Citra Pale Ale
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #9
Ranked #295
4.44 | pDev: 6.76%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: An American Pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.
Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 1,055 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Typical hill farmstead yeast profile with mice grapefruit and sweet fruit. Packs incredible punch for a lower ABV beer! Great body that isn’t too thick for the style but isn’t too thin either.

Sep 07, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From can, within week of canning.

For a PALE ALE, this may be at the very top. Hazy (NOT orange juice opaque), bright yellow color with beautiful tightly packed and small foam bubbles which contribute to this very soft feel when you both start your sip and finish it. Aroma, on an aggressive pour, burst with citrusy aroma. Taste is undeniable Citra all the way, but never in an over the top wrecking your palate. Balanced even though the single hop is being showcased. Also, like mentioned earlier, it has a very soft feel that's a bit drying and all the way refreshing at the end. Honestly, this might be my 'island beer'.

Aug 15, 2020
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pale straw yellow, very hazy with a white head on top. Good lacing. A picture perfect NE Pale Ale.

S: Dank, pungent citrus and tropical fruit characteristics, fruity yeast esters and a light bready malt character.

T: Mellow bitterness, huge hop flavor of sweet citrus, pineapple and a slight resinous quality. The malt is subdued but provides a good base for all of the hop flavor. The yeast contributes stonefruit characteristics.

F: Medium body, not thin in the slightest. Really the perfect amount of body for the style.

Overall: A delicious showcase of Citra hops. One of the finest single hop beers I have ever had. For anyone wanting to know what the Citra hop has to offer, look no further.

Aug 08, 2020
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GinjaSlice from Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler, minimum head, but great lacing down the glass. Nice pale cloudy yellow.
Smell didnt seem very strong but was a mix of some slight tropical fruit and maybe a bit of pine.
Taste follows the nose well, very easy to drink lots of fruit flavor, and a bit of bitterness/pine at the end.
Great slightly thick/creamy ipa feel, maybe slightly more carbonation, almost perfect.

Great ipa, easy drinker, great mouthfeel, but not as much depth to the flavor as the best of the best.

Nov 15, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at the brewery

A-Pours a very hazy yellowish orange color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has tropical fruit and floral hints
T-The taste follows the nose with generous amounts of tropical fruit and floral flavors and a nice bitterness
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced and delicately made American Pale Ale

Revisited 11/1/18

Great out of the can also.

Nov 01, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into snifter canned on 10/01

A: fairly small tiny bubbles white head that settles to a film. Body is a hazy bright orange tan in color.

S: Soft hints of cantaloupe and grass and a light maltiness in the background.

T: Fairly soft on the tongue pretty juicy light tastes of fruity melon and light grass a little bit of very mild bitterness.

M: softer on the tongue medium bodied leaning towards watery with low carbonation.

O: not a bad beer at all. I could see getting tired of the mouthfeel and low carbonation pretty quick but the Citra hops definitely shine.

Oct 11, 2018
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank it out of a can so I can;t offer the normal amount of detail. But this was a super refreshing pale ale. Taste notes were big citrus and floral notes. Super crisp. Perfect for a hot day. First Hill Farmstead beer and it did not disappoint.

May 15, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow gold with a small fluffy head that breaks quickly. A few islands of wisp left behind and some lacing.

Smell is beautiful citrus fruits, grapefruit, orange, tangerine. Then I get some dank hops and grassiness.

Taste follows the nose with citrus of course leading the way. A sweetish burst of fruits, followed by the bitter resiny hops.

Feel is medium in weight, tending toward light. Carbonation is spot on. The finish is nice and coating and bitter.

I seem to be singing the same song as many reviews here...a fantastic beer that is easy to drink and immensely enjoyable.

Mar 09, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Yellow hazy with medium sized white head.
Smell: Honey, lemon, orange, papaya, and dank resin.
Taste: Taste follows the nose with honey, lemon, orange, papaya, and dank resin.
Mouthfeel: Soft and pillowy but complex for a pale ale.
Overall: The best pale ale I have ever had.

Jan 06, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. So you have to love citra, no really. I do, so I adored this pale ale. So much citra without breaking the beer. The body has so much you feel like you can chew on it, to go with cracker malt. Taste is citra, grass, hay, lemon, pineapple, pine, orange, and juicy grapefruit. Smell is not as vibrant and more hop heavy. Still, one of the best apa's I have had in years!

