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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,618 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 104
Gots: 193 | FT: 1
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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive grapefruit aroma. Very dry bitter aftertaste, not solved by any food or drink. Rather grapefruity hoppy drink inbetween. Well carbonated, but rather one-dimensional and so-so IPA from what I have tried, American or British. Recommended for the hophead in your life.

Sammy, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hops. Taste is of bready malt and hops that lean toward the herbal side of the spectrum. A slightly metallic flavor comes out as well. There is a pretty assertive bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too special.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

djrn2, May 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber-ish color with plenty of head. Lots of lacing.

S: Piney hops with some citrus there as well. The hops are not completely overpowering, but definitely outdo the malts.

T: The malt comes out more in the taste with some caramel/toffee-type flavors, but this one is still dominated by the hops. A "balanced" West Coast IPA.

M: Pretty heavy for an IPA, although quite smooth.

D: Very drinkable. A little bit heavy, but oh-so-delicious.

Thorpe429, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev 0%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate amount of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of sweet malts. The smell becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced; the initial taste has some malty sweetness and notes of caramel while the finish has flavors of citrus from the hops along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because unlike other IPAs, the hops do not completely dominate the smell and taste.

metter98, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey colored body with a prodigious head that displays great retention and lacing

Smell: Mandarin orange citrus nose

Taste: A ton of hoppy bitter flavors without much of a malt backbone; extremely orange bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; the beer dries out the mouth and provides some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: A bit too one dimensional for my tastebuds; just too harsh for me

brentk56, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It took a little while to determine the color since the head was so gargantuan that the beer wasn't visible. Dusky, hazy orangish amber. The head is French vanilla in color, bordering on light tan, and is firm and extremely sticky. It looks like meringue and is leaving huge chunks of foam all over the glass.

The aroma doesn't leap out of the glass and assault me with hops (as was expected given the beer's reputation as a hophead's delight). The nose consists of somewhat citrusy, but primarily earthy hops. Upon tasting... this IPA is not a hop monster by any stretch of the imagination. The hoppiness is more herbal-earthy than it is citric fruity.

There's a solid malt backbone and not enough hoppiness. Butterscotch is also appreciated (which is definitely odd for the style), as is a flash of alcohol. The finish is medium in length and doesn't differ greatly from what preceded it. The mouthfeel is good, not great. It's firm without much creaminess.

After everything that I've heard about it, Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' is a minor letdown. Another West Coast citric hop bomb was expected... and wasn't delivered. Maybe I just don't care for Columbus hops, which this beer uses exclusively. Sorry, but it doesn't deserve its reputation as far as I'm concerned.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep copper ale with a nice big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is well balance with some light caramel malt. Taste is a mix between caramel malt and some bitter hops. Body is above average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this was a well made and very refreshing IPA but still taste quite similar to other staple of the style.

Phyl21ca, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-hued body with a two finger-high head of near white foam.

Smell: Fresh citrus zest, notably strong resinous pine, with some lesser floral tones. Some pale, caramel malts showing beyond the hop aromas.

Taste: Bready pale malts sweetened up with a handful of crushed sugar cookies. Floral hops, but also fairly, firmly resinous, with some tangerine oil included. Medium bitterness throughout. Leisurely bitter, resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid, basic American IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a bright hazy yellow color. The head with thick and white. The smell of hops flooded my nose with ease. The other aromas are citrusy and perhaps a touch of pine. The taste of the beer is good, The tropical citrus aromas carry over to the flavor nicely leaving a nice sweet and bitter finish to the beer. The mouthfeel has just a little bit of a bite to it. Overall I think this beer is pretty good and worth trying. I would choose this over a lot of other normal IPA's out there.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

oberon, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Lookin' for a new source o' hops recently, and my local TJ's provided me this li'l ditty. It pours a clear copper topped by nearly a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, mild caramel, and a pinch of cinnamon. I'm not sure why, but I find this aroma to be extremely inviting. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, orange rind, lemon peel, light cantaloupe, light watermelon, light caramel, very light greens, and that same tiny shaving of cinnamon. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, something I could easily see drinking pretty often.

TMoney2591, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -25%

largadeer, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of dertbert.

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/amber color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of hops!! Tons of hops! It had a citrusy smell and some malt aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter grassy hops. It had a burnt maltiness, too. A nice combo of bitter hops an toasty maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A little warmth from the alcohol. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very good IPA. I've only had 2 ANderson Valley products and both have been excellent.

zeff80, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this at a Yoke's supermarket in the Tri-Cities for the very decent (for we Canucks) price of $1.50. The label gave me a little cultural and linguistic education on the Anderson Valley in California.

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA produces a glassy, dark golden amber colour, with a rather puffy, foamy, and rocky creamy ecru head, which leaves some nice random webbed lacework around the glass as it lazily beats it outta town.

Upon first sniff, I get lots of floral and citrus rind hops in the aroma, with an almost sweet, balancing caramel maltiness muscling in. The taste is pastry-heavy malt right up front, with the citrus and pine hops coming at you soon after, enveloping the malt sweetness with a somewhat acrid zestiness.

This beer is smooth, with very sedate carbonation, and goes down much too quickly, especially given my lack of ability to get any more of it any time soon. Any alcohol warming is solely in my head, from having read the label, because it was well-hidden overall.

A well-crafted and balanced brew, with the hop-head quotient duly present, but not at all overbearing. Were that I could be Bahl Hornin' whenever I chose, but then there's always the impetus to travel.

biboergosum, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev 0%

SocalKicks, Feb 03, 2013
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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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