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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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Reviews: 1,197
Hads: 2,966
Avg: 4
pDev: 19%
Wants: 147
Gots: 406 | 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 TSOFan88
1.49/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of GmAn613
1.87/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This was fresh and appalling. Overly malty and disgusting. Ipa? Really? Plays like a brown but tastes worse. The smell is also equally as disturbing and not a fan of this filth I was given

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Photo of Gooball201
2.03/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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!

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Photo of hotstuff
2.1/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.14/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.21/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of djhowell
2.24/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't understand the glowing praise this beer gets here. I had this on draft and it was a total malt bomb with some hints of pine but mostly just bitter hops over bready malts. Maybe this keg got left out in the sun for a week?

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Photo of prg1976
2.24/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of jrob21
2.25/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I like hops but not ones that finish in a bitter, biting sort of way. The most entertaining thing about this beer is the label. Bear + deer antlers = beer. Get it?!@ Not very well balanced. This is to IPAs what Heineken is to Pilsners. A bitter hell.

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Photo of righthereisay
2.33/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.37/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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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

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Photo of claminat420
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a slight transparent dark amber color. solid off white colored head. medium to thick lacing.

S- just a faint hop smell is all i could pick up.

T- no malt presence at all. light hoppy aftertase. weak and watery.

M- light bodied. medium/ heavy carbonation.

D- glad i bought a single.

Overall- this is one brew i kinda had hopes for. i was going to get a 6 pack which was priced 12.99 and i'm glad i just bought a single. it reminded me of a crap macro lager like bud, coors, etc just hopped alil more. nothing special and totally a overrated beer.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A thick amount of head with a golden/copper color with a lot of bubbles running up the glass. The aroma is a faint amount of floral/lemon with a lot of grass. The malt nose was also absent with only a subtle amount extremely pale/almost adjunct aroma. Taste was a quick amount of surprisingly tasty citrus hops but quickly changes to a let down of a backing body by the malt (a sweet water flavor) and a very dry and pungent lemon/orange rind bitterness. The hops were not supported by the body of this beer and the balance of hop characteristics did not match up.

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Photo of jbhuxley
2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear, copper in color with 3 fingers of frothy off white head. Good retention but hardly any lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus with honey, molasses and biscuits.

Strange taste. The bitterness is present, but not a ton of hop flavor behind it. I can't say much about it, there is just not much going on in the flavor department. Fairly bland.

Very light in body, almost watery. Very little carbonation.

There is nothing offensive about this beer, but at the same time, it has very little going for it. Appearance and smell got my hopes up, but the taste and mouthfeel were a bit disappointing.

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Photo of oldgrowth
2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper color. Small head. Dissappeared quickly. Hints of vanilla, carmel, floral. Kinda medicine scent. Took a while to come through, little stronger as it warmed up. Wicked bitter, green hops and honey. Clean crisp in mouth. Drinkable, though very one dimensional. Would hardly call it "Complex" as the label does. I like bitter, but I would bring up the malts some.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.87/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured some a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass.

A: Amber body with generous 2 finger head. Great looking beer.

S: Oof. Smells like rotting fruit in a gym sock. Wasn't doing anything for me.

T: Luckily it tastes better than it smells. But this is way too fruity for my tastes.

M: Pretty balanced overall. Not too sticky like some IPAs.

O: Wasn't really impressed with this one, and I doubt I'll seek it out again. So many other better Californian IPAs, IMHO.

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Photo of roan22
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks and smells pretty decent, and even tastes good when you first you swallow a sip. But, wait a second, then it hits you...the disgusting aftertaste of this beer's caramel malts. I was told that's what they were, but to me the aftertaste tastes like a cross between gasoline and caramelized onions that have been sauteed too long, gross! I even tried two additional bottles out of the same case to make sure it wasn't just that one bottle, but they all tasted this way. This is a misstep for Anderson Valley but their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is awesome, 1000 times better so give that a try.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at homebrew club meeting

A - Poured golden with a 1-fingered, white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left little lacing.

S - Toffee and caramel. Hmm, no hops. Is this an IPA?

T - Toffee, caramel, and bittering hops.

M - Dominated by bittering hops, and thin. The malts and hops do not mesh in the mouthfeel. Almost as if they are completely separate!

D - This is less than what I expect from AV. No aroma or flavor hops were apparent in this example.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dude, loved that amber color and nice creamy head.

Smells like a craft brewery tour - tons of malt steeping, mashing, boiling etc. Actually really a lot.

And it tastes that way too - way too much sweet wort-y flavor and not enough hops.

I heard they got bought out by somebody, but I guess they don't care to make a better beer any more than the previous owners did.

OK, so I'm picking up some hop bitterness on the finish. Sigh.

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Photo of DanielDavis421
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decsent brew with little to offer, I did not get the hoppy sensation I was looking for, and for an IPA the flavour was pretty blaned! not a bad beer but from what everyone was telling me about it I found it to be very over rated!

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

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Photo of budsboy
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours the typical medium amber orange with a fairly large white head that leave some lacing.

Hop nose is understated for an IPA and sweet malt is apparent. A faint spicy scent as well.

Taste is bitter from the onset, hops are again understated. An unpleasant sourness is present, but fleeting. Bitterness hangs on well after this one passes the gullett.

It has a stingin, biting mouthfeel and fairly light.

I'll pass on this for a better IPA. This might be a good starter IPA for those who aren't ready for a hop-o-rific beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/22/2008 (Tap @ Yardhouse, Glendale, AZ):

Pours a filtered clear amber brown color body. Very creamy white head, big and lasting. Somewhat nutty bitter aroma, some grapefruitiness. Some strawberries. Bitter dry taste Watery palate. Not a harsh aftertaste. Mostly bitterness. Pretty balanced. Sweeter taste as it warms up.

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Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Attractive golden amber color and nice carbonation. Hops are just overwhelming on the thin body. Harsh and medicinal aftertaste. Nose of perfumey hops is the only outstanding feature. Quite flowery aroma.

There are so many interesting and complex IPAs that are full of the many flavors of hops. This one is just one dimensional. Utterly bitter. Stick the long neck in your mouth and pull the trigger.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.