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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,273 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2273
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Lungman

Alabama

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty good, fair representation of its style. It smells better than it taste. Nicely carbonated. The taste is confusing. Starts with a nice grapefruit and pine note, but comes with way to much yeasty bread finish. I like my ipa crisp and clean from start to finish. Not crazy about this. Reminds me of good people's snake handler.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 04:58:55 | More by Lungman
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McStagger

California

4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re review! Noticed this was one of my higher rated IPA's but it was also one of my first to rate. Let's see how it stacks up.

A: Pours a transparent amber. Two fingers khaki head. Very rocky indeed. Lacing is stellar. Vigorous carbonation in the body.

S: Fairly deep resinous hops come outta this one. Citrus and grapefruit are present, but aren't the majority of the hops show. More "outdoorsy", with notes of pine, evergreen and herbaceousness. Malt layers are grainy and slightly roasted in nature. Less caramel and more toffee.

T: Quit shot of roasted amber malt and it's overtaken by evergreen and earthy hops. Notes of pine, herbaceousness (no weed this time) and an underlying shot of grapefruit and other citrus (bottle says orange, don't get that) intermingled with some floral bitterness. Finish is fairly crisp and very dry. Aftertaste of citrus and resin.

M: Medium bodied. Halfway between Torpedo and Stone IPA. Very balanced.

O: This holds up much, much better than I expected it to. Less fruit driven and more pine/floral/herbal. Very good beer and a steal at 8 bucks a sixer. (Thanks, Vons!)

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 06:09:05 | More by McStagger
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance has a hazy amber orange color supporting a thick pillowy head leaving a curtain of lace. Smell is piney, citrus grapefruit with the sweetness of the malt. Taste of the resin and grapefruit bitter balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:44:08 | More by Bookseeb
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a copper brown amber, with thick off white head that sticks around, and leaves some crusty lacing.

Smell is subdued, pine and citrus with a decent malt presence as well.

Taste is similar but much more intense. It's well balanced, resinous, piney with citric juice all backed up and balanced by mealtimes.

Feel is not smooth, but typical of an IPA. Drinkable, and could prob have several of these.

Overall this is a complex IPA that's not my favorite, but I'm glad ie come back to. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 17:56:37 | More by rodlavers
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thick foamy and frothy the head set proudly atop a rich coppery color.

The aromas are set nicely, albeit a tad lightly. Malt and hops with touches of pine, rose, and tea leaves.

Amongst the more well balanced versions of the IPA varieties, this is not hop forward. Instead the mixture of rich grainy malt blends with piney floral hops and are balanced so that neither overshadows the other. Great taste and easy feel make this a triumph for Anderson Valley.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 19:49:13 | More by KYGunner
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raynmoon

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Very clear, light amber color. Big bubbles on the head. No lacing or alcohol legs really. Looks nice.

S: Some bbq sauce-like malt, some hop astringency. I can hardly smell it.

t: That bbq-sauce malt backbone up front, very light bitterness and a nice juicy hop flavor on the back end.

m: lightly carbonated.

Probably not too fresh, but still well made.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 04:29:14 | More by raynmoon
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Gatch

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a fluffy white head. Sweet malt dominate the nose and taste. This might not be the freshest. There's a slightly boozy, sweet, sugary malt and hop balance. This tastes more like a DIPA to me. I've had this in the past and I remember it being better. I'll give it another chance in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 23:03:46 | More by Gatch
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Jenks

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma – Fairly strong malt aroma for an IPA but it is pleasant, it reminds of caramel malt with maybe just a touch of chocolate. Hop aroma is moderate and has a mint and grapefruit character. As the beer warms the most dominating aroma is the grapefruit hop.

Appearance – Nice copper/redish color which pours a thick off white head. Beer is almost clear but does have a slight haze while looking through it. The head remains throughout the drinking experience and produces some very nice lacing on the sides of the pint glass.

Flavor –The balance of this beer is very nice in the beginning of the taste. There is good hop and malt character but the beer is definitely balanced on the hop side. Towards the end of the taste, the flavor is dominated by the hops and leaves a bit of a hop bite on the tongue. The malt flavor is present but not very distinguishable behind the hops; I cannot pick out the caramel or chocolate flavors that I found in the aroma. There are no detectable fermentation flaws or issues and I cannot taste any yeast contributions to the beer.

Mouthfeel – The beer is medium-light and goes down smooth. It does have a touch of astringency which may be caused by the hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Has the bitter hopped aftertaste that is synonymous of an IPA

Overall – This is a nicely done IPA that can be enjoyed year round. It is aggressively hopped and I would have liked to have sensed some alcohol warmness to go with the strong hop bitterness so an increased grain bill would be nice but I wouldn’t want to mess with the balance and body of the beer which was done very nicely. I would also imagine that this would be better as a fresh beer to really present the hop aromas and flavor on the same level that the bitterness is present

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:41:56 | More by Jenks
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:06:04 | More by rjp217
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AgentMunky

California

3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Huge head is creamy and tannish. Great retention with sticky lacing. Clearish amber ale.

