Citra IPA
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #213
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
96
Ranked #993
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.61%
Ratings:
69
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 18, 2020
Added:
Dec 27, 2017
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  6
SCORE
96
World-Class
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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4.25 by jbarletto from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by SaisonMaker from Massachusetts

Probably the best NEIPA I've ever had. I'm not super crazy about their extra soft water thing. HF layers the hops is such a way that the aroma is intense but delicate at the same time. Worth the 2 and half hour drive from Southern VT during our last vacation in VT.

Aug 29, 2020
 
4.31 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Aug 15, 2020
 
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Aug 12, 2020
 
4.73 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Jul 02, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

12oz can - dated 03/02/20 - poured into an IPA glass at 38°F.

Huge thanks to acurtis for this one!

Pours a hazy glowing oramge juice yellow. Not quite milky, like the super NEIPAs, but it has little translucency. Just enough clarity to let the light through and turn this into a glowing oramge lightbulb of a beer. A finger and a half of loose white head recedes fairly quickly to just a film, leaving half a finger of lacing behind.

Nose: Very classic Citra hop aromas. Juicy and succulent ripe papaya, melon, tangerine, orange pith, unripe grapefruit rind, lemon rind, pineapple, lychee, some yellow mango, a touch of green grass, and a very unique hint of spearmint on the back end, all wrapped up in a clean, simple pale malt base. Beautiful display of quality Citra hops.

Palate: Immediately, this beer greets the palate much drier than anticipated. It has that grainy pale malt character of a NEIPA - likely with some oat too, but there's a lot of classic spirit here too. Dry grainy malt supports a big bouquet of Citra hops that immediately kick down the door with pineapple, orange, grapefruit, some melon, some papaya, gooseberry, and a whole lot of ZEST! This is one zesty beer. Lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit zest, pomello zest, lime zest... So bright and fresh. I haven't had many of these Hill Farmstead IPAs, but I'm starting to think there's something in the water. These beers have a huge minerality to them, which almoat hints at this gentle acidity, and it just makes them so bright and zippy. Like mineral water. There's some clean grassiness towards the back end, and then a nice drying pithiness comes in and really dries it out.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-light in body - some softness from the malt, but much more crisp and snappy. Zero heft or stickiness, and it's incredibly refreshing - a trait that is only accentuated by the lively, zippy effervescence that keeps this light on its toes. Pithy drying finish. Clean.

Overall: Man on man... This is my 5th Hill Farmstead IPA, and I think they're onto something with these single hop offerings. Mosaic was what opened my eyes, but this just seals the deal for me. If I could actually get these, they might be my favourite East Coast producer of hoppy ales. This just ticks every box for me. And to drink this well after three months? Come on! If you've ever had DDH Pseudo Sue, this has everything that has, but takes it to the next level, rounds off the edges, and adds a special secret flair to it. One of the best displays of Citra I've encountered. This is phenomenal. You need it in your life.

Jun 13, 2020
 
4.35 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Mar 07, 2020
 
4.48 by Hendry from Vermont on Jan 02, 2020
 
4.49 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Dec 28, 2019
 
4.35 by rcjennings from Ohio on Dec 23, 2019
 
4.28 by SkiBum22 from New York on Dec 20, 2019
 
4.29 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Dec 13, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by kevanb from Illinois

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.

Dec 13, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

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.

Nov 27, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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.

Sep 27, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

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.

Sep 21, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

On tap at the Mule Bar

Sep 03, 2019
 
4.72 by Soloveitchik from New York on Aug 03, 2019
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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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.

Aug 02, 2019
 
4.5 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Jul 15, 2019
 
3 by prisdefer from New York on Jul 10, 2019
 
4.33 by eddiefl from New York on Dec 27, 2018
 
4.5 by AMCimpi from New York on Dec 24, 2018
 
4.52 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Dec 08, 2018
 
4.16 by 22Blue from Kansas on Dec 07, 2018
 
4.44 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Dec 03, 2018
 
4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Nov 29, 2018
 
4.51 by yossle from New York on Nov 28, 2018
 
4.38 by Samact from Vermont on Nov 25, 2018
 
4.82 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Nov 24, 2018
 
4.3 by Jstuart23 from North Carolina on Nov 21, 2018
 
4.83 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Nov 21, 2018
 
4.3 by DaveCash from New York on Nov 19, 2018
 
4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland on Nov 14, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by WesMantooth from Ohio

10/1/18 can

Nov 04, 2018
 
4.38 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire on Nov 03, 2018
 
4.5 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Oct 05, 2018
 
4.5 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Sep 26, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by brother_rebus from Maine

gimme moh booze kehd. Double i guess i need.

Aug 30, 2018
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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Aug 21, 2018
Citra IPA from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 69 ratings