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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 2277
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)
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Photo of Bosazga


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
Photo of GoalieRon33


4.55/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 16:52:56 | More by GoalieRon33
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pint, in Valhalla, New York on 18 Jan 2013.

Light amber towards golden in colour: small white foaming head.

This is one of those 'over-hopped' IPA's that the US West Coast brewers seem to like to produce. I quite enjoy them because we don't see the style in the UK very often.

Citrus and spicy hop notes rule the nose and taste, the malts undetectable by me. Bitter and with a dry finish, you know it's coming but it is still a shock after each sip or gulp.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 15:13:46 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of micromaniac129


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was disappointed with this selection at the Jamison pour house.
It was very fragrant with fresh hops
Looked okay but alittle flat and the taste had a cloying bite that was a turn off. Not much in way of hops. Malty with a slight toasted taste.
I don't think it was a tap issue perhaps just old.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 17:33:55 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of mxchap


3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber (almost exactly like a Bass). Surprisingly creamy head.
Aroma: Fairly subtle hop aroma (citrusy). Bit of pale malt.
Taste: Somewhat bitter, mostly citrus flavor (cascade and centennial?). Somewhat stale taste
at the end.
Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation and resin from hops.
Overall: Middle of the road IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 21:12:13 | More by mxchap
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at National.

Appearance- Pours a light amber with a finger width of foamy bubbly head. Nice lacing left on pint glass.

Smell- Piney hops, citrus, grapefruit, caramalts.

Taste- Moderate piney hops upfront followed by the citrus, grapefruit and caramalts. A nice moderate bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An enjoyable American IPA. Everything in this brew was spot on but for me I would have liked more bitterness in the taste (this is my own preference). This is a great beer to see where you stand with the style. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 00:21:21 | More by leaddog
Photo of TheRealBigC


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

Hop Ottin's a ridiculously smooth IPA. I didn't know that an IPA could be this smooth. It's got some caramel, bread and toffee flavors which somehow work OK with the hop power. The hops and a little pine come through in the nose and it's interesting how they lay pretty mellow upon sipping. Really great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 00:39:08 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of pmlato


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft in pint glass, pours a deep tawny amber, very clear with a decent bit of lacing and a thin sudsy foam on top. Not a strong aroma, unlike so many IPAS. This turns out to be the strong part of the beer. The malt is slightly sweet but firm, creating a smooth mouthfeel and swallow. The hops wrap around the malt, enhancing it but not overpowering. Tastes great and finishes extremely smooth, a great balanced IPAED, especially in these days as overhopped and overhyped IPAS seem to be the norm. A smooth, well balanced, and tasty IPA, great even if you're not in a hop mood(I wasn't). This is what IPAs should be, prominent flavor profiles that are still easily quafable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 22:59:14 | More by pmlato
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass here at the bar.

Appearance: your normal darker amber, has an off-white head rising to a fingers length.

Smell: weak grapefruit scent but stronger hops don't know how to judge it.

Taste: complex bitterness with floral grapefruit and slightly crete which is a first in the IPA category.

Mouth: medium to heavy, very sticky after taste and I love it.

Overall: Jesus after reviewing one of my favorite American IPAs it's hard to drop the hammer on this one, one thing I could tell you is that you can't and will not be disappointed. I mean I love IPA and this beer is calling for round 2 because it please me that MUCH. Take your chance if you could fInd, Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 00:26:16 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of Brewmeist


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

Experienced on tap into basic pint. Pours a golden amber crystal with average head average lacing. Tasting a hint of apricot and a nose of piney and carmely citrusness. Gentle on the pallette, with little hop astringency. Not aggressive as an ipa, very drinkable with a balanced sweet and bitterness. Drinkablity of a session ale. Very nice offering from AV.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 20:03:54 | More by Brewmeist
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper orange color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light dry citrus and a bit of earthiness. This IPA smells as if it will be on the dry side. The flavor profile confirms what I expected... this IPA is definitely on the dry side, with some nice bitterness, a hint of fruit from the light malt, a touch of sandlewood, and an underlying grain flavor. The beer finishes very well, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I pick up no heat whatsoever from the alcohol.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is still a very easy to take IPA from Anderson Valley.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 18:49:41 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5 0z flight pour at Yard House San Diego.

Darkish amber with nice lacing. The aroma is wonderfully hoppy, citrus and piney notes filling the nose. The flavor delivers, nicely balanced and not too bitter. Really stood out against the other IPA in the flight (Alaskan). Really good IPA I would come back to again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 22:14:23 | More by kenito799
Photo of smibroncos

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a slightly cloudy, amber to copper color with. Nice frothy two finger off white lasting head. Ample lacing cling to the glass.

S. Floral hops, fresh cut grass, fruits

T. Sweet malty caramel, then the bitterness hits the tongue. Citrus and spicy, long lasting and very flavorfull.

M. Medium to fullbodied. Decent carbonation, and a great duration.

D. Oh yeah a spot on IPA. Delicious, I believe I will try another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 20:20:26 | More by smibroncos
Photo of BARFLYB


3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Memphis and Cumberland in the streets of Philadelphia.

A- GOlden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards but not much stick.

S- For a fresh IPA (I asked the bartender whom I trust) this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.

T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.

M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?

D- I drank it quick because it was not doing anything for me, I did not care for it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 23:47:03 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of DNICE555


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

On tap at the dirty truth with Zapps, Jlynn, and Cpie.

A - Orangey amber body with a generous white head and lacing.

