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Citrus Mistress - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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89
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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 07-26-2013

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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 25
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Photo of JerryG
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From the name and smell, I am assuming there are a lot of citra hops. To me this has a very floral, citrus nose that still well rounded with a mix of hop flavor. Golden orange in color with a nice bright white lacy head. Good body, slight malt, lots of good bitter hop flavor, with a strong but quick finish. This is somewhere between a double and standard IPA. Sessionable, but with plenty of flavor and a great hop profile.

Update: I have tried this years release in a bottle. For whatever reason I am liking this beer a lot more this time around. The hop nose is great with a smooth grapefruit, citrus finish. Very similar to Zombie Dust from Three Floyds

Photo of Rachael270
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Dry crisp hoppy excellent finish! Not fruity

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at elemental pizza in u-village Seattle. The nose on this is unbelievable! Citrus here is no joke, crisp nice bitter after taste. The only I wanted more was it to be a little more juicy at the end. It left me a little to dry. I would definitely purchase this again. What a nice surprise!

Photo of SophieK
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super drinkable.
Grapefruit peel great addition to the 4 different hops.
Classic burnt orangey color

Photo of Reidrover
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem OR $4.29 Pours a typical burnt orange IPA colour but with a great thick,tight,creamy off white head. Fruity/piney juicy hop aromas..pine,lemon zest,pink grapefruit and papaya..delicious. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma but with a nice light caramel malt backing which holds it together somewhat. Good medium bodied palate..with medium high carbonation,very drinkable. Good IPA..liked it

Photo of BullseyePub
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Great citrus finish.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle. Pours a murky brownish orange with very little head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is lots of sugary grapefruit with and some other citrus fruits. Floral hops with some light malts. The taste is lots of bitter grapefruit upfront. Not as sweet as the aroma indicated. Bready with floral hop notes. A hint of lemon. Finishes with more bitter grapefruit. Medium bodied. Not much alcohol burn. I love grapefruit so this one speaks to me. Overall, great grapefruit forward IPA I will be buying again.


App-3.5 A- 4.0 T- 4.25 M- 3.5 O- 4.25 = 4.04

Photo of John_M
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler Nation the other day.

The beer pours an orange copper color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is about what you'd expect in this beer, given the name. However, aside the abundance of orange and grapefruit, there's also a hint of underlyling dank aroma that is intriguing and attractive. The flavor profile pretty much replicates the nose, but with the beer finishing with considerable bitterness. This IPA is West Coast all the way, and so is fairly dry on the finish as well. Still, there's some juicy tropical fruit and citrus on the mid palate that is attractive as well. The finish is long and refreshingly bitter. Drinkability is outstanding, and I love the fact that the abv. is so low (relatively speaking).

While nothing earth shattering, this is still a very enjoyable, easy to appreciate iPA from the folks at Hop Valley. It's a very welcome alternative for those rare occasions when the Alpha Centauri is too much for me.

Photo of RichKent
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

I picked up a bottle I found at a craft beer cellar (unrefrigerated) on the east coast on a whim - and after trying it wish I bought more. I can only imagine what this tastes like fresh.

As the name implies, this is a strongly citrus/grapefruit forward IPA. It's a little sweeter than the average IPA, but it's fruit sweetness - not really malt sweetness that comes through. It finishes bitter, but again, it's grapefruit pith bitter, not really hop bitter, and the bitterness is just right in my opinion.

If I find this again I'll grab a 6-pack without a second thought. Very worthwhile effort from Hop Valley.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- Poured a dark hazy golden color with frothy white head that left webbed lacing.

S- Big peach, pineapple. and citrus notes. Very aromatic, hoppy. and fruity aroma.

T- Some pretty big peach, pineapple, and light citrus hop notes. Pretty big caramel malt backbone but the flavor was definitely front-loaded with it getting a little watery towards the finish.

M- Very light and pretty refreshing, finishes fairly watery

O- A very refreshing and light summer IPA. Nice fruity hop character, wish it would have stayed through the whole sip though. Pretty light bitterness.

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: medium orange with a light haze and a fair number of tiny floaties. Effervescence is light is a thin finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad, eh?

Smell: sweet malt with a good citrus hop character with plenty of grapefruit and a bit of pine thrown in for good measure. This beer is brewed with grapefruit peel, which adds a subtler boost than grapefruit juice or oil, but I think its subtlety is its strength. Quite nice.

Taste: sweet with a nice hop character and a good bitterness which is nonetheless quite smooth. Hops are, again, piney and grapefruity -- very classic west cost. I would say the balance is a little bit more toward the sweet for my taste, but it's still a very good IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a pretty nice creaminess for the style. Not at all bad.

Overall: this is a pretty refreshing and welcoming IPA. The flavors are good and the bitterness is there, but it has a very round, soft edge -- which I like. Good stuff.

Photo of Brad007
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful bright gold with a two-finger head into my glass and plenty of lacing on said glass.

Acidic grapefruit note in the nose with additional notes of mango and tangerine from the hops. It has the aroma of a DIPA without the alcohol.

Flavors are not so intense on the tongue. Lots of bitter, acidic grapefruit, which unfortunately overshadows all the other aromas at play (mango and tangerine).

Mouthfeel finishes like a swig of grapefruit juice with a dab of buttery malt underneath.

The high points are a use of grapefruit peel and 4 different hops, which bring aromas of mango and tangerine to the table.

The low point is finish, which is way too bitter for me to handle. It may turn off fans of citrus-forward IPAs.

