Citra Pale Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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 Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429 and Amyliz4. Thanks Mike and Amy! Served alongside FFF Cenotaph.

A: Hazy and orange, with about an inch of white head that leaves some good lacing on the pint glass.

S: Nice bouquet of citrus and hops.

T: Delicious. Not quite as hop forward as the Cenotaph, but perhaps smoother and easier drinking. Wonderful aroma and flavor coming from the Citra hops.

M: Medium body, very smooth with a nice carbonation level.

D: A great IPA. I'd happily drink this again.

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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 jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for this growler. I'll echo Sean's comments that according to Alex who had a growler a week earlier this batch of Citra was on its way down, would love to get some fresh...Pours a dark orange, notes of brown, light tan head, decent head and lacing...The aroma is malt forward, especially for a citra, lots of caramel. Good strategy for this style. The citra hops are still there, just not in your face, tons of citrus fruits, oranges and grapefruits...The taste is right on the nose, a malty citra beer, caramel mixed with citrus. Makes this more drinkable for me as I am not a fan of the in your face citras. Would like to try it fresher, hopefully it doesn't become a citra bomb.

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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 corby112
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, golden burnt orange color with golden yellowish-orange hues when held to a light source. Very hazy and almost completely opaque with a one finger foamy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus hop aroma with lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, lemon peel and grapefruit are accompanied by some dank earthy pine needle notes. Caramel malt presence in the nose as well with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. The hops smell uber fresh but the malt presence cuts this down a bit. It kind of smells like a tamer cousin of a WCIPA.

Chewy full body for the style with lots of dank, fresh hop bitterness up front that lingers throughout over the sweet citrus/tropical fruit notes and malt backbone into a crisp, dry finish. Although the flavor is dominated by hops, the hop flavors are very well balanced. The palate starts off with very dry earthy piny bitterness which is quickly countered by an excellent sweet citrus flavor. Hints of mango and pineapple as well as some grapefruit and citrus peel. All of this is also nicely balanced by the caramel/graham cracker/biscuit malt backbone. A bit too malty compared to some other beers in the WCIPA style but still plenty hoppy and extremely quaffable. Recommended!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Beerloco for this one. Shared with the family, and served in pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that settles to a thin cap and leaving spots and splotches of lace. Hazy orange body that is evocative of grapefruit juice.

S - Huge unadulterated Citra hops. Tons of ripe grapefruit and orange, light chive, some nebulous tropical fruits, and a sugar cookie malt backdrop.

T - Great intense citrus zest, massive fruit juice character, and a hint of burnt sugar in the finish. Bitterness is present, but well-attenuated.

M - Medium-bodied, crisp moderate carbonation, very dry, with tons of residual hop oils.

D - This is absolutely crushable and thoroughly delicious. Even my mother-in-law liked this, and she doesn't even like beer. I could have consumed all 70oz or so on my own with ease. This is what I was expecting Cenotaph to be like.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled today at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY. They have very quickly gone through two 5 gallon kegs of this one in the past 2 weeks or so. Got to get in and get some the first day its on or wait till next time...Thanks to the DeCicco's crew for hooking me up with a 32 ounce sample.

Pours heavily clouded, dull, darker tangarine, under a moderate, relaxed, tiny bubble, light tan head, that stays, then goes to real nice looking and extensive fine lacing, low loose sheeting and a moderate collar. Stuff has the look of other real fine and high quality beer offerings that you sometimes have the luck to come across and get to enjoy.

Pungent and fresh smelling, with a jolt of bitter grapefruit pith, lime, melon and general yummy citric goodness. West Coast style IPA from backwoods Vermont! Gotta get a happy feeling from a sniff of this one.

Citrus, grapefruit theme follows through on the tongue, gums and throat. A treat in the mouth, with waves of all of the above and hopped up goodness. Crusty toast notes as well.

