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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

2,708 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,708
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 109
Gots: 228 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's something really arresting about the maltiness of the Anderson Valley beers, and this one's a great example. It's rich and sweetish, almost like a barleywine, but it's far from overdone, and certainly not as strong. It has a really unique caramelish side that's really quite remarkable. And in this case, it acts as a perfect, soft blanket for the hops to sink down into and lay upon.

It pours a hazy, deep-amber and orange body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. The head retention could be a bit better, as well as the lacing.

In the mouth it's richly malty and dextrinous with a medium-full body and creamy, gently effervescent carbonation.

The nose is decidedly malty and caramelish with gentle notes of piney and gently citrusy hops. It becomes even more fruity and hoppy as it warms with lots of floral notes.

The flavor offers the same rich, caramelish malt well-infused with piney, gently citrusy, and floral hops as well as a bold bitterness. As you progress through the glass the sweet maltiness that you get upfront erodes to leave much more hop flavor and bitterness in the mouth at the end. It's almost like having two beers in one, which greatly lends to it's drinkability. A touch of gentle spiciness is lent by the combination of hops and alcohol towards the end of the pint, but other than that it's remarkably well-cloaked.

It's a really nicely balanced, malty and hoppy IPA. I can't think of any IPA, brewed anywhere in the world, that has such a nice malt base to bounce it's hops off of! Except for the head retention, this is remarkably well-done!

NeroFiddled, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one right after a Hop Devil on draft, and believe me I am a huge fan of the Devil but there is not a clear winner in this head for head match up. This one was poured with a nice head, and it appeared with the same amber copper tone as the Hop Devil. After cleansing with some water, I began to test the aroma of the beer. Seemed mild, but as the beer warmed up the floral hops seemed to have a sweeter scent of hops. Great flavor that fulfills any hop heads desires and dreams. This one has a great floral taste that finishes with a perfect combination of sweetness and spiciness. Another fine selection that was thoroughly enjoyed.

WVbeergeek, Dec 23, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long-neck bottle with no freshness date. Blurb about the beer on the back label.

Appearance: Shiny copper hue with cushiony meringue head that leaves a patchy rings down the glass.

Smell: Rustic hop aroma with hints of flowers, tea and tobacco. Citric fruitiness from the hops with a mild nutty and pear-like fruit from the malt / yeast pairing to boot.

Taste: Medium slightly chewy malt body barely holds up the prickly pungent hop bitterness. A little slick oily mouth feel from the hops leaving a bitter sweet citric tea flavour. Fruity esters are perceptible with allusions of cherries and golden raisins, alcohol warms the body a bit also. Malt finds a way to peek out for a tad with a dry nutty and grainy cracker character. The finish is a faded grain and long drawn out tea like hop.

Notes: A true American IPA that gets straight to the point, no pussyfooting around for this brew … immediately to the hops! Malt hardly keeps a foothold against the hops yet still loans some character to this brew. Hate to say it … but this is another superb “hop head” IPA!

Jason, Nov 30, 2001
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white foam on a slightly hazy, amber-copper colored body. The head retention is average and it leaves good lace.

S - Fruity hops, lots of pineapple and lemon with a hint of pine. Some sweet caramel and toffee malt in the background.

T - Distinct bitterness with a balanced mix of hops and malt. Lots of toffee and a hint of roast in the middle that fades to a dark, hoppy, and bitter finish with notes of tobacco and grapefruit.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an interesting and drinkable IPA that borders on barleywine territory with all of the dark malt and caramel flavors.

nickfl, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus and a light amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste is on the malty side as opposed to the hoppy side for an IPA and starts with flavors of caramel tea and citrus. There’s a pale hops presence that comes in next, provides a good balance, causes the sweetness to fade and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is one of those beers that gets better as it warms a bit, but since it doesn’t really have the high hops profile that endears me to the American IPA style, I consider it a decent beer, but not my first choice when I’m looking for an IPA.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with nearly 3 fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a frothy finger, absolutely drenching the sides of the glass with a rich sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells floral and leafy, with notes of earth, spice, and bitter fruit. Toasted bready grains sits along the back of the nose, along with just a touch of light alcohol warmth.

