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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,784 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,784
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 118
Gots: 264 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Smells of bready malt and hops.
Taste is decent. Nice hop profile of somewhat citrusy, earthy hop. The malt takes a back seat, and also there is a slight twang in there too,no alcohal bite. Grapefruit at times.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
This is a decent IPA right here, and has the ABV to back it up. Alcohal is barely noticable in this one. Drinks very easily. Solid.

Photo of rodrot
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark golden color with a half inch head. Aroma was very floral with plenty of citrus and pine notes in the nose. Taste was quite hoppy with a bitter finish. Biscuity malt flavors were there but hops take center stage here. This beer was medium bodied but quite easy to drink even with a fairly high alcohol level. Drinkability was high for me since I enjoy hoppy beers. A pretty solid IPA that I plan on drinking regularly.

Photo of Hhawk06
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to catch this beer on tap. Has an apple cidery look with a creamy head. Whoah, look out for the hops in the odor! I'm instantly excited by this beer. You are overwhelmed by the hops on contact then it slides in a few fruity notes when you don't expect it. Just when you think the ride is over, wham, you're reminded of the prominent hops in the finish. A joyride of a beer.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A darker crimson/brownish color with a tan or ecru colored head. Retention is fair and it does lay down a nice lattice pattern of sticky lacing. Not quite as insane as some of the better IPAs out there, though.

S: Caramel and bready malt aromas blended with big time citrus and a hint of pine. Maltiness enhances the citrus aromatics with a great deal of sweetness. A very pleasant smelling beer.

T&M: Cracker-like malt flavor lays down a nice backbone to the bold citrus and pine flavors contributed by the hops. More hop flavor than bitterness in this one, and the big maltiness really does balance things out very nicely. Balance really comes in later as the beginning very hoppy. Body is medium to full with a light carbonation for an IPA. It's got big hoppiness without being abrasive or harsh, which is always a good thing. There may be just a touch too much malt for my liking, but that's the only minor complaint I have.

D: Full and malty body reduces drinkability somewhat, but it's still a rather tasty IPA.

Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly in my book. Lots of off white head that is two fingers thick and an off white color, and has a nicely colored body of clear copper.

The aroma is perfume, citrus, and toffee.

Well balanced in the taste between caramel and a good amount of piny hops.

Oily and well carbonated some up the feel.

This is a great and well balanced brew. Not good for a hot pre summer spring day, but a great specimen foe the style.

Photo of flexabull
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color, with an awesome head. Great looking IPA.

Aromas are of pine and citrus like hops. A bit muted, but what I can pick up is nice. There is a touch of sweetness there too.

Flavors remind me a bit of a hopped up amber ale. Hop bite at the front, with some malty tea like qualities and a creamy sweet finish. Well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is good, a bit sticky... but well rounded.

Thanks for the bottle Mikesgroove, I had forgotten how good this beer was... quite drinkable. A solid IPA that is certainly worth a try.

Photo of alexrichman
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a can into a snifter purchased @ Fred Meyers in Portland, OR for $8.49. Couldn't pass this up at that price, I got to try a new beer and I really like canned micros.

A> A beautiful beer. It pours a hazy burnt orange with a stunning 2 finger thick head that has good retention. I can't find anything to critique about the look of this brew.

S> The smell is dominated by the hops, lemony and a little bit sour almost like a cheese, although strangely perfume like. Overall a pretty interesting and good bouquet.

T> Surprisingly strong malt presence that takes on butter like qualities. The hops are still a strong presence, and characterics of lemon in the aroma now show their more bitter qualities diving into the realms of citrus pith and pine. A sweet finish that mingles with the hops nicely.

M> A nice mouthfeel, a bit thick but I like a beer with a bit of "chew" to it. Appropriate carbonation for the style. This beer also has a wonderful oily feel from the resin of the hops. This brew just feels loaded with wonderful hops and malts and it really comes across.

O> Overall this beer is either really good or outstanding in every way you can break it down. In my opinion this is a really, really good IPA with a piney/pithy/cheesy hop profile and a nice English IPA like malt profile. Anderson Valley has really done a superb job of mixing both of these qualities, walking the thin red line that is balancing an IPA. A strong, sweet malt that somehow knows not to get in the way of the true star, the wonderful hops. In the end this beer just feels like the brewers stuffed it with wonderful malts and hops. Every aspect of this beer speaks to it's quality and the passion of the brewers. This is not my favorite IPA but it's a damn good beer and truly worthy of being called craft beer.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a slightly vigorous forced the off white head to rise to the top of my pint and forced me to wait to be able to pour the rest. the color is darker than most IPAs and less hazy. the head retention and lacing is good.

