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Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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very good
1,218 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,218
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3,082
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.3%
 
 
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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
BEER INFO

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: 1,218 | Ratings: 3,082
Photo of BKRaiderAce
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An average pour and aroma mask a refreshing, crisp IPA. If you're looking for the bitterest beer around look elsewhere. If you're looking for an incredibly drinkable beer this isn't a bad choice.

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Photo of jclovebrew
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber color with an ever so slight haze. Initial head subsides fairly quickly, but a thin foam layer persists for the duration of the glass. Leaves a little lacing around the glass. Aroma is a hop bouquet. Taste is dry and bitter with a crisp floral finish. Lives up to the expection of being a hophead beer. Mouthfeel is soft and agreeably so, as tangy co2 bubbles would interfere with the hop appreciation. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of board45
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Hopheads this one might be a daily drinker for you. This warm amber w/ a red hugh beer has a large laceing head to it. The smell of this beer isnt to strong though you can almost taste the fruity hops. The taste isnt overly powering of hops, but starts and it dosnt release that pine till the end. It is there and strong, and it lasts. Orange is present in the middle and finishes with some malt and pine. Be body is thin though full. Thin texture but a full flavor. This is a great every day drinker for hopheads. Wish i could get case loads of this just to have around. Thanks Anderson Valley for leaving me with a great first impression.

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Photo of FocusDave
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can (gasp) into a tulip.

A - Deep amber with about a finger of creamy light tan head. Sporadic lacing down the glass.

S - Floral and citrusy hops. I thought it would be a little more in your face (or nose), though.

T - Bitter earthy hops, but well balanced and a bright finish.

M - Full bodied up front but finishes clean and dry like an IPA should.

O - Whereas some west coast IPAs go for nothing but hop flavor and aroma, this is really well balanced while still maintaining the signature floral hop notes.

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

Anderson Valley's Hop 'Ottin has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This IPA is great in every way. It pours a golden yellowish-orange and is quite creamy for a beer of this style. A thick off-white head foams up quickly and the nose is a potpourri of hops and citrus. The hop leaf bites the tongue as you take the first sip. It's followed by a pine and orange-like surge that flows smoothly out of the glass. As this beer warms the citrus characteristics become a little more pronouced. I have to reiterate the fact that this beer is very hoppy and will please hop heads alike.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a bag of Snyders Jalapeno Pretzel bites.

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Photo of ihscout426
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours with almost no head and has a color of weak tea. The aroma is soft, nothing overpowering or taking command. Sublte brtish style hop profile.

Same for the taste; british hops and some flowery esters. There is a sweetness to this one but not a malty sweetness.

Mouhfeel is thin but not watery.

Overall this beer is subtle (maybe I have grown acustomed to hop bombs, so my palate could be looking for something that should not be there) and thus just not memorable. No complaints.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - light reddish amber; two full fingers of foamy, light orange head that falls to a thin cover quickly but leaves some a good amount of lacing down the glass

s - at first an almost skunky odor, which fades quickly and is replaced by lots of grapefruit and orange, some herbs, not a ton else (but hey, I've got allergies so, you know)

t - lots of everything. kind of like a slightly lesser version of Southern Tier Hoppe with a bunch of fruity citrus flavors, a huge dose of malty sweetness, and a lot of bitterness that's maybe a little more herbal and a little less piney than I usually drink. there's also some kind of weird malt flavor accompanying it that I guess I'd call bready.

m - carbonation isn't too heavy, and makes for a satisfying mouthful

d - I've had other IPAs and DIPAs with this kind of flavor, and there's something that doesn't quite work for me. Part of it's the more herbal hop character, part of it's the higher sugar content interacting with the herb flavors, and part of it's that weird malt flavor I described. Worth trying, but I won't buy another bottle.

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Photo of nastley3
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured this beer from a bottle that has been sitting in the basement for a while. Possibly because of this, the head retention is poor. None the less the glass is laced nicely.

S: Hoppy, piney smell. Very good.

T: Very dry, flavorful ipa. I taste more of a piney flavor and less of a fruity flavor.

M: Very dry, medium carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Solid IPA that is worth having. I live on the east coast but hope to try this on tap when I get the chance.

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Photo of missingsense
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear medium amber w/ a frothy head that forms great lacing. Steady stream of small bubbles keeps the head pretty thick throughout.

S: Floral hops and a berry-like sweetness. Very nice balance.

T: Rounded fruit and toast malt sweetness up front with some hints of honey and strawberry. Finishes with a nice, spicy hop kick that sticks around for a while with a mild bitterness. Flavors are very balanced. Feel is between medium and full-bodied, with a slight oily slickness on the tongue. The alcohol is hidden very well.

D: In spite of its above average hoppiness, it's not too bitter or drying in the finish and I could probably have a couple in one sitting. It does have a strong enough flavor to allow you to sip on it for a while, though.

This is standby IPA that I often have in my fridge, as it relatively cheap and fresh here in L.A. A great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Lungman
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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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 variousartists
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Unbelievable! If you like hoppy beers, you have to try this.

Appearance: Nice. Quite attractive and sticks to the mug. Consistent almost amber hue.

Smell: Hmmm... can I drink it now. Sweet, hoppy aroma.

Taste: As the name implies, this is all hops. Yet it is not so overwhelming that it affects the complexity. Malt flavor is still distinguishable and pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Good body, good carbonation, good everything.

Drinkability: Addictive. Better with each drink.

Personally I prefer this over Stone, but this one and Stone are top two IPA's in my book. A must try.

