Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +13.8%
I scored this CAN during a recent beer-buying excursion to PHL and I plan to make another foray on 26 December - if anyone wants this (or any other CANs), let me know before that date.
It is now a Purple CAN Afternoon and I have a) spotted Barney in one corner of the room while b) a parade of pink elephants just went by. Should I cut back?
From the (Purple) CAN: "Bahl Hornin' Since 1987"; "Solar Powered Brewery"; "The Legendary Boonville Brewery".
The CRack & gLug (sorry, residual damage from Moat Mountain) came off without a hitch and produced a thick, fluffy finger-and-a-half of tawny head that acted like it was going to hang around like the uninvited guest at the end of the night. Color was a deep, shiny copper like the handful of pennies that I recently got in change. I have had many redheaded girlfriends, but the one with this color of hair was the one that got away. There's a tear in my beer 'cause I'm cryin' for ya, dear! A good whiff of minty hops brings me right back to my senses and this delivered. Forget Smelling Salts, I'm going to market Smelling Hops for the hophead who may be asleep at the bar. Ask for it on any street corner where the finer drugs are peddled. Ah, the old Iron Fist Wrapped In Velvet Routine! Eighth time I've fallen for it this week. I was initially like Mowgli in "The Jungle Book", listening to Kaa hiss "Trust in Me" when suddenly, I took a bullet between the eyes! It initially enveloped my tongue in a sweet caress, gently working back and forth until WHAM! hops out the ying-yang and I was on my back on the floor wondering how I got there. 7% indeed. Hops and malt in a stunning interaction and looking at the dense lacing that remained, I wondered how I did not see it coming. I was distracted by thinking about that dame, I suppose. Finish left me satiated for the moment, but that feeling never lasts and I'm going to have to score again real soon, I just know it. Why, oh why, did I ever get hooked in the first place? BECAUSE I LOOOOVE HOPS, that's why and if you are awaiting real regret, hold your breath! I crave hops and this delivered. It will certainly have a place in my Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) cooler as well as accompanying me to the beach and elsewhere.
12-18-2011 21:07:54 | More by woodychandler
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Great appearance with lots of lacing and a slight head all the way through. The hops profile in the aroma and flavor are strong citrus and grapefruit hops to the point of getting perfume-like. There's a sweet malt element, but the hops dominate like a good india pale ale. I'd say this a good, stand-up example of american hops in an american IPA.
05-10-2007 04:38:02 | More by tempest
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured a light copper color with some pretty good carbonation. 1/2 inch white,thick head. Smell of hops and floral, some piney smell. Tatse like it smells, floral, hoppy and some piney notes with a finishing bitterness. Good IPA overall. Would recpmmend and drink again.
01-06-2008 22:33:26 | More by barleywinefiend
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
Bomber bottle, w/o Freshness dating included. Pours a rich shade of coppery, amber, almost red and shimmering. Tan head sticking around, leaves loads of lace and sheeting. Nose is the expected resinious hop load. Fine, fine stuff. Loads of oily, citric, herbal hops, smoothest of mouthfeels, well rounded and lovely. My favorite from AVBC. Seek out and enjoy this tasty creation. Hop heads rejoice.
06-17-2005 02:18:34 | More by Billolick
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.
A: The IPA has an amber orange color. There are no visible particles in the ale but the haziness is unmistakable. The head has a nice ring that leaves hints of lacing.
S: The ale has a citrusy hop aroma that is matched, strength-wise by a grainy malt base.
T: The ale is a well-balanced brew, allowing the hops and malts to shine in equal parts. The first hop flavors to register are citrusy grapefruit elements, somewhat restrained but nonetheless present. The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lacks a bit of focus. The malts are grainy, thick with chewy sweetness, and match well against the hops.
M: The mouthfeel is enjoyable with a bitter hoppiness that finishes long.
D: The ale is an easy drink, full of strong flavors that make you want another.
03-09-2007 01:02:44 | More by akorsak
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
Pours a cloudy red brew, you can see through it a bit.
Smell is complex and strong hops; malt is in there as are citrus smells.
Very malty taste for an IPA and the Hops are more complex than most IPAs. There are PLENTY of hops in this, but this one reaches for more than just one flavor. Unexpected Flavors like bread show up, way complex for an IPA.
Mouthfeel is good.
This is a different sort of beer; I still can't nail down one of the flavors. Oh well guess I will have to buy more and figure it out.
02-28-2004 03:29:22 | More by Zorro
3.33/5 rDev -16.8%
My mid-day gueuze was a let down, so I'm going to resort to perhaps the best beer from my mix-six pack to make up for lost ground. Alright, ready...set...POUR!:
This beer forms a massive head, albeit it looks soda-like. Despite the latter, the retention is excellent. Good crisp hop aroma in the nose. A little lemon zest as well. More clean hops in the taste as well. The malt then marches in and brings caramel and honey oat bread notes to the palate. Touches of nutty yeast and phenolic activity, giving it a funny aftertaste when it's all done.
