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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,278 Ratings

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Ratings: 2278
Reviews: 1157
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,278 | Reviews: 1,157 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of expatsteve


4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Madison's Come Back In.

Appearance: Amber orange, with low to medium visibility. 1/4 inch head
subsides to a few sudsy smudges on the top of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit hops - strong, aggressive onset, with just a little fruit in the background. Oranges, kiwi, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Impressively hoppy, with a pine front palate, grapefruit middle palate and dry raspy finish. Oranges, honeydew melon and kiwi in the background - fruity, with almost no caramael malt presence at all. Malts poke through as the beer warms. Some tea tannins present. Nonetheless, despite aggressive hops, this remains refreshing and light.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, with a balanced hops-and-malt aftertaste. Slightly aggressive carbonation increases the dry finish.

Drinkability: Hopheads will no doubt like this as a session IPA, and the dry finish remains refreshing and pleasant. Even though I don't normally go for hoppy beers, this was an oddly drinkable monster. Great in the sun after some time outdoors - really cleansing. Definitely an IPA I'll drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2006 16:33:03 | More by expatsteve
Photo of doubleipa


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very strong floral/citrus aroma. Creamy white head. Decent lacing, but the head vanished eventually. Nice, but not overpowering resin tasate. Could probably keep drinking this one. Amber in color. This was the first Anderson Valley I've had. Nice IPA, but not in my top 5.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 16:29:12 | More by doubleipa
Photo of brushpig


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a glass on tap at the Map Room in Chicago.Served in the proper glass.

A nice Amber color with a big lasting head.

The aroma of floral, sweet tea, and citurs. Mild but impressive.

The taste is what American IPA's should be Very hoppy, thick malty body, fruitty, with a dry nutty finish.

Great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2006 17:30:14 | More by brushpig
Photo of BEERchitect


3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, the beer has a better meldedness than from the bottle. The bittering is more pronounces and starts to venture from the citrus and fruity hops to extreme bittering. The malts are suppressed a bit in it's sweetness and body, though remaining firm. Hops cause the beer to dry considerably and leave a bitter 'bite' in the back of the throat. Though I like it best on tap, I'm liking this beer less and less, the more I drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2006 14:13:02 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of 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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New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's, Newtown PA.

Appearance- orange/ honey brown with a decent fluffy white head.
Smell- Huge on the Citrus!
Taste- Grapefruit, Orange, and Lemon rind with a slight touch of malt.
Mouthfeel- so bitter so dry yet so smooth!

Overall- Probably the best IPA out there! Can't get enough of this. Downside is the price. $12.00 a sixer is pricey, so is $5 for a pint!

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2006 23:19:25 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of SteveO1231


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a pint at the Yardhouse in downtown San D.

Poured a dark copper/red color with a fizzy off-white head.

Very nice malty smell, smells pretty hoppy.

This one had a high malty sweetness and a fruity character like raisin. Nice citrus bitterness that sticks to the back of the tongue.

Nice but a little too sweet. Maybe I should pick up a bottle to make sure.


Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2005 08:52:43 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of rousee


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer I could really debate my scoring on. Am I giving too high a score because it is fairly new to downtown Boston (on-tap) and a bit of a novelty?? Who cares? I am yet to try anything from Anderson Valley that I didnt think was decent.

Smooth orangey amber w/ a nice thickly bubbled cap of 4mm that holds remarkably well. Very nice lace--upgrading to 5 on appearance. For this style, this is about as perfect an appearance as you get. Smell is malty with cedarry hop elements. The woodiness takes over and is musty in the middle but it finishes extremely clean and dry. This is a well-balanced IPA, and I like it, I like it a lot. Dry tingly mouthfeel that is pleasant A nice American IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2005 02:15:39 | More by rousee
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reddish orange beer with minimal carbonation and a slight surface coat of random bubbles and microscopically thin foam. bright. gives off a perfumed bouquet of hops. taste reeks of hoppy pale ale, pushing malt and sweetness to the background. welcome hint of bitterness in the finish but overall light. mildly chalky but evoking berries in the end.. you're left with a fruity zing. decent and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2005 15:55:41 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of DogFood11


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer...Highlights:

Smell !! The smell is ultra hops. Its like your right there at the brewery. Glorious. This beer gets right to the point with the taste and blasts the tastebuds then finishes bitter and lasting. The slightest knock I could give it is the mouthfeel was more towards the average american IPA. Fine with me.