S: Moderately malty. Not much hop presence. Slightly herbal/spicy.

T/M: Smooth, pleasant, and rather unobjectionable. Slightly lemony aftertaste. Robust, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Unobjectionable, but pretty average. Better than the usual beers, but not great as an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:55:59 | More by AgentMunky
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Odd beer. I saw the 100 rating and I was pretty excited. Pours a copper color with nice lacing. The smell is odd to me. I don't get it. Honestly, the taste was poor to me - had a chemical taste and the aftertaste was bad. I looked for an expiry date and couldn't find it, but they seem to to sell a lot here at Lower Depths. I will need to try again another time, as I didn't like this but everyone else does

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:38:50 | More by BradMacMullin
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ckollias

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish-amber hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Citrus – Malt – and hops aroma.

T: Sweet malt up front followed by a solid hop punch to the face. Finished slightly dry and tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid IPA – well balanced and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:30:59 | More by ckollias
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TheMarkE

California

4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Nice copper shade with a very good head and amazingly sticky lacing.

Smell: Orange peel, pine, and a touch of malt.

Taste: Bitter citrus hops and sweet hops, with some spice and herbal flavor thrown in. Very good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with a moderate bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Excellent. Good balance between sweet malts and bitter hops, this is everything an IPA should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 01:25:23 | More by TheMarkE
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3beerdudes

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought single 12oz bottle. Poured into tulip pint glass. Clear, deep amber/rust color with two finger head. Smelled pine with a hint of citrus in the background. First sip was good, not overbearing. Second taste was better than the first. There is not any undesirable aftertaste; drinkable, not overly hoppy, I could definitely drink another without feeling weighted down. This is a solid IPA that would appeal to those who like IPAs that don't punch them in the face. (Beer dude #3)

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 19:04:12 | More by 3beerdudes
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charlzm

California

3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Consumed on March 14th, 2013 in a 12 oz. Samuel Adams "perfect" beer glass. Served at 50 degrees F.

Beer pours a clear, brilliant yellow. Plenty of head on this one: three fingers of meringue-like, nearly-pillowy yellowish foam. It eventually settles down into a super-sheeting layer of foam.

Aromas are present but not especially amazing: orange peel, some dank, musty almost-funk, traces of pine.

Flavor is a touch skunky off the bat. Some biscuity malt but mainly aspirin-like bitterness. A touch of bitter orange peel as well. Not really all that well-put-together.

Mouthfeel is prickly and dry while at the same time managing a creaminess. Neat trick.

Overall, this one works well enough, I suppose, but it's far from one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:38:41 | More by charlzm
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled-on date in sight.

A: a brilliant orange/copper hue. bubbly, slightly off-white head. great retention. tons of lacing.

S: slightly floral, mostly malty. a little bit of apple juice. some orange juice too. nothing in your face, aroma-wise.

T: sweet and citrus. great blend of hops and caramel malt here. a little bit of bitter orange peel. a little bit of bubblegum too. not too shabby.

M: average/full carb. medium body.

D: a good IPA for sure, but nothing great. maybe this isn't as fresh as it should be, but LABEL YOUR bottles! I would love to know how old this was...otherwise drinkable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 13:47:16 | More by Jimmys
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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a sunny light orange to copper…very bright…thick, whitish head formed about a finger width thick and remained…transparent in nature, I can see some bubble action in the middle…a good lookin’ brew…(4.25/5)

Smell: Pineapple, orange citrus hops notes balanced with plenty of grassy/bready/barley malt aroma…some earthy hops spice bite, but very malty for an IPA overall…has a touch of cheap beer bitterness to it…some light floral tones in there as well…good, but not pungent…(3.5/5)

Taste: Earthy, piney, mildly robust hops up front and throughout…it really does run the garden as far as hops flavors go: earthy, piney, mildly citrus, mildly floral/herbal…earthy/grassy/bready/barley flavored malt that does compliment well and is noticeably different that the traditional sweet caramel malts most brewers are using in their IPA’s these days…the more I drink, the more the grassy/floral hops show and leave any piney/citrus hops flavor that may have been present earlier…something though for me is off…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation…fluffs up bringing light, grassy bitterness to the palate…has a cheaper beer (a cheaper beer with tremendous mouthfeel) taste when this happens, but it isn’t necessarily a turnoff…wet, smooth, mildly robust…tons of earthy/grassy bitterness on the palate in the after taste that lingers…the carbonation and bitterness are as expected, I just don’t prefer the grassy tinge that comes along…(3.25/5)

Overall: This is a good beer, but now that I’m reading the bottle, I know why I don’t necessarily find it to be a “great beer” and that’s the Northwest hops…I should have known that this was a NW IPA by the copper color, but the taste really is identifiable…there’s an earthy robustness to this beer that I do like but the addition of roses and bergamot have added a floral/grassiness that turns me off a bit…it’s definitely worth sticking in a mix-a-six for experimentation, but I would have a hard time finding room in my heart (and fridge) for an entire sixer…if you like the NW hops flavor, this one is for you, otherwise, venture elsewhere…(3.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 22:09:33 | More by SerialHiker
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dar482

New York

4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a wonderful cloudy amber color. Just a beautiful looking beer. There isn’t much head nor aroma. I smell some hops, but it’s gentle.

