Double Citra | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Double CitraDouble Citra

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

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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Photo of LAp
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Not as hazy as I'd expect - yellow-orange with a thin white head. The nose is dank, and gorgeously hoppy. The palate is different than I would have expected. Dank. Savory. Clear why it was revolutionary once upon a time (must like Pliny), but though outstanding, it has many admirable rivals in this day in age of dime-a-dozen brilliant IPAs. Overrated given the current competition.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ my favourite bar in NYC.

Currently, this has a 100 on Beeradvocate, and is #57 in the Top 250.

Notes are regrettably brief given a bar environment.

APPEARANCE: Hazy orange body. Soft creamy white head. Thick coating of lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

AROMA: Very faint and muted, actually. Pale malts, citrus, a hint of yogurty tang.

Aromatic intensity is surprisingly low. Quite a reticent beer aromatically.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Coating, smooth, wet, refreshing, tangy. Perfect carbonation. Medium-bodied. Soft.

Taste is less well executed than the mouthfeel. Flavours of yogurty tang, faint citrus, and pale malts. None of the juiciness and orange flesh vividness I love about Citra hops is showcased here. Still, it's quite well balanced even if it lacks intricacy and adequate depth.

Hop-emphatic without being bitter.

OVERALL: Undeniably good, though I think counting it amongst the best imperial IPAs currently brewed is a bit optimistic. I'm glad I got to try it, and it's ludicrously drinkable, but it isn't mindblowing work and fails to showcase the more impressive characteristics of the Citra hop in my opinion. Hill Farmstead erases any bitterness from this Citra-hopped ale, but some concomitant bitterness is desirable in an (imperial) IPA in my opinion.

Absolutely worth trying, but far from incredible or world-class.

B (3.59) / GOOD

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.89/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ As Is in NYC. Notes from 3/22/2017.

Light amber and hazy with a soft, creamy white head sitting on top. Orange, grapefruit and peach make up a fruity and floral aroma. Smooth citrus flavor. Although it's difficult to pick up any malt flavors, it's clearly there providing a substantial base for the hops to be showcased. Bitter at the tail end, creamy and full without becoming too heavy. No sign of alcohol despite the 8% ABV.

Overall, I wasn't wow-ed like I thought I would be. A citrus-forward beer with restraint, but a little too much so. That being said, what a rare treat to be able to walk into a bar in the city and drink this without having to trek to rural Vermont. NYC drinkers, you are fortunate indeed.

#57 Top 250 Beers; #26 American Imperial IPA; #10 Vermont; #30 New England.

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Photo of superspak
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got in a BIF from Roguer. 750 ml swing top growler into signature tulip glass, best before 3/25/2017. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Awesome webby soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, lemon/orange zest, light pine, honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, lemon/orange zest, light pine, honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, lemon/orange peel, light pine, honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Slight dryness from lingering bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly silky/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight resin/rinds near the end of the glass. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a world class DIPA! All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, thanks to the smooth/mellow bitterness. Super dank, juicy, and vibrant on hop flavors; great malt balance without feeling sweet or heavy for the ABV. An absolutely mind blowing offering.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: typical hill farmstead golden look

Smell: nice and juicy fruit smell

Taste: another classic hill fruit taste with hops and fluffiness which translates into a great mouth feel.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got the growler back home and pours into a golden colored liquid with nice fluffy two finger breadth head. It is so smooth for a double IPAA. Very gentle lemon rind flavors along with loads of citrus scents. Truly a remarkable DIPA

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Photo of JamFuel
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mule Bar in Winooski.

Pours a hazy light orange.

Smell is grassy, with great lashings of mango and pineapple.

Taste is soft and tropical. Mango and pineapple blends with a great burst of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, maybe slightly low on carbonation.

Once again Hill Farmstead deliver a great hoppy brew. This is so well balance and drinkable. Great stuff.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a foamy white head. Aroma is big and citrusy, grassy with hints of tropical fruits. Flavor is big and juicy with huge citrus. Feel is smooth, medium bodied and very drinkable. Really awesome DIPA that showcases citra.

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Photo of raspy22
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite HF hoppy beer!
Tapped/filled growler on 2/22, drank on 2/25.
Look was a very pretty cloudy/hazy dark orange.
Smell hit me from a foot away when I popped the growler. The citra hops are beautiful on this! Strong mango, melon, tangerine, grapefruit, peach. I spend a lot of time just smelling this.
Taste was great also. All of the aroma points, but not so much the melon. Very easy-to-drink, and very pronounced citra flavors.
Very smooth. No sharpness on the aftertaste. Almost sticky in your mouth.
Overall, this is quite easily one of my favorite hoppy beers, and certainly my tops from HF's hoppy offerings. I wish HF canned their IPAs/APAs to make them more accessible. I want this beer a lot more! World class!

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, almost milky, pale yellow with a rich frothy two finger head that slowly dies down. Very nice lacing.

The aroma here is big on orange and lemon zest. Lighter bits of peach. It definitely leans more into the fruity aspects than the herbal ones but there is a tinge of lemongrass. It's also got a little bit of cattiness but nothing disruptive.

Taste is sweet up front, actually right up until the grapefruit bitterness kicks in, it's sweet. I note the sweetness first because it takes all the fruit flavors and makes them candy flavors. Like the nose, it's orange lemon and peach, in the mode of orange creamsicle, the lemony flavors are sharp and almost come across as tart. The herbaherbal cattiness comes through for a blip with the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, very smooth, slightly sticky, and a crisp and biting carbonation although the carbonation is a smidge low (could be attributed to growler format).

