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Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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89
very good
1,217 Reviews
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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Reviews: 1,217 | Ratings: 3,067
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wonderful white foam with excellent lacing, possibly the best of any IPA. Copper in color, as the bottle claims.

Smell: Pine and resin. Herbal perfume smell. Flowers and some grapefruit and caramel. This would be a 5 if it were a tad bolder.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong strong grapefruit. Flowers in the background. Chamomile, grass, and orange peel are also evident. There is a spice, but I can't quite pinpoint it. Possibly nutmeg, which I gather from the smell as well. There's an extra bitterness at the bottom that's quite yeasty. Not the cleanest mouthfeel, but it fits with the rest of the beer: elegant yet somehow unrefined.

Overall Drinkability: Very boozy, but it doesn't smell/taste as such. A surprising IPA, and one that I will look for in the future.

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Photo of uberabr
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6'er at Trader Joes for $6.99. An excellent find. Poured this into a pint and with one look found myself sitting here writing a review.

A: The first thing I noticed about this beer was how crystal clear it is. The color is very nice too. Dark for an IPA. A glowing gold and red honey-amber. Very nice. Head is very light and frothy, just about perfect. Holds well at 2 fingers for a few minutes and then recedes leaving a fluffy, thick lace.

Note: I made sure to really scrub my glass and wet it before pouring this beer. I suspect that this is the culprit if you found this beer to have a flat, thin head..or maybe you got a bad batch?

S: Hoppy. My favorite cascade grapefruit bitter hop.

T: Wow. Even more hoppy than the nose. It overwhelms the pallate a bit and definitely takes center stage, maybe a little too unrefined but I'm down. Bitter but there's some sweet and sour notes too. Citrusy without been too malty, a very nice touch.

M: Good bod. Full and just about perfectly carbonated, although it doesn't look it.

D: A very drinkable IPA if you like lots of california grapefruit hop. I don't taste the booze at all. The head is easily churned up and leaves a foamy mustache that deserves a cheerful lick. A well rounded beer with a great value.

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Photo of shand
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This is a perfect looking IPA. It pours a nice red-amber with three fingers of dense head that retains well and leaves huge sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is grapefruit, pine, and some slightly floral hops. A great, traditional smelling IPA. The taste is also excellent. Nice piney and slightly floral hops along with some prevalent grapefruit, the grapefruit is very persistent without being super strong. Just a well-done IPA.

The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and just a bit drying; the aftertaste leaves some nice hop and grapefruit flavors on the tongue. It's very drinkable, it goes down very easy. It disappeared right before my eyes! This is just a very solid IPA. It doesn't do anything different or special for an IPA, it just does everything very well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solar powered Elk piss it is not. It's a hoppy foam face IPA with 7.0 power. Something to admire. After it settles, the head of beer looks like some toxic creek water foam, the kind that washes up on shore or swirls around in sludge filled eddy. Yes it is that good. The hoppy smell is not up to par with a Dogfish 90 minute choke hold but super IPAs can get old and expensive when you drink often. Did I say 7.0 ABV - 6 pack cans for a lot less. Taste..slightly citrus and malty..good enough for the dude. Pour it and ask your girl friend what she thinks of that...

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: deep copper. Slightly foamy lacing. More bubbles than I expected.

S: hops hit you quick. Piney and citrus, but not too overwhelming. Smooth, earthy.

T: earthy, almost creamy, like many of their offerings. Hops hide for a quick second, but then crash onto your tongue. They sneak up on you. A little breadier than I expected, with almost a tea like consistent flavor to the background. Citrus finish.

M: heavy. Chewy. There is a lot going on here

O: epic beer. Heavy malt and hop combo balance each other out nicely. Big beer that can easier be quaffed as well as sipped. Excellent through and through.

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Photo of Viking
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color, with a rich frothy head that sticks around 'til the end. Floral hop aroma (with perhaps a bit of honey?). Big hops flavor, with a crisp finish. It has an almost metallic tang in the finish. Good refreshing brew, with a punch at 7% abv.

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Photo of sloejams
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine example of California IPA: hops up front, hops in the back and hops kicking in your teeth.

I'm so glad that my local Trader Joe's always has this in stock. I often pick up a 6 pack, when picking up my strange frozen foods. One stop convenience - I can dig it.

It has a nice color - amber-orange with a frothy head that stays there for hours. The aroma is a bouquet of hops - some floral, some citrus, and some piney. If my girlfriend were to put in writing that she wouldn't leave me - I would concoct some sort of cologne using hops like these. I would smell myself all day long. It would be weird.