Damn the latter! This would be another good American IPA, but the aftertaste kills it. This didn't make up for the lost gueuze.
01-10-2008 04:12:40 | More by DoubleJ
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured a hazy orange with alot on carbonation. A one-finger head, with ton's of lacing through out the glass. Scents of plenty of hop's present. A nice sweet taste with a nice bite at the end. Light-Medium body. A great session brew at 7%, but watch out, LOL I will be buying more of this for sure.
07-31-2005 18:39:50 | More by Wasatch
3.2/5 rDev -20%
On Tap at Memphis and Cumberland in the streets of Philadelphia.
A- GOlden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards but not much stick.
S- For a fresh IPA (I asked the bartender whom I trust) this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.
T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.
M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?
D- I drank it quick because it was not doing anything for me, I did not care for it.
09-02-2010 23:47:03 | More by BARFLYB
4.08/5 rDev +2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Smells of bready malt and hops.
Taste is decent. Nice hop profile of somewhat citrusy, earthy hop. The malt takes a back seat, and also there is a slight twang in there too,no alcohal bite. Grapefruit at times.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
This is a decent IPA right here, and has the ABV to back it up. Alcohal is barely noticable in this one. Drinks very easily. Solid.
04-25-2009 12:52:20 | More by Stinkypuss
4.28/5 rDev +7%
12 ounce bottle, no freshness date. Pours crystal clear light orange amber color with a dense 2 finger off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap that lasts. Some fairly thick lacing sticks to the glass as you drink. Aromas of big citrus, orange peel, pine, caramel, spice, breadiness, and a bit of tropical fruits. Some nice aromas with decent strength as well. Taste of huge orange, pine, caramel, and spices. Big caramel sweetness on the front with a nice amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with pine, spice, and citrus flavors. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweetness in this as well. Medium carbonation and body with a very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish, very drinkable as well. Overall, a fantastic IPA with great balance, flavor, and drinkability.
08-20-2011 03:57:28 | More by superspak
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
650 ml bomber thanks to Solomon 420!
Pours a clean toasted orange colour, substancial head that left big bubbles sitting over top all through the sitting. Hops make no effort of hiding. Upfront hop presence offering tones of citruis, well balanced by a strong bready malt base. The alcohol started showed up in the picture fairly soon in, before the beer even warmed too much. Hops impart a good deal of bitterness, seems slightly out of balance actually. The flavour seemed to offer only the malt, becoming overly bready after little time. The hops seemed absent from the taste, while still imparting an almost unpleasant of bitterness to the mouthfeel. Reminded me of some of the better IPA's I've tried, but certainly didn't live up to them...by all regards this was a considerably well made beer, but it just didn't seem to work for me.
04-17-2007 03:31:31 | More by biegaman
4.55/5 rDev +13.8%
Bottle, poured into Sammy Smith glass. Presents a slightly hazed rich amber; the cloudiness seems to make it glow. Good solid head composed of small bubbles and some rockiness. Settle to no head in the middle but globs around the rim; like a crater.
Smell is herbal and floral hops, some sweet malt and coriander. Ginger seems to creep in there.
Taste is a very nice balance of hops, with just enough malt to keep it tame. Citrus and spice mix around, giving the beer nice complexity.
Crisp, clean, very nice. Perhaps misses the IPA mark a bit, but I really like drinking this> big ups on drinkability
05-10-2007 00:27:31 | More by Mebuzzard
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a copper orange color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light dry citrus and a bit of earthiness. This IPA smells as if it will be on the dry side. The flavor profile confirms what I expected... this IPA is definitely on the dry side, with some nice bitterness, a hint of fruit from the light malt, a touch of sandlewood, and an underlying grain flavor. The beer finishes very well, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I pick up no heat whatsoever from the alcohol.
While nothing extraordinairy, this is still a very easy to take IPA from Anderson Valley.
08-14-2011 18:49:41 | More by John_M
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A real nice orange amber color with hints of brown. Creating a wonderful three to four finger head off of tan with great retention and stickiness. Nice cap left on the glass and great retention here. Minimal circular lacing in a few places.
Nose is an herbal hop tea, of black oolong like sense, but also a good malt backbone hiding behind. Very nice smelling.
Taste is hop and a perfect mix of brown bread. This literally tastes liked baked hop bread. Hop sense of herbality replaced with pine, baked in a pan with a brown bread sense and good malt finish. Just enough resin to coat the teeth but not feel like a huge oil slick. Palate is a little alcohol hot though.
Overall this is pretty darn good, but it does give off some good boozy heat but it's tolerable. Very enjoyable beer from Anderson Valley, these guys just make fantastic brews.
09-12-2011 02:58:47 | More by smakawhat
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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