Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,270
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 1,010
Gots: 72 | 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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Ratings: 1,270 | Reviews: 162
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Raveskdr for the hook up. My man!

Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft at aurants. pours a murky golden yellow. minimal pine smell but as strong citus, mango and papaya notes. taste is very good. lots of the citrus comes through as do many of the fruit scents noted in the smell. a very big bodyfor an ipa which compliments the flavors and smells.

another superb offering from hill farmstead

Photo of tarheels86
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Capone’s and Eulogy for RBSG 2011. The pour is a cloudy, glowing, yellow with a whipped cream, bright white head. Nose is fresh kumquat and creamsickle with orange sherbet. Taste is full sweet melons with peach, kumquat, sweet grapefruit, Valencia orange, even getting a little meaty like durian and jackfruit. Palate is wildly soft, nearing that ridiculously fluffy softness in FFF Apocalypse Cow. Overall, it could be mistaken for pineapple milkshake. This is how DIPA should be. Just delete all those cheesy, syrupy, sticky, red and brown and orange DIPAs that have taken over the world and replace them with either Hill Farmstead Double Citra or FFF Apocalypse Cow. Then I might not hate DIPAs anymore.

Photo of DaveHack
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Silver Goose glass

Pours a hazy gold, reminds me of a 'dirty' champagne. 1 inch head settles to a film and leaves a healthy lacing.

Smells dank and bitter.

Tastes like there is some tropical fruit in the background, but dominated by the bitterness of the hops. It works very well together.

It coats my mouth, I can feel the oils covering everywhere...Every sip just makes me want another!! The alcohol is hidden well and it is perfect in body, definately not too light and not cloying or too heavy...just right!

This stuff is the real McCoy....I think Kern River might have edged the Citra thing out by just a hair, but it's really close. HF can do no wrong, awesome beer!!!

Photo of brystmar
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swing-top growler filled exactly one week ago.

Gorgeous pour, as with most other HF beers (IPAs or otherwise). More cloudy than most IPAs, though not as hazy as Nor.

Awesomely juicy citrus aroma. Sweet malts, fruit, grapefruit, fresh hops. Smells like Zombie Dust, and that makes me giddy.

Citra hops are out in force! Grapefruit, mandarin oranges, hints of pine, and plenty of malt to support it all. Low carbonation; nearly perfect body. Sweet and tangy, delicious citra at every turn. Mmmmm.

Significantly better than the Citra single IPA, which smelled incredible but was severely lacking in the flavor department. Even though Citra is my favorite hop, I slightly prefer Nor to this and definitely prefer Abner. Still, Double Citra is another stellar IPA from one of the best breweries in the world.

Photo of Goatshaver
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden yellow with a thin head and nice lacing around the glass.

S: Great citrus smell. With the orange and lemon scents standing out and a hint of grapefruit.

T: Again with a lot of citrus tastes and a little piney taste. Oranges and lemons again come into my taste. Very low on bitterness but the citrus flavors last.

M: Light/medium bodied with some tangy feeling and a little bit of bitterness left.

O:This is very well balanced and very delicious. Nice on a hot summer day. For a double IPA its low on the bitterness which is fine by me because this is such a great IPA.

Photo of anteater
4.49/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty light hazy yellow, thin white foamy head

S: Lots of orange and lemon

T: More orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, slight bitterness at the end

M: Night and light, impressive for the ABV

O: A great IPA from HF! Lots of bright citrusy flavor, but really light crisp mouthfeel

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
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 RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Cloudy like Marcel Carne shooting "Port of Shadows," but the outcome is glorious like Walt Disney in the end. Citrusy, yeasty... Just all around perfect, smooth..um, yeah, perfection.

Photo of dboon
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Growler shared by Seth. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Hoppy nose. Pine and floral hop notes. A little on the minerally side. Slightly unbalanced.. Original rating 4.0
Re-rate (another growler thanks to Seth). Enticing hop aromas. This version was much more balanced with fantastic citrus hop notes. Great mouthfeel and good body.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Split a 64 oz. growler of this with a friend. Served chilled directly into pint glasses. Got this filled on Saturday at the Brewery.

