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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,192 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,192
Hads: 2,950
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 390 | FT: 0
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

Our Hop Ottin’ IPA is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade. This beer is a showcase of the bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well-balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.
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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/honey colored with thick foamy head. There is excellent head and lacing retention. Piney, grassy smell with hints of citrus. Strong piney/grassy taste at the beginning. A bitter bitey, hops follows with a mild malty taste at the end. There is a pronounced bitter aftertaste. Definitely a beer for hop heads. It has a really good balance of hops and malt. (366 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a beautiful clear copper with a big slightly tan head. Head has great retention and left huge lacing on the glass.

S-big pine hops aroma upfront with just a hint of caramel malt sweetness in the background

T-not sure what's going on with the taste. It doesn't taste "off" but it seems a little weird for an IPA with the aroma profile it has. Can't really describe it, but it seems like rather than there being some distinction between hops and malt, it got tossed in a blender and mixed together.

M-there is a nice full texture to the beer with just a hint of resin

O-I'm wondering if I may have had a bum bottle, but given that nothing smells weird about it or really tastes as though it's gone off, I can only assume based on the one I have that this is the way its supposed to taste. (801 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
2.61/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hop Ottin' IPA – IPA (7.0%) - Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (California)
☆☆

App: Rich brown orange color with a massive off white head that literally takes up half the glass. Can erupted everywhere when I opened it, even though it was cold and had been sitting for at least 3 minutes. Could be my fault, but it makes me a little reticent. Pretty good lacing.

Smell: Some bitter earthiness in the nose. Fleeting piney notes,with a heavy alcohol smell. Not a lot going on. Could be a result of the pour?

Taste: Metallic and slightly bitter. Some nice floral like hops in the true taste. No malt balance to recommend with only the slightest toasted malts hiding in the background. Lackluster and with a lingering bitterness that is not pleasant.

Mouth: A little thin bodied but still well carbonated despite the disastrous can situation.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 12/18/13 (896 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color. There's about two fingers worth of off-white colored head, though the texture is a bit rougher than I prefer. The retention is solid enough, though, and good amounts of lacing are left behind.

S: The hops here are mostly piny, with some lemony hints and no tropical fruits (or any other citrusy notes) anywhere. Meanwhile, its malt backbone is loaded with toffee and nuttiness. I kind of wish this was less malty and more fruity, but that's only personal preference.

T: There's a slight opening of nutty sweetness - then boom, the hops hit. Sadly, there isn't much hop flavor, rather it relies on grassy bitterness as a ballast toward the building caramel sweetness. There's something past the swallow suggesting leather, and after half the bottle, becomes too malty for me. But it's still pretty good at the end of the day.

M: Carbonation pokes through the body quite strongly, and helps to dry out the finish some. It's also quite crisp and relatively light (if somewhat sweet on the linger), so this one is pretty drinkable.

O: This kind of IPA - sweetish, bitter from the hops, no citrus - isn't my style, but this *is* well made considering that. I have trouble finding this one fresh, and it's a bit pricier than the standard IPA 6-packs; as a result, this one isn't on my 'must buy immediately' list. (1,380 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You know what my peeps? Something's are just good, like, solid. Like when my baby mama cooks me a grilled cheese with jalepeno's after a few too many Mirror Ponds... Yeah, Hop Ottin' is just that. Great hop to malt ratio, and just tasty and smooth.

Kinda like when said BM switched my cheese from nasty processed to Tillamook organic, yep! (340 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clarity with an almost garnet like hue. The head is absolutely beautiful, thick sticky head of cream like foam. Nose is pungent herbal hops, old bread, and unopened fruit. Taste is very deep, almost nutty/toffee like malt flavors. Piney, sharp, almost floral hop characteristics. Medium thick mouthfeel and perfect carbonation levels. Different from your usual, citrus-like hoppy ipa. Great flavor and beautiful to the eye. (433 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£3.39):
Caramel amber with a centimetre tall and foamy white head that halves in size and sticks to the sides of the glass after a few minutes.

Caramel & lots of sweet malts and some brown sugar along with a bitter base. There is a definite hop filled aroma but these are more subtle than I had been expecting from a West Coast IPA and there is a floral smell to this. A good balance on the nose although a touch of alcohol manages to sneak through on the nose.

Caramel and sweet malts hit you , following on well from the nose with some toffee and biscuit coming through as well. Again the beer is more malty than I anticiapted and there is a nice alcohol kick to it somewhere around the middle too. Some floral hops and a touch of tropical fruits & citrus at the end.

Smooth with a medium body and despite the malts overpowering the hops the beer is still a bitter one with a solid alcohol kick to it that I enjoyed. There was a very nice balance to the beer and a lot of depth too, keeping things interesting right until the death.

