Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Thanks to monsterfat for the bottle.
Been wanting to try this one for a while now. I seem to remember reading about what a delicious hoppy treat it was on LNBA or something like that and added it to the ol' Wants list.
Amber orange pour. Shocker. "Amber orange" and "Orange amber" should be renamed as IPA and DIPA. I honestly can't come up with any creative ways to describe identical pour after identical pour. Off white foam reaches two fingers, and is quite fluffy. Good retention; it hits that nice happy medium between "monster head that fizzes away instantly" and "monster head that never leaves." It works for me, because I didn't want to wait half an hour for the foam to die down. Wonderful lacing stuck to the glass.
So, I totally expected this beer to be a hop bomb...and with a label that boasts "Hop Ottin' bites like an angry rattlesnake," I feel like that was a fair assumption on my part. However, I'm smelling mostly sweet caramel. It smells rich and sweet, very malty. Balance, on the West Coast? Never. After some digging (and some warmth), I begin to smell some hop aromas - sweet oranges and earthy, herbal bitterness. They blend in really well with that sweet malt/caramel smell, so the hop aromas are pretty well masked. I can't really say that I like that.
The flavor, like the aroma, is surprisingly balanced. It's not that it's a bad thing, necessarily, but it's...weird. I just don't expect this from a West Coast IPA. Now, I do like both the sweet orange and earthy/herbal hop flavors. I just wish they were more aggressive. However, Hop Ottin' is still a finely crafted IPA. Balance may not be to my liking, but it's still a good quality. Seriously, though, how weird is that? I can't stress this enough. In Hop Ottin's defense, there's some nice bitterness in the finish, enough to remind you that you're dealing with more hops than you realized, and not enough to keep it from being immensely drinkable. It's not flashy, or glamorous, but, damn, it pretty much does everything by the book.
Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate. Would like this one to be a little more creamy, but it's still a very nice texture. Actually, I change my mind. This is medium-heavy, and it feels pretty damn close to full bodied. Surprisingly chewy at first, but, I guess given the big malt presence, it shouldn't be. Drinkability is off the charts. I polished off the bomber faster than I'd like to admit. It may not be a full-on hop assault like I expect (and like) from West Coast IPA's, but it's really, really well done. Nothing about this beer takes away from its drinkability.
Hop Ottin' somewhat reminds me of my top-rated beer, Masala Mama. It's like Masala Mama Jr., or the JV version. If it were a little more forward with the citric hop flavor, this would rank right up there with the best beers I've had. But, it falls just a tad short, which sets off a serious domino effect as far as ratings are concerned. It's a great beer, and honestly, I'd keep this in the fridge constantly if it were locally available, for myself and for my non-beer geek friends.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2010 02:16:00 | More by Gyle41386
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3.55/5 rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Another brewery I missed a lot of reviews for some reason, this shouldn't be too old despite the lack of date.
Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head with some bubbles popping in the middle as it fades at a slow pace, nice lacing all over too, nice rosy amber red color, hazy.
Nose lots of candy malts, syrupy sweet caramel, little toffee, etc, candied orange peel, little citrus zest, fruity hops, hint of pineapple and citrus, etc, hint of booze wafting out. Aroma of an aged IPA unfortunately.
Taste brings a bit more sweetness, candy malts, syrupy, caramel, toffee, etc, with a little candied orange peel, little zest, some citrus and hint of pineapple, not really tropical fruit though, bit of warming booze. Again that aged hop IPA note. Finish is a bit sweet and candy like, fair bitterness, little toffee and caramel, little pineapple and bitter orange peel, etc.
Mouth is med bod, bit of warming booze, decent carb but not great.
Overall OK, but seems like it is aged a bit, not a great IPA at least this day and age, more like a muted aged IPA with flashes of what could have been good. Lots more malty, lighter on the hops, etc. I'll have to try this again if I can find it fresh, but with no date on the bottle it'll be hard. Maybe if I ever find a draft version.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 02:11:08 | More by jlindros
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,438 ratings.