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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Hoptometrist on 07-26-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
271
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
23.72%
 
 
Wants:
15
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78
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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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

RB

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.

3.75/3.75/3.75/4/3.75

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

2014-11-29
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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