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 BeerBeast
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Hill farmstead, happy to begin with my favorite hop, Citra!

Outstanding nose, delicious flavor, finishes light on the mouth, most excellent!

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

L- Pours a hazy, gloomy yellow with large foamy head.
S - Grapefruit dominates the nose, big tropical fruits dominate here
T - All citra, all good - should be a quote in the beer world. so juicy, so well balanced, tons of pineapple/grapefruit, a little guava/mango slice and just the smallest grassy hop bitters at the end round out a delicious beer
F - so crushable, really goes down smooth- light yet full of flavor
O - Awesomeness!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml growler into a HF taster. Filled at the brewery 2 days ago.

Pours a magnificent golden yellow very cloudy body with a white head that reduces to a layer of foam. Some lacing.

Aromas are delectable, tons of tropical fruits.. The hop profile here is dominated by juicy citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, mango.

On the tongue come big freshly hop oils - straight citrus and tropical fruit, followed by a slight hop bite but not much, making this an extremely easy beer to put down. Carbonation is medium and body is medium-light.

Delicious citra ale.. Having experience in brewing citra forward beers, this is what I aspire to create.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a growler three days after purchasing from the brewery into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Golden straw in color with a nice 1-finger head that settles into a thin film of foam. Completely opaque with unfiltered goodness. Looks like an illuminated streetlight with frosted glass. Very pretty.

S: Really great aromas right off the bat, with heavy hop notes of pine, citrus, and grass. Bitter and bright with a sharper hop nose than other HF pale ales. There is a touch of malt backbone on the end of the nose that evens it out quite a bit.

T: Strong notes of hoppy pine up-front with a lemony hay middle and a bitter toast finish. Balance is towards the hop side of things with a distinct dry bitterness following the taste all the way through. Tasting notes of lemon rind, grapefruit, tall grass, pine needles, and damp hay at the end. A tannic hollow tin taste on the finish.

F: Good feel in-mouth with a bit of a strange after-feel. Afterfeel was hollow with a bitter feel that resides in the jaw. Though the in-mouth feel can't be overstated, the after left me a bit disappointed.

O: A good offering from a great brewery, though their dedication to true craft may have set my expectations a bit high on this one. All in all it's an excellently done single-hop Pale Ale, but comes up lacking in a few departments. But don't take my word for it, try it yourself!

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to @EvilAsh for grabbing me a growler of this. The best comparison I have for this is Zombie Dust- but this beer blows zombie dust away. It has the wonderful Citra flavor, but it is so much cleaner. If more people had access to this, it would be a top 5 beer on this site...

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Photo of papat444
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Totally hazy yellow body, flavor explodes with lemon leaving the tartness at the door. Mild grapefruit and rind are also present. Bitterness is present yet never oversteps. Very good pale ale.

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Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quick notes:

Remarkable depth, flavor, and feel for a single-hop APA. Instead of having Citra dominate the entire flavor, the malt backbone makes a very strong showing.

A bit each of sweetness, citrus, and tropical fruit. Fantastically smooth mouthfeel - among HF's best.

This beer is so good that if I went back and re-rated all single-hop Citra APAs I've had (including ZD and PseudoSue), this one would likely come out on top.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beautiful cloudy golden pale ale. Unfiltered with a soapy two finger white head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, and orange. Flavor follows suit with strong citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is impeccable as are most if not all HF beers. Medium body and carbonation. I really have enjoyed their single hop series. They turn simplicity into perfection.

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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 cbutova
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased and reviewed at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT over the past weekend. Probably the second time I have had this brew.

A- Pours to a HF tumbler with a super chalky cloudy golden body. Creamy white head to over a finger and good retention. Puffy ring and pillow remains and lacing is composed of sheets and webs.

S- Citra hops aren't massive but certainly plentiful with crisp tones of stone and tropical fruits ala tangerine, apricot, citrus, orange and peach.

T- Juicy but crisp at the same time. Minimally sweet with fruity notes of tangerine, apricot, mango and passion fruit. Citrus zest of orange and lime, just slightly on the latter.

