Citra Pale Ale
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #9
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
98
Ranked #364
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 6.77%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
929
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 03, 2023
Added:
Jun 29, 2010
Wants:
  419
Gots:
  87
SCORE
98
World-Class
Citra Pale AleCitra Pale Ale
Notes: An American Pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.
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Ratings by kfernandez3:
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Rated by kfernandez3 from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.9%

Apr 27, 2014
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Rated: 4.43 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Magoun's Saloon in Somerville, MA. What a treat to have some Hill Farmstead on tap within walking distance from my house. Citra is definitely not my favorite hop, but this one as expected was a decent showcase of it: lots of clean citrus aromas and flavors, a nice crackery malt profile, and the highly mineralic bite that is usual for HF. Pretty similar to Edward, imo.

85/100
Dec 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.69 by dkawalski from Massachusetts

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
From a 16oz can, dated 06/14/22. Served in a willi becher pub glass.

Pours a moderately hazy, milky-pale gold with a scant finger of fizzy foam. Retention is OK, leaving a wispy cap and a persistent curtain of thin lacing.

Aroma is faintly sweet and lightly malty. Reminiscent of sweetened bread roll and marmalade.

Right up front, taste is more at the sweet orange slice end of the Citra spectrum, with a lesser bitter grapefruit pith character developing deeper in and on toward the finish. Dry and crackery with thin soda-like minerality, then an impeccably clean finish.

Feel is bright and seltzer-like, crispy, light bodied with fizzy, spritzy carbonation. Sessionable for days.

Overall, an exemplary pale ale - unassuming and super-easy drinking, it’s not going to make a hazeboi soil his cargo shorts but, man, it is as clean as a whistle, utterly without flaw, and everything you could ask for in an APA.
Jun 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.23 by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by aasher from Indiana

Sep 02, 2020
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4 by pepesylvia from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.48 by nmann08 from Virginia

Sep 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.3 by KeithCon40 from Massachusetts

Jul 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.39 by willricewillsweep from District of Columbia

Jul 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Phurley2 from Massachusetts

Mar 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Dec 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.52 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Nov 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by eddiefl from New York

Nov 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.62 by nappski from New Hampshire

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by GinjaSlice from Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.31 by Beer21 from Florida

Nov 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by McHenry from Wisconsin

Nov 10, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
10/31/18

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
 
Rated: 4.34 by DaveCash from New York

Oct 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.15 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

Oct 23, 2018
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.14 by npolachek from New York

Oct 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Peter1977 from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.54 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina

Aug 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by RealDeal from Florida

Aug 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.94 by PeterPGH from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by coz from Illinois

Aug 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by PprBurke from Virginia

Jul 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.64 by Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Brew_42 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1064 ratings