I'd buy this beer again and again. Not that pricey either...another bonus.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2005 04:49:32 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Maestro


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap the other day. I thought I had this one before, but upon drinking it I was sure that I hadn't. This beer pour a crisp orange to red. The head with substantial and left a thin lacing on the glass. The overall sweetness was the biggest suprise. I have had other Anderson Valley brews, but was suprised at how this one stepped out of stylistic box. As I drank this one, I couldn't help but notice the malts and hops dancing back and forth in my mouth. It was a near perfect balance. What a great IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2005 21:13:02 | More by Maestro
Photo of gentlebubbles


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Redbone's

A slightly hazy fresh-pressed cider color with a tight off-white beeswax-tinted head.

Yummy citrus scent.

This is all about the hops, very brassy, full of grapefruit and orange with pine resin and grass in the finish. Creamy sparkly mouthfeel. Long long sticky resin even after you think it's finished.

Yeah, it's good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2005 19:31:26 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of IceAce


3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange and arrived with a beautiful finger of dense, rocky foam. The nose is a saliva producing fresh floral hop with an undercurrent of sweet malt.

Initial taste is dominated by fizzy carbonation and a lighter hop bite than expected. Midtaste is all-malt with a mouthfeel which runs a little thin for a Left Coast IPA.

The finish is comprised of a slow hop fade fairly standard for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2005 16:38:38 | More by IceAce
Photo of Naerhu


3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark red body with no head.
Aroma: Massive floral, pine and spruce aromas. Barely any malt present.
Taste: This beer is so incredibly resiny it is impossible to tell what else is going on.
Mouthfeel: Sharp bitterness brings this beer down from what it could be. This is an oil slick of hop juice.
Drinkability: This beer is just too sappy to make me want to come back for more. Tasted with another hop head and two belgian freaks, and no one wanted to finish this. Granted, as it was consumed in the Father's Office, it was served much too cold.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2005 15:23:52 | More by Naerhu
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jumped around, jumped around, jumped up, jumped up and got down with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pint pour at ACPH.

Creamy turbulence of initial head that just stays and stays, and doesn’t die. Green hop effluvience and visions of jumping bugs throttle through the mind as a I plastered my nose with its bouquet. Curtained, amber haze to hue. Hopped up fraggle rock of earthy herbal essence to start followed by woody birch bark to tastes. A medium to medium-light-heavy offering that is difficult to put down.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2004 19:58:22 | More by Truh
Photo of GreenWBush


4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The discovery of Boonville, California as a quaintly vacant town was no disappointment. The realization that the visitor center for the brewery was closed and tours weren't happening for 6 hours was.

The only thing proper was to consume as much Hop Ottin' directly off the tap as reasonably possible. We stumbled into the original brewhouse for a pitcher of the nectar, at a shockling low $7 for a 50-ounce(ish) pitcher.

The apperance is as from decanted from bottle; a deeply glowing purplish ruby. The head was frothing up like some whipped-cream daydream as I immediately enveloped my face with the liquid, sniffing like a bloodhound.

To my surprise I found that fresh Hop Ottin' is a remarkably consistent product. Sure, the luciously grapefruit hop profile abounds in all of its glory. The freshly-tapped version is no revelation if you've had a fresh bottle.

But the gummy sweetness of a stale bottle is kicked down like a convict in its sublime and aggresively fresh status. Seek it out and be converted.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2004 21:03:10 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of twelvsies


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woah there. I was expecting a standard IPA, not a crazy hoppinated monster. But this one surprised me. Appears a pretty typical amber color, with a frothy head (probably due to the hoppiness) and lacing pretty far down the glass. Smells and tastes, well, very hoppy. Lots of tangyness. I'm picking up on a lot of pine needle and sap tastes, as well as that IPA grapefruity taste, which I generally am not a huge fan of, but this one is pretty well balanced for being as overly hoppy as it is. Nice mouthfeel and IPA's seem to always be a hit with me, so drinkability is way up there. Haven't had this one in the bottle that I can remember, but if you see it on tap, grab it up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2004 17:53:36 | More by twelvsies
Photo of crookedhalo


4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ambery/copper color with a fluffy light beige head. Piney, grassy and malty aromas paired with some light citrus notes. Floral and perfumy. For how aggressively hopped this beer is, it's surprisingly malty, too. It touches on caramel malts and the grapefruity citrusness shines in it's dry finish. Full bodied and drinkable. One of the better American IPAs I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2004 17:26:06 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of oracle


3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrived looking pretty much like your typical american IPA. Medium amber color, dense head, moderate lacing.

