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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,276 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2276
Reviews: 1156
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%


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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Hopheadjnr


4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle pour into large, chilled mug.

A...pours a pretty clear

orange with a perfect, pillowy, off white, 2 finger head.

S...Pleasant aroma, not quite as strong a smell as I would expect. A bit more earthy or even mossy than the citrus or fruit I would expect.

T...Fantastic. from the first sip it is just right. A malty sweetness right up front. I'm getting some fruit elements, apricot and some background citrus. Then the hops kick in with a smack in the face bitterness that cuts everything else off. Clean finish.

M...Again, just right. The carbonation is just right when you can't explain it. Its not high carbonation or flat. Not sticky but just thick enough. Heavy but not too much.

O... This is a winner. Full bodied, packed with complex flavors. I am a huge IPA fan and this would be in my top 5. If you like IPA you could not be disappointed with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:28:24 | More by Hopheadjnr
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is legend in Northern CA, so I picked some up for old times sake. Pours a rusty pumpkin color with a mysterious yeasty haze that suggests a formidable brew. The head is thick and resembles freshly whipped cream.

Hops dominates the nose up front, and there is some creamy honey-sweet maltiness lurking in the background. Complex smell for an IPA.

The taste is heavenly and as expected quite hoppy. Rindy hops dominate up front, with notes of pine, live hops, and bready yeast synchretising in the middle before a finish that combines citrusy sourness with fresh honey. A peristent bitterness clings to the roof of the mouth. A fine, fine IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, perhaps because of the lack of hops/malt balance. Could use more carbonation in my estimation, but refreshing still.

Drinkability here is lower than that for most IPAs because of the imposing ABV. However, it is worth drinking two for the taste alone. More of a sipping ale for a drinker of my ilk.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 02:10:14 | More by MobBarley
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variousartists

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unbelievable! If you like hoppy beers, you have to try this.

Appearance: Nice. Quite attractive and sticks to the mug. Consistent almost amber hue.

Smell: Hmmm... can I drink it now. Sweet, hoppy aroma.

Taste: As the name implies, this is all hops. Yet it is not so overwhelming that it affects the complexity. Malt flavor is still distinguishable and pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Good body, good carbonation, good everything.

Drinkability: Addictive. Better with each drink.

Personally I prefer this over Stone, but this one and Stone are top two IPA's in my book. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 08:07:32 | More by variousartists
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this is one great IPA. It pours a nice orange amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is fantastic, with strong notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, lemon and a bit of malt. very nice, clean, delicious.

The taste is a great elaboration of the smell, with lime, pine, grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple and a bit of malt and a ton of bitterness. Intense but fantastic. Not for the non hophead. Some spicy heat that I can only guess is from the alcohol and maybe the hops.

The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with lively carbonation. Medium but full body.

Drinkability is good, but the intensity of the flavors and the high ABV makes this a bit tough to drink a lot of.

Overall: Benchmark California IPA. Fruity, piney, bitter and creamy. Absolutely a knock out. It competes with my hometown Masala Mama.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 01:44:06 | More by sacrelicio
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umtox

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has been said about this beer more than once, but balance is it's greatest strength. I think this is the best balanced IPA I have ever had with much more malt flavor than most to balance out the hoppiness.

The smell and appearance or good for an IPA. But the taste and drinkability are exceptional!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 13:06:49 | More by umtox
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ho Ha Holy Hoppy !!! This is a bloody reet gud IPA, but it ain't goin' ta India. Deep copper colored beer, average 1/4" head........... reet thats the borin' bit done.
HOPS-HOPS-HOPS-AND-MORE-HOPS.
This is very good and rather moorish. Bitterness is High.
More EBU's than e-BA's on this Site.
Want a proper review - read the other ones.
Want to know what its all about - HOPS !!!
That's It.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 02:11:37 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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John

New York

4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One the top American IPAs. Highly recommended. Just wish it wasn't so damned expensive here in NY. $10.99 a six!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2001 13:21:20 | More by John
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joecast

Australia

4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

clear, dark amber color, with a slightly off white head. settles down to a thin lace, leaving good lacing on the glass.

now if you put "hop" in the name of your beer, you better be serious .
these guys are serious. strong floral and grapefruit aroma. wow. "new car smell" should be this good. maybe some pine in there too, and we both know how much i like pine right?

hops again on show in the taste. very balanced with hop bitterness, flavor, and malts. the aftertaste though, is made mostly of hops, making sure you dont forget the name of your beer. kind of like each sip screams out "SAY MY NAME!!" finishes very smooth.

creamy mouthfeel makes this go down very easily. glad i got six as this has quickly become one of my favorite ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 01:06:47 | More by joecast
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farrago

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow-amber coloration, vibrancy erases much of the cloudiness, thin head which exits stage left with rapidity, leaves some pretty lacing behind though. The nose presents an excellent interplay between the hops and malts, never excessively sweet nor bitter (yes, neither is an apt descriptor for scents), honey, beeswax, sweet lemon tea, tree sap, graham cracker, wheat all intermingle peaceably. Full-bodied, same level of harmony in the mouth, the hops poke and jab but then dance backward to allow the mixed white citrus and hard caramel candy to come out. Yeast, resin and bitters with an herbaceous streak act to return the pendulum in the other direction. Carbonation level allows for crests and troughs. Each sip just different enough to keep you, umm, sipping. An IPA to respect, even for those not in luv with the category.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 18:08:53 | More by farrago
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AHNUBIS

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first smelled this beer when I was 6 months sober at a campout and I wasn't drinking. One of my buddies had this. If yall know how much your sense of smell kicks in when you get sober you'll know what I'm talking about. This beer is FLORAL. I smelled this and though I was hittin a bouquet of fruit and flowers. About 3 months later I started drinking again and picked some up at the grocery. D@MN YO!!! This has like wine conocisour aftertastes and hints of this and dat. This wouldn't be a go-to drink at all for me cuz its too funky. This is by all means an "A" beer though and is something everyone should experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 07:52:37 | More by AHNUBIS
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mastodonj

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

IPAs are my beer of choice and here in Colorado, we have plenty of good ones. But, this is really one of the best IPAs I have ever had. I've had one per night for the last five nights and I'm always looking forward to the next one.