MF- On the light side but still quite a bit of creamy, frothy texture. Carbonation just below high but overly smooth. Finished just slightly bitter.

Juicy as all hell but might need just a bit more body to make it a great one. Reminds me of all day but juicier and more texture. Still very good with a Citra flavor on point.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to tom10101 for sending us a fresh growler.

Lots of tropical fruit, some pine, hint of dankness and a solid malt backbone. One of the best pales I've had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL growler filled 10/2. Served at 40F into a HF wine glass

A: Brilliant hazy golden yellow body with lots of fine carbonation. Pours to a 1.5 inch white frothy head filled with bubbles. Solid 2 minute head retention that regenerates with gentle swirling. Minimal lacing remains in the glass as I drink this.

S: Lemon and grapefruit (shocking, I know!) with. tropical notes and a dank, grassy undertone. No hint of malt. Faint traces of pine and pine resin.

T: This beer bursts with tropical fruit, citrus and a mild residual bitterness reminiscent of grapefruit peel. Rich and juicy, the malt blends into the background. The dank hoppiness from the nose follows through in the finish.

M: Medium to medium-light...surpisingly light given the hop bomb nose and taste, it's totally appropriate for a 5.4% beer. An oily coating remans on the tongue and mouth commensurate with the lingering bitterness.

O: If you're looking for monster Citra flavor (i.e., more hoppy than HF Edward) without too much punch or body, this beer is for you. Completely crushable without fatiguing the palate, this beer is another fine example of how a well executed pale ale can be rich, but easy to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

A-Cloudy bright yellow/orange, two finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Rather citrusy, lemon, tropical, grapefruit.

T-The citra hops provide a great citrus flavor with some grass an spice, tad bit of tropical notes with a nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins with a nice crisp finish.

O-Another knock out from HF, Citra is a great hop.

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Photo of SebD
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%

From notes

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tropical fruit, citrus, dank pine resins, floral notes and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a ton of citrus (very tropical), floral undertones, bitter pine resins and some sweet bready malts in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This beer smells like a hand-full of fresh hops. It's a great showcase of Citra.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sample size (2 ounces) on tap at the brewery.

A: It pours a dark yellow color, with very strong pure white head, good lacing and good retention.

S: Strong strong smell for such a small beer in terms of ABV. It is Citra though, you get almost unriped mangos and pineapples, but, most of all, lemon and orange juice/peel.

T: Like the smell, you get a really good amount of lemon and orange juice that is accompanied by a sour version on mangos and pineapples. Then, you get a the citrus peels type of hoppiness an it is then followed by a light amount of sweetness to linger on in the aftertaste.

M: Very light and fluffy, perfect for this type of beer.

D: Not sure why I need to comment on the drinkability of such a beer. Highly drinakble. I could down a 2L growler by myself no problem.

All in all, a very straightforward beer but it is beautifully executed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Served on tap at the Res in Waterbury.
Pours a hazy golden sun color with generous one finger of frothy head.
Smells fantastic, tons of citra aromatics here.
Tastes fantastic, not just one note complex.
A chewy body that also creates a soft and velvety mouthfeel.
A masterpiece APA.

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Photo of wizmasta
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I made the pilgrimage to HF and it was well worth it.


A: Like most of their offerings golden hue, nice head, looks fantastic. Eye candy
S: Crisp, floral hops, I"m starting to get aroused
T: Light,playful, but full of life, perfectly hopped
MF: A decadent delight on my palate
O: I'm spent, completely satisfied but will want another in 15 minutes !

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks much to Stakem for sharing this with tenderbranson and me, enjoyed chilled in a goblet.

The color is light with golden hues and light haziness with white head and average bead/lace. The smell is extremely aromatic with hop forwad smell like few I have had the pleasure to inhale -lots of citrus, pineapple and dank hop esters which bring to mind pith of grapefruit and herbs. The feel has moderately high bitterness with subtle astringent tangy qualities and medium carbonation with mild sweetness to support the hop acidity.