S - Citrus, Pine, Floral, Bready notes.

T - Love the citrus and pine hops notes. Malt backbone to balance this one out.

M - Medium carbonation and bitterness. Feels smooth. Was able to dominate this pint after a Yeti, Green flash imperial ipa, and a Sierra Nevada almond marzen on tap.

D - First one from this brewery. Would love to try some more. Very solid.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 02:42:40 | More by DNICE555
Photo of david18

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reviewed this in the bottle and said:

In spite of this beer's strength it's actually a very drinkable ipa. great hop aroma, good color, excellent drinkability and available in 12 ounce bottles. I think this is one of the standards for india pale ale and a good one to have on hand if it's available where you are.

The draft version is as good I guess but maybe not as outstanding. Really another IPA, good but not outstanding. I've been drinking it a bit while it's on draft at the Amsterdam Ale House and will probably continue to do so.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 19:33:22 | More by david18
Photo of boss302


4.53/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 00:57:44 | More by boss302
Photo of beertunes


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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a bright, clean, clear coppery amber color with an inch of light tan head that good retention and lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose, nice citrus notes with some pine. The taste is very similar just bolder, lots of hops built upon a foundation of malt.

Body is full and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a beer this hoppy. Having several is enjoyable and easy with this beer.

Overall, this is one of my favorite regular, go-to IPAs. Worth your time and worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 22:16:22 | More by beertunes
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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

Big dark amber, brown almost pour. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is a wet hop grass floral type.

Big malt bill, heavily roasted for an ipa with grapefruit resin type of hop character. They don't make too many of ipas like this anymore. A great dry finish on tap. Big difference comparing this beer in the bottle v. tap. Bottle feels woodier. Tap feels crisper, hoppier.

Drinkability suffers from continued price increases every year for this stuff for some reason. No bottle dating either. Score continues to trend downward. . .

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 17:52:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, dark orange color, chill haze, thin white head. Smells like a cousin of Big Foot, strong malt balance with loads of citrus. The taste is likewise almost barley-wine like. The caramel malts are strong with this one, too strong. Some bitterness in the aftertaste but overall too sweet for my preference in this style. Reasonable carbonation, mouthfeel was OK, but the flavors were not a win for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 03:06:46 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of sictyrannis


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap, served in a pint glass:

Pours a deep, copper color with amber tints. Nice, 2 finger foam head that dissipates to leave a nice lace on the glass.

The best aspect of the beer was how great it smelled. Extremely floral, a great pine smell, and lots of citrus, with a malty backbone. I even held it up to my nose for a while to savor the smell a bunch.

This seems like a pretty average IPA taste-wise, with extra bitterness up front and not much on the backend. The flavor was not very complex--just hoppy bitterness with a weaker pine finish. There wasn't much else to the flavor structure, and although I enjoy my IPAs, I enjoy a bit more complexity and a more bitter/clean aftertaste.

This beer was not carbonated enough and felt like water. Very light-bodied, if you are into that.

I could go for another, but with all the other IPAs around, I'd probably grab one of those beforehand.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 08:32:20 | More by sictyrannis
Photo of womencantsail


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

On tap at Heroe's in Fullerton.

A: Hop Ottin' pours a light golden color with a small white foam which leaves excellent lacing on the pint glass.

S: The nose was what you generally look and hope for in an IPA. Lots of floral, pine, and grapefuit hop aromas with a mild malt scent to give some semblance of balance.

T: This is an incredibly bitter IPA. Absolutely tons of resinous pine flavor and very mild on the citrus front. The slight malt aroma does not translate to the palate.

M: Despite the lack of malt character, there is a stickiness about this beer. Moderate carbonation helps out with the incredible bitterness.

D: Being a hophead, this beer is absolutely delicious to me. However, this would be overwhelmingly bitter to many people. The alcohol is not very present, so if you enjoy that intense pine taste, this is a very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2009 19:49:02 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Florida9


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

A: Served in a pint glass with two fingers of off-white, slightly orange tinted head. Wife describes the color as "cooked pumpkin" which I wouldn't have ever thought of, but would also find as an apt description.

S: Extremely floral hops.

T: Very sweet pale malts intermixed with floral hops. There is a mix of light spice and bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation. Interesting interplay between the malty sweetness which coats the tongue and the hop bitterness on the outside of the mouth.

D: A nice, flavorful IPA. Definitely preferable on tap, though the malty sweetness is too much for me. Could drink one of these at a time and would need something to offset the sweetness before I could continue. Overall, a quality beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 02:00:27 | More by Florida9
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber/orange, with a nice thick head. Nice carbo look too.

S: Nice bouquet of floral hop citrus, as well as malt earthiness. Great balance.

T: Almost identical to the nose. Picked up hints of grapefruit as well as caramel and wood. Very nice, but not overpowering mix of flavor.

M: Nice carbo medium body. Very pleasant on the palate.

D: A nice session IPA. I blinked and I had already drunk 3 pints.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 00:58:39 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA...on tap at Hop Devil Grill.

Appearance-orange gold with a decent dense head, lots of carbonation, big bubbled as well.

Smell-citrus hop, spicy malt, alcohol, pine and grassy scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hmmm, a medium level of pine hoppiness up front, biscuit malt flavor as well, heavy flavors but balances well.

Drinkability-I could see this as an ok slow drinking IPA.

Overall-a good IPA, not a standout but it does everything better than ok. I would drink this definitely.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 23:54:24 | More by TheDeuce
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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.