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 AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool 750 ml flip-top growler from baconsausage-- thanks Tucker!
Served in a pint.

Kinda hazy, golden orange. One finger white head, despite an aggressive pour. Weak lacing and retention. Looks nice, and I'm a sucker for this color, but missing the head, retention, and carbonation to be anything better than average.

Smells of no malt: this is all hops. Grapefruit and light orange peels. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't seem vibrant and fresh... It actually seems muted and earthy.
Tastes pretty dry, some light bready malt hits first with the citrus hop notes on the back.
Crisp and clean finish. Where's the bitterness? A lingering citrus flavor holds a little bitterness, but not nearly as much as I had hoped for. The body is great-- lots of carbonation helps this feel prickly and palate-scrubbing.

Overall-- this is a dry ipa with a citrus hop flavor and light, accessible bitterness. This is a decent beer, but not a "every BA needs to seek this thing out" beer... It's more of a "I like trying new beers, so I'll give this a go" beer.

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Photo of jwsipkins
3.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I just tried this beer with two guys who had reviewed it very well previously and we all agreed it wasn't quite that great. Perhaps it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750mL swingtop growler to Portsmouth glass on 5/24/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Irish --

A: It looks quite a bit like a rustic Farmhouse Ale. Hazy lemon in hue. A good pour yields a one finger white head that fades to a killer and thick white collar. Healthy lacing follows.

S: Magical. If you're a citra hop fanatic like I am, this just about the most wonderful bouquet you could ask for. Pure, fresh citra. I almost buckled at the knees from the nose, as it's just jaw droppingly out of bounds.

T: God damnit. How does a beer that smells this good taste so bland? Watered down citra hop oil. That's it. Thin, one note, lacking complexity. To call the flavor profile a letdown is being kind.

M: Thin, fizzy. Like a bottle of club soda that got left on the counter without it's cap. Yet again, this disappoints.

O: The only saving grace here is one of the most memorable bouquets I've come across. Otherwise, this is a pretty big miss from the formidable folks at HF. This lacks flavor, body, complexity and more then anything, a reason to return to my glass for more. Overall, this is an average APA, maybe one notch above at best.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Soonami
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted Hill Farmstead Citra IPA from Pinnochio's in Media, PA that now has it on-tap and available for growler fills. This is a nice beer that showcases Citra hops, but it feels a little too diminutive to be called an IPA. It's not just that the alcohol content is low, but that the hop flavor, malt character, body and impact of the beer feels a bit underwhelming. Maybe it would be better categorized as an APA because then it would really impress people--as an IPA it leaves me wanting. The Citra hops added a nice tropical fruit component to the beer, but I wanted way more.

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Photo of billab914
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Irishcolonial for sharing this the other night. Poured from a 750ml growler. It poured cloudy and golden amber in color with a frothy white head to it.

The aroma shows off the Citra hops perfectly. Extremely juicy with lots tropical fruit flavors. Pineapple, mango and peach all jump out in it. Fantastic Citra hop aroma, so juicy, fruity and delicious.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't really follow through on the amazing hoppiness front. I get a modest amount of pineapple and mango mixing with some grapefruit and citrus rind, but it's actually pretty light overall. It seems to show the bitter, citrus rind flavors more than the tropical fruit notes the aroma had. It just felt a little light and almost watery

Mouthfeel is lighter with moderate carbonation. Again, it feels a little light and watery. Overall, it was pretty good APA. I loved the aroma but the taste couldn't live up to the hoppiness the nose suggested.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml growler into a HF tulip.

A: Hazy, golden straw with a thin head that quickly fizzes away.

S: Juicy tropical fruits all the way on this one. Mango, pineapple, generally sweet.

T: Surprisingly light on the palate and not in an outstanding way. Tropical and citrusy upfront, but very light in flavor. A little bitterness mid-sip to the end, with hints of grassiness. What is here is nice, but it's just too light in flavor.

M: Body is also light, with medium-high carbonation. Fairly easy drinking, though the higher carbonation isn't great.

O: A good beer to be sure, but not what I hoped for from the elite Hill Farmstead. Not one I'd hunt down again.

