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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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1,199 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,199
Hads: 2,986
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 149
Gots: 421 | 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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Reviews: 1,199 | Hads: 2,986
Photo of Mustard
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle; no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.17 per single from Trader Joe's

To quote the back label: " Hop Ottin' starts with a strong floral aroma, which winds into a deep and complex body. In an intriguing balance, honey-drenched malts coat rich hop undertones."

Appearance: Pours a comely, reddish amber; slightly hazy; two-fingered, cream-colored head; a c-cup's worth of lace; respectable head retention.

Aroma: Hate to disagree with the beer's own label, but my perceptions were largely of thick, caramel malts and grapefruit.

Taste: Not what I expected from the nose, or the label; firm, biscuity malt backbone; not sweet in the least; thick, aggressive hop bitterness; heavily floral; faintly spicy with hints of citrus and pine; medium-bodied; somewhat oily mouthfeel.

Notes: Mustard's no hop-head, but he tips his hat to this Boontling IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a amber color with a real nice creamy head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma zesty with some honey tones along with a light caramel note.Taste is packed with hops for sure citruisy and a little fruity with a light malt backbone.Iam not a hophead but I do fully appreciate the craftmanship in this one.

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Photo of palliko
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely looking beer: deep amber color and a large creamy head. The aroma is powerful: take your pick - spicy or floral or grapefruit. Hops galore!! Some malty undertones. There is an initial sweetness, then - LOOK OUT BELOW! More hops than any beer I have ever tasted followed by a bitter finish fit to raise the dead. But don't be frightened: the palate is excellent, the body medium, just the right amount of carbonation. Hop lovers will be in hop heaven!

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Photo of edchicma
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...an excellent hoppy brew...dull copper in appearance with a nice lacing quality. This offering has a beautiful head and a nice hoppy essence, with what seemed to be a touch of grapefruit. Taste was initially smooth , then the hops kicked in with a sharp bitterness than slowly dissipated in the aftertatse...an excellent choice for hop heads! Drinkability was very easy for the alcohol content...Gives Victory Hop Devil a run for its money in my opinion.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok last of the four I got tonight..more slang..i just have to! "Hop Ottin' bites like a can-kicky blue tail"..yessireee Bob!
Great looking beer when poured..light crystal clear brown with again a nice sized frothy head..
wow a kick ass aroma..of mostly very pronounced hops but some malts too.very 'spicy"!
This has a slighly chocolaty feel to the immense bitterness that invades the taste buds half way through each sip..strange yet exhilarating...slight mineral flavour then another hop bitter bite at the end.
Very nice on the palte..smooth and long lasting.
Very drinkable IPA among the best of the West coast IPAS.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with two fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is packed full of citrus and floral hops. An almost typical IPA smell. The taste is packed full of hops! This is even hoppier than 90 minute dare I say. There is some grapefruit and bread in the background. The mouthfeel is fairly strong and heavy. The drinkability is also pretty good for 7%. A hop lover's delight!

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Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a highly murky very ruddy color, call it a very deep amber. Had a big off-white foam head, retained well, some thin lacing, and thin horizontal strings of stain.

Smells of big grapefruit and pine scents, though lightly dry and chalky in nature, and almost cannabis scent. Occassional floral scents wafted in the background. Very good aromas but have had more inviting versions.

Taste was of high-alpha hops right away, but was balanced with an equal start of very sweet flavors. In fact, a nice and sizable malt covered in honey, alongside also some grapefruit flavor. These linger for a quick second before the hops completely takeover: a strong mix of big citric, earthy, and almost chalky bitterness, fairly drying but leaving some juiciness behind to tempt me. I could feel the alcohol a little. Finish was quite peppery; hard to tell if it’s the hops or the alcohol. Those hops do go on and on for sometime after you drink... Had a good moderate bodied mouthfeel, smooth and slick, very much aiding the drinkability by balancing the damning finish.

Still, it is nice to have one of these every once in awhile to smack your tastebuds around. A good beer to start and end the summer drinking season with, or to remind you of summer in more dreary times.

