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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Double Citra
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BA SCORE
100
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580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 112
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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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up from the brewery hours ago. Thanks Phil and Wade for being patient with all the beers I ordered!!!

looks like every Hill Farmstead hoppy pale ale. unfiltered. cloudy golden color with a huge pure white head that sticks around a while and leaves chunks of lacing.

very dank with lots of citrus behind that. citrus pith and some grass clippings.

soft malts give way to a huge citrus punch that is not overly bitter, but juicy, juicy, juicy and resinous. finishes with just a touch of bitterness before the juicy/resinous hops linger pleasantly forever until you are forced to take the next sip.

medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation with a resinous, yet juicy feel lingering.

fucking awesome. Yet again, another home run. Even though it's a 7 hour round trip and all my friends force me to pick up numerous growlers for them every time I go.... It's worth it for beers like this.

Shaun Hill is a mad genius.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2012 03:52:27 | More by silentjay
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2011 15:31:03 | More by Gosox8787
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2011 23:58:24 | More by yeahnatenelson
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler filled just under a week ago and refrigerated the entire time. Thanks Don (Donfrap) for bringing this back for me. Reviewed live.

A- Pours a hazy orange golden that is mostly opaque, about two fingers of white frothy head forms that has great retention and slowly dissipates coating the glass in light layered lacing.

S- Lots of fresh grapefruit, some greeny hops, a bit of peach, balanced with a nice malt presence. Fairly aromatic with a better aroma strength then your average IPA.

T- Lightly bitter grapefruit, fresh green hops, a bit of peach juice, finishes with more bitter grapefruit and vinous hops with a fruity juicy aftertaste.

M- Juicy, very easy drinking, nice carbonation, lightly creamy.

O- This was another fantastic IPA from HF although maybe not my favorite. It had a great grapefruit taste but did not have the same tropical citrus qualities I've enjoyed in other IPAs. This is easily a world class DiPA though with a very good drink ability and I highly recommend checking it out.

Serving type: growler

04-26-2013 13:58:50 | More by jaasen64
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Michael (yourefragile). Awesome to get to try another Hill Farmstead beer!

The beer looks great with a semi clear darker orange hue with golden highlights. Truly amazing sticky lacing on this one and a small ring of head.

The smell is very open and there is obviously a lot of juicy citrus up front. Fresh cut grass, candy corn sweet honey aromas, and some spicy kitchen notes. Not super complex smell but nice and hoppy.

The taste has a bit more to it in terms of complexity with a huge bitter hop finish and citrus bittersweet notes with fresh baguette bread malt. Fresh grass certainly is there again. Very raw hops, dry grains, and a little bit of alcohol flavor without the heated edge.

Much more body than I would have expected from this beer and a great dry finish. Exceptional feel!

Overall this is a nice beer and another great effort from Vermont. Yeah New England is making a run at California.

Serving type: growler

06-12-2011 18:27:34 | More by Dreadnaught33
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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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jeonseh

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2013 04:47:39 | More by jeonseh
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jegross2

Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Double Citra from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro, Vermont.

Score: 98

One week old keg pour served in a clear plastic tasting cup at The Beer Temple's second anniversary celebration and enjoyed on 03/23/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours translucent, dull golden color with a half finger layer bubbly head. Good lacing and retention, even in a plastic cup. 4.5/5

Smell: A dank fresh assault of tropical fruit, with a little pine-like character. Apricot, mango, nectarines, grapefruit and pineapple. Everything in wonderful, fresh harmony. Wow. 5/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells -- like a hoppy, tropical fruit syrup that you would find inside a can of pineapple or pears (but in a delectably fresh way). The mango/nectarine flavor is so bold, so delicious. Has a little bitter bite upfront, which quickly mellows out amidst the juicy, lightly sweet fruit flavors that linger nicely. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Quite viscous and syrupy mouthfeel for an IPA, good carbonation. Very juicy, with a little dryness to the finish. Has a nice light bitter bite, but no big bitterness here. 4.75/5

Overall: Simply one of Shaun's best hoppy beers, along with Society & Solitude #4 and Ephraim. Unlike many other pure citra hopped beers, this one has a little bite to it. Seeks this one out, and drink it fresh. Cheers!

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml growler.

Serving type: growler

02-08-2013 04:36:02 | More by jegross2
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Anthony, 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.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2014 03:05:46 | More by Stevedore
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kevanb

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler poured into a snifter, generously shared by Colin, Mike and Chris! Review from iPhone notes.

The beer pours a hazy, golden straw color, obviously unfiltered, true to Shaun's style with hues of lemon and orange when struck by the light. A soft, fluffy, white head, only a finger or so high rises from the beer that yields a nice network of soapy lace and maintains good retention throughout. The aroma is soft and delicate with lovely citrus, both tangy grapefruit and sweeter lemon and tangerine, mild pine and light earthy spice with some great tropical notes that really brighten the beer. I can't say it's exceedingly complex, the malt is a bit doughy as are more Hill Farmstead beers, but it's so well refined and expressive. The flavors are spot on, tangy grapefruit, lemongrass, tangerine, mango, pineapple with a bit of earthiness and crisp spice and just a subtle layer of cereal grain cross the tongue. It's bitter, but not overly so, the flavors do the talking, not the bitterness, although the nice, bitter dry bite is certainly at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's juicy and full bodied, coats the mouth well, could possibly do with some more carbonation but it finishes so smoothly with a dry snap that is assertive, but not intrusive.

