Double Citra | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,759
Reviews:
213
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The retention is thin and some bubbly lacing on the glass. The smell is good but not as great as I was hoping. The nose is slightly fruity citrus on the nose. The taste is big with hops, nice bitter lemon flavors. Some subtle malt in the finish. The mouthfeel is very drinkable, smooth and juicy. Overall this is really good but not as good as some of the HF IPA's.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rarely does a beer grace the lips in the dominant showcase of a single hop variety as well as the "Citra" hop variety has done in the capable hands of Hill Farmstead. The nearly teeth-churning fruit flavors on display to seduce the senses and refresh the palate with the intangibles that go far beyond what's expected of imperial IPA.

Though its unadulterated and hoppy haze, the ale pours like fruit juices with a pillowy lemon-stained froth. With the overwhelming scent of tropicana orange juice at the precipice, the unmistakable twang of passionfruit, lime, gooseberry, red grapefruit and blood orange is ripe and vibrant to the nose; evoking mouth watering at its mere scent.

To taste, the racy flavors of citrus and tropical fruit engulf the mouth entirely. A malty backdrop of seemingly tangy fructose, faint honey and confectioner's sweetness and a light drizzle of honey- all just enough to bring out the brightness of fruit. Yet, the culmination of sherbet precedes the smooth bitterness of fresh pine shavings, grassy verbena and tea-like sassafras.

What is a lush and velvety fruit tang up front dries wonderfully into a resinous dryness to house the bitterness and promotes its more herbal hop essence. An aftertaste of cream sickle with accompanying bitterness outlasts the sweetness and gives the ale its transcendent acclaim.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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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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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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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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