Double Citra®
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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New England IPA
Ranked #14
Ranked #43
4.62 | pDev: 6.06%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: Imperial India pale ale brewed exclusively with Citra® hops.
Reviews: 244 | Ratings: 2,040 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Well damn, I thought the 6 pack of their Mosaic IPA was the bees knee's but holy moly this stuff. . . had it on tap at a bar in Vermont, not during our trip to the brewery.

Pours the most beautiful hazy ipa, looks like orange juice, this even surpasses the prettiest Tree House stuff, which also impressed me on how well it did with a relatively ugly style of beer. 1" of white head on an orange juice like body. Keeping up with the orange theme, the nose is all citra orange and tangerine. Where it gets wild, is as great smelling as this is, its the low point for this beer. Plenty of beers smell like awesome citrus.

Taste, jeez man. You know, if this was a lot more available, we could be flirting with a perfect 5 for taste. Truly separates itself as there isn't an acidic hop burn anywhere in the taste/mouthfeel like you get with ipas that are "very good". Its the best version of a hazy ipa I've ever had. Smooth, yet dry, has the best of both worlds much like the Van Halen song. I don't need complexity, just give me some awesome hop notes pushing orange and tangerine all day with a lower, yet firm bitterness and an amazing crushability notwithstanding somehow this is 8% abv. You can get wrecked on this effortlessly.

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Photo of Bfm
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Holds head extremely long, with a lighter golden – yellow color underneath. Lovely fresh hit in nose, but with a surprising dryness. Smooth, balanced, and long, with good weight, which I don’t always get from Citra hops. Finishes with layers in depth, dry rather than sweet. Surprisingly elegant and rich without being heavy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a hazy blonde color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of fresh citrusy notes with nice floral hoppy undertones and light subtle residual sugar notes. Taste is also a mix of huge juicy citrusy hoppy notes with some floral undertones and some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Solid IIPA with nice juicy notes.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.35/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden colored and exceptionally hazy. There’s a half inch of creamy dishwater white on top. The aroma is of mandarin orange. I’m tasting sharply bitter mandarin orange that leaves a long deep burn to the tongue and lingers long after you swallow it.

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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
4.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy yellow orange. Color of pineapple juice. Small ring of carbonation.

Smell is pineapple jumping out of the glass. Some mild plant/floral hop presence.

Taste is strong hop flavor but without the bitterness. Pine, pineapple, green vegetable, peppery, grassy. Any bitterness is extremely short lived. Minimal malt profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild/medium carbonation. A nice smoothness with some density.

A solid IPA. It carries a strong hop profile without a lot of the bitterness. A unique take on the style.

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Photo of Benish
4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a non-translucent cloudy peach color beer. Finished with a 1 inch head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: a ton of passion fruit, some orange juice, and vanilla at the nose. Kind of like a creamsicle. Very sweet.

Taste: heavy orange juice with hint of tropical fruits. Large amounts of vanilla, again giving this a creamy flavor and feel. Nice dank bitterness midway through without any hop burn.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, creamy. Medium bodied.

Overall: a well rounded juicy double NEIPA. Love the bursting oranges and passion fruit.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can purchased at the brewery. Pours a hazy dirty orange with an inch of head. Moderate amount of lacing. Lots of citra hops in the nose. Orange, lemon, grapefruit and some sweet fruity candy. The taste is more of the citra. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit along with some mango and pineapple. Orange, lemon and peach finish. Some alcohol heat. Medium body with a dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange juice color with a light tan head topping it off, this beer glides down your glass and clings like Velcro. Wow, what a sight to see.

Dank citrus notes dominate the nose, with juicy tangerines, pineapple, and grapefruit leading the aroma parade, and those aromas translate perfectly to the taste, with the glorious addition of a vegetal taste that softens the citrus acidity, and the slightest bit of caramalt flavor to lend the perfect balance to this phenomenal DIPA.

