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Double Citra | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Imperial Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.

Added by Satchboogie on 05-29-2011

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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 1,624
Photo of AMCimpi
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: a beautiful golden orange color with two fingers of head. S: a citrus fruit bomb. T: so good. Wow, loss of words. Fruity, with a bitter at the end. M: Classic perfect HF mouthfeel to an IPA. Creamy and light.
O: this beer is great. It has slipped through my fingers many times, not this time. This may be their best IPA...incredible...seek this out and drink it

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Photo of Sheppard
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange/blonde hue, offwhite/cream finger length head. Smells of mango, peach, and nectarine. Mouth feel is soft with light yet not oppressive bitterness at the end. The bitterness doesn't linger long. The predominant flavor is mangoes, cantaloupe, and canned peaches. Overall, this is probably Hill's most solid IPA. There is nothing objectionable about it and it is very pleasant. It is one that I always enjoy but have never been blown away by.

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Photo of calitrie1486
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a great brew. Citra is not completely my thing but could drink this all day and night. there are a lot more hop varietals I would prefer but this one did the trick for sure! worth seeking and worth destroying!!

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Photo of lochraneg
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my personal faces from HFS. Multiple times in a growler right from Greensboro!

Look: hazy, golden, beautiful unfiltered look
Smell: Slight hop notes, beautiful citrus
Taste: Simply the best AIPA I've had
Feel: Hangs out for a while, something in the water up there
Overall: GET IT IF YOU CAN!

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this out of a 750 mL swingtop "growler" courtesy of BA wuntrikpony. Bottle was filled 9/3 and is adorned with a tag marked "enjoy by 9/11/15"--lucky me, as it is 9/11 as I set to consume this. Very happy to get my hands on it, as I've not had any of HF's "hoppy" beers before and I do love me some Citra hops. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance (4.00) - Pours a cloudy tangerine orange hue that is fairly flat along the color spectrum. Down near the bottom of the glass, the shade takes on a "dirty" orange look, but that's to be expected from the shadow of the volume of liquid above it. Atop the body sits a finger of stark white head that has a mildly soapy look to it, but at a week out from bottling, we are probably at the edge of this beer being up to it's optimal standard. The head fades after a minute or two, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass and faint, intermittent film across the surface of the liquid. Some isolated dots of lace pepper the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.5) - A wonderfully fragrant bouquet of tropical fruit rises out of the glass, with notes of mango, cantaloupe and passionfruit dominating. There is some contrapuntal acidity taking the form of orange and grapefruit zest, but they only serve to offer the formality of a retort to the dominant argument coming from the tropical fruits. At this point, I get very little grain presence--just a touch of water cracker.

Taste (4.5) - Very similar to the aroma in being dominated by tropical fruits, with just faint hints of citrus and malt vying for attention. It's very good, and dangerously easy to drink--there is so little bitterness that at times it's easy to forget that you're drinking beer... in a good way. But I think this is where I run into problems with "bigger" beers like IPAs and DIPAs that rely solely on Citra--they are very delicious, but become monotonous. Perhaps it's because they are often so drinkable that I'm drinking them too fast and wearing out my palate, but whatever it is, I'm usually ready for something new by the end of the bottle. That said, this one was still remarkable, as I got through the full 750 ml before getting a bit tired of the taste. Still, I think this problem is a combination of the properties of Citra and my own palate, as HF has done an excellent job with this beer.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Feel is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is moderate to low (although it's entirely possible that the carbonation is the result of consuming this from a growler after a week). Still, the body and carbonation were enough to carry the wonderful characteristics of the hop in question. Finish was slightly sweet.

Overall (4.5), a delicious beer and a great showcase of Citra. I'd love to find out someday what this one tastes like at the source, straight from the tap.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth citrus goodness. Looks elsewhere for indepth analysis. This just tastes and smells so good. Hops are present but not overpowering. One of the best.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy hazy orange with a two finger head. Aroma is pine and hops with some tropical citrus. Taste is of strong pine and hoppy bitterness with some real present sweetness. The citrus is there, but it's a little muted from the citra hops. Finish is bold and bitter. Overall another great showing from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a great brew, slightly melon, citra hops are prevalent, excellent balance though, light maltyness and a bit on the dry side. Only got one growler maybe should have gotten more. Hopefully it's available again soon!

