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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
88
very good

2,672 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,672
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 106
Gots: 208 | 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 MSchae1017
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a copper color with a frothy white head that holds and laces nicely.The smell is all citrusy and piney hops. The taste is all about the hops, piney and citrusy. There is also a strong sweetness from the malt. The body is nice along with a mellow carbonation. Overall, a good IPA.

MSchae1017, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of soze47
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Color is orange-brown and it is slightly hazy. Head leaves trace lacing after quickly dissipating.

Aroma: Malt comes out first, caramel and bread tones. The hops, all over the map as I pick up pine, citrus flesh and citrus rind, are there too and make for a pleasant amalgam in the nose.

Taste: Same as the nose, the malt is what pops out, but it is the balance between the wide variety of hop flavors that make it tasty. The linger is where the oily and resinous qualities of the hop bouquet come out and sink their bitter teeth into the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a full bodied SOB of a beer. It even looks thick when twirled slightly in the glass. I feel like I've had DIPAs that were lighter than this. I don't think it is highly drinkable as the oily and thick nature of the body wear on the palette.

Overall: A good beer that is remarkable in its balance and melding of flavors. However, my personal tastes won't have me going for this one too often as it is rich and almost needs to be drank as an imperial style, not an IPA.

soze47, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mpenske, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, hazy orange body with 1 finger of white head.

Nose is mild citrus with noticeable maltiness.

Flavor is a tasty, but rather mild. A well balanced malt/citrus blend. A decent brew, but not really what I think of as a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I only purchased a single as a taster/reviewer, but enjoyed on tap it would probably make a good session brew.

ghostwalker, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

erha2, May 19, 2012
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

BeerNDoggerel, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of KillaB
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

KillaB, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

ChrisinRI, May 08, 2014
Photo of fisherman34
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murkey orange in colour with moderate carbonation. Woodsy aromas dominate, with background notes of nuts and orange blossom honey. Flavor wise, there's a fair amount of citrus-spice-wood C-hop flavor, along with a fairly honey sweet undercurrent of caramel malt notes. Not nearly as bitter as I wanted it to be. Seems to be more of an APA to me, but it's still a fairly good beer overall.

fisherman34, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Naes
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a nice two finger head of white froth sitting on top of this copper colored brew. Lacing is good, leaving many rings to let you know where the beer used to be.
Its aroma is mild, but contains hints of citrus.
The flavor is full of hop bitterness and is a bit piney with just a bit of citrus near the end.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is mildly carbonated.
This is a fine IPA, go get some.

Naes, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of sebaastionb
5/5  rDev +25%

sebaastionb, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of chodinheaven
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange color that doesn't have a ton of clarity, but does have a big and foamy off-white head that seems like it would stick around forever. Reduces down to a thin sheet in some spots and a large jutting cloud in others. Tons of lacing. Grapefruit and pine all day long in the aroma, with huge notes of resin rounding out the hop aromas. Bready malts fill in the cracks. Very aromatic.

Resinous and piney are the main two in the taste department. The resin from piney hops is very strong in this one, giving a puckering effect that can be construed as either good or bad. In one respect its very bitter and tasty, and in another respect it seems almost a bit too much. The combination of that resin with the bready malts creates a somewhat palate-crushing beer that is somehow delicious and tough to drink at the same time. Grapefruit citrus and a hint of orange round out that big and bold flavor in a way that does compete somehow, but certainly not on the same level. The mouthfeel is smoother up front and gritty in the back, with a lingering bitter finish that seems to last forever.

Overall, very solid example of a big IPA.

chodinheaven, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Larrydoherty
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Larrydoherty, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Syraquse
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Syraquse, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of JHendu
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

JHendu, May 10, 2013
Photo of Popp24
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Popp24, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of SimonTja
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

SimonTja, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of od_sf
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

od_sf, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of timontheroad
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

timontheroad, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of brureview
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Spiegelgau glass: 4F head which quickly resolved itself.
Light copper color- an attractive beer.

The aroma was not strong- light grapefruit and other citrus.

Mouth feel: quite smooth for an IPA, not well-carbonated, and transitioning well to the taste.

The taste was different at warmer and colder temps.
Colder temps- more grapefruit, malty, and a hoppy finish with some bitterness.
Warmer temps- less citrus, less bitter, and a cherry-like fruit taste. I preferred the beer at slightly warmer temps.

Overall: quite distinctive. The beer is different than other IPAs: there is a cherry/citrus taste, the MF is smoother, and the finish is more even- not overly bitter.
Worth checking out.

brureview, May 27, 2014
Photo of nkelley77
4/5  rDev 0%

nkelley77, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of jkrich
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated can: a beautiful and clear deep golden to bronze with a sustained foamy off-white head.
This is an extremely aromatic IPA: upon opening the can, the ale exploded with resiny and fresh citrusy hoppy aromas. Would the flavor follow this explosion?
Well, not really, but I think that is a good thing as this is a balanced, nuanced ale. The hop bitterness is up front with a nice pine-like punch and bittersweet fruit, but there is a very nice, soothing caramel flavor with a faint herbal taste this keep everything balanced.
The body was light to medium with a refreshing, somewhat thin body. The carbonation was surprisingly restrained.
This one was a pleasant surprise - no in your face bitterness, but a flavorful and balanced IPA. It is difficult to believe this ale has a 7.0 ABV; it is dangerously drinkable.
I have passed this one many times while shopping for beer. The cost and no freshness date were the reasons. I am glad I took a chance.

jkrich, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

jmbranum, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of gnikola
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

gnikola, Jan 27, 2013
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,672 ratings.