Very enjoyable. More great beer from H.F. Gotta try to get over there for a visit next time I find myself in northern Vermont, hopefully soon. In the meantime, please keep sending kegs to better beer spots in the NYC and Westchester county areas.

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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 Neffbeer
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger:

A: Hazy amber with a small white head, minimal lacing.

S: There is tropical fruit goodness all over the place. Tons of citra hops. Awesome.

T: A boat load of hops here. There is a touch of bread that tries to creep in, but the hops jump right back out and beat it into submission.

M: Light and delicious. Not too carbonated which really enhances the smooth feel.

D: Another great offering from Hill Farmstead. I have been really impressed by their beers tonight. This is yet another beer that I would drink regularly if it was available.

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Photo of emerge077
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dave for sharing this fine single hop IPA, which wasn't on my radar until you mentioned it ;)

Hazy orange tone, darker than some with plenty of frothy off white foam across the surface.

Ultra pungent citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. It starts out huge, and nearly overwhelms with intense hop aroma from the Citra varietal. Sweet and resinous, it pops like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Flavor is lightly bitter and full of luscious citrus pith, grapefruit, orange rind, with a mild undercurrent of pale malt behind it. A well built lupulin delivery system. Body is a bit lighter, which may be a result of the growler. Medium to low carbonation, which honestly makes it too easy to drink. The very bright hop aromas and flavors are what make this IPA really shine. So fresh and lush, it's impossible to put down until it's gone.

Cheers to Hill Farmstead, they are one to watch.

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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 321jeff
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a thin white head. Sticky lacing is left on the glass with every swirl.

Aroma is all citra hops, lots of citrus but a fair amount of pine as well. Hints of caramel malts in the background, but they definitely take a backseat in this brew.

Taste features grapefruit and orange but has a solid caramel malt backbone. Finishes with some sticky resin flavor.

Mouthfeel is just a bit watery and carbonation seems low, but I suspect this is caused by the growler. Very drinkable IPA that's a nice platform to put the Citra hop on display. I wish something like this was readily available near my house.

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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 Gfunk720
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from DeCicco's, first bottle off the keg. Poured into my Harpoon LE tulip.

A- Murky Amber in color. A light white bubbly head forms on top. Moderate lacing, but nothing crazy.

S- Delicious. Smells of sweet grapefruit and fresh hops. Malty and sweet, it smells like a much bigger beer.

T- One of the most complex single IPA's i've had, and just doesn't taste like a 5.5% beer. The fresh hop character is really nice, slighly piney but with plenty of citrus. Strong tastes of grapefruit, and lemon in the aftertaste.

M- Very nice. Drinks a little big for a 5.5% beer, but there is no shortage of flavor.

D- An all around amazing IPA. Great use of citra hop, and a delicious lower ABV beer.

Gotta keep an eye out for more Hill Farmstead stuff, as the two beers I've had are well above average. If you like a beer that has a crazy taste of fresh hops, this is a great one.

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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 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 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 Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blackback Pub & Flyshop on November 4, 2010. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a bright orange color with a two-finger bone-white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is really, really bright with tons of fresh hops and loads of citrus as well as some tropical notes. A lot of orange, tangerine, and a bit of mango and some other tropical notes. The taste is really fantastic with citric and tropical notes going on overload, with the mouthfeel providing a really excellent amount of bitterness to complement the beer's hop flavors. Drinks incredibly well and I could have kept on going with these all night.

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Photo of baggio
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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A: Orange/yellowish with a mediumsized, white, head.

S: Caramel, Citric notes, Exotic fruit with a hint of white bread.

Taste: Citric notes, Exotic fruit, Melon, Caramel and a hint of pine.

M: Clean and crisp ipa, perfectly balanced and refreshing showing what one can do with the citra hops. We're talking drinkability++ here.

My favourite brew by far from this small microbrewery in the middle of nowhere. One of the best low-alcohol ipa's i've had in a long while.

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