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Citra Pale Ale | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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

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Ranking:
#223
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
997
pDev:
7%
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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of evanfox81
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Washuffizi98
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DWittmann
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.12/5  rDev -7%
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 ajpowell5
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA
Served in a snifter

Gorgeous appearance. The cloudy, straw yellow liquid was topped by an inch tall, super tight and foamy, eggshell colored crown that deposited a blanket of sticky lacing in its wake. Both the head and the lacing lasted until after the beer was finished.

With the thick, fluffy crown fully intact, the aroma was quite muted initially. Crisp, powdery and dry. As the head settled, intense citrus notes came forth. Grapefruit dominated. Some tropical fruits appeared as well. Pineapple and mango were most noticeable.

The flavor profile was solid but definitely more dry and bitter than I am accustomed to for a Hill Farmstead beer. As in the nose, grapefruit dominated. Loads of orange peel as well. As the beer sat, a touch of tropical fruitiness came forth. Mango was detectible. The beer finished pithy and dry with punchy grapefruit rind-like notes.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth. Pillowy soft on the palate. A hair lighter than medium bodied for the style.

Citra Pale Ale looks and smells a lot like a typical Vermont-style IPA, but the flavor is definitely West Coast all the way. Although I really enjoyed this, Hill Farmstead makes a number of other beers in this style that are far better.

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Photo of JuliusPepperwood
4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smk1363
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anteatr23
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of potion
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanflc
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skwalk47
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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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Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
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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4.96/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CayseyW
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ewlew
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 997 ratings
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