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Citrus Mistress - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Citrus MistressCitrus Mistress

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 220
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 22.98%
Wants: 13
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hoptometrist on 07-26-2013

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 220
Photo of Glengosch
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer on tap, in a pint glass. It's a borderline great and not quite deluxe IPA.

As the name implies, it has a nice citrus smell. It smells like an IPA should. Hoppy and citrussy and pretty freaking wonderful.

Taste is really good. Bitter. Like you would expect from a good American IPA. It smells better than it tastes, but it still tastes pretty dang good. It almost feels more bitter as you drink it.

Overall, a good beer, and I will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of smanson56
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this a local bottle shop no date on bottle the clerk said they had just gotten them in. Well the taste leads me to believe this may not be a fresh bottle. Lots of malt with very strong bitterness didn't find any citrus in this beer. They need to date there bottles.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, golden color with white head. Aroma is very intense and fruity. Also has some nice honey and biscuits notes. Taste starts with some dank hops, gets more fruity in the middle and finishes quite bitter. Feels very smooth and has a medium body. Overall this is a very tasty IPA.

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clean fresh look and smell. Crisp taste with tons of grapefruit and orange pith and mild earthy flavors. Has a aftertaste that is a bit unpleasant to me but honestly I cannot put my finger on what taste it is. Overall a good offering.

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Photo of Rutager
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

On nitro at Elizabeth Station. Awesome candied tropical fruit noose on this. Nitro is wrecking the mouthfeel for me. Creamy but thin feeling at the same time? That's how it feels.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, procured at the Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint last week.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some broadly cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of musty, somewhat dank pine resin, overripe red and white grapefruit flesh, grainy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity white cracker, and further leafy, herbal hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, wet forest floor detritus, a still kind of muddled grapefruit bitterness - it tends more orangish for the most part - a twinge of hard water flintiness, and more herbal, leafy, and mildly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is quite light in its plainly playful frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, the proclaimed hop mistresses off with their, um, 'dates', I suppose. It finishes off-dry, the grainy caramel malt more in tune with my expectant palate than any sort of middlebrow and lingering grapefruit essence.

So, this is pretty good, overall, but not for reasons that have anything to do with promises and/or marketing. What this is, then, is an adequate IPA, the hoppiness overriding the purported grapefruit peel, but still at the behest of the stolid caramel malt backbone. Easy to drink, once again, if you're not like me and don't think too deeply about it.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle purchased from the Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA
Poured into a standard wine glass – hotel room style!
Notes taken on 02/11/2015

A: The Citrus Mistress pours a light sienna orange hue and is almost identical in color to that of the Hop Valley label. Looks a bit unfiltered and pulpy with very little bubble action going for it. Only a small ring of white suds forms for a few brief seconds. Not much of any stick left behind either here.

S: I find the nose a bit muted overall with some grapefruit rind present. Has that dirty herbal quality to it. Pithy is what I would call it. I get some malt breadiness to this and a few moments of light earth and pine mixed in. Not nearly as fragrant as I was hoping for.

T: Flavors are herbal with pithy grapefruit peel and a malty base of bread in support. Some light caramel sweetness brings an overall sticky candied grapefruit quality. The hops I find a little soft but with a big bitterness wringing across the palate. Has some brief flashes of pine and earthy herbals. Solid resinous linger action with the alcohol well incorporated. Pretty solid but I have heard this is much better coming off draught.

M: Moderate filling body with a nice even level of carb providing some spritz to the texture. There is an upper amount of perceived bitterness that constricts the palate and leaves a lasting residue on the palate. Slight dry and crisp towards the finish.

D: I really wanted to love this brew and it is not half bad in my opinion. Even leans more towards a lighter West coast style in body. Didn’t come off as super fresh or virbrant to me unfortunately. Would like to find this one on tap for sure.

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Photo of nwsharksfan
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I encountered this beer before I tried Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin. I must say I like the Citrus Mistress better. The Grapefuit flavor is more subtle and a little more natural tasting in this beer. The aroma is pleasant and the beer is smooth and easy to drink. Certainly not the best IPA out there, but it is one I would get again.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -23.5%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of braker649er
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of shehateme
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
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 .

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Photo of hreb
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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.


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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of macpapi
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +1%

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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RichKent
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

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Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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