Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by ithacabaron:
2.98/5 rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a clear amber with clear, ringing orange highlights. There is only a low, foamy head. Decent lacing follows down the side of the glass. Not bad, but could be much better.
Smell is of mango, booze, tangerine. Not as pungent as I'd like.
Taste is overwhelmingly of booze. Harsh hops kick in about halfway with a harsh, metallic bite. There's only bitterness here, no hop flavor -- and this from a fan of Ruination. Where is the pine? Where is the tropical fruit, the citrus? The only respite is a little bit of honeyed sweetness mid-sip, but it's a short, brief respite. Not impressive. Too much booze, sloppily organized hops. Proof that great beer needs organization -- and it's sadly lacking here.
Mouthfeel is fine, more seafoam and what have you.
Overall, this is a pretty underwhelming beer. Considering how much I liked their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale, it's an especially surprising result. Hops, booze, and chaos. I'd call it a double IPA, but even then, it's not a graceful one. Not a fan.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2011 07:40:56 | More by ithacabaron
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4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a clear copper with a big and very persistent head. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is big citrusy grapefruit hops. Taste is mellow toasty carmel malt upfront. A little underlying malt sweetness throughout. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness. Heavy creamy mouthfeel. This is a very rich tasting IPA. And by that I mean it has a fantastic maltiness behind the hops and even challenging the hops for center stage here. Also the heavy mouthfeel. Maybe the drinkability suffers a bit, but this is a great, and unique, IPA.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 00:12:21 | More by burnstar
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.