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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Added by Hoptometrist on 07-26-2013

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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 shehateme
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Last beer of the night after sharing a couple of hill farmstead growlers so palate may be a bit critical on this one but didn't get much of the citrus at all had a bit more of a burnt tire smell and taste ....a good beer but not my personal favorite .

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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 Brad007
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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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 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 snaotheus
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a little pilsner glass.

Pours clear, dull brown color. Medium head, fades slowly, leaves lots of lacing. Fair amount of carbonation. Smell is very bright, extremely citrusy.

Taste is odd. A little mixture of muted hops flavor but intense citrus. Second sip gets a strong bitter flavor building.

Mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky. Not very carbonated. Overall, it's not bad.

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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 dikebrewery
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 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 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 BoldRulerVT
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours medium amber, little head.
Smells malty and hoppy. Good balance in aroma.
Taste is a bit more malt forward than expected, good bitterness, not very citrusy outside of the grapefruit element.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, a good IPA.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


12oz from Brewer's Haven... But all the bottle shops have it too... Pours clear light orange with a flimsy white head.. In the nose, expected pithy notes are indistinguishable from citrus hops. Bitter IPA elements are pretty standard.. The grapefruit just hits the same cylinders... Don't hate it, but it certainly isn't breaking new ground... Very drinkable and never overbearing.


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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 hreb
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped with the date 09/21/15. 22oz bottle served, for no reason, in a Weizen glass. Aroma is quite citrusy, predictably, though smells purely like a citrusy dry-hopped IPA, not fruit juice. Color is clear orange amber. Flavor brings the sharp astringency of a high-IBU IPA at first, then reveals juicy orange flavors, and then thrusts me into what is quite obviously a grapefruit peel.

This beer is further proof that grapefruit can be a legitimate addition to a citrusy IPA, not a mere ploy to make mass-market candy beers for unsophisticated beer drinkers. That said, Grapefruit Sculpin did it better -- I'd get that one over this every time, given the choice.

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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 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 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 Jeffo
3.84/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of braker649er
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's hard not to compare this to Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin. This one is not as purely grapefruitey, and it's less exceptional in that way. It's also significantly less expensive and still quite a solid IPA.

The biggest surprise for me was that I smelled and tasted more pine flavor out of the hops in this one than I expected for its focus on citrus--and that this piney tinge pretty much worked. The grapefruit was definitely there in smell and taste, just more mixed with other flavors.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- Poured a dark hazy golden color with frothy white head that left webbed lacing.

S- Big peach, pineapple. and citrus notes. Very aromatic, hoppy. and fruity aroma.

T- Some pretty big peach, pineapple, and light citrus hop notes. Pretty big caramel malt backbone but the flavor was definitely front-loaded with it getting a little watery towards the finish.

M- Very light and pretty refreshing, finishes fairly watery

O- A very refreshing and light summer IPA. Nice fruity hop character, wish it would have stayed through the whole sip though. Pretty light bitterness.

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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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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 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 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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