Appearance: Pours a nice, two finger, creamy head with really impressive retention. This held very well in the growler and clearly did not suffer from being stored at all. Hazy, straw yellow in color.

Aroma: Big bursts of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus. Some pine notes in there as well. The malt note is quite subdued so the citra hops really get to shine. This definitely showcases the tropical fruit and citrus aspect of that hops.

Taste: Big citrus and tropical fruits. There is a lot of sweetness here too. Big candied hop notes really come through. Some bitterness and pine come through but it matches well with the sweet notes. Really easy to drink for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied. A nice creamy head. Very refrshing, with spot on carbonation, even on the second and third pours from the growler.

Overall, a really excellent DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I have yet to have an even average beer from them yet. I'm not sure if I prefer this or their Double Galaxy, but both are nonethless outstanding. Highly recommended if you have the chance.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Abner, Legitmacy, and Nelson Single Hop. Of the four, I ranked this one 4th.

It probably has a lot to do with comparing this to other Citra DIPA's I've had. Compared to KR Citra and NAW Citra Showers, it falls short. It's got this weird herbal presence in the middle of the taste. Still a top tier IPA!

Photo of BMos
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

11/8/14

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

Thank you Jenray for hooking me up big time with this tasty treat for my 500th review! You are truly queen of the hops!

Pours a hazy deep orange.... almost brownish. A nice touch of white head. Looks pretty good especially since the carbonation suffered a bit from the growler.
Smells ridiculously hoppy. pine, citrus of course, and a touch of cat piss. Tastes sweet and citrus heavy. This is certainly the most orange I've ever tasted in a DIPA... there is a burn almost from the hops. Very strong presence that crushes the malts into oblivion. A Nice thick mouthfeel. Again, carbonation suffered slightly from the growler but still very tasty. the sweetness balances the hops and leaves it quite drinkable!

Re-reviewed off a 750 growler from baconsausage. Upped the appearance. Damn impressive brew

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

shared by ejyoung, in a parking garage before trivia.

A: pours out a hazy, straw orange, with a white head.

S: lots of citrus aromas. Peach and melon come through. Some straw with a bit of alcohol.

T: a nice hop flavor. lots of peach. some resin. citrusy orange as well with some lemon rind in there. finishes dry and bitter. there is also a bit of straw in there, as well as a bit of malt.

M: starts out smooth and finishes dry and bitter and a little resinous.

O: this is a great beer, that i would gladly drink again.

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

Growler filled at the First Anniversary Party. It pours a beautiful hazy orange color that says hoppy DIPA. Small creamy head that leaves light lacing.

Strong aroma of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruits. The fruity hops dominate the palate and are well balanced by a buscuity maltiness that makes its presence known more in the full mouth feel than in the flavor. The malt flavors are well integrated with the hops. Trying to pick out the malt seems like trying to pick out the yellow from the blue in a green pigment.

I am not sure I would consistently choose this over Abner. But it does stand out as a distinct DIPA well worth seeking out on its own right. Citra seems like a great choice for a single hop beer.

Photo of F2brewers
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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 scotorum
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the brewery 5/16/15.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy orange with a finger plus thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus and pine.

t: Follows the nose along with a considerable hop bite which lingers on the mostly dry finish.

m: Smooth medium to full, great body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o: Outstanding quality DIPA, as expected. Hefty and tasty. A sippable joy.

Photo of Florida9
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A darker shade of yellow in color. Cloudiness gives it a pastel appearance. Forms a moderately sized, fluffy white head. Head is quite stable. Lots of patchy lacing on the way down. Aroma is pungent - I could smell the ripe citrus juiciness as I was pouring the beer. Aroma is intensely citrusy. Juicy tangerine and orange blossom. The taste is more of the same. There is a mild sweetness to the beer that complements the juicy citrus. Tropical fruits, mandarin, and mango. Finishes with a touch of earthiness and an uplifting hint of alcohol. Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Lower carbonation gives this an extra smooth mouthfeel.
An excellent beer and about the most perfect expression of the citra hop that I've come across.

