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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 1,372
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.92%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 85 | 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

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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: 1,372
Photo of silentjay
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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!!! (709 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 Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of veinottp
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a beauty. Pours a golden orange with nice lacing. You can immediately smell the citra hops as soon as you begin pouring. Light but refreshing carbonation with a sweet, citrusy start that mellows to a bitter, well-rounded finish. Hits all the right notes but none of them too hard.

A truly elegant beer. Worth driving through the dirt roads of Vermont for, without a doubt. (387 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (308 characters)

Photo of Cadebro
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

M - Has a nice body, almost chewy.

D - A very tasty IPA, one of my favorites. It's very fruit and would make a great dessert beer. No problems drinking this one. (371 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,322 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL Batch 2 growler, compliments of Conor, shared with Matt and Paul.

Hazy, peachy amber color with a large, dense off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is intensely tropical; mango, pineapple and juicy grapefruit with light alcohol and irrelevant malt. What you would expect from citra hops...

Flavor is not nearly as sweet, but still less bitterness and rind then I remember from batch 1. Strong pulp and rind balance out the juicy tropical flavors. Medium thick, chewy well-carbonated body with strong carbonation.

I like this better than batch 1, but I'm still not crazy about an imperial IPA that only uses citra hops. Not particularly subtle or complex; I'd rather have HF Galaxy or Abner or Edward or Ephraim... (737 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to RSchaeffer.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, light orange with a one finger cream colored head composed of large bubbles. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Citrus, lots of tropical fruits, slight pine.

T - Papaya, oranges, grapefruit, pine.

D - Lower carbonation, average body.

O - Delicious, my first Hill Farmstead, and it does not dissapoint. WOW! (403 characters)

Photo of mmurphy525
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a cm of head.

The first thing I think of with the aroma is peach, followed by grapefruit and other citrus notes, some pineapple. The aroma is very crisp and refreshing, I could sit a smell this for a while.

The flavour is very juicy, like biting into a hybrid fruit of all the aromas in one. There is only mild bitterness and a nice sweetness that cuts through it.

The mouthfell is smooth, a little more creamy and thicker then I was expecting, moderate carbonation. Though, as a whole everything works well together.

This is an incredible beer, the best DIPA/IPA I have had. I have found myself turning away from IPAs recently, but this beer has brought me back to the IPA corner. As a side note I took a 5 hour detour to get to Hill Farmstead and this beer was definitely worth the extra time. (833 characters)

Photo of Bardwashrind
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fresh 750ml growler sent by the generous RSchaeffer. This one set a new standard.

Unwrapping the electrical tape that held the pop top in place was a feat of nervous anticipation. So very excited to try this beer. The bottle was finally opened and then the hops rained down from above.

Unbelievable dank, fruity, tropical, zesty, intense, resinous and floral aromas that are distinct to the world of hop forward beers came through in such clarity, I couldn't hesitate with quickly taking a big first sip.

Just unreal. The first flavor was so clear with tropical hop intensity that I tried to think of the last beer that this could be compared to. Nothing came to mind, as this was so expressive and bright with that sticky and dank hop flavor. I understand why Citra is getting all the talk. Some light richness was apparent within the flavor but was so throughly enjoyed. Lovely and seamless in every regard.

Finishing this bottle was like taking lessons as how to taste beer. I was floored by how good this was as I'm usually not someone who feels that the quality of hoppy beers aren't a product by which their origin designates. Hill Farmstead is a destination and can easily be put up next to the big west coast contenders as a brewery that knows how to handle their hops. I'm saying all this without even tasting Ephraim. I can only imagine how good that will one day be... (1,392 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 Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #15
Growler into pint glass.

A - Pours cloudy peach with an inch of pillowy head. Sticky lacing, displays good retention.

S - Very aromatic, a bouquet of tropical notes. Orange, mango, papaya, peach, and grapefruit. I'm honestly happy to just sit and smell this one for a while, beautiful.

T - Follows the nose, very fruity and a tad creamy. The malts really smooth things out. The fruit character is balanced nicely by a touch of honey-slathered bread. Sooo good.

M - A bit resinous, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, with a dry finish.

O - My second favorite DIPA from Hill Farmstead after Ephraim and just ahead of Galaxy. A fantastic beer. (675 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double Citra

Growler from bring. Thanks, Barry!

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

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

Like the aroma, the palate has a lot of great fruity hop flavor. Peach, pineapple, grapefruit. The malt foundation is solid, but not necessarily sweet. Very slight buttery note that softens the palate a bit. Dry finish with huge biting bitterness that never feels astringent, the signature of HFS DIPAs. Easy to drink, excellent stuff. (719 characters)

Photo of renegadeburger
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

crazy how many double ipas does this brewery have? answer: you can never have enough double ipas haha

oh well lets meet double citra ipa hey how come this one does not have a name? maybe they ran out of names at hill farm haha

poured awesome like a blaze orange color right in my glass sorry but i drank this one out of a plastic cup

smelled awesome all i can say about that serious intense fruit like aroma like mangoes and guava and blood oranges really this is absolutely incredible

taste followed too except it had some serious danky funky strong herbal flavor too in a good way like a crazy indian stew or something

only thing maybe maybe wrong and i stress the word maybe is the mouthfeel a bit thick and soupy but now i am really nitpicking here

overall really fantastic brew best one from the hill yet and great double ipa even better than ephraim imho (866 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.62/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this twice, and held off on reviewing it as the first growler was as flat as the Earth circa 1491. Composite of two reviews here - Russian River tulip and plastic cup serving vessels respectively. Thanks to Sean and Eric for sharing.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a persistent cap, leaving tiny spots of lace. Hazy peach flesh body. When carbonated this looks like pretty good for the style.

S - Unsurprisingly there is a lot of Citra flavor - sweet oranges and ripe grapefruits, light chive note, some tropical fruit juice as well. Malt character is a tad more pronounced than the regular Citra. I like it, but perhaps just the slightest bit less than its lower ABV brethren.

T - Orange sweetness, grapefruit bitterness, a faint touch of of burnt sugar and bready malt character in the periphery. Finish and aftertaste are both quite bitter, but alcohol is extremely well-disguised. I doubt anyone would guess this had ~50% more alcohol than the regular Citra.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry, with no obvious alcohol, and some resinous oily hops lingering on the palate.

D - I prefer regular Citra, if only for its crushability, but this is quite enjoyable as well. The bubbles helped quite a bit, as the flat growler was a chore to drink after a while. In any case, another fine offering from Shaun E. Hill. (1,350 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (1,188 characters)

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

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Mike!

The beer is yellowish, on the fringes of orange. It's ever so slightly hazy, appearing clear for the most part. The head is about 1/2" thick and leaves a healthy amount of lacing behind.

The aroma tells me I am in for a treat. Tropical citrus galore, with oranges, grapefruit, mango, pineapple. Oh yeah...

All the wonderfully fresh fruit and hop flavors shine through brilliantly. Malt presence is virtually nonexistent, as it should be.

The beer is medium bodied with a creamy feel. The finish is dry, with a lasting hop bitterness.

Superb. Highly recommended. (612 characters)

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