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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: 2,945
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 141
Gots: 387 | 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 HamdenHector
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: floral, earthy, caramel;

T: earthy, then floral with a hint of caramel in the background; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: nice take on the style; (298 characters)

Photo of Sintech
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Pine and citrus.

Taste -Sweet malts and pine.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Good IPA.

Grade (B+) (183 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Dark amber color with a frothy white head, 2 fingers tall that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing.

S -- Grapefruit jumps out, slight pine scent, herbal as well.

T -- Nice strong hoppiness, but not overpowering like a hop bomb. Same grapefruit, pine, and herbal flavors as the head gives off. The pine flavor dominates more as I go along, but the herbal flavors subsist throughout. Taste the malt more as it warms.

F -- Resiney residue, but with the persistent carbonation it makes for a pleasant feel. The malts give it a more medium thickness, which I enjoy.

O -- Very solid IPA. Didn't blow my mind, but still very good and better than your average IPA. (666 characters)

Photo of BKRaiderAce
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An average pour and aroma mask a refreshing, crisp IPA. If you're looking for the bitterest beer around look elsewhere. If you're looking for an incredibly drinkable beer this isn't a bad choice. (195 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-Pine Resin,bready,grapefruit,mango,peach,orange
T:
-Follows the nose plus a toasty finish
-low-medium carbonation,medium body
O:
-All around good IPA (240 characters)

Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a dirty white head. Aroma of herbal tea with some lemon and pine. A little toastiness underneath from the malt. Flavor follows suit. Medium bodied with some activity. Overall, boring IPA though well crafted. Wouldn't refuse a bottle, but will not seek it out again. Pass. (288 characters)

Photo of Brew_Betty
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - low intensity for the style. Floral and malty.

Taste - semi sweet grapefruit with medium bitterness and generic maltyness. Pleasant, but not impressive.

Overall - middle of the road, conservative IPA. (212 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into an Anderson Valley pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a solid layer and laces well.

S: Floral, pine, a bit herbal, bready malt sweetness, and a little citrus.

T: Pine, citrus, lemonand grapefruit rind, floral, spicy, herbal, and slightly toasty bready caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Can't say I'm impressed by this one. (430 characters)

Photo of wLcz0rz
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Redish Amber color. Citrus and hops are very distinct with a little floral aroma. Orange peel is very distinct slightly piney with a slight grapefruit aroma and bitterness. Strong hops but not too overwhelming and perfectly balanced with malts. Leaves a slight lacing on the glass. (282 characters)

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

I don't know. Appearance is cloudy amber with a full, soft head;, smell is a little soapy; taste is a little soapy, too. What else? I like the full-bodied malt, though it's a bit too caramelly for my taste. Hops are indistinct--a little pine, a bit of floral character, not much citrus or spiciness. All in all, kind of a mish mash. The soapiness probably derives from the floral hops. Mouthfeel benefits from the oats, but I think that contributes to the soapiness too. I imagine my impression is in the minority, and maybe influenced by the fact that I just finished a Dogfish Head 60 Minute before pouring this Hop Ottin' IPA, but I don't think it's all that great overall. Not too bad, but ... (697 characters)

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? (231 characters)

Photo of Nishriver
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had this out of a can so not sure if that made a difference. Pours a bright amber, smelled great felt excellent. Tones of vanilla, maybe a lil smoke. Yummy (157 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:cloudy blood orange with 1 finger head citrus taxi pine freshener with some bread T:citrus bread this is more like an american ale and would be an awesome one but ipa I dont taste I enjoy this (194 characters)

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 (188 characters)

Photo of JackieKu
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle. Poured into tulip.

A: hazy, amber.
S: caramel. Grapefruit. Slightly pineapple and hints of tropical fruits.
T: grapefruit. Malty sweet. Medium bitterness. Dry and bitter finish.
M: medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: A well balanced IPA. Definitely better than average. (285 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden-yellow color, decent head.

Fruity hoppy aroma, defined by orange, mango, lime and malts, with hints of wheat and pine.