S- mostly floral hops with a bit of piney earthiness to it. the malt profile comes in stronger than usual for the style with some caramel sweetness and biscuit. everything is slightly muted, though, not very strong on the nose.

T- again, the hops are mostly piney slightly floral with a load of bitterness. very pleasant balancing sweetness and finishes biscuity and bitter. a nice balanced IPA.

M- fairly full bodied with great crisp carbonation. a nice smooth feel that helps it go down easy

D- especially easy drinking for A 7% IPA. they didn't make it too in-your-face bitter and that really helps in this department. I'm sure to revisit sometime in the future now that Anderson Valley has entered the Alabama market. I'll have to pick up a Barney Flats and Boont Amber soon.

Photo of aeminter
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clean clear copper color with about two fingers worth of off-white foamy head and great lacing.

S - Fruity, resinous hops, very herbaceous.

T/M - Medium carbonation, high hop bitterness, pungent...malt flavors are very subdued.

A very solid beer and a good representation of the category.

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what to make of this one at first, though it seems a crowd pleaser as it vanishes with disturbing haste when introduced to friends. Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Rusty colored body, cloudy and dark, with a raised fist of off white suds up top. Superior retention and soapy lacing.

Herbaceous, resinous, pine-laden, citrus-kissed aroma suffused with C-hops. A touch bready underneath.

Pine and citrus (bergamot? why not) of course, along with a nearly savory note emerging mid-palate suggestive of roots and flowers. Moderately bitter throughout...hops seem agressive at first, though this quality is fleeting, toned down by the caramel notes from the malt. Dry earthy finish with bark and marshmallow root.

Medium-bodied, brisk, and well carbonated with just a touch of hop oils.

Reminds me a bit of a NW IPA as the malt is quite forward, though the overall presentation is dank and herbaceous, bringing to mind NorCal overall. Not bad alone, though better with pizza I imagine. I'll usually grab a Caldera IPA when I'm looking for hoppy cans, but this is a good alternative.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate amount of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of sweet malts. The smell becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced; the initial taste has some malty sweetness and notes of caramel while the finish has flavors of citrus from the hops along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because unlike other IPAs, the hops do not completely dominate the smell and taste.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at my local Gateway Grill (Monreville)

A - Pours darker than expected with an inch of fluffy head.

S - I get bread, which is weird for an IPA but mild hops and slight pine

T - Well it was OK at best. It reminded me of an old Unearthly By ST that I had which was lighter and MALTY! I don't know the age of the beer but it wasn't as hoppy as expected.

M - Light to medium body. Not skunked or offending

D - As of now I am having a Dogfish head IPA and I can detect more hops so even if the beer was old it comes off more as a brown IPA or even brown ale not an IPA. Not the best or worst (Green Flash IPA) I have ever tried.

Photo of brushpig
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a glass on tap at the Map Room in Chicago.Served in the proper glass.

A nice Amber color with a big lasting head.

The aroma of floral, sweet tea, and citurs. Mild but impressive.

The taste is what American IPA's should be Very hoppy, thick malty body, fruitty, with a dry nutty finish.

Great beer!

Photo of Mark
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I admit IPA is not my first choice usually. I do however enjoy it's unique very hoppy flavor. Well this is the king of hops, at least of the IPA'S that i have sampled. It works well and is very refreshing. If you're a hop head go for it. Excellent beer from a great brewery. Since posting this I have fallen in love with IPA's, and this one still measures up.

Photo of Brewlore
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-Poured from a bomber-

Orange/Amber coloring that lead a big frothy white head that dissipated into a nice lacing.

A nice hop aroma comes in first but is wonderfully met by sweet bready malt. The hops are not as prevalent in the aroma as they are in other IPA's, but the hops that are present bring forth a very herbal/resiny/piney scent. There's a certain sweetness that I can't put my finger on. A leafy sweetness if that makes any sort of sense to you (maybe after finishing a bomber?)

The taste is quite interesting (in a very positive way). Again, the hops come in first with a citrus/piney/herbal taste. It's big on hop flavor but it's paired greatly with a nice sweet malt body. In the end, it's all about the hops. While it's not as bitter as others, the hop flavor is spotlighted. There's a ton of fruity esters to be found.

Full bodied on the palate, almost creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's drinkable, just be careful with it. Has a great (and interesting) hop character.

