Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
One of the more available California IPA's I haven't tried, I'm hoping this one will be a refreshing departure from the 85 degree heat that's melted my brain today.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Stone IRS tulip glass, this brew has a light, transparent, goldish color with a ton of fluffy white head that dissolved only slightly, leaving behind a bubbly uneven surface similar to a bubble bath.
The smell is fantastically potent, a mix of pine, grapefruit, and golden raisins.
At the first sip, the flavor is unusual: a mild alcohol burn dominates at first, then fades into a bitter mix of grapefruit and phenol, uncharacteristic of an IPA. The finish is a ghost of honey sweetness. Further sips expand that same faint honey flavor so that it is experienced throughout consumption.
This brew is fairly easy to drink, but it's definitely not what I'd consider one of the better tasting IPA's. Perhaps it's not as fresh as it should be (although there's no noticeable dating on the bottle). I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me, but given the choice between this and just about any other IPA, I'd choose another.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2007 04:26:30 | More by instrumentality
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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 2,431 ratings.