Citrus Mistress | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hop Valley Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
hopvalleybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hoptometrist on 07-26-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
275
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 275
Photo of tophersky15
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Whitley
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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Photo of JerryG
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From the name and smell, I am assuming there are a lot of citra hops. To me this has a very floral, citrus nose that still well rounded with a mix of hop flavor. Golden orange in color with a nice bright white lacy head. Good body, slight malt, lots of good bitter hop flavor, with a strong but quick finish. This is somewhere between a double and standard IPA. Sessionable, but with plenty of flavor and a great hop profile.

Update: I have tried this years release in a bottle. For whatever reason I am liking this beer a lot more this time around. The hop nose is great with a smooth grapefruit, citrus finish. Very similar to Zombie Dust from Three Floyds

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 RichKent
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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 ricke49
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Real nice grapefruit IPA. Comparable to Grapefruit Sculpin imho, but at a far more attractive price. Nicely packaged in a pint can with 'best by' date clearly stamped on bottom (in this case May 14, 2017....I bought it in January, so that may be a little 'optimistic' for a hoppy IPA). I've never been a huge fan of Hop Valley, but this variety is absolutely delicious, and well-crafted.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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 pianoguy
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 NW_IPAHEAD
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Glengosch
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle:

Pours orange-tinted golden with a lasting thin off-white head that lasts, leaving lacing.

The smell is of grapefruit and bright tropical fruit.

The taste of bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit peel blends in to accentuate the hops. (It doesn't really stand out on its own). Bittersweet general citric and tropical fruitiness mix with the grapefruit. Caramelized bread acts as a solid balancing backbone. Refreshingly bitter finish.

It has a smooth medium body.

It is an enjoyable grapefruit-accented (but not dominating) IPA!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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Photo of macpapi
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 John_M
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No surprise I liked this every beer I've had from them has been good. I'm a fan of the grapefruit IPA's
and this one was really tasty. perfect beer for those hot months. Cheers

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear copper color, thin head
S- piney hops, citrus hops
T- piney, citrus hops, well balanced
M- medium bodied
D- very good, would definitely drink it again

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +2%

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 flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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 mabermud
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 28, 2016.

It pours orange amber with a modest head that fades. It has decent clarity.

The aroma has a a notable citrus and fruity edge to it with the toasted malt underneath.

Medium body.

The taste is also slightly toasty but the citrus and fruity characters emerge and it becomes a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard pint glass from 22 oz bottle. Light amber in color, slightly hazy. The head is bubbly & tan. Diminishes quickly into a small island on top of the beer. Not much lacing. The aroma is grapefruit, orange, lemon yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. The flavor is great - it's very hop forward and quite the citrus blast. There is some sweetness from the malt to balance things out. Very juicy and resinous mouthfeel - always a favorite of mine.

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Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 275 ratings.
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