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Photo of martymoat
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours clear with an apricot brownish color looks like honey with loads
of carbonation bubbles shooting to the top even well after I poured. Had
small head after poor but quickly dissipates. I could smell the hops
right after I uncapped the bottle “this one is going to be good"

S. Floral and fruity, all I smell is hops, smells heavily dry hopped
with lingering sweetness after you get through the hops.

T. Freaking hops all up in this mofo. Followed by a slight honey after
tasted and some toasted flavors

M. Medium in body, this beer has the mouth feel that there are hop
pellets crushed in it mixed in with the beer , slight dry aftertaste.

This is a great beer it is hopped to high hell, after one however you may
want to move onto something a little lighter.

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Photo of hermesch
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep amber, with a thick head that sustains throughout the quaff. Heavy lacing. A beautiful beer.

Smell: Piney hops and citrus, followed by a strong floral bouquet.

Taste: Similar to its smell, the heavy hops and citrus show up first and are gradually backed and finished by the floral flavor. Very complex for an IPA, I thought, and quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy and syrupy.

Drinkability: This is a tasty, highly involving IPA, and for that reason I can't see having more than two in a sitting.

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Photo of Mic-Lee
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with attractive dense foamy head. Smells sweet and malty. Flavor is filled with hops with berry esters. Seafood. Well carbonated leads to a medium-light mouthfeel. Slightly boozy with medium bitterness on the middle of the tongue.

Overall: I was nervous upon the smell of this IPA that it would be syrupy and sweet, my least favorite characteristics of an IPA. It was indeed sweeter than I like, but the lightness of it made it more tolerable. I appreciate the strength of the hops in this one, but the overwhelming sweetness of the malts make it one I will not be picking up again.

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

Pours clear copper in color. Nice head with good retention and lacing. Smells of floral hops and a hint of grapes -- I considered that the grape aroma could be subliminal from the grape-purple color on the label, but no, it's there. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. A lot of tastes going on -- sharp and big on the hops, but complex. Tasty.

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

12 ounce bottle, no freshness date.

pours a nice gold/copperish color with a two-finger fluffy offwhite head.

smells of hops, some other flowers, maybe citrus, almost no malt.

tastes more malty than it smells, but balanced well by the greenery/citrus flavors. great overall balance.

mouthfeel is medium-body that keeps carbonation fairly well.

a very good overall IPA for any occasion.

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Photo of Brewmeist
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of fauxpunker
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap/Growler. Deep copper with persistent, thin, off-white head that fades away. Nothing fancy here. Just a straightforward, grab you by the taste buds IPA. Good hop aroma, a faint hint of malt, and plenty of hop flavor. A little grapefruit taste in the bitterness. Solid example for the style.

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

Serving Type: 12oz bottle served at 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Huge head and awesome lace. The head lasts an lasts.

Smell: A bouquet of spring flowers and green leaves. A smooth hop scent.

Taste: A smooth balanced maltiness overthrown by the super hoppiness. More complex than most IPAs.
Pine, citrus, and complex hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body tangy and refreshing.

Drinkability: A great IPA easy to drink yet uniquely complex. Buy this one by the case you wont regret it.

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Photo of Hopalong29
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wifey hooked me up with an assortment last night so this is the first to try.
Definite upper level IPA with all the characteristics found in quality IPA's.
Not as hoppy or citrus aftertaste I prefer, but definitely fits this criteria.
Bitter but not mouth puckering.
Will put this on the won't let you down list.

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

I think this IPA oversteps the original recipe by quite a bit in the hop department, it does however rank up there with best of the modern IPA's.

Starts out with a huge rocky head which lasts and lasts. The aroma is all hops, touch of sweetness though. Taste is more hops with a strong honey flavour and a tea like bitterness to finish things off. Malt is somewhere in the background holding it all together.

Definetely way out of wack but excellent drinking nonetheless, might be a bit much for more than one during a session.

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Photo of dick783
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an excelent cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that clings to the glass while drinking it. Lots of hops in the smell. Mostly an earthy, piney hop smell with some citrus hidden in there. The taste is exceptional. Lots of bitterness but it doesnt overpower the malt. Tastes basically like it smells. Very piney with more citrus in the flavor than in the smell. I even get a bit of a floral taste from this beer. Its got a nice, full mouthfeel and is just a well rounded beer. I'll definitly be picking up more of these in the future.

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Photo of theaudist
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance is pretty standard, a little cloudy (cold haze?). Vigorous pour produced a creamy head that hung around for a bit, but eventually settled to a thin film across the top. No lacing.

Aroma is amazing. You rarely see this kind of balance in an American IPA. I can't even pick a description, and it should be easy as I think this IPA has maybe 2 hop variations. Definitely a very sweet, mandarin orange aroma finishing with a earthy undertone and a aromatic malt in there. Simply amazing.

Tastes like one of the best damn IPA's, ever. This is really good. Just try it. Piney, spicy, and some orange peel peek through. Great!

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too thin. Adequate. Would like it a bit more viscous.

Overall, this is the most balanced, drinkable, delicious american IPA I've had in a long time. Try this beer!

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Photo of Gooball201
2.03/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Was excited as a usual microbrewless liquor store in my area has improved selection. This was one I have heard about so decided to try.

Do not waste your money. I had 2 cans over 2 separate nights and drained the others in my sink.

Cloudy orange color.
Smelled of some hops but tasted syrupy.

Maybe these were old cans as there was no "Best by Date" on them but I will not be going back for another $10+ waste!

Leave Ottin in the can!

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.