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Double Citra | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Imperial Pale Ale bittered, flavored, and dry hopped exclusively with Citra hops from the American Pacific Northwest.

Added by Satchboogie on 05-29-2011

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Avg:
4.53
pDev:
18.76%
 
 
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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Just tried this brew for the second time at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. All around one of the best DIPAs I have ever and I STRONGLY recommend another great beer from HF. Not surprisingly the Citra smell hits you right off the bat with grapefruit and sticky sweet orange- some other tropical fruit as well make their way to the nose. Well again not surprising that the citra flavor comes through like a train- the slight bitterness and tartness of the grapefruit is perfectly balanced with the sweet orange. Not too much malty flavor but it comes through in the faint background. I get the bitterness that I would expect. however its not at all overbearing-might help to mask the 8+% booze. Hop character lingers in the best way possible.
I really have nothing bad to say and I will certainly get this again.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got in an awesome trade with Seblp - big thanks!

A: A swampy and orange apricot brew topped with a sudsy white rocky foam. The foam clings to the sides in fine and delicate sheets of lacing.

S: Smells as though fresh pine wood has been caramelized with musky mangos & melons spiked with grapefruit and orange rinds.

T: Wow - first, the malts balanced with hops are expertly layered in such a way that both the malts and hops sing together harmoniously. The sweet maltiness is a mild caramelized richness, notably buttery and fatty. The hops are a soft pine, with a grapefruit pith hit mid-palette. The finish is slightly dry pine, herbaceous, slightly sweet and refreshing.

M: Pin pricks on the tongue upfront, light and effervescent. The lightness opens up to a rich malty feel, like a thin caramel sauce. Perfection.

O: This brew expertly pairs the rich buttery malts with solid hoppy pine and grapefruit, supported by a mouth feel that smooth and chewy. Incredibly lucky to have this growler sent cross country!

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I knew I would probably love this given that Citra is my favorite hop and I love the handful of HF IPAs/APAs/DIPAs that I have had. However, the 3 times I had this in the past 2-3 weeks (on tap at the Jeffrey and at Milk and Hops in NYC, and from a 32oz HF growler picked up and sent to me by SDRedDevil) it was so delicious that I literally had to force myself to not just drink the whole thing in one sip. So delicious and nice dry finish with just the slightest bit of hop bitterness on the back end that just makes you want to take another sip right away before you even put your glass down. Definitely one of the handful of beers I can honestly say that I wouldn't mind if I could only drink that and no other beer for the rest of my life. Definitely the best hope beer from HF of the handful I have had (Edward, Susan, Harlan, Abner, S&S 4), there really isn't anything I would really change about it!

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Beautifully hazy shade of pale gold. Decent white head, lots of lacing

Smell: Mangos, pineapple, a little citrus. Drool-inducing

Taste: Flavor follows the nose with rich mango and pineapple.

Feel: Densely textured with a moderately assertive bitterness juxtaposed against lovely creaminess. Superb. This is the best mouthfeel I've ever felt in a beer.

Overall: Wow

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Double Citra
Look 10/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 98/100

Devastatingly delicious and refreshing, almost hard to imagine there was alcohol in it. Tasted more like citrus squeezed into a glass. Was truly incredible and is tied (actually just a bump behind due to style) with Twighlight of The Idols. Just unreal.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 2L growler the day after it was filled.

Everything about this beer screams fresh, juicy, sweet fruit; from the appearance (hazy, orangey golden color), through the absolutely bursting fruity nose, to the taste, it is all a poem to oranges, tangerines and mangoes. One of the best hop driven ales out there, bar none. All hail citra hops ;) !!

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Photo of d5001986
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml swing top growler poured into Spiegelau tulip.
10 day old fill.

Pours cloudy yellow-tangerine color with large whitish head. Huge tropical aromas emerge from the glass. Taste is very citrus/tropical juicy. Mango, pineapple, and orange with moderate bitterness. Very well made and highly drinkable brew. Would love to try fresh at the source someday.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml growler filled at Hill Farmstead. Consumed same day (11/2). Poured into a HF stemmed glass.

