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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

2,599 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,599
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 103
Gots: 188 | 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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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that eventually receded to a one finger head that lingered all the way to the end !Amazing ! Excellent lacing all the way to the end. There was even a one finger head at the bottom of the glass when there was nothing left of the body ! Color was a translucent orange amber.

Smell - Pine and citrus. Hops, hops, and a caramelly malt.

Taste - exactly like the smell indicates. Pine, resin, some grapefruit and lemon followed by caramelly malt with some breadiness. Finishes with good piney bitterness. This is really well balanced in spite of aggressive Pacific Northwest hoppiness. The caramel malt more than holds own to the hops in its roll as backbone - seriously, this is somehow perfectly balanced while being aggressively piney hopped at the same time. Simply a deliciously bitter IPA - American style.

Mouthfell - full, and smooth. Some hop oil slickness. Low carbonation. Not drying in spite of bitterness.

Drinikability - Excellent beer !! Give me another one, and the next one !

ultralarry2006, May 21, 2006
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5/5  rDev +25%

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Hoppaholic, Feb 28, 2012
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4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a near perfect IPA. The beer looked great with a very nice amber color and great head and lacing. This has to be one of the best smelling IPA's as well. Usually all you can smell is the onslaught of hops but this one was different. The hops were there no doubt, but there was a great underlying carmel and toffee scent, and some fruity scents in there as well.
The flavor was complex as well. Hops were present of course, but they did not drown out the nice carmel malt flavors and the light honey sweetness in the finnish. This is a great beer and the best Anderson Valley product that I have had.

Dmann, Jun 19, 2005
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4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found my notes from the 2003 San Diego Real Ale Fest hosted at Pizza Port. I misplaced them and I thought I was not going to be able to review this ale in its prefered state.

Again, this is my favorite IPA out of the bottle so far. On cask, oh man, a few subtle additions and I still can't get enough of this ale.

The appearance was slightly more amber than out of the bottle. A nice tight head at the start. The lacing lasted until the end. The scents took on a slightly richer citrus rind quality. No additional sweetness though.

The flavors balanced the malts to the hops more than in the bottle. A great beverage. Its drinkability is better than 5.0 when from the cask. The ale took on a bitter smoothness that went down easy. The textures and flavors fell together like 1, 2, 3.

For hop heads the bottle is great! The cask is phenomenal! I can't wait until next year.

Rumrunner, Jul 09, 2003
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4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer the way it was meant to be enjoyed. Full tilt, non-stop and all the way. The hops overpower you right from the start. Afterall, this is a California IPA, not a British or East Coast variety. But then the booze kicks in. 7 1/2 percent I think. I have heard some people complain that this beer is too much. I disagree. I love the way it is put together. In a word, RobustA six pack of this and some good grilled sausage is about as close as you'll get to heaven for awhile.

jonnylieberman, Nov 04, 2001
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4.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light brown color with a decent head. Smell has that of hops and is exactly what an IPA should be. After the smell I couldn't wait to taste it. The taste and mouthfeel are unbelievable and you can't imagine something better. The drinkability factor is right up there. IPA's being one of my favorite styles, this one is now one of my favorites. I highly recommend this to everyone.

DrainBamage, Feb 13, 2005
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4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Great nose, great taste. This has become our annual pinochle beer of choice among a hit list of top beers. Four guys that spend the same on beer as 25yrs ago but now drink MUCH better beer. We bring ~200 beers (dozen different types) for a long weekend annually and this has become THE beer demanded most.

MNRon, Jan 02, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer. It pours a clear copper orange color with large carbonation bubbles, conspicuously large. The head lasts forever and leaves scads of thick tan lace ridges and webs behind. The aroma is very floral and sweet, a brilliant blend of hops and malts. The taste is an explosion of hops, and particularly bitter hops at that. Plenty of pine and distilled yellow grapefruit abound in luscious waves of hop juiciness. Raw unadulterated hop bitterness takes charge thoughout, outshining the hop aroma and flavor. On top of the hop maelstrom lies a fresh, biscuity, sticky malt profile shines. The finish is pungently bitter and long lasting. My mouth is numb with bitterness for an hour after the pint is gone.

This is more bitter than the Ruination I had just previously. Not for non-hopheads, no really, if you aren’t into hops it would be an unpleasant experience. I think this is the bitterest beer I have had the fortune of trying.

Awesome stuff.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 12, 2006
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4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!!! Outstanding IPA. This is as close to perfection as a beer can get. Great head, awsome glass lace. Hardcore hop flavor. Deep rich amber color that just invites you to suck the life out of it. This beer is a grandslam home run.

sinistersteve, Oct 01, 2002
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4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man! This is just a perfect balance of all that an IPA should be. The bitterness, flavor and aroma is just so well balanced, it's incredible.

A-Pours a pretty clear deep golden color with a hint of amber in it. Pours a full medium off white head that has pretty good retention and real good latice work, like a fine fancy oldschool curtain.

S-The aroma is so pungent and unique. It's full of bright floral hop aromas. With a solid balancing caramel malt background. And kind of a foresty pine to it too. As it warms, some toffee comes through as well. This is a very complex and beautiful aroma.

T-And the flavor, wow. That was my first response... WOW, every first sip of this is wow. It's a perfect balance of carmel sweetness, clean hop bitterness, and resenous hop flavor. Nothing shines over the other, it's just balanced. Very nice indeed. The hop flavor is bright and earthy.

M-Very smooth and full bodied. Just a bit dry in the end. With a nice lingering bitterness.

D-If I wasn't carful, I could drink the whole six pack. It's so smooth and easy drinking, but the 7% abv needs to be respected for sure. Two will do you good for sure. Please go and get some if you can find it.

hoplover82, Aug 05, 2009
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4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours nice slightly hazy orange. Head is thick and dissipates with a nice lacing.

S - Malty and sweet. I didn't get the hops that the label claimed, but i love malty sweet smelling beers.

T - Wow, the balance of hops and malt is amazing. I am used to getting hit over the head with hops or only getting small sweet malt. The malt at the beginning quickly gives way to a strong bitter hop that lingers at the back. It is a great balance.

M - This beer is perfectly carbonated. The 7% alc does not come off as astringent or harsh, but does offer an interesting mouthfeel. The malt offers just enough heaviness at the beginning but it doesn't get chewy like a stout or port. Perfect for the style.

D - I bought a six pack and I am excited to open the rest. Most CA IPA's knock you over with bitter and it is hard to keep moving through them. This one has the nice malty balance that makes me look forward to the next. At 7%, it would be easy to finish a few too many. :)

Overall, I was extremely impressed. This is one of my favorite IPA's that I have tried. I was hesitant to purchase due to the nature pictures and the 'country' feel, but I am thoroughly impressed. I will certainly be buying more of Anderson Valley.

nelson4, Dec 30, 2009
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,599 ratings.