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Photo of bwarner2015
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my.
I was lucky enough to enjoy a can of HF Double Citra over Labor Day weekend in New Hampshire. A friend had recently purchased at HF. I apologize because I neglected to check the canning date.
Just incredible. I haven't been "wow'd" by many DIPAs of late, but this knocked my socks off.
Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. Full on hazy orange (a bit darker orange than OJ). Creamy white head.
Smell of ripe stone fruit, mango, with solid underlying dankness (weed). Out of this world.
Taste was delicious, with notes of ripe peach, candied orange, dried apricot, and a nice dank resiny finish.
Mouth feel was soft, rich, and full, with perfect medium carbonation, fully enveloping the taste buds. Mouth-watering goodness.
Quite possibly the best DIPA and best beer I have ever had, definitely in Top 5. Juicy Dank Lively Complex Goodness! Hop Candy! 100+/100.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More orange than golden pour, creamy bright white head, and the smell! Pop the top and it's like someone in the room just sliced a grapefruit. We know we're dealing with a single hop beer, and the taste, while consistent and one note, still takes you on a journey. The Citra comes through loud and clear, and then at a point in the midtaste, that taste kind of ramps up to a new level. And let's not forget that long, luxurious aftertaste. Brilliantly crafted.

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Photo of stoumi
4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Double Citra pours a milky and creamy orange color with a complex white cap on top that lingers leaving some impressive lacing. The smell is a true NE style DIPA, big and juicy on the nose with layer upon layer of Citra hops bringing out the citrus and tropical fruits including mango, grapefruit, peach and a hint of melon with some earthy tones and an herb quality. The taste, this is closest I've come to a perfect beer. Wow! This Double Citra tastes amazing, very soft and smooth over the palette with a light body that brings out orange, tangerine, grapefruit and some melon sweetness with a subdued bitterness.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque orange with two fingers of frothy, dense white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is a blast of tangerine, papaya, lemon and mandarin oranges. Grassy hops and a light bready yeast at the back rounds out the aroma. Flavor profile is tangerine, papaya, mango, lemon, mandarin oranges, and bready malts create a soothing hypnotic experience. Balance is sublime, never coming off overly sweet or bitter. Mouth feel has a consistent siltiness to it with a medium-thick consistency that adds power to each sip. Overall, a delectable brew with big tropical fruit notes, and a well-refined balance.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.66/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal. Best HF IPA I've had.

Gorgeous hazy appearance. Smell is dank hops and melon.

Taste is watermelon rind, citrus, dank hops, cantaloupe, and even more dank hops. Hops make the bitter finish that's just particularly interesting. It's not a normal bitter. It's almost a sweet bitter which is an oxymoron I guess. So good. Barely a hint of alcohol.

Super drinkable but thick bodied IPA.

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Photo of brewme
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received two cans in trade from DanPing (great trader), in exchange for some Tree House brews. My second brew from these guys. Absolutely outstanding, one of the best brews I have ever had.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

04/2014 - Oooh, that Citra mustiness, plus citrus, hops up front; chewy, flavorful mouthfeel, clean too; so fucking good and by far my favorite solo Citra hopped beer out there!

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: Can
Canned: Aug-20-2018 (Consumed Sep-9)

It pours a milky orange color with a half-finger of cream-colored frothy that settles to a fat film. Okay retention, concentric rings of lacing. It has a distinctly orange Julius-like aroma with a little earthy bitterness in the background. The flavor is more on the earthy than the fruity end of the spectrum but is far from bitter. Candied orange, moss, crusty white bread. It is immensely drinkable, with barely-there alcohol and a creamy feel that completes the orange shake impression. This is a highly serviceable beer with everything where/how it should be. I can't say that I am surprised coming from HF.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours the usual dark-ish super hazy yellow color. The head is pure white and looks very creamy. Retention and lacing are pretty good. The look of the beer is 100% NEIPA.

S: The nose is pure mangoes, juicy orange, light pine resin, mint leaves, peaches and even a very faint strawberry note. Superbly complex yet coherent. Very fresh.

T: The tastes is exactly like the smell, except for more pine resin than in the nose. You get a ton of mangoes, orange (juice and peel), mint leaves, peaches and again a light strawberry note. Incredibly fresh with no malt notes whatsoever. No chalk at all.

M: As with all Hill Farmstead brews I had, the mouthfeel is just perfect. Incredibly light and fluffy. The extremely low amount of residual sugars makes this beer not sticky at all too.

O: IMO, this is on par with Lawson's Double Sunshine as the best IPA I've ever had. This one is a bit drier but more complex on the fruit notes and fresher in the mouth with the notes of mint.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice amber with a slight white head. Aroma is a strong citrus with a tough of hops. The taste is also a fairly strong citrus with a touch of hops.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours cloudy yellow with nice thin white cap that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

Aroma - Huge pinch in the nose of citra hops great juicy slightly bitter aroma of orange and a touch of grapefruit. Nothing else needed.

