taste. Super clean and dry, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. So good.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another quality DIPA from VT. Did I enjoy this one as much as Heady/2nd Fiddle - not quite but still very - very tasty. Nice fruity flavor. While I haven't been blown away by HF like some others I've also never been let down. Every brew has been very good. Cheers

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

OMG was this ever a surprise. I'd never heard of Citra, much less double citra and I am at HF for the first time and it's on draft. So I, dutifully, try to figure out what my draft selections are going to be and that happened to be one of them. Freekin' amazing. So amazing a wound up getting a 64 growler and shared it with some friends (it solidified my friendships even more) and just enjoyed an amazingly great beer. Please don't stop making this one!!!!!!!

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Photo of Kraj30
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is everything I want in a hoppy beer- haze color for days... the smell is huge citrus - the taste is amazing.. reminds me of MBC Dinner... just orange and grapefruit for days... mouthfeel is perfect.. wouldnt change a thing

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Photo of meson13
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drank this at work with a couple kids and didn't take notes, but its in my possible favorite and best beer ever category. best expression of a single hop iv come across yet. upon popping the growler the room was instantly filled with its scent. anyways the complexity, intensity of flavor, drinkability and over deliciousness of this beer is pretty unrivaled. thats all i hafta say

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Photo of Dope
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled three days ago.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange. Tall, fizzy light tan head. Great head retention but very little lacing.

S: Well, typical citra. Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, citrus, mango, yum. Sweet, like candied fruits.

T: More of the same. Sweet candied tropical fruits up front. Grainy, bready malt and then a good-sized wave of bitterness leading into the finish. Drying, bitter floral and herbal characteristics with hints of that tropical fruit. Long lingering bitter aftertaste with perfume and herbal flavors.

M: Full, soft and smooth mouthfeel.

O: Nice. Pretty much what you'd expect from a single hop citra brew. Tropical fruit is everywhere and quite sweet, juxtaposed with a super dry and bitter aftertaste. Works out quite well. Typical HF soft and smooth mouthfeel lends excellent drinkability.

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Photo of byronic
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap and in a snifter. Pours a golden haze with a nice fluffy head inch and a half head. Very fragrant citrus bouquet followed by a nice tropical taste with emphasis on grapefruit. A really nice blend of sweetness and bitterness in a very clean and refreshing finish. The only downside to this beer is running out.

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Photo of PVMT
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BBD's 10/3/15. Hazy peach pour with a thin white head. Great citrus aroma, taste is typical Citra flavor, just amped up. Great mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I knew I would probably love this given that Citra is my favorite hop and I love the handful of HF IPAs/APAs/DIPAs that I have had. However, the 3 times I had this in the past 2-3 weeks (on tap at the Jeffrey and at Milk and Hops in NYC, and from a 32oz HF growler picked up and sent to me by SDRedDevil) it was so delicious that I literally had to force myself to not just drink the whole thing in one sip. So delicious and nice dry finish with just the slightest bit of hop bitterness on the back end that just makes you want to take another sip right away before you even put your glass down. Definitely one of the handful of beers I can honestly say that I wouldn't mind if I could only drink that and no other beer for the rest of my life. Definitely the best hope beer from HF of the handful I have had (Edward, Susan, Harlan, Abner, S&S 4), there really isn't anything I would really change about it!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury VT, served chilled in a tulip type snifter.

The color is peachy golden hued with moderately thick hazed appearance and thick ring of white head with fine beads and lasting lace clinging as a film on the glass. The smell is pretty great with nice herbal quality not as grapefruit/tropical as some Citra beers but very nice hop smell and perhaps a light spice element. The feel is very tangy with medium high carbonation, just right bitterness and mostly dry finish.

This is one of the double IPA's I have been looking forward to since most do not focus on a single hop and this is all I Imagined perhaps a little less enjoyable than the Galaxy but still has a great hop profile with slight citrus herbal and mildly spiced accent with almost no alcohol detectable. I would love to have this again ...I didn't have the chance since it was not available at the brewery but I would recommend getting this if you are a fan of citra hops.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It's easy to understand why Hill Farmstead is one of the best breweries out there
Pour - golden haze
Smell - not great at identifying smells yet, but the citrus comes out fast
Taste - I'm usually not a fan of the double IPAs, but this one was different. the sweetness of it masks the bitterness nicely and makes it much more drinkable. nice balance of everything, but citrus does take charge
Overall - amazing choice even if you're not a bitter fan

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful hazy honey color, murky and unfiltered, can already tell this is gonna be full of flavor. The smell is pretty spot on for what you would expect from something named double citra. Tons of citrus on the nose, lemon, orange, grapefruit, kumquat, lots mores, just a juicy smelly beer. The taste doesn't disappoint either. You get hit with a wave of citrus, sweet orange, slight lemon, some tropical fruit, maybe slight sour apple, can't really put a descriptor to it, but man oh man the citrus here is amazing. A nice breads malt balances the flavors perfectly, making for a beautifully balanced beer. My only complaint is slight, but I definitely think the use of citra as a bittering hop is a bit fruitless, leaving some bitterness on the table, but for single hop citra, they squeezed out some decent bitterness. The mouth feel, as you would expect, is fantastic. Creamy, mouth coating, almost like a cloud in your mouth, and goes down so smooth. Like your drinking a fresh squeezed orange juice. This is my first HF brew, and the hype makes sense now. Not the best hoppy beer ive ever had, but easily in the top 10.

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Photo of oskinker
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stands as my all time favorite beer. For my tastes, it is a perfect DIPA. The color, oh man the color. As most HF hops, this has an amazing hazy body that is so bright. Nice fluffy head that lasts and lasts. The smell on this beer is out of this world! First sip is an explosion of citrus, orange peel, grapefruit. Nice hop character follows through and just keeps you coming back for more. The body mirrors its appearance and it has a great mouthfeel. I had massive expectations for this beer when I made the trip and it surpassed them. Truly an exceptional beer and a must try bucket list type of beer for everyone. Incredible!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer. Light yellow / orange with a creamy white head that rises slowly and sustains. Smell completely avoids the pungent / dank / catty side of Citra for a soft citrus melange (clementine, kumquat, meyer lemon) and slightly leafy (like crushing the leaves of a citrus tree) note. Biscuity malt is present, not simply hop water, but with such an incredibly airy and creamy mouthfeel. Somehow both substantial and light.

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.