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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 1,374
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.92%
Wants: 1,036
Gots: 87 | 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 maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -24.1%

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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.62/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tony for sharing this growler with myself and others.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy peach hue with tuft of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Tangerines, peaches, bergamont peel, honey sweetness and a amber-roasted malt. Quite nice, definitely the best feature of this beer.

Taste -- Surprisingly bracing hop bitterness with the flavor of grapefruit rind, a sharp contrast to the fruity/zesty aroma. Nice malting, light with a soft honey sweetness that, unfortunately, doesn't really stand up against the double-dose of Citra.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

Overall -- Somehow I'm not thrilled with this beer. It seems that the double-dose of Citra has really muddled the subtlety and nuance of this particular hop strain. Well-crafted, certainly, but not the most evocative use of Citra. (835 characters)

Photo of 2ellas
3.63/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look is amazing, hazy with a fluffy white head. Almost seems to glow from inside.
Smell is ok. Getting a little "cat pee" from the citra
Taste is above average but not spectacular or transcendent or majestic.
Mouthfeel is average.
Overall I find myself searching for what makes this such a highly rated beer by so many people. Doesn't live up to the hype for me. (366 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe for this growler... pours a dark murky honey gold, opened without a hiss, not much carbonation, a light tan watery head, not looking good but I can’t knock it... muted nose of citra with malt, more malty than anything, I thought this would be a citra bomb, surprised... the taste is also just a malt bomb with a citra finish... easy to drink but doesn’t really show me a ton (395 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (1,497 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazed golden yellow with a fairly tight white head. Nose has a light grain up front with grapefruit and citrus, faint pine and a touch herbal. Taste is fruitier and the citra is much more pronounced. Lots of tropical fruits and mango finishing with some lightly bitter grapefruit and notes of hop resin. Body is a bit fuller and softer carbonation. Soft and a touch grainy. (381 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip, on tap at Teresa's with one of the sickest IPA lineups I have ever seen. Consumed earlier today, 7/1/2011.

The color is a hazy golden straw. The beer is topped off by a fluffy and sticky looking 1-finger head that displays good retention. Sticky thick web of lace results from consumption. A quick swirl clears the legs and throws tons of spotty bubble clumps on the sides of the glass, but there is no film or legs that result.

The aroma features grapefruit and piney hops in front of the dank bitterness that their use imparts. In the flavor, lemon zest and grassy hop notes come through to complement those found in the aroma. There is just a hint of malt sweetness, enough to show a vague attempt to counter some of the bitterness, but fleeting, as a DIPA should be. As the beer warms to approach cellar temperature, a warm alcohol characteristic overshadows the hop delciousness that I have been enjoying. A shame, really. This is such a balanced and aromatic DIPA.

Sticky and resinous with a medium texture, this is pretty spot on for what I expect an imperial IPA to FEEL like. A very solid offering, I will now try Abner to determine my favorite of the two. (1,188 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler sent to me by SneezyAchew. Thanks Michael! Split with ipa247.

A: Pours a hazy light golden-orange with a thick bright white oily head that slowly faded into a thick film that left great rings of sticky lacing down my tulip.
S: Sweet smelling, with citrusy notes of orange and grapefruit along with some more tropical type of fruit notes.
T: There is a touch of sweet syrupy malt but for the most part this is a sweet, fruity and hoppy beer. I get huge notes of tangerine and citrus rind. There are some exotic notes of tropical fruit nectar as well. Malt is toned down but still present. Alcohol is hidden well.
M: Clean and easy body with a fairly light mouthfeel over a medium body with smooth, even carbonation. The bitterness in this one is highly manageable.
O: Overall a solid and balanced DIPA that I would gladly drink again. It’s a bit sweeter than I like them, but I’m definitely loving this brewery. Thanks again Michael. (949 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a finger of creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is pure dank citrus a quality which I love about Citra. As usual, hop forward.