The taste is brilliant - all those hops pack a punch. It's a piney taste that is very refreshing, I'm very fond. There's a good deal of booze in there, the 7% ABV is no surprise, still is very drinkable. It goes down very easy.

If you like your IPAs hoppy and lord knows you should - grab a 6 pack of this.

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Photo of boss302
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley, Hop Ottin, draft

A Appears to be unfiltered, golden to red in color, thick fluffy head at first pour with nice little dimples in it. The head diminishes, but lasts the whole glass. It looks great!

S Excellent hop aroma, smells like cascade or similar. Flowery and citrusy. Just what I want for an IPA.

T Bitter hit at the start from the hops, then a light caramel/coffee hint comes once the hop hit subsides. Hops are what's on display here, but the malt backs it up nicely.

M Medium body, balance is in the favor of the hops.

O A very good IPA. Definitely recommend, for the IPA lover. I'll have another!

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Photo of theaudist
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance is pretty standard, a little cloudy (cold haze?). Vigorous pour produced a creamy head that hung around for a bit, but eventually settled to a thin film across the top. No lacing.

Aroma is amazing. You rarely see this kind of balance in an American IPA. I can't even pick a description, and it should be easy as I think this IPA has maybe 2 hop variations. Definitely a very sweet, mandarin orange aroma finishing with a earthy undertone and a aromatic malt in there. Simply amazing.

Tastes like one of the best damn IPA's, ever. This is really good. Just try it. Piney, spicy, and some orange peel peek through. Great!

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too thin. Adequate. Would like it a bit more viscous.

Overall, this is the most balanced, drinkable, delicious american IPA I've had in a long time. Try this beer!

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Photo of Walken
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley: Hop Ottin' IPA (Tasted 03/12/08)
12 oz. Bottle: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Rich hazed golden with amber hues. Pours out with a two finger sticky foam head.
Odor: Resinous, dank, & pungent herbal/citrus hops, honeysuckle, orange zest, some toasted grains.
Consistency: Chewy full body, huge hop bitterness kind of prevents this beer from being smooth, but that's not really a bad thing for the style.
Taste: Big citrus hop flavor with hints of pine, toasted malt is big as well, everything about this beer is big, really. Malt holds strong enough to balance, and adds a bit of depth of the hops. Malt shines a bit in the finish, some subtle honey flavors to go along with the lingering, strong herbal hop flavor.

One of my favorite IPA's. Big, bad & bold with a tame sweet streak.

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Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle. Pours a rich, slightly hazy (clears up quick) amber crowned with an amazing 3-fingered creamy white foam head that settles with a very respectable lace with plenty of stick on the glass; clingy and rocky.

Light malts. Resiny, herbal citric hop aroma. Pine. Perfumy.

Smooth. Near full-bodied. Sweet malty base with notes of caramel, grain, a touch of bread crusts and toffee edges. Mild fruitiness of green raisins. Wonderful hoppy character with a resiny grip of hop oils, notes of wood, smack of dulled citric rind, herbal, soft pine sap, prickly spice. Drying nutty finish with a leafy coarse feel on the palate with faint notes of toffee.

A superior American IPA. Balanced, but hoppoliciously aggressive. Highly drinkable, but complex. Oh yeah ... I dig this beer.

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Photo of ewright
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A vigorous pour into a snifter yields a short finger of head on top of a burnished copper ale. There are sizable bubbles in the head that cling to the edge of the glass as they pop.

S: The hops up front are almost immediately complemented by a strong malty smell of caramel and fresh grains. The hops add a faint citric aroma with a hint of pineapple.

T: A strong start from the malt is accompanied by a pleasant bitterness from the hops. Additional late bitterness lingers drying out the finish. Excellent balance in this one.

M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel from the malt accompanied by the prickly bitterness from the hops. It doesn't get much better than this.

D: A bit strong to rush through, I'll take my time with this one and wish I had another to follow.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my sister pick up a couple bottles of this when she was in Asheville a few months ago and I have just now gotten around to trying it out. Pours a slightly murky amber color with a good amount of lacing. Smell is sweeter than I was expecting with some floral notes, bits of citrus. Taste is fantastic! Very complex, as it starts it starts off with hops and floral notes, moves onto citrus flavors and finishes very malty. Good mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellent IPA. I wish I could get this one regularly.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, poured into Sammy Smith glass. Presents a slightly hazed rich amber; the cloudiness seems to make it glow. Good solid head composed of small bubbles and some rockiness. Settle to no head in the middle but globs around the rim; like a crater.
Smell is herbal and floral hops, some sweet malt and coriander. Ginger seems to creep in there.
Taste is a very nice balance of hops, with just enough malt to keep it tame. Citrus and spice mix around, giving the beer nice complexity.
Crisp, clean, very nice. Perhaps misses the IPA mark a bit, but I really like drinking this> big ups on drinkability

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Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a caramel gold with light foaming.

