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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

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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4.52
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Photo of Greenplastic615
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Capone's in Norristown PA (5.5oz pour). Glad I was able to try this one - somehow it lasted on tap for 5 days, and today was the first day I could get over there.

A - Looks like an IPA. A bit cloudy from the hops, and a bit paler than I expected it to be, but no complaints.

S - Really nice - a lot of citrus (mango, grapefruit, a little bit of orange), and a little bit of "dankness". I love the citra hop, and this smelled basically the way I thought it would.

T - Again, lots of citrus. I was a little surprised at the bitterness; I thought that it would be a little bit more resigned and really let the fruit flavors in the hops come through, but it did have noticeable bitterness. It wasn't unwelcome, just a little surprising given the smell. Absolutely no alcohol presence at all...dangerously drinkable for 8+%.

M - Awesome. One of the best I've had on an IPA.

O - Another really good offering from Hill Farmstead. I think if I had to pick one brewery's pale ales to drink forever, I'd have a really hard time picking anyone over HF.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during Philly Beer Week

A: Hazy golden orange. Moderate off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Assertive grapefruit, orange, pine, and resin. Hints at the bitterness to come.

T: Tasty. Upfront there is a health dose of grapefruit, orange rind, and other citric notes. Back end finishes nice and bitter with more earthy notes of oily pine.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation with a healthy dose of bitterness.

O: I thought this was better than Ephraim, although I am still not sold that the HF IPAs can hang with greats like the Plinys, Furious, HopSlam, etc.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Den on 6/3/11 during Philly Beer Week for the Bella Vista Rare Beer event.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange liquid with a golden glare and fairly dense cap of white foam on top that yielded some spotty lace around the glass.

S - Intense, fresh Citra hop note with lots of citrus and tropical fruit character, especially grapefruit. Virtually no alcohol fumes here.

T - Juicy hop bitterness up front with a strong citrus fruit character and not much alcohol heat whatsoever. While the hop bitterness is quite assertive, this still remains amazingly drinkable.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation and minimal alcohol heat. Finishes slightly dry with plenty of bitterness on the palate, although it doesn't obliterate the tongue.

D - Another fantastic DIPA from Hill Farmstead. I am really looking to visiting the brewery this coming weekend!

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Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Andrew for the sample of Hill Farmstead Double Citra

This is a beautiful, glowing yellow beer with a nice, tight white head of foam. The beer bursts with bright citrus and fresh mango and pineapple. The DIPA is faintly malty that serves to showcase the glorious hops. The hops are just in full bloom, showing juicy fruit and a hard-to-describe hoppy fullness and flavor that few beers come close to reaching. I've come to the realization that beers like this are best served from the keg that's been transported, and served cold--even the best DIPA's in bottles seem to suffer compared to fresh draft versions like this. This is a great, fruity-hop forward beer, in which faults are hard to find.

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Photo of Dope
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler filled three days ago.

A: Pours a very cloudy orange. Tall, fizzy light tan head. Great head retention but very little lacing.

S: Well, typical citra. Lots of tropical fruit. Pineapple, citrus, mango, yum. Sweet, like candied fruits.

T: More of the same. Sweet candied tropical fruits up front. Grainy, bready malt and then a good-sized wave of bitterness leading into the finish. Drying, bitter floral and herbal characteristics with hints of that tropical fruit. Long lingering bitter aftertaste with perfume and herbal flavors.

M: Full, soft and smooth mouthfeel.

O: Nice. Pretty much what you'd expect from a single hop citra brew. Tropical fruit is everywhere and quite sweet, juxtaposed with a super dry and bitter aftertaste. Works out quite well. Typical HF soft and smooth mouthfeel lends excellent drinkability.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones for the hill farmstead's pbw. Its on mfer's.

Comes to me with a small cap of light tan head that settles slowly and leaves a few wisps on top. Very hazy sunset yellow orange in color.

S- oh mama that alota citra! A spectacular amount of citrus fruits with grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges taking the lead. Lots of tropics in the mix and the a slow roll in a very understated mildly sweet biscuity hit.

T- super fruity bitter citrus to open thing up with fresh ruby red grapefruit and underripe tangerine. Tropical fruits work their way in with some mango and pineapple. Malts are light but very well done and bring a lot of biscuity breadiness with them. Quite earthy and herbal in the finish.

