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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,812
Reviews: 1,189
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 122
Gots: 285 | FT: 1
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, medium amber colored. Starts off with a nice one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Mostly earthy and malty aromas, with some resin-y hops. Less hop aromas present than you would expect from an IPA.

T- Initial malty sweetness gives way to wonderfully complex floral and resin-y hop flavors. In different sips I get earthy, sweet, herbal, and bitter flavors. Really, really well balanced flavor.

M- A very satisfying medium body, with medium carbonation.

D- Very drinkable while maintaining a high level of complexity in the flavor.

This is one of the better balanced IPA's I've ever tried. I really recommend this one even if IPA's aren't usually your thing.

Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to keep a sixer of IPA in the fridge for personal consumption, mixed in amongst the singles that are for more special occasions... or not-so-special occasions. This weekend my sixer is the Anderson Valley Hop Ottin'. Not a bad choice.

Pours a nice copper orange color with a fat two-finger head which not only sits there like stagnant river foam (which is meant as a good thing in this case, mind you), but leaves a nice looking lace all around the pint glass as the beer goes down. What a pretty beer. The aroma here is nice and hoppy as one might expect, but otherwise not all that exciting. I'm not getting much else out of it besides the hops, and maybe some pine scent. It's nice, like I said, but not remarkable. But the taste is where it all begins to come together. The citrus in this beer hits you hard up front, under the tongue, and almost immediately. Very nice touch in my opinion. A very pleasant balance with the malt here is also noticeable. Finishes with the classic IPA kick in the back of the mouth and down the throat. I get notes of orange, lemon, and pine. I can also detect a noticeable alcohol presence here, but not so much that it detracts from the rest of the beer. This is a very nice tasting IPA. Sturdy mouthfeel all around. This is quite a drinkable beer, and I could see myself grabbing another sixer next week as well. Another solid effort from the folks at Anderson Valley.

Photo of soju6
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours s rich copper color with a full head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus , fresh grain, with a bit of pine and a mild fruity sweetness.

T: Taste has a nice initial crisp bite and a caramel sweetness wich is offset by a good bitterness, Has a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Very well balanced.

O: A excellent IPA, Great example of the style. Nothing fancy, another solid beer from Anderson Valley.

Photo of irishevans
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this today, for yet another miserably hot afternoon here in Kea'au. A bomber, poured into the trusty Monteith's mug from Kiwi Land(thanks again welsh dragon bar, for your unwitting donation).

A- three finger airy looking cream colored head and a relatively clear light caramel/amber colored body. I'm chalking up the large head to a bad pour. the girlfriend's cat decided to come up and nudge my elbow right as I was pouring the beer. retains and laces rather well too. ends up a half finger thick.

N- Not very aromatic, but picking up on herbal hop scents, and some light grain, grapefruit smell in there, and some bready notes.

T- starts off balanced, with some nice malty and bready flavor coming forward. but then... the hops show up in a big way, and linger. more citrus than herbal/floral, the nose had me figuring that it was more of an even mix, maybe even more herbal, but that's not the case. nice bitter hoppy finish. different things showing up at different points in the taste, some overlapping, some at unique points, I really like it.

M- nice, crisp, just what I expect from a yankee IPA. more mellow than I expected from a west coast brewery, but I guess not all the brewers in cali have gone as retarded as those in the Pacific Northwest have with those "rape your palate" over hopped IPAs, don't get me wrong those beers have their place, but not as "all the time beers", at least not in my opinion.

D-Great summer after noon beer, at very sessionable 7%. wish i'd have bought a few more for the rest of the evening.
with no more of this or any other IPA I think I shall go indulge in some of the Hop's First cousin and veg out to some sopranos or aqua teen now.

Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a nice dense white head that left a misty white cap. Lots of sticky white lacings on the glass. Citrus orange hop aroma along with a grainy, malty aroma. The heavier side of medium bodied with tight, tangy carbonation. Resinous hop and grain feel that leaves your mouth moderately dry. Big hoppy citrus flavor in the the front, balanced blend of hoppy pine and grainy malt in the middle. Finishes with a pine hop bitterness. Nice complexity and easy to drink.

Photo of Slynger
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' pours a bright, clear, golden-orange color with an excellent looking lid of , boomingly blossoming, finely fuzzy, lightly creamy, very lightly caramel toned white. Really nice looking.

Smells of a solidly caramel malty base with nice pineapple and orangey fruits and spicy pine hops.

The flavor knows how to back it up, with a good balance of solid caramel sweetness along with fresh pineapples and oranges, peppery-earthy-spicy pine melded together. Medium-full body brings solid lightly creamy, zesty-sharp carb.

Really a very good IPA.

Photo of Durge
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden brown brew with a big frothy off-white head and solid lacing. Smells of sweet pine, you know there are some hops coming, very pleasant. At first this stuff came on kind of strong with more of that pine/hops that was evident in the aroma, and then I detected a touch of something I would describe as metallic. Not as pleasing as the smelling experience. But as it warmed it did mellow considerably. There is some dry charcoal at the front and it finishes with good bitterness. Carbonation is light but adequate and the 7% alcohol is reasonably evident. At room temperature it brings out some carmel highlights that provide more of that blended IPA feel that I prefer. Another nice job by Anderson Valley.

