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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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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)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazed golden yellow with a fairly tight white head. Nose has a light grain up front with grapefruit and citrus, faint pine and a touch herbal. Taste is fruitier and the citra is much more pronounced. Lots of tropical fruits and mango finishing with some lightly bitter grapefruit and notes of hop resin. Body is a bit fuller and softer carbonation. Soft and a touch grainy. (381 characters)

Photo of SirElton
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of the most beautiful beers I've ever consumed. It absolutely glows in the glass. The concentration of hops hits you hard at first, but once you acclimate this is perhaps the best IPA I've have encountered. Tons of various citrus notes, smooth drinking without any of the overt or longstanding bitterness that many of the great IPAs demonstrate. If I resided anywhere near the brewery this beer would turn me into the town drunk. (441 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of hillvt4me
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml growler filled at Hill Farmstead. Poured into a HF stemmed glass.

A - Golden yellow hue. Bright white head. Nice lacing on sides of the glass.

S - Lemon, Grapefruit, honey and fresh hops.

T - Lemon and grapefruit dominate with bitter finish. Etoh is moderately present.

M - Mild to moderate carbonation with a criep and balanced mouth feel. Abner solid out, so dbl Citra was the growler fill. Consistent flavor and experience from my last tasting of dbl citra. (471 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Prohibition Pig on my way back Sunday from EBF.

Totally hazy lemonade colored body, huge lemon flavor, pulpy and flavorful. Nice fleshy fruit in the aroma and taste plus a decent baseline of bitterness, quite refreshing. HF knows its way around hops. (269 characters)

Photo of BeerSnobDougie
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in maybe the absolute worst tasting parameters possible.

Do not know when it was poured into a Growler. Opened the day before (due to impatience, and rightly so) then refrigerated over night. Sat out of fridge for at least an hour and a half. Drank straight from the growler in a moving car (not while driving, but admittedly not smart).

Despite all of this... the beer was still ridiculously fantastic. Top 5 DIPs List for sure.

Hops on the nose stand up to any West Coast example of a Double. Bitterness was present but not overpowering and supported by a solid malt backbone that did not come across as overly sweet.

This beer is a perfect example of balance. Each mouthful courted the taste buds before slinking out prepping the palate for more. Even the Lady, not a hophead, was craving another sip. (826 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Double Citra
Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 98/100

Devastatingly delicious and refreshing, almost hard to imagine there was alcohol in it. Tasted more like citrus squeezed into a glass. Was truly incredible and is tied (actually just a bump behind due to style) with Twighlight of The Idols. Just unreal. (363 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,601 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 11/01/13 notes. Huge thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing a growler of this with me; thanks Ross! Big want. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, fruity malts, light floral notes, grapefruit, and earthy malts. Awesome nose; this growler was 5-6 days old and was amazingly hoppy and fresh. Love the nose.

t - Taste follows the nose very closely; super hoppy with lots of mangos, tropical fruits, pineapples, citrus hops, lemon zest, grapefruit juice, fruity malts, honey, and floral notes. More tropical fruits than the nose, a tiny bit of a step up for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. There is a light bitterness but not too much at all, and it is pretty smooth and creamy.

o - Overall I thought this was another fantastic DIPA from HF and it did not disappoint. Tons of fresh tropical fruits and citrus hops in both the nose and taste and pretty easy to drink, with not much bitterness in the taste. We had no problem taking the growler down between the two of us. One of the better hoppy HF beers IMO, would love to have it again. (1,241 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml growler filled at Hill Farmstead. Consumed same day (11/2). Poured into a HF stemmed glass.

A - Beautiful. Golden, translucent, with perfect suspension. Bright white head. No sediment. Left light lacing on sides of the glass.

S - Wow. INTENSELY fragrant. Grapefruit, mango, honey, and fresh hops.

T - Perfect delivery of pink grapefruit. Constant taste from initial taste to lasting bitter grapefruit finish. However, not overwhelmingly bitter, and also has an inherent sweetness.

M - Superior quality. Moderate carbonation with a nice tingle through mouth. Clean and crisp. (585 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Second of two growlers in the last two weeks.

This is a spectacular, gorgeous brew. It's orangy-yellow, and appears go glow when fully poured. The aura of this beer is mesmerizing.

The aroma with this brew is a blast of of citrus- orange and a bite of grapefruit.

Delicious beer. Every Hill Farmstead brew has the same base flavor profile, clean yet rich and earthy. But this hop profile puts this beer among the elite. Slightly sweet, slightly dry, a little grassy and earthy, but orange and grapefruit above all. No booze flavor to speak of, just an easy drinking, flavorful IPA.

A slightly sticky, but clean finish.

Just like three or four other HF IPAs I've had, if they bottle this to the exclusion of all other beers, they'd have a mass-produceable, world class beer on their hands. The base flavor of HF brews is distinctive- presumably due to the well water. But whatever they add on top comes out clean, crisp, and delicious. (943 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,605 characters)

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Poured into a tulip glass from a 2L growler filled yesterday and stored over night in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line: Great beer. Very drinkable with flavors that are enjoyable and multi-dimensional without being overwhelming at any stage in the tasting process. The beer is especially nice served cool but not freezing. It is unfortunate that Hill Farmstead's process does no justice to the quality of this beer. Hill Farmstead clearly knows that their Double Citra is in high demand, therefore understandably limiting its customers by only selling the Double Citra by 750ml refillable bottles. Nonetheless, the Hill Farmstead process also requires its customers to wait an unbearably long period of time in not very long lines - solely due to the fact that the brewery can only fill one bottle of a specific beer at any given time. It is not quite clear to me why popular beers, like the Double Citra, are not hooked up to more than one tap, or why these beers are mostly being poured from inefficient sixtels, that must be frequently changed, as opposed to kegs or standard half kegs.

