Double Citra - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 1,352
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 6.92%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 79 | 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 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 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 cfrances33
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Bright glowing, hazy pale orange with two fingers of frothy, white head. Some nice sticky lacing throughout. Head retains well throughout the glass.

Smell: Big burst of grapefruit and mango, mixed with some tangerine and a light white peppercorn. A hint of dough, but very slight. This is one juicy smelling beer.

Taste: Follows the nice with grapefruit juice, tangerine pulp, and a touch of mango. The light hint of white peppercorn follows to the taste, and augments a nice, citrusy bitterness. A touch of doughy sweetness gives the beer some body. Finishes juicy with bright citrus and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. The bitterness lingers nicely, but isn't overpowering in conjunction with the citrus taste.

Overall: Still one of the best Hill Farmstead beers I've had, and nearly tied with Society & Solitude #5 for my favorite DIPA. (926 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$6 for a 10 oz pour, 8%
Sampled 22JUL12

[A] A fluffy snow white head, compact creamy head with wonderful retention. Eventually, complete sheets in concentric rings coat the glass. The body is a soft, pale goldenrod color and is hazy to the point of being opaque. A light murkiness keeps the appearance from a perfect 5.

[S] Clean, bright hops. Citrusy, tropical and sweet with a touch of dank pungency to provide the right amount of balance. Orange pith stands out just above a light grapefruit component and a deeper layer of grainy mango. 

[T] Wonderful sweetness from front to mid palate to prepare for the upcoming bitterness, which is somewhat restrained. This stuff is insanely drinkable.

[M] The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy. Carbonation is perfect, perhaps on the softer side of the spectrum but the gentle effervescence integrates well with the flavor profile. Modestly sweet with a lingering drying finish. 

[O] In one word: masterpiece. (953 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the brewery 5/16/15.

Poured from the 25.4 oz. growler into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

a: Hazy orange with a finger plus thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Moderate citrus and pine.

t: Follows the nose along with a considerable hop bite which lingers on the mostly dry finish.

m: Smooth medium to full, great body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o: Outstanding quality DIPA, as expected. Hefty and tasty. A sippable joy. (489 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass swing-top "growler" filled at their Anniversary Event yesterday. Thanks to Carl (sleepnbballrlife)!

Pours with classic HF haze, orange amber with slightly off-white head that leaves great lacing. Nose is full of that Citra citrus/forest-floor thing: a little leather, a little orange, a lot of lemon...boom.

Palate is biting with hop bitterness and implies acidity (although there isn't any) with it's powerhouse lemon rind hop flavor. Some grain notes come across from the malt, but that slick, hop oil-like smoothness of the Vermont IPA fashion slides across the palate leaving nothing but the idea of deliciously ripe, fresh hop flower/pollen.

My only complaints with this beer are with the Citra hop, as it's not my favorite, especially when flying solo. That being said, I find this more enjoyable to drink than other Citra single hop beers. (867 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I finally got to try this and my meager descriptive abilities do not do it justice. As another said, "Does it live up to the hype? Yes! Period." No, exclamation point! Period. (175 characters)

Photo of M_chav
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes like candied grapefruit/pineapple. Just so smooth and intoxicating. Where's the double IPA alcohol? so smooth and balanced, one of the best DIPAs out there, everybody knows this but it is definitely worthy of any and all hype. Juicy as hell and still has that perfect bitter bite at the end to fulfill all IPA desires. damn son! This is absolutely in my tap list in heaven. (384 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up from the brewery hours ago. Thanks Phil and Wade for being patient with all the beers I ordered!!!

looks like every Hill Farmstead hoppy pale ale. unfiltered. cloudy golden color with a huge pure white head that sticks around a while and leaves chunks of lacing.

very dank with lots of citrus behind that. citrus pith and some grass clippings.

soft malts give way to a huge citrus punch that is not overly bitter, but juicy, juicy, juicy and resinous. finishes with just a touch of bitterness before the juicy/resinous hops linger pleasantly forever until you are forced to take the next sip.

medium bodied with the perfect level of carbonation with a resinous, yet juicy feel lingering.

fucking awesome. Yet again, another home run. Even though it's a 7 hour round trip and all my friends force me to pick up numerous growlers for them every time I go.... It's worth it for beers like this.

Shaun Hill is a mad genius. (936 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml growler poured into a snifter, generously shared by Colin, Mike and Chris! Review from iPhone notes.

The beer pours a hazy, golden straw color, obviously unfiltered, true to Shaun's style with hues of lemon and orange when struck by the light. A soft, fluffy, white head, only a finger or so high rises from the beer that yields a nice network of soapy lace and maintains good retention throughout. The aroma is soft and delicate with lovely citrus, both tangy grapefruit and sweeter lemon and tangerine, mild pine and light earthy spice with some great tropical notes that really brighten the beer. I can't say it's exceedingly complex, the malt is a bit doughy as are more Hill Farmstead beers, but it's so well refined and expressive. The flavors are spot on, tangy grapefruit, lemongrass, tangerine, mango, pineapple with a bit of earthiness and crisp spice and just a subtle layer of cereal grain cross the tongue. It's bitter, but not overly so, the flavors do the talking, not the bitterness, although the nice, bitter dry bite is certainly at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's juicy and full bodied, coats the mouth well, could possibly do with some more carbonation but it finishes so smoothly with a dry snap that is assertive, but not intrusive.

Verdict: A immaculate expression of Citra hops, and an artful IIPA. Certainly one of, if not the best in Shaun Hill's arsenal of hoppy beers. It's beautifully layered, yet enjoyably simplistic that really showcases what hops, barley water and yeast can do when put together in just right quantities and conditions. A masterclass. (1,601 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one as a 12oz pour in a tall, thin glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Hill Farmstead Double Citra pours an opaque orange. It almost reminds me of a glass of orange juice. That is, if orange juice came with a finger of white foam sitting a top the beer. The head displays solid retention, and leaves a fairly nice coating of lace trailing down the glass. The nose is a great display for the Citra hops, and shows why they're one of my favorite hop varietals. The best way to describe the aroma would be to say that it's perfectly walking the line between citrus and tropical fruit, without veering too far towards either. It's also more pungent than the glass of Galaxy I had right before this. The flavor leads off with a bit of cracker sweetness for balance, before a big, yet rounded bitterness sweeps through mid palate. I really find myself liking the way Hill Farmstead packs the IBUs into their beers. The rest of the flavor profile is a perfect recreation of the nose. I love that some sips lean more towards grapefruit and pineapple, while others taste decidedly like mango and passion fruit. The body could stand to be a bit more substantial, but the bright and active carbonation is spot on. This was the last of the three hoppy Hill Farmstead beers I had that night, and I was very impressed with all three. (1,322 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Split a 64 oz. growler of this with a friend. Served chilled directly into pint glasses. Got this filled on Saturday at the Brewery.

Appearance: Pours a nice, two finger, creamy head with really impressive retention. This held very well in the growler and clearly did not suffer from being stored at all. Hazy, straw yellow in color.

Aroma: Big bursts of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus. Some pine notes in there as well. The malt note is quite subdued so the citra hops really get to shine. This definitely showcases the tropical fruit and citrus aspect of that hops.

Taste: Big citrus and tropical fruits. There is a lot of sweetness here too. Big candied hop notes really come through. Some bitterness and pine come through but it matches well with the sweet notes. Really easy to drink for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied. A nice creamy head. Very refrshing, with spot on carbonation, even on the second and third pours from the growler.

Overall, a really excellent DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I have yet to have an even average beer from them yet. I'm not sure if I prefer this or their Double Galaxy, but both are nonethless outstanding. Highly recommended if you have the chance. (1,235 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 yeahnatenelson
3.62/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tony for sharing this growler with myself and others.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy peach hue with tuft of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Tangerines, peaches, bergamont peel, honey sweetness and a amber-roasted malt. Quite nice, definitely the best feature of this beer.

Taste -- Surprisingly bracing hop bitterness with the flavor of grapefruit rind, a sharp contrast to the fruity/zesty aroma. Nice malting, light with a soft honey sweetness that, unfortunately, doesn't really stand up against the double-dose of Citra.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

Overall -- Somehow I'm not thrilled with this beer. It seems that the double-dose of Citra has really muddled the subtlety and nuance of this particular hop strain. Well-crafted, certainly, but not the most evocative use of Citra. (835 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this from JSBILK in a trade -- thanks Justin! He got this 750 ml growler filled about two weeks ago. Poured from the growler into my tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful straw yellow color, with an appealing haze. A white two-finger head absolutely erupts off of the top. Absolutely exquisite lacing throughout the pour.

S - Unmistakably citra here. A great tropical presence of mango, pineapple and sweet fruits galore. Incredible freshness.

T - A beautiful hop profile that is almost unfairly balanced. Sweetness and bitterness are in perfect harmony, with an exceedingly clean finish that Hill Farmstead has absolutely nailed for my taste buds.

M - Nicely medium-bodied, with a good carbonation level. Lightly sticky residue is left on the lips.

O - It won't blow your balls off with bitterness like a lot of DIPAs, but that is the beauty of this beer, in my opinion. Restrained elegance. (906 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a fresh growler into a modified tulip glass.

A - Hazy yellow hay, capped with a froth of delicate white , laced all the while.
S - Tangerine, tropical fruit, some lemongrass touches the ends. A sunrise of the senses.
T - Finesse displayed here, tropical feel, fine light malt, a kiss of dryness. Constructed to impress.
M - Fabulous feel, the mid palate is the treasure here. a stunning entry, gentle glide to the end. Like
Fred and Ginger on a winding staircase. A delight to be had.
O - This may well be the best constructed IIPA that I have had. Easy on the palate, clean in its finish. So
very good.