There are some grapefruit flavor in a fresh bright tickle. There’s that West Coast piney flavor that IPAs over there have.

There isn’t too much of a body and unfortunately, the flavor falls off the tongue all too fast. There’s a bit of bitterness at the end, but that’s it. It has some spot on West Coast IPA IPA flavors, but it lacks a bit of depth. I would surely love it to just session as you can keep going in for more. Then again, there's something about that, which so attractive.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 05:10:01 | More by dar482
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Mojo

Alabama

4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle -> Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This beer pours up an amazing clear deep gold with a very fluffy off white two finger head. Retention was unbelievable. I sipped this one and even an hour later there was still a visible head. Lacing rings stuck to the glass in beautiful ringlets. Nose is citrus, earthy pine, and resin. Taste is a powerful malt well balanced with a wonderful citrus hoppiness to finish. Mouthfeel is amazing with just the right amount of carbonation. This one needs to be sought out if you have never had it before.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 04:25:04 | More by Mojo
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AdamHart22

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - a nice coppery color. Lacing was light, white, a a touch foamy.

S - classic ipa. Citruis, grapefruit, little grass in there.

T - really nice hop/malt balance. The sweetness is there but kept at bay, and you get tht nice bite from the hops but its not unpleasantly piney like a new Sierra Nevada Pale is

M - best part of this beer. Substantial without getting heavy, piney, or syrupy. Finishes amazingly clean. Definitely easy to session this beer.

O - a great example of an American IPA. I got this as a single in a craft beer six pack mix and plan on looking for more of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 00:02:38 | More by AdamHart22
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Bright amber with a huge rocky white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Floral and grassy hops dominate with a little citrus and pine. Hints of caramel malt and grapefruit.

T - Juicy citrus and grapefruit combine with waves of grassy and piney hops. The hops lend a sharp mild bitterness that is balanced by a bready caramel malt backbone. Finishes earthy and grainy with a lingering breadiness.

M - Smooth, creamy, a bit sticky. Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Mild carbonation, dry finish.

O - A delicious, balanced IPA. Great hop presence throughout, with a strong malt backbone. This could easily become a go-to IPA for me. Alcohol is masked very well.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:11:20 | More by mooseo
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jb413

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a beautiful copper/caramel/orange with light orange on the edges. Nice inch and a half of rocky light tan head that shrinks moderately to a nice thin topper. Lace piles on down the tumbler.

S - Hop first nose smacks of floral goodness. Some caramel toasty malt as well but it's all about the hops on this one.

T - Nice juicy hops with various floral and herbal notes. Piney and resiny in the background. Malt underlies nicely with bread and caramel/toffee accents . Slightly bitter on the finish with a clean dry hop finish.

MF - Somewhere past medium bodied, nice carbonation, good finish.

A solid malt backbone with a great hop profile. Essentially a dry-hopped amber that does everything right.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:21:59 | More by jb413
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thierrynantes

France

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Souffleur de Bière, and tasted 2013.

Appearance : amber color, with white foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : hops, malty and caramel aromas
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and dry hoppy flavors, leading with nice bitter finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 18:08:05 | More by thierrynantes
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BenHesk12

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a thick, chunky head that sticks to the cup. Flavor is fine here, piney and quite bitter but with good balance, and a very well crafted soft mouth feel. Not an incredibly distinct IPA but a very good reproduction of the style. An any time solid choice at a bar or from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 07:13:05 | More by BenHesk12
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to a pint glass. There is a picture of a bear with antlers on my beer.

Pours a very vivid golden copper with a finger of foam. Mild carbonation, lacing isn't bad. Retention could be a bit better, though

Nose is pretty spot on for an ipa. Strong juicy hops, pine, grapefruit and some citrus with some sweet malts present. Although it smells pretty good, the smell is pretty muted and I have to really stick my nose into the glass to get a good scent. Not very pungent, the only fault I find with the aroma

Taste follows the nose pretty well, hops, pine, grapefruit, come together with a bready malt. Nice bitterness, great ipa taste.

Feel is nice also, crisp and medium bodied, nice tingle on the tongue. Rounded wet sticky finish

Overall a good west coast ipa. Not the best by any means, but definitely does the style justice. I pick a six pack of this up every now and again, never disappointed

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:36:05 | More by lordofstarside
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,273 ratings.