Citrus Mistress | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 389
Photo of ilikepaleale
2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Compared to the other Hop Valley offerings this one has to be the worst. I love the IPA's with the grapefruit taste (see Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin) but this does not taste like's just kind of nasty and acrid tasting . This is from multiple tastings the latest of which is extremely fresh (2 weeks from bottling) and purchased in a variety 12 pack including 3 other excellent beers, Alphadelic, Alpha Centauri and Cryo Stash. I've been through 3 of these 12 packs recently and this is the one I leave until the last and then just drink it because it's there :^ /

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Photo of ajm5108
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn’t get a tremendous amount of citrus off this one - maybe some red grapefruit, but otherwise it is a pretty alpha-forward PNW style IPA. Not bad but lacks stand-out notes

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Photo of Spikester
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep gold with three fingers of off white head. Rings of lace.
Smell is citrus grapefruit with some biscuit malt.
Taste is citrus grapefruit hops with some resinous qualities. The malts lend good support without covering the hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a tasty fruity West Coast IPA. Well done Hop Valley!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Katie Downs Tavern & Eatery on July 31, 2018. Munich malt, four different hops and grapefruit peel combine to create this IPA. Features a classic burnt orange color with a bouquet of citrus, peach and tropical fruits.

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Photo of Mibsy
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This IPA just isn’t my type. The flavor upfront was not what I expected. Tasted more like an ale and it finished off not particularly well either for me.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (best by 10/29/2018) into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange with a big sudsy bright white head, nice patchy lace.

Aroma is a burst of tropical citrus--grapefruit and tangerine. Touch of malty sweetness underneath.

Taste if juicy and acidic. Grapefruit rind, alpha acids, pale sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is balanced and a touch chewy, medium bodied.

Overall a solid, straightforward IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
BB: OCT 15 2018
ABV: 6.5%

Poured into a tulip a nice hazy dark golden orange color, with some nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of brenn79
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle- Pours hazy orange with a large white head that reduces leaving a thin blanket and nice foamy lace. Aroma is citrusy, sweetarts, orange rind. The taste is earthy hops up front, citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit, malt. The earthiness wanes after awhile, but is still noticeable, distracting. Not bad, but have had much better in the citrusy IPA category.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more of a Citra presence, but this came off as more of a pale ale. Light citrusy aroma and taste, but not enough bitterness to be in IPA territory. A good beer, but not a great IPA.

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Photo of Gatch
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another typical West Coast IPA. Nothing to write home about but definitely an enjoyable beer. Fruity hop profile but also naturally citrusy bc of the grapefruit peel. Malty yet fruity finish and smooth feel. Enjoyed a six pack with my Jordy!

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at hawks game! Pretty good. Nice IPA not too citrusy, just right. A little bitter. Texture is thin, but not bad. Straight out of a can. Tastes more like peel than fruit.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a couple of pints at the MGM Grand on Ceaser's Palace on Friday afternoon. Definitely a citrusy forward IPA with a nice balance. No hop bitterness, just pleasant citrus goodness.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can with a best by date of 12/30/17; into a pub glass.
Appearance- a deep gold, almost orange with detectable hazy sediment and scattered bubbles sustaining a thin white head. Lacing is slight.
Smell - mild juicy fruit gum and grapefruit, with some oily floral hops.
Taste - nice; the grapefruit doesn't show up too much, but the juicy fruit gum and sweet floral notes pair really well together giving it a hop forward profile but a wonderfully balanced bittersweet backing!
Feel - not overly bitter, not overly sweet, but just enough of both with a nice carbonated mouthfeel to captivate the palate with each sip!
Overall - less than $2/pint for this 6pack of 16ers; need a bit more from the nose, but otherwise, this one is surprisingly a keeper!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle bought in MT on recent fishing trip, poured into pint glass.
A: pours a deep golden copper body, carbonation, 2 finger thick white foam head that fades to the perimeter
S: citrus, fresh orange, mango, hints of tropical fruit, light malt
M: medium body with semi dry finish
T: citrus, orange peel, light sweet malt, biscuit, hints of floral notes in the end
O: solid brew, my first from them, good balance of hops

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Photo of gandres
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured to wine glass
Sight: Dark yellow/amber, hazy, cloudy, medium tan foam, lacing
Aroma: Very Fragrant- hoppy 3.50 taste: delicious, medium bitterness, sweet
Feel: long follow through, bitter aftertaste, medium carbonation
Overall: Very good beer, even got a growler of this beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

lots of these citrus ipa types out there these days, but this is a good one, much better than most, and there are really two keys to that. the first is that the beer is really dry. there is not much grain sweetness remaining, nor is there an overly sweet added fruit element that bog a lot of these down. the other factor is that its an ipa first, not so fruity as to overwhelm the hops that are supposed to be in front, and the balance between fruit and hops is excellent in this beer. the grapefruit is zesty and bitter, with a bite, but also a really fresh and juicy natural complexion, tangy and tart, just right with the citrus forward hops in this beer that have some grapefruit essence of their own to contribute, and comparable bitterness as well. it all tastes really fresh to me, which is critical to any ipa, but especially one like this. summery, dry, well carbonated, and both refreshing and satisfying as a beer not a juice. well done, my first beer from hop valley, on tap at chuburger in rino, i have not seen these beers anywhere else in colorado yet...