Juicy citrus with a little bit of tropical fruit up front. A little bit of bitter resin creeps into the aftertaste.

Light bodied with low-medium carbonation level.

Very solid beer, but I greatly prefer SS#4 to this one. It was much more complex. Still any HF IPA is top notch. It's just a matter of degree. (480 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up from the brewery yesterday. Enjoyed the taster they offered so I picked up a couple growlers. Review is from the growler.

Beer pours a golden yellow. Very cloudy likely because Hill Farmstead does not filter and there is a good amount of suspended hops and likely yeast. I find the unfiltered double IPAs are much better fresh than the filtered variety, but don't age as well. Anyway this is a tangent. Glad to have this fresh.

This is my first commercial beer I've tried with the citra hop variety. Strong citrus smell from the hops. Hints of pineapple, orange, lemon and grass. Very light scent compared to more dank, piney or grapefruit hops. Gives an impression of effervescence just by smelling the beer.

First taste gives a lighter than expected mouthfeel that does detract somewhat from another wise excellent and superb beer. The taste is not quite as complex or as strong as the scent. Very hop forward, but not overly bitter. The malt profile is simple and provides only balance to the citra hops. The hops are very citrus oriented in the taste, yet less complex than the scent. Notes of pear, apricot and pineapple. The pineapple takes center stage in my impression.

Overall it is a very enjoyable beer that obviously is centered on the citra hops. It seems to me that a more complex malt and/or hop bill would help elevate the complexity, although that could detract from the citra focus. That said I believe that the the focus of a beer should be on the sum of the parts rather than a focus on any one ingredient. Really I'm nitpicking though as this is a very fine brew. (1,605 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange, sand-colored head starts at about 2 fingers, retains as an uber-bubbly cap and leaves good lacing.

First scent had pretty crazy strength, but faded with following sniffs. Orange peel and danky herbal-ness.

Taste follows the smell mostly, citrus is obvious but not as strong as I expected, very strong earthy dank profile takes the lead. Biscuity malt noticeable mostly on the finish but quite bitter overall.

Very full, creamy mouthfeel, great carbonation.

As far as I know this was my first experience with Citra hops, they seem nice but maybe a little one-note here. Good beer but I'd reach for their Abner before this. (644 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seriously growler side by side with several big IPAs and some boring stouts. Thanks to Mike, Mike, Ben, Jeff, and me for making this whole thing happen. Very awesome afternoon.

Beer is like orange with a mild haze to it, the head is thin and white with small bubbles and lots of lacing, looks good.

The aroma on this one is really really disappointing. Very disappointing. Seriously bummed here. It is plain, mildly hoppy, you really do a disservice to a hop like citra by not including a lot of late additions. This is not due to the growler at least not mostly as several people who have had this on tap were present and said that this was pretty typical.

Beer tastes way way better than the aroma would indicate. Thin in the body and moderately bitter on the finish. No alcohol or malt in the forward, nice fruity hops on the midpalate and overall a good beer all around. It was probably slightly my least favorite of the IPA growlers we had. (948 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass swing-top "growler" filled at their Anniversary Event yesterday. Thanks to Carl (sleepnbballrlife)!

Pours with classic HF haze, orange amber with slightly off-white head that leaves great lacing. Nose is full of that Citra citrus/forest-floor thing: a little leather, a little orange, a lot of lemon...boom.

Palate is biting with hop bitterness and implies acidity (although there isn't any) with it's powerhouse lemon rind hop flavor. Some grain notes come across from the malt, but that slick, hop oil-like smoothness of the Vermont IPA fashion slides across the palate leaving nothing but the idea of deliciously ripe, fresh hop flower/pollen.

My only complaints with this beer are with the Citra hop, as it's not my favorite, especially when flying solo. That being said, I find this more enjoyable to drink than other Citra single hop beers. (867 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -8%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy looking orange beer with a nice white head that left some solid stick and lace on the sides.

