Citra Pale Ale
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #9
Ranked #373
4.43 | pDev: 6.77%
Jan 11, 2022
Jun 29, 2010
Notes: An American Pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.
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3.96 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 11, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Poured out of a can dated 10/26, this displays a largely clear, only lightly foggy pale gold with a moderate puffy white foam head that settles to a persistently thick fuzzy blanket leaving all kinds of craggy lacing. On Untappd, past canned check-ins show this to be a consistently hazier beer.

Still quite tasty, but more punchy and crisp than I expected, it's overall bitter with a sharp zesty bite of orange rind, pine needle and even triple sec. A touch of toasted biscuit comes out in subsequent sips, but it's surprisingly bitter.

Feel is just shy of thin and watery, but for its airy yet fine carbonation. Oddly enough, it also seems boozier than Edward or even Double Citra.

Man, I can't believe how much trouble I went through to tick this, lol. I like it, but it comes across more like a Three Floyd's or Sierra Nevada ale.

Nov 24, 2021
4.23 by nelsonracite from New Jersey on Sep 25, 2021
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 30, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

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
4.5 by aasher from Indiana on Sep 02, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by eppie82 from Illinois

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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4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

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
4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2020
4.48 by nmann08 from Virginia on Sep 21, 2019
4.3 by KeithCon40 from Massachusetts on Jul 11, 2019
4.39 by willricewillsweep from District of Columbia on Jul 10, 2019
4.35 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jun 13, 2019
4 by Phurley2 from Massachusetts on Mar 15, 2019
4.25 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania on Dec 01, 2018
4.52 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts on Nov 29, 2018
4.33 by eddiefl from New York on Nov 24, 2018
4.62 by nappski from New Hampshire on Nov 17, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by GinjaSlice from Connecticut

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
4.31 by Beer21 from Florida on Nov 11, 2018
4.05 by McHenry from Wisconsin on Nov 10, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VABA from Virginia


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
4.34 by DaveCash from New York on Oct 26, 2018
4.15 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont on Oct 23, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SomethingClever from Ohio

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
4.14 by npolachek from New York on Oct 10, 2018
4.5 by Peter1977 from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2018
4.54 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Aug 15, 2018
4.49 by RealDeal from Florida on Aug 12, 2018
4.94 by PeterPGH from Pennsylvania on Aug 08, 2018
4.46 by coz from Illinois on Aug 06, 2018
4 by PprBurke from Virginia on Jul 27, 2018
4.64 by Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Brew_42 from Massachusetts

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
5 by dohedan from Michigan on May 08, 2018
4.25 by nollie77 from Ohio on May 05, 2018
4.75 by inspektor from North Carolina on May 03, 2018
4.5 by Dadthew from New York on May 01, 2018
4.5 by stt1118 from Minnesota on Apr 08, 2018
4.5 by jallen5076 from New Jersey on Apr 08, 2018
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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