Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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Reviews: 1,189
Hads: 2,931
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 134
Gots: 365 | 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: 1,189 | Hads: 2,931
Photo of scofielj
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2L growler into a nonic glass.

A: Orange bubbly body with sudsy off-white colored head. Body is just a bit hazy with yellow highlights at the bottom of the glass. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Crisp hop smell of grapefruit and oranges with a slight touch of spice.

T: Nice hoppiness. Has a malty body to it which is nice as it differs from other IPAs out there, but it doesn't take it that extra step for me.

M: Better than average mouthfeel = it has some thickness and weight to it. Not too fizzy.

D: Found this very drinkable. First time with Anderson Valley which came highly recomended. Would without a doubt buy again. (643 characters)

Photo of JollyToper
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

A - Hazy amber color. Excellent head and lacing. Few bubbles.

S - Prominent smell of hops but not nearly as much as Stone IPA, for example.

TM&D - Really hoppy with citrus notes. Good aftertaste. Wouldn't know it was 7% alcohol. Nonetheless, for the hoppiness I couldn't drink more than one of these in a row. (367 characters)

Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solar powered Elk piss it is not. It's a hoppy foam face IPA with 7.0 power. Something to admire. After it settles, the head of beer looks like some toxic creek water foam, the kind that washes up on shore or swirls around in sludge filled eddy. Yes it is that good. The hoppy smell is not up to par with a Dogfish 90 minute choke hold but super IPAs can get old and expensive when you drink often. Did I say 7.0 ABV - 6 pack cans for a lot less. Taste..slightly citrus and malty..good enough for the dude. Pour it and ask your girl friend what she thinks of that... (566 characters)

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

This is a very nice beer. It tastes great, and is easy to drink. Especially for an IPA with 7% ABV. This isn't my absolute favorite IPA, but Hop Ottin' IPA is a damn good beer. Decent hop bite, with a nice amount of maltiness. Will gladly drink again. Recommended. (264 characters)

Photo of Beer_HOPper
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: red/orange copper with some white head which dissipated quicker than slow, very attractive.

Smell: wonderful, sweet grapefruit and some floral, piney notes.

Feel & Taste: smooth, wholesome front, medium body, crisp, a lil bitter, a lil dry back, herbal. Hops linger after swallowing, tongue is thirsting for more.

Overall: Enjoying this more each and every time. IMHO, set the American IPA standard high. (419 characters)

Photo of grego
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a yellowish amber with 1/2 inch head that ligers a little while. The smell is quite mild compared to others in the style. A little piney and clovey is all I get. The taste is much like the smell. The 7% ABV is hidden well. Mouthfeel is smooth with some dryness at the end. Overall I could drink more of these but I will stick with some others that I like much better. (383 characters)

Photo of Taverner420
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly this beer deserves an A rather than an A-
It's Anderson Valley's best, hands down.

A - nice straw color - clear and minimally foamy

S - Full of grassy hoppy notes. You can smell grass, pine, redwood and cedar in there

T - Bitter and dry, exactly as a West Coast IPA should be

M - Definitely wakes the palate up. Grabs your tongue and doesn't let go

D - I could drink this all day. Nice hop bomb of an IPA without the ABV that puts you on the floor. (464 characters)

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

A: good head and lacing, about 2 fingers. The beer is golden and slightly reddish.

S: not too much. A little malt, a little hops.

T: I found this beer to be a little on the bitter side though I am starting to try more hoppier beers. The malt was overpowered by the hop bitterness. I wanted more hop flavor than was present.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer was light to medium body.

O: The beer is good but, like I said, it was a bit too bitter for me. I would prefer more balance or at least more flavoring and aroma hops to the large amount of just bittering hops. Other than that this is a great IPA. (605 characters)

Photo of Bosazga
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
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 (661 characters)

Photo of wLcz0rz
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Redish Amber color. Citrus and hops are very distinct with a little floral aroma. Orange peel is very distinct slightly piney with a slight grapefruit aroma and bitterness. Strong hops but not too overwhelming and perfectly balanced with malts. Leaves a slight lacing on the glass. (282 characters)

Photo of Jbino34
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is crystal clear with a lot of head. The color is what you would expect; I feel like I am really repeating myself since all that I have been reviewing has been IPAs from my HalfTime Gift. They all look very similar of course, light copper... dark gold. This one has a nice head, which could be a bit thicker. If it was, this would be a 5 in appearance.

Smell is nice, sweet like hops. Not as citusy as some, I expect a nice balance of american hops... more than just centennial and cascade.

Taste is great. Balanced a lot better than the last (Butte Organic IPA). This one has nice malt freshness at the beginning and a great lingering hop finish.

Mouthfeel is average. Although it looks very carbonated when being poured, it isnt. It is actually quite creamy and not very poppy on the tongue.