S - Lots of citrus, and sweetness. There is tons of citra on this one, and it's pretty pleasant. A little more grass than I would like, but still really good.

T - Lots of orange zest and citrus hops. It's pretty good, with a bit of piney hops and resin finish. Very nice, although it doesn't taste as clean as I want from a pure citra beer.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, something of a juice-like consistency.

O - Really good beer, I don't like it as much as their single citra IPA, but I'd recommend this to anyone who likes beers of this style. (663 characters)

Photo of dtmets84
4.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

citra hop has always been the one I go to for my ipa fix. after my one and only kern citra broke open on the floor of my apartment I feel the need to review. Poured into my HF stemware, the brew pours an amazing .5 inch head with a light golden hue. the aromas of hop and pine enlighten me. after enjoying hotd matt two hours earlier which the gf simply said elll no, she smelled double citra and said mmm delic. my first and possible only real rating (451 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ darkish copper orange, nice fluffy white head and a crazy amount of lacing!

S~ lots of citrus, it almost smells like some kind of juice. slight pine earthnessy follows and of course some bitterness.

T~ of course theres a lot of citrus just like the nose. pineapple, orange, lemon, lime, etc... followed by a big piney flavor. and is it appropriate to say this tastes "imperial"? haha aside from the thicker, sightly boozy (not so much in the taste, you can just tell. you know?) its almost the same as regular Citra.

M~ nice carbonation as to be expected from HF, slightly thick, smooth, and a little dryness from the hops.

O~ not bad at all, but nothing compared to the Ephraim that i drank last night lol i love all the citrus notes and thats probably why this stands out for most people. theres not one HF thats not worth a least a taste! (912 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by TurdFurgison at my 30th Birthday Extravaganza. Thanks Eric!

A - Pours a golden hazy yellow color, white head, thin cap, and thin collar.

S - A nice dose of hops, bitter dankness, cirtus, orange peel, slight lemon zest. The citra hops are really enjoyable to get a whiff of. There also some grassy notes, in there as well. Very enjoyable.

T - Lots of bitter hops, citrus orange peel, some resin dankness. No sweetness, just a nice straight forward dose of fresh citrus notes and bitterness. Very juicy, bitter, and zesty. The 8% is very well hidden.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one and it's easy to fall in love with yet another citra hopped beer. Juicy citrus, hops, and the hidden alcohol make this beer easy to enjoy. Recommend! (802 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Hazy peach-orange color, with a finger or so of fluffy white head that receded a bit but never fully disintegrated. Nice aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, fresh, with hints of a bready malt base. Tastes like a good AIPA should, hop-dominant, fresh citrus zest, pine needles, tropical fruits, enough bready malt sweetness to give balance but to leave the hops clearly in charge. Medium body, crisp and drying, higher alcohol barely noticeable. Another great IPA selection from HF. (524 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL Batch 2 growler, compliments of Conor, shared with Matt and Paul.

Hazy, peachy amber color with a large, dense off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is intensely tropical; mango, pineapple and juicy grapefruit with light alcohol and irrelevant malt. What you would expect from citra hops...

Flavor is not nearly as sweet, but still less bitterness and rind then I remember from batch 1. Strong pulp and rind balance out the juicy tropical flavors. Medium thick, chewy well-carbonated body with strong carbonation.

I like this better than batch 1, but I'm still not crazy about an imperial IPA that only uses citra hops. Not particularly subtle or complex; I'd rather have HF Galaxy or Abner or Edward or Ephraim... (737 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz snifter at Pinocchio’s in Media. This poured a cloudy golden orange with a finger-and-a-half, off-white head which settled to a coating. Lacing was spotty. Nose was citrus, especially orange and grapefruit, and pine with a slight alcohol back. Taste includes the citrus, of course, but there is a strong caramel malt presence as well. The finish is dry and bitter with little hint of the 8% alcohol. Body was slick, medium with moderate carbonation for a DIPA. This is a very drinkable and I would not hesitate to go for it again. (538 characters)

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.