Citra Pale Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Pale ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, here it is. My second perfect rating.

Hill Farmstead Citra is a gorgeous beer to behold. When held to the light, a fiery orange sunburst color shines from within the confines of my tasting glass. Burnished gold highlights radiate from the edges. A fantastic soft head cascades upwards with a gentle pump of the handtap. With each luxuriant sip Brussel's lace is deposited on the sides of my glass.

The nose on this beauty features grapefruity goodness in all it's glory. Other tropical fruits come to the fore as fresh pineapple, mango and passion fruit waft from the glass. A subtle smell of dank marijuana and basil can also be detected as well as forest pine.

Taste is full on citrus bitterness as the aforementioned fruitiness is deeply cut by the hoppy bite. A perfect balance of way-in-the-back malty sweetness keeps things from becoming too astringent. Make no mistake about it though, this beer is all about the Citra hops - and what hops these are!

Mouthfeel is spot on. Neither too thin, nor too think. Sticky hops infused liquid coats the glass and when a droplet falls on the fingers its minor adhesive properties become apparent;).

Multiple glasses of this 5.5 percent abv beer are consumed effortlessly and the bottom of the glass begs to be refilled with the same elixir.

A perfect IPA!!

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to @EvilAsh for grabbing me a growler of this. The best comparison I have for this is Zombie Dust- but this beer blows zombie dust away. It has the wonderful Citra flavor, but it is so much cleaner. If more people had access to this, it would be a top 5 beer on this site...

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chilled 750mL growler into a glass. Thanks, Ben. From notes.

This was filled at a release, shipped via expedited FedEx to my work, and placed promptly in the work fridge upon arrival. I had intended to fly it with me on vacation the next day, but I made some excuse about the box being too small, and I convinced my fiancee that we should crack it immediately. To my chagrin, she loved it (she normally hates IPAs) and took quite a generous pour.

A: This is probably the one ding I can give this beer, so if you're looking for one of those reviews where I slam a beer for this or that, click the 'Back' button and look elsewhere. This is a cloudy, golden copper body (unfiltered); but I love clarity. On the other hand, it pours with a beautiful head and leaves creamy lace down the sides. I'll split the difference.

S: Mango, papaya, grapefruit zest, pineapple, even a touch of lychee. This hits that tropical citrus sweet spot that gets me a-twitter, and I'm having a hard time finding much to bitch about here. The nose is billowing, aromatic, and expressive.

T: Ridiculous. This has mild bitterness, but the flavor is loaded with succulent citrusy hops that give it the impression of a sweet fruit salad. Again: papaya, pineapple, mango, grapefruit. The pale malt base is restrained, helping the beer finish dry and clean; at best it imparts a light sweetness. I'll admit my bias for Citra hops is shining through here, but I don't exactly love Knee Deep Citra -- the way you showcase the hops certainly matters. This beer does it well.

M: Just under medium-bodied; it finishes clean, with bitterness found only during the taste and not after it. Good carbonation. The growler survived transit well.

O: It drives me nuts that some of the best IPAs I've had are among the most unattainable. Christ.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A single hopped pale ale from Hill Farmstead. Uses only Citra hops, one of my favorite hop varieties. This is gonna be good. Poured from my Hill Farmstead half growler into my Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Pours a very hazy and cloudy orange-ish. Medium sized head forms, and sticks around for a good amount of time. Looks like orange juice, maybe grapefruit juice.

Smells like citrus, so juicy and fresh.

Tastes incredible. Citrus fruits- grapefruit, orange, mango, etc. Light but pleasant bitterness throughout makes it very easy drinking. No real malt flavor to speak of, it's all about showcasing the Citra hop.

Light bodied, well carbonated. Insanely drinkable, goes down so easy.

One of HF's best pale ales.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful cloudy golden pale ale. Unfiltered with a soapy two finger white head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange. Flavor follows suit with strong citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is impeccable as are most if not all HF beers. Medium body and carbonation. I really have enjoyed their single hop series. They turn simplicity into perfection.

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Photo of rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 2L Growler of this and shared with jlindros and bpk59. Poured into a boulevard tulip.

A - Pours a glorious sunrise yellowy orange with a nice creamy two finger head that leaves a nice sticky side lacing and a very very nice creamy blanket.

S - Wow wow wow. Citra hops to the face. Big bright orange juice and light light pineapple. Some slight malty sweet finish.

T - Yep this is delicious. Wonderful tropical orange. Soooo juicy and delicious. Light malt sweetness on the end rounds things out nicely. Not too bitter but super orange rind fruit. Can't stress his orangey this is.

M - Mouthfeel is just awesome juuuust awesome. Creamy and delicious.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer one of my favourite ipas from Hill Farmstead it goes down amazingly well. Wish I could have this every day!

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Photo of sholland119
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this from Pniocchio's on the way to Thanksgiving dinner.

A-Hazy honey gold with a frothy off white head and great sheets of lacing.