Photo of mabermud
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Burnt orange body. White, wispy head. A twirl of the glass creates an irregular pattern of slick leg and lace.
Smell: Juicy sweetness that heavily favors citrus with tropical fruit.
Taste: Balanced tropical fruit with a good mix of citrus.
Feel: The feel is decent, but could use some work. Late dense carb that feels silky and oily. Nothing to talk about.

Overall - Very good. I would definitely recommend this to visitors. Easy drinking.

Photo of Whitley
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Very nice....closely resembles Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. I like it a lot but was expecting a little more "grapefruit" citrusy bitterness/flavor. Would definitely buy again though.

Photo of kingmaxwell
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale savory hop brew
low carbonation friendly
wish I had two more.

Photo of Jeffo
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht. Split with the missus, who has recently taken a liking to IPA’s.

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter
IBU: 80
IPA with grapefruit peel

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with decent retention. Color is hazy gamboge orange with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring, but only a wisp remains leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of citrus with grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and pale malts on the nose. Some peach and honeydew melon as well. Rather nice.

TASTE: Pale malts and melon sweetness, with some pineapple up front, then a lot of citrus and bitterness at the swallow. Big and bitter finish of grapefruit, citrus lemon notes, sweet melon and hop bitterness lingers on the palate. The grapefruit peel could be there or not, as it doesn’t make that much of an extra impact. Perhaps the hops were big enough to do the job there.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Very nice. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: A high quality IPA with lots of good hoppy flavor and some nice malt sweetness as balance. Not really sure if the grapefruit peel was necessary or contributed anything, as the hops may have been enough to create the flavor they were looking for. Regardless, this is good stuff and well worth checking out if you get the chance.

Photo of NW_IPAHEAD
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich copper orange. Expected a stronger nose on it based on the grapefruit peel addition, but was a bit let down. Flavor didn't disappoint, very nice hop notes with a lot of citrus. Relatively low ABV which makes it incredibly drinkable. Will definitely drink more of this while it's still available.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours medium amber, little head.
Smells malty and hoppy. Good balance in aroma.
Taste is a bit more malt forward than expected, good bitterness, not very citrusy outside of the grapefruit element.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, a good IPA.

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to flexabull for this bottle, nestled among a hop-laden box that arrived recently. 22 oz. split with my wife while watching a seminal movie in our relationship, “The Truman Show”.

The pour is a crystal-clear, extremely light orange: not sure I’ve seen that light a color on an IPA with zero hazing whatsoever. Carbonation is low, barely a whiff. Speaking of which, the nose is very sweet with a long tail of grapefruit & citrus that comes in on the low end of the serious spectrum.

Citrus Mistress is a first-sip-turns to-three kind of beer…always a good sign. A very good sign. Enough grapefruit to get it admitted to the fruit tray with school lunches, with an attendant bitterness that is equal parts hoppy & pithy. Malt sweetness emerges in the middle, but not enough to detract from the hop essence, along with small parts citrus, peach, & related tropical nonsense. Pith really takes over the end & puts this one in high gear. Crushability is upper echelon. Drinky fast.

Not quite a West Coast classic, but a lovely use of hops & the fruit that elevates both. A very good beer that’s close to jumping the upper tier.

Photo of tophersky15
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Where do I begin? Citrus sums it up with this one for sure! Grapefruit, orange, lemon, and even a nice pineapple finish. Gold in color and very hoppy. Aroma on this is haunting lol lots of fruits. Great overall beer in my opinion. I would recommend this to any IPA fan or beer lover in general! Great work hop valley!

Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a snifter

dark orange color, moderate head. smell of grapefruit and orange. quite aromatic. taste starts out very juicy. big amount of hops and citrus. bitterness on the back end is slight. lingering grapefruit flavor on the finish. really nice IPA.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance of the Mistress is a nice burnt orange color with a good 2-3 finger foam head.

The nose was as the name would have it, full of citrus notes from pineapple, peach and orange tinge to it. The taste was a medium palate with a good hop sting to it. Not terribly aggressive and thought is just balanced enough for me. Overall I am happy with the 6 pack purchase at Fred Meyer and will but it again. To me it was a close to a Stone IPA with a little more body.

Photo of macpapi
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear, light-orange color with a small and quickly fading head.

Smell is pretty nice. A nice crisp, fresh malt aroma is combined with multiple hop essences. There is quite a bit of citrus here, which is complemented by a nice piney finish. There is also the overall strong and notable aroma of grapefruit--not surprising for a beer brewed with the peel of that bitter fruit.

Taste is very bitter and dominated by citrus. A bit of a piney resin is also present, but this one is a citrus bomb. Malt backbone is decent as well.

A bit high on the carbonation end, but not to the level to make it at all unpleasant. Bitter, sharp, and biting on the tongue.

Overall this is a very nice and citrus-laden brew. I could see enjoying several of this fine beer, a great representation of West Coast IPAs.

Photo of snaotheus
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014-11-29
22oz bottle poured into a little pilsner glass.


Pours clear, dull brown color. Medium head, fades slowly, leaves lots of lacing. Fair amount of carbonation. Smell is very bright, extremely citrusy.

Taste is odd. A little mixture of muted hops flavor but intense citrus. Second sip gets a strong bitter flavor building.

Mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky. Not very carbonated. Overall, it's not bad.

Photo of kaseydad
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at The Bear in Chico. Never heard of it before. My bad.

Pours an amber colored ale with a small white head.

Aroma is nice. Grapefruit, passionfruit, lemon and light pine.

The taste has a nice citrus sweetness with a dose of hoppy swallow. The sweetness is a nice kick to this and unexpected. Very drinkable.

Overall I had to ask the barkeep what this was and was more than pleasantly surprised. A really nice beer that had me drinking multiples. Good stuff.

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Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.