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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,617 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,617
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 104
Gots: 193 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of electrified
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper in color. Nice head with good retention and lacing. Smells of floral hops and a hint of grapes -- I considered that the grape aroma could be subliminal from the grape-purple color on the label, but no, it's there. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. A lot of tastes going on -- sharp and big on the hops, but complex. Tasty.

electrified, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of peck95
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a shiny copper with a nice thin head and good lacing

aroma is a strong alcohol sent followed by yeast, malt, and hops.

the taste is solid a great hop bite complimented with some alcohol and a hint of sweet bread flavor.I love it

mouthfeel is full and fairly carbonated

the alcohol is not hidden well in this brew and although in some areas it aides things like the hop flavor, the alcohol also detracts from the overall enjoyability of this beer.
this is def. one of my new favorite ipa's. wish i could get it more often

peck95, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's a great looking beer - copper golden, with a milky head that rings and rings - one of those you can watch all the way down the glass.

Highly floral, with a great amount of hoppy bitterness that pervades the nose, and illuminates the senses.

Really great in the mouth - huge to the tongue with what some would call bitter - I call it awesome. The floral character comes through big as well, releasing with a bit of oiliness, but not so much that there's a slick on your tongue.

Crisp, with a lasting impression on the tongue. Leaves the mouth sloppy wet with little need for a quick drink to follow.

Really great, but it really almost exceeds the IPA label it's so big. More than two might push your mouth over the edge.

mdcrouser, May 02, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange/amber body, 2 finger white fluff, quality lacing

S: orange peel, hint of grain, malt, lemon grass

T: sweet lemon, grass, pine, bready malt,
long slow bitter semi-oily finish

M: med body, slick/oily mouth

O: Maybe I'm insane, but this taste almost like an
ESB meets an IPA...wild, still quite good. I want
to gulp it, but the ABV sneaks up on you. Great
to try another Anderson Valley brew and in a can;
well done.

GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

BeerLover99, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of soulgrowl
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pretty, a dense color somewhere between clover honey and caramel. Very hazy and difficult to see through, which gives it a rather bold, confident appearance. Head is yellow-white and fluffy, with excellent retention. Thick lacing all the way down.

Smell: Smell is fairly innocent. Caramel malts, a touch of diacetyl, a drop of honey. Nice, fresh, fruity edge of hops. Smells of a lush, green valley... kind of like the rustic scene depicted on the bottle.

Taste: Holy crap, these hops are hardcore! Incredibly crisp, with a woody/earthy edge. Carrots come to mind. A subtle citric sweetness is also detectable. Malts are, naturally, somewhat obstructed by the hops, but definitely there. Aggressively dry, kind of nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer awakens your palate. Quite refreshing, but not exactly thirst-quenching.

Drinkability: If you aren't a fan of hops, drinking this could prove to be somewhat trying. But whether you're a hophead or not, you have to admit this beer packs a huge amount of flavor for how light it is. Good stuff!

Edit:

Shortly after finishing this beer, I went to brush my teeth. Ten minutes later, I could STILL taste the hops. Incredible!

soulgrowl, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick two fingers of creamy, off-white head over a relatively clear amber and dark copper brew. Great retention and sticky lacing all over.
A: Good hoppy presence on the nose with some florals and pine standing out. Discernible malty backbone.
T: A hoppy kick to the mouth, rich in that pine I love so much. Sip mellows out to a balanced brew with a malty backbone offering support but not taking away from that perfumy hop bitterness.
M: Barely medium-bodied with good carbonation. Leaves an oily residue of bitters throughout.
D: This is a solid IPA from one of my favorite breweries. Right up there with Torpedo (in the extra IPA sense).

washburnkid, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear brick red with a slightly tan head.

Smell: piney but I'm delighted to note that there is a nice malt balance to this. The citrus/pine classic american "hopped up" beer smell is there but it's supported by a good carmel base.

Taste: Bitter and dry up front. The same pine on the delivery that was present on the wind-up. There is a definite malty sweetness that provides a good backbone to this beer. Highly hopped but balanced. A good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium and crispy. The hops and good carbonation make this pop on the palate.

Drinkability: It's palate cleansing goodness! An enjoyable hop fix to be sure.

mattcrill, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of fortheloveofbooz
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BuxMontBeerLover

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bit cloudy, nice golden color, foamy dense head on the pour...very thick head.

S - Cramel aroma with nice citrus notes, vanilla, and even a little bit of apricot or another stone fruit.

T - A quality IPA that is well balanced with a slight sweetness, again the caramel notes coming though from the malts. Has a hint of apricot that confirms what was on the nose. Very nice citrus taste that pairs perfectly with the hoppy

M- medium carbonation and medium ++ constancy.

O - This is a great, easy drinking IPA. A little malted then what I normally go for but I really enjoyed it.

fortheloveofbooz, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear blood orange with everlasting white foamy head that leaves lacing. Aroma of hop resin, citrus, orange and cream. Tastes of citrus, slight resin, grass, slight evergreen/mint, and finishes sweet grains with hop soap and bitterness that coats the palate. Medium body with light carbonation creates a thick mouthfeel. A damn good West Coast citrus, dry IPA.

JRed, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, like a tangerine orange clor with a fluffy tan head. No visible carbonation.

S: Scents of sweet citrus, maybe some pineapple, and a little lemon.

T: I get a lot of citrus with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. Some grassy-ness in the finish. Sweetness is there too, it is quite well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, though not session-able.

tlazaroff, May 22, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by one of my local bottle shop guys who knows I love IPAs, especially in cans. No dating on the packaging or can. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Beautiful clear amber body with a huge three-finger light tan head. Nice head retention and lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is not strong, but solidly representative of hops. The citrus notes are a light blend of grapefruit and tangerine. A small amount of floral tones follow, with a decent amount of sweet, caramel malt.