M- a touch above medium in body with a nice bright carb the really efrevesses and hits all the right spots. Bone dry finish.

O- this is one gnarly dipa. Its a roller coaster of citra showing all aspects of the hop. Wow.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Positive Pie. Served out of a Hill Farmstead snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Color is a cloudy, peach yellow. Spotty and stringy lace with great stick. .5 finger frothy white head with low retention. Again, clarity suffers but everything else is very good.

Nose is citrus, pine, papaya pulp, mango, with a light hop presence that tickles the nose. Aromatic and very fresh.

Opens sweet citrus, bit malt backbone with some pine, papaya, and more citrus notes towards the end. Grapefruit in the finish with a citrus hop aftertaste. Really tasty.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and quenching and slightly dry going down. Sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfectly average for a Hill Farmstead IPA.

This is a pretty middle of the road hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead... which is to say that its still better than 99% of other IPAs out there. Definitely worth a try but big brother SS #4 is similar and a bit better.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having this several times on tap and in a few growlers, I think I've got enough experience under my belt for a review. Super-delicious brew. Notes were taken from a growler. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a clear golden-orange color with a large white head and a moderate amount of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a super-heavy hop presence with loads of tropical and citrus notes, as well as a few floral notes. The flavor is overpoweringly full of orange zest and other citrus skin with a bit of mango and other tropical fruits in the background. Taste sticks around for a long time and ends with a beautiful bitterness. Medium body and really nice carbonation. Bitter and dry. Delicious. Highly recommended. Wish I had more.

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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 largadeer
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double Citra

Growler from bring. Thanks, Barry!

As with the other Hill Farmstead IPAs, Double Citra is rather cloudy, amber hued and topped by a lasting bubbly white head.

Pretty awesome aroma. Loads of tropical fruit, papaya and mango in particular, along with a bit of citrusy grapefruit. Little bit of subdued sweetness, a hint of alcohol. Really showcases the citra hop well.

Like the aroma, the palate has a lot of great fruity hop flavor. Peach, pineapple, grapefruit. The malt foundation is solid, but not necessarily sweet. Very slight buttery note that softens the palate a bit. Dry finish with huge biting bitterness that never feels astringent, the signature of HFS DIPAs. Easy to drink, excellent stuff.

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Photo of Cadebro
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a nice amount of head.

S - Smells of tangerine and grapefruit, backed up with a pine hop.

T - Grapefruit, citrus and hops. Ends with a bitter punch and a slight alcohol flavor.

M - Has a nice body, almost chewy.

D - A very tasty IPA, one of my favorites. It's very fruit and would make a great dessert beer. No problems drinking this one.

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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 Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to BearsonAcid for picking this up for me yesterday. Just picked it up from him about an hour ago and I’m already sitting enjoying it in front of some football.
Nice looking pint of beer. Creamy bright white head rises to about a finger and a half. Slowly falls and starts depositing clumps of lace on the inside of the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy gold color with some orange peeking through.
Aroma is obviously full of hop notes, floral, a touch green, citrus peel and some juicy fruits. Very nice, but not quite as thick as I was expecting..
What’s great here is the match between the aggressive hopping and the malt profile. Nice bread tones, a bright toasty flavor. Of course, lots of juicy tropical fruit from the new crack version of hops. Seriously, I think PBR w/Citra would be a special beer. (sorry, NOT comparing this to PBR in any fashion) Fairly easy drinking for a DPA, but there is no doubt there is a little more of a kick here.
Carbonation is spot on. Overall alcohol is very well hidden amongst the fruit and hop notes. Just shy of creamy actually. Nice.
This is a very nice beer. Chris told me that he thought it was better than the Kern River Citra. I have to agree. Could b e a freshness thing, but I’m not sure.. My Kern River bottle was also very fresh.
It’s quite a treat having Hill Farmstead on the east coast. Always fun pouring their beers into my glass.

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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 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 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 calitrie1486
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a great brew. Citra is not completely my thing but could drink this all day and night. there are a lot more hop varietals I would prefer but this one did the trick for sure! worth seeking and worth destroying!!

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Filled about a week ago. Teku glass.

