Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.17%
Wants: 978
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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:
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: 1,190 | Reviews: 149
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Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Extremely hazy gold approaching amber. Moderate carbonation with a white head that fades rapidly to a coating.

S - Lots of hop aroma, tons of citrus with some sweet tropical fruit. Hidden behind the hops is a light but solid malt profile with some sweetness left behind.

T - Much like the aroma but the tropical and luscious sweet hop flavors take charge with some citrus on the finish. Nicely balanced with a large malt bill balances the extreme hop presence while staying in the background.

M - Moderate body, a bit heavy for an American DIPA, definitely coats your mouth. Would like it to be a bit more crisp.

O - Solid American DIPA, will definitely fill my growler there again. Not the best you will find, but the place has their fans...driving down that dirt road to the brewery must make them feel hardcore.

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
5/5  rDev +8.7%

california

Photo of renegadeburger
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

crazy how many double ipas does this brewery have? answer: you can never have enough double ipas haha

oh well lets meet double citra ipa hey how come this one does not have a name? maybe they ran out of names at hill farm haha

poured awesome like a blaze orange color right in my glass sorry but i drank this one out of a plastic cup

smelled awesome all i can say about that serious intense fruit like aroma like mangoes and guava and blood oranges really this is absolutely incredible

taste followed too except it had some serious danky funky strong herbal flavor too in a good way like a crazy indian stew or something

only thing maybe maybe wrong and i stress the word maybe is the mouthfeel a bit thick and soupy but now i am really nitpicking here

overall really fantastic brew best one from the hill yet and great double ipa even better than ephraim imho

Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow color with a soft white head that retains well. Nice lacing. Nose of oranges, grapefruit and some grain, almost cracker-like. Pleasant, but not particularly aromatic. Taste definitely gives a good presence of orange flesh and tropical fruit. Has a firm bitterness, but not astringent. Some grain comes through as well. It has an interesting blend of almost sweet fruit flavors and then moves into a bitter finish. Medium bodied, sits on the tongue nicely and then finishes nice and dry. I'm a little torn here; I like the beer, it's very well made (no astringency, no alcohol coming through), but even though my score feels honest, it doesn't fully paint the picture. I'll have to revisit this beer if I'm lucky enough to do so. I'm still very excited to try anything else (especially IPA's) made by Hill Farmstead; the quality of brewing is there.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2L growler poured into a cigar city snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/amber with a small yellow head and nice white lacing.

Taste is phenomenal, very light, fresh lemon and citrus. Mouthfeel is really light and crisp, super drinkable and tasty. No idea it's 8%.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
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 ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

A truly gorgeous IPA. A slightly hazed, glowing, golden orange. Moderate, large-bubbled, eggwhite-colored head. Lots of stick left down the glass. Truly gorgeous, as are most Hill Farmstead beers.

Very citrus-forward aroma, as expected. Bright, juicy tangerine and clementine aromas erupt from the glass. Just a hint of a biscuit malt, but this is a showcase of hops, to be sure. There's just a touch of a green onion or chive character, interestingly enough, and though it's not distracting from the overall experience, I wish it wasn't there.

The flavor is even more successful than the proven aroma. Bitter and juicy citrus and tropical flavors come together very nicely. A little bread. No alcohol presence. If I were given this blind, I'd probably guess it was a ~6% ABV IPA.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very appropriate. Extremely drinkable.

Fantastic. Would drink again...durrrr.

Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Andrew for the sample of Hill Farmstead Double Citra

This is a beautiful, glowing yellow beer with a nice, tight white head of foam. The beer bursts with bright citrus and fresh mango and pineapple. The DIPA is faintly malty that serves to showcase the glorious hops. The hops are just in full bloom, showing juicy fruit and a hard-to-describe hoppy fullness and flavor that few beers come close to reaching. I've come to the realization that beers like this are best served from the keg that's been transported, and served cold--even the best DIPA's in bottles seem to suffer compared to fresh draft versions like this. This is a great, fruity-hop forward beer, in which faults are hard to find.

Photo of jeonseh
4.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with pineapple accents. Nice foamy head to it

S - Tons of pineapple, mango and citrus

T - Good pine bitterness with loads of mango and pineapple. Good citrus presence. Nice pine bitterness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium body with light astringent finish

O - Solid double IPA that balances the citrus and pine aspects really well.