Verdict: A immaculate expression of Citra hops, and an artful IIPA. Certainly one of, if not the best in Shaun Hill's arsenal of hoppy beers. It's beautifully layered, yet enjoyably simplistic that really showcases what hops, barley water and yeast can do when put together in just right quantities and conditions. A masterclass.

Serving type: growler

11-19-2013 02:19:08 | More by kevanb
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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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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 16:28:51 | More by oglmcdgl
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2013 22:45:42 | More by mountdew1
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Kinsman

California

4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-08-2013 19:40:10 | More by Kinsman
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badbeer

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-18-2011 01:47:39 | More by badbeer
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Bright glowing, hazy pale orange with two fingers of frothy, white head. Some nice sticky lacing throughout. Head retains well throughout the glass.

Smell: Big burst of grapefruit and mango, mixed with some tangerine and a light white peppercorn. A hint of dough, but very slight. This is one juicy smelling beer.

Taste: Follows the nice with grapefruit juice, tangerine pulp, and a touch of mango. The light hint of white peppercorn follows to the taste, and augments a nice, citrusy bitterness. A touch of doughy sweetness gives the beer some body. Finishes juicy with bright citrus and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. The bitterness lingers nicely, but isn't overpowering in conjunction with the citrus taste.

Overall: Still one of the best Hill Farmstead beers I've had, and nearly tied with Society & Solitude #5 for my favorite DIPA.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2012 14:27:49 | More by cfrances33
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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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seeswo

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL growler courtesy of Cam. Thank you sir.

Pours a peachy orange color with a nice off-white head. Smell is a very light, citrusy bitterness with almost a peachy fruit character. The power of suggestion is strong here. Smells nice. The taste is cleanly bitter, with a really nice, light citrus character. Finishes surprisingly bitter, but balanced and not overly sweet. Good mouthfeel without too big of a body and good medium carbonation. They have really nailed this beer. It is not as citrusy as Double Citra sounds, but it is a fantastically drinkable and balance DIPA that has a nice juicy hop character. These guys know their way around hops. Wow.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2011 03:54:27 | More by seeswo
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Jmamay22

New York

4.04/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-25-2013 00:39:36 | More by Jmamay22
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 14:32:53 | More by Satchboogie
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very cloudy yellow, several inches of bubbly white head, very typical HF IPA.

Smells of huge juicy citrus and tropical fruit, mandarin oranges and pineapple and mango, some plant like hop character, really just an explosion of sweet juicy fruity hops.

And yep this is amazing. Huge juicy fruit again, all the same stuff as in the nose, sweet and incredibly hoppy at the same time, this is amazing.

Like all the HF hoppy beers this has a fantastic mouthfeel and fantastic drinkability, soft and perfect carbonation.

He best HF beer I've had and one of the best IPAs I've had, fantastic.

9.5/10

Serving type: growler

04-29-2013 01:04:43 | More by AlexFields
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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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Roguer

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2013 01:35:15 | More by Roguer
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steelerguy

New York

3.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2012 02:36:41 | More by steelerguy
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Hendry

Vermont

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Okay, this is Vermont, and the level of quality craftsmanship and legend is drawing folks from all over the United States that are touring "Beer Country" as if it were a serious California Wine Country tour, and WHY NOT?!

Meeting Shuan Hill was a pleasure, and no different than meeting any other down to earth rural Vermonter that knows how to do their job and do it well. We arrived first on a Friday afternoon and it was the better part of two hours driving from NorthWest Vermont to get there.

Double Citra is one of the more recent offerings from the distinguished Hill Farmstead Brewery and it was poured into a 750 ml bottle for take home enjoyment. Tastings are served at the brewery, but I neglected the four tastings for $5 offer as I was the driver.

Pours a cloudy off yellow with an elegant cotton head reaching 1 finger and lacing brilliantly in the glassware. Playfully effervescent without being overly carbonated and an exceptional nose consisting of pineapple, kiwi, clementines, and ruby red grapefruit with a smidgeon of mango, yet the aromas are more subdued and subtle than their Vermont counterpart that is also an all citra hops concoction (to be named later in this review).

Initial taste is tropical fruits, juicy sweetness, followed by resinous piney herbal hoppiness that is simply top shelf, leaving a bitter aftertaste that lingers pleasantly, inviting another sip.
Quaffing Double Citra cold does this IIPA a disservice: letting it breathe in proper glassware for no less than 15 minutes brings about the complex qualities that are accentuated with some warming (same observation with Lawson's Double Sunshine). Whatever malt used to balance the double citra whammy is strictly a platform to showcase the rock star hops under the spotlight taking an awesome solo all over your palate!

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily, and the overall impression is that this is a highly refined IIPA that shows no signs of booziness, and is made with quality and care.

I can understand how letting it breathe while enjoying appetizers/entrees at one of the fine Vermont eateries that serve it could be challenging: the tendency is to drink it down and order another one, but I can tell you from my perspective, it misses the point of the total enjoyment experience consuming it cold.

My BA buddy PlinyMafia that took the pilgrimage to HFS with me did take the tastings offered, and spoke "sacrilegiously " when asked if Lawson's Double Sunshine was better than HFS Double Citra, but that comparison will be covered thoroughly in a soon upcoming beer forum thread to be titled "Hill Farmstead Double Citra goes head to head with Lawson's Double Sunshine: the Battle Royale!"

Serving type: growler

05-05-2013 02:40:42 | More by Hendry
Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.