A: Pours a hazy, light golden color with two fingers of fluffy, dense head. Very good retention and some nice, intricate lacing.

S: Citrus hard candy, orange peel, floral notes, and breadiness meld wonderfully together. A hint of rye or spice?

T: Gorgeous tropical (mango) and bright citrus, a pretty hefty dose of yeasty breadiness, with a light sugar sweetness rounding out the taste without negating the mild, rough grapefruit pith bitterness.

M: Medium, soft carbonation and medium body. No hint of alcohol.

O: Very nice DIPA from HF. Exceeding drinkability is only limited by the sweetness, which becomes a bit fatiguing after a half pint or so.

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful golden pour, with a thin head (< 1/2 finger), solid retention, and nice fuzzy lacing. Beer is cloudy and opaque.

Aroma is of the most strong and consistent "cat pee" odors I have ever gotten from a DIPA. Beyond that, dry hops, citrus, and wheat come through.

The beer is wonderfully sweet and hoppy, and very well balanced - the only malt I get is of grain and wheat. I don't get much in the way of particular citrus or tropical fruit; just an overall sweet hoppiness.

HF avoids the syrup DIPA trap: this beer has a fantastic mouthfeel. It's sweet, hoppy, and balanced, and very drinkable.

This won't go down as my favorite DIPA, but that's really more a factor of the hops chosen rather than the craftsmanship; it's really an exceptional brew.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler from the brewery filled May 3 and Consumed May 5. From notes.

A - Poured a nice dark orange colour and cloudy. Good carbonation coming up to a two finger fluffy white head. Great thick rings of lace and a good finger of retention.

S - Big citrus. Peach, pineapple, a little mango.

T - Boozy pineapple, extreme citrus, orange, some alcohol. Really juicy, bright citrus. Lovely stuff. Even more juicy later.

M - A bit oily in the body with strong bitterness, good carbonation, and a medium body.

O/D - A tasty, juicy, complex DIPA. Some alcohol in the flavour , but drinks easy enough for 8%. Well crafted and pretty delicious.

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Photo of corby112
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Eulogy.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with pale golden tangerine hues and a 2.5 finger frothy, soapy white head.  Excellent retention only slowly fading into a lasting cap.  Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Dank, earthy hop aroma with hints of pine, tropical and citrus fruit.  Earthy and soily with a subtle vegetal character.  Hints of mango and pineapple and a grainy malt backbone.  

Chewy full body with a blast of earthy, dank, dry, bitter hops that linger into a long dry finish.  This is balanced by nice tropical and citrus fruit.  Lots of pineapple along with a ton of grapefruit juice.  Also mango, papapya, orange peel and tangerine.  Dry finish.  Full bodied and very well balanced.  Subtle heat in the finish.  Very good.  

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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 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 John_M
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones today.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty outrageous in this beer, showcasing tropical fruit, pepper, dry citrus and skunky marijuana. Yes boys and girls, this is one fine smelling IPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this impressive IPA, but I'm impressed by how well balanced this hop bomb of an IPA I'm drinking. The finish is very dry and bitter, despite the initial tropical fruit flavor. Mouthfeel is full, long and bitter, but with a bit of an alcoholic bite in the finish. Regardless, this is another outstanding beer from the folks at farmstead hill.

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #200!! Served on-tap at Capone's during the Hill Farmstead party during Philly Beer Week. Having had the regular version of Citra IPA I was dieing to try this version.

A - Pours murky orange with a nice pillow of one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of strong, floral, citric hops throughout this one. Hints of tropical fruits, mostly grapefruit, and some light pine round out one awesome nose.

T - Huge blast of citric hops up front never really leaving the picture throughout the experience. Some strong grapefruit and mango flavors emerge once the hops die down a bit. Only the faintest trace of booze toward the end. Finish has plenty of lingering hop bitterness in it. Damn, this is one tasty hop bomb. Glad I got to try it!

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, hoppy, feel with plenty of bitterness lingering thru the finish.

O - I am not sure which I prefer, this one or the regular version. Either way both are excellent hop bombs. It is easy to drink and is packed with delicious hops. When it comes to hoppy beers it seems Hill Farmstead can do no wrong.

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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.52 out of 5 based on 1,755 ratings.
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