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Photo of Mineo
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Melon goodness. Citra hops are on full display with only a slight honey-like malt backing. The hops are the star here, and HF is able to put them front and center on an amazingly drinkable platform for a 8% DIPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rarely does a beer grace the lips in the dominant showcase of a single hop variety as well as the "Citra" hop variety has done in the capable hands of Hill Farmstead. The nearly teeth-churning fruit flavors on display to seduce the senses and refresh the palate with the intangibles that go far beyond what's expected of imperial IPA.

Though its unadulterated and hoppy haze, the ale pours like fruit juices with a pillowy lemon-stained froth. With the overwhelming scent of tropicana orange juice at the precipice, the unmistakable twang of passionfruit, lime, gooseberry, red grapefruit and blood orange is ripe and vibrant to the nose; evoking mouth watering at its mere scent.

To taste, the racy flavors of citrus and tropical fruit engulf the mouth entirely. A malty backdrop of seemingly tangy fructose, faint honey and confectioner's sweetness and a light drizzle of honey- all just enough to bring out the brightness of fruit. Yet, the culmination of sherbet precedes the smooth bitterness of fresh pine shavings, grassy verbena and tea-like sassafras.

What is a lush and velvety fruit tang up front dries wonderfully into a resinous dryness to house the bitterness and promotes its more herbal hop essence. An aftertaste of cream sickle with accompanying bitterness outlasts the sweetness and gives the ale its transcendent acclaim.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of TravvyTrav
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow great looking and tasting beer. We had a couple of the Hills today and this was the winner. Beautiful glow in the glass and wonderful fruity notes of guava, tangerines, and a nice piney flavor on the back end. Get it!!

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler into an Hill Farmstead over-sized wine glass. a hazy orange and slightly peach body, with great white lacing.
The smell is of fresh hop aroma, fruity with tropical citrus.
Taste is incredible, sweet juicy hops that taste like candy. Very easy drinking for a couble IPA. Smooth great carbonation.
Overall, this is an amazing beer, and after having a week filled with Heady Topper, Second Fiddle, and Sip of Sunshine, each of them are excellent in their own way.

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Photo of jhavs
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A: Orange haze in a golden brew. Thick white head that lasts and offers a ton of lacing.
S: Big citrus hops that come in waves. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, juice, rind, zest. Makes you want to take a sip.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of hop flavor that hits on many levels. Does not overpower the malt.
M: Pretty light considering the ABV. Moderate carbonation.
O: My favorite of their hoppy brews. So big and bold but remaining easy to drink. Perfect balance of hops and malt flavor and aroma.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 2L growler the day after it was filled.

Everything about this beer screams fresh, juicy, sweet fruit; from the appearance (hazy, orangey golden color), through the absolutely bursting fruity nose, to the taste, it is all a poem to oranges, tangerines and mangoes. One of the best hop driven ales out there, bar none. All hail citra hops ;) !!

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Photo of -Rick
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow straw color. The smell is loaded with bright citrus flavors, pineapple, mango, hay. The taste follows the nose. this is a fruits hop bomb of an IPA. Loved it.

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Photo of EveningCordial
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at and Hill Farmstead.

A- nice yellow straw color. Looks creamy and unpasteurized. Two finger white head frothy head.

S- bursting with fruity, citrus goodness. Mangoes, peaches, guava, etc. Love this hop and this is a premier example of how well it can be used.

T- very juicy and hop forward. All the fruits from the nose are present. This drinks very smooth and one of my favorite parts was the smoothness and drinkability of this ale. Definitely crisp and refreshing and something I'd want on a hot summer day.

M- although this has a crispness and freshness, it also had a nice creamy feel to it. Doesn't get much better than this.

