Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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1.43/5 rDev -64.3%
Can't understand all the great reviews. Bought this at the store based on the BA score that they had put up of A or A- since I had not heard of the beer before(got it out of state). Maybe just a bad batch but not sure that I even want to try the 5 cans I have left.
Pours a clear amber with clear, ringing orange highlights. There is only a low, foamy head. Decent lacing follows down the side of the glass. Not bad, but could be much better.
Smell is of mango, booze, tangerine. Not as pungent as I'd like.
Taste is over the top of booze. Harsh hops kick in immediately with a harsh, metallic bite. There's only bitterness here, no hop flavor -- and this from a fan of other hoppy beers. It's just a punch in the face. . Too much booze, sloppily organized hops. Proof that great beer needs organization -- and it's sadly lacking here.
Mouthfeel is blah.
Overall, this is a pretty underwhelming beer. . Hops, booze, and skunk.
Gross. Drain pour.
09-10-2011 06:16:01 | More by TSOFan88
1.98/5 rDev -50.5%
Was excited as a usual microbrewless liquor store in my area has improved selection. This was one I have heard about so decided to try.
Do not waste your money. I had 2 cans over 2 separate nights and drained the others in my sink.
Cloudy orange color.
Smelled of some hops but tasted syrupy.
Maybe these were old cans as there was no "Best by Date" on them but I will not be going back for another $10+ waste!
Leave Ottin in the can!
11-07-2011 07:48:43 | More by Gooball201
2.1/5 rDev -47.5%
Poured from 22oz bottle.
A- Pours a amberish brown color. One and a half finger white head shows great retention. Thick clumpy lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this one down.
S- Interesting. Caramel bready malts with a little bit of toffee to it. Some light piney bitter hops in the background. Malt driven and I'm curious if this is a old bottle...
T- Light citrus hops in the front of this beer almost get crushed by a sea of caramel malts. Some light bready toffee flavors in the middle give way to a caramel filled hop bitterness in the back. Something is wrong with this picture I think. I am starting to think this is a old beer. Light metallic off flavors as well.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style I think. Flavors are mostly one sided with caramel malts being left on both my palate and long into the aftertaste. Alcohol very drying on the palate.
D- This was a half drank beer which turned into a drain pour. I was not impressed at all with this beer and to be honest either got a bad bottle or else this one was long past its prime. Will review again once I can get another bottle.
09-09-2010 00:36:09 | More by alleykatking
2.1/5 rDev -47.5%
This beer had a white head with small-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished. The hue of this beer was amber and there was some yeast observed. The nose of this beer was fruity. I found this beer to be very bitter tasting which is not to my liking and it is not a beer high on my list that's for sure.
07-19-2003 17:48:22 | More by hotstuff
2.2/5 rDev -45%
Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.
From a bottle into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, off-white, medium looking, noisy head with good retention. Safety orange in color, perfectly clear with zero carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A slight wisp remains until the end and leaves touches of lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Pales malts, bready malts, and some spicy, yeasty qualities. Fainter floral hops and some grainy notes. More of a Belgian pale nose actually; not as hoppy as expected for the style.
TASTE: Pale malts, bready with some earthy spices from the yeast. Some floral notes through the middle, but finishes quite bready and grainy with lots of pine and hop bitterness. Bold piney and bitter aftertaste lingers and lingers. Grainy and bitter, without much real flavor. There are definitely better in the style.
PALATE: This is the best part of the beer. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry on the palate, but not quite astringent. Could be a little oilier, but a decent feel.
OVERALL: A disappointing effort really. Bitter for the sake of being bitter, and not much in terms of flavor. The nose was off for the style as well, reminding me more of a Belgian strong pale ale than an IPA. Needs to be re-worked, or perhaps even scratched in favor of a different hop profile. Not something I'd recommend.
12-13-2010 12:14:13 | More by Jeffo
2.23/5 rDev -44.3%
Clear darker amber in color. Decent head, fades quickly with good lacing.
Smells of malts more than hops. A little sweet smelling. Not much there really.
I don't taste the hoppiness that the labeling implies.
Sour tasting, slightly metallic. No hop flavor, not bitter. Not very good, imo.
Maybe an older batch, or not stored properly. May have to give it a second chance.
01-12-2010 02:39:45 | More by prg1976
2.23/5 rDev -44.3%
It was amber, cream head.
Smell was hoppy, some citrus.
It had a nice body. Not a lot of carbonation.
Ii'm just not into IPAs. I guess for IPAs it was good. It was just hoppy and bitter. Just not my thing.
Again, I'm not pro-IPA. Take this review avec a grain of salt.
01-30-2011 19:26:31 | More by righthereisay
2.33/5 rDev -41.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
See-thru orangish amber body with a finger+ of fluffy cream-colored head. Head retention is good and there are plentiful sheets of lacing.
Smells very tame. A bit of hops, a bit of malt, and a slight hint of a weird medicinal smell.
Taste is tame also. Starts off with a promising sting of bitterness, but it quickly disappears and yields to a doughy maltiness. That medicinal character definitely comes into play and lingers in the aftertaste. Am I the only one who notices this weird medicinal character in AV's beers?
Medium body, moderate carbonation
Overall impression: A disappointingly mild IPA.
06-08-2009 00:41:07 | More by PDXHops
2.5/5 rDev -37.5%
I originally sampled this beer on 26 January 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer has a nice floral aroma, w/ an amber color. It's very hoppy. For me, it's a bit too hoppy. It's good, but not as good as Stone IPA , 2 Heart or Victory Hop Devil
07-20-2003 02:06:06 | More by jcalabre
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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