The head is fluffy and large but the lacing is phenomenal! Depending on your level of hallucination, you could look at the lacing for hours.

The smell has a nice low level of maltiness, maybe a little citrus.

The taste is wonderful, that maltiness combined with a nice bitterness from the fresh hop flavor.

With that excellent head, there is also a creamy mouth to this that makes every mouthful something to look forward to.

I can see having one of these every day and then another one would be ok too. And maybe another after that. And so on....

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:32:59 | More by mastodonj
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OldEngineOil

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, as are many of the Anderson Valley beers. Nice, hoppy flavor that not just bitter, but floral and balanced. Very accessible IPA for those who are looking for a balance of bitterness and other flavors in an IPA. Also recommend the AV Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 06:19:35 | More by OldEngineOil
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Jaynuze

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick puffy head that follows the beer down the glass. It's hoppy scent slaps you with in the face with a big fruity smack then it let's you down with its beautiful hop aroma. It has tastes of fruits and citrus with a sharp hoppy finish. Much like the head, the mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a smooth finish. By far one of my most favorite IPAs, this one will leave you begging for more!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2006 20:22:07 | More by Jaynuze
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onehomesickalien

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPA's! If you are looking for a great beer with a nice edge, I highly recommend the Hop Ottin'

Appearance: Nice copper/golden color with excellent head retention. Lacing is very consistent.

Smell: Hop smell is fairly strong with citrus and floral overtones.

Taste: Bite is strong, but not overwhelming. Perfect blend of malt and hops, not allowing the 7% ABV to override the taste.

Mouthfeel: As good going in as going down.

Drinkability: As stated above, one of my favorite beers. Very few get a 5.0 in any category in my opinion. This one gets it in two.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 02:15:23 | More by onehomesickalien
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AaronRed

New York

4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great flavor. Has a nice bite that stays until the end

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2001 17:25:02 | More by AaronRed
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Jordan

California

4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Holy hops head! Is this for real? Finally I've struck another resevoir of oil.
Fragerant floral and raw hops on the nose. Sweet honey and malts for a brief moment then morphing into a strong hops bitterness in the finish. Extremely complex! I have to submit here and say I can't begin to describe how much character this beer has. This beer is beyond reproach...
I dare you to drink this and judge for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2001 04:15:54 | More by Jordan
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lester619

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep bright hazy orange/brown. Awesome three finger thick creamy head. Perfect lacing. Nice fresh juicy spicy hops, grapefruit, pine, sweet molasses, toffee, rasins or prunes. Great complex smell. Damn near perfect tasting IPA. Thick bready body with sweet molases and caramel. Hop bitterness is intense without crossing the line. Huge kick of grapefruit and a deep pine. Very pleasantly bitter. Rasins and date flavors add some more complexity to the fruit notes at the finish. One of my favorite beers period. When this style is done right, there is not much that can beat it. This is a great one.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 18:35:13 | More by lester619
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Bosazga

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've seen this in CA only but noticed it on tap at a fave pizza joint in PDX today...
Appearance: this is what I've always imagined beer to look like in Heaven. Perfect copper amber color with a frothy initial head that tapers off nicely
Smell- I can't smell so great today, but I'm getting a fresh latex paint smell - not turned off though
Taste- I'm not so much into the IPA floral bouquet ... This has a good bitter bite on the front end but a nice even finish with a touch of malt
Mouthfeel- amazing. Even is the best way to describe it. Not heavy, or light, but definitely robust.
I would put this up against the Plinies any day ... And choose it over them

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 02:38:26 | More by Bosazga
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sinistersteve

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 22:48:02 | More by sinistersteve
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Pours a hearty orange-gold with a creamy white head. The hop fumes are impossible to ignore, but I can also pick up some sweet caramely malts. Taste starts with rich, chewy malts, but this is flung aside by a green tidal wave of hop ottin' hops. The finish is overwhelmingly bitter (ahhh!), but overall, this beer is nicely balanced and wonderful. Probably my favorite IPA so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 00:50:46 | More by alexgash
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hoplover82

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 04:57:05 | More by hoplover82
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nelson4

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:35:46 | More by nelson4
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SDtastentune

California

4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Golden translucent amber with great head and lacing, filtered looking.

S- Hops wheat and kinda musty grapefruit.

T - Very vibrant and strong tasting, nice balanced after taste of hops and grapefruit bitterness but nicely balanced into great IPA flavor.

M - Lower/medium carbonation that suits the balanced flavor, not to bitter but almost perfect.

D - Very drinkable IPA for the price ($3.50), better then some that cost double. Goes down smooth without the crazy aftertaste that works into a nice drinking IPA, could drink a few & want more. Anderson Valley does it again with there Mendo IPA! Thumbs way up and very recommended to the hop head!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:50:10 | More by SDtastentune
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 04:11:48 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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MNRon

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 03:54:06 | More by MNRon
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