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Photo of brydeen
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chippo33 for sending this one. 750ml growler poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy golden-orange color, with a paper thin white head. Carbonation looks to be lacking a bit.

S: Wonderful juicy, tropical aroma I've come to expect with Citra hops. Loads of citrus fruits, pineapple, and mangos. Sweet sweet nectar.

T: Much subtler than the aroma. Still tropical and citrusy, with a slight bitterness, but it just seems to be slightly lacking. Fruity and refreshing.

M: Very light, with minimal carbonation.

O: Tasty and refreshing, but I had higher hopes. Not sure if the lack of carbonation is due to the growler seal, but it seemed to somewhat flat. The aroma was top notch, but I would have liked more bitterness or a dry finish to go with the juicy fruity flavor. Still a really good refreshing APA, but not the awesomeness I've come to expect from HF brews.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of brystmar
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Josh for sharing this growler!

Beautiful pour, tons of lace and head. Hazy and effervescent. Fantastic aroma of fresh Citra hops; pungent, citric, inviting.

Taste is disappointing, however. Citra hops fade into a bland middle before finishing with biting, earthy bitterness. Aroma rivals Zombie Dust, taste does not :)

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
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 smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery into a tall goblet.

Absolutely gorgeous looking brew. Glowing peach to apricot orange body, with a fantastic looking head. Creamy like whip cream looking with thick retention, 2 fingers topped off and you could scoop it with a spoon. Bright white, you just want to drown in it.

Aroma is kind of unexpected as there is a big yeast note on this which is the dominant trait. Some mild sensing hop tropics come out, even just slightly mushy tasting, but fairly small, even a little bit of nutty quality manages to sneak out as well. Different.

Palate provides a solid experience. Clean and just enough density and almost chewy mouthfeel. Hints of mineral water on the finish, with washing orange and tropical hop notes. A bit of earth peaks out with the citrus in the mid palate, and some mild toast dry malt character. Some mild pine bitterness also rounds out nicely.

Quite varied for a single hop brew, not too bad just wish the bouquet was a little different.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy golden-orange color, nice foamy white head. Carbonation looks to be lacking a bit. Nice lacing.

S: Love these all citra beers, reminds me a ton of Citra Ninja, Zombie Dust, etc. Huge punch of candied fruits, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, touch of honey, and some pine.

T: Flavor is much more subdued then the aroma. Some citrus, mango and pine. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Just wish it punched you in the mouth just as much as it did in the aroma. Nice light malt background as well.

M: Pretty light, light carbonation. Crisp and not that much residual sugar, which is a plus.

O: Amazing citra aroma that punches you in the nose, but with this had more flavor and bitterness to it. It is really easy to drink though and would love to try this again he there are adjustments.

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cparles for hooking me up with a 2-liter of this. Poured into a balloon glass, the brew appears a clouded golden yellow with pillows of frothy white head that fades slowly leaving a full wall of lace.

The aroma has plenty of citrus hoppiness that imparts an abundance of fresh fruity juiciness like grapefruit, lemon, herbs and grass. After it breaths, it gets a little cheesy, sulfuric and the hoppiness turn to that generic scent of pelletized hops crumbled in your hands.

The taste is very hoppy with an herbal bitterness that is somewhat grassy. A very dry wheaty grain or husky malt character is present before some sulfur emits and finishes with a nondescript bitterness. The freshness of this imparts that green hop pellet feel to this that is at times almost gritty and vegetative feeling.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. It is a very nice offering that is crisp and very easy drinking. So strange that while too cold this is really good but as it warms up, it gets kinda forgetable and mediocre. The aroma on this while cold is exceptional, the feel is great and everything else about it is mediocre to slightly above average.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for providing this growler. I'm going to be up front and say this growler isn't all too fresh, so I'll adjust once I can score another growler.

A - Pours a yellow/orange color, kinda hazy, white frothy head, some spotty lacing here and there and some random bubbles on top.

S - Nice bouquet of citra hops that hits you right from the start. Some citrus notes such as oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit as well. Nice floral notes in there as well. Very solid.

