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Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 605
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: Chico1985 on 05-29-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -12.7%

03-30-2014 21:02:11 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

10-14-2012 14:20:02 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2011 21:45:27 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

06-28-2014 01:10:23 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

05-26-2013 00:07:51 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-28-2013 00:36:25 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-13-2011 23:37:59 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

07-31-2012 21:33:13 | More by Texasfan549
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2013 22:29:20 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.7%

03-23-2014 23:41:06 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

06-25-2012 00:08:00 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2011 19:56:41 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 17:42:00 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2011 13:37:46 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2011 16:29:26 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Serving type: growler

07-28-2012 23:38:54 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 23:58:13 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-10-2013 04:27:19 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2013 15:52:48 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

03-29-2014 23:06:23 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 20:14:48 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-04-2013 20:40:12 | More by mendvicdog
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
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.  

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 20:13:03 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

11-01-2013 01:06:48 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.18/5  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...

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 02:55:37 | More by yourefragile
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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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