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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 1,494
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 7.08%
Wants: 1,049
Gots: 109 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

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 Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The retention is thin and some bubbly lacing on the glass. The smell is good but not as great as I was hoping. The nose is slightly fruity citrus on the nose. The taste is big with hops, nice bitter lemon flavors. Some subtle malt in the finish. The mouthfeel is very drinkable, smooth and juicy. Overall this is really good but not as good as some of the HF IPA's.

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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 Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having this several times on tap and in a few growlers, I think I've got enough experience under my belt for a review. Super-delicious brew. Notes were taken from a growler. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a clear golden-orange color with a large white head and a moderate amount of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a super-heavy hop presence with loads of tropical and citrus notes, as well as a few floral notes. The flavor is overpoweringly full of orange zest and other citrus skin with a bit of mango and other tropical fruits in the background. Taste sticks around for a long time and ends with a beautiful bitterness. Medium body and really nice carbonation. Bitter and dry. Delicious. Highly recommended. Wish I had more.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double Citra

Growler from bring. Thanks, Barry!

As with the other Hill Farmstead IPAs, Double Citra is rather cloudy, amber hued and topped by a lasting bubbly white head.

Pretty awesome aroma. Loads of tropical fruit, papaya and mango in particular, along with a bit of citrusy grapefruit. Little bit of subdued sweetness, a hint of alcohol. Really showcases the citra hop well.

Like the aroma, the palate has a lot of great fruity hop flavor. Peach, pineapple, grapefruit. The malt foundation is solid, but not necessarily sweet. Very slight buttery note that softens the palate a bit. Dry finish with huge biting bitterness that never feels astringent, the signature of HFS DIPAs. Easy to drink, excellent stuff.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Missed reviewing this for some reason, so here it is finally.

Awesome looking 2 finger head fluffy, fades slowly with lots of lacing hazy clementine orange color.

Nose citrus galore, dank musty resin, hint of tropical fruit, hint of malt, apricot tangerine and other stone fruit like.

Taste fresh musty resinous hops, lots of tropical citrus flavors, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, tangerine, juicy! Light malt base. Finish is slightly bitter hops, lots of tropical fruit, dry slight resin,

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall amazing!

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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 Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 11/01/13 notes. Huge thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing a growler of this with me; thanks Ross! Big want. Poured into a Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, tropical fruits, mangos, pineapples, fruity malts, light floral notes, grapefruit, and earthy malts. Awesome nose; this growler was 5-6 days old and was amazingly hoppy and fresh. Love the nose.

t - Taste follows the nose very closely; super hoppy with lots of mangos, tropical fruits, pineapples, citrus hops, lemon zest, grapefruit juice, fruity malts, honey, and floral notes. More tropical fruits than the nose, a tiny bit of a step up for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. There is a light bitterness but not too much at all, and it is pretty smooth and creamy.

o - Overall I thought this was another fantastic DIPA from HF and it did not disappoint. Tons of fresh tropical fruits and citrus hops in both the nose and taste and pretty easy to drink, with not much bitterness in the taste. We had no problem taking the growler down between the two of us. One of the better hoppy HF beers IMO, would love to have it again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #200!! Served on-tap at Capone's during the Hill Farmstead party during Philly Beer Week. Having had the regular version of Citra IPA I was dieing to try this version.

A - Pours murky orange with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of strong, floral, citric hops throughout this one. Hints of tropical fruits, mostly grapefruit, and some light pine round out one awesome nose.

T - Huge blast of citric hops up front never really leaving the picture throughout the experience. Some strong grapefruit and mango flavors emerge once the hops die down a bit. Only the faintest trace of booze toward the end. Finish has plenty of lingering hop bitterness in it. Damn, this is one tasty hop bomb. Glad I got to try it!

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, hoppy, feel with plenty of bitterness lingering thru the finish.

O - I am not sure which I prefer, this one or the regular version. Either way both are excellent hop bombs. It is easy to drink and is packed with delicious hops. When it comes to hoppy beers it seems Hill Farmstead can do no wrong.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seriously growler side by side with several big IPAs and some boring stouts. Thanks to Mike, Mike, Ben, Jeff, and me for making this whole thing happen. Very awesome afternoon.

Beer is like orange with a mild haze to it, the head is thin and white with small bubbles and lots of lacing, looks good.

The aroma on this one is really really disappointing. Very disappointing. Seriously bummed here. It is plain, mildly hoppy, you really do a disservice to a hop like citra by not including a lot of late additions. This is not due to the growler at least not mostly as several people who have had this on tap were present and said that this was pretty typical.