There’s a wonderfully subdued orange-citrus hop aroma, with a hint of piney spice.

The flavor comes off as enough of a west coast IPA for the hop addict, with enough malt backing to balance it out. Delicious.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple of bottles of Hop Ottin’ IPA at an upscale grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours an orange/copper color and is hazy. A rich foamy two-finger offr-white head forms and is quite resilient. The head dissipates slowly, leaving islands of foam on the surface and heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is strong and floral. There are some evergreen notes, and some orange blossom fragrances.

The taste is sweet and flavorful. There is a bit of a biscuit flavor up front, with some sweet citrus fruit and honey flavors, then a stinging hop finish. The flavors are well balanced and complex. Very nice tasting beer indeed.

The mouth feel is crisp and clean. It is a very tangy and refreshing brew.

This is a drinkable beer, and an excellent representation of the style. One of the best IPAs I’ve had, and I’ll definitely have it again.

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Photo of arizcards
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Papago Brewing for $1.75.

This dark orange brew poured a beautiful head that is leaving a nice trail down my glass. Detecting floral and piney hop notes. Taste is a perfect blend of malts into a big hop finish. Mouthfeel almost has a creamy quality to it and the hops bring my palate alive. This is one fine IPA, one of the better ones I have had of late! I will have to hunt down a six-pack of this!!

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown 12 oz. bottle into my pint glass to form a perfect 1" head of rocky, off white foam over the top of an orange hazy liquid. The head had great stickage.

Nose: A little faint, but i could pick up some pine and citrus.

Taste: Now THAT's what I'm talkin' 'bout!... RIGHT on style... a nice floral/citric hops balanced out by a nice toasted malt. Bitterness prevails in the end.... but it's nice.... not too astringent.

MF: Creamy goodness. Thick and robust... just like I like it.

Drinkability: Go for it.... NO this is NOT a dounble IPA... it's an American IPA.... and a FINE EXAMPLE of that!

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Photo of pjwilson
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i haven't spent anytime reviewing the classics here on BA. this is a classic, if there ever was one. this is one of the best IPA's i've had the pleasure of consuming. The fact that an Indian owned liqor store carries this fresh for 6.99 a sixer less than a block and a half from house makes me realize that there are many worse beer locations to live in than Sacramento, despite it's lack of a beer bar of any sort.

appearance: ok so it's not exactly pale. it's more of a light amber...between a standard pale ale and a typical amber. The head won't quit on this one and lacing is amazing. just absolutly top notch.

smell: when you just sit and smell for 2 minutes without even taking a sip you know it's a great beer. just an awsome hop smell with the malts chilling in the backround. Anderson valley keeps the hop bill a secret...but i noticed a strong similarity to Scape goat pale in the aroma. They list their hops as Kent Goldings and Crystal....so take my sherlock homes work at face value. I think i've figured out that i'm not the biggest cascade fan and to me this is one of the best smelling ipa's.

Taste: really, really, really balanced. West Coast balanced at 2:1 hops to malts ratio.This isn't overly hoped or bitter by any means. Nice carmaly malts hit up front. Then over the next 10 seconds a strong bitter aftertaste puckers you right up, as if you bit a lemon. (bitter beer face!) Then you want to take another sip. I don't think i'd call this one overly complex...but you taste mulitple layers of hops...2 or mabey three different kinds. but again you don't need to think to much. If it has a fault, it's being too balanced towards the malts....i would like it just a notch more hoppy.

mouthfeel: pretty solid. not watery like some ipa's
drinkability: well when a beer taste's this good i can drink it all nite. but this is a medium paced beer...not a slow sipper but not a pounder or anything.

