Citrus Mistress - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 185
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 9
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Bierman9
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I stopped into the Brattleboro Co-op today on the way home from a WWII event and snagged this 22oz bottle for $5.99. Sampled when I got home out in the 'Zebo....

Poured into a Sammy pint glass, it's a clear, rich, medium to deep golden hue. Carbo is plentiful and steady, the head is thin and white, and lacing is acceptable. Alewife picked up the citrussy aroma right off, though I found it restrained. Has some toasty malt and a bit of citrus, but nothing in yo' face. Body is medium, with a decent feel...

Taste starts with some toastyness too, then the fruity action kicks in. Has some lightly sweet apricot and tangerine, with a hint of grapefruit. I didn't find the grapefruit to be anything close to being strong enough. The hopping starts well but fades rapidly, with the finish being quite underwhelming. Somewhat tasty, but ends up being rather pedestrian overall. Prosit!

3.79/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of ineluctablemodality
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: copper reddish

SMELL: faint and musty

TASTE: subdued citrus hops with most of the bitterness coming from the grapefruit, with a quickly dissipating finish. The grapefruit ends up being too overwhelming instead of refreshing.

In summary: completely underwhelmed by this, and if you're looking for a great grapefruit beer, look to Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin instead. (381 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into tulip pint

Pours a clear, coppery golden yellow with a foamy, off white head.

Citric, grapefruit notes in the aroma and taste. Lightly resiny notes in the taste as well.

A well done IPA, easy drinking, with a strong, tasty hop profile (247 characters)

Photo of braker649er
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's hard not to compare this to Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin. This one is not as purely grapefruitey, and it's less exceptional in that way. It's also significantly less expensive and still quite a solid IPA.

The biggest surprise for me was that I smelled and tasted more pine flavor out of the hops in this one than I expected for its focus on citrus--and that this piney tinge pretty much worked. The grapefruit was definitely there in smell and taste, just more mixed with other flavors. (497 characters)

Photo of pianoguy
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. I noticed a few reviews of this beer that spoke of dates.... No date engraved on this bottle. After going over it with a fine tooth comb, The only info was the little TotalWine sticker that says 5/18/2015... could mean anything ... I think it's an inventory date.

Pours a golden orange, wheat, "can't see through it" body with a smallish 1/3 inch head. (even with an aggressive pour.)

Smell is tart grapefruit. the tartness of the grapefruit peel is out front, followed by a bit of pine, then malt.

Taste is exactly as it smells.

Feel was off from the start. It wasn't flat, but there was hardly any carbonation. (my 2.75 is generous)

Overall; The grapefruit peel in the brewing gives it some extra tartness.. outstanding smell and taste but the feel was all wrong. I need a beer that makes me go ,". Ah". Perhaps a distribution issue, It didn't taste very fresh. (891 characters)

Photo of shehateme
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Last beer of the night after sharing a couple of hill farmstead growlers so palate may be a bit critical on this one but didn't get much of the citrus at all had a bit more of a burnt tire smell and taste ....a good beer but not my personal favorite . (251 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped with the date 09/21/15. 22oz bottle served, for no reason, in a Weizen glass. Aroma is quite citrusy, predictably, though smells purely like a citrusy dry-hopped IPA, not fruit juice. Color is clear orange amber. Flavor brings the sharp astringency of a high-IBU IPA at first, then reveals juicy orange flavors, and then thrusts me into what is quite obviously a grapefruit peel.

This beer is further proof that grapefruit can be a legitimate addition to a citrusy IPA, not a mere ploy to make mass-market candy beers for unsophisticated beer drinkers. That said, Grapefruit Sculpin did it better -- I'd get that one over this every time, given the choice. (677 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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12oz from Brewer's Haven... But all the bottle shops have it too... Pours clear light orange with a flimsy white head.. In the nose, expected pithy notes are indistinguishable from citrus hops. Bitter IPA elements are pretty standard.. The grapefruit just hits the same cylinders... Don't hate it, but it certainly isn't breaking new ground... Very drinkable and never overbearing.

3.75/3.75/3.75/4/3.75 (408 characters)

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. (262 characters)

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. (456 characters)

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. (484 characters)

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. (819 characters)

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! (305 characters)

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. (1,036 characters)

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. (1,147 characters)

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. (417 characters)

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. (613 characters)

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. (1,456 characters)

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 (551 characters)

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. (180 characters)

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! (317 characters)

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. (471 characters)

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. (739 characters)

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. (278 characters)

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. (308 characters)

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Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.