ON A second thought many months later, this beer is delicious unadultarated hop oils. Damn, it grows on you mighty hard.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a wonderful hop aroma, a floral - grassy - resinous character to it. A nice amber color with a slight chill haze. Medium body with a hoppiness up front, followed by a malty sweetness. A resinous quality to the hop flavors as well as other notes of grapefruit peel. This beer finishes quite bitter. There is lots of flavor in this beer.

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Photo of taez555
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slighty hazy amber orange body with a rather thick off white fluffy head.

The nose was totally citrus hop. Some touches of butter and caramel. A slight backwoods kind of smell. Not so much smoke, just a little earthy. But basically, grapefruit and citrus peel all the way.

The taste was very full bodied and extremely bitter. Almost a slight metalic bitterness. Very harsh grapefruit, citrus peel flavor. It actually starts smooth and slightly hoppy then it has this soft caramel malt touch, but then there's just this HUGE citrus peel punch. The thing is it really takes it time to go through these stages. A very slow smooth transitition through the flavors. Very cool.

Overall it's a Hop Head's dream. This beer holds nothing back. Great super hoppy IPA.

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Photo of beerinator
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Auburn brownish clear color. Bit of an off-white head, adequate head retention.

Aroma: Very sharp earthy hop aroma. Slight bit of citrus peeking throught the floral piney notes of the hops. Strong hoppy aroma.

Taste: Nice big mouthfeel, sweet upfront with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Earthy bitterness, with a sharp acrid bitterness in the middle of the tongue that lingers till the very end.

Notes: Very good beer if you like hard core bitter beers. Not too terribly balanced, leaning toward the bitter end on the IPA scale.

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Photo of freed
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle, poured into a pint. Wonderfully clear copper hue with an amazing head with persisted through the entire beer. Nice lacing down the glass. Smell is somewhat more grassy than floral, and almost last bale-ish. Taste is very nice though, abundant malt reminds of a british bitter, but a sharp bitter wrap that is decidedly NW style IPA. Significant bitterness in the body that dries the saliva glands and requires more whetting.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The color was amber, with good head retention. The smell was hoppy, with hints of the citrus an IPA should have. The taste was mostly of the citrusy hoppy flavor, although there was a nice malt backing (not just hops for the sake of hops). The mouthfeel was quite smooth. Drinkability-wise, one I'd have quite a few of!

Another good West Coast IPA, and good on its own merits, not just hops tossed in to raise the IBU to insane levels. Just more proof that interesting beer can come in a fairly bland label!

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Photo of dmarch
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light copper with a fluffy white head. The hops give it a citrusy, grapefruit aroma. The taste is bitter and citrusy, not much as far as malt character. Of course lack of malt is a small price to pay for the wonderful hop character. This is a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of alexgash
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 26 January 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer has a nice floral aroma, w/ an amber color. It's very hoppy. For me, it's a bit too hoppy. It's good, but not as good as Stone IPA , 2 Heart or Victory Hop Devil

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Photo of hotstuff
2.1/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a white head with small-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished. The hue of this beer was amber and there was some yeast observed. The nose of this beer was fruity. I found this beer to be very bitter tasting which is not to my liking and it is not a beer high on my list that's for sure.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright ruby red color, small white head.
Aroma: big, fruity nose (cherry,berry, grape, citrus, grapefruit, more) lively and inviting, a bit bitter but not too.
Mmmmmm! Thrilling blitz of fruity hops dazzle the tongue, rich, delicious taste, hops fade after a bit, malt makes it's mark but doesn't come to the fore.
Taste returns sip after sip, hop never quit either, yummy finish.
As an IPA lover, I count this among the best of them!
thanks to marc77 for sending it along .

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found my notes from the 2003 San Diego Real Ale Fest hosted at Pizza Port. I misplaced them and I thought I was not going to be able to review this ale in its prefered state.

Again, this is my favorite IPA out of the bottle so far. On cask, oh man, a few subtle additions and I still can't get enough of this ale.

The appearance was slightly more amber than out of the bottle. A nice tight head at the start. The lacing lasted until the end. The scents took on a slightly richer citrus rind quality. No additional sweetness though.

