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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 1,522
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 1,077
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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 BEERchitect
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rarely does a beer grace the lips in the dominant showcase of a single hop variety as well as the "Citra" hop variety has done in the capable hands of Hill Farmstead. The nearly teeth-churning fruit flavors on display to seduce the senses and refresh the palate with the intangibles that go far beyond what's expected of imperial IPA.

Though its unadulterated and hoppy haze, the ale pours like fruit juices with a pillowy lemon-stained froth. With the overwhelming scent of tropicana orange juice at the precipice, the unmistakable twang of passionfruit, lime, gooseberry, red grapefruit and blood orange is ripe and vibrant to the nose; evoking mouth watering at its mere scent.

To taste, the racy flavors of citrus and tropical fruit engulf the mouth entirely. A malty backdrop of seemingly tangy fructose, faint honey and confectioner's sweetness and a light drizzle of honey- all just enough to bring out the brightness of fruit. Yet, the culmination of sherbet precedes the smooth bitterness of fresh pine shavings, grassy verbena and tea-like sassafras.

What is a lush and velvety fruit tang up front dries wonderfully into a resinous dryness to house the bitterness and promotes its more herbal hop essence. An aftertaste of cream sickle with accompanying bitterness outlasts the sweetness and gives the ale its transcendent acclaim.

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Photo of NateF90
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This DIPA has as it all going on: luscious appearance, complex nose, big flavors that remain enjoyable over a session coupled with a light and effervescent mouthfeel. The restrained brewing technique HF embodies lends itself well to their 'stronger' offerings, and Double Citra is no exception.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely good!!! Had in a 750 Growler sent to me by a trading friend and it did not disappoint!! Only thing better would have been having it out of the tap a week earlier! Lots of Citra hops on the nose and palate.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler into an Hill Farmstead over-sized wine glass. a hazy orange and slightly peach body, with great white lacing.
The smell is of fresh hop aroma, fruity with tropical citrus.
Taste is incredible, sweet juicy hops that taste like candy. Very easy drinking for a couble IPA. Smooth great carbonation.
Overall, this is an amazing beer, and after having a week filled with Heady Topper, Second Fiddle, and Sip of Sunshine, each of them are excellent in their own way.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very cloudy yellow, several inches of bubbly white head, very typical HF IPA.

Smells of huge juicy citrus and tropical fruit, mandarin oranges and pineapple and mango, some plant like hop character, really just an explosion of sweet juicy fruity hops.

And yep this is amazing. Huge juicy fruit again, all the same stuff as in the nose, sweet and incredibly hoppy at the same time, this is amazing.

Like all the HF hoppy beers this has a fantastic mouthfeel and fantastic drinkability, soft and perfect carbonation.

He best HF beer I've had and one of the best IPAs I've had, fantastic.

9.5/10

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of RSchaeffer
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #15
Growler into pint glass.

A - Pours cloudy peach with an inch of pillowy head. Sticky lacing, displays good retention.

S - Very aromatic, a bouquet of tropical notes. Orange, mango, papaya, peach, and grapefruit. I'm honestly happy to just sit and smell this one for a while, beautiful.

T - Follows the nose, very fruity and a tad creamy. The malts really smooth things out. The fruit character is balanced nicely by a touch of honey-slathered bread. Sooo good.

M - A bit resinous, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy, with a dry finish.

O - My second favorite DIPA from Hill Farmstead after Ephraim and just ahead of Galaxy. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Hill Farmstead IPA experience. Will it live up to the hype?

It pours a deep golden color with a nice white head with small bubbles. Laces the glass nicely as it goes down. Slightly hazy pour. First smell is pungent grapefruit. Some mango and maybe pineapple? Strong smell. First sip is an explosion of hops. Mango, grapefruit, piney, resinous, a little dank, and a very soft malt backbone. It's medium bodied with a low bitterness and a wonderfully soft mouthfeel. Impressive.

It lives up to the hype. Period.

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Photo of csparace
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First impression into the glass is a huge overwhelming smell of citra hops. Smells very tropical with mango and pineapple notes. Pours a pale dirty orange which is also pretty cloudy. In the mouth it its the perfect level of hops and isn't overwhelming at all. Not too sweet like the smell would lead you to believe. Super smooth finish. The mouthfeel is tremendously satisfying. Perfect combination of bitterness, carbonation, and freshness. Outstanding specimen.

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Photo of -Rick
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow straw color. The smell is loaded with bright citrus flavors, pineapple, mango, hay. The taste follows the nose. this is a fruits hop bomb of an IPA. Loved it.

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Photo of Luk13
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HF anniversary (1st). Hazy yellow pour, white foam, heavy lacing. Delicious citra aroma, fresh lemonade, resinous hop smells and a touch of honey. Taste is hoppy, lots of , lemon flavours with a bitter finish. Very refreshing palate, my favourite IIPA from HF thus far, I can't wait to try it again as I've missed it this year.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a great brew, slightly melon, citra hops are prevalent, excellent balance though, light maltyness and a bit on the dry side. Only got one growler maybe should have gotten more. Hopefully it's available again soon!

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of alalvarez75
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger IPA event.

A: Golden yellow. Nice 1 finger head in a tulip glass.

S: Grapefruit, orange, lemon... amazing citrus.