Beer tastes way way better than the aroma would indicate. Thin in the body and moderately bitter on the finish. No alcohol or malt in the forward, nice fruity hops on the midpalate and overall a good beer all around. It was probably slightly my least favorite of the IPA growlers we had.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HF Double Citra pours a hazy straw color with a two finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Sticky, resinous lace patterns are deposited on the sides of my Hill Farmstead cabernet style tasting glass with each subsequent sip.

The smell is an onslaught of citrus - tangerines, grapefruit, tangelo - with a slight dankness of herb. Light notes of pine and evergreen accent each deep inhalation. Wonderful!

Taste is bitter from the get-go, but in a restrained measured way. A lip-smacking pithiness that one gets from fresh citrus registers on the palate carrying the nose of the beer to fruition as it washes across the tongue. A very nice backing of sweet malt rounds out the edges and gives this DIPA a nice balance. The whole thing vanishes rather quickly and dryly as it is insanely moreish. The eight percent alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth as carbonation is slightly fleeting. Perhaps a little thin- but only slightly so.

Overall this is another great IPA/DIPA from Shaun, who is, to me, the undisputed master of the styles on the East Coast.

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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 Kurmaraja
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
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 BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Not much of a head. Nice surface wisps. Leggy on the swirl.

Smell - Surprise, lots of citra. Orange and grapefruit. A bit of sweetness.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit, orange. Straightforward. Moderate sweetness. Just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Slick, but low sweetness.

Overall - Very simple flavor, but great hop flavor. I definitely prefer Double Galaxy to this, though.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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...

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Photo of HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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 John_M
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty outrageous in this beer, showcasing tropical fruit, pepper, dry citrus and skunky marijuana. Yes boys and girls, this is one fine smelling IPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this impressive IPA, but I'm impressed by how well balanced this hop bomb of an IPA I'm drinking. The finish is very dry and bitter, despite the initial tropical fruit flavor. Mouthfeel is full, long and bitter, but with a bit of an alcoholic bite in the finish. Regardless, this is another outstanding beer from the folks at farmstead hill.

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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.


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Photo of corby112
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Eulogy.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with pale golden tangerine hues and a 2.5 finger frothy, soapy white head.  Excellent retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap.  Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Dank, earthy hop aroma with hints of pine, tropical and citrus fruit.  Earthy and soily with a subtle vegetal character.  Hints of mango and pineapple and a grainy malt backbone.  

Chewy full body with a blast of earthy, dank, dry, bitter hops that linger into a long dry finish.  This is balanced by nice tropical and citrus fruit.  Lots of pineapple along with a ton of grapefruit juice.  Also mango, papapya, orange peel and tangerine.  Dry finish.  Full bodied and very well balanced.  Subtle heat in the finish.  Very good.  

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Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2L swing-top growler filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 1" blonde head, over the cloudy orangey gold brew. Thick head disappears gradually, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is tart and sweet clementines.

Taste is sweet to start, bitter pine in the middle, mellows to citrus towards the close, and shuts the door with a peek of clementines from the nose. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice use of Citra.

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Photo of rudzud
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes after hooking JLindros up with a growler. Finally getting around to adding all my beers. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Pours a hazy hazy very nice orange hue with a massive, creamy two finger head that fades incredibly slowly leaving tremendous amounts of sticky thick side lacing and a wonderful creamy dense blanket. Awesome.

S - Sooo much citrus here. Wonderful orange/tangerine/tangello notes with just a faint, faint hint of malts and tropical notes.

T - Mind blowing. More of those excellent citrus notes that just burst in juicy explosions on the pallet. Slightly pine notes but this is mostly tropical notes with big bright pineapple, papaya, and tangerine. There is a nice slightly bitter hop finish.

M - Mouthfeel is standard for Hill Farmstead beers. Nicely medium bodied with solid carbonation.

O - I remember working The Festival and getting a few pours of this before going on my lunch break and sipping at it with my brisket sandwich. This beer, this brewery, is outstanding. So freakin good.

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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to RSchaeffer.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, light orange with a one finger cream colored head composed of large bubbles. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Citrus, lots of tropical fruits, slight pine.

T - Papaya, oranges, grapefruit, pine.

D - Lower carbonation, average body.

O - Delicious, my first Hill Farmstead, and it does not dissapoint. WOW!

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.