Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 1,350
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.92%
Wants: 1,014
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Cloudy like Marcel Carne shooting "Port of Shadows," but the outcome is glorious like Walt Disney in the end. Citrusy, yeasty... Just all around perfect, smooth..um, yeah, perfection. (232 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Abner, Legitmacy, and Nelson Single Hop. Of the four, I ranked this one 4th.

It probably has a lot to do with comparing this to other Citra DIPA's I've had. Compared to KR Citra and NAW Citra Showers, it falls short. It's got this weird herbal presence in the middle of the taste. Still a top tier IPA! (415 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 angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 5 hours ago

Consumed 10/25/14

A: Lightly hazy, tangerine orange with some gold and honey tones - pours with a large, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a nice web of lacing

S: Ripe, juicy, fresh citra hops - very potent, but not extreme, with some very nice depth - juicy, ripe tangerine flesh with some orange and grapefruit - resinous and a touch dank - nice range of tropical aromas with some peach, pineapple, mango - light sweetness with some pale malts

T: Juicy, tropical, and very bright - ripe, fresh tangerine slices - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit flesh and juice - floral notes - hint of pine and resin - moderately bitter - nice tropical flavors with some ripe peach, pineapple, and mango - moderately bitter - pale malts with a hint of caramel - starts off a bit sweet, ultimately may be a bit sweet

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes bitter

O: Prepare for trouble, and make it double

This is a solid use of citra hops. It has more depth than some beers that use 100% citra... But it still feels a little one-dimensional. Tasty and well-done nonetheless. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy gold/dark yellow. Head is bright-white and fluffy. Drops to a small cap and creamy collar. Streaks and splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Citra. Deeply tropical with notes of tangerine and peach. Slightly floral with some pine bitterness layered in the back. Big juicy fruit push. Malts are light and bready with some powdery yeast notes. Mild fruity esters. Orange peel, zest and pith. Malts add a touch of needed sweetness with some undercooked bread dough. As it warms it takes on a sharper floral edge and a vague spiciness creeps out as well. A bit leafy.

Taste: Follows the nose...it's Citra. Tropical fruit, mostly tangerine on the initial sip. Slightly bitter in a woody branch sort of way. Some peach and mango as well. Orange peel and a slightly oily rind. A touch floral and bitter. Malts are lightly sweet and slightly bready with some raw biscuit dough. A touch of raw honeycomb. Some pineapple as it warms with a touch of grapefruit as well. Surprisingly balanced. Almost crackery snap as well. Almost buttery at times. Slight caramelized sweetness with an herbal push as well.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. The typical smooth pseudocreaminess that all Hill Farmstead pale ales possess. Slightly dry on the finish.

Overall: Double down - win one hand.

It's Citra through and through. If that's your jam this will blow your mind. As it stands, it's solid, but that's not surprising. (1,497 characters)

Photo of Franck
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Nose of orange, lemon zest and hint of alochol. A scent of freshness tells me: stop smelling and drink!
In mouth, that's a fruit party. Everything fits together. Citra hop is dominant, fresh, tasty. Aromas of orange, lemon, grapefruit and pineapple. Small astringency but at 8 abv, that's normal.
Bitterness is strong, traces of pine and orange zest.
Overall, it's an other masterpiece by HF. It's like drinking a juice at breakfast. I'd drink to that everyday (461 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Filled about a week ago. Teku glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light golden color with two fingers of fluffy, dense head. Very good retention and some nice, intricate lacing.

S: Citrus hard candy, orange peel, floral notes, and breadiness meld wonderfully together. A hint of rye or spice?

T: Gorgeous tropical (mango) and bright citrus, a pretty hefty dose of yeasty breadiness, with a light sugar sweetness rounding out the taste without negating the mild, rough grapefruit pith bitterness.

M: Medium, soft carbonation and medium body. No hint of alcohol.

O: Very nice DIPA from HF. Exceeding drinkability is only limited by the sweetness, which becomes a bit fatiguing after a half pint or so. (697 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 Ready4aHeady
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Hate to give perfect scores, but it is the perfect beer-- smooth, creamy, tropical fruits, citrus, I swear I get cherry, hoppy goodness, just the right amount of bitterness, perfectly balanced....
Even my wife said "yummy"! Equal in my book to Abner....
Trade your right leg or family dog for a growler... (305 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 dboon
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Growler shared by Seth. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Hoppy nose. Pine and floral hop notes. A little on the minerally side. Slightly unbalanced.. Original rating 4.0
Re-rate (another growler thanks to Seth). Enticing hop aromas. This version was much more balanced with fantastic citrus hop notes. Great mouthfeel and good body. (346 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a fresh growler into a modified tulip glass.

A - Hazy yellow hay, capped with a froth of delicate white , laced all the while.
S - Tangerine, tropical fruit, some lemongrass touches the ends. A sunrise of the senses.
T - Finesse displayed here, tropical feel, fine light malt, a kiss of dryness. Constructed to impress.
M - Fabulous feel, the mid palate is the treasure here. a stunning entry, gentle glide to the end. Like
Fred and Ginger on a winding staircase. A delight to be had.
O - This may well be the best constructed IIPA that I have had. Easy on the palate, clean in its finish. So
very good.

Cheers all (631 characters)

Photo of VTLocal420
5/5  rDev +11.6%

This is my favorite beer I have ever had, I would take this over a Heady Topper or Double Sunshine or any other IIPA on the planet any day of the week. This beer is leaps a bounds more than the others for me, it is perfect to me in every way I can think.