The flavors balanced the malts to the hops more than in the bottle. A great beverage. Its drinkability is better than 5.0 when from the cask. The ale took on a bitter smoothness that went down easy. The textures and flavors fell together like 1, 2, 3.

For hop heads the bottle is great! The cask is phenomenal! I can't wait until next year.

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Photo of MJR
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale copper with golden edges. The body is perfectly clear, almost abnormally (Abby Normal?!?) clear... A foamy tan head starts out huge and slowly shrinks down to a thick cap, with lots of fantastic lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rough and ragged with tons of Columbus goodness. The hop smell is very flowery with a touch of grapefruit. A hint of malt cleverly hides underneath the hops.

Taste: The flavor is hops, hops, and more hops. Flowery, grapefruit rind-soaked hops run ragged over the poor malt, offsetting the balance. The malts barely even make an appearance, showing up with a slight malty, fruity sweetness, but are thrown off the stage by the Columbus hops. Finishes bitter with a slighty burnt character. I think it's a bit one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension to be stuck in.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. There's a brief swipe of alcohol towards the end that serves to cleanse the palate.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is an extremely solid IPA. I'd like to see a bit of Chinook or Centennial thrown in as a dry-hop to give a bit more complexity, but it's still a damn good brew.

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Photo of TheDM
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Initial pour formed a nice head of small to medium, bubbles in a white head that slowly but surely decreased in size. It has a nice amber brown colored body with some yeast floating in it. Its aroma was just tolerable and smelled a bit off. Its taste was initially not to my liking with a taste of clove and bitterness and with a aftertaste that I did not prefer. All in all not a brew I would recommend.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine example of a well balanced IPA without going overboard i.e. Dreadnaught. Hop Ottin' poured a foggy dark amber with a sizable, fluffy, off-white head with many vallys and crags and delicate lace. The head retention itself was very long lasting. The smell was ridden grapefruit competing with a syrup/honey malt flavor, which was interesting considering the style. The taste was very bitter in the front with plenty of hops(my guess is a little bit of Chinook and plenty of Cascade, perhaps visa versa), There was also a little bit of malts(The smell being the place where the most malts appear), but this beer really showcases a very well rounded hop character. The mouthfeel was full and creamy without too much carbonation. Nothing from the beer could have indicated that this was 7% ABV until it had reached almost the bottom where some serious alcohol flavors kicked in, which is both nice and dangerous. Wonderful effort from Anderson Vally, too bad its so expensive.

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Photo of BigHead
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber orange brew with an off-white head that is about 1/4" thick. A floral hoppy aroma is welcoming along with hints of lemon and honey. Boy, this is a hoppy beer, not that I have a problem with that, it's just that it is more bitter than I care for. Leaves a metallic finish and so far, no showing of the honeysoaked malts as mentioned on the bottle. There is some lemon zing, it just feels like lemon juice squeezed from those little plastic lemons. I guess I want more malt flavor to balance the hop flavor a little. The floral hops dominate, just not the hop flavor I am used to, I guess. Not bad, but I prefer Stone's IPA. The bite does mellow a little further along.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is floral and spicy. A Very hoppy IPA. Nice malts flavor. A medium bodied IPA. Nice flavor. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean, very smooth. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of drewbage
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask at the 2003 San Diego Real Ale Festival

This might be one of the most surprising beers at the SD Real Ale Festival. Normally, this beer is one that screams with the hops. However, the cask conditioning really brought out the malt.

The brew presents a sandalwood hop and malt aroma. Piney hops start the flavor, but quickly fade out to a caramel malt body that holds off the onslaught of the finishing hops.

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Photo of far333
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with a huge orangey, frothy head that leaves crusty peaks like meringue as it dissipates. Aroma is of hop, citrus, and pine. The taste is a quick hops kick, plus a sharp lemon flavor, reminiscent of Pledge. Crisp and creamy mouthfeel, and here comes that Pledge again. Sharp lemon flavor stabs at the back of the throat. The hops is overpowered by the lemon. Better for polishing furniture than for drinking.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.