Pleasant beer and as I mentioned above, one that was a lot more malty than I had expecting with the sweetness and caramel taking a front seat over the usual grapefruit and pine hops but the beer still worked well and was a nice chance from the norm for an American IPA. A good balance throughout and the hints of alcohol too. (1,408 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours an outstanding orange to amber color forming a medium creamy yellow head. Medium retention and some thin lingering molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Lots of caramel. Caramel malts, crystal malts. Brown sugar and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, brown sugar. Great and balanced hops bitterness. Hops are a must! Excellent quality hops. Mainly herby, flowery and a bi piny profile. I would dare to say it's mainly Centennial

M: Medium, creamy and a bit molasses body. Good carbonation. Sweet caramel malts mixed with piny hops in the aftertaste. Great bittersweet balance

O: Excellent drinkability. Authentic and delicious American IPA (750 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Pours with a copper color with rather large head.
Odor has some hints of nuttiness, fruity, and hops.
Taste is typical IPA at first, but then becomes more interesting as it moves on. Some malty sweetness in the middle and a really good hop finish.
Mouth feel is pretty smooth.
Overall, a very good IPA that is pretty diverse. Well worth getting and trying. (403 characters)

Photo of Greg_MacLeod
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper color, with a full off white head of foam.

S: Moderate smell of hops, fruit, and floral.

T: Smooth malty flavor with a bit of citris, floral, and pine. Strong hops finish.

M: Smooth on the mouth. Fairly strong carbonation goes well with the strong hops flavor.

O: This is a solid American IPA and is well worth trying. It's got a strong hops finish which I personally love, and the other aspects of the beer are well balanced. (441 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with an illegible BB date. Purchased just the other day from Trembling Madness in York. What's up with a antler-wearing bear?

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A clear coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy off-white foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of intensely resinous hops and caramel malt, with hints of pine, weed, woodiness, caramel, biscuity grain and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of intensely aromatic hops with a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, wood, caramel/toffee, biscuits, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Faintly sweet, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly - hop oils stimulate the tastebuds. Pleasant carbonation and good body. Highly astringent; dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, pine and caramel.

A classic American IPA - pine resin and caramel malt. Looks good, with dank, bitter hops dominating the aroma and flavour. Smooth body. Solidly crafted and nicely balanced; a hop-head's delight. Well worth sampling if you have the chance. (1,157 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The nose in this beer is a bit lacking for a west coast IPA, but the beer is actually really well balanced. Subtle notes of mustier hops (woodsy, pine, resin) are overwhelmed by sweeter malts. As far as the palate, hops only come through in the same earthy bitterness, while the malt flavors really shine. A good beer, but it won't be my go to IPA in the future. (362 characters)

Photo of joeworrall
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tonight I am comparing several different IPA's that are all poured from a can. In addition to this one, I am tasting Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperendi IPA, Santa Fe Brewing Happy Camper IPA and Marble Brewery IPA.

Poured from a can into a tall tulip glass, this is a dark amber with a slightly cloudy appearance and bubbly head about 1/2 inch thick. The aroma is sweet citrus hops with a hint of pine, and the flavor is similar, but with a nice balance of malt to complement the hops. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, slightly piney, not bitter at all.

I was not familiar with this brewery before tonight, but will definitely look for this brew again, and will try some of their other offerings! (690 characters)

Photo of Cramletram
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA. I had high expectations for this one due to the high score here. It did not disappoint. The best way to describe Hop Ottin' is "well balanced". I know many BAers have used this term for this beer, and I couldn't agree more. It's a strong beerl but doesn't over-do it on any characteristic. Hops are present, but in the mix. Very enjoyable all-round. When I'm in the mood for something a little stronger, I go DIPA. But for a great regular IPA, you can't go wrong here. (479 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle poured in tulip hazy copper with a big frothy white head. Floral hop aroma with some earthiness and lemongrass. Flavor is more like an amber ale than an IPA. Not much hops here, and hoping it is just an old bottle. Dirty floral notes and medium dryish mouthfeel. Mostly focused on biscuit malts and some floral lightness. Not feeling this one, and assuming I grabbed a bad/old bottle. Will have to try again some time. (433 characters)

Photo of freakeconomist
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I liked it. I generally don't drink IPAs, but the hops were bold and satisfying. Being 7% I couldn't drink a 6 pack of them, but I wouldn't mind one or two with a piece of hearty fish or a cheese plate. Probably one of the best I've had from Anderson Valley besides the Heelch. (277 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Pours a burnt orange with a foamy off white head.

Citric hop notes, with a light resiny finish. Faint malty backbone, with a bitter finish.

Medium body, fizzy foamy carbonation.

Nothing fancy, just a good example of a well done, tasty IPA. (256 characters)

Photo of themind
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is decent, not awesome, not amazing but its decent. Pours a deep mahogany color with a decent hoppy aroma. The taste is refreshing, kinda bitter, kinda hoppy, worth drinking. The solar panels are working in overdrive to bring this APA to life. The citrus and pine make for a good flavor profile.

Bottom Line: Decent APA in the crowded field of craft beer. (365 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From an undated 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-An aggressive pour produces two-plus fingers of off-white head. The retention is decent and the lacing is quite impressive. The beer is honey colored and nearly clear. I can see a few bubbles of carbonation in there.

S-The hop scents are perfumey and floral with a bit of zesty, spicy orange. A big dose of caramel malt flavors provide some balance. It is nice smelling, but pretty pedestrian.