S-C-I-T-R-A hops. Plentiful and aromatic, juicy and citric. Lots of grapefruit with some grapefruit rind and lemon.

T-Resiny and citric, plenty of hops from front to back. Just enough malt to hold it together. A long lingering hop kick gives this a great finish.

M-Lingering bitterness, medium bodied, crisp and nicely dry.

D-Outstanding. One of my new favorite IPAs.


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Photo of Gatch
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
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 GonzoHomebrewer
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Citra pale ale 750 ml poured into a HF stem

A-Bright golden yellow with a fluffy strong white head, gorgeous looking beer

S- mango, grapefruit, touch of lemon, passionfruit

T- passionfruit on the front, grapefruit pith, almost no bitterness whatsoever, some papaya and mango, very bright

M- solid carbonation but nothing that was distinguisable here, kept the beer together but would've liked maybe more carbonation or a bit bigger body

O- thirst quenching, could drink this all day

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Photo of wizmasta
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I made the pilgrimage to HF and it was well worth it.


A: Like most of their offerings golden hue, nice head, looks fantastic. Eye candy
S: Crisp, floral hops, I"m starting to get aroused
T: Light,playful, but full of life, perfectly hopped
MF: A decadent delight on my palate
O: I'm spent, completely satisfied but will want another in 15 minutes !

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a hazy, pale orange, with a frothy, foamy white head that hangs around and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S- Huge citrus, tropical fruits, hints of sweet bread. Big, potent and fruity aroma.

T- Packs a huge tropical fruit punch, with lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, hints of mango. Enormous hop flavor for a 5.3% abv beer.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, easy drinking, very refreshing.

O- Just a remarkable beer. Packs so much hoppy flavor into a refreshing, lower abv beer. One of the best uses of Citra hops and one of Hill Farmstead's best hoppy offerings.

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Photo of SebD
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%

From notes

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tropical fruit, citrus, dank pine resins, floral notes and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a ton of citrus (very tropical), floral undertones, bitter pine resins and some sweet bready malts in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This beer smells like a hand-full of fresh hops. It's a great showcase of Citra.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap and in growlers numerous times.

Pours a lovely golden orange huge with a nice white head.

Punchy aroma of grapefruit and hoppy goodness.

Taste is well balanced with ample hop body, citrus and resin with a malt backbone to support it.

Nice dry, clean finish.

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Photo of mynie
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

We were sitting at Montpellier's Threepenny tap when this keg was tapped. For the next hour and half, approximately 90% of drink orders were for Citra. All you had to do was nod at the bartender and he poured you one.

Why? Because it's that freaking good. Like most other single-hopped citra APA's, HF's Citra pulls off the rare feat of being incredibly hop forward but also ridiculously sessionable, like 7 Up. The fruit nodes are gigantic and zippy, but they come without the more "acquired taste"-style nodes you get with your regular high-alpha beer. There's no cat pee, no pine, no verdant stickiness, not even much bitterness. Just apricots, mangoes, and oranges.

Having had this, Zombie Dust, and PseudoSue all fresh at their respective brewers, I'd say this just nudges out Sue but still falls a tiny bit short of the dust. It's the most sessionable of the three (there's practically nothing in the aroma or flavor that comes off as alcoholic), but I just like the slightly more abrasive feel of the Dust. Still, this is world class.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a fresh 1/6 barrel with Rochefort10nh straight from the brewery. Thanks Shaun and thanks for the extras as well!

Appearance: Poured aggressively in a 20 ounce mug and wow what a sight. A hazy amber color reveals itself along with a 1/2" soapy white head. Some spotty lacing appears in the finish.

Smell: Oh yeah, bring on the grapefruit. This beers aroma is simply awesome! Additional fruit notes of orange and lemon. One of the best smelling American IPA's I've ever experienced.

Taste: Flavor of citrus and pine with a fair amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: One word says it all, refreshing! Clean and crisp from start to finish. A little more carbonation and it would be flawless in the feel.

Drinkability: A perfect summer beer. Sessionable and with a ton of flavor.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a bright hazy straw gold.

The aroma has pure Citra. Orange peel, pineapple, floral, juicy grapefruit. Not too huge however.

The flavor follows of a rush of bright citrus peel and light tropical notes. A light malt with a medium minus bitterness on the finish. Almost a drying quality as well.

The beer is an extremely well done Citra hoppy beer, with certain similarities to Zombie Dust, a single hopped Citra.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler thanks to ILOVESTOUTS poured into a pair of Hill Farmstead stems.

Pour: Hazy, bright yellow orange body, with two fingers of white fluffy head. Lots of sticky lacing, and the head lingers for the majority of the glass.

Smell: Big, bright grapefruit and mango up front. Lots of juicy citrus. A touch of white pepper, and light breadyness.

Taste: Really clean grapefruit and citrus juiciness throughout the entirety of the taste here. A very light white pepper. A slight doughy sweetness. Finishes with a light bitterness and linger citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly refreshing and drinkable. Very light bitterness, and a very juicy consistency.