Bitter from the beginning, bready malts bind the hops to a pleasant first impression. Carbonation is lively, supports the straigh, dry but very refreshing character of the beer. Pine, malts and hints of honey add complexity to this hop fixated IPA. Hop is very citraic, bitter from the first split-second, gets mixed up well with the other ingedients, creating a very hoppy but balanced beer. Mouthfeel is dry, chewy, hop punches the tastebuds. Fantastic long hoppy aftertaste, with lime still being present. Still some sweetness prevails for a long time, adding a syrupy note, which creates a great support for the hops. (756 characters)

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. (250 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased as a single can from Total Wine, Tampa. Pours a semiopaque amber with white, pillowing head. Smells of tree-fruit, fig, berry, strawberry, and pine. Tastes like a berry IPA; lots of sweet, blueberry syrupyness followed by malts and caramel. Hints of dried apple and plantain throughout with "Belgian spice" (coriander/ginger/clove/etc.) and hops on the tail-end. A velvety body permeates sweetness throughout while the prickly carbonation that follows punctuates the hops and spice. The more I sip this beer, 2 things come to mind: First, that it feels like an American IPA & Belgium Triple hybrid and two, that it would go great with a bowl of strawberry cough. (672 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 fluid ounce can, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Golden, slightly hazy, medium sized rocky head, with a slight tan, moderate retention.

S: West coast hops and citrus fruits, slight cocoa.

T: Started out with some strawberry like sweetness, this was quickly countered by grapefruit, which then lent bitterness that lingered, also had some burnt malt and gummi bears.

M: Light body, crisp, moderate carbonation.

O: Can’t really add to what has been said, well made, balanced but one of a croud. (504 characters)

Photo of even23
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

I love IPA's and has got to be one of the best.... Love the taste. Has that IPA taste but lacks that harsh taste that a lot have.. Wish it came to New Mexico! (158 characters)

Photo of Smr7626
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

I went out and tried all of the Alstom Bros 100 rated American IPA's I could find. I live in Lexington KY so I do not have access to many, but I do travel and have tried beers from all over the country. In my latest taste test I decided to pit several of the 100 point Alstom Bros American IPA's against each other. The candidates: Anderson Hop Ottin', Smuttynose, Dark Horse Crooked Tree, Victory Hop Devil, Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point.

I have had Sculpin and the Hop Devil on tap in their local region before and I love them both. Out of the bottle the Sculpin holds up, but time and time again I am disappointed in Hop Devil. It was good, but far far from 100 point rating. That is a head scratcher.

Now for Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin'. As someone who moved to the Bluegrass from California i want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I guess this brewery and me are not on the same page. This was decent, but far from perfect. I had the good fortune to have a Zombie Dust recently and that is perfect. That the Alstrom Bros rated this beer better than Zombie Dust makes me question every review they conduct. It poured a carmel color, with a nice head. The hop character did not remind me of typical west coast IPA's like Sculpin, Stone, or Sierra. It was malty, had a depressed hop presence, and while tasty, it did not live up to the hype by any shape, way or form. Quite frankly, it was mediocre. Kind of like having someone tell you how great a movie is but you end up bummed out.

My favorite hoppy American pales or IPA's to date:
1) Zombie Dust
2) Flower Power
3) Sculpin
4) Firestone
5) Ninkasi Total Domination
6) Sierra Celebration
7) Victory Hop Devil (on tap, not bottle)
8) Lagunitas (1,738 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 06.01.14.

A: 2 finger white head. See through amber body.

S: Burnt sugar, brown sugar, and grapefruit.

T: Brown sugar, spices, and sweet malt dominate. Pine is subtle.

M: Creamy and chewy.

O: This was more like an amber with a bittersweet back end. I don't care much for malt forward IPAs, but this one was good.

Rating: B- (374 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Brilliant deep copper, frothy cream head. Bready, caramel malt, and muted grapefruit form the initial aroma. There's a touch of nectarines, along with resin. Flavor reveals fruity hop notes reminiscent of sweet tarts, a fairly sweet caramel malt base, and a bitter finish. I like the fruity hop profile, but the bitterness is more than I prefer. (345 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a big and very persistent head. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is big citrusy grapefruit hops. Taste is mellow toasty carmel malt upfront. A little underlying malt sweetness throughout. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness. Heavy creamy mouthfeel. This is a very rich tasting IPA. And by that I mean it has a fantastic maltiness behind the hops and even challenging the hops for center stage here. Also the heavy mouthfeel. Maybe the drinkability suffers a bit, but this is a great, and unique, IPA. (543 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

overall a good beer. This IPA seemed to have a little more sweetness than most but overall it seemed to balance out quite well. I like the way high IBUS but was pleased with this one also. Just a touch of creaminess added to the balance. Overall happy with this one. After reading other reviews, I was kind of mixed about trying, but once I did, I was glad I did... (365 characters)

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