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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Double Citra
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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 6.56%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: Chico1985 on 05-29-2011)
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is phenomenal.
Poured on tap at Farmhouse in Burlington.
Pours a glowing bright deep yellow, hazy. One finger of foam.
Smells of grapefruit rind, hoppiness and sweetness.
Taste incredible. My palate erupts with juicy grapefruit citrus, but not too bitter.
Mouthfeel is chewy and perfect for the style.
This is a reference beer for a single hop citra DIPA. World Class.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour at the Ithaca Luminous release. Thanks, Bob!

Pours clear and golden orange, with about one inch of fizzy head.

Smells like citrus hops, with tons of floral notes as well.

Similar taste. The signature slightly catty Citra taste is there, but is a bit restrained, which is good. Light to medium bitterness, lots of grapefruit and orange.

Light to medium bodied, low carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

Wish I could have more of this, this was a good way to start out the release.

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Date: 4/15/15
Location: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pale dried grass in color with a thumb size off color white head. Minimal cascading as the beer is devoured.
Aromatics: This beer comes with a big floral nose. The hops just add so much to this beer, starting with the floral whole hops nose and including pineapple, mango and even some lime. A good deal of wheat grass flavor.
Flavor: The fruits jump out at me in the beginning, moving to the grassy. The tasting definitely gives me more of the pine nose flavor. Finishing with a little of the spice and pine resin but with no flavor being harsh.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Only in the finish does the beer build to a different note.
Notes: I had this beer both on tap at HF and in a 750ml growler. I'm in love.

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750ml growler, shared courtesy of Dustin. Also had a taste of this at the Beer Temple in Chicago, IL, both times in early November 2013.

Pours a hazy straw colour, fluffy white head that's probably about 2 finger lengths. Good retention, as usual per HF, a beautiful DIPA. Good lacing, good retention.

Smells great, but delicate and more subtle. Lots of grapefruit and passion fruit, some tangerines. Very tropical fruit forward, not complex but delicious.

Flavourwise, this is a very tasty beer but not one of Shaun's best. It's got some grapefruit, passion fruit but its not a total citrus bomb if that makes sense. Its more balanced, more malts to it than the likes of Permanent Funeral and Sosus, for example. The hops are a bit less subdued but the overall experience is very good- succinct indeed.

Mouthfeel is typical HF- creamy, well carbonated with a medium body. So easy to drink, not terribly bitter at all. Aftertaste is a semi-bitter citrus flavour that sticks with you.

Glad to have this one, not one of Shaun's best (look at Abner and Ephraim for better DIPAs) but it's certainly a phenomenal double IPA that's worth trying anytime it's on draft at the brewery.

Re-review: Thanks to Anthony, I got a growler to drink a half year from when I first had this beer. Thanks buddy! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 4/13/2014. Basically, it's better than I remember it, but not by a lot. This beer smells like wet hops, in that it's very dank and floral with a bit of the tropical fruit and citrus that's associated with Citra hops, but I think it had a lot of room to develop the enjoyable flavour profile that shows up in pseudoSue and Zombie Dust. It just doesn't end up in that regard, but at the same time it's a very balanced, well-executed and not too bitter DIPA that works very well. It's not King Sue, but this is a good DIPA as long as you ignore the "Citra" hype in the name. I know this isn't saying much, so if you're more inclined to think about the "Citra" hop in the name of a beer rather than enjoying any DIPA, you are better off ignoring this one and going after Double Sunshine or Ephraim. As it is, this is still a real treat and a well-crafted beer as far as I'm concerned.

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.