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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 1,371
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 2.23%
Wants: 1,032
Gots: 85 | 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: 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 rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great balance of fruit and brisk IPA. just a bit more of an accented american IPA in that is actually seem to be a bit littler in feel then most DIPA. in that its sort of a one stop shop of perfect balance of pine, earthy apple walnut, lemon zest and lavender. there is a sun tea maltiness that screams summer. a balanced bitter with a balance hop aroma and fruit. will make a beer with this hop... i just don't think the grain profile will come through like it has here. (473 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 5 hours ago

Consumed 10/25/14

A: Lightly hazy, tangerine orange with some gold and honey tones - pours with a large, bright white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves a nice web of lacing

S: Ripe, juicy, fresh citra hops - very potent, but not extreme, with some very nice depth - juicy, ripe tangerine flesh with some orange and grapefruit - resinous and a touch dank - nice range of tropical aromas with some peach, pineapple, mango - light sweetness with some pale malts

T: Juicy, tropical, and very bright - ripe, fresh tangerine slices - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit flesh and juice - floral notes - hint of pine and resin - moderately bitter - nice tropical flavors with some ripe peach, pineapple, and mango - moderately bitter - pale malts with a hint of caramel - starts off a bit sweet, ultimately may be a bit sweet

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes bitter

O: Prepare for trouble, and make it double

This is a solid use of citra hops. It has more depth than some beers that use 100% citra... But it still feels a little one-dimensional. Tasty and well-done nonetheless. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.21/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 2 liter Hill Farmstead growler
Served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass
Big thanks to OtisCampbell for generously sharing this growler.

A frothy, near two-finger, eggshell colored crown topped the super cloudy, yellow ochre liquid. The head slowly faded to a lasting cap. Thick rings of drippy, sticky lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was quite hoppy. Crisp and citrusy. Lemon zest came through strong. Good dose of orange peel. Touch of malty sweetness. A hint of alcohol warmth appeared as well.

The flavor profile was very similar to nose. Lots of lemon zest and pithy grapefruit rind. Some peach notes. Hints of orange peel. The finish was super hoppy and semi-bitter with notes of pine sap.

The mouthfeel was slick and smooth. Medium bodied for the style with a fine, moderate effervescence.

Out of all the hop-centric Hill Farmstead beers I have tried, Double Citra was one of the least impressive offerings. While tasty and quaffable, it seemed a bit one-dimensional. (1,000 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, baconsausage!

A truly gorgeous IPA. A slightly hazed, glowing, golden orange. Moderate, large-bubbled, eggwhite-colored head. Lots of stick left down the glass. Truly gorgeous, as are most Hill Farmstead beers.

Very citrus-forward aroma, as expected. Bright, juicy tangerine and clementine aromas erupt from the glass. Just a hint of a biscuit malt, but this is a showcase of hops, to be sure. There's just a touch of a green onion or chive character, interestingly enough, and though it's not distracting from the overall experience, I wish it wasn't there.

The flavor is even more successful than the proven aroma. Bitter and juicy citrus and tropical flavors come together very nicely. A little bread. No alcohol presence. If I were given this blind, I'd probably guess it was a ~6% ABV IPA.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Very appropriate. Extremely drinkable.

Fantastic. Would drink again...durrrr. (964 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice work on the citra.

Pours a nice pale beer. Foamy beer. Aroma quickly identifies citric qualities to the beer. Taste is citric, hoppy, and some undertones of orange, even grapefruit. Very nice and balanced beer. Mouth feel is medium bodied. (253 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by the very generous ejyoung, this was poured from a growler into my Lost Abbey tulip during an impromptu tasting in a parking garage. No venue is off-limits!

The beer looks like a tropical beverage on a beach at sunset — dark, hazy tangerine, with hues of ruby grapefruit and mango yellow. It’s capped by a full two fingers of marshmallow fluff that seems like it would stick around for hours and leaves tons of spotted lace as it slowly descends.

The aroma is so potent I can smell it from two feet away. Tons of bright, fresh-cut grass in the nose, along with grapefruit peel and stone fruit. Not much sweetness, but there is a nice balance of biscuits and crackers.

Resinous flavor marked by grass and a wonderful blend of citrus. Orange juice, grapefruit peel, lime, stone fruit, a mild jolt of alcohol. The flavor and accompanying moderate bitterness linger on the tongue a while after the finish.

Marshmallow-soft and velvet-smooth, the medium body may be the most incredible aspect of this beer. Light carbonation tingles the tongue like electricity while hints of alcohol warmth appear in the chest. It’s so, so smooth.

Comparing this brew to another DIPA from Hill Farmstead, Ephraim, I’d say that while the latter displays more complexity and smacks you in the face with hops and bitterness, Double Citra is alternatively subdued, balanced and much more drinkable. A damn fine brew that’s able to pull great complexity from a single hop. (1,474 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during PBW at Capone's....