If I could only choose to drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be it. You need to try this beer. This is truly the best IIPA in the world in my eyes and I think if it came around more than 2-4 times a year or in bottles as well as growlers then this list would reflect that as well... Trade away whatever you have to or drive/fly any distance and sample this beer... (640 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 JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice work on the citra.

Pours a nice pale beer. Foamy beer. Aroma quickly identifies citric qualities to the beer. Taste is citric, hoppy, and some undertones of orange, even grapefruit. Very nice and balanced beer. Mouth feel is medium bodied. (253 characters)

Photo of Kaiden29
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poor was great with nice foamy head
Light orange color
Great nose, very one demential, over the top grapefruit.
Taste just like the smell, citrus and carbonation was light
Overall this is a solid beer by an outstanding brewery can't wait to trade for more of the good stuff. (274 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big off white head fades quick and is remembered only by the lacing it leaves. Bright notes of orange and mango hit hard in the aroma. Taste follows, orange, mango, tropical, slightly floral on the finish. Nice hefty medium mouthfeel feels low on carbonation. Overall a world glass DIPA that's slightly one dimensional but does it well. (336 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got in an awesome trade with Seblp - big thanks!

A: A swampy and orange apricot brew topped with a sudsy white rocky foam. The foam clings to the sides in fine and delicate sheets of lacing.

S: Smells as though fresh pine wood has been caramelized with musky mangos & melons spiked with grapefruit and orange rinds.

T: Wow - first, the malts balanced with hops are expertly layered in such a way that both the malts and hops sing together harmoniously. The sweet maltiness is a mild caramelized richness, notably buttery and fatty. The hops are a soft pine, with a grapefruit pith hit mid-palette. The finish is slightly dry pine, herbaceous, slightly sweet and refreshing.

M: Pin pricks on the tongue upfront, light and effervescent. The lightness opens up to a rich malty feel, like a thin caramel sauce. Perfection.

O: This brew expertly pairs the rich buttery malts with solid hoppy pine and grapefruit, supported by a mouth feel that smooth and chewy. Incredibly lucky to have this growler sent cross country! (1,022 characters)

Photo of F2brewers
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at HF on 05Apr2014 and consumed on 10Apr2014. Served at ~45F in a stemmed HF glass.

A: Thick, aerated white head over a golden-yellow body. The hed hanges on for > 5 minutes and leaves dense lacing on the sides of the glass. Gentle swirling reinvigorats a 1/4 inch head. Body is translucent, but cloudy.

S: Grapefruit, orange and lemon...this is double citra, right? Slightly dank and resinous hop scent well laid over a faint malt backbone. A touch of residual sweetness hangs over the beer. Well done.

T: Citrus fruit, slightly astringent bitterness balanced against a malt backbone that compements the hop forward nature of this beer. Refreshing and light, the alcohol is well hidden. This is an aggressive beer fornhop lovers, but it remains approachable.

M: Sticky, resinous texture coats the mouth and lingers, but the bitterness doesn't seem to build to unpeasant levels as insome DIPAs. Light-medium body thanks to medium-high carbonation that prevents palate fatigue in such an intense beer.

O: I am partial to Citra hops and this is, IMO, a world class expression of this hop. A lovely beer thst I hope to be able to try again. Hyped? Sure. But this beer is worththe effort to obtain. Highly recommended. (1,240 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is phenomenal.
Poured on tap at Farmhouse in Burlington.
Pours a glowing bright deep yellow, hazy. One finger of foam.
Smells of grapefruit rind, hoppiness and sweetness.
Taste incredible. My palate erupts with juicy grapefruit citrus, but not too bitter.
Mouthfeel is chewy and perfect for the style.
This is a reference beer for a single hop citra DIPA. World Class. (378 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 KornWallace
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Date: 4/15/15
Location: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pale dried grass in color with a thumb size off color white head. Minimal cascading as the beer is devoured.
Aromatics: This beer comes with a big floral nose. The hops just add so much to this beer, starting with the floral whole hops nose and including pineapple, mango and even some lime. A good deal of wheat grass flavor.
Flavor: The fruits jump out at me in the beginning, moving to the grassy. The tasting definitely gives me more of the pine nose flavor. Finishing with a little of the spice and pine resin but with no flavor being harsh.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Only in the finish does the beer build to a different note.
Notes: I had this beer both on tap at HF and in a 750ml growler. I'm in love. (788 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 ChrisL24481
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw yellow with an inch, off-white head. Plenty of lacing around the glass. It looks magnificent. Smells of strong citrus fruits (I.e., grapefruit) as well as a piney resin aroma. It tastes of strong citrus fruits and piney, earthy flavors. Bitter up front and lingers for a bit. Medium bodied, goes down smooth. Very excellent offering from HF! (367 characters)

Photo of Papparoachy
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler filled 2 days ago in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

Appearance-pours a cloudy yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that lingers

Smell: Aroma of sweet citrus like the smell of a freshly peeled orange rind. Wonderful.

Taste: Similar to the nose of freshly peeled orange rind that is prominent and very well balanced with the malt backbone. The bitterness is there but not in your face. The 8% abv is no where to be found. Really like fruit juice and refreshing. Really dry finish.

Mouth: Had a smooth silky/oily feel with a perfect amount of carbonation that adds to the smoothness of this beer.

Overall: Really quite a pleasure to drink this beer. There is probably no perfect DIPA out there, but this is pretty damn close. I was quite upset when this 'experience' was over. I may have to move to Greensboro. (823 characters)

Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.