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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 1,498
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 1,050
Gots: 112 | 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

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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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Photo of meson13
5/5  rDev +10.6%
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%
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 +4.6%
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 +1.8%
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 +7.3%
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 +1.5%
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 +4.9%
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 +0.2%
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 +10.6%
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 +0.2%
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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Photo of imyourhero21
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing beer! Pours a lightest orange hue with white head. Smells of pure citrus . Perfect hop bitterness with just the right amount of malt to balance it out. I could drink this for days, but i settle for this growler this time .

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: a beautiful golden orange color with two fingers of head. S: a citrus fruit bomb. T: so good. Wow, loss of words. Fruity, with a bitter at the end. M: Classic perfect HF mouthfeel to an IPA. Creamy and light.
O: this beer is great. It has slipped through my fingers many times, not this time. This may be their best IPA...incredible...seek this out and drink it

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Photo of Sheppard
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/blonde hue, offwhite/cream finger length head. Smells of mango, peach, and nectarine. Mouth feel is soft with light yet not oppressive bitterness at the end. The bitterness doesn't linger long. The predominant flavor is mangoes, cantaloupe, and canned peaches. Overall, this is probably Hill's most solid IPA. There is nothing objectionable about it and it is very pleasant. It is one that I always enjoy but have never been blown away by.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a great brew. Citra is not completely my thing but could drink this all day and night. there are a lot more hop varietals I would prefer but this one did the trick for sure! worth seeking and worth destroying!!

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Photo of lochraneg
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my personal faces from HFS. Multiple times in a growler right from Greensboro!

Look: hazy, golden, beautiful unfiltered look
Smell: Slight hop notes, beautiful citrus
Taste: Simply the best AIPA I've had
Feel: Hangs out for a while, something in the water up there

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this out of a 750 mL swingtop "growler" courtesy of BA wuntrikpony. Bottle was filled 9/3 and is adorned with a tag marked "enjoy by 9/11/15"--lucky me, as it is 9/11 as I set to consume this. Very happy to get my hands on it, as I've not had any of HF's "hoppy" beers before and I do love me some Citra hops. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance (4.00) - Pours a cloudy tangerine orange hue that is fairly flat along the color spectrum. Down near the bottom of the glass, the shade takes on a "dirty" orange look, but that's to be expected from the shadow of the volume of liquid above it. Atop the body sits a finger of stark white head that has a mildly soapy look to it, but at a week out from bottling, we are probably at the edge of this beer being up to it's optimal standard. The head fades after a minute or two, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass and faint, intermittent film across the surface of the liquid. Some isolated dots of lace pepper the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5) - A wonderfully fragrant bouquet of tropical fruit rises out of the glass, with notes of mango, cantaloupe and passionfruit dominating. There is some contrapuntal acidity taking the form of orange and grapefruit zest, but they only serve to offer the formality of a retort to the dominant argument coming from the tropical fruits. At this point, I get very little grain presence--just a touch of water cracker.

Taste (4.5) - Very similar to the aroma in being dominated by tropical fruits, with just faint hints of citrus and malt vying for attention. It's very good, and dangerously easy to drink--there is so little bitterness that at times it's easy to forget that you're drinking beer... in a good way. But I think this is where I run into problems with "bigger" beers like IPAs and DIPAs that rely solely on Citra--they are very delicious, but become monotonous. Perhaps it's because they are often so drinkable that I'm drinking them too fast and wearing out my palate, but whatever it is, I'm usually ready for something new by the end of the bottle. That said, this one was still remarkable, as I got through the full 750 ml before getting a bit tired of the taste. Still, I think this problem is a combination of the properties of Citra and my own palate, as HF has done an excellent job with this beer.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Feel is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is moderate to low (although it's entirely possible that the carbonation is the result of consuming this from a growler after a week). Still, the body and carbonation were enough to carry the wonderful characteristics of the hop in question. Finish was slightly sweet.

Overall (4.5), a delicious beer and a great showcase of Citra. I'd love to find out someday what this one tastes like at the source, straight from the tap.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth citrus goodness. Looks elsewhere for indepth analysis. This just tastes and smells so good. Hops are present but not overpowering. One of the best.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy hazy orange with a two finger head. Aroma is pine and hops with some tropical citrus. Taste is of strong pine and hoppy bitterness with some real present sweetness. The citrus is there, but it's a little muted from the citra hops. Finish is bold and bitter. Overall another great showing from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a great brew, slightly melon, citra hops are prevalent, excellent balance though, light maltyness and a bit on the dry side. Only got one growler maybe should have gotten more. Hopefully it's available again soon!

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Photo of Mineo
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Melon goodness. Citra hops are on full display with only a slight honey-like malt backing. The hops are the star here, and HF is able to put them front and center on an amazingly drinkable platform for a 8% DIPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rarely does a beer grace the lips in the dominant showcase of a single hop variety as well as the "Citra" hop variety has done in the capable hands of Hill Farmstead. The nearly teeth-churning fruit flavors on display to seduce the senses and refresh the palate with the intangibles that go far beyond what's expected of imperial IPA.

Though its unadulterated and hoppy haze, the ale pours like fruit juices with a pillowy lemon-stained froth. With the overwhelming scent of tropicana orange juice at the precipice, the unmistakable twang of passionfruit, lime, gooseberry, red grapefruit and blood orange is ripe and vibrant to the nose; evoking mouth watering at its mere scent.

To taste, the racy flavors of citrus and tropical fruit engulf the mouth entirely. A malty backdrop of seemingly tangy fructose, faint honey and confectioner's sweetness and a light drizzle of honey- all just enough to bring out the brightness of fruit. Yet, the culmination of sherbet precedes the smooth bitterness of fresh pine shavings, grassy verbena and tea-like sassafras.

What is a lush and velvety fruit tang up front dries wonderfully into a resinous dryness to house the bitterness and promotes its more herbal hop essence. An aftertaste of cream sickle with accompanying bitterness outlasts the sweetness and gives the ale its transcendent acclaim.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a hazy, glowy orange color. Thin, off white head. Aroma is very tropical. Citra nose through and through. Nose isn't quite as intense as some other top-tier Imperial IPAs but the overall aroma is definitely attractive. The flavor of the hops is a mixture of several tropical fruits and some musty/stemmy hoppiness. Malt is semi-sweet, pale and bready. Citra hops are marvelous. Very drinkable. Not overly bitter. Flavor and aroma are great but a little less potent and pungent than I was expecting. I would still crush this if it was available to me. A long time want; just slightly below my lofty expectations.

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Photo of TravvyTrav
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow great looking and tasting beer. We had a couple of the Hills today and this was the winner. Beautiful glow in the glass and wonderful fruity notes of guava, tangerines, and a nice piney flavor on the back end. Get it!!

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler into an Hill Farmstead over-sized wine glass. a hazy orange and slightly peach body, with great white lacing.
The smell is of fresh hop aroma, fruity with tropical citrus.
Taste is incredible, sweet juicy hops that taste like candy. Very easy drinking for a couble IPA. Smooth great carbonation.
Overall, this is an amazing beer, and after having a week filled with Heady Topper, Second Fiddle, and Sip of Sunshine, each of them are excellent in their own way.

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Photo of jhavs
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A: Orange haze in a golden brew. Thick white head that lasts and offers a ton of lacing.
S: Big citrus hops that come in waves. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, juice, rind, zest. Makes you want to take a sip.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of hop flavor that hits on many levels. Does not overpower the malt.
M: Pretty light considering the ABV. Moderate carbonation.
O: My favorite of their hoppy brews. So big and bold but remaining easy to drink. Perfect balance of hops and malt flavor and aroma.

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.