Update on (7/16/08): Cloudy iced tea color with big off-white head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is a beautiful malt and pine hops blend, sweet and bready mild. The taste is a medium bodied malty mix of sweet pine hops and dry grass. Easy enough to drink, tastey with a touch of charcoal in the back. Solid. Touches of melon and even some muted grapefruit. No metalic things this time round, still an excellent brew as noted earlier!

Photo of anarchia
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Translucent, gold. Good head retention. Smell is piney, earthy, floral hops and a lot of them. Drinks very smooth with a lingering bitterness. Some crystal malt character but not remotely too sweet. Very floral in the mouth, becomes more piney as it lingers.

Photo of SerieDNo3
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into an American pint glass

A: Pours a rich amber, with a bright white, one-finger head that quickly recedes to a thin film. Leaves generous lacing down the glass.

S: Floral bouquet, with fresh hop aromas and a hint of grapes.

T: Fresh hoppy flavors mingled with some caramel and a slightly fruity taste.

M: A pleasant compromise between crisp and chewy; this beer feels substantial and refreshing at once.

D: It's a bit harsh when cold, but as it warms up, this goes down much more easily. The hoppy bite is refreshing. This would make an excellent autumn/early spring beer to have on a cool day.

Photo of sirhc3034
4.08/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MrDell
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoverB
4.08/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MSchae1017
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a copper color with a frothy white head that holds and laces nicely.The smell is all citrusy and piney hops. The taste is all about the hops, piney and citrusy. There is also a strong sweetness from the malt. The body is nice along with a mellow carbonation. Overall, a good IPA.

Photo of whynot44
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking brew - clear orange/amber color with substantial creamy ivory head that retains well and produces some nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is grapefruit, hints of pine resin, honey and caramel malt, not at all overpowering.

The taste is somewhat bready caramel malt up front, then a solid hit of grapefruit and pine needles, some earthy and peppery notes drift in and out. finishes out with a lasting peppery, piney aftertaste.

Medium bodied, creamy smooth and very drinkable. Reasonably balanced (for an American IPA), but definitely for the hop head.

Photo of aleigator
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden-yellow color, decent head.

Fruity hoppy aroma, defined by orange, mango, lime and malts, with hints of wheat and pine.

Bitter from the beginning, bready malts bind the hops to a pleasant first impression. Carbonation is lively, supports the straigh, dry but very refreshing character of the beer. Pine, malts and hints of honey add complexity to this hop fixated IPA. Hop is very citraic, bitter from the first split-second, gets mixed up well with the other ingedients, creating a very hoppy but balanced beer. Mouthfeel is dry, chewy, hop punches the tastebuds. Fantastic long hoppy aftertaste, with lime still being present. Still some sweetness prevails for a long time, adding a syrupy note, which creates a great support for the hops.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml purple can. Pours out a hazed yet bright copper hue, lots of carbonation culminating in a tall frothy ivory head with excellent retention. Sticky coral-like lacing.

Slightly bready malt on the nose, lemon and grapefruit rind present as a citrus element. Some grassy and pine notes as well.

Sweet bready malt up front in the flavour, herbal, citrusy, spicy hops on the back end. Well-balanced.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture, with moderate carbonation.

A clean and well-balanced IPA, that's where the strength of this one lies, making it a very drinkable example of the style without being a lopsided hop-bomb.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful two finger head right to the brim of the glass. Copper, amber, and orange transparent colors here. Lacing develops immediately.

S: Lots of piney hops. Can also smell a malt sweetness. Some fruity hops here as well. Excellent smelling IPA.

T: Grapefruit, pine, and citrusy hops all create a nice bitter, crisp taste. A decent malt backbone to back off the bitterness a bit. Very good tasting IPA - would maybe like a few more pronounced hops.

M: Sticky, resinous. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Nothing special here.

D: Very drinkable IPA. Happy our state finally started to get some new and tasty IPAs.

Photo of Jemonster
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely opaque orange/gold. White marshmallow fluff looking head that gets thin and uneven over time. Larger bubbled carbonation.

S: Smells like lilies and hops. Some cedar and citrus.

T: Pronounced grapefruit taste with siome classic hop bitterness. I would love it if not for the grapefruit notes. Malt and another taste thats almost meaty.

M: Didn't care too much for it but it wasn't bad by any means. A little too thick for the style in my opinion.

D: I enjoyed it a lot but that grapefruit taste hung around for too long to me. That was the only downside to this beer.

Photo of obrike
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hmmm...this one fooled me a bit.

Bought a sixer at specs in Northeast San Antonio for 9 bucks.

Impressive looking beer.Vibrant orange, lovely head...good lacing throughout the drink.

Smell was nice. Pungent, dank hops. Fresh pine mixed with some caramel sweetness...looking forward to tasting.

Wow...this one has a bite! Hoppy as hell. A decent caramel malt on first sip, followed byy aggressive piney hops. Quite a dry, bitter finish. It's funny, I expected a bit more balance from the scent. Lucky for me, I like bitter IPAs.

A good representative style of an American IPA.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.