Photo of HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/9/2011

Growler courtesy of Barry (bring), thanks! Enjoyed during game 5 of the NBA finals. Snifter.

A: Vibrant yellow gold (great color). The white head is frothy and massive with very good retention. Lacing is all over the glass.

S: A fruit cornucopia. The hops are bright and very aromatic, lending characteristics of mango, passion fruit, orange, peach, tangerine, and grapefruit. Pretty incredible fruit profile. Malt is covered up by the fruit, but I get a whisper of saltine cracker.

T: The flavor continues the pattern of excellence with an initial blast of fruit accompanied by an upper moderate smooth bitterness. Notes of mango, grapefruit, and orange (flesh and pith) suffuse the palate. No alcohol is evident in be flavor. I don't pick up any taste from the malt. The finish is dry, bitter, and fruity, with an increased level of orange pith and grapefruit rind.

M: Lower medium in body with lower moderate carbonation from the growler. It could use a bit more carbonation, but it's not detrimental. Mouthfeel is sticky and very dry.

Overall: An outstanding Double IPA. Highly recommended.

Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a tasting glass. Big thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing this one.

A: Warm orange-gold body with an inch of frothy, quickly-dissipating tan foam. Pretty good.

S: Yup, that smells like Citra. Nothing but dank, sticky, leafy, fruity Citra goodness. Wow.

T: Follows the nose, with creamy fruitiness joining the sharply leafy, resinous, fresh hops. It's a tad one-dimensional, but what a delicious dimension.

M: Lively, almost prickly medium body. Nice.

O: Terrific DIPA. I love beers of this strength, where the hops have enough backing to shine, but not so much malt as to distract from the primary focus. Yeah, I'd rather have Heady Topper if I could only have one 8% Vermont DIPA, but this one is awesome as well. Yet another winner from HF.

Cheers!

Photo of BeerSnobDougie
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in maybe the absolute worst tasting parameters possible.

Do not know when it was poured into a Growler. Opened the day before (due to impatience, and rightly so) then refrigerated over night. Sat out of fridge for at least an hour and a half. Drank straight from the growler in a moving car (not while driving, but admittedly not smart).

Despite all of this... the beer was still ridiculously fantastic. Top 5 DIPs List for sure.

Hops on the nose stand up to any West Coast example of a Double. Bitterness was present but not overpowering and supported by a solid malt backbone that did not come across as overly sweet.

This beer is a perfect example of balance. Each mouthful courted the taste buds before slinking out prepping the palate for more. Even the Lady, not a hophead, was craving another sip.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
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 FishPondManager
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler filled 7/13 served in a Bruery tulip

Pours a hazy orange with one finger head. It recedes to a thin head leaving beautiful lacing during both pours. As with all HF pale ales, the appearance is outstanding.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and orange. It's a wonderful citrus aroma that fills the nose. I keep swirling to get a punch of citrus before each drink. Theres also a hint of piny resin and malt to balance things out.

The first drink punches you in the face with orange, lemon, and grapefruit citrus. It gets a little sweet and piny next and finshes with a subtle bitterness. A true Citra hop lovers dream.

Mount feel is creamy and full. This is one of my favorite things about Shaun's beers. The texture and feel of these beers really takes the flavor to another level. They fill their growlers with care and even with 2000 miles on them to CO it pours like a champ.

Overall, this is my favorite yet from HF. I love Citra hops and this brew really makes them shine.

Photo of mountdew1
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy orangey amber, reminded me of a shandy or radler freshly made. Aroma was slightly citrusy, with a bit of sharp pine hoppy. Not over powering, or underwhelming, nicely balanced. Flavor was hop up front, with the undertones of citrus. Plenty of hop of front, but the citrus kept it from being too much one note. Nice and tingly in the mouth, coated well, and not overly chewy. Overall a great beer. Plenty of hoppy flavor without being a hop bomb, and the citrus flavor worked nicely as well.

Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,270 ratings.