The taste has a fresh bitter citric bite to it, with a leafy feeling edge to it that leaves notes of gritty earth and spice in the finish. This is moderately balanced by some sweeter fruit character, while the malts have more of a tight and grainy presence to them. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and prickly feel to the carbonation, which then gets a little smoother on the edges. There is a touch of alcohol in the body, which unfortunately helps bring some of the harsher aspects of the hops out here.

This was a decent canned IPA for the most part but I think that the bitterness here got a little too raw and aggressive at times to really keep this as approachable as I would have liked.

Kegatron, May 12, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly fogged amber. Minimal creme head. Nose is thick and strong piney hops. Flavor is malty, but lacks any firm character to it. No style. No grace. Thick liquid feel. Good carbonation. Overall a good brew. Just doesn't have any pizzazz.

RblWthACoz, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Mom for bring this back from CA for me :)
Poured slight above 45 degrees into my DFH shaped pint from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A brilliant copper w/ a light tan head of about 2 1/4 fingers in stature that settles to about a finger leaving moderate amounts of lace above a nice tight bead. A very attractive shade w/ great head retention - excellent appearance.

S - Mellow pine w/ gentle citrus hop aroma that hints at a floral aroma in the nose w/ sweet malt echoes

M - Very mild carbonation which is nice the resinous hops are a little sharp at first, but mellow with the pine-needle like taste getting smooth and slightly acidic. Malt is more of a cushion allowing a sweet tinge as the feel enters the realm of taste.

T - A pleasant citrus and pine tannic element as the hops have solid citrus, but are just shy of grapefruit w/ the sweet malt keeping pace. There is a lasting bitterness in the flavor which is very flavorful. The maltiness is giving this some balance, but not shy on hops by any stretch. Slightly creamy in flavor w/ gentle fruit after a swirl to revive some carbonation. I am enjoying the seemless blend of anchoring malt and fresh hop flavors 1/2 hour into this fine ale. This is easy to swish and allow to slowly glide down It is a great Ipa to me. It just covers all the bases w/ out punishing the taste buds w/ a hop assault. I enjoy the subtle plum and berry w/ excellent slight lemongrass spice as it warms.

D - Very enjoyable and tasty - one I can find locally although my mom brought this back from CA (she didn't know)Bay area. It was especially fresh -I wish they all tasted so good. A definite go-to when in need of IPA satisfaction. I consider this very drinkable even at 7% a great west coast IPA

Slatetank, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another brewery I missed a lot of reviews for some reason, this shouldn't be too old despite the lack of date.

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head with some bubbles popping in the middle as it fades at a slow pace, nice lacing all over too, nice rosy amber red color, hazy.

Nose lots of candy malts, syrupy sweet caramel, little toffee, etc, candied orange peel, little citrus zest, fruity hops, hint of pineapple and citrus, etc, hint of booze wafting out. Aroma of an aged IPA unfortunately.

Taste brings a bit more sweetness, candy malts, syrupy, caramel, toffee, etc, with a little candied orange peel, little zest, some citrus and hint of pineapple, not really tropical fruit though, bit of warming booze. Again that aged hop IPA note. Finish is a bit sweet and candy like, fair bitterness, little toffee and caramel, little pineapple and bitter orange peel, etc.

Mouth is med bod, bit of warming booze, decent carb but not great.

Overall OK, but seems like it is aged a bit, not a great IPA at least this day and age, more like a muted aged IPA with flashes of what could have been good. Lots more malty, lighter on the hops, etc. I'll have to try this again if I can find it fresh, but with no date on the bottle it'll be hard. Maybe if I ever find a draft version.

jlindros, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel with a crazy 3-fingers plus deep offwhite colored head> Great head retention and very good lacing

Smell: Piney hops not much else

Taste: Spicy/piney hops & fruittiness mix together, with a crisp/sweet/ hoppy dry finish. Hops impart an earthy tea/pine flavor

MF: Smooth & perfectly balanced, good carbonation levels and just feeling so rich on the tounge

Very drinkable, a little too hefty to drink all night, but a very good IPA would love to try at the source (tasters note: I know I was getting this in SC at liqour stores, despite their cap, circa 93-95)

russpowell, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to d0b for tossing me one of these. Served in a Red Hook pint glass.