Photo of donnebaby
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, cloudy, 50% opaque amber orange body, very nice, very nice. Feathery light tan orange foam powders up against the wall of the glass. Lots of "stickin" around.

Fruity fermenting tropical orange apple hop stench blows away. Very fruity hops here, especially holding up the background.

In the mouth, the rich fruity hops stop, fizzle out creamily, and then start up again in the aftertaste. Rich, rich taste, almost a little over the top, especially as the alcohol notes kick in. That said, although it's on the bubble perhaps of being out-of-control, there seems to be an excellent malt/hops balance. Fresh fruit hops don't go away, ever.

Felt like one of these would probably be enough for its intensity.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem and poured into my standard shaker glass. Appears a clear rich apricot color with about two fingers of dense off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lace on the glass. Smells and tastes of citrus such as grapefruit, lemon, resinous pine, sweet, lightly toasted grains. Very clean tasting with a medium body and ample carbonation. I need to pick this one up more often.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Anam Cara:

Appearance: This beer came out a nice clear copper without any haze. A fluffly lacy head appears and sticks to the glass briefly.

Smell: Hints of caramel and strong hop aromas, also some biscuit and breadlike smells hit the nose. also some wet grass notes and slight spices. Smells yummy.

Taste: Upfront tones of good malt character. Bread, biscuit, and caramel smack the pallate. This beer finishes with a nice bitter hop flavor and a final dryness which goes quite well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice body, and carbonation is just right. A well balanced beer that combines hops and malts quite well.

Drinkability: This is a nice IPA which goes down nicely. The 7% ABV is unnoticeable due to the nice combination of hops and malts.

Overall a nice IPA that isn't too powerful, but is perfectly balanced..

Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a deep copper color with moderate head that clings to the sides of the glass all over.

Getting quite a bit of caramel malt, some breadiness, maybe biscuit and lighter piney hops.

Big and bitter grapefruit hop bite starts us off. The meaty malt backbone is also there and gives off caramel and buttery bread flavors. Wow, this puppy delivers a significant hop bite that lasts well into the aftertaste.

This is as thick and chewy an IPA as I can remember having. It's about medium bodied, maybe slightly above. Mostly smooth with some light prickly carbonation.

Good drinkability. The hop kick and ABV will limit me to a couple. Hopheads, look no further for an IPA that delivers a bitter blast. I would have this one again.

Photo of maxpower
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light amber-yellow in color, huge crazy foamy head, nice lacing, fresh citrus aroma, clean medium body, this is one very hoppy beer, yet has a nice malt balanced, this is my favorite from this brewery.

Photo of andys_war_hall
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Holy pine forest batman!

A: The color was a dark amber with a nice foamy finger size head. Some retention, with nice lacing.

S: Excellent hop smell as soon as I popped the top. Once poured into a tulip glass the hop smell faded slightly and the malt presence became more pronounced.

T: As mentioned above, wow, what a blast of pine up front. Very resinous, and piney on the palate at first and then recedes into a nice malt backbone. A great mingling of bitter and sweet.

M: Bubbly on the mouthfeel, with a resin coating as it makes it way down.

O: Very nice IPA. Again, what hit me the most was how piney this IPA is. The malt at the end finishes it off perfectly. I would certainly buy this again.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clean golden brown with a beige head and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is very fragrant with lots of floral and grapefruit notes and a touch of sweet maltiness.

A good amount of bitterness upfront before the balance of the hops and malts come through.

Medium mouthfeel with a slickness to it. Mild carbonation.

Very drinkable and a good example of a strong IPA.

Photo of Danny1217
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber, with an off-white head. The head dissipates rather quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing, but not too much.
Smells mostly of straight up hops. A little citrus character too.
While the smell and appearance weren't too exciting, the taste is a delight. Well balanced with a bitter hop punch. A rich, thick mouthfeel. A very drinkable IPA.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Lookin' for a new source o' hops recently, and my local TJ's provided me this li'l ditty. It pours a clear copper topped by nearly a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, mild caramel, and a pinch of cinnamon. I'm not sure why, but I find this aroma to be extremely inviting. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, orange rind, lemon peel, light cantaloupe, light watermelon, light caramel, very light greens, and that same tiny shaving of cinnamon. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, something I could easily see drinking pretty often.

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dertbert.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/amber color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of hops!! Tons of hops! It had a citrusy smell and some malt aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter grassy hops. It had a burnt maltiness, too. A nice combo of bitter hops an toasty maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A little warmth from the alcohol. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very good IPA. I've only had 2 ANderson Valley products and both have been excellent.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,784 ratings.