Not a hop bomb by any means, but pleasantly hop bitter. The taste is a little more bitter than the aroma would suggest, as the sweeter side of the hops are not as present in the taste as they are in the smell. The sweetness of the taste is attributable to the malt, for sure. Decent IPA flavor balance.

Medium to light mouthfeel, that is pretty easy to drink overall. Not the best IPA I've had, but solid overall.

FanofHefe, May 13, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask, this is a very goo, tasty, well-rounded and well-balancd beer. However, I suspect that, due to grapefruit notes and other elements I find, I probably wont' like it nearly as much on tap or in a bottle. In part, this is due to a (rather subjective) antipathy of mine for grapefruit taste in beer (can be good if not too much, but it's iffy) and I feel it is likely to be more grapefruity and less balanced if not cask-conditioned.

Anyway, from the cask it is a nice copper amber, practically the same colour as Fuller's ESB which my wife drank contemporaneously, and ever-so-faintly hazy. It has a medum, creamy, pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin top and leaving nice rich rings of lace.

The aroma is grapefruit up front but this i not too strong, and there is also light resin-pine, some raisiny-winey-fruitiness, a light general caramelly toastiness.

The taste is good, well-balanced and well-rounded with some light complexity and subtlety. It has grapefruit but this isn't overdone, honey, light raisiny-winey-sweetness, light buttery caramel, and toasty grain in the finish along with spiciness. It has sweetness with light balancing bitterness and sweetness. It's very drinkable, and has good hoppy and malty flavour if fiarly light in body. It doesn't seem as high in ABV as it is, aside from the noticeable sweetness.

Offa, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great craft beer in a can, poured into a Leffe Tulip.
An original, a meditation beer. Sit outside and sip from a tulip glass.

A- An awesome looking beer. One of the best rounded, floaty, heads. Feel like they do something to make it so pronounced, rounded, dense, and lasting. The retention is impressive. The head is light creamy colored, and creamy looking. The lacing is lasting, strong and sticky. The beer pours hazy apricot. Best looking IPA ever. Out of a can!

S- Subtle. Not strong waft... a calm hop presence... subtle fruity citrusy scent and a bit of Sierra stream. Seriously, smells like outdoor water.

T- Lovely first impression of freshness, with inviting and not overwhelming hops. The subtle hop aroma leads to a smooth and balanced taste. The beer is honey sweet tempered with a bitter, but not overwhelming floral esters finish. Lovely and original, in the direction of STONE IPA, but lighter.
Taste gets better as you go along. A great food beer, as well as a great meditation beer.

M- I enjoy the texture of this beer: starts creamy, but has a lighter weight. lovely and refreshing, yet, not as much gravity as a STONE IPA, TITAN, or even a 21st Amendment.

O- A must try, original ipa. Lighter smell, fresh, not over whelming, with no cliche, very original, outdoorsy, cascade hops.

Very exciting beer!

Act25, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich amber color with no real head and thus
a lack of lace. Nice active carbonation.

S: Sweet malts and piney hop nose

T: Sweet piney flavor with undertones of citrus
and graininess.

M/D: Smooth and even bodied, lacking the dryness
of the stronger AIPAs.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev 0%

csmartin6, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, apricot colored body with a large, fluffy, ivory colored head that hangs around forever. Lots of patch lacing is left around the glass.

Aroma is all hops, all the time. Lemon, lemonrind, orange, grapefruit, pine, and honeysuckle serve up a major bouquet of fruity and floral hops, with a touch of bitter pine.

Mouthfeel is grabbing, as hop resins coat the entire mouth. Medium bodied, and carbonation is medium to high.

Mostly hops in the taste, as well. Grapefruit and orange zest bitterness here, with a hint of sweet caramel malt on the undercard. The hops take over completely midway through, and this finishes bitter and dry, with a grapefruit rind aftertaste.

The drinkability is just fine, as the 7% abv gets buried in all the hops. Definitely an IPA for hop lovers.

merlin48, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times but just now got around to reviewing it.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is pretty fruity. I get some grapefruit, orange and papaya as well as some bready malt. The flavor is bitter oranges with some bread. I also get a little bit of caramel malt and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev 0%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev 0%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zdauber
4/5  rDev 0%

zdauber, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out of the fridge poured into a snifter. no freshness info.

pours out a cloudy orange/ light amber color with a nice dense 2 fingers of off white head. some very nice retention as well as some nice lace.

nice balance of biscuity, caramel malt to piney, woody hops. also some citrus and a bit of resin.

starts with some nice grapefruit citrus and pine thats balanced by a biscuity, caramel malt. a bit woody. finishes bitter with a slight metallic taste at times and some fruity hops.

a bit of a sticky resiny feel, heavier side of medium bodied, good feeling carbonation.

overall, a pretty good ipa, but its so much like many others that are just as easily available. not something i would seek out again, but also not something i would really turn down if offered. freshness might also be a factor here...

dogfishandi, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of HeyYoMar
4/5  rDev 0%

HeyYoMar, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev 0%

wo87810, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dark amber, brown almost pour. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is a wet hop grass floral type.

Big malt bill, heavily roasted for an ipa with grapefruit resin type of hop character. They don't make too many of ipas like this anymore. A great dry finish on tap. Big difference comparing this beer in the bottle v. tap. Bottle feels woodier. Tap feels crisper, hoppier.

Drinkability suffers from continued price increases every year for this stuff for some reason. No bottle dating either. Score continues to trend downward. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 26, 2010
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,617 ratings.