A - Beautiful. Golden, translucent, with perfect suspension. Bright white head. No sediment. Left light lacing on sides of the glass.

S - Wow. INTENSELY fragrant. Grapefruit, mango, honey, and fresh hops.

T - Perfect delivery of pink grapefruit. Constant taste from initial taste to lasting bitter grapefruit finish. However, not overwhelmingly bitter, and also has an inherent sweetness.

M - Superior quality. Moderate carbonation with a nice tingle through mouth. Clean and crisp.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

crazy how many double ipas does this brewery have? answer: you can never have enough double ipas haha

oh well lets meet double citra ipa hey how come this one does not have a name? maybe they ran out of names at hill farm haha

poured awesome like a blaze orange color right in my glass sorry but i drank this one out of a plastic cup

smelled awesome all i can say about that serious intense fruit like aroma like mangoes and guava and blood oranges really this is absolutely incredible

taste followed too except it had some serious danky funky strong herbal flavor too in a good way like a crazy indian stew or something

only thing maybe maybe wrong and i stress the word maybe is the mouthfeel a bit thick and soupy but now i am really nitpicking here

overall really fantastic brew best one from the hill yet and great double ipa even better than ephraim imho

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Photo of Bardwashrind
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fresh 750ml growler sent by the generous RSchaeffer. This one set a new standard.

Unwrapping the electrical tape that held the pop top in place was a feat of nervous anticipation. So very excited to try this beer. The bottle was finally opened and then the hops rained down from above.

Unbelievable dank, fruity, tropical, zesty, intense, resinous and floral aromas that are distinct to the world of hop forward beers came through in such clarity, I couldn't hesitate with quickly taking a big first sip.

Just unreal. The first flavor was so clear with tropical hop intensity that I tried to think of the last beer that this could be compared to. Nothing came to mind, as this was so expressive and bright with that sticky and dank hop flavor. I understand why Citra is getting all the talk. Some light richness was apparent within the flavor but was so throughly enjoyed. Lovely and seamless in every regard.

Finishing this bottle was like taking lessons as how to taste beer. I was floored by how good this was as I'm usually not someone who feels that the quality of hoppy beers aren't a product by which their origin designates. Hill Farmstead is a destination and can easily be put up next to the big west coast contenders as a brewery that knows how to handle their hops. I'm saying all this without even tasting Ephraim. I can only imagine how good that will one day be...

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Photo of jegross2
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Double Citra from the Hill Farmstead Brewery out of Greensboro Bend, Vermont.

Score: 98

One week old keg pour served in a clear plastic tasting cup at The Beer Temple's second anniversary celebration and enjoyed on 03/23/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours translucent, dull golden color with a half finger layer bubbly head. Good lacing and retention, even in a plastic cup. 4.5/5

Smell: A dank fresh assault of tropical fruit, with a little pine-like character. Apricot, mango, nectarines, grapefruit and pineapple. Everything in wonderful, fresh harmony. Wow. 5/5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells -- like a hoppy, tropical fruit syrup that you would find inside a can of pineapple or pears (but in a delectably fresh way). The mango/nectarine flavor is so bold, so delicious. Has a little bitter bite upfront, which quickly mellows out amidst the juicy, lightly sweet fruit flavors that linger nicely. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Quite viscous and syrupy mouthfeel for an IPA, good carbonation. Very juicy, with a little dryness to the finish. Has a nice light bitter bite, but no big bitterness here. 4.75/5

Overall: Simply one of Shaun's best hoppy beers, along with Society & Solitude #4 and Ephraim. Unlike many other pure citra hopped beers, this one has a little bite to it. Seeks this one out, and drink it fresh. Cheers!

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml growler.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Clouded apricot-cantaloupe orange. Snow white head, good lacing.

Mellow, well-rounded and extremely pleasant aroma combining citrus, floral, and tropical elements. Melon rind, mango, grapefruit, peach and tangerine.

Nice, firm and assertive hop derived tartness. Dry without being puckering so with a rather soft body.

Taste is sweet and tart; a cross of tangerine with blood orange. Peach nectar and lychee on back with some grapefruit peel. Underlying honey malt sweetness throughout sets a very good contrast.

