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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 629
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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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lpayette

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-12-2013 20:10:18 | More by lpayette
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Summer78

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-12-2013 19:01:53 | More by Summer78
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Orlando

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-12-2013 12:58:07 | More by Orlando
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Holland

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-11-2013 18:23:36 | More by Holland
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

05-11-2013 04:01:28 | More by cwelsh55
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-11-2013 01:46:35 | More by phishphorce
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2013 01:17:50 | More by tbeckett
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Lorianneb

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

05-11-2013 00:52:50 | More by Lorianneb
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-10-2013 20:48:08 | More by IrishColonial
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jampics2

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

05-09-2013 19:06:25 | More by jampics2
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Shakory

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-09-2013 18:09:56 | More by Shakory
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BGsWo22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-09-2013 16:30:10 | More by BGsWo22
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Holmes698

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-09-2013 12:26:50 | More by Holmes698
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gueuzegossage

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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caguiar

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

05-08-2013 20:15:05 | More by caguiar
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Kinsman

California

4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours that nice beautiful hazy orange I've come to expect in HF DIPAs with a sticky white head leaving a nice lattice work of lace around the glass.

Juicy and fruity right up front with that wonderful citra aroma. Grapefruit and mango notes with just of hint of floralness make for a wonderfully inviting beer.

Taste follows suit with lots of bright fruity flavors. Nice mellow malt presence provides a nice base for the citrus flavors to build upon. Finishes well with just a bit of flowery hop character and slight bittering note.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and damn smooth. Makes for a damn fine sipper (or gulper). Overall, I think I'd give a slight edge to Double Galaxy and Abner as my favorite HF DIPAs but until them I'll just dream of the day I can compare all three side-by-side.

Serving type: growler

05-08-2013 19:40:10 | More by Kinsman
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cadaugherty

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-07-2013 23:24:55 | More by cadaugherty
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.14/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Not much of a head. Nice surface wisps. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Surprise, lots of citra. Orange and grapefruit. A bit of sweetness.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit, orange. Straightforward. Moderate sweetness. Just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Slick, but low sweetness.

Overall - Very simple flavor, but great hop flavor. I definitely prefer Double Galaxy to this, though.

Serving type: growler

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.2%

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New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

05-06-2013 02:07:25 | More by tom10101
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rolandboy

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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FrancisT

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Hendry

Vermont

4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Okay, this is Vermont, and the level of quality craftsmanship and legend is drawing folks from all over the United States that are touring "Beer Country" as if it were a serious California Wine Country tour, and WHY NOT?!

Meeting Shuan Hill was a pleasure, and no different than meeting any other down to earth rural Vermonter that knows how to do their job and do it well. We arrived first on a Friday afternoon and it was the better part of two hours driving from NorthWest Vermont to get there.

Double Citra is one of the more recent offerings from the distinguished Hill Farmstead Brewery and it was poured into a 750 ml bottle for take home enjoyment. Tastings are served at the brewery, but I neglected the four tastings for $5 offer as I was the driver.

Pours a cloudy off yellow with an elegant cotton head reaching 1 finger and lacing brilliantly in the glassware. Playfully effervescent without being overly carbonated and an exceptional nose consisting of pineapple, kiwi, clementines, and ruby red grapefruit with a smidgeon of mango, yet the aromas are more subdued and subtle than their Vermont counterpart that is also an all citra hops concoction (to be named later in this review).

Initial taste is tropical fruits, juicy sweetness, followed by resinous piney herbal hoppiness that is simply top shelf, leaving a bitter aftertaste that lingers pleasantly, inviting another sip.
Quaffing Double Citra cold does this IIPA a disservice: letting it breathe in proper glassware for no less than 15 minutes brings about the complex qualities that are accentuated with some warming (same observation with Lawson's Double Sunshine). Whatever malt used to balance the double citra whammy is strictly a platform to showcase the rock star hops under the spotlight taking an awesome solo all over your palate!

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily, and the overall impression is that this is a highly refined IIPA that shows no signs of booziness, and is made with quality and care.

I can understand how letting it breathe while enjoying appetizers/entrees at one of the fine Vermont eateries that serve it could be challenging: the tendency is to drink it down and order another one, but I can tell you from my perspective, it misses the point of the total enjoyment experience consuming it cold.

My BA buddy PlinyMafia that took the pilgrimage to HFS with me did take the tastings offered, and spoke "sacrilegiously " when asked if Lawson's Double Sunshine was better than HFS Double Citra, but that comparison will be covered thoroughly in a soon upcoming beer forum thread to be titled "Hill Farmstead Double Citra goes head to head with Lawson's Double Sunshine: the Battle Royale!"

Serving type: growler

05-05-2013 02:40:42 | More by Hendry
Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.