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Citrus Mistress - Hop Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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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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 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 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.

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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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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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.

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Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.