I'd have a couple; not too many, the bitterness will get to you and kill your taste buds after a while.

Enjoyable... I'd recommend this guy; maybe the best out of the bunch so far. It is a solid B, not the best IPA that I've had. (1,038 characters)

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

I bought this beer right before I went to the Mexico vs Argentina game at Qualcomm in San Diego and was not impressed at all at the time, now I did have a Green Flash Imperial IPA right before hand Iand I feel like my pallet was destroyed from that. I then attended a Blind IPA tasting and ended up rating it the #4 out of 12 beers and it tasted quite good. The 25 the anniversary IIPA is another story but this beer was very enjoyable and I will definitely be drinking more of this very soon. (493 characters)

Photo of keithricker
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber; good foam, excellent lacing, etc. Hoppy smell; mostly of the citric variety with a hint of pine. Smells like a good, American IPA.

On the first sip, the hops hit you right away, of which the aroma gave no fore-warning. There's no messing around with this one. There's an obvious bitter profile to the hops. It's centennial-like, but my best guess would be Magnum hops for this, as it packs quite the bitter punch. After the initial bite, there's a nice hint of citric and floral hop, mostly of the grapefruit variety, but with some subtle hints of orange/mango (but this isn't a "fruity" beer by any stretch). The bitterness certainly plays a defining role in the taste.

Good mouth feel with ample carbonation which accents some of the citrus qualities, helping to balance things out somewhat.

In summary, I find this to be a very good example of a solid American IPA. It has most of the characteristics one would associate with the style, from the appearance to the hop flavor that contains the key elements, from the pine to the citrus. What really defines this beer is it's high level of acidity. I would not consider it to be out of balance, as there is ample malt and mildly sweet citrus flavors present. But this is certainly an "Alpha bomb," and as such, I wouldn't recommend it to the novice IPA drinker due to the prevalence of alpha acids. The bitterness upstages things, which is either something you're going to love or hate.

When compared to other brews that go for around $10 per six-pack, I would put this way, way towards the top of the heap, and I'm extremely picky when it comes to my IPAs. (1,633 characters)

Photo of loganmule
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple for lovers of IPA's, if a bit on the pricey side (in Indiana anyway), this beer pours well, but the head is short of creamy and rapidly dimishes. The scent of this amber brew doesn't overwhelm...floral but mostly citrus, but gently so, when compared with the taste.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth and thick...definitely not a Bud Light in there.

Taste is exceptional for hopheads, in an in your face way. Citrus and malt give way to and quickly are virtually overwhelmed by the hops. The finish is dry with characteristic bitterness, which lingers a while. Some will want a drink of water to clear the palate...I needed another sip. Very good IPA, especially for those who have a craving for hops. (707 characters)

Photo of ecooper
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright, very clear amber color with a 2-finger sticky off-white head that takes its time settling down. The beer retains a small, off-white head throughout and leaves patches of lacing down the glass.

S - Smell consists of strong, sweet floral and citrus aromas. Very inviting.

T - Resiny, piney hop bitterness up front that lingers till the crisp, biscuity malt finish.

M - Medium body and relatively low carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable for an unbalanced IPA - the ABV might sneak up on you as drinking several of these would be a breeze.

Great beer from Anderson Valley - I wish we could get this in Texas. (637 characters)

Photo of greenpumas
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: One of the darkest IPA's I have stumbled upon; Head dissipated at a rapid rate leaving behind a perfect ring of lace.

S: Fruitier than most IPA's I have had the pleasure of trying. I pick up warm fruit notes, maybe grapes.

T: Tastes like a magic hat that really wanted to screw that lagunitas ipa across the fridge. I get fruit on the pallet, but it isnt a mouth full of apricot--melikes. The hops do not leave my mouth dry and in need of another sip.

MF/D: IPA's with lower carbonation and upfront hops really suit my wintertime taste buds. This, like most good beer, is a beer that should be savored with good friends. (626 characters)

Photo of Smr7626
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

I went out and tried all of the Alstom Bros 100 rated American IPA's I could find. I live in Lexington KY so I do not have access to many, but I do travel and have tried beers from all over the country. In my latest taste test I decided to pit several of the 100 point Alstom Bros American IPA's against each other. The candidates: Anderson Hop Ottin', Smuttynose, Dark Horse Crooked Tree, Victory Hop Devil, Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point.

I have had Sculpin and the Hop Devil on tap in their local region before and I love them both. Out of the bottle the Sculpin holds up, but time and time again I am disappointed in Hop Devil. It was good, but far far from 100 point rating. That is a head scratcher.

