Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,913 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,913
Reviews: 1,209
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 134
Gots: 352 | 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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Photo of Gatch
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a fluffy white head. Sweet malt dominate the nose and taste. This might not be the freshest. There's a slightly boozy, sweet, sugary malt and hop balance. This tastes more like a DIPA to me. I've had this in the past and I remember it being better. I'll give it another chance in the future.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking, lightly coppery and clear with a very nice two finger head that lasted and left sheets of thick, sticky lacing down all sides of the glass.

Aroma is nice and hoppy, but there's a nearly equal aroma from the malt base. Some caramel malt makes it way through, then earthy hops.

The taste is also pretty well balanced, but slightly skewed towards the hops. I like the malt base, it's flavorful and the body is pretty full, but it doesn't overpower the hops. Plenty of hops flavors assault your tongue when you drink this, I get an earthy hops presence first, then some citrus and pine.

Drinkability is high, as this one goes down pretty easy despite the medium body and strong hop bitterness finish.

They did a good job on this beer. I will have to try more beers from this brewer.

Photo of Jenks
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma – Fairly strong malt aroma for an IPA but it is pleasant, it reminds of caramel malt with maybe just a touch of chocolate. Hop aroma is moderate and has a mint and grapefruit character. As the beer warms the most dominating aroma is the grapefruit hop.

Appearance – Nice copper/redish color which pours a thick off white head. Beer is almost clear but does have a slight haze while looking through it. The head remains throughout the drinking experience and produces some very nice lacing on the sides of the pint glass.

Flavor –The balance of this beer is very nice in the beginning of the taste. There is good hop and malt character but the beer is definitely balanced on the hop side. Towards the end of the taste, the flavor is dominated by the hops and leaves a bit of a hop bite on the tongue. The malt flavor is present but not very distinguishable behind the hops; I cannot pick out the caramel or chocolate flavors that I found in the aroma. There are no detectable fermentation flaws or issues and I cannot taste any yeast contributions to the beer.

Mouthfeel – The beer is medium-light and goes down smooth. It does have a touch of astringency which may be caused by the hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Has the bitter hopped aftertaste that is synonymous of an IPA

Overall – This is a nicely done IPA that can be enjoyed year round. It is aggressively hopped and I would have liked to have sensed some alcohol warmness to go with the strong hop bitterness so an increased grain bill would be nice but I wouldn’t want to mess with the balance and body of the beer which was done very nicely. I would also imagine that this would be better as a fresh beer to really present the hop aromas and flavor on the same level that the bitterness is present

Photo of rjp217
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. No expiration date found on the bottle or 6pack case. Pours a dark brown with a huge head, about two finger. Beautiful looking beer. Smells of floral hops, sweet malts and I get a big waft of caramel. Taste is not your average hoppy IPA. I get huge amounts of caramel, dominated the whole mouthfeel and pallet. Mild carbonation and drowned out hoppy aftertaste. This brew is so amazingly drinkable and sweet. Such a great take on an IPA. I could almost session this beer it's so drinkable. ABV is well hidden. Overall, I'm extremely impressed. This shoots close to the top of my IPA list. I see mixed reviews but I find it hard to believe. The bros hit it on the head, it's world class in my opinion.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Huge head is creamy and tannish. Great retention with sticky lacing. Clearish amber ale.

S: Moderately malty. Not much hop presence. Slightly herbal/spicy.

T/M: Smooth, pleasant, and rather unobjectionable. Slightly lemony aftertaste. Robust, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Unobjectionable, but pretty average. Better than the usual beers, but not great as an IPA.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was disappointed with this selection at the Jamison pour house.
It was very fragrant with fresh hops
Looked okay but alittle flat and the taste had a cloying bite that was a turn off. Not much in way of hops. Malty with a slight toasted taste.
I don't think it was a tap issue perhaps just old.

Photo of tbeckett
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can my Girlfriend brought back from a recent trip to Winnipeg. Who knew they got this!

A - Pours a hop hazed dark golden colour. Good carbonation. Two finger fluffy, off white head. Head is nice, thick, and pillowy. Good finger of retention with good rings of lace too.

S - Great aroma. Lot's of pine. Touch of caramel. Prickly citrus.

T - Sweet caramel up front. Lot's more pine again like the aroma. Sweet tropical fruits. Ctirussy and aggressive.

M - Good, strong carbonation. Medium body, good bitterness.

O/D - A pretty solid IPA. Really classic American take on the style. Really drinkable too.

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
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

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Odd beer. I saw the 100 rating and I was pretty excited. Pours a copper color with nice lacing. The smell is odd to me. I don't get it. Honestly, the taste was poor to me - had a chemical taste and the aftertaste was bad. I looked for an expiry date and couldn't find it, but they seem to to sell a lot here at Lower Depths. I will need to try again another time, as I didn't like this but everyone else does

Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great craft beer in a can, poured into a Leffe Tulip.
An original, a meditation beer. Sit outside and sip from a tulip glass.

A- An awesome looking beer. One of the best rounded, floaty, heads. Feel like they do something to make it so pronounced, rounded, dense, and lasting. The retention is impressive. The head is light creamy colored, and creamy looking. The lacing is lasting, strong and sticky. The beer pours hazy apricot. Best looking IPA ever. Out of a can!

S- Subtle. Not strong waft... a calm hop presence... subtle fruity citrusy scent and a bit of Sierra stream. Seriously, smells like outdoor water.

T- Lovely first impression of freshness, with inviting and not overwhelming hops. The subtle hop aroma leads to a smooth and balanced taste. The beer is honey sweet tempered with a bitter, but not overwhelming floral esters finish. Lovely and original, in the direction of STONE IPA, