Citra IPA
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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New England IPA
Ranked #238
Ranked #1,558
4.41 | pDev: 6.58%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: This is the first release in an ongoing series of single hop IPAs using hops that was sourced and selected throughout the 2017 harvest.
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4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, dated 11.25.19, poured into a 12oz Hill Farmstead willibecher glass.

The beer pours a cloudy and lightly hazy golden straw color, honey hues with a nice finger of soft white head that has good retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is pleasant, soft wildflower, citrus, pale grains, mineral water, light earthy and grassy green hops linger. The flavors are nice, soft and simple, lead by a nice citrus peel, valencia orange juice, lots of doughy pale grain, mineral water, bitter pine, grassy and raw green hop leaf with a nice bright wildflower character. The mouthfeel is great, coating and smooth medium body with nice carbonation that isn't too abrasive and feels quite smooth with a delicate finish.

Verdict: A nice IPA from Hill Farmstead. It's soft and more of a delicate IPA than a big booming dose of Citra, but the balance is great and it feels fresh and bright.

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kevanb from Illinois, Dec 13, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of creamy white head. The head leaves a beautiful crown of lacing before settling into a thin sheet.

The aroma is exceedingly dank up front. There's plenty of notes of tangerines, overripe mango, papaya, and grapefruit. The cracker malt is present in the back with some subtle spiciness.

The flavor brings loads of tangerines, grapefruit, mangoes, and melon up front, followed by a wave of cracker malt and grass. Finishes spicy and earthy. Very well-balanced.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very soft and creamy. Surprisingly clean.

Overall, a fantastic IPA that is definitely one of the better showcases of the Citra hop. While it doesn't quite reach the level of Double Citra, it's still extremely flavorful and easy to drink.

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Nov 27, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a creamy orange color. 1 finger frothy white head. Retention is quite good.
The nose is filled with citrus. I get some orange, I think some grapefruit also. Quite strong, and pleasing.
Taste - Nice and mellow orange, and some grapefruit.
Creamy mouthfeal. Full bodied.
Another solid IPA from HF.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14 oz draft pour at Churchkey in DC.

Hops: Citra

This is one of those beers I never thought I would have the chance to try. I always wanted to see what HF could do with a single Citra hop IPA. Sure I wish this was actually Double Citra, but I'm not complaining. I'm more into lower ABV beers anyway and this was sublime. Soft, juicy and as clean as a whistle.

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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia, Sep 21, 2019
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at HF in Oct of 2015. I just found this on some notes I had made. I am putting in some review numbers so I can keep a list on BeerA so I can find what I have had at HF. So this rating really doesn’t count if you read this.
Actually here in Aug2019 I DO remember this. Wonderful.

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

12 oz. can. Hazy bright orange. Smells of papaya and some orange zest. Malt behind it is substantial as well. Almost smells of oats. Tastes of tangerine and some sweet melon hops. Still has almost an oaty malt flavor. A little sweet and a little toasty. Medium body. Faint bitterness. Excellent.

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4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very hazy orange color, with a small foamy head and lots of lacing.

This smells like super juicy citrus, orange and tangerine, with grassy hops and some light biscuity malt.

This is pretty much incredible. There’s just such a clean and expressive use of the Citra hops. It’s deely juicy and super crisp, with a clean and zesty bitterness. This is better than Double Citra for sure.

This is super crisp and clean, with a decent level of carbonation, and a very high level of drinkability.

This is fairly exemplary. Hill Farmstead is one of the few breweries that make hoppy beers that still excite me.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Aug 03, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can (!!) dated 7/23/18. Purchased at brewery 7/28/18 and poured into Carton Dubvariant glass.

L: 1F+ fluffy white head with lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a hazy dull amber.

S: Mostly sticky, dank, earthy, with minor orange and mango type scents.

T: Grassy and earthy, minor citrus and tropical notes. This is a different take than I am used to, or it was an unusual crop. Solid malt backbone, slightly bitter, very dank

F: Medium end of light to medium body, light to moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but a bit more bitter and earthy than I would have expected.

O: Sub-par effort for this brewery. Would rather drink a Carton Boat, Lawson's Super Session, or similar beers.

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Aug 03, 2018
Citra IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 63 ratings