Now for Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin'. As someone who moved to the Bluegrass from California i want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I guess this brewery and me are not on the same page. This was decent, but far from perfect. I had the good fortune to have a Zombie Dust recently and that is perfect. That the Alstrom Bros rated this beer better than Zombie Dust makes me question every review they conduct. It poured a carmel color, with a nice head. The hop character did not remind me of typical west coast IPA's like Sculpin, Stone, or Sierra. It was malty, had a depressed hop presence, and while tasty, it did not live up to the hype by any shape, way or form. Quite frankly, it was mediocre. Kind of like having someone tell you how great a movie is but you end up bummed out.

My favorite hoppy American pales or IPA's to date:
1) Zombie Dust
2) Flower Power
3) Sculpin
4) Firestone
5) Ninkasi Total Domination
6) Sierra Celebration
7) Victory Hop Devil (on tap, not bottle)
8) Lagunitas (1,738 characters)

Photo of pirate252
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice clear copper/amber color, been sipping on it for 20 minutes or so and still has some white head on it, some pretty nice lacing down the side of the glass as well.

Smell: Could be better sadly, not as floral as I was hoping, pretty malty smell to it actually.

Taste: Wonderful, crisp and clean, leave a slight bit of bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Great for an IPA, not one I could drink a six pack of, but for sitting here at my desk as a sipper, wonderful! (496 characters)

Photo of BrewMichigan
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one from a 12 oz bottle

A- Nice and clear, not too cloudy but not too pale
S- At first there was a distinct smell of centennial hops but after it warmed that faded
T- Very smooth but not too "hoppy." Had a slight 'dank' quality to it. I'm not sure if they used columbus hops or not.
M- Excellent mouthfeel
D- I had one of these but could have easily had more. Not too bitter that you can't do more than one. Overall good beer. (436 characters)

Photo of bretseeley
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was at Whole Foods and I noticed that somehow Hop Ottin was only $2.99 per 22oz bottle. I asked the clerk how if could be right, and he said that it was indeed a pricing mistake, but that I was welcome to buy all I wanted at that price. Being the hop head that I am, I bought four of them.

This is an IPA you don't hear much about, but after finishing my stash, I'm going to call this one a well-kept secret. To me, this is a perfect West Coast IPA. Wonderful citrus/grapefruit aroma, filtered, and clean hop taste. The alchol presence is also just about right. At 7% ABV, it packs a punch but will not slow you down.

Hop Ottin is every bit as good as better known Stone IPA or Green Flash. (695 characters)

Photo of avocadoz
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden, but cloudy with a decent amount of head. Smells of citrus, pine, malts and bread. WOW!! What a taste.. the floral hops burst out of the bottle, but it's also quite smooth. Pairs very well with food.. excellent drinability. This may be the best American IPA I've had thusfar. Can't wait to try another offering from Anderson Valley (344 characters)

Photo of hbensinger
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew poured into a 12oz bar glass.

It pours a nice copper color. It is relatively clear with a very thin head.
The smell is not impressive at all as it has very little in the way of hop aroma, but you can definitely pick up on the malt body.
The taste is what you would expect of a good IPA. There is a nice hop bitterness at first, followed by a nice smooth malt body.
Mouthfeel was good.

I was not overly impressed with this brew. Maybe I had my hopes set too high but really I would classify this as a good but not great IPA. It is pretty easy drinking so if you have easy access to this beer I wouldn’t hesitate to have it be a regular in the line-up but I wouldn’t waist too much time or go too far out of my way to get it. (751 characters)

Photo of tofulegend
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really blew me away. I actually didn't expect much from this and I bought it mostly for the moose-bear on the bottle. Really quite exceptional and very near exactly how I want a IPA to taste.
Beautiful balance between a sweet mouthfeel and hoppy bitterness. Beer like this is really too good to analyze.

Had it with some blue cheese pasta which turned out to be a really good combination. (401 characters)

Photo of ceeman
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy. Dark orange copper color with thick lacing
S- Not much of a smell compared to other IPA's I've had. Not bad, just a little disapointing compared to it's reputation.
T- Redemption. Floral, with slight citrus undertones. Very tasty. The hops pummel your tongue into submission.
M- Medium bodies with a hoppy kick for an aftertaste
D- Not as drinkable as most, but I'll do my damndest to make it happen. (410 characters)

Photo of Poppleton
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- burnt amber coloring, slightly cloudy with thin lacy head.

S- floral nose with hints of honey

T- very bitter bite that lingers. mildly grapefruitish in regards to bitterness (not citrus flavor). I felt like the hoppy bitterness overpowered everything else. Taste seemed to improve as it warmed up.

M- crisp, sharp almost puckering

D- I think this beer may be a true representative of the IPA style, however I felt like the hoppiness was a little too strong. I will say it did seem to improve as it warmed up and I hope to review this one again some day and see if my opinion changes. (591 characters)

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.