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Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Reviews: 1,217 | Ratings: 3,067
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold with hints of red, two finger pillowy tan head, lasts as a floating mushroom cap. Bits of lace form partial rings. Highly carbonated.
Very hoppy aroma, woody and citric, quite floral.
Lemon and orange rind taste, toasted malt, a buttery honey note.
Nice bitterness level, not too obscene. Medium feel, smooth with a bit of a bite.

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Photo of MobBarley
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is legend in Northern CA, so I picked some up for old times sake. Pours a rusty pumpkin color with a mysterious yeasty haze that suggests a formidable brew. The head is thick and resembles freshly whipped cream.

Hops dominates the nose up front, and there is some creamy honey-sweet maltiness lurking in the background. Complex smell for an IPA.

The taste is heavenly and as expected quite hoppy. Rindy hops dominate up front, with notes of pine, live hops, and bready yeast synchretising in the middle before a finish that combines citrusy sourness with fresh honey. A peristent bitterness clings to the roof of the mouth. A fine, fine IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, perhaps because of the lack of hops/malt balance. Could use more carbonation in my estimation, but refreshing still.

Drinkability here is lower than that for most IPAs because of the imposing ABV. However, it is worth drinking two for the taste alone. More of a sipping ale for a drinker of my ilk.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber poured from a scenic bottle that sports a horny bear. Interesting aroma. At first it reminded me of hints of nail polish remover. It was slightly medicinal in alchohol aroma with bold malt and floral hops mixing in the smells. Tastes of boald toasted malt with floral hop bite finishes with fruity (perhaps plum/raisin sweetness. Bold and full mouthfeel. This drinks well for one or two but not more in my book

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Photo of DESTRO
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

being a fan of the pale ale, i nabbed this in need of a hop fix. pours a clear amber with a patchy head. aromas of big citrus hops, piney ones too. some alcohol in the nose as well as some tea and a slightly medicinal note. basically it smells like a tough ass IPA. taste wise? it tastes like a tough ass IPA. big citrus hops, grapefruit, a good smack of alcohol, fruity and tart, i love it. smooth slick mouthfeel, just a well rounded big IPA. this maybe the king of west coast big hoppy brews IMO. good shwaithe.

$3.49 for a bomber.

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Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tarnished copper hue with an impressive sticky head. Huge citrus hop aroma with hints of toffee underlying. The first taste screams of bitter, citrusy hops with earthy undertones paired with a sufficient malt presence. This big brew makes a statement in the wide-world of California IPAs. The finish is thick and floral, unable to escape the raging hop presence that defines this ale.

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Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with a thick fluffy head. Nice floral hoppy aroma with fruit notes, Crystal? Very similar to Rogues Brutal Bitter. Flavor has good grainy malt blended well with lots of hops that really make this a bitter IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and wet. Finishes bitter that lingers. Nice retention.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Generally don't mention the bottle, but this one features a uniquely cool metallic purple border framing a pen-and-ink mountainscape, complete with a moose drinking from a reflecting pond--it's pretty neat.

A normal pour produces a thick tan head that lasts for a moderately long time.Very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Beer is a clear, glowing golden amber. Very nice.

Smell: Booming hops produce an array of floral and citrus notes, a great IPA aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderately high alcohol and hop oils blend with fine carbonation to produce a wonderful, tongue-coating mouthfeel--good stuff here. Malt and a bit of grain are beaten senseless by huge hop flavors. If you're a hop lover, you'll love this one.

Drinkability: At 7%, a bit hefty for a session beer. Still, I'd be willing to give it a shot. This is terrifically satisfying, substantial IPA. Definitely one of the better IPAs out there, it's awesome.

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Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy copper with a great deal of head that lasted...left nice lacing too...

Aroma was of citrus and malt...

Taste...citrusy hops mixed nicely with some malty flavor...dry throughout...ends slightly bitter...

Mouthfeel is nice and filling...

