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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: 1,035
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

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: 161 | Hads: 1,374
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (625 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (639 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 ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour at the Ithaca Luminous release. Thanks, Bob!

Pours clear and golden orange, with about one inch of fizzy head.

Smells like citrus hops, with tons of floral notes as well.

Similar taste. The signature slightly catty Citra taste is there, but is a bit restrained, which is good. Light to medium bitterness, lots of grapefruit and orange.

Light to medium bodied, low carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

Wish I could have more of this, this was a good way to start out the release. (489 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 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 mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing Hill Farmstead IPA. Take your favorite HF or North East IPA and add tons of Citra on the nose and taste. This is a premier beer that everyone should try. (163 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a signature hazy golden light orange.

The aroma has juicy oranges and grapefruit, mango and peach tropical for a bit of sweetness.

The flavor follows with that bright Citra tangerine and citrus peel flavor throughout. A generally light beer as the mid palate empties from that light flavor onto a floral flavor of mostly drying. A clear transitioning from fruit as the Citra hop offers. I almost got a hint of "rubber," but not necessarily in a bad way.

In general, a restrained CItra DIPA. It tastes like a bigger brother of the Citra Pale Ale, which despite being world class, is still one of the weaker DIPAs out of HF. As "disappointing" as going on a date with the least desirable Victoria's Secret model could be... (743 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hill Farmstead 1st Anniversary Celebration

A: Pours golden orange, completely hazy, 2 fingers of tight white head. Leaves a ton of lacing. A picture perfect IPA.

S: Citrus and more citrus. Tangerine and lemon are the primary citrus flavors with hints of tropical fruits. Has just a touch of sweetness coming off the nose. It is a little muted for what I was expecting, but otherwise great.

T: Just as the nose, this baby is all citrus. A little depth of tropical fruits and hints of pine with a tiny bit of bitterness, not much at all. The malt base is toasted grains with a little crystal malt sweetness. The citrus lasts long into the finish and lingers on for a pleasant aftertaste. Finishes dry and just the slightest bit of bitterness and still tons of the citrus.

M: Medium to slightly light bodied, moderate to slightly high carbonation, just a little sweetness to give it a balanced, but overall dry character and finish.

O: While not my favorite kind of IPA (I tend to prefer bitter bombs) it was extremely well balanced and the citrus nose and flavors is hard to beat. Unlike the overwhelming majority of IPAs I've had, I didn't find a single "off" or unpleasant character/note anywhere in this. This is about as drinkable, refreshing, and fruity/citrusy IPA as I can imagine. (1,303 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (768 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 Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,409 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler, shared courtesy of Dustin. Also had a taste of this at the Beer Temple in Chicago, IL, both times in early November 2013.

Pours a hazy straw colour, fluffy white head that's probably about 2 finger lengths. Good retention, as usual per HF, a beautiful DIPA. Good lacing, good retention.

Smells great, but delicate and more subtle. Lots of grapefruit and passion fruit, some tangerines. Very tropical fruit forward, not complex but delicious.

Flavourwise, this is a very tasty beer but not one of Shaun's best. It's got some grapefruit, passion fruit but its not a total citrus bomb if that makes sense. Its more balanced, more malts to it than the likes of Permanent Funeral and Sosus, for example. The hops are a bit less subdued but the overall experience is very good- succinct indeed.

Mouthfeel is typical HF- creamy, well carbonated with a medium body. So easy to drink, not terribly bitter at all. Aftertaste is a semi-bitter citrus flavour that sticks with you.

Glad to have this one, not one of Shaun's best (look at Abner and Ephraim for better DIPAs) but it's certainly a phenomenal double IPA that's worth trying anytime it's on draft at the brewery.

Re-review: Thanks to a generous VT trader, I got a growler to drink a half year from when I first had this beer. Thanks buddy! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 4/13/2014. Basically, it's better than I remember it, but not by a lot. This beer smells like wet hops, in that it's very dank and floral with a bit of the tropical fruit and citrus that's associated with Citra hops, but I think it had a lot of room to develop the enjoyable flavour profile that shows up in pseudoSue and Zombie Dust. It just doesn't end up in that regard, but at the same time it's a very balanced, well-executed and not too bitter DIPA that works very well. It's not King Sue, but this is a good DIPA as long as you ignore the "Citra" hype in the name. I know this isn't saying much, so if you're more inclined to think about the "Citra" hop in the name of a beer rather than enjoying any DIPA, you are better off ignoring this one and going after Double Sunshine or Ephraim. As it is, this is still a real treat and a well-crafted beer as far as I'm concerned. (2,240 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
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! (340 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (288 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a Willibecher glass. This was filled 4 days ago at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a peach, slightly light amber color and leaves a finger of sticky, white head, that lingers for a while before fading to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big citrus hops up front, some pineapples and peach as well, honey, a hint of pine. Very clean and crisp flavors.

Taste: Honey, grapefruit juice, clementines, just a hint of lemon zest. The grapefruit is quite prominent, as well as delicious. Very drinkable flavor, not too bitter. Alcohol is masked by the citrus. Quite juicy.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated, with a nice smooth medium body.

Overall: Lovely grapefruit flavor to this one - definitely the best citra hopped beer I've had. Lovely mouthfeel and this is extremely drinkable for a DIPA. (820 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Den on 6/3/11 during Philly Beer Week for the Bella Vista Rare Beer event.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange liquid with a golden glare and fairly dense cap of white foam on top that yielded some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Intense, fresh Citra hop note with lots of citrus and tropical fruit character, especially grapefruit. Virtually no alcohol fumes here.

T - Juicy hop bitterness up front with a strong citrus fruit character and not much alcohol heat whatsoever. While the hop bitterness is quite assertive, this still remains amazingly drinkable.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and minimal alcohol heat. Finishes slightly dry with plenty of bitterness on the palate, although it doesn't obliterate the tongue.

D - Another fantastic DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I am really looking to visiting the brewery this coming weekend! (864 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 ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during PBW at Capone's....

Appearance: Pours a mandarin to tangerine orange with a nice 2 finger white crown that displays retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of citra of course....some grapefruit, some pineapple, some mango to papaya smell, and a hint of spicy pepper. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could on BA, so I'm rounding down a bit.

Taste: Same as the nose but sans the pepper. Comes together very nicely. I'd give it a 4.3 if I could on BA, so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for an 8% abv DIPA but that just makes it all the more drinkable.

Overall: A very nice beer in my humble opinion. Worth seeking out! (639 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Citra pours cloudy and light amber (yellow/orange) into the glass. A small frothy, white head fades away quickly to a thin ring, leaving behind only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Orange and grapefruit citrus and a fair amount of pine are dominant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus. Hints of pine area also present. In the background there's enough caramel malt and tropical fruit notes of mango mixed in to balance out the beer. It finishes dry and bitter with lingering orange citrus when gone.

This is a very tasty beer that's loaded with hops. However, there's enough malty sweetness to make it relatively balanced and drinkable. (774 characters)

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