A: Opaque, golden orange pour with a 1.5 cm head. Medium-sized bubbles that slowly fade down the side of the glass, whispering faintly a promise of hope flavor and texture.

S: Hoppy notes, with faint, yeasty, alcohol vapors. There is a slight smell of grapefruit or citrus, but there is not a lot of scent coming out of this beer overall.

T: Excellent, complex, subtle flavors that are never overwhelming. Hops mixed with grapefruit juice and orange juice on the front end, with a nice sweetness reminiscent of watered down orange juice in the middle, and a nice long-lingering grapefruit character on the back end. Very enjoyable. A long time after each sip, there is a long lasting hint of subtle bitterness, but this beer is not very bitter at all.

M: Well-balanced, medium carbonation. There is no thickness or syrup texture here. It drinks fast and doesn't stick. Very pleasant.

Overall: Amazingly drinkable (refreshing beer drinkability, not bud light drinkability). If anything, my biggest complaint about this beer is that the flavors are not robust enough, that I fear it would quickly be overshadowed by any food or other drink consumed side-by-side. I could quickly polish off a glass or 750 of this on a warm summer day or a cool fall night or whatever season it happens to be right now. (2,406 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a very light golden straw color with orange hues and a medium sized white head that leaves some lacing.

S- The aroma is intensely mandarin orange forward, with lemon zest and grassy floral notes in the background. A good bit of pineapple comes through later in the aroma, and there's some nice biscuity malt as well. Smells glorious!

T- The flavor is more bitter grapefruit forward, and the lemon zest and grassy/floral flavors are more pronounced than in the aroma. The mandarin orange and pineapple are still there, but not nearly as pronounced. This is a week old growler, and they don't use a tube to fill, so this could be why, since I've had a small pour of this before and it had more of these sweeter flavors. The biscuity malt is very prevalent in the finish, which is dry and bitter.

M- The mouthfeel is nearly perfect, medium bodied, buttery smooth, and just the right carbonation.

O- Overall this is a top notch DIPA, and I can't wait for the next batch to be released! (996 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Capone’s and Eulogy for RBSG 2011. The pour is a cloudy, glowing, yellow with a whipped cream, bright white head. Nose is fresh kumquat and creamsickle with orange sherbet. Taste is full sweet melons with peach, kumquat, sweet grapefruit, Valencia orange, even getting a little meaty like durian and jackfruit. Palate is wildly soft, nearing that ridiculously fluffy softness in FFF Apocalypse Cow. Overall, it could be mistaken for pineapple milkshake. This is how DIPA should be. Just delete all those cheesy, syrupy, sticky, red and brown and orange DIPAs that have taken over the world and replace them with either Hill Farmstead Double Citra or FFF Apocalypse Cow. Then I might not hate DIPAs anymore. (715 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours hazy golden with some beautiful frothy head on top which falls down to a nice sticky lacing. No qualms here. A beautiful beer.

This is the biggest and badest citra hop beer out there, IMO. Huge citrus notes of tangerine, grapefruit peel, and pineapple. I also detect some honey sweetness and bready yeast underneath it all. So complex and big.

Taste follows the smell. Its big and reminiscent of the other big citra beer. Wonderful, complicated, and explosive citrus flavors hit all parts of my palate. A nice (and unique) sweetness followed by an almost creamy aftertaste. It must be the yeast or well water that gives this beer such a unique flavor. It's so damn good.

Medium MF, medium carbonation, creamy texture. Fantastically drinkable. This is on point.

Overall, one of my favorite citra beers. HF does not disappoint. What a wonderful treat! (865 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 growler poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

A~ darkish copper orange, nice fluffy white head and a crazy amount of lacing!

S~ lots of citrus, it almost smells like some kind of juice. slight pine earthnessy follows and of course some bitterness.

T~ of course theres a lot of citrus just like the nose. pineapple, orange, lemon, lime, etc... followed by a big piney flavor. and is it appropriate to say this tastes "imperial"? haha aside from the thicker, sightly boozy (not so much in the taste, you can just tell. you know?) its almost the same as regular Citra.

M~ nice carbonation as to be expected from HF, slightly thick, smooth, and a little dryness from the hops.

O~ not bad at all, but nothing compared to the Ephraim that i drank last night lol i love all the citrus notes and thats probably why this stands out for most people. theres not one HF thats not worth a least a taste! (912 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, sunny orange color. Fluffy bone white head leaves lots of frothy lace. Aroma is...citra, citra and more citra. Some orange peel, faint malt sweetness, backing tropical fruitiness. Fast is citrus, with orange and pineapple, hint of pine and lightly sweet. Smooth feel, full bodied, very drinkable.

HF scores another hit! (340 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery filled May 3 and Consumed May 5. From notes.

A - Poured a nice dark orange colour and cloudy. Good carbonation coming up to a two finger fluffy white head. Great thick rings of lace and a good finger of retention.

S - Big citrus. Peach, pineapple, a little mango.

T - Boozy pineapple, extreme citrus, orange, some alcohol. Really juicy, bright citrus. Lovely stuff. Even more juicy later.

M - A bit oily in the body with strong bitterness, good carbonation, and a medium body.

O/D - A tasty, juicy, complex DIPA. Some alcohol in the flavour , but drinks easy enough for 8%. Well crafted and pretty delicious. (639 characters)

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