Appearance: Pours a mandarin to tangerine orange with a nice 2 finger white crown that displays retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of citra of course....some grapefruit, some pineapple, some mango to papaya smell, and a hint of spicy pepper. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could on BA, so I'm rounding down a bit.

Taste: Same as the nose but sans the pepper. Comes together very nicely. I'd give it a 4.3 if I could on BA, so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for an 8% abv DIPA but that just makes it all the more drinkable.

Overall: A very nice beer in my humble opinion. Worth seeking out! (639 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 into a HotD tulip. This growler is 10+ days old so there is that. That being said it pours a dark orange hue with a beautiful two finger head. And it smells fantastic.

Taste. Easily the best Citra IPA I've expereinced. Fruity, resinous, bitter. But alas I do not like Citra. I keep hoping that my taste buds will adjust but it doesn't seem to be happening. I just don't like the spicy, bitter burn that accompanies it. That being said this one is very nicely balanced.

Overall a really nice beer and definitely worth a try. Especially if you like citra.

Though this isn't my favorite HF IPA it's still very good. (627 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Prohibition Pig on my way back Sunday from EBF.

Totally hazy lemonade colored body, huge lemon flavor, pulpy and flavorful. Nice fleshy fruit in the aroma and taste plus a decent baseline of bitterness, quite refreshing. HF knows its way around hops. (269 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's during PBW in a little dinky snifter

A- Double Citra comes to me looking a shade lighter than the regular citra with some faded white bubbles up top and some small amounts of stick. The color is a light shade of orange.

S- This is citra upped to the max. If you had the regular or exit 16 you know what im talking about. Dank fruit with citrus bursting out of the seams. that about sums it up but some caramel malt backing it.

T- This is an all out assult of everything deemed citra. All the players come out, sour grapefruit, mango, papaya and the like. It's just citrus and some a bit, a small nibble of caramel malt, it's an afterthought after everything is said and done.

M- Bitter, fruity, medium bodied, maybe a bit lighter than that. The taste stays on the tounge for a few. Very nicely carbed, although I would of liked to see more bubbles.

D- Very delicious and very drinkable. While I was a bit let down after the regular Citra from HF, this more than made up for it. (1,001 characters)

Photo of hillvt4me
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml growler filled at Hill Farmstead. Poured into a HF stemmed glass.

A - Golden yellow hue. Bright white head. Nice lacing on sides of the glass.

S - Lemon, Grapefruit, honey and fresh hops.

T - Lemon and grapefruit dominate with bitter finish. Etoh is moderately present.

M - Mild to moderate carbonation with a criep and balanced mouth feel. Abner solid out, so dbl Citra was the growler fill. Consistent flavor and experience from my last tasting of dbl citra. (471 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour at the Ithaca Luminous release. Thanks, Bob!

Pours clear and golden orange, with about one inch of fizzy head.

Smells like citrus hops, with tons of floral notes as well.

Similar taste. The signature slightly catty Citra taste is there, but is a bit restrained, which is good. Light to medium bitterness, lots of grapefruit and orange.

Light to medium bodied, low carbonation, crisp mouthfeel.

Wish I could have more of this, this was a good way to start out the release. (489 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler, shared courtesy of Dustin. Also had a taste of this at the Beer Temple in Chicago, IL, both times in early November 2013.

Pours a hazy straw colour, fluffy white head that's probably about 2 finger lengths. Good retention, as usual per HF, a beautiful DIPA. Good lacing, good retention.

Smells great, but delicate and more subtle. Lots of grapefruit and passion fruit, some tangerines. Very tropical fruit forward, not complex but delicious.

Flavourwise, this is a very tasty beer but not one of Shaun's best. It's got some grapefruit, passion fruit but its not a total citrus bomb if that makes sense. Its more balanced, more malts to it than the likes of Permanent Funeral and Sosus, for example. The hops are a bit less subdued but the overall experience is very good- succinct indeed.

Mouthfeel is typical HF- creamy, well carbonated with a medium body. So easy to drink, not terribly bitter at all. Aftertaste is a semi-bitter citrus flavour that sticks with you.

Glad to have this one, not one of Shaun's best (look at Abner and Ephraim for better DIPAs) but it's certainly a phenomenal double IPA that's worth trying anytime it's on draft at the brewery.