Cheers all (631 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 2L growler the day after it was filled.

Everything about this beer screams fresh, juicy, sweet fruit; from the appearance (hazy, orangey golden color), through the absolutely bursting fruity nose, to the taste, it is all a poem to oranges, tangerines and mangoes. One of the best hop driven ales out there, bar none. All hail citra hops ;) !! (359 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

On tap at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Cloudy like Marcel Carne shooting "Port of Shadows," but the outcome is glorious like Walt Disney in the end. Citrusy, yeasty... Just all around perfect, smooth..um, yeah, perfection. (232 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got in an awesome trade with Seblp - big thanks!

A: A swampy and orange apricot brew topped with a sudsy white rocky foam. The foam clings to the sides in fine and delicate sheets of lacing.

S: Smells as though fresh pine wood has been caramelized with musky mangos & melons spiked with grapefruit and orange rinds.

T: Wow - first, the malts balanced with hops are expertly layered in such a way that both the malts and hops sing together harmoniously. The sweet maltiness is a mild caramelized richness, notably buttery and fatty. The hops are a soft pine, with a grapefruit pith hit mid-palette. The finish is slightly dry pine, herbaceous, slightly sweet and refreshing.

M: Pin pricks on the tongue upfront, light and effervescent. The lightness opens up to a rich malty feel, like a thin caramel sauce. Perfection.

O: This brew expertly pairs the rich buttery malts with solid hoppy pine and grapefruit, supported by a mouth feel that smooth and chewy. Incredibly lucky to have this growler sent cross country! (1,022 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip, on tap at Teresa's with one of the sickest IPA lineups I have ever seen. Consumed earlier today, 7/1/2011.

The color is a hazy golden straw. The beer is topped off by a fluffy and sticky looking 1-finger head that displays good retention. Sticky thick web of lace results from consumption. A quick swirl clears the legs and throws tons of spotty bubble clumps on the sides of the glass, but there is no film or legs that result.

The aroma features grapefruit and piney hops in front of the dank bitterness that their use imparts. In the flavor, lemon zest and grassy hop notes come through to complement those found in the aroma. There is just a hint of malt sweetness, enough to show a vague attempt to counter some of the bitterness, but fleeting, as a DIPA should be. As the beer warms to approach cellar temperature, a warm alcohol characteristic overshadows the hop delciousness that I have been enjoying. A shame, really. This is such a balanced and aromatic DIPA.

Sticky and resinous with a medium texture, this is pretty spot on for what I expect an imperial IPA to FEEL like. A very solid offering, I will now try Abner to determine my favorite of the two. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Franck
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Nose of orange, lemon zest and hint of alochol. A scent of freshness tells me: stop smelling and drink!
In mouth, that's a fruit party. Everything fits together. Citra hop is dominant, fresh, tasty. Aromas of orange, lemon, grapefruit and pineapple. Small astringency but at 8 abv, that's normal.
Bitterness is strong, traces of pine and orange zest.
Overall, it's an other masterpiece by HF. It's like drinking a juice at breakfast. I'd drink to that everyday (461 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours that nice beautiful hazy orange I've come to expect in HF DIPAs with a sticky white head leaving a nice lattice work of lace around the glass.

Juicy and fruity right up front with that wonderful citra aroma. Grapefruit and mango notes with just of hint of floralness make for a wonderfully inviting beer.

Taste follows suit with lots of bright fruity flavors. Nice mellow malt presence provides a nice base for the citrus flavors to build upon. Finishes well with just a bit of flowery hop character and slight bittering note.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and damn smooth. Makes for a damn fine sipper (or gulper). Overall, I think I'd give a slight edge to Double Galaxy and Abner as my favorite HF DIPAs but until them I'll just dream of the day I can compare all three side-by-side. (794 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass, purchased at the brewery a few days ago, enjoy by 12Feb15! Tasted at the brewery but psyched to rate.

Pours a deep orange, hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces slowly, leaving lots of lacing.

Aromas a sharp and inviting, super tropical and piney at the same time, lots of citrus, pineapple, pungent grapefruit.

On the tongue is tons of citrus, grapefruit, mango, with an aftertaste of resin and citrus rind, slight hop bite on the finish. very nice. Easy on the tongue with a medium body and drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall it was everything I expected - super tasty, highly aromatic, and very drinkable. Up there with the best. (709 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy orangey amber, reminded me of a shandy or radler freshly made. Aroma was slightly citrusy, with a bit of sharp pine hoppy. Not over powering, or underwhelming, nicely balanced. Flavor was hop up front, with the undertones of citrus. Plenty of hop of front, but the citrus kept it from being too much one note. Nice and tingly in the mouth, coated well, and not overly chewy. Overall a great beer. Plenty of hoppy flavor without being a hop bomb, and the citrus flavor worked nicely as well. (554 characters)

Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
98 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.