Citrus Mistress
Hop Valley Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,474
Ranked #14,949
3.91 | pDev: 10.23%
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
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WilliamGustin from Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Average hoppy IPA experience. Golden pour, some head. Taste does have a nice citrus, grapefruit overtone, ‘pep-in-your-step’ across the tongue. Fresh up front with a good pop but a bit watery by the swallow and kinda flat after the initial pour. Maybe better if drank from the can? A fairly good WCIPA offering but doesn’t quite hit the fruity-fun I was looking for. Hop Valley has better offerings in my opinion, but not bad. I’d drink it again if someone was buying!

Sep 21, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark amber, good head retention
S-grapefruit and some crackery malts
T-sold citrus profile (true to its name), with grapefruit pith and orange in the front. Above average sweetness, well above average bitterness
M-Light (+) body, below average carbonation.
O-Solid WCIPA with a few areas of room for improvement

Jun 26, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/22/19...pours medium dark copper, patches of white foam, mostly settled. Malty, pine, lemon, citrus nose. Quick sharp peppery bitter. Chewy. Nice peppy IPA. Tasty.

Mar 28, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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

Look - slight amber copper color
Smell - grapefruit citrus scent with some caramel
Taste - bitter citrus pine with some grapefruit peel
Feel - medium body and carb
Overall - pretty good

Dec 30, 2019
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Sup_Sippin from California

2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Flavor-free on the tongue, a tangy full dull kick to the roof of the mouth. Grapefruit flavor without citrus burn or sweet. Hop game boring, take bad vodka and add 100% juice (because the grapefruit is quality). Mild bar of soap. Water at the tip of the tongue, swallows into its light smack. Shallow experience. Watery burp

Nov 26, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack cans $8.99 Don Quijote
103 days past best by date. Thought it was canned date until I read reviews below.
Citrus and wheat smells
Hazy Amber-golden tinged color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus flavors, bitterness
Overall an ok IPA. More bitter than I like so probably won't buy again.

Nov 10, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light copper hue with great lacing and retention. Light pineapple aroma with some stone fruit. Spicy, robust, bitter, and extraordinarily fresh. This is a profoundly good brew. Comparable to Stone. Very fresh and tasty.

Oct 16, 2019
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atomicbeer from New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at the Rampart Casino Las Vegas. Orange gold color with one inch foamy creamy cap. Quite a bit of carbonation. Aromas of orange, lemon, and a bit of pine and menthol. Mouth a bit thin but drinks easy. Flavor leads with sticky caramel malt followed by mild dank bitterness and orange rind. Leaves considerable dankness on the tongue along with an orange water taste. On the better side of Okay by a smidge.

Sep 13, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:. Pours a brilliant orange gold color with a medium white head and no lacing.

S: Orange and lemon candy, grapefruit rind, a bit of caramel underneath and some earthy hops.

T:. Orange, lemon and grapefruit, with a grapefruit rind bitterness, some lemongrass.

F:. Lively carbonation, medium body.

O:. This is a solid if not unique IPA.

Sep 11, 2019
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RDB51 from California

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good two finger head supported by a burnt orange colored brew. The six hopped IPA has a grapefruit finish from the addition of peels. A good choice for hop heads.

May 24, 2019
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ilikepaleale from Oregon

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 :^ /

Feb 15, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 23, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

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!

Oct 17, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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.

Aug 27, 2018
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Mibsy from Ohio

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.

Aug 13, 2018
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draheim from Washington

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.

Jul 24, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

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.

Jul 04, 2018
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brenn79 from Idaho

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.

Apr 08, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Mar 28, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

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!

Mar 19, 2018
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mintzmeet from Washington

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.

Nov 05, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

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 Friday afternoon. Definitely a citrusy forward IPA with a nice balance. No hop bitterness, just pleasant citrus goodness.

Oct 15, 2017
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

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!

Sep 26, 2017
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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

Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a billowy white head of foam. The head has great retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a grapefruit citrus hop mixed with some tangerine and a strong crackery/bready smell. Along with these aromas comes a light orange and a bit of floral hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a big tangerine sweetness mixed with a good hit of grapefruit hop and a crackery malt right from the start. These flavors create the base tastes of the beer and remain throughout the taste, with the grapefruit getting stronger as the taste advances. Toward the middle to the end of the taste comes some other lighter flavors of pine and floral hop to leave one with a nice citrus sweet and hop taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average to slightly thinner in nature with a carbonation level that is average. For the big citrus sweet and hop tastes the feel is great and makes for one very easy drinking brew.
Overall – A rather tasty and citrusy IPA overall. Easy drinking, flavorful, and smooth.

Sep 25, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

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

Sep 03, 2017
Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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