A - Good looking IPA here - big three fingers of dirty light blond foam that has amazing retention and tons of lacing. Slightly hazed golden orange-red color with a few stray bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Good piney hop smell, with some orange zest and a touch of dankness. Doughy malt backbone that is present but subdued. Smells pretty fresh in any case.

T - Starts with some light citrus and caramel sweetness and then transforms into strong pine and earthiness. The taste has some strong bitterness to it that lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is a little higher than I like, but the finish is pleasantly dry and there are lots of residual hop resins. Thicker body than one would expect for a 7% IPA.

D - The bitterness gets a little intense, and the beer feels a touch heavy. I don't think I'd want more than a couple of these in a session.

MasterSki, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unremarkable landmark review, 100th American IPA review. Beer is copper and clear with a thin white head and a lot of lacing. Head breaks, low carbonation.

Pine hops and lots of malt.

Beer is medium bodied and really malty at the start. Gives way to some mild hop character. This is on the best of IPA list and I can personally list about 70 IPAs I'd rather have than this one. What a mediocre crappy beer. 7%!?!?!?!? Serioiusly? Wow, pretty drinkable for that.

drabmuh, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright ruby red color, small white head.
Aroma: big, fruity nose (cherry,berry, grape, citrus, grapefruit, more) lively and inviting, a bit bitter but not too.
Mmmmmm! Thrilling blitz of fruity hops dazzle the tongue, rich, delicious taste, hops fade after a bit, malt makes it's mark but doesn't come to the fore.
Taste returns sip after sip, hop never quit either, yummy finish.
As an IPA lover, I count this among the best of them!
thanks to marc77 for sending it along .

feloniousmonk, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of mactrail
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Attractive golden amber color and nice carbonation. Hops are just overwhelming on the thin body. Harsh and medicinal aftertaste. Nose of perfumey hops is the only outstanding feature. Quite flowery aroma.

There are so many interesting and complex IPAs that are full of the many flavors of hops. This one is just one dimensional. Utterly bitter. Stick the long neck in your mouth and pull the trigger.

mactrail, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a complex array of malt scents, but it mostly brags of pleasant floral hops. The taste is good. It has a very bitter flavor overlaying a malty core. It has a piney taste and a bitter aftertaste; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It is a bit more bitter than some, but it has a nice malt character; a good drinker.

WesWes, May 30, 2004
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times but just now got around to reviewing it.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is pretty fruity. I get some grapefruit, orange and papaya as well as some bready malt. The flavor is bitter oranges with some bread. I also get a little bit of caramel malt and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, birght copper that seems to have slightly different hues from top to bottom. The one-finger head slowly descends to half the size and remains throughout. Trailing lace, with some broken rings, sticks to glass.

The smell is floral, with citrus and pine. Hints of toffee come through in the background.

The taste is a plethora of hops. Floral, citrusy, piney. Nutty and woody characteristics also emerge, especially in the finish along with a rounding honey sweetness. Hops control, but honey sweetness in the balance gives it more depth, complexity and some balance. It has a long, dry finish.

Chewy, thicker side of medium body. Smooth with a bite. Alcohol mixes with hops to give it a bit of a bite, though the alcohol is well-covered for the abv.

This is a hop-head's delight. Drinking this begs for more. A nice hop profile with a honey sweetness mixed in. It has depth and complexity. Delicious!

jwc215, Apr 21, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent head with even better lace. Orange amber in color, slightly cloudy. Beautiful.

Well-balanced aroma with a (grace) note of lactose. The flowery hop is present but not overwhelming. Malt is soft.

