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

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4.52
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Photo of HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/9/2011

Growler courtesy of Barry (bring), thanks! Enjoyed during game 5 of the NBA finals. Snifter.

A: Vibrant yellow gold (great color). The white head is frothy and massive with very good retention. Lacing is all over the glass.

S: A fruit cornucopia. The hops are bright and very aromatic, lending characteristics of mango, passion fruit, orange, peach, tangerine, and grapefruit. Pretty incredible fruit profile. Malt is covered up by the fruit, but I get a whisper of saltine cracker.

T: The flavor continues the pattern of excellence with an initial blast of fruit accompanied by an upper moderate smooth bitterness. Notes of mango, grapefruit, and orange (flesh and pith) suffuse the palate. No alcohol is evident in be flavor. I don't pick up any taste from the malt. The finish is dry, bitter, and fruity, with an increased level of orange pith and grapefruit rind.

M: Lower medium in body with lower moderate carbonation from the growler. It could use a bit more carbonation, but it's not detrimental. Mouthfeel is sticky and very dry.

Overall: An outstanding Double IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rudzud
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler, shared courtesy of Dustin. Also had a taste of this at the Beer Temple in Chicago, IL, both times in early November 2013.

Pours a hazy straw colour, fluffy white head that's probably about 2 finger lengths. Good retention, as usual per HF, a beautiful DIPA. Good lacing, good retention.

Smells great, but delicate and more subtle. Lots of grapefruit and passion fruit, some tangerines. Very tropical fruit forward, not complex but delicious.

Flavourwise, this is a very tasty beer but not one of Shaun's best. It's got some grapefruit, passion fruit but its not a total citrus bomb if that makes sense. Its more balanced, more malts to it than the likes of Permanent Funeral and Sosus, for example. The hops are a bit less subdued but the overall experience is very good- succinct indeed.

Mouthfeel is typical HF- creamy, well carbonated with a medium body. So easy to drink, not terribly bitter at all. Aftertaste is a semi-bitter citrus flavour that sticks with you.

Glad to have this one, not one of Shaun's best (look at Abner and Ephraim for better DIPAs) but it's certainly a phenomenal double IPA that's worth trying anytime it's on draft at the brewery.

Re-review: Thanks to a generous VT trader, I got a growler to drink a half year from when I first had this beer. Thanks buddy! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 4/13/2014. Basically, it's better than I remember it, but not by a lot. This beer smells like wet hops, in that it's very dank and floral with a bit of the tropical fruit and citrus that's associated with Citra hops, but I think it had a lot of room to develop the enjoyable flavour profile that shows up in pseudoSue and Zombie Dust. It just doesn't end up in that regard, but at the same time it's a very balanced, well-executed and not too bitter DIPA that works very well. It's not King Sue, but this is a good DIPA as long as you ignore the "Citra" hype in the name. I know this isn't saying much, so if you're more inclined to think about the "Citra" hop in the name of a beer rather than enjoying any DIPA, you are better off ignoring this one and going after Double Sunshine or Ephraim. As it is, this is still a real treat and a well-crafted beer as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours a hazy, glowy orange color. Thin, off white head. Aroma is very tropical. Citra nose through and through. Nose isn't quite as intense as some other top-tier Imperial IPAs but the overall aroma is definitely attractive. The flavor of the hops is a mixture of several tropical fruits and some musty/stemmy hoppiness. Malt is semi-sweet, pale and bready. Citra hops are marvelous. Very drinkable. Not overly bitter. Flavor and aroma are great but a little less potent and pungent than I was expecting. I would still crush this if it was available to me. A long time want; just slightly below my lofty expectations.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2L swing-top growler filled at the brewery.

First HFB glass pours with a 1" blonde head, over the cloudy orangey gold brew. Thick head disappears gradually, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is tart and sweet clementines.

Taste is sweet to start, bitter pine in the middle, mellows to citrus towards the close, and shuts the door with a peek of clementines from the nose. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice use of Citra.

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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 ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained at Hawthorne's at the PBW event; poured into a Chouffe tulip

Pours a pretty orange body with a fluffy bone white cap. Good staying power and moderate spider web lacing.

Aroma is of fresh ruby red grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple. Assertive hop aroma. I love the way citra smells. Clean malt backbone.

A very clean beer. Well-crafted. Ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and papaya with a good shot of bitterness. Not knee crippling, but definitely gets its point across. This guy doesn't quite assault and run the way the elite in this category do, but its in the ballpark.

Medium body with a hefty bitterness in its wake. Extremely smooth and clean.

Overall, I really enjoyed this guy. More than enough bitterness, delivers a solid fruity profile and extremely clean. I'm not willing to say this can take over a PTE, but its definitely playing at the same level. A great beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -24.8%

Many thanks to baybum who schlepped this thing across many county lines to get it to MN. 750ML growler best by 10/31/14, so I still have 96 minutes. I better get to it. Split with my lovely wife.

The pour is thick, chewy-looking orange with plenty of carbonation…a bit actually leaked out when I popped the top, which is always a good sign on a growler. Smells like 64 degrees in January in Minnesota: oranges, citrus, mango, pretty much every fruit lighter than purple. Not bad.