Jan 03, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a glossy/hazy burnt dark orange color. Thin white head. Sly amount of lacing. The smell started off with thick juicy to bitter orange juice to pulp. Sweetly dosed with some grapefruit pulp and rind. The flavor brings it all together for a spectacular bittersweet balance. Gentle juicy to the touch in the aftertaste. Slick sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation seems to feel good, fairly low. Smooth coat of juice slides across my tongue. Some bitterness. Overall, damn nice APA that I would love to have again.

Jun 08, 2017
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GuitarIPA from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, from the moment you pop the growler top, the aroma is amazing: citrus, hops. Flavor is white grapefruit, coriander and other citrus flavors. Light bodied (not thin at all) and pleasant tingle on the finish

Aug 07, 2016
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MA_hops from Vermont

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, straw colored. Looks like pineapple juice with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Hint of tropical citrus, pineapple and mango stand out.
T: Similar to the nose with a hint of grapefruit bitterness.
M: Medium carbonation with a thin body and a slightly bitter/dry finish.
O: Another solid HF beer!

Jul 29, 2016
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edthehead from New York

4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden moderately hazy look, with a foamy white head with some lasting power. Very little lacing. Mild citrus in the nose and taste. Medium body mouthfeel. Good summer drinker.

Jul 25, 2016
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice juicy, citrusy, light IPA. Drank this all weekend at Magnaball in Watkins Glen, NY August 2015. Not one of their better offerings, but that probably is not the point with this one. I really drinkable, balanced, super flavorful and refreshing IPA/APA.

Apr 11, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White head with lace. Slight hazed yellow.

Some juiciness here. Grapefruit. Citrus fruit. Floral and earthy.

Lighter bodied. Nice feel. Light bitterness and a bit of stickiness.

Solid offering.

Mar 20, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid offering. Not as much Citra as I would have expected from Hill Farmstead in a Citra Single Hop PA but it was solid. I like the S&S series of beers much more..

Mar 17, 2016
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. yellow, hazy. Smells like citrus. Soft mouthfeel and a nice citrus flavor with some malt to let you know it is not an IPA. good but not as good as the mosaic pale ale.

Feb 09, 2016
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler into the modified tulip glass.
A - Orange creamsicle in color, hazy but not muddled, a fabulous froth caps the body.
Lacing in pillow form clings in overhangs down the glass.
S - Citrus, and more citrus, Orange, and mango in the front, dried pineapple and papaya close behind.
T - Soft display of flavors, orange, and musk melon, Soft lemon poundcake, with a hint of mint,
M- Outstanding, soft on the palate, sturdy support of the flavors, The feel is delicate and uninhibited.
O - There are few pale ales of this caliber.

Jan 17, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at Judy & Punch in Astoria. Came out hazy yellow that looked more like orange juice than a beer. It's all citra, so the flavors aren't surprising: big stone fruits with a biting citrus edge in the finish. Another great example of Hill Farmstead's supremely hoppy beers.

Nov 17, 2015
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lazy8 from California

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow gold and cloudy with thin white head. Citrus aroma with pine notes. Medium bodied beer with hops out weighing the malt and yeast. Very good for those that like hops over yeast and malt.

Nov 03, 2015
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whenever I go a while without HF, I forget how great it really is. Not much else can touch them. Just a different level of craftsmanship. The best aspect of this beer and all HF beers is the lack of filtration. Cloudy, thick goodness at all times. Honestly, this stuff is like hop juice, as all of their other APAs and IPAs have been. Dangerously easy to drink. Perfect balance and a wonderful showcase of how good the Citra hop really is. HF is #1 for damn good reasons.

Oct 27, 2015
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold. Rocky finger or so head.

S: Musky citrus fruit. Earthy, grapefruit peel, bready crust.

M: Light bodied and dry, tart feel.

T: Hit with lemon, melon, and grapefruit. Funky pineapple, barn hay. Finishes with wet grass and sour tangerine.

Sep 12, 2015
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njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fine brew from HF. Had this on tap recently and enjoyed it. Very smooth with complex flavor. Light enough to have several yet tasty throughout. HF never disappoints.

Sep 10, 2015
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MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey, delivered to me in an Armsby Abbey snifter. Beer was bright orange and hazy with a fluffy white, pillowy head of about two fingers. Smell and taste of citrus zest bitterness. Mouthfeel was super smooth and delicate. If I had the opportunity to crush this all day, I probably would.

Sep 05, 2015
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