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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,133
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.17%
Wants: 871
Gots: 55 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Chico1985 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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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.

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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.

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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!

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,133 ratings.