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Photo of Snudge4Ever
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Had at Dark Lord Day out of a BCS snifter. Great orange color. Bubbly and very inviting.

S: Incredible. Citrus smell is overwhelming in a good way.

T: Very good. Citrus aftertase is awesome. Similar to ZD.

M: Dry. Bitter.

O: Impressive. My fav Hill beer. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is about as good as it gets on the palate when the right batch hits.

The palate is a blast of Citra with a sweet malt backbone and a delicious, lingering caramel finish.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a very light golden straw color with orange hues and a medium sized white head that leaves some lacing.

S- The aroma is intensely mandarin orange forward, with lemon zest and grassy floral notes in the background. A good bit of pineapple comes through later in the aroma, and there's some nice biscuity malt as well. Smells glorious!

T- The flavor is more bitter grapefruit forward, and the lemon zest and grassy/floral flavors are more pronounced than in the aroma. The mandarin orange and pineapple are still there, but not nearly as pronounced. This is a week old growler, and they don't use a tube to fill, so this could be why, since I've had a small pour of this before and it had more of these sweeter flavors. The biscuity malt is very prevalent in the finish, which is dry and bitter.

M- The mouthfeel is nearly perfect, medium bodied, buttery smooth, and just the right carbonation.

O- Overall this is a top notch DIPA, and I can't wait for the next batch to be released!

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Photo of jhavs
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler from the brewery poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A: Orange haze in a golden brew. Thick white head that lasts and offers a ton of lacing.
S: Big citrus hops that come in waves. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, juice, rind, zest. Makes you want to take a sip.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of hop flavor that hits on many levels. Does not overpower the malt.
M: Pretty light considering the ABV. Moderate carbonation.
O: My favorite of their hoppy brews. So big and bold but remaining easy to drink. Perfect balance of hops and malt flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Hendry
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Okay, this is Vermont, and the level of quality craftsmanship and legend is drawing folks from all over the United States that are touring "Beer Country" as if it were a serious California Wine Country tour, and WHY NOT?!

Meeting Shuan Hill was a pleasure, and no different than meeting any other down to earth rural Vermonter that knows how to do their job and do it well. We arrived first on a Friday afternoon and it was the better part of two hours driving from NorthWest Vermont to get there.

Double Citra is one of the more recent offerings from the distinguished Hill Farmstead Brewery and it was poured into a 750 ml bottle for take home enjoyment. Tastings are served at the brewery, but I neglected the four tastings for $5 offer as I was the driver.

Pours a cloudy off yellow with an elegant cotton head reaching 1 finger and lacing brilliantly in the glassware. Playfully effervescent without being overly carbonated and an exceptional nose consisting of pineapple, kiwi, clementines, and ruby red grapefruit with a smidgeon of mango, yet the aromas are more subdued and subtle than their Vermont counterpart that is also an all citra hops concoction (to be named later in this review).

Initial taste is tropical fruits, juicy sweetness, followed by resinous piney herbal hoppiness that is simply top shelf, leaving a bitter aftertaste that lingers pleasantly, inviting another sip.
Quaffing Double Citra cold does this IIPA a disservice: letting it breathe in proper glassware for no less than 15 minutes brings about the complex qualities that are accentuated with some warming (same observation with Lawson's Double Sunshine). Whatever malt used to balance the double citra whammy is strictly a platform to showcase the rock star hops under the spotlight taking an awesome solo all over your palate!

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly oily, and the overall impression is that this is a highly refined IIPA that shows no signs of booziness, and is made with quality and care.

I can understand how letting it breathe while enjoying appetizers/entrees at one of the fine Vermont eateries that serve it could be challenging: the tendency is to drink it down and order another one, but I can tell you from my perspective, it misses the point of the total enjoyment experience consuming it cold.

My BA buddy PlinyMafia that took the pilgrimage to HFS with me did take the tastings offered, and spoke "sacrilegiously " when asked if Lawson's Double Sunshine was better than HFS Double Citra, but that comparison will be covered thoroughly in a soon upcoming beer forum thread to be titled "Hill Farmstead Double Citra goes head to head with Lawson's Double Sunshine: the Battle Royale!"

