Citrus Mistress | Hop Valley Brewing Company

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Citrus MistressCitrus Mistress

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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: 51 | Ratings: 287
Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +13.8%
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 -16.3%
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 -2.3%
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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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 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 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 chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On nitro tap at the brewpub in Eugene, Oregon.
Clear amber body with an excellent, creamy off=white head. Sheets of lacing on the glass.
Overly earthy aroma with hints of pine and citrus.
Earthy, piney and fruity hops dominate.
Smooth, medium-light body and medium carbonation.

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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 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 Hop_God
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear golden to almost a deep orange hue and some brown notes. thin large white bubbles

S: hops, malt, citrus, grapefruit, zest, pine.

T: citrus pith, lemon peel, grass, earthy herbs with some spice, malt, heavy malted backbone

F: clean and crisp medium body

O: ok IPA, nothing special. some bitter pine and malt finish.

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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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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first glance and smell it seems pretty good, and it is but it's a bit lifeless despite an obvious citrus hop appeal. A fair white head gives way to a very sleepy carbonation but reasonable rings of lacing. The aroma is at first pretty orange lemon citrus but the malt seems to take over in flavor to the point that the nose disappears. The body is solidly medium but the feel needs more bubbly. A pleasant IPA with good malt backbone.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell and taste are pleasant but i feel the grapefruit is a bit artificial.. maybe its just not my taste. regardless its a decent ipa that is drinkable and has a nice citrus flavor and bitterness to finish. good, just not my favorite.

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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 smanson56
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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 +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 MFMB
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -3.8%
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 -3.3%
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 -5.1%
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 -2.8%
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 -3.3%
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 -22.7%
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 -0.3%
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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