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
Ratings:
303
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
92
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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 SocalKicks
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Gagnonsux
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 beernads
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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 NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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 John_M
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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