Overall this is one of those first brews from a brewery that hooks you and makes you say 'Okay I'm going there and trying everything.' If they excute as many styles as they brew as good as this, they are a superb brewery (and I hear they do). This is a very well made beer, perhaps a bit sweet for my taste buds, but I can sip this all day

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum.
Murky brown and yellow, muddy, with a finger and half of tight head. Heavy lacing.
It smells, predictably, like loads of fresh, citrusy-sweet hops. A lot of the hop scents on HF's beers tend to be muddled and thick, but powerful. Same here, with a smack of wheat alongside the grapefruit.
Yum! It's weirdly not obviously hoppy. More balanced than anticipated, and fruit sweet, tropical. Drying endtaste is the only tipoff of incredibly pleasant bitterness.
Expectedly balanced, and well-crafted, with more of the fruity top notes of Citra than the citrusy ones. Minimal detectable bitterness. On point. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hasher
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer from hill. Heavy citra hop taste. Great carbonation, slightly hazy. Liked about the same as double galaxy but not as much as Abner or S&S 5.

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Photo of daudelin2000
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an extremely hazy golden orange color. Cannot see through it at all. Very nice, fluffy white head. Aroma is very familiar. Mostly citrus fruits. Tangerines and oranges. Not overwhelming aroma, but solid nonetheless. Smells very similar to many other citra hopped beers. Taste is citrus as expected with a touch (a very slight touch) of dankness. Goes down easy as none of the flavors overwhelm. There is just enough to let you know it's a highly hopped beer without destroying your palette. I'm not getting any bitterness whatsoever. Mouthfeel is medium and soft. Pretty much perfect as always from Hill Farmstead. This is a very good beer, but I think it's just a tick below the other great HF IPA's and IIPA's that I've tried.

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Photo of avas
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Torst.

A: Pours a nice hazy amber orange with a thick two-finger head.

S: Almost candy-like Tropicana orange juice aromas. Dangerously appetizing.

T: Citra overload. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Citrus pith on the end. Incredibly juicy, though a bit one dimensional in the fruity quality.

M: Super smooth until the finish when the medium citric bitterness hits. Unbelievably drinkable for 8%.. Not a hint of alcohol.

O: My first of hopefully many from Hill Farmstead, I'm damn impressed. After being lucky enough to have some Alchemist, Tree House, and Trillium over the past few days, Double Citra holds its own against all of them.

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Photo of TheRossness
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big, thick, smooth- typical facts about a HillFarm beer. This one tastes like bad orange juice. is that a thing? it tastes like oranges that were juiced too young to be juiced and are a little too tart and not juicy enough. The orange flavor is the most pronounced orange flavor I've had in an IPA.

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Photo of Boto
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Armsby Abby: This one poured a hazy orangish golden color. There was a small off-white head that left a little lacing. Really nice nose. Citrus and tropical notes. The taste is very good. Citrus, some tropical flavors, subdued bitterness, a touch of tartness and a bit of dryness in the finish. Incredibly smooth. Very nice.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old school meets new school. Grapefruit and tangerine juice meets bitter pith and pine. Sweet fruity front end. Bitter finish. Full body with that creamy HF mouthfeel.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never knew citra hopped beers could be this good. Double citra looks like the standard HF beer, turbid, yellow-orange colored with a nice white head. However the aroma is of candied citrus fruit and honeyed grains.
The taste is amazing, grapefruit forward, and some bitterness, but very sweet. Also tastes and smells of candied orange, honey melon, and sweet honey.
All around great beer, would absolutely seek it out if available.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like a floating, cloudy orange orb, with a large, fluffy head leaving a thick, creamy blanket and tons of wavy lace.

This smells really fruity, but also gives off a very tart, almost acetic aroma as well, but not quite on the sour scale. This is a very complex nose. Double Citra is herbal and floral yet dank. Powerful and delicate aromas all at same time competing for attention yet not overtaking one another. Pine, with verdant green foliage, berries, oats, straw, mint, spent grain, limeade. In the end, I began thinking margarita.

I taste graham, pine, with a bit of yeast heat on the back end. Mostly, the hops shine here without trying to mimic any of the aromas I've described that might recall actual fruit, although maybe I'm detecting some peach, kiwi, and wild mint.

Obviously, the aromas on this one were the focal point for me, there was so much going on and it really is the showcase. While you can find them in the flavor, they aren't as present. Overall Double Citra, as you might expect from Hill Farmstead, is very balanced, drinkable and soft on the palate.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. Served in a tulip glass:

Appearance: bright golden-orange color, slightly hazy, with a super thick white head on top. Dissipates slowly, leaving a foam circle on top. Some carbonation visible through little bubbles.

Aroma: powerful and pungent aroma of citrus peel, tangerine, and tropical fruit. Very little malt, basically all hops.

Taste: slightly sweet and juicy, but also packed with tons of lemon-y, citrus flavor. Maybe a touch of light malt, but it's mostly all hops, with the Citra packing tons of lemon zest, fresh pineapple, and orange. Not much in the way of bitterness, it's all juice here.

Feel: full-bodied and smooth as silk, with no heat to speak of or booziness.

Overall: Hill Farmstead makes some of the best hoppy beers in the world. This is no different.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Citra hopped IPAs I've had. An explosion of Citra aromas with excellent Citra flavors to back up the aromas. Very clean finish on the beer as well. Loved it

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Photo of ProfessionalJ
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

great great great great. why do all of these north vermont ipas have this similar superior taste? must be the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of ragnar3
4.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a taster. Huge citra in the nose and taste. One of the most pronounced citra tasting beers I have had the opportunity to try. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Double Citra is a beautifully bright yellow-orange with foamy two finger head out of a 3 day old, 750 mL growler. This hazy beer leaves huge lacing throughout the glass. Has great complexity of grapefruit bitterness and pine with soft mouthfeel that is reminiscent of Maine's Dinner. Another great balanced beer from Hill Farmstead worth picking up when available.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
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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