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ my house!! (can't tell ya how but Rochefort10nh knows ;)

Double Citra (AKA Citra Imperial IPA)

Pours a hazey orange color with a 4" head in my Duvel flared tulip glass, nice. Over time the head vanishes but decorates the walls of the glass with lacing in the form of polka dots and curvy lines. Swirl the glass and a creamy head reappears like whodini, this bitch looks hot...

The aroma is full of fruit and something you would expect on an island. This is what should be served in Saint Lucia. Orange, grapefruit, mango and lemon are all present and remind you of summer.

The taste follows suit with the aroma. Pretty much a fruit bowl of flavor on top of a layer of biscuity malt which keeps it balanced. Well done and the taste compliments the name.

The mouthfeel starts out refreshing followed by a tangy sensation. The finish has a mild bitter feel and is sticky. Very little sign of dryness and perfect for this time of year.

Overall this is well balanced and another home run from Shaun. I really dig this beer. It's not as sessionable as the original due to the higher alcohol content but it's smoother than Abner and Ephraim IMO.

Photo of Guess2814
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Kaiden29
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poor was great with nice foamy head
Light orange color
Great nose, very one demential, over the top grapefruit.
Taste just like the smell, citrus and carbonation was light
Overall this is a solid beer by an outstanding brewery can't wait to trade for more of the good stuff.

Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden pour, with a thin head (< 1/2 finger), solid retention, and nice fuzzy lacing. Beer is cloudy and opaque.

Aroma is of the most strong and consistent "cat pee" odors I have ever gotten from a DIPA. Beyond that, dry hops, citrus, and wheat come through.

The beer is wonderfully sweet and hoppy, and very well balanced - the only malt I get is of grain and wheat. I don't get much in the way of particular citrus or tropical fruit; just an overall sweet hoppiness.

HF avoids the syrup DIPA trap: this beer has a fantastic mouthfeel. It's sweet, hoppy, and balanced, and very drinkable.

This won't go down as my favorite DIPA, but that's really more a factor of the hops chosen rather than the craftsmanship; it's really an exceptional brew.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Positive Pie. Served out of a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Color is a cloudy, peach yellow. Spotty and stringy lace with great stick. .5 finger frothy white head with low retention. Again, clarity suffers but everything else is very good.

Nose is citrus, pine, papaya pulp, mango, with a light hop presence that tickles the nose. Aromatic and very fresh.

Opens sweet citrus, bit malt backbone with some pine, papaya, and more citrus notes towards the end. Grapefruit in the finish with a citrus hop aftertaste. Really tasty.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and quenching and slightly dry going down. Sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfectly average for a Hill Farmstead IPA.

This is a pretty middle of the road hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead... which is to say that its still better than 99% of other IPAs out there. Definitely worth a try but big brother SS #4 is similar and a bit better.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to baconsausage

pours a cloudy hazy orange. very light fluffy white head. light lacing and and light retention.

big tangerine and orange up front. underlying grapefruit with some other tropical fruit. hints of pine.

taste is a bit less tropical and a tad more bitterness. more pine and grapefruit. very juicy and fruity through out.

nice carbonation bite. body is pretty full and chewy.

a great citra, very bitter. kind of bring outs some booze. overall, delicious.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Not much of a head. Nice surface wisps. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Surprise, lots of citra. Orange and grapefruit. A bit of sweetness.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit, orange. Straightforward. Moderate sweetness. Just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Slick, but low sweetness.

Overall - Very simple flavor, but great hop flavor. I definitely prefer Double Galaxy to this, though.

Photo of F2brewers
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at HF on 05Apr2014 and consumed on 10Apr2014. Served at ~45F in a stemmed HF glass.

A: Thick, aerated white head over a golden-yellow body. The hed hanges on for > 5 minutes and leaves dense lacing on the sides of the glass. Gentle swirling reinvigorats a 1/4 inch head. Body is translucent, but cloudy.

S: Grapefruit, orange and lemon...this is double citra, right? Slightly dank and resinous hop scent well laid over a faint malt backbone. A touch of residual sweetness hangs over the beer. Well done.

T: Citrus fruit, slightly astringent bitterness balanced against a malt backbone that compements the hop forward nature of this beer. Refreshing and light, the alcohol is well hidden. This is an aggressive beer fornhop lovers, but it remains approachable.

