Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by troysoy2:
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 bottle, poured into a pint glass. Definitely on the darker side for an IPA. Rust orange, and not all that see-through. It has an impressive, thick (for the style), almost grainy off-white head, which leaves patchy lacing here and there.
The smell is floral in nature, and you immediately notice the interesting pairing of somewhat darker malt with citrusy hops.
The taste is very unique, starting off with herbal bitterness, continuing with a strong malty grain presence, and finishing dry. The hops really stop the malt from being overbearingly sweet, but there's enough of it that you can tell it's there. The hop-malt balance is almost more of a juxtaposition here, showing off the flavor of both very well.
I'd have to be in the mood for this beer, but it definitely has its own little place in the IPA world. Good to try something new.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2012 06:08:34 | More by troysoy2
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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
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