Double Citra | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Imperial Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.

Added by Satchboogie on 05-29-2011

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Photo of stonermouse
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass, purchased at the brewery a few days ago, enjoy by 12Feb15! Tasted at the brewery but psyched to rate.

Pours a deep orange, hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces slowly, leaving lots of lacing.

Aromas a sharp and inviting, super tropical and piney at the same time, lots of citrus, pineapple, pungent grapefruit.

On the tongue is tons of citrus, grapefruit, mango, with an aftertaste of resin and citrus rind, slight hop bite on the finish. very nice. Easy on the tongue with a medium body and drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall it was everything I expected - super tasty, highly aromatic, and very drinkable. Up there with the best.

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Photo of ELS
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 2 liter growler in a trade that was about 10 days old. I drank the growler by myself in a 48 hour period (didn't want it to go flat) so I definitely became familiar with this beer.

I love citra hops and this beer didn't let me down. Lots of citrus smells and flavors. Smooth, very drinkable and the lacing on the glass was great. I usually don't mention lacing but this was noticeable and added to the drinking experience. My second favorite citra based beer after ZD.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another quality DIPA from VT. Did I enjoy this one as much as Heady/2nd Fiddle - not quite but still very - very tasty. Nice fruity flavor. While I haven't been blown away by HF like some others I've also never been let down. Every brew has been very good. Cheers

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
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!

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Photo of FishPondManager
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler filled 7/13 served in a Bruery tulip

Pours a hazy orange with one finger head. It recedes to a thin head leaving beautiful lacing during both pours. As with all HF pale ales, the appearance is outstanding.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and orange. It's a wonderful citrus aroma that fills the nose. I keep swirling to get a punch of citrus before each drink. Theres also a hint of piny resin and malt to balance things out.

The first drink punches you in the face with orange, lemon, and grapefruit citrus. It gets a little sweet and piny next and finshes with a subtle bitterness. A true Citra hop lovers dream.

Mount feel is creamy and full. This is one of my favorite things about Shaun's beers. The texture and feel of these beers really takes the flavor to another level. They fill their growlers with care and even with 2000 miles on them to CO it pours like a champ.

Overall, this is my favorite yet from HF. I love Citra hops and this brew really makes them shine.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/9/2011

Growler courtesy of Barry (bring), thanks! Enjoyed during game 5 of the NBA finals. Snifter.

A: Vibrant yellow gold (great color). The white head is frothy and massive with very good retention. Lacing is all over the glass.

S: A fruit cornucopia. The hops are bright and very aromatic, lending characteristics of mango, passion fruit, orange, peach, tangerine, and grapefruit. Pretty incredible fruit profile. Malt is covered up by the fruit, but I get a whisper of saltine cracker.

T: The flavor continues the pattern of excellence with an initial blast of fruit accompanied by an upper moderate smooth bitterness. Notes of mango, grapefruit, and orange (flesh and pith) suffuse the palate. No alcohol is evident in be flavor. I don't pick up any taste from the malt. The finish is dry, bitter, and fruity, with an increased level of orange pith and grapefruit rind.

M: Lower medium in body with lower moderate carbonation from the growler. It could use a bit more carbonation, but it's not detrimental. Mouthfeel is sticky and very dry.

Overall: An outstanding Double IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into a tasting glass. Big thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing this one.

A: Warm orange-gold body with an inch of frothy, quickly-dissipating tan foam. Pretty good.

S: Yup, that smells like Citra. Nothing but dank, sticky, leafy, fruity Citra goodness. Wow.

T: Follows the nose, with creamy fruitiness joining the sharply leafy, resinous, fresh hops. It's a tad one-dimensional, but what a delicious dimension.

M: Lively, almost prickly medium body. Nice.

O: Terrific DIPA. I love beers of this strength, where the hops have enough backing to shine, but not so much malt as to distract from the primary focus. Yeah, I'd rather have Heady Topper if I could only have one 8% Vermont DIPA, but this one is awesome as well. Yet another winner from HF.

Cheers!

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Photo of BeerSnobDougie
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer. Light yellow / orange with a creamy white head that rises slowly and sustains. Smell completely avoids the pungent / dank / catty side of Citra for a soft citrus melange (clementine, kumquat, meyer lemon) and slightly leafy (like crushing the leaves of a citrus tree) note. Biscuity malt is present, not simply hop water, but with such an incredibly airy and creamy mouthfeel. Somehow both substantial and light.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful hazy honey color, murky and unfiltered, can already tell this is gonna be full of flavor. The smell is pretty spot on for what you would expect from something named double citra. Tons of citrus on the nose, lemon, orange, grapefruit, kumquat, lots mores, just a juicy smelly beer. The taste doesn't disappoint either. You get hit with a wave of citrus, sweet orange, slight lemon, some tropical fruit, maybe slight sour apple, can't really put a descriptor to it, but man oh man the citrus here is amazing. A nice breads malt balances the flavors perfectly, making for a beautifully balanced beer. My only complaint is slight, but I definitely think the use of citra as a bittering hop is a bit fruitless, leaving some bitterness on the table, but for single hop citra, they squeezed out some decent bitterness. The mouth feel, as you would expect, is fantastic. Creamy, mouth coating, almost like a cloud in your mouth, and goes down so smooth. Like your drinking a fresh squeezed orange juice. This is my first HF brew, and the hype makes sense now. Not the best hoppy beer ive ever had, but easily in the top 10.