The smell was a little unsual with a much more floral sweet smell than I expected, although the strong citrusy hops did annouce their presence quite firmly.

Taste was simply outstanding, lots of hops, but with fruity sweetness that was more raison than anything else.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2004 03:18:15 | More by oracle
Photo of 99bottles


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in a pint glass with an inch and half of yellowish-off white head and a rich amber colored body.

Smell: Ahhh. A very prim and proper american IPA with loads of pine and citric "juice" from the hops. Not overdone, but obviously more accentuated than the malts.

Taste: This is just one solid IPA. It has a lot of sweet hop flavor with exceptional citrus notes of orange and grapefuit. There is some nice pine in the finish that tastes of freshly cut hops. The malt is rich and sweet, yet finishes dryly with a biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced, this offers a great blend of body and viscosity with enough lightness to quaff it endlessly.

Drinkability: This is a true session beer, not overloaded with palette crushing bitterness, but not fizzy and weak either. Absolutely great for drinking, but not the "best" IPA I've had either. A nice one to try, and maybe buy a case of.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2004 21:15:58 | More by 99bottles
Photo of bigbeerdrinka


4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Anam Cara:

Appearance: This beer came out a nice clear copper without any haze. A fluffly lacy head appears and sticks to the glass briefly.

Smell: Hints of caramel and strong hop aromas, also some biscuit and breadlike smells hit the nose. also some wet grass notes and slight spices. Smells yummy.

Taste: Upfront tones of good malt character. Bread, biscuit, and caramel smack the pallate. This beer finishes with a nice bitter hop flavor and a final dryness which goes quite well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice body, and carbonation is just right. A well balanced beer that combines hops and malts quite well.

Drinkability: This is a nice IPA which goes down nicely. The 7% ABV is unnoticeable due to the nice combination of hops and malts.

Overall a nice IPA that isn't too powerful, but is perfectly balanced..

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2004 22:30:55 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap: at Papago's Scottsdale, AZ - Color is semi clear, dark goldish bronze color with a thin off-white cap, lacing in thin webby stings. Aroma is quite fruity and floral with hops, mildly so, determined yet subtle with malty fruitiness closing in on some melon and apple. Taste is fruity with apply notions and pear, floral herbs much like a tea are fairly dominant. Bittering is in check by alot due to the overwhelming amount of sweetness that actually isn't overwhelming. This has a unique balance, but the flavors stay fruity throughout. Feel is a solid medium body, creamy and smooth and lightly crisp with just the right amount of bite. Yummifingly drinkable stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2004 01:41:06 | More by tavernjef
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber in color. Nice big off~white head with superior lacing.

S: Floral hop aroma through and through. No sublety, no hidden smells, just hops. Aroma is very nice, no real grapefruit smell, just a floral hoppy smell. Incredible.

T: HOPS!!! Initially a powerful hop bitterness which quickly fades into a sweet hoppy flavor that I'm growing more fond of day by day. I don't know what particular variety of hops they use, but they use it oh so well.

M: Sharp, medium bodied. Nice and dry on the palate. CO2 and ETOH are damn near perfect.

D&N: All hail the American IPA. If you haven't tried this one yet, what the heck are you waiting for?!?

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2004 17:03:43 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of UncleJimbo


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This IPA poured a clear, reddish-amber color with good, off-white foam the clung to the glass and left some lace. The smell was dominated by floral hops but with some malt (hint of sweetness), and traces of butter and oak. The taste was bitter and resinous hops fairly well balanced with malt but with a bit of oakiness. The finish and aftertaste were very hoppy. The mouthfeel was a bit harshly hoppy with medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this IPA was very dry. The drinkability was OK.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2003 06:29:40 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Gusler


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer pours a deep and clear amber color with a majestic creamy off white head that produces a fine curtain of lace to seal off the glass. Large hop floral nose that is crisp and sweet, backed up my a earthy malt tone, a real treat to sniff, start is rich in malt, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is all hops, robust, pleasantly bitter, with the sweet malt backing it all up, carbonation is delightful and the aftertaste dry and bitter sweet, what a treat, and a favorite beer in any form.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2003 15:42:08 | More by Gusler
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.