Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: A nice, thick head comes out of the initial pour, over an inch. It subsides to form a 1/4" thick layer of creamy foam. Exactly what I want when I pour my beer. The color is a dark amber with slight red hues.
Scent: I get a bunch of different hop characteristics up front. Can't quite pin point it all but the one that stands out is tropical fruit. I get a little bit of citrus and spice as well, but mostly it's tropical. It also reminds me a bit of the fresh, green hop pellets I use on brew day. The malt is a bit more subtle with a hint of caramel, but nothing too strong.
Taste: The hops don't come on too strong. You get a bit of malt and a bit of hops, but nothing that will slap you in the face and ruin your palate. Very well balanced. There is a bit of bitterness that starts to creep up as soon as you take a sip and it only grows as you swallow it.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. The carbonation is well balanced. Perfect for an IPA.
Overall: I'll be honest I was very surprised when drinking this. I was expecting over the top hop use with in your face flavors. Maybe I'm stereotyping West Coast IPAs, but this isn't that at all. Sure there is plenty of bitterness, but it's an IPA. The flavors are subtle and balanced, but it's really that bitterness that makes itself known as an IPA. I was expecting a bit more from the flavors. Although I think the malt and hops were balanced, I think they were both lacking a little bit and find myself wishing there was a bit more.
Serving type: can
08-01-2012 22:44:37 | More by JaredKent
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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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