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Photo of Florida9
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A darker shade of yellow in color. Cloudiness gives it a pastel appearance. Forms a moderately sized, fluffy white head. Head is quite stable. Lots of patchy lacing on the way down. Aroma is pungent - I could smell the ripe citrus juiciness as I was pouring the beer. Aroma is intensely citrusy. Juicy tangerine and orange blossom. The taste is more of the same. There is a mild sweetness to the beer that complements the juicy citrus. Tropical fruits, mandarin, and mango. Finishes with a touch of earthiness and an uplifting hint of alcohol. Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Lower carbonation gives this an extra smooth mouthfeel.
An excellent beer and about the most perfect expression of the citra hop that I've come across.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at HF on 05Apr2014 and consumed on 10Apr2014. Served at ~45F in a stemmed HF glass.

A: Thick, aerated white head over a golden-yellow body. The hed hanges on for > 5 minutes and leaves dense lacing on the sides of the glass. Gentle swirling reinvigorats a 1/4 inch head. Body is translucent, but cloudy.

S: Grapefruit, orange and lemon...this is double citra, right? Slightly dank and resinous hop scent well laid over a faint malt backbone. A touch of residual sweetness hangs over the beer. Well done.

T: Citrus fruit, slightly astringent bitterness balanced against a malt backbone that compements the hop forward nature of this beer. Refreshing and light, the alcohol is well hidden. This is an aggressive beer fornhop lovers, but it remains approachable.

M: Sticky, resinous texture coats the mouth and lingers, but the bitterness doesn't seem to build to unpeasant levels as insome DIPAs. Light-medium body thanks to medium-high carbonation that prevents palate fatigue in such an intense beer.

O: I am partial to Citra hops and this is, IMO, a world class expression of this hop. A lovely beer thst I hope to be able to try again. Hyped? Sure. But this beer is worththe effort to obtain. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scotorum
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the brewery 5/16/15.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy orange with a finger plus thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus and pine.

t: Follows the nose along with a considerable hop bite which lingers on the mostly dry finish.

m: Smooth medium to full, great body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o: Outstanding quality DIPA, as expected. Hefty and tasty. A sippable joy.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ my house!! (can't tell ya how but Rochefort10nh knows ;)

Double Citra (AKA Citra Imperial IPA)

Pours a hazey orange color with a 4" head in my Duvel flared tulip glass, nice. Over time the head vanishes but decorates the walls of the glass with lacing in the form of polka dots and curvy lines. Swirl the glass and a creamy head reappears like whodini, this bitch looks hot...

The aroma is full of fruit and something you would expect on an island. This is what should be served in Saint Lucia. Orange, grapefruit, mango and lemon are all present and remind you of summer.

The taste follows suit with the aroma. Pretty much a fruit bowl of flavor on top of a layer of biscuity malt which keeps it balanced. Well done and the taste compliments the name.

The mouthfeel starts out refreshing followed by a tangy sensation. The finish has a mild bitter feel and is sticky. Very little sign of dryness and perfect for this time of year.

Overall this is well balanced and another home run from Shaun. I really dig this beer. It's not as sessionable as the original due to the higher alcohol content but it's smoother than Abner and Ephraim IMO.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Cloudy like Marcel Carne shooting "Port of Shadows," but the outcome is glorious like Walt Disney in the end. Citrusy, yeasty... Just all around perfect, smooth..um, yeah, perfection.

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Photo of dboon
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Growler shared by Seth. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Hoppy nose. Pine and floral hop notes. A little on the minerally side. Slightly unbalanced.. Original rating 4.0
Re-rate (another growler thanks to Seth). Enticing hop aromas. This version was much more balanced with fantastic citrus hop notes. Great mouthfeel and good body.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Split a 64 oz. growler of this with a friend. Served chilled directly into pint glasses. Got this filled on Saturday at the Brewery.

Appearance: Pours a nice, two finger, creamy head with really impressive retention. This held very well in the growler and clearly did not suffer from being stored at all. Hazy, straw yellow in color.

Aroma: Big bursts of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus. Some pine notes in there as well. The malt note is quite subdued so the citra hops really get to shine. This definitely showcases the tropical fruit and citrus aspect of that hops.

Taste: Big citrus and tropical fruits. There is a lot of sweetness here too. Big candied hop notes really come through. Some bitterness and pine come through but it matches well with the sweet notes. Really easy to drink for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied. A nice creamy head. Very refrshing, with spot on carbonation, even on the second and third pours from the growler.

Overall, a really excellent DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I have yet to have an even average beer from them yet. I'm not sure if I prefer this or their Double Galaxy, but both are nonethless outstanding. Highly recommended if you have the chance.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Abner, Legitmacy, and Nelson Single Hop. Of the four, I ranked this one 4th.

It probably has a lot to do with comparing this to other Citra DIPA's I've had. Compared to KR Citra and NAW Citra Showers, it falls short. It's got this weird herbal presence in the middle of the taste. Still a top tier IPA!

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.