Re-review: Thanks to a generous VT trader, I got a growler to drink a half year from when I first had this beer. Thanks buddy! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 4/13/2014. Basically, it's better than I remember it, but not by a lot. This beer smells like wet hops, in that it's very dank and floral with a bit of the tropical fruit and citrus that's associated with Citra hops, but I think it had a lot of room to develop the enjoyable flavour profile that shows up in pseudoSue and Zombie Dust. It just doesn't end up in that regard, but at the same time it's a very balanced, well-executed and not too bitter DIPA that works very well. It's not King Sue, but this is a good DIPA as long as you ignore the "Citra" hype in the name. I know this isn't saying much, so if you're more inclined to think about the "Citra" hop in the name of a beer rather than enjoying any DIPA, you are better off ignoring this one and going after Double Sunshine or Ephraim. As it is, this is still a real treat and a well-crafted beer as far as I'm concerned. (2,240 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this twice, and held off on reviewing it as the first growler was as flat as the Earth circa 1491. Composite of two reviews here - Russian River tulip and plastic cup serving vessels respectively. Thanks to Sean and Eric for sharing.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a persistent cap, leaving tiny spots of lace. Hazy peach flesh body. When carbonated this looks like pretty good for the style.

S - Unsurprisingly there is a lot of Citra flavor - sweet oranges and ripe grapefruits, light chive note, some tropical fruit juice as well. Malt character is a tad more pronounced than the regular Citra. I like it, but perhaps just the slightest bit less than its lower ABV brethren.

T - Orange sweetness, grapefruit bitterness, a faint touch of of burnt sugar and bready malt character in the periphery. Finish and aftertaste are both quite bitter, but alcohol is extremely well-disguised. I doubt anyone would guess this had ~50% more alcohol than the regular Citra.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry, with no obvious alcohol, and some resinous oily hops lingering on the palate.

D - I prefer regular Citra, if only for its crushability, but this is quite enjoyable as well. The bubbles helped quite a bit, as the flat growler was a chore to drink after a while. In any case, another fine offering from Shaun E. Hill. (1,350 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler filled just under a week ago and refrigerated the entire time. Thanks Don (Donfrap) for bringing this back for me. Reviewed live.

A- Pours a hazy orange golden that is mostly opaque, about two fingers of white frothy head forms that has great retention and slowly dissipates coating the glass in light layered lacing.

S- Lots of fresh grapefruit, some greeny hops, a bit of peach, balanced with a nice malt presence. Fairly aromatic with a better aroma strength then your average IPA.

T- Lightly bitter grapefruit, fresh green hops, a bit of peach juice, finishes with more bitter grapefruit and vinous hops with a fruity juicy aftertaste.

M- Juicy, very easy drinking, nice carbonation, lightly creamy.

O- This was another fantastic IPA from HF although maybe not my favorite. It had a great grapefruit taste but did not have the same tropical citrus qualities I've enjoyed in other IPAs. This is easily a world class DiPA though with a very good drink ability and I highly recommend checking it out. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%

Growler thanks to Michael (yourefragile). Awesome to get to try another Hill Farmstead beer!

The beer looks great with a semi clear darker orange hue with golden highlights. Truly amazing sticky lacing on this one and a small ring of head.

The smell is very open and there is obviously a lot of juicy citrus up front. Fresh cut grass, candy corn sweet honey aromas, and some spicy kitchen notes. Not super complex smell but nice and hoppy.

The taste has a bit more to it in terms of complexity with a huge bitter hop finish and citrus bittersweet notes with fresh baguette bread malt. Fresh grass certainly is there again. Very raw hops, dry grains, and a little bit of alcohol flavor without the heated edge.

Much more body than I would have expected from this beer and a great dry finish. Exceptional feel!

Overall this is a nice beer and another great effort from Vermont. Yeah New England is making a run at California. (931 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained at Hawthorne's at the PBW event; poured into a Chouffe tulip

Pours a pretty orange body with a fluffy bone white cap. Good staying power and moderate spider web lacing.

Aroma is of fresh ruby red grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple. Assertive hop aroma. I love the way citra smells. Clean malt backbone.

A very clean beer. Well-crafted. Ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and papaya with a good shot of bitterness. Not knee crippling, but definitely gets its point across. This guy doesn't quite assault and run the way the elite in this category do, but its in the ballpark.

Medium body with a hefty bitterness in its wake. Extremely smooth and clean.

Overall, I really enjoyed this guy. More than enough bitterness, delivers a solid fruity profile and extremely clean. I'm not willing to say this can take over a PTE, but its definitely playing at the same level. A great beer. (903 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hill Farmstead 1st Anniversary Celebration

A: Pours golden orange, completely hazy, 2 fingers of tight white head. Leaves a ton of lacing. A picture perfect IPA.

S: Citrus and more citrus. Tangerine and lemon are the primary citrus flavors with hints of tropical fruits. Has just a touch of sweetness coming off the nose. It is a little muted for what I was expecting, but otherwise great.

T: Just as the nose, this baby is all citrus. A little depth of tropical fruits and hints of pine with a tiny bit of bitterness, not much at all. The malt base is toasted grains with a little crystal malt sweetness. The citrus lasts long into the finish and lingers on for a pleasant aftertaste. Finishes dry and just the slightest bit of bitterness and still tons of the citrus.