M: Sticky, resinous texture coats the mouth and lingers, but the bitterness doesn't seem to build to unpeasant levels as insome DIPAs. Light-medium body thanks to medium-high carbonation that prevents palate fatigue in such an intense beer.

O: I am partial to Citra hops and this is, IMO, a world class expression of this hop. A lovely beer thst I hope to be able to try again. Hyped? Sure. But this beer is worththe effort to obtain. Highly recommended.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw yellow with an inch, off-white head. Plenty of lacing around the glass. It looks magnificent. Smells of strong citrus fruits (I.e., grapefruit) as well as a piney resin aroma. It tastes of strong citrus fruits and piney, earthy flavors. Bitter up front and lingers for a bit. Medium bodied, goes down smooth. Very excellent offering from HF!

Photo of Kinsman
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours that nice beautiful hazy orange I've come to expect in HF DIPAs with a sticky white head leaving a nice lattice work of lace around the glass.

Juicy and fruity right up front with that wonderful citra aroma. Grapefruit and mango notes with just of hint of floralness make for a wonderfully inviting beer.

Taste follows suit with lots of bright fruity flavors. Nice mellow malt presence provides a nice base for the citrus flavors to build upon. Finishes well with just a bit of flowery hop character and slight bittering note.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and damn smooth. Makes for a damn fine sipper (or gulper). Overall, I think I'd give a slight edge to Double Galaxy and Abner as my favorite HF DIPAs but until them I'll just dream of the day I can compare all three side-by-side.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Skeeter1330
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fresh 750ml growler sent by the generous RSchaeffer. This one set a new standard.

Unwrapping the electrical tape that held the pop top in place was a feat of nervous anticipation. So very excited to try this beer. The bottle was finally opened and then the hops rained down from above.

Unbelievable dank, fruity, tropical, zesty, intense, resinous and floral aromas that are distinct to the world of hop forward beers came through in such clarity, I couldn't hesitate with quickly taking a big first sip.

Just unreal. The first flavor was so clear with tropical hop intensity that I tried to think of the last beer that this could be compared to. Nothing came to mind, as this was so expressive and bright with that sticky and dank hop flavor. I understand why Citra is getting all the talk. Some light richness was apparent within the flavor but was so throughly enjoyed. Lovely and seamless in every regard.

Finishing this bottle was like taking lessons as how to taste beer. I was floored by how good this was as I'm usually not someone who feels that the quality of hoppy beers aren't a product by which their origin designates. Hill Farmstead is a destination and can easily be put up next to the big west coast contenders as a brewery that knows how to handle their hops. I'm saying all this without even tasting Ephraim. I can only imagine how good that will one day be...

Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, sunny orange color. Fluffy bone white head leaves lots of frothy lace. Aroma is...citra, citra and more citra. Some orange peel, faint malt sweetness, backing tropical fruitiness. Fast is citrus, with orange and pineapple, hint of pine and lightly sweet. Smooth feel, full bodied, very drinkable.

HF scores another hit!

Photo of BrewUSA
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Double Citra
Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 98/100

Devastatingly delicious and refreshing, almost hard to imagine there was alcohol in it. Tasted more like citrus squeezed into a glass. Was truly incredible and is tied (actually just a bump behind due to style) with Twighlight of The Idols. Just unreal.

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

$6 for a 10 oz pour, 8%
Sampled 22JUL12

[A] A fluffy snow white head, compact creamy head with wonderful retention. Eventually, complete sheets in concentric rings coat the glass. The body is a soft, pale goldenrod color and is hazy to the point of being opaque. A light murkiness keeps the appearance from a perfect 5.

[S] Clean, bright hops. Citrusy, tropical and sweet with a touch of dank pungency to provide the right amount of balance. Orange pith stands out just above a light grapefruit component and a deeper layer of grainy mango. 

[T] Wonderful sweetness from front to mid palate to prepare for the upcoming bitterness, which is somewhat restrained. This stuff is insanely drinkable.

[M] The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy. Carbonation is perfect, perhaps on the softer side of the spectrum but the gentle effervescence integrates well with the flavor profile. Modestly sweet with a lingering drying finish. 

[O] In one word: masterpiece.

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.