T: Citrus and pine. Less bitter like and orange and less like grapefruit. Not sweet, but not tart.

M: Light body for a DIPA.

O: This is one of the best DIPAs I have had. Its not boozy at all and has a nice day drinking feel to it. I might get into trouble if I had too much access to this beer. I can't wait to get another.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Citra pours cloudy and light amber (yellow/orange) into the glass. A small frothy, white head fades away quickly to a thin ring, leaving behind only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with hops. Orange and grapefruit citrus and a fair amount of pine are dominant.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus. Hints of pine area also present. In the background there's enough caramel malt and tropical fruit notes of mango mixed in to balance out the beer. It finishes dry and bitter with lingering orange citrus when gone.

This is a very tasty beer that's loaded with hops. However, there's enough malty sweetness to make it relatively balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Mike!

The beer is yellowish, on the fringes of orange. It's ever so slightly hazy, appearing clear for the most part. The head is about 1/2" thick and leaves a healthy amount of lacing behind.

The aroma tells me I am in for a treat. Tropical citrus galore, with oranges, grapefruit, mango, pineapple. Oh yeah...

All the wonderfully fresh fruit and hop flavors shine through brilliantly. Malt presence is virtually nonexistent, as it should be.

The beer is medium bodied with a creamy feel. The finish is dry, with a lasting hop bitterness.

Superb. Highly recommended.

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Photo of silentjay
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up from the brewery hours ago. Thanks Phil and Wade for being patient with all the beers I ordered!!!

looks like every Hill Farmstead hoppy pale ale. unfiltered. cloudy golden color with a huge pure white head that sticks around a while and leaves chunks of lacing.

very dank with lots of citrus behind that. citrus pith and some grass clippings.

soft malts give way to a huge citrus punch that is not overly bitter, but juicy, juicy, juicy and resinous. finishes with just a touch of bitterness before the juicy/resinous hops linger pleasantly forever until you are forced to take the next sip.

medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation with a resinous, yet juicy feel lingering.

fucking awesome. Yet again, another home run. Even though it's a 7 hour round trip and all my friends force me to pick up numerous growlers for them every time I go.... It's worth it for beers like this.

Shaun Hill is a mad genius.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.61/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of PVMT
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BBD's 10/3/15. Hazy peach pour with a thin white head. Great citrus aroma, taste is typical Citra flavor, just amped up. Great mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a signature hazy golden light orange.

The aroma has juicy oranges and grapefruit, mango and peach tropical for a bit of sweetness.

The flavor follows with that bright Citra tangerine and citrus peel flavor throughout. A generally light beer as the mid palate empties from that light flavor onto a floral flavor of mostly drying. A clear transitioning from fruit as the Citra hop offers. I almost got a hint of "rubber," but not necessarily in a bad way.

In general, a restrained CItra DIPA. It tastes like a bigger brother of the Citra Pale Ale, which despite being world class, is still one of the weaker DIPAs out of HF. As "disappointing" as going on a date with the least desirable Victoria's Secret model could be...

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Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury VT, served chilled in a tulip type snifter.

The color is peachy golden hued with moderately thick hazed appearance and thick ring of white head with fine beads and lasting lace clinging as a film on the glass. The smell is pretty great with nice herbal quality not as grapefruit/tropical as some Citra beers but very nice hop smell and perhaps a light spice element. The feel is very tangy with medium high carbonation, just right bitterness and mostly dry finish.

This is one of the double IPA's I have been looking forward to since most do not focus on a single hop and this is all I Imagined perhaps a little less enjoyable than the Galaxy but still has a great hop profile with slight citrus herbal and mildly spiced accent with almost no alcohol detectable. I would love to have this again ...I didn't have the chance since it was not available at the brewery but I would recommend getting this if you are a fan of citra hops.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-07-04 in Paoli, PA at TJ's

A - Hazy orange with a very short head and little lacing.

S - Orange, pineapple, dank, pine, hop floral. Tons of aroma. I could smell it when a glass was set down to the person next to me!

T - Bright orange citrus, big pineapple, mild-moderate cracker malt, fantastic hop bud flavor, good bitterness but well-integrated.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Resinous, prickly, not real thick but just right.

O - Fantastic brew; best of the day at this Hill Farmstead event. Better than regular Citra. Would love to have it side-by-side with Abner for a fair comparison. If memory serves, it is at least as good. Comparable to Lawson's Double Sunshine.

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Photo of wyatt13
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this from JSBILK in a trade -- thanks Justin! He got this 750 ml growler filled about two weeks ago. Poured from the growler into my tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful straw yellow color, with an appealing haze. A white two-finger head absolutely erupts off of the top. Absolutely exquisite lacing throughout the pour.

S - Unmistakably citra here. A great tropical presence of mango, pineapple and sweet fruits galore. Incredible freshness.

T - A beautiful hop profile that is almost unfairly balanced. Sweetness and bitterness are in perfect harmony, with an exceedingly clean finish that Hill Farmstead has absolutely nailed for my taste buds.

M - Nicely medium-bodied, with a good carbonation level. Lightly sticky residue is left on the lips.

O - It won't blow your balls off with bitterness like a lot of DIPAs, but that is the beauty of this beer, in my opinion. Restrained elegance.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.