thoughts: in my mind this beer and Stone IPA should bare knuckle fight it out for California king of IPA's. An IPA shouldn't be gimmickly, it shouldn't be underhoped. Half the Ipa's i try are bullshit...slap the ipa label on with no consept of style. This beer only breaks the mold by being slightly too amber, but really who cares? It's a classic Ipa through and through. While breweries like Russian River and Moonlight(and every other brewery) bust out with triple ipa's....it's nice to have a beer to drink that won't destroy your palete for 3 days. This is one of the best beers to grace the earth.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I reach for an IPA, this is the kind of beer I want to find in my hand. Yummy, yummy. This was a nicely bitter beer that managed to balance the 7% alcohol and high hop content with that magic quality: good taste. This beer comes highly recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one right after a Hop Devil on draft, and believe me I am a huge fan of the Devil but there is not a clear winner in this head for head match up. This one was poured with a nice head, and it appeared with the same amber copper tone as the Hop Devil. After cleansing with some water, I began to test the aroma of the beer. Seemed mild, but as the beer warmed up the floral hops seemed to have a sweeter scent of hops. Great flavor that fulfills any hop heads desires and dreams. This one has a great floral taste that finishes with a perfect combination of sweetness and spiciness. Another fine selection that was thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of rjp217
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. No expiration date found on the bottle or 6pack case. Pours a dark brown with a huge head, about two finger. Beautiful looking beer. Smells of floral hops, sweet malts and I get a big waft of caramel. Taste is not your average hoppy IPA. I get huge amounts of caramel, dominated the whole mouthfeel and pallet. Mild carbonation and drowned out hoppy aftertaste. This brew is so amazingly drinkable and sweet. Such a great take on an IPA. I could almost session this beer it's so drinkable. ABV is well hidden. Overall, I'm extremely impressed. This shoots close to the top of my IPA list. I see mixed reviews but I find it hard to believe. The bros hit it on the head, it's world class in my opinion.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I scored this CAN during a recent beer-buying excursion to PHL and I plan to make another foray on 26 December - if anyone wants this (or any other CANs), let me know before that date.

It is now a Purple CAN Afternoon and I have a) spotted Barney in one corner of the room while b) a parade of pink elephants just went by. Should I cut back?

From the (Purple) CAN: "Bahl Hornin' Since 1987"; "Solar Powered Brewery"; "The Legendary Boonville Brewery".

The CRack & gLug (sorry, residual damage from Moat Mountain) came off without a hitch and produced a thick, fluffy finger-and-a-half of tawny head that acted like it was going to hang around like the uninvited guest at the end of the night. Color was a deep, shiny copper like the handful of pennies that I recently got in change. I have had many redheaded girlfriends, but the one with this color of hair was the one that got away. There's a tear in my beer 'cause I'm cryin' for ya, dear! A good whiff of minty hops brings me right back to my senses and this delivered. Forget Smelling Salts, I'm going to market Smelling Hops for the hophead who may be asleep at the bar. Ask for it on any street corner where the finer drugs are peddled. Ah, the old Iron Fist Wrapped In Velvet Routine! Eighth time I've fallen for it this week. I was initially like Mowgli in "The Jungle Book", listening to Kaa hiss "Trust in Me" when suddenly, I took a bullet between the eyes! It initially enveloped my tongue in a sweet caress, gently working back and forth until WHAM! hops out the ying-yang and I was on my back on the floor wondering how I got there. 7% indeed. Hops and malt in a stunning interaction and looking at the dense lacing that remained, I wondered how I did not see it coming. I was distracted by thinking about that dame, I suppose. Finish left me satiated for the moment, but that feeling never lasts and I'm going to have to score again real soon, I just know it. Why, oh why, did I ever get hooked in the first place? BECAUSE I LOOOOVE HOPS, that's why and if you are awaiting real regret, hold your breath! I crave hops and this delivered. It will certainly have a place in my Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) cooler as well as accompanying me to the beach and elsewhere.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a beautiful deep amber that is slightly hazy with a nice amount of head that is quite foamy and leaves nice lacing
S: beautiful citrus hop scent
T: great citrus hop taste, nice sweetness
M: slightly dry to begin with, smooth on the palate, medium carbonation
O: highly drinkable, really like this one

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color crowned with a thin rimming of creamy white foam that settles to a moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy malts. Brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel and pine.

T: Sweet malty base with notes of brown sugar, butterscotch and gooey caramel quickly yields to an aggressive front of hoppy goodness that results in a sustained and lingering bitterness. Biscuit and toffee surfaces as it warms. In the end, hops prevail over malts with a crisp and satisfying finish.

M: Full-bodied with a coarse feel that runs roughshod over the palate.

D: Complex yet balanced, both sweet and bitter. Hop Ottin' is an outstanding American IPA that's as intriguing as it is drinkable.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.