Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,269
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.94%
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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 DaveHack
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Silver Goose glass

Pours a hazy gold, reminds me of a 'dirty' champagne. 1 inch head settles to a film and leaves a healthy lacing.

Smells dank and bitter.

Tastes like there is some tropical fruit in the background, but dominated by the bitterness of the hops. It works very well together.

It coats my mouth, I can feel the oils covering everywhere...Every sip just makes me want another!! The alcohol is hidden well and it is perfect in body, definately not too light and not cloying or too heavy...just right!

This stuff is the real McCoy....I think Kern River might have edged the Citra thing out by just a hair, but it's really close. HF can do no wrong, awesome beer!!!

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

- 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!

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of jegross2
4.82/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Double Citra from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont.

Score: 98

One week old keg pour served in a clear plastic tasting cup at The Beer Temple's second anniversary celebration and enjoyed on 03/23/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours translucent, dull golden color with a half finger layer bubbly head. Good lacing and retention, even in a plastic cup. 4.5/5

Smell: A dank fresh assault of tropical fruit, with a little pine-like character. Apricot, mango, nectarines, grapefruit and pineapple. Everything in wonderful, fresh harmony. Wow. 5/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells -- like a hoppy, tropical fruit syrup that you would find inside a can of pineapple or pears (but in a delectably fresh way). The mango/nectarine flavor is so bold, so delicious. Has a little bitter bite upfront, which quickly mellows out amidst the juicy, lightly sweet fruit flavors that linger nicely. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Quite viscous and syrupy mouthfeel for an IPA, good carbonation. Very juicy, with a little dryness to the finish. Has a nice light bitter bite, but no big bitterness here. 4.75/5

Overall: Simply one of Shaun's best hoppy beers, along with Society & Solitude #4 and Ephraim. Unlike many other pure citra hopped beers, this one has a little bite to it. Seeks this one out, and drink it fresh. Cheers!

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml growler.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Positive Pie. Served out of a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Color is a cloudy, peach yellow. Spotty and stringy lace with great stick. .5 finger frothy white head with low retention. Again, clarity suffers but everything else is very good.

Nose is citrus, pine, papaya pulp, mango, with a light hop presence that tickles the nose. Aromatic and very fresh.

Opens sweet citrus, bit malt backbone with some pine, papaya, and more citrus notes towards the end. Grapefruit in the finish with a citrus hop aftertaste. Really tasty.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and quenching and slightly dry going down. Sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfectly average for a Hill Farmstead IPA.

This is a pretty middle of the road hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead... which is to say that its still better than 99% of other IPAs out there. Definitely worth a try but big brother SS #4 is similar and a bit better.

Photo of jaasen64
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Phelps
4.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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 pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Filled about a week ago. Teku glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light golden color with two fingers of fluffy, dense head. Very good retention and some nice, intricate lacing.

S: Citrus hard candy, orange peel, floral notes, and breadiness meld wonderfully together. A hint of rye or spice?

T: Gorgeous tropical (mango) and bright citrus, a pretty hefty dose of yeasty breadiness, with a light sugar sweetness rounding out the taste without negating the mild, rough grapefruit pith bitterness.

M: Medium, soft carbonation and medium body. No hint of alcohol.

O: Very nice DIPA from HF. Exceeding drinkability is only limited by the sweetness, which becomes a bit fatiguing after a half pint or so.

Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange, sand-colored head starts at about 2 fingers, retains as an uber-bubbly cap and leaves good lacing.

First scent had pretty crazy strength, but faded with following sniffs. Orange peel and danky herbal-ness.

Taste follows the smell mostly, citrus is obvious but not as strong as I expected, very strong earthy dank profile takes the lead. Biscuity malt noticeable mostly on the finish but quite bitter overall.

Very full, creamy mouthfeel, great carbonation.

As far as I know this was my first experience with Citra hops, they seem nice but maybe a little one-note here. Good beer but I'd reach for their Abner before this.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.06/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a finger of creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is pure dank citrus a quality which I love about Citra. As usual, hop forward.

Juicy citrus with a little bit of tropical fruit up front. A little bit of bitter resin creeps into the aftertaste.

Light bodied with low-medium carbonation level.

Very solid beer, but I greatly prefer SS#4 to this one. It was much more complex. Still any HF IPA is top notch. It's just a matter of degree.

Photo of Damian
4.21/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden pour, with a thin head (< 1/2 finger), solid retention, and nice fuzzy lacing. Beer is cloudy and opaque.

Aroma is of the most strong and consistent "cat pee" odors I have ever gotten from a DIPA. Beyond that, dry hops, citrus, and wheat come through.

The beer is wonderfully sweet and hoppy, and very well balanced - the only malt I get is of grain and wheat. I don't get much in the way of particular citrus or tropical fruit; just an overall sweet hoppiness.

HF avoids the syrup DIPA trap: this beer has a fantastic mouthfeel. It's sweet, hoppy, and balanced, and very drinkable.

This won't go down as my favorite DIPA, but that's really more a factor of the hops chosen rather than the craftsmanship; it's really an exceptional brew.

Photo of brystmar
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swing-top growler filled exactly one week ago.

Gorgeous pour, as with most other HF beers (IPAs or otherwise). More cloudy than most IPAs, though not as hazy as Nor.

Awesomely juicy citrus aroma. Sweet malts, fruit, grapefruit, fresh hops. Smells like Zombie Dust, and that makes me giddy.