M: Medium to slightly light bodied, moderate to slightly high carbonation, just a little sweetness to give it a balanced, but overall dry character and finish.

O: While not my favorite kind of IPA (I tend to prefer bitter bombs) it was extremely well balanced and the citrus nose and flavors is hard to beat. Unlike the overwhelming majority of IPAs I've had, I didn't find a single "off" or unpleasant character/note anywhere in this. This is about as drinkable, refreshing, and fruity/citrusy IPA as I can imagine. (1,303 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2L growler poured into a cigar city snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/amber with a small yellow head and nice white lacing.

Taste is phenomenal, very light, fresh lemon and citrus. Mouthfeel is really light and crisp, super drinkable and tasty. No idea it's 8%. (267 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, sunny orange color. Fluffy bone white head leaves lots of frothy lace. Aroma is...citra, citra and more citra. Some orange peel, faint malt sweetness, backing tropical fruitiness. Fast is citrus, with orange and pineapple, hint of pine and lightly sweet. Smooth feel, full bodied, very drinkable.

HF scores another hit! (340 characters)

Photo of Greenplastic615
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Capone's in Norristown PA (5.5oz pour). Glad I was able to try this one - somehow it lasted on tap for 5 days, and today was the first day I could get over there.

A - Looks like an IPA. A bit cloudy from the hops, and a bit paler than I expected it to be, but no complaints.

S - Really nice - a lot of citrus (mango, grapefruit, a little bit of orange), and a little bit of "dankness". I love the citra hop, and this smelled basically the way I thought it would.

T - Again, lots of citrus. I was a little surprised at the bitterness; I thought that it would be a little bit more resigned and really let the fruit flavors in the hops come through, but it did have noticeable bitterness. It wasn't unwelcome, just a little surprising given the smell. Absolutely no alcohol presence at all...dangerously drinkable for 8+%.

M - Awesome. One of the best I've had on an IPA.

O - Another really good offering from Hill Farmstead. I think if I had to pick one brewery's pale ales to drink forever, I'd have a really hard time picking anyone over HF. (1,055 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during Philly Beer Week

A: Hazy golden orange. Moderate off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Assertive grapefruit, orange, pine, and resin. Hints at the bitterness to come.

T: Tasty. Upfront there is a health dose of grapefruit, orange rind, and other citric notes. Back end finishes nice and bitter with more earthy notes of oily pine.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation with a healthy dose of bitterness.

O: I thought this was better than Ephraim, although I am still not sold that the HF IPAs can hang with greats like the Plinys, Furious, HopSlam, etc. (570 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Den on 6/3/11 during Philly Beer Week for the Bella Vista Rare Beer event.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange liquid with a golden glare and fairly dense cap of white foam on top that yielded some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Intense, fresh Citra hop note with lots of citrus and tropical fruit character, especially grapefruit. Virtually no alcohol fumes here.

T - Juicy hop bitterness up front with a strong citrus fruit character and not much alcohol heat whatsoever. While the hop bitterness is quite assertive, this still remains amazingly drinkable.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and minimal alcohol heat. Finishes slightly dry with plenty of bitterness on the palate, although it doesn't obliterate the tongue.

D - Another fantastic DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I am really looking to visiting the brewery this coming weekend! (864 characters)

Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Andrew for the sample of Hill Farmstead Double Citra

This is a beautiful, glowing yellow beer with a nice, tight white head of foam. The beer bursts with bright citrus and fresh mango and pineapple. The DIPA is faintly malty that serves to showcase the glorious hops. The hops are just in full bloom, showing juicy fruit and a hard-to-describe hoppy fullness and flavor that few beers come close to reaching. I've come to the realization that beers like this are best served from the keg that's been transported, and served cold--even the best DIPA's in bottles seem to suffer compared to fresh draft versions like this. This is a great, fruity-hop forward beer, in which faults are hard to find. (705 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones for the hill farmstead's pbw. Its on mfer's.

Comes to me with a small cap of light tan head that settles slowly and leaves a few wisps on top. Very hazy sunset yellow orange in color.

S- oh mama that alota citra! A spectacular amount of citrus fruits with grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges taking the lead. Lots of tropics in the mix and the a slow roll in a very understated mildly sweet biscuity hit.

T- super fruity bitter citrus to open thing up with fresh ruby red grapefruit and underripe tangerine. Tropical fruits work their way in with some mango and pineapple. Malts are light but very well done and bring a lot of biscuity breadiness with them. Quite earthy and herbal in the finish.

M- a touch above medium in body with a nice bright carb the really efrevesses and hits all the right spots. Bone dry finish.

O- this is one gnarly dipa. Its a roller coaster of citra showing all aspects of the hop. Wow. (943 characters)

Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.