T-The taste, like the smell, is balanced between a decent hit of caramel malts and perfumed, floral orange notes. There is a bit of herbal dankness, too. Mildly bitter with just a hint of pine.

M-The feel is smooth and drinkable with a lightly oily feel. Heft is medium.

O-This is a good IPA, and I would drink it again, but I won't go seeking it out. I wonder if my bottle was older and/or had lost a little of its hoppiness, because I got a fair amount of caramel? Anyway, the looks and feel are pretty solid, and with a bit more complexity in the hops, I think this would make for a world-class IPA. As it was, however, I give it merely above-average. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into an IPA glass. Checked bottles and cans at place of purchase and none had any sort of date, so I am not sure if the beer is fresh or not. Bad marketing practice...

A - Poured a 3 finger billowy head. Would likely have been less head if it hadn't come from a can. Lot of carbonation.

S - Pine and citrus. Not very fragrant.

T- Somewhat muddled. Detected hints of pine and citrus, with bready malts, but not very strong.

M - Slightly syrupy.

O - Nothing exciting here... wasn't unpleasant, but nothing remarkable. I would not recommend this beer. (570 characters)

Photo of AmericanSpartan
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first attempt at a review, while I am an expert at drinking, I am not too sure of my abilities as a poet laureate...

I picked it up after grocery shopping and chose to imbibe immediately upon returning home.

A: The brew poured a little more copper and with a deeper hue than I expected. Rose my curiosity.
S: As many IPA's it smelled...well,...hoppy...but not without a caramel, malty nose.
T: Wow!! many IPA's appear "thin" to me as they overpower with flowery, citrusy hops usually with a sticky sweetness to them (Dogfishead).This one I was first hit with a creamy caramel and the hops kicked in to confuse my taste buds...but not enough to let the creamy caramel linger in my mouth as the hops kicked in. I guess grapefruit is the best descriptor but the grapefruit served with peaches, cream and honey. Literally unbelievable to experience.
M: feel was full and creamy for an IPA. This felt more like a porter than an IPA on feel.
O: One of, if not, the best beers I have ever had. Anderson Valley's Seasonal Christmas beer left me feeling the same way and since I was in a bar and not even considering a review I had no chance to note the name of the beer that I choose to be my drink of choice that evening. I believe I tapped the keg on that evening. Bottoms up Anderson Valley! (1,299 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with one finger of cream head. Rings of lacing.
Smell is not the high point of this beer nothing bad just not big. Some light floral scent with a pinch of pine and a little dough.
Taste is big earthy resinous hops with a bigger than average malt bill. The hops are about as bitter (due to the pine resin effect) as I can take and still taste some grapefruit. The malts keep up with the bitter somewhat and make the hop hammer easier to take. Really big IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with enough carbonation. The malts keep it from a bone dry finish.
Overall a pretty memorable IPA. Very tasty indeed. Try the canned version. It holds the flavors much better than the bottled version. (698 characters)

Photo of TwoTrees
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up on the way home from work...let's dive in!

Poured from a bomber into a standard snifter.

A: I usually don't give appearance too much of a bother, as some of the best beers are the ugliest...BUT, Hop Ottin' is a great looking beer. A brilliant crystal copper color. Tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving good lace on the glass.

S: Grapefruit, caramel, pine, some florals. A balanced nose that's not overly fruit centric.

T: Extremely balanced. The caramel malt entwines nicely with the piney resinous hops. Again, grapefruit citrus with a sweet backing makes this beer very feng shui.

M: Crisp, deep, nothing short of 'awesome.'

O: Sometimes it's hard to describe exactly why some IPAs are so well balanced over others. Hop Ottin' is one of these. It is a picture of piney, evergreen goodness, laid upon a base of warm caramel malt. I will certainly look for this in the future when I need a hop fix, but don't want my head to explode. Great beer! (971 characters)

Photo of Hendry
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a huge creamy white head that sticks to the glass, super fine carbonation.

Grainy malts,some grapefruit peel,sweetness in the nose is dominant.

Fusion of dank citrus fruits and toffee,starts out with a sweetness counteracted by a some bitterness in the finish. A bit higher in the grainy malt department, just like the aroma.

Medium mouthfeel,slightly chewy & syrupy.

Not the bitter grapefruit shock I was bracing for but an enjoyable IPA worth trying, crisper dryer finish and more citrus aroma would help.Malt is huge here. (547 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

transparent red sap color, a little bit of rising carbonation
S: the smell is just beautiful. delicately sweet, fruity, hopiness and slightly floral and a hair smokey
T: I don't think I perceive bitterness as strongly as other people, but this one I find to be fairly bitter. The bitterness is fairly dominant, especially in the 2nd half. earthy, piney but dark. It's quite good but nothing really like the smell. sort of the dark side counterpart to the smell. but there's also a sort of smokey whiskeyness to it. alchohol is present but not in an unpleasant way
M: Medium bodied, slight sting.
O: This is a good beer, a bit dark, heavy and bitter for my taste, making it a bit too intense for me, but it's good. (713 characters)

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.