T - Similar to the nose and pretty straight forward sweet citrus, nice bitter/hoppy notes.

M - Light to medium, a little too light on the carbonation, oily finish.

D - Another very solid offering from Hill Farmstead. Shaun continues to make some great beers, and this one is right up there. Hopefully, I'll get a fresh growler next time it's released and I'll revise this.

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Photo of SABERG
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
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 pmarlowe
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tulip glass. From one week old Growler. Big thanks to mjord23 for sharing this.

A: Pours a cloudy pale/straw color with a few cm of fine, white head. Good retention and minimal lacing.

S: Subtle aroma of dank and citrus hops, some floral notes and breadyness, and maybe fruity and crystal malt.

T: Slight citra hoppiness, lemon zest, some breadyness and minerals, very dry and with a mild gripping bitterness on the finish.

M: Slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel on a light body and light carbonation.

O: Tasty, subtle flavors for a highly drinkable pale ale. A bit one note-y and lacking in depth/complexity, but that makes it a nice easy drinking/lawn mower beer.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I just lurve citra hops, so I'm looking forward to this one. 750 ml growler into a tulip.

A - Just like the rest of the HF IPAs - only slightly translucent, extremely hazy. The color is a pale, straw yellow. The head is a bright, thick, bubbly white, and it is making a mess all over my glass. Never was a fan of the HF color, but the head is amazing.

N - Yep, tons of citra. Not very complex, just straight of citrus: orange, lemon, grapefruit...

T - Similar to the nose. Straight up citra, not a whole lot else going on. It's a splendid ode to a splendid hop.

M - Very frothy and dry on the finish. I could drink this all day and all night.

O - Another classic. Looking forward to the rest of my stash.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is hazy dark orange with light sediment floating around and a white head with some loose bubbles on top. The hops are quite strong, it gives it a tropical fruit aroma with grapefruit and pineapple notes. There is an accompanying dough malt playing around underneath but subtle. The flavor is more balanced, the Malta are grainy with a light doughiness. The hops are assertively tropical, grapefruit and pineapple, with an assertive bitterness, dry finish, and clean light to medium body. Overall, another good beer from hill farmstead. Good balance, different malt components, interesting focus on the citra hop, extremely bright for a lower abv beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared three ways.

Pours a murky golden orange color with a bubbly off white head and average streaks of lacing. Aroma is powerfully dank and resiny, overwhelmed by the citra hops and unsurprisingly not much else. Flavor is mildly sweet with a strong malt body hiding behind abundant citra hops, bitter and citric. Crisp medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a very drinkable single hop APA/IPA. Lacking any complexity or depth of an exceptional IPA to get too excited about, but for what it is, very enjoyable.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Florida9
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow in color. Cloudy. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. The aroma is more "dry" than "juicy," though there is a hint of juiciness to it. Aroma consists of citrus, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, with lesser notes of tropical fruit and mango. Taste is similar. This is drier beer. Mostly citrus and citrus pith with notes of orange and grapefruit. Maybe a touch of pineapple. Lighter boded. Medium carbonation. Crisp and dry. Moderate bitterness.
Nowhere near as good as it's bigger brother, but still a quality beer.

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Photo of koopa
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler filled today at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY (get it while ya can!)

Appearance: Pours a cloudy murky slightly burnt golden orange with a 1 finger off white (slightly buttery) crown that displays a nice hop sheen, good lace, and decent retention.

Smell: Very nice amounts of citrus and very diverse notes....LIKE 5 ALIVE!!!! Orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, etc.

Taste: Same as nose with grapefruit pith taking center stage. I was hoping for more tropical and less grapefruit but not the end of the world.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and lacking in carbonation for my liking.

Drinkability: Fairly sessionable but the mouthfeel holds me back.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is light hazy straw. There is a solid half inch foamy head.

The aroma is stong and has sweet melon with a hint of orange zest.

The taste has a mild malt flavor; just enough to add a touch of sweetness to lie beneath the itter hoppy finish. Zesty orange peel leads to a dank hoppy finish.

This is light and refreshing. MOAR!

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