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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,843 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,843
Reviews: 1,194
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 125
Gots: 310 | 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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Ratings: 2,843 | Reviews: 1,194
Photo of GreenWBush
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The discovery of Boonville, California as a quaintly vacant town was no disappointment. The realization that the visitor center for the brewery was closed and tours weren't happening for 6 hours was.

The only thing proper was to consume as much Hop Ottin' directly off the tap as reasonably possible. We stumbled into the original brewhouse for a pitcher of the nectar, at a shockling low $7 for a 50-ounce(ish) pitcher.

The apperance is as from decanted from bottle; a deeply glowing purplish ruby. The head was frothing up like some whipped-cream daydream as I immediately enveloped my face with the liquid, sniffing like a bloodhound.

To my surprise I found that fresh Hop Ottin' is a remarkably consistent product. Sure, the luciously grapefruit hop profile abounds in all of its glory. The freshly-tapped version is no revelation if you've had a fresh bottle.

But the gummy sweetness of a stale bottle is kicked down like a convict in its sublime and aggresively fresh status. Seek it out and be converted.

Photo of ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev 0%

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

A: Crystal clear, like a tangerine orange clor with a fluffy tan head. No visible carbonation.

S: Scents of sweet citrus, maybe some pineapple, and a little lemon.

T: I get a lot of citrus with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. Some grassy-ness in the finish. Sweetness is there too, it is quite well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, though not session-able.

Photo of Jameswoody
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Chris77McGrath
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Natural510
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter orange-amber color with good head.
Has that citric-grapefruit hop scent of a quality American IPA.
Tastes decidedly bitter with a sweetness in the background. But unlike others of the style the oils and hops themselves, never mind the malts, are not distinctive within, they simply create the bitter character which overwhelms the palate.
Nice carbonation, and solid bitter edge to the brew.
Not bad at all, but not a standout among the West Coast IPAs either. Perhaps if I had it fresher it would carry more individual character, but til then it serves as a quality backup of the style.

Photo of TonyY
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of santoslhalper
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing gold with a wonderful off-white head. Head stays with me the whole glass and leaves some fine lacing. Smells so hoppy and flowery. Amazing smell. Tastes wonderfully floral. So complex, so much hop flavor, my taste buds are lost (but extremely happy) in flavor. A hop-head's dream. Aftertaste is quite dry. This a wonderful beer. One of the best "hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy hoppy" beer's I've had to date. Highly recommended.

Photo of Magpie14
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden tangerine bubbly body with sudsy off-white colored top. Body is just a bit hazy with yellow highlights at the bottom of the glass. The initial pour had a wonderful presence on golden bubbles swirling, gathering, and climbing to the top. This brew also boasted stringy blobs of lace for a little extra added character. I am very excited about this one, Anderson Valley is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries

S: well let me start by saying that hops are of grapefruit and oranges, otherwise it boasts floral, tea-like notes. Hops are augmented by sweet brown sugar and soft malts. Sweeter smells seem to be hiding some alcohol notes

T: the first sip threw me off a bit. I was thinking of a hop bomb and was slightly disappointed. No doubt hops are in the mix, however it is mostly the floral type as noted earlier and is missing out on the citrusy type hops. This beer leaves little for a hop finish that I was ever so hoping for. Now my palate shifts to a husky malt profile after not finding much for strong hops. Malts are softly roasted and mixed with brown sugar and drizzled with buttery caramel. All in all I must say that I am getting enjoyment out of this one. I guess I was expecting an over the top west coast IPA, this guy has a good dose of tea, leafy, grassy type hops. For what flavors there are balance it nice

M: body gets good marks. In and around the mild to medium category. Finishes rather well and as it warms the hops make a little bit of a stronger showing. Turning out to be quite nice

D: fairly well balanced even though malts have the upper hand as far as I am concerned, especially for an IPA. You know what, I would buy this again and plan to do so. I give it solid marks!

Photo of TrojanWheels
5/5  rDev +25%

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

Let me start off by saying that someone gave me this one so I was unsure of the freshness of it. After some further inspection, I found a date of 344th of 2010. Not sure if thats the best by or the bottled on date... regardless, not the best date either way you look at it...

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice off white head with decent retention and a nice trail of lacing spiderwebbed on the walls of the glass. Beer is a crisp amber color with a decent amount of activity

S- Not overly pungent... some floral hop aroma, maybe a touch of malt

T- Very one sided. Has a nice hop flavor, but lacks that sharp bite that other IPAs have, though it does linger for a fair amount of time in your mouth. All in all, enjoyable from start to finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- So... despite the slight amount of age on this bottle, I feel it held up pretty well. Had it been fresher, perhaps it would have had a bit more intensity to the hop flavor. This one deserves some *edits* should I ever get my hands on a fresher bottle


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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of jryanj927
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Noxious26
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured in a pint glass. Purchased at Willow Park in Regina.

Hazy copper colour with a few carbonation streams. Off white head is 1/2 inch on the pour and recedes to a sticky mess at 1/4 inch with big gobs of lacing on the sides.

Nose is almost all citrus hops. Grapefruit and lemon with a little bit of caramel malt in the background.

Flavour isn't as strong as I had expected from the scent. Well balanced at the start. Even caramel and nutty malts and citrus hops at the start. Pretty smooth through the middle and moves into a strong, bitter leafy and citrus hop finish. Aftertaste is long and bitter.

Medium bodied with light carbonation.

A fairly drinkable brew. The only detractor is the long bitter aftertaste is a little too much for my liking. Overall a great brew.

Photo of Truh
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jumped around, jumped around, jumped up, jumped up and got down with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pint pour at ACPH.

Creamy turbulence of initial head that just stays and stays, and doesn’t die. Green hop effluvience and visions of jumping bugs throttle through the mind as a I plastered my nose with its bouquet. Curtained, amber haze to hue. Hopped up fraggle rock of earthy herbal essence to start followed by woody birch bark to tastes. A medium to medium-light-heavy offering that is difficult to put down.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass while relaxing at the Comfort Inn in San Diego's Hotel Circle.

A-Beautifully celar amber brew. Orange-tinted and off-white head, 2-finger and attractively frothy with nice sustaining.

S-Herbal, earthy hops. Slight biscuity malt, with a bit of bready spice.

T-Spicy bread malt is surprisingly forward in the flavor, followed quickly by the immense (as promised) hop flavors, sticky-herbal in character and simply very thick. This hoppiness perseveres well into the finish, along with a never-ending hop bitterness.

M-I am intruiged by how the carbonation interplays with the body and the hop flavors. It's as though one enhances the other, which in turn enhances the other. Overall, the body seems pretty spot-on.

D-I think this beer's drinkability is strong, with only a bit too much hop bitterness to be quite strong.

Photo of obrike
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hmmm...this one fooled me a bit.

Bought a sixer at specs in Northeast San Antonio for 9 bucks.

Impressive looking beer.Vibrant orange, lovely head...good lacing throughout the drink.

Smell was nice. Pungent, dank hops. Fresh pine mixed with some caramel sweetness...looking forward to tasting.

Wow...this one has a bite! Hoppy as hell. A decent caramel malt on first sip, followed byy aggressive piney hops. Quite a dry, bitter finish. It's funny, I expected a bit more balance from the scent. Lucky for me, I like bitter IPAs.

A good representative style of an American IPA.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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