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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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Phelps

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by the very generous ejyoung, this was poured from a growler into my Lost Abbey tulip during an impromptu tasting in a parking garage. No venue is off-limits!

The beer looks like a tropical beverage on a beach at sunset — dark, hazy tangerine, with hues of ruby grapefruit and mango yellow. It’s capped by a full two fingers of marshmallow fluff that seems like it would stick around for hours and leaves tons of spotted lace as it slowly descends.

The aroma is so potent I can smell it from two feet away. Tons of bright, fresh-cut grass in the nose, along with grapefruit peel and stone fruit. Not much sweetness, but there is a nice balance of biscuits and crackers.

Resinous flavor marked by grass and a wonderful blend of citrus. Orange juice, grapefruit peel, lime, stone fruit, a mild jolt of alcohol. The flavor and accompanying moderate bitterness linger on the tongue a while after the finish.

Marshmallow-soft and velvet-smooth, the medium body may be the most incredible aspect of this beer. Light carbonation tingles the tongue like electricity while hints of alcohol warmth appear in the chest. It’s so, so smooth.

Comparing this brew to another DIPA from Hill Farmstead, Ephraim, I’d say that while the latter displays more complexity and smacks you in the face with hops and bitterness, Double Citra is alternatively subdued, balanced and much more drinkable. A damn fine brew that’s able to pull great complexity from a single hop.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2011 21:12:58 | More by Phelps
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2011 16:29:26 | More by drabmuh
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained at Hawthorne's at the PBW event; poured into a Chouffe tulip

Pours a pretty orange body with a fluffy bone white cap. Good staying power and moderate spider web lacing.

Aroma is of fresh ruby red grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple. Assertive hop aroma. I love the way citra smells. Clean malt backbone.

A very clean beer. Well-crafted. Ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and papaya with a good shot of bitterness. Not knee crippling, but definitely gets its point across. This guy doesn't quite assault and run the way the elite in this category do, but its in the ballpark.

Medium body with a hefty bitterness in its wake. Extremely smooth and clean.

Overall, I really enjoyed this guy. More than enough bitterness, delivers a solid fruity profile and extremely clean. I'm not willing to say this can take over a PTE, but its definitely playing at the same level. A great beer.

Serving type: growler

06-05-2011 19:46:42 | More by ColForbinBC
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rtepiak

Poland

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great balance of fruit and brisk IPA. just a bit more of an accented american IPA in that is actually seem to be a bit littler in feel then most DIPA. in that its sort of a one stop shop of perfect balance of pine, earthy apple walnut, lemon zest and lavender. there is a sun tea maltiness that screams summer. a balanced bitter with a balance hop aroma and fruit. will make a beer with this hop... i just don't think the grain profile will come through like it has here.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2011 03:51:16 | More by rtepiak
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2011 22:56:05 | More by CliffBrake
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 05:21:47 | More by SFLpunk
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Goatshaver

Maine

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 00:50:05 | More by Goatshaver
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BoldRulerVermont

Vermont

4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 00:38:47 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Prohibition Pig on my way back Sunday from EBF.

Totally hazy lemonade colored body, huge lemon flavor, pulpy and flavorful. Nice fleshy fruit in the aroma and taste plus a decent baseline of bitterness, quite refreshing. HF knows its way around hops.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 20:51:05 | More by papat444
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tarheels86

California

4.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 21:47:11 | More by tarheels86
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80x2HopHead

Vermont

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just tried this brew for the second time at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. All around one of the best DIPAs I have ever and I STRONGLY recommend another great beer from HF. Not surprisingly the Citra smell hits you right off the bat with grapefruit and sticky sweet orange- some other tropical fruit as well make their way to the nose. Well again not surprising that the citra flavor comes through like a train- the slight bitterness and tartness of the grapefruit is perfectly balanced with the sweet orange. Not too much malty flavor but it comes through in the faint background. I get the bitterness that I would expect. however its not at all overbearing-might help to mask the 8+% booze. Hop character lingers in the best way possible.
I really have nothing bad to say and I will certainly get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 03:08:02 | More by 80x2HopHead
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HF anniversary (1st). Hazy yellow pour, white foam, heavy lacing. Delicious citra aroma, fresh lemonade, resinous hop smells and a touch of honey. Taste is hoppy, lots of , lemon flavours with a bitter finish. Very refreshing palate, my favourite IIPA from HF thus far, I can't wait to try it again as I've missed it this year.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 00:35:26 | More by Luk13
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2012 01:00:24 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2012 01:55:10 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Greenplastic615

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Capone's in Norristown PA (5.5oz pour). Glad I was able to try this one - somehow it lasted on tap for 5 days, and today was the first day I could get over there.

A - Looks like an IPA. A bit cloudy from the hops, and a bit paler than I expected it to be, but no complaints.

S - Really nice - a lot of citrus (mango, grapefruit, a little bit of orange), and a little bit of "dankness". I love the citra hop, and this smelled basically the way I thought it would.

T - Again, lots of citrus. I was a little surprised at the bitterness; I thought that it would be a little bit more resigned and really let the fruit flavors in the hops come through, but it did have noticeable bitterness. It wasn't unwelcome, just a little surprising given the smell. Absolutely no alcohol presence at all...dangerously drinkable for 8+%.

M - Awesome. One of the best I've had on an IPA.

O - Another really good offering from Hill Farmstead. I think if I had to pick one brewery's pale ales to drink forever, I'd have a really hard time picking anyone over HF.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 18:07:18 | More by Greenplastic615
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's

A - Hazy orange with a very short head and little lacing.

S - Orange, pineapple, dank, pine, hop floral. Tons of aroma. I could smell it when a glass was set down to the person next to me!

T - Bright orange citrus, big pineapple, mild-moderate cracker malt, fantastic hop bud flavor, good bitterness but well-integrated.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Resinous, prickly, not real thick but just right.

O - Fantastic brew; best of the day at this Hill Farmstead event. Better than regular Citra. Would love to have it side-by-side with Abner for a fair comparison. If memory serves, it is at least as good. Comparable to Lawson's Double Sunshine.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 11:21:58 | More by Tucquan
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 23:58:13 | More by Rifugium
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 17:41:13 | More by MDDMD
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 21:50:18 | More by axeman9182
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:10:33 | More by hooliganlife
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 23:19:01 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 02:48:36 | More by Soonami
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-27-2011 21:24:59 | More by mymrnngjckt
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.  

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 20:13:03 | More by corby112
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ottovon

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 04:28:15 | More by ottovon
Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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