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Photo of Fowdy
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy deep amber with one inch off-white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: Fruity citrus and hops.

Taste: Citrus - grapefruit, orange notes.

Feel: Carbonation is good. Crisp taste with good bitterness.

Overall: This is now one of my favorite IPA's. Balanced bitterness and citrus. Good beer!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a light hazy copper color with a one to two finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Slight stringy to semi-spider web lacing glazes around the glass. The smell starts off with a nice sweet grapefruit leading into a decent bitter pulp side and then the mangos and pineapple help to open it up just a tad more. Light peach and then a slight pine also come in to balance to sweet and slightly bitter. The taste is bitter with a good sweet trying to balance. Its there for the most part and helps to make this beer to really want to be a sessionable IPA. There’s a slight peach to grapefruit aftertaste and a slight dry to semi-wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation feels like an AIPA and yet still lets the bitterness hit my tongue appropriately as an AIPA. Overall, AIPA or session IPA, I’ll take it. It feels, smells, and tastes great, I’d have this again.

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Photo of pajfuwen
1.5/5  rDev -61.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

14 oz draft in a nonic. $5 (happy hour).

Dark gold to amber and slightly hazy. Impressively tight, firm head that laced beautifully and lasted longer than the beer.

Surprisingly, not much in the way of citrus in the aroma. With persistence was able to pick up on some unidentified mercaptan and a little cheesey feet, presumably isovaleric acid.

Again, could not get any citrus in the taste. Pronounced bitterness accentuated by a complete lack of malt character. Finishes too bitter to abide, reminiscent of dandelion stalks and pine needles. A touch of cardboard confirmed that this beer was hopelessly stale.

Despite the flaws in smell and taste, the body and carbonation were to style: medium without astringency.

Shame. Confirmed it wasn't just me by treating myself to a Ballast Point Sculpin ($8!) right afterwards. Chalk and cheese.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malt and fruity, floral, resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malt with a lot of citrus fruit and a slightly harsh resiny bitter finish that is a little ashy in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent fruity IPA that has a harsh bitterness like most of their IPAs I've had.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Faintly cloudy pour, honey-amber color with fluffy head. Pleasant hoppy aroma and a hint of citrus. Tasting is right in the citrus-IPA wheelhouse with a solid IPA as a base and the citrus as an accent and not taking center stage. Great for a warm afternoon on the deck. Nice, clen finish and the ABV is under control.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange, but not too brown. Not bright, but clear and lovely in the light. Light tan head of fluff, fine on top, rockier towards the surface of the body. Orange and grapefruit scents, fruit but especially rind, with a grainy/grassy suggestion underneath. Not too fruity of a palate, very pasta/cracker-like at first with a subdued tartness, but letting it seep and soak and then slosh around the back yields strong flavors of rind, grass, and biscuit, a chunk of juicy citrus, and then milder notes of tea and resin, a slight aftertaste of soap and a retro-olfaction of pepper, burnt rubber, as well as more rind. Medium-bodied, dense with fine but softer carbonation, appropriate astringency to match bitterness.

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Photo of SamQ
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been drinking much, and picked up a 6 pack of Citrus Mistress to kick off my weekend. Aroma was solid and impressionable. The pour came to halt with a true gold tint. Average head on the finish. The biggest thing notation on this craft would be the grapefruit flavor. Truly unforgettable. Although a tad bitter, leaving a slight after taste, the fresh grapefruit kick gives this IPA a nice finish.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2-11-17 (12oz bottle, San Mateo) First sips live up to the name, grapefruit bitterness apparent, consistent throughout, nothing earth-shattering here but good overall, 3.3

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a Sam Smith nonic.

A: Orange/gold body with a huge white head that descends into numerous chunks.

S: Grapefruit pours out of the nose on this one, along with loads of citrus pith, piney hops, and hints of sweet orange. Smells dry and fairly bitter.

T: Taste follows the nose, dry bitter pine and grapefruit peel, some juicy citrus, dry biscuity malt underneath.

MF: Dry medium mouthfeel.

O: I liked it, nose was great and the first few sips were really enjoyable. This turns into a very familiar beer overall though, very West Coast in the dryness and hop profile. Doesn't really jump out and do anything new, but it is enjoyable.

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Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 389 ratings