Overall: One of the most drinkable pale ales I’ve had and maybe the best.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. This brew sports a pretty little cap of soft white foam. Decent lacing.

S-The Citra hop is in full bloom. Citra has such a magnificent, delectable aroma and Hill Farmstead has showcased it in masterful fashion. I could go on and on with descriptors but instead I will say that this beer smells of glorious Citra.

T-Citra hop, perhaps the best hop in my opinion. The flavor packed into this beer is laughably intense. The whole cornucopia of hop-driven fruit flavors is present here. I loved up the finish; it finishes like a Pale Ale. A nice little sweetened doughy character that keeps the spotlight on the hoppiness.

M-Water substitute.

O-I have wanted to try this little beaut for quite some time. I am so impressed with this beer. Flavor, drinkability, texture. Hill Farmstead-Thanks once again.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Slightly cloudy light golden. Moderately-sized near-white head. Very small bubbles. Fairly sticky pale ale. Pretty and very appropriate.

Unsurprisingly, this pale ale from Hill Farmstead brewed only with Citra hops smells like fresh, vibrant, in-your-face Citra hops...which is a very, very good thing. Huge floral notes, melon, freshly cut grass, and a sweet, earthy character come to mind. Hop forward and quite delightful.

The flavor is quite similar to the aroma, with huge amounts of Citra and just the faintest malt backbone making up the entire flavor profile. While this is simple and straightforward, the ingredients used are some of my favorites. Floral notes, honeydew and cantaloupe melon, mild citrus, a little bit of earthy, rustic bread combine for an exceptional single-hopped pale pale. Lovely.

Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. Exceptional.

Fantastic, as I assumed it would be. My high expectations have been met.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a nice white head. Sticky lacing. Great retention.

Smell - Oh my. Citrus hop all the way. Smells like a really well hopped IPA. Tropical fruits and citrus. Just a hint of grainy malt shines through.

Taste - More focused on orange citrus here, but still retains some tropical fruit flavors. No sweetness, grainy malts give the only bit of backbone it has. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, maybe a little low from the growler. Light body. Drinkable as hell.

Overall - This is just as good, if not better than Zombie Dust. Holy crap. Hill Farmstead has set the standard on pale ales with this one.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL growler filled 10/2. Served at 40F into a HF wine glass

A: Brilliant hazy golden yellow body with lots of fine carbonation. Pours to a 1.5 inch white frothy head filled with bubbles. Solid 2 minute head retention that regenerates with gentle swirling. Minimal lacing remains in the glass as I drink this.

S: Lemon and grapefruit (shocking, I know!) with. tropical notes and a dank, grassy undertone. No hint of malt. Faint traces of pine and pine resin.

T: This beer bursts with tropical fruit, citrus and a mild residual bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit peel. Rich and juicy, the malt blends into the background. The dank hoppiness from the nose follows through in the finish.

M: Medium to medium-light...surpisingly light given the hop bomb nose and taste, it's totally appropriate for a 5.4% beer. An oily coating remans on the tongue and mouth commensurate with the lingering bitterness.

O: If you're looking for monster Citra flavor (i.e., more hoppy than HF Edward) without too much punch or body, this beer is for you. Completely crushable without fatiguing the palate, this beer is another fine example of how a well executed pale ale can be rich, but easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Luk13
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hill Farmstead third anniversary. Pours a pale hay golden with thick creamy head. Aroma is tropical fruits and citrus, flowers and dank resin. Taste is very fruity, moderatly hoppy with a little more malt than I could expect from HF that makes it dangerously drinkable. Very good.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Jake hauled this one back for on his recent trip. Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a golden muddy yellow with a nice cap of white head.

Citrapalooza on the aroma. Lots of tropical fruits like pineapple and oranges. This is simply lots of sweet citrus fruit. The pallet has a lots of citrus flavors with some a nice bitter hop finish. Hints of toffee sweetness in the background.

The body is medium and sticky with good carbonation. Overall this one is amazing. Other beers will only disappoint going forward.

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Photo of M_chav
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a hazy, gloomy yellow with large foamy head.
S - Grapefruit dominates the nose, big tropical fruits dominate here
T - All citra, all good - should be a quote in the beer world. so juicy, so well balanced, tons of pineapple/grapefruit, a little guava/mango slice and just the smallest grassy hop bitters at the end round out a delicious beer
F - so crushable, really goes down smooth- light yet full of flavor
O - Awesomeness!

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Photo of Axic10
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's during their Hill Farmstead event.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden with a finger of white head.

Smell: Holy citrus! A great nose of pineapple, mango and grapefruit mixed with some nice bitter hops.

Taste: Just like biting into a grapefruit, even better than the nose. Sweet grapefruit, pineapple and mango with just the perfect amount of hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and dry.

Drinkability: If I could find this on a regular basis, I think this might be the only thing I would ever drink. Really impressive East Coast IPA.

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