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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,675
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 106
Gots: 209 | 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 TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive, down the center pour yields a couple inches of dense tan head atop a slightly hazed orange-amber colored ale. The head goes rocky and laces up good and sticky. Nice start!

Pungent fruity hops in the nose. Pine spice notes as well, with not a lot of malt balance. Taste is an explosion of fruit and spice from the hops. Not s sharp citrus bite, but more earthy and sweet, which compliments the light malt sweetness for an overall sweet effect. Perfumey in the middle as the bitter bite from the hops takes over. Not a trace of alcohol in the taste that I can detect. Finishes sweet on the tongue and bitter in the back of the mouth. Nice.

A bigger bodied, smooth IPA, harsh from hops but smooth in the feel. I will easily finish this bomber and long for another.

ZimZamZoom, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

zeff80, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of m1ked
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Trader Joe's...finally some good beers at TJ's!

A- Pours a crystal clear orange/amber. I mean i can literally read through it. Nice fluffy white head, with scalloped lacing clinging to the sides.

S- Clearly piney hops are abundant, but then there is a layer of sugary malt hidden in there, then once again dominated by some grapefruit. Smells very fresh.

T- Smooth creamy toffee notes hit my tastebuds first, which quickly give way to some mingled pine-citrus hops...a bit sharp, then leaving a dry bitterness.

M- Clean and crisp, leaves my mouth dry, not like tannins though.

D- I haven't had a bad beer from Anderson Valley yet. I enjoy this one as well.

m1ked, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of leaddog
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at National.

Appearance- Pours a light amber with a finger width of foamy bubbly head. Nice lacing left on pint glass.

Smell- Piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, caramalts.

Taste- Moderate piney hops upfront followed by the citrus, grapefruit and caramalts. A nice moderate bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable American IPA. Everything in this brew was spot on but for me I would have liked more bitterness in the taste (this is my own preference). This is a great beer to see where you stand with the style. Definitely worth a try.

leaddog, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy ruby amber with a loose white head that rims and speckles the surface, leaving nice sheets. Caramel and strawberry nose with resin underneath. Toffee and red berried for malts with tropical fruit and spice hops. Salty finish and a crisp straight bitterness. Fizzy, light to medium, and a bit of stick.

This is not an amber? Color and malts would make me think so, though too thin and bubbly to be a classic in either style. But nice fruit and hits with the IBUs.

StJamesGate, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Garnet and clearwith a moderate head that falls fast

Sharp pine jumps out of the glass--nice and assertive like an IPA should be; hints of fruit, like strawberry, are there too

Good flavor with a strong burst of hops; malts are there enough for me to keep this from being overly bitter; body is a tad too thin for me, but the carbonation level feels just fine; flavor drops off a bit in the back end, which, combined with the body make it seem like a smaller IPA; it's by no means small on flavor, and I very much like the flavor here...good hops choices!

Aside from a few complains, I like this IPA quite a bit. I like the hops used and it's an enjoyable brew.

JEdmund, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tarnished copper hue with an impressive sticky head. Huge citrus hop aroma with hints of toffee underlying. The first taste screams of bitter, citrusy hops with earthy undertones paired with a sufficient malt presence. This big brew makes a statement in the wide-world of California IPAs. The finish is thick and floral, unable to escape the raging hop presence that defines this ale.

beernut7, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' pors a nice amber gold with a big firm rocky head of foam that stick around leaving scads of foamy lacing. Nice looking beer!

The aroma fresh from the can is that, incredibly fresh and strong smelling grassy hops with a touch of pale malt in the background.

The flavor mirrors the aroma in freshness, big fresh piney hops right in your face building a respectable bitterness backed by a bready pale malt with just a touch of caramel that hangs out in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium, firm and smooth, leaning toward creamy and very nice.

What a great IPA, being in a can and only just arrived at the store I felt assured it was fresh and it certainly was. Definitely a recommended beer!

BlackBearForge, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of donnebaby
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

donnebaby, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, after the Boont ESB, I had this one. Really, just as good. Great lacing on the oft-golden color beer with high, high, malts. Followed by some awesome alpha hops, possibly columbus. Great head on this beer and smells of pine needles and rich munich malts. A highly recommended IPA and there aren't many better.

bigdeuce, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of alpinebryant
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium amber color, accidentally fell out of ground level fridge when I went to open it and as such had a slightly large head from being stirred.

S - Pine scent with some grapefruit and amber malt smell

T -Strong Pine presence with Amber taste and some grapefruit. I picked a bomber up in a grocery store and had never heard of Anderson Valley brewing and was delightfully surprised by this from the beer section. Would drink again

M - Nice and smooth, good carbonation.

D - A nice clean drinking IPA, balanced well

alpinebryant, May 29, 2009
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Great red-orange color with a pillowy off-white froth in an irregular shape.

Nice mellow toffee tinged malts get bashed over the head by sweet resinous pine and citrus notes. Alcohol is noticable along with floral tints.

Medium but spritzy mouthfeel. Sharp hop assertiveness fades into strong, bitter citrus finish. Malts are rich and tasty, but also well hidden. Booze warms the gut as it goes down.

Great Divide's Titan is my favorite to date, but this is a close second in my book.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of leokbelo
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper into a pint glass. 2inch foamy head stays for a bit. Wonderful pine scent, maybe cascade hops, very inviting.
Sweet malts in the tongue. Hop bitterness in check. Zesty and spicy. Highly drinkable. My first IPA from a can! Highly recommended!

leokbelo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful honey amber, really shines in the light. translucent with a fair bit of tiny bubbles traveling up the side of the glass. Airy white head that sticks around, leaves moderate lacing.

I get a powerful sweet-bun smell in the nose immediately, followed by citrusy hops.

Really nice taste. There is pine and some citrus, sweet up front fading into the hop bittering, the cascade hops really come out in this beer. Nice and hop forward, strong flavor.

medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. really refreshing in the mouth with the bite of the hops on the tongue.

Highly drinkable, I bought a single and will probably be returning for a six pack in the future.

wolfinthemirror, Mar 31, 2010
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.


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!


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


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
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,675 ratings.