Taste - Taste is a super balanced combination of sweet orange and bitter citrus peel/grapefruit. Could not ask for a much better taste, no bells and whistles just in your face hops. Alcohol is well hidden.

Feel - Medium bodied very soft mouthfeel slightly dry finish.

Overall - Overall one of the best DIPAs I have had, the taste is really balanced very easy drinking for 8%.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a brewery and brought grower home, poured growler in pint glass.
A: frothy 2 finger white fine foam bubbly head, hazy golden wheat body, long wisps of stringy lacing carbonation
S: citra hops screaming with citrus, orange oil, hints of malt
M: medium body with juicy finish
T: orange, citrus, malty, smooth hop resin builds and some bitterness comes through, minerally, slight note of alcohol in the end
O: great smooth crisp brew

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Photo of curtis6290
4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/22/18, Enjoyed 2/14/18 poured into a snifter. Acquired in a ship trade for some stouts.

Look: Great fluffy foam that lingers, minimal lacing. Deep yellows, light orange haze. Well blended, no sediment.
Smell: Very wet and acidic. Spice/pepper in the primary. Mellon, sweet potato, orange, lime meringue in the secondary.
Taste: Spice/pepper in the primary. Mellon, sweet potato, orange, lime meringue in the secondary. Dank weed and earth post taste.
Feel: Light and acidic upfront, balanced by a nice peppery, savory, resinous feel. Salty enough to keep you coming back.
Overall: This is a very interesting brew that opens up nicely and become quite complex over time. I contribute the month old can to the unpleasant tastes, but I still really enjoyed this. I will be seeking out a fresh can in the future for comparison. Definitely one of the better HF brews. Well done.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was absolutely great. There's a difference from Citra to Citra. Hill Farmstead sourced the absolute best Citra hops and this has the same perfect balance that you get from most HF IPAs

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 1/22/18 Drink by 3/5/18 12 oz.

A Double Dose of Citra hops!!
The pour brings forth a cloudy, dirty golden color liquid with white and amber highlights. A fresh, all white foam covering lasts long, bubbly froth continues full coverage with impressive lacing.

A very classic New England style DIPA nose....mega sweet, tropical fruit, sharp and peppery citrus galore! Sweet piney and spruce tip aroma's with light, grainy and honey sweet malted barley...a bit tangy and earthy, hints of vanilla way down deep.

The flavor is seriously impressive. Thick layers of Citra hop, citrus fruit, tangy herbs, earthy tones, sour apples, oranges, pineapple, soft, lush mouthfeel, light and very clean body. Amazing drinkability, you wanna just crush this can!! It doesnot list the abv. % ....seems seriously well hidden, like Heady Topper and Green. DC might have a slightly better earthy, dry kick in the finish then both of those excellent ipa's. Back to the mouthfeel and body texture....very impressive. Rolls Royce style ride!!!

The easyy, laid-back, crushability is unreal concidering the overall complexity of flavor, aroma and texture. This one is special.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a cold 12 oz can into a snifter. the beer is part of a recent trade with my friend Craig. Thanks!
The beer pours a hazy gold to orange color with a fleeting bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a frothy surface layer quickly after the pour. The aroma is strong and hop centric with grapefruit and lemon with a bit of resinous pine sap mixed together. I also get just a bit of biscuity malt buried in this hoppy brew. I dont get any booze notes on this one.
The first sip reveals a fairly light crisp body with very fine and tingly carbonation. The texture is smooth and the beer glides across my palate effortlessly on each swallow.
The flavor is as the nose advertised at the start of this sampling. There is a bit of sweet biscuit malt and then a lot of citrus hop character with lemon and some orange mixing, which rolls to some more bitter rindy grapefruit. The beer dries out on the finish and does leave some rindy and resiny hops on the finish. Again I dont detect any booze and the beer drinks very easy. Quite a nice double IPA

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Photo of REVZEB
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at my favorite VT bar, Blackback in waterbury. Everything outside of the taste is completely stunning, and the taste is damn good too. The smell is full of rich hops, juicy citrus, especially lemon and grapefruit, floral, herbal, and savory notes. It pours a beautiful haze with a finger of foam, that laces beautifully down the glass. Feels rich and full in the body. Taste is impressive, with citra driving the rest of the many supporting flavors. Wow

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Double Citra® from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 2040 ratings