Double Citra is a nicely balanced IPA, which is akin to saying you liked the dialogue in Star Wars. The hops are less about the ex-bitterness & more about the tropical fruity breezes. Mango, oranges, all the stuff that crept up my nose is here creeping down my throat. The mid-palate is more about the mouthfeel, thick, juicy, sticky, incredibly decadent for a hoppy beer, & that’s what saves it in my mouth. Mild bitterness, big malty sweetness, honey combine to tame the hops & smooth everything out. Smooth is my kryptonite. I’m not having any trouble drinking this, but I won’t be weeping uncontrollably when the glass is empty.

I’ve been consistently wowed by HF stuff in the past, but this one left my taste buds distracted by…I’m wondering who the new Twins manager is going to be. Glad I got to try it. Pretty good.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler thanks to RSchaeffer.

Poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, light orange with a one finger cream colored head composed of large bubbles. Spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Citrus, lots of tropical fruits, slight pine.

T - Papaya, oranges, grapefruit, pine.

D - Lower carbonation, average body.

O - Delicious, my first Hill Farmstead, and it does not dissapoint. WOW!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thorpe for this growler... pours a dark murky honey gold, opened without a hiss, not much carbonation, a light tan watery head, not looking good but I can’t knock it... muted nose of citra with malt, more malty than anything, I thought this would be a citra bomb, surprised... the taste is also just a malt bomb with a citra finish... easy to drink but doesn’t really show me a ton

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Photo of Resuin
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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.
4.25/4/4/4.25/4.5
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 xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at devils den in philly during the bella vista bash

Pours a hazed orange color with some golden hues, thick crop of white head, spotty and patchy lacing all over the glass.

Whoa - smells like you're sniffing a bag of hops, strong citra qualities, fruited sweetness with spice and barely any alcohol.

Huge hop flavor right up front, bitterness and dry citric notes. Strong citra with spice and citrus juice. Some fruity sweetness with tropical notes. Lighter malt body with biscuit tones. Finishes dry, bitter, and hoppy with slight alcohol.

Medium body, decent carbonation, aggressive on the palate but still pleasant. Really tasty DIPA, great hop flavor, well masked booze.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Prohibition Pig on my way back Sunday from EBF.

Totally hazy lemonade colored body, huge lemon flavor, pulpy and flavorful. Nice fleshy fruit in the aroma and taste plus a decent baseline of bitterness, quite refreshing. HF knows its way around hops.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is hazed golden yellow with a fairly tight white head. Nose has a light grain up front with grapefruit and citrus, faint pine and a touch herbal. Taste is fruitier and the citra is much more pronounced. Lots of tropical fruits and mango finishing with some lightly bitter grapefruit and notes of hop resin. Body is a bit fuller and softer carbonation. Soft and a touch grainy.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler sent to me by SneezyAchew. Thanks Michael! Split with ipa247.

A: Pours a hazy light golden-orange with a thick bright white oily head that slowly faded into a thick film that left great rings of sticky lacing down my tulip.
S: Sweet smelling, with citrusy notes of orange and grapefruit along with some more tropical type of fruit notes.
T: There is a touch of sweet syrupy malt but for the most part this is a sweet, fruity and hoppy beer. I get huge notes of tangerine and citrus rind. There are some exotic notes of tropical fruit nectar as well. Malt is toned down but still present. Alcohol is hidden well.
M: Clean and easy body with a fairly light mouthfeel over a medium body with smooth, even carbonation. The bitterness in this one is highly manageable.
O: Overall a solid and balanced DIPA that I would gladly drink again. It’s a bit sweeter than I like them, but I’m definitely loving this brewery. Thanks again Michael.

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

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, pine, tropical fruit, slight bitterness

T-grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, nice solid hop finish which lingers on the palate

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-a delicious and flavorful DIPA with great balance

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

A: Pretty light hazy yellow, thin white foamy head

S: Lots of orange and lemon

T: More orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, slight bitterness at the end

M: Night and light, impressive for the ABV

O: A great IPA from HF! Lots of bright citrusy flavor, but really light crisp mouthfeel

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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy looking orange beer with a nice white head that left some solid stick and lace on the sides.

S - Lots of citrus, and sweetness. There is tons of citra on this one, and it's pretty pleasant. A little more grass than I would like, but still really good.

T - Lots of orange zest and citrus hops. It's pretty good, with a bit of piney hops and resin finish. Very nice, although it doesn't taste as clean as I want from a pure citra beer.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, something of a juice-like consistency.

O - Really good beer, I don't like it as much as their single citra IPA, but I'd recommend this to anyone who likes beers of this style.

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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 M_chav
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastes like candied grapefruit/pineapple. Just so smooth and intoxicating. Where's the double IPA alcohol? so smooth and balanced, one of the best DIPAs out there, everybody knows this but it is definitely worthy of any and all hype. Juicy as hell and still has that perfect bitter bite at the end to fulfill all IPA desires. damn son! This is absolutely in my tap list in heaven.

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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 AMCimpi
4.79/5  rDev +6%
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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Double Citra from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.52 out of 5 based on 1,754 ratings.
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