The taste is great - tons of floral, herbal and dank flavors from the hops which are mildly grassy in a good way with somewhat tropical and grapefruit-like in the juicy taste as if one were cut at the peak of ripeness. Overall this is a hard to compare pale ale that demonstrates the aromatic qualities of Citra very well and is extremely drinkable almost IPA bitterness thanks again, Adam!

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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 Seanniek91
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2 day old growler into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Appearance- Cloudy golden color with one finger white head that left miniam llacing.

Smell- Some lemon, pine, tangerine, peaches, and white grapes. Minimal malt characteristics. No booze.

Taste- Pretty much follows the nose but with more grassy and piney notes. Finishes medium hop bitterness and lingering earthy/grassy notes.

Mouthfeel- Very light and extremely easy to drink. Medium carbonation with a moderatly dry finish.

Overall- A very nice single hopped pale. Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. This brew sports a pretty little cap of soft white foam. Decent lacing.

S-The Citra hop is in full bloom. Citra has such a magnificent, delectable aroma and Hill Farmstead has showcased it in masterful fashion. I could go on and on with descriptors but instead I will say that this beer smells of glorious Citra.

T-Citra hop, perhaps the best hop in my opinion. The flavor packed into this beer is laughably intense. The whole cornucopia of hop-driven fruit flavors is present here. I loved up the finish; it finishes like a Pale Ale. A nice little sweetened doughy character that keeps the spotlight on the hoppiness.

M-Water substitute.

O-I have wanted to try this little beaut for quite some time. I am so impressed with this beer. Flavor, drinkability, texture. Hill Farmstead-Thanks once again.

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Photo of berkshire413
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler fresh from Hill Farmstead into a tuliped pint glass.

A. Pours very very hazy golden and shimmery. looks like its grapefruite juice. A nice half finger head settles down and retains preety well. Medium lacing clings to the glass.

S. Oh yeah! this stuff is great, i mean really great! Beautiful even. So much lemony orange and grapefruity hoppiness. Very strong very potent it brings a smile to your face, the nose on this rivals some of the best i have ever came across. its so light and juicy everything about it is just happy happy hoppy hoppy.

T. You can guess where I am going with this... super dank and resiny, all the scents are covered in the notes. heavy grapefruit up front, juices and rinds. the sweetness mixes so well with that hop bitterness. The hops are very very resiny, coats your mouth and really hangs around for a while. there are some light wheaty notes in there as well, that give it a nice bready feel too.

M. Awesome stuff, light to light medium on everything. very drinkable, no booze at all. perfect carbonation. the acidity is high but the hop IBU is not over the top so its very well paired up. I could drink a lot of this stuff and i plan on it.

O. Absolutely one of the better beers i have had. I will absolutely get more of this. its so juicy and such a wonderfully layered beer. the overload of citra is so welcomed and i love the resin it inherintly has. packed with beautiful citra hoppy nastiness and balanced out perfectly with whatever they have in the water up there. Im conviced there is something in that water up there. it brings everything up a notch or two!

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

Pours a softly pale lemon yellow with a hazy little blush inside. A creamy head of white foam that fell slowly and left good lace. Nose is bright lemon peel. As it warms some tropical mango and beautiful floral come forward. Light and flaky biscuit, with a drizzle of honey. Floral and sweet herbal back notes. Taste is lovely and even delicate. This beer has a superb mouthfeel. It's got a just a little breaddiness, just a bit of flaky sweet biscuit to make the mouthfeel creamy and give it depth. The hops are floral and lemony. The bright lemon peel with the citric tartness lightly underneath. The tropical softer stone fruits in this are permeating the drink for a juicy and ripe taste. There is a moderate but very soft bitter that is just one of the best bitters I have ever had.

Light easy to drink and very flavorful. This beer will be an instant favorite.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, bready malt, pine, floral, very fragrant

T-bready malt, citrus, floral, pineapple mango, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-delicious pale ale, love what has been done with this hop, could drink this all day

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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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Citra Pale Ale from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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