O- love most things HF does and this should be on the top of their IPA list. Well worth the beautiful drive to the Hill.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of what I've had thus far, this is my favorite of Hill Farmstead's IPAs. Got it a couple times on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA.Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a creamy white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Nose and taste are a cavalcade of citrusy goodness; nice notes of tropical fruits as well: guava, mango, pineapple. This one is just so damn good, and the light mouthfeel makes it so tremendously easy to guzzle. Love it!

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Photo of jjdc
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the epitome of a DIPA. Deep and luscious citrus that is probably the best expression of Citra hops that I've had. But what really sets this one apart is its luxurious creaminess. The mouthfeel is just perfect.

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Photo of M_chav
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes like candied grapefruit/pineapple. Just so smooth and intoxicating. Where's the double IPA alcohol? so smooth and balanced, one of the best DIPAs out there, everybody knows this but it is definitely worthy of any and all hype. Juicy as hell and still has that perfect bitter bite at the end to fulfill all IPA desires. damn son! This is absolutely in my tap list in heaven.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.63/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look is amazing, hazy with a fluffy white head. Almost seems to glow from inside.
Smell is ok. Getting a little "cat pee" from the citra
Taste is above average but not spectacular or transcendent or majestic.
Mouthfeel is average.
Overall I find myself searching for what makes this such a highly rated beer by so many people. Doesn't live up to the hype for me.

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Photo of scotorum
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the brewery 5/16/15.

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

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

s: Moderate citrus and pine.

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

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

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

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Photo of d5001986
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml swing top growler poured into Spiegelau tulip.
10 day old fill.

Pours cloudy yellow-tangerine color with large whitish head. Huge tropical aromas emerge from the glass. Taste is very citrus/tropical juicy. Mango, pineapple, and orange with moderate bitterness. Very well made and highly drinkable brew. Would love to try fresh at the source someday.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Beautifully hazy shade of pale gold. Decent white head, lots of lacing

Smell: Mangos, pineapple, a little citrus. Drool-inducing

Taste: Flavor follows the nose with rich mango and pineapple.

Feel: Densely textured with a moderately assertive bitterness juxtaposed against lovely creaminess. Superb. This is the best mouthfeel I've ever felt in a beer.

Overall: Wow

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Photo of dmgeng
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this from Hopasouras who was on a business trip up in the NE and I could hardly believe what was in front of me. If only this was available across the US everyone could enjoy the majesty of this brew.

A - Awesome dark gold, orange color. Extremely opaque from all of the hops that emblazon this glorious beer. Perfect fine white head and lacing for days.

S - Extremely strong hop fragrance with tons of tropical fruit literally squeezed into the glass. Mostly a mango, pineapple, and orange mixture that I can barely describe the awesomeness. Could smell it immediately. Definitely the best smelling beer ever!

T - Absolutely incredible hop flavor with a full fruit bouquet hop character with tons of tropical fruit, citrus, some pine, and dank resin hops to round yield one of the greatest beers ever made. If you like tropical flavored hops by the bucket full this is a great beer. Something about this beer that is different than other Citra DIPAs is the malt flavor. In the middle right beside the crazy hops is a sweet malt, buttery cracker, oats flavor that makes this the best beer I've ever tasted. The bitterness is there and adds to the resinous character but doesn't bite at all. The finish is perfectly in the middle with some sweetness from the malt and some fruit and bitter resin.

M - The perfect medium mouth-feel with perfect carbonation. Basically only the hops sit on the tongue and is very refreshing.

Overall, this is my new "best beer I've ever had" candidate. Amazing aroma, flavor, feel, appearance, and anything else you would desire in a DIPA. Without a bite but huge unforgettable flavor, refreshing drinkablity, and perfect balance. I would drink at least 2 of these every week if I lived anywhere near the brewery. Probably a good thing I don't! :P If you are ever within even a couple hours drive from getting this you definitely should because it may just be the best thing you've ever tasted.

Glass- Tulip from a growler

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.