Citra Pale Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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

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Ratings:
987
Reviews:
119
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
7.08%
 
 
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Photo of smk1363
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anteatr23
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a faded white orange cream with a one finger head. Smell is bright citrus, orange and mango. Flavor is of biscuity malts with juicy citrus and hops. Extremely drinkable/crushable. Light tingle of bitterness that dissipates quickly. Perhaps the best Pale Ale I've ever had, and if not -- certainly among them.

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Photo of Lurkerson
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of potion
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanflc
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skwalk47
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopyard57
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about a few hours ago 8/29/15

A: Medium tangerine with some honey and gold - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a nearly solid, wispy cap - leaves some nice streaks and spots of lacing

S: Clean pale base showcasing Citra hops - straight-up Citra, as expected, with some floral citrus, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit juice - light tropical notes, with some melon and pineapple - not very aggressive, compared to an IPA, but decidedly hoppy for an APA - clean malt base, pale malts, light bread

T: Surprisingly not one-dimensional - Citra works quite well in this context - tangerine and ruby red grapefruit juice, flesh - floral citrus - tropical notes, with some juicy melon, as well as some mango - medium level of bitterness - pale malts and light bread - minimal sweetness - very clean, as is typical with Hill Farmstead beers

M: On the light side of medium, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes clean

O: Hill Farmstead APA base + [insert hop varietal here] = win

This actually holds up better than I would have expected. Using Citra as the only hop for an IPA or DIPA is good, but not great. It's complex, but not complex enough for a big, hoppy beer. This, on the other hand, is not big. The simplicity and grace of the pale ale lends itself well to Citra.

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Photo of TahoeTweezed
4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of cgskippy
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CayseyW
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ewlew
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shmelvin
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Irishace9
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of caahare
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BigZ2214
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of allstar255
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewmeister1984
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So light and refreshing, outragiously drinkable.

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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 Wallmane
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.38 out of 5 based on 987 ratings.
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