The flavor is round with full, rich mouthfeel of a highly malted beer. Plenty of hop becomes apparent within a second. This is an excellent IPA, true to style and very flavorful.

smcolw, Oct 23, 2004
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4/5  rDev 0%

oriolesfan4, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a wonderful hop aroma, a floral - grassy - resinous character to it. A nice amber color with a slight chill haze. Medium body with a hoppiness up front, followed by a malty sweetness. A resinous quality to the hop flavors as well as other notes of grapefruit peel. This beer finishes quite bitter. There is lots of flavor in this beer.

Gueuzedude, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of kojevergas
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Self-identifies as an India Pale Ale. 7% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz purple aluminum can with no visible best before date served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired earlier tonight. Expectations are very high given its current ratings and the brewery - whose oatmeal stout I quite like.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with chili pepper spinach.

A: Pours a five finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, decent frothiness, decent looking texture (not horribly soft, but not off-putting), and good (~5+ minute) retention for the relatively high ABV. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a fairly vibrant palish copper; translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Exactly what you'd expect an IPA to look like, but the head retention is a highlight. I don't notice any overt flaws. Standard fare, but right on the money for the style. Looking forward to trying it. Not real creamy looking.

Sm: Pleasant and diverse floral hop character is prominent, resting on a pale malt base. Lilac and other distinct flowery notes. It's a mild strength aroma. Clean and fragrant. Otherwise, I don't get other types of hop character; maybe some light grapefruit citrus esters. Some caramalt in the base. Light tropical hop notes; pineapple may be the only distinct one I can identify. An appealing aroma for the style with some interesting hop choices. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. It's not coming off exceptional, so my expectations are for it to be good but not great at this point. I'm hoping it proves me wrong...

T: Hm. It's not your typical IPA build - especially for the emergent "West Coast IPA" style trend. Perfumey floral hop notes with plenty of tropical notes - pinapple and perhaps passionfruit among them - and a palpable half-hidden hop bitterness on the climax accompanied by a light twinge of grapefruit esters. Foundation is pale malts and a surprisingly high caramel (malt) bill. Very vague light pine buried in there, too. Sweet up front giving in to a bitter metallic taste in the third act which stays with you on the finish; that's its only major flaw. Consequently, the balance - both structurally and in terms of flavour - is far from ideal. I do find the build interesting and - dareisay - unique, but this requires serious tuning to be a truly great brew. I do like it in a general sense. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: I'd like it more oily to accompany the noncommital pine. Smooth and wet for the majority of the structure - except for some dryness and coarseness in the third act. Okay thickness; it thins way too much in the late second act. On the harder end of water hardness. Certainly not soft on the palate. A biteen overcarbonated, but not biting or sharp. A bit rubbery and inconsistent; it's not an even texture by any means. Not as creamy as I'd like, except right on the climax - but the hop bitterness is too distracting at that point for it to be pleasant. A messy mouthfeel that doesn't suit the flavour profile except incidentally.

Dr: A bit boggled by the high ratings for this beer currently. As much as I like a lot of the brewery's other work, this just isn't an impressive IPA - especially for those of us who value balance in an IPA. I like and respect that it tries to do something different in the style; its choices in terms of hops and flavour is pretty unique. It just doesn't come off like it should. Drinkable but not worth picking up again. I'd like to revisit this on-draught; the metallic off-flavour really kills this one for me.

C

kojevergas, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/10/05- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirit's in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- Poured into my Full Sail pint glass out of a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance- Amber-copper colored pour with a very nice chunky white head and awesome lacing. Only thing missing were those little UFO circles in the wavering head.

Smell- Great floral and fruity hop scent. Lots of grapefruit and pine. A bit of a sweet candyish note to it also.

Taste- Nicely balanced brew, but a tad bit to much malt and too little hops. The malt seemed to take over a bit. Very good carmel malt, but I like hops to be the prevelant taste in my IPA's. Still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel- Typical medium carbonation. A bit of a fuller mouthfeel due to a bit of sweetness.

Drinkability- Glad I tried this one. I'm sure I will reach for this one in the future when I am craving a more malty IPA.

GClarkage, Jan 11, 2005
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,708 ratings.