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: a beautiful golden orange color with two fingers of head. S: a citrus fruit bomb. T: so good. Wow, loss of words. Fruity, with a bitter at the end. M: Classic perfect HF mouthfeel to an IPA. Creamy and light.
O: this beer is great. It has slipped through my fingers many times, not this time. This may be their best IPA...incredible...seek this out and drink it

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Photo of Mineo
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Melon goodness. Citra hops are on full display with only a slight honey-like malt backing. The hops are the star here, and HF is able to put them front and center on an amazingly drinkable platform for a 8% DIPA.

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Photo of Resuin
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a Willibecher glass. This was filled 4 days ago at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a peach, slightly light amber color and leaves a finger of sticky, white head, that lingers for a while before fading to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big citrus hops up front, some pineapples and peach as well, honey, a hint of pine. Very clean and crisp flavors.

Taste: Honey, grapefruit juice, clementines, just a hint of lemon zest. The grapefruit is quite prominent, as well as delicious. Very drinkable flavor, not too bitter. Alcohol is masked by the citrus. Quite juicy.

Mouth-feel: Medium to well carbonated, with a nice smooth medium body.

Overall: Lovely grapefruit flavor to this one - definitely the best citra hopped beer I've had. Lovely mouthfeel and this is extremely drinkable for a DIPA.

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Photo of rudzud
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes after hooking JLindros up with a growler. Finally getting around to adding all my beers. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Pours a hazy hazy very nice orange hue with a massive, creamy two finger head that fades incredibly slowly leaving tremendous amounts of sticky thick side lacing and a wonderful creamy dense blanket. Awesome.

S - Sooo much citrus here. Wonderful orange/tangerine/tangello notes with just a faint, faint hint of malts and tropical notes.

T - Mind blowing. More of those excellent citrus notes that just burst in juicy explosions on the pallet. Slightly pine notes but this is mostly tropical notes with big bright pineapple, papaya, and tangerine. There is a nice slightly bitter hop finish.

M - Mouthfeel is standard for Hill Farmstead beers. Nicely medium bodied with solid carbonation.

O - I remember working The Festival and getting a few pours of this before going on my lunch break and sipping at it with my brisket sandwich. This beer, this brewery, is outstanding. So freakin good.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$6 for a 10 oz pour, 8%
Sampled 22JUL12

[A] A fluffy snow white head, compact creamy head with wonderful retention. Eventually, complete sheets in concentric rings coat the glass. The body is a soft, pale goldenrod color and is hazy to the point of being opaque. A light murkiness keeps the appearance from a perfect 5.

[S] Clean, bright hops. Citrusy, tropical and sweet with a touch of dank pungency to provide the right amount of balance. Orange pith stands out just above a light grapefruit component and a deeper layer of grainy mango. 

[T] Wonderful sweetness from front to mid palate to prepare for the upcoming bitterness, which is somewhat restrained. This stuff is insanely drinkable.

[M] The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy. Carbonation is perfect, perhaps on the softer side of the spectrum but the gentle effervescence integrates well with the flavor profile. Modestly sweet with a lingering drying finish. 

[O] In one word: masterpiece.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing beer! Pours a lightest orange hue with white head. Smells of pure citrus . Perfect hop bitterness with just the right amount of malt to balance it out. I could drink this for days, but i settle for this growler this time .

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

Smooth citrus goodness. Looks elsewhere for indepth analysis. This just tastes and smells so good. Hops are present but not overpowering. One of the best.

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Photo of Franck
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Nose of orange, lemon zest and hint of alochol. A scent of freshness tells me: stop smelling and drink!
In mouth, that's a fruit party. Everything fits together. Citra hop is dominant, fresh, tasty. Aromas of orange, lemon, grapefruit and pineapple. Small astringency but at 8 abv, that's normal.
Bitterness is strong, traces of pine and orange zest.
Overall, it's an other masterpiece by HF. It's like drinking a juice at breakfast. I'd drink to that everyday

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.
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