Citra Pale Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

BA SCORE
98.8%
Liked This Beer
4.43 w/ 992 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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.

Added by baggio on 06-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#227
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
992
Liked:
980
Avg:
4.43/5
pDev:
7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
404
Gots:
77
Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -32.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love HF IPAs and this just underwhelmed for me. Probably my least favorite of their IPAs.

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.51/5  rDev -20.8%
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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3.59/5  rDev -19%
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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3.59/5  rDev -19%
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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3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
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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3.73/5  rDev -15.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 98.8% out of 100 with 992 ratings
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