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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.17%
Wants: 873
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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Photo of braican
4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eryka
4.16/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to baconsausage

pours a cloudy hazy orange. very light fluffy white head. light lacing and and light retention.

big tangerine and orange up front. underlying grapefruit with some other tropical fruit. hints of pine.

taste is a bit less tropical and a tad more bitterness. more pine and grapefruit. very juicy and fruity through out.

nice carbonation bite. body is pretty full and chewy.

a great citra, very bitter. kind of bring outs some booze. overall, delicious.

Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by TurdFurgison at my 30th Birthday Extravaganza. Thanks Eric!

A - Pours a golden hazy yellow color, white head, thin cap, and thin collar.

S - A nice dose of hops, bitter dankness, cirtus, orange peel, slight lemon zest. The citra hops are really enjoyable to get a whiff of. There also some grassy notes, in there as well. Very enjoyable.

T - Lots of bitter hops, citrus orange peel, some resin dankness. No sweetness, just a nice straight forward dose of fresh citrus notes and bitterness. Very juicy, bitter, and zesty. The 8% is very well hidden.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one and it's easy to fall in love with yet another citra hopped beer. Juicy citrus, hops, and the hidden alcohol make this beer easy to enjoy. Recommend!

Photo of jeonseh
4.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with pineapple accents. Nice foamy head to it

S - Tons of pineapple, mango and citrus

T - Good pine bitterness with loads of mango and pineapple. Good citrus presence. Nice pine bitterness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium body with light astringent finish

O - Solid double IPA that balances the citrus and pine aspects really well.

Photo of Lovely85
4.19/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MPPHISH
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Hazy peach-orange color, with a finger or so of fluffy white head that receded a bit but never fully disintegrated. Nice aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, fresh, with hints of a bready malt base. Tastes like a good AIPA should, hop-dominant, fresh citrus zest, pine needles, tropical fruits, enough bready malt sweetness to give balance but to leave the hops clearly in charge. Medium body, crisp and drying, higher alcohol barely noticeable. Another great IPA selection from HF.

Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL Batch 2 growler, compliments of Conor, shared with Matt and Paul.

Hazy, peachy amber color with a large, dense off white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is intensely tropical; mango, pineapple and juicy grapefruit with light alcohol and irrelevant malt. What you would expect from citra hops...

Flavor is not nearly as sweet, but still less bitterness and rind then I remember from batch 1. Strong pulp and rind balance out the juicy tropical flavors. Medium thick, chewy well-carbonated body with strong carbonation.

I like this better than batch 1, but I'm still not crazy about an imperial IPA that only uses citra hops. Not particularly subtle or complex; I'd rather have HF Galaxy or Abner or Edward or Ephraim...

Photo of regspeir
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz snifter at Pinocchio’s in Media. This poured a cloudy golden orange with a finger-and-a-half, off-white head which settled to a coating. Lacing was spotty. Nose was citrus, especially orange and grapefruit, and pine with a slight alcohol back. Taste includes the citrus, of course, but there is a strong caramel malt presence as well. The finish is dry and bitter with little hint of the 8% alcohol. Body was slick, medium with moderate carbonation for a DIPA. This is a very drinkable and I would not hesitate to go for it again.

Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of Damian
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of Phelps
4.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of RonJeezy
4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev -8%
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!

Photo of Zaximus
4.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of ipadiehard
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Farnswurth
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cincysig
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.