Citra hops are out in force! Grapefruit, mandarin oranges, hints of pine, and plenty of malt to support it all. Low carbonation; nearly perfect body. Sweet and tangy, delicious citra at every turn. Mmmmm.

Significantly better than the Citra single IPA, which smelled incredible but was severely lacking in the flavor department. Even though Citra is my favorite hop, I slightly prefer Nor to this and definitely prefer Abner. Still, Double Citra is another stellar IPA from one of the best breweries in the world.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
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%.

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.55/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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

Thank you Jenray for hooking me up big time with this tasty treat for my 500th review! You are truly queen of the hops!

Pours a hazy deep orange.... almost brownish. A nice touch of white head. Looks pretty good especially since the carbonation suffered a bit from the growler.
Smells ridiculously hoppy. pine, citrus of course, and a touch of cat piss. Tastes sweet and citrus heavy. This is certainly the most orange I've ever tasted in a DIPA... there is a burn almost from the hops. Very strong presence that crushes the malts into oblivion. A Nice thick mouthfeel. Again, carbonation suffered slightly from the growler but still very tasty. the sweetness balances the hops and leaves it quite drinkable!

Re-reviewed off a 750 growler from baconsausage. Upped the appearance. Damn impressive brew

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy gold/dark yellow. Head is bright-white and fluffy. Drops to a small cap and creamy collar. Streaks and splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Citra. Deeply tropical with notes of tangerine and peach. Slightly floral with some pine bitterness layered in the back. Big juicy fruit push. Malts are light and bready with some powdery yeast notes. Mild fruity esters. Orange peel, zest and pith. Malts add a touch of needed sweetness with some undercooked bread dough. As it warms it takes on a sharper floral edge and a vague spiciness creeps out as well. A bit leafy.

Taste: Follows the nose...it's Citra. Tropical fruit, mostly tangerine on the initial sip. Slightly bitter in a woody branch sort of way. Some peach and mango as well. Orange peel and a slightly oily rind. A touch floral and bitter. Malts are lightly sweet and slightly bready with some raw biscuit dough. A touch of raw honeycomb. Some pineapple as it warms with a touch of grapefruit as well. Surprisingly balanced. Almost crackery snap as well. Almost buttery at times. Slight caramelized sweetness with an herbal push as well.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. The typical smooth pseudocreaminess that all Hill Farmstead pale ales possess. Slightly dry on the finish.

Overall: Double down - win one hand.

It's Citra through and through. If that's your jam this will blow your mind. As it stands, it's solid, but that's not surprising.

Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -8.7%
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 lunarbrew
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours hazy golden with some beautiful frothy head on top which falls down to a nice sticky lacing. No qualms here. A beautiful beer.

This is the biggest and badest citra hop beer out there, IMO. Huge citrus notes of tangerine, grapefruit peel, and pineapple. I also detect some honey sweetness and bready yeast underneath it all. So complex and big.

Taste follows the smell. Its big and reminiscent of the other big citra beer. Wonderful, complicated, and explosive citrus flavors hit all parts of my palate. A nice (and unique) sweetness followed by an almost creamy aftertaste. It must be the yeast or well water that gives this beer such a unique flavor. It's so damn good.

Medium MF, medium carbonation, creamy texture. Fantastically drinkable. This is on point.

Overall, one of my favorite citra beers. HF does not disappoint. What a wonderful treat!

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Poured into a tulip glass from a 2L growler filled yesterday and stored over night in the refrigerator.

Bottom Line: Great beer. Very drinkable with flavors that are enjoyable and multi-dimensional without being overwhelming at any stage in the tasting process. The beer is especially nice served cool but not freezing. It is unfortunate that Hill Farmstead's process does no justice to the quality of this beer. Hill Farmstead clearly knows that their Double Citra is in high demand, therefore understandably limiting its customers by only selling the Double Citra by 750ml refillable bottles. Nonetheless, the Hill Farmstead process also requires its customers to wait an unbearably long period of time in not very long lines - solely due to the fact that the brewery can only fill one bottle of a specific beer at any given time. It is not quite clear to me why popular beers, like the Double Citra, are not hooked up to more than one tap, or why these beers are mostly being poured from inefficient sixtels, that must be frequently changed, as opposed to kegs or standard half kegs.

A: Opaque, golden orange pour with a 1.5 cm head. Medium-sized bubbles that slowly fade down the side of the glass, whispering faintly a promise of hope flavor and texture.

S: Hoppy notes, with faint, yeasty, alcohol vapors. There is a slight smell of grapefruit or citrus, but there is not a lot of scent coming out of this beer overall.

T: Excellent, complex, subtle flavors that are never overwhelming. Hops mixed with grapefruit juice and orange juice on the front end, with a nice sweetness reminiscent of watered down orange juice in the middle, and a nice long-lingering grapefruit character on the back end. Very enjoyable. A long time after each sip, there is a long lasting hint of subtle bitterness, but this beer is not very bitter at all.

M: Well-balanced, medium carbonation. There is no thickness or syrup texture here. It drinks fast and doesn't stick. Very pleasant.

Overall: Amazingly drinkable (refreshing beer drinkability, not bud light drinkability). If anything, my biggest complaint about this beer is that the flavors are not robust enough, that I fear it would quickly be overshadowed by any food or other drink consumed side-by-side. I could quickly polish off a glass or 750 of this on a warm summer day or a cool fall night or whatever season it happens to be right now.

Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 1,269 ratings.