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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 897
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 698
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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4.5/5  rDev -2%

itsjreal, Oct 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Eazy28, Oct 20, 2013
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4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

tkdchampxi, Oct 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

GrindFatherBob, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

IndyDad, Oct 20, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

SadMachine, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Caudalie, Oct 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

scotv, Oct 19, 2013
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alaimoa, Oct 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Tauroe, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

campfirebrew, Oct 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Gushue3, Oct 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

VTBeerTrade, Oct 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

joeponte, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Mikeypnh, Sep 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

CTJman, Sep 27, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

tarheels86, Sep 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

MattGrimley, Sep 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

jamvt, Sep 03, 2013
Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 897 ratings.