Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,278 | Reviews: 1,157 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.55/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
12oz brown bottle. Pours a rich, slightly hazy (clears up quick) amber crowned with an amazing 3-fingered creamy white foam head that settles with a very respectable lace with plenty of stick on the glass; clingy and rocky.
Light malts. Resiny, herbal citric hop aroma. Pine. Perfumy.
Smooth. Near full-bodied. Sweet malty base with notes of caramel, grain, a touch of bread crusts and toffee edges. Mild fruitiness of green raisins. Wonderful hoppy character with a resiny grip of hop oils, notes of wood, smack of dulled citric rind, herbal, soft pine sap, prickly spice. Drying nutty finish with a leafy coarse feel on the palate with faint notes of toffee.
A superior American IPA. Balanced, but hoppoliciously aggressive. Highly drinkable, but complex. Oh yeah ... I dig this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2004 05:27:10 | More by Todd
4.45/5 rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.
Appearance: Shiny copper hue with cushiony meringue head that leaves a patchy rings down the glass.
Smell: Rustic hop aroma with hints of flowers, tea and tobacco. Citric fruitiness from the hops with a mild nutty and pear-like fruit from the malt / yeast pairing to boot.
Taste: Medium slightly chewy malt body barely holds up the prickly pungent hop bitterness. A little slick oily mouth feel from the hops leaving a bitter sweet citric tea flavour. Fruity esters are perceptible with allusions of cherries and golden raisins, alcohol warms the body a bit also. Malt finds a way to peek out for a tad with a dry nutty and grainy cracker character. The finish is a faded grain and long drawn out tea like hop.
Notes: A true American IPA that gets straight to the point, no pussyfooting around for this brew immediately to the hops! Malt hardly keeps a foothold against the hops yet still loans some character to this brew. Hate to say it but this is another superb hop head IPA!
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2001 05:51:47 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Skyscraper of a head that slowly melts, leaving very nice lacing. Darker amber in color that what I'm used to from an IPA.
Smell: Smells much more like an APA than an IPA. I'm not getting hops here--only caramel malt and sweetness and nut aromas.
Taste: Starts off big on the caramel malt. Somewhere in there is pine flavor from the hops, but the malt swallows most of it. Reminds me of Alpha King, a beer that I didn't care much for but that I know a lot of people like. I was anticipating a hop bomb (I mean, hop is in the title plus this is a west coast beer), but I suppose this is well balanced. It finishes too sweet.
Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of moderate, carbonation is also on the lower side. This doesn't go down all that easy for me.
Overall: Again, I understand that I may be disappointed because I didn't get the hop bomb I was looking for, but there's still some nice flavor here. The really sweet finish is what really turns me off. It's not something I would look for again, but those who like a sweeter IPA with nut and caramel flavors may love this one.
Serving type: can
04-20-2014 01:44:30 | More by DeFaz
4.29/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This was a very good ipa, interestingly what stood out to me most was the head. It had the thickest, oddly sticky, head I've every seen. It sat on top of a nice reddish brown body with mild carbonation. Everything I wanted from a good ipa, nice hop character, refreshing, herbal, citrusy, I got a hint of vanilla in there as well. Very good beer. Only had one bottle, should've gotten 6.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 03:32:30 | More by cambabeer
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.