Drinkability...very good...i could drink many of these in a sitting

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Photo of pezoids
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured out a nice amber orange color with a pretty creamy and dense white head. Slightly hazed. Nice lemony citrus hop aroma. There’s some sweet malt in the body, but the hop bitterness makes the beer dry. This reminds me of a lighter bodied Hop Devil. It’s very tasty and is highly drinkable. I detect some sweet apples and a pleasant fruitiness. There’s also an oaky, woody character hiding in there, too. Finishes dry with a tang of grapefruit. I really like this beer.

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Photo of winomark
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep copper hue with a thick foamy head.

Aroma: Nice hop spiciness. Citrus notes also. A hophead's delight.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness. Malt in the background. Quite dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Coating upfront, wht good hoppiness. Somewhat short on the finish, IMO.

Drinkability: Easy-drinking IPA, with good balance. Will definitaly try again.

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Photo of soilguy
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hophead alert! Let me start by saying that the IPA is one of my favorite styles, but this is a beer that I found to be totally dominated by hops. I strained to attempt to detect some hint of malt or even alchohol peeking through, but the aggressive hops squashed all attempts. While this type of beer may be appealing to some, I found it to be just too one-sided. It had a very pleasant grassy-citrusy aroma, and the hop flavor itself was not unpleasant. It should be labeled a "hop tea", and not a beer. Malt, where are you?

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Photo of Lafe
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer revealed a beautiful amber and exceptionally clear beer. The aroma immediately assaulted my sinuses, and I breathed in a heady PNW hop bouquet. The pour left a quarter-inch, tight, white head.

Upon tasting, I notice a strong spicy/citrusy character from the hops firmly backed with a sweet malt profile. The mouthfeel is heavier than expected in an IPA, almost leaving a "coated" feeling on the tongue. The after-taste is predictably bitter and surprising in its lack of harshness. The head dissapated rather quickly, leaving only a tracing of lace on the glass, but the beautiful amber color kept up appearances.

Over all, I would say that this is only a session beer for hop heads, but that any serious beer drinker should give this beer a try, as it is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of daledeee
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bear with antlers, oh this oughta' be good. Pours a beautiful dark amber or copper. Beautiful head. The head lasted through the whole beer. Hoppy and malty nose. Taste comes across as strong grapefruit and a hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good leaves a thick coating feeling on the tongue. Very heavy bodied. Strong alchohol content. This is a fine beer. I would say this is a one at a time beer though. One of the finest American IPAs.

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Photo of oldgrowth
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper color. Small head. Dissappeared quickly. Hints of vanilla, carmel, floral. Kinda medicine scent. Took a while to come through, little stronger as it warmed up. Wicked bitter, green hops and honey. Clean crisp in mouth. Drinkable, though very one dimensional. Would hardly call it "Complex" as the label does. I like bitter, but I would bring up the malts some.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hop Ottin' has a translucent amber color with a foamy, sticky whitish head. Decent lacing and pretty durable.
Smell was pretty typical for a West Coast IPA, mild caramel with strong floral and pine notes.
Taste was a pretty one-sided affair with a strong citrusy grapefruit taste to lead off. As it hits the back of the palate there's a powerful piney bitterness that lingers well after you've swallowed it.
Feel was medium-bodied, smooth and slick.
Hop Ottin' is just too bitter for my taste. I really can't put it any plainer than that. Maybe this would have rated higher if I'd had it before Hop Devil, but I doubt it. I'll leave Hop Ottin' for the hopheads out there.

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Photo of mydeadguy
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny clear orange brown with golden tints and carbonation throughout. Golden yellow beautiful foamy head that sticks slightly to the glass on the way down. Decidedly floral hop nose upfront and lightly malty sweet. Clean tasting, no holds barred IPA, classic tasting really, with firm hops bitterness in the finish.

This really opens up in your mouth, honey, more malt and, of course, more hops. Mouthfeel is meduim bodied, slick, slightly oily. Reminds me of Ipswich or Harpoon IPAs, classic, this is a little more assertive though. Drinkable, but at 10$ a sixer in Boston, I feel I'll probably save this for special occasions, and support the locals.

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Photo of Mustard
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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%
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 +3.3%
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 +10.8%
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 +8.3%
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 +6%
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 +7.8%
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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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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