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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 1,494
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 1,047
Gots: 109 | 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

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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Reviews: 181 | Hads: 1,494
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones for the hill farmstead's pbw. Its on mfer's.

Comes to me with a small cap of light tan head that settles slowly and leaves a few wisps on top. Very hazy sunset yellow orange in color.

S- oh mama that alota citra! A spectacular amount of citrus fruits with grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges taking the lead. Lots of tropics in the mix and the a slow roll in a very understated mildly sweet biscuity hit.

T- super fruity bitter citrus to open thing up with fresh ruby red grapefruit and underripe tangerine. Tropical fruits work their way in with some mango and pineapple. Malts are light but very well done and bring a lot of biscuity breadiness with them. Quite earthy and herbal in the finish.

M- a touch above medium in body with a nice bright carb the really efrevesses and hits all the right spots. Bone dry finish.

O- this is one gnarly dipa. Its a roller coaster of citra showing all aspects of the hop. Wow.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having this several times on tap and in a few growlers, I think I've got enough experience under my belt for a review. Super-delicious brew. Notes were taken from a growler. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a clear golden-orange color with a large white head and a moderate amount of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a super-heavy hop presence with loads of tropical and citrus notes, as well as a few floral notes. The flavor is overpoweringly full of orange zest and other citrus skin with a bit of mango and other tropical fruits in the background. Taste sticks around for a long time and ends with a beautiful bitterness. Medium body and really nice carbonation. Bitter and dry. Delicious. Highly recommended. Wish I had more.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double Citra

Growler from bring. Thanks, Barry!

As with the other Hill Farmstead IPAs, Double Citra is rather cloudy, amber hued and topped by a lasting bubbly white head.

Pretty awesome aroma. Loads of tropical fruit, papaya and mango in particular, along with a bit of citrusy grapefruit. Little bit of subdued sweetness, a hint of alcohol. Really showcases the citra hop well.

Like the aroma, the palate has a lot of great fruity hop flavor. Peach, pineapple, grapefruit. The malt foundation is solid, but not necessarily sweet. Very slight buttery note that softens the palate a bit. Dry finish with huge biting bitterness that never feels astringent, the signature of HFS DIPAs. Easy to drink, excellent stuff.

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Photo of Cadebro
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a nice amount of head.

S - Smells of tangerine and grapefruit, backed up with a pine hop.

T - Grapefruit, citrus and hops. Ends with a bitter punch and a slight alcohol flavor.

M - Has a nice body, almost chewy.

D - A very tasty IPA, one of my favorites. It's very fruit and would make a great dessert beer. No problems drinking this one.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to BearsonAcid for picking this up for me yesterday. Just picked it up from him about an hour ago and I’m already sitting enjoying it in front of some football.
Nice looking pint of beer. Creamy bright white head rises to about a finger and a half. Slowly falls and starts depositing clumps of lace on the inside of the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy gold color with some orange peeking through.
Aroma is obviously full of hop notes, floral, a touch green, citrus peel and some juicy fruits. Very nice, but not quite as thick as I was expecting..
What’s great here is the match between the aggressive hopping and the malt profile. Nice bread tones, a bright toasty flavor. Of course, lots of juicy tropical fruit from the new crack version of hops. Seriously, I think PBR w/Citra would be a special beer. (sorry, NOT comparing this to PBR in any fashion) Fairly easy drinking for a DPA, but there is no doubt there is a little more of a kick here.
Carbonation is spot on. Overall alcohol is very well hidden amongst the fruit and hop notes. Just shy of creamy actually. Nice.
This is a very nice beer. Chris told me that he thought it was better than the Kern River Citra. I have to agree. Could b e a freshness thing, but I’m not sure.. My Kern River bottle was also very fresh.
It’s quite a treat having Hill Farmstead on the east coast. Always fun pouring their beers into my glass.

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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 pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Filled about a week ago. Teku glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light golden color with two fingers of fluffy, dense head. Very good retention and some nice, intricate lacing.

S: Citrus hard candy, orange peel, floral notes, and breadiness meld wonderfully together. A hint of rye or spice?

T: Gorgeous tropical (mango) and bright citrus, a pretty hefty dose of yeasty breadiness, with a light sugar sweetness rounding out the taste without negating the mild, rough grapefruit pith bitterness.

M: Medium, soft carbonation and medium body. No hint of alcohol.

O: Very nice DIPA from HF. Exceeding drinkability is only limited by the sweetness, which becomes a bit fatiguing after a half pint or so.

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery filled May 3 and Consumed May 5. From notes.

A - Poured a nice dark orange colour and cloudy. Good carbonation coming up to a two finger fluffy white head. Great thick rings of lace and a good finger of retention.

S - Big citrus. Peach, pineapple, a little mango.

T - Boozy pineapple, extreme citrus, orange, some alcohol. Really juicy, bright citrus. Lovely stuff. Even more juicy later.

M - A bit oily in the body with strong bitterness, good carbonation, and a medium body.

O/D - A tasty, juicy, complex DIPA. Some alcohol in the flavour , but drinks easy enough for 8%. Well crafted and pretty delicious.

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Photo of corby112
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Eulogy.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with pale golden tangerine hues and a 2.5 finger frothy, soapy white head.  Excellent retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap.  Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Dank, earthy hop aroma with hints of pine, tropical and citrus fruit.  Earthy and soily with a subtle vegetal character.  Hints of mango and pineapple and a grainy malt backbone.  

Chewy full body with a blast of earthy, dank, dry, bitter hops that linger into a long dry finish.  This is balanced by nice tropical and citrus fruit.  Lots of pineapple along with a ton of grapefruit juice.  Also mango, papapya, orange peel and tangerine.  Dry finish.  Full bodied and very well balanced.  Subtle heat in the finish.  Very good.  

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty outrageous in this beer, showcasing tropical fruit, pepper, dry citrus and skunky marijuana. Yes boys and girls, this is one fine smelling IPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this impressive IPA, but I'm impressed by how well balanced this hop bomb of an IPA I'm drinking. The finish is very dry and bitter, despite the initial tropical fruit flavor. Mouthfeel is full, long and bitter, but with a bit of an alcoholic bite in the finish. Regardless, this is another outstanding beer from the folks at farmstead hill.

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #200!! Served on-tap at Capone's during the Hill Farmstead party during Philly Beer Week. Having had the regular version of Citra IPA I was dieing to try this version.

A - Pours murky orange with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of strong, floral, citric hops throughout this one. Hints of tropical fruits, mostly grapefruit, and some light pine round out one awesome nose.

T - Huge blast of citric hops up front never really leaving the picture throughout the experience. Some strong grapefruit and mango flavors emerge once the hops die down a bit. Only the faintest trace of booze toward the end. Finish has plenty of lingering hop bitterness in it. Damn, this is one tasty hop bomb. Glad I got to try it!

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, hoppy, feel with plenty of bitterness lingering thru the finish.

O - I am not sure which I prefer, this one or the regular version. Either way both are excellent hop bombs. It is easy to drink and is packed with delicious hops. When it comes to hoppy beers it seems Hill Farmstead can do no wrong.

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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 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 xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly during the bella vista bash

Pours a hazed orange color with some golden hues, thick crop of white head, spotty and patchy lacing all over the glass.

Whoa - smells like you're sniffing a bag of hops, strong citra qualities, fruited sweetness with spice and barely any alcohol.

Huge hop flavor right up front, bitterness and dry citric notes. Strong citra with spice and citrus juice. Some fruity sweetness with tropical notes. Lighter malt body with biscuit tones. Finishes dry, bitter, and hoppy with slight alcohol.

Medium body, decent carbonation, aggressive on the palate but still pleasant. Really tasty DIPA, great hop flavor, well masked booze.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one as a 12oz pour in a tall, thin glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Hill Farmstead Double Citra pours an opaque orange. It almost reminds me of a glass of orange juice. That is, if orange juice came with a finger of white foam sitting a top the beer. The head displays solid retention, and leaves a fairly nice coating of lace trailing down the glass. The nose is a great display for the Citra hops, and shows why they're one of my favorite hop varietals. The best way to describe the aroma would be to say that it's perfectly walking the line between citrus and tropical fruit, without veering too far towards either. It's also more pungent than the glass of Galaxy I had right before this. The flavor leads off with a bit of cracker sweetness for balance, before a big, yet rounded bitterness sweeps through mid palate. I really find myself liking the way Hill Farmstead packs the IBUs into their beers. The rest of the flavor profile is a perfect recreation of the nose. I love that some sips lean more towards grapefruit and pineapple, while others taste decidedly like mango and passion fruit. The body could stand to be a bit more substantial, but the bright and active carbonation is spot on. This was the last of the three hoppy Hill Farmstead beers I had that night, and I was very impressed with all three.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, tropical fruit, slight bitterness

T-grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, nice solid hop finish which lingers on the palate

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-a delicious and flavorful DIPA with great balance

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Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2L swing-top growler filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 1" blonde head, over the cloudy orangey gold brew. Thick head disappears gradually, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is tart and sweet clementines.

Taste is sweet to start, bitter pine in the middle, mellows to citrus towards the close, and shuts the door with a peek of clementines from the nose. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice use of Citra.

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Photo of Kaiden29
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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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 HopBomb515
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big off white head fades quick and is remembered only by the lacing it leaves. Bright notes of orange and mango hit hard in the aroma. Taste follows, orange, mango, tropical, slightly floral on the finish. Nice hefty medium mouthfeel feels low on carbonation. Overall a world glass DIPA that's slightly one dimensional but does it well.

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

Missed reviewing this for some reason, so here it is finally.

Awesome looking 2 finger head fluffy, fades slowly with lots of lacing hazy clementine orange color.

Nose citrus galore, dank musty resin, hint of tropical fruit, hint of malt, apricot tangerine and other stone fruit like.

Taste fresh musty resinous hops, lots of tropical citrus flavors, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, tangerine, juicy! Light malt base. Finish is slightly bitter hops, lots of tropical fruit, dry slight resin,

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall amazing!

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