Citra Pale Ale
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #9
Ranked #281
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: 129 | Ratings: 1,051 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GinjaSlice
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.

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Photo of VABA
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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Photo of Brew_42
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
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.

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Photo of REVZEB
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!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
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

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Photo of MA_hops
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!

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Photo of edthehead
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.

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Photo of rabbott2
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.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
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..

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Photo of ArrogantB
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.

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Photo of SABERG
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.

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Photo of tempest
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.

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Photo of lazy8
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.

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Photo of Gatch
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
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.

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Photo of njcraftguy
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.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The cloudy, straw yellow liquid was topped by an inch tall, super tight and foamy, eggshell colored crown that deposited a blanket of sticky lacing in its wake. Both the head and the lacing lasted until after the beer was finished.

With the thick, fluffy crown fully intact, the aroma was quite muted initially. Crisp, powdery and dry. As the head settled, intense citrus notes came forth. Grapefruit dominated. Some tropical fruits appeared as well. Pineapple and mango were most noticeable.

The flavor profile was solid but definitely more dry and bitter than I am accustomed to for a Hill Farmstead beer. As in the nose, grapefruit dominated. Loads of orange peel as well. As the beer sat, a touch of tropical fruitiness came forth. Mango was detectible. The beer finished pithy and dry with punchy grapefruit rind-like notes.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Pillowy soft on the palate. A hair lighter than medium bodied for the style.

Citra Pale Ale looks and smells a lot like a typical Vermont-style IPA, but the flavor is definitely West Coast all the way. Although I really enjoyed this, Hill Farmstead makes a number of other beers in this style that are far better.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a faded white orange cream with a one finger head. Smell is bright citrus, orange and mango. Flavor is of biscuity malts with juicy citrus and hops. Extremely drinkable/crushable. Light tingle of bitterness that dissipates quickly. Perhaps the best Pale Ale I've ever had, and if not -- certainly among them.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Head is bright-white and creamy. Drops to a small wisp of a cap in short order. Small fluffy cap and collar. A few notches and wisps of lacing.

Smell: Nectarine and a touch of peach. Leafy hop. Clean malt base. Pale malt sweetness. A touch of biscuit and slightly toasted white bread. Sweet and tropical, as in tropical punch minus the sugar. A touch of soft hop spice and a touch of lime. Almost hits at green wood and a touch of pine. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Mango and peach. Touches of tangerine. Sweet candied tropical fruit. Malts are slightly bready with a mild underlying sweetness. Obviously loaded with Citra. Tropical fruit abounds. A touch of tree branch coupled with a soft floral and spicy edge. Some lemon candy. A touch grassy. Leafy hop as well. Lightly toasted in the back. Yeast throws a slight fruity ester Ends up sipping a bit one dimensional. Hop oil. Aggressively pushes the Citra and it ends up sipping like hop pellets.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy. Slightly dry with some astringency.

Overall: Citra is good, this is good.

Single hopped stuff always ends up one note, as expected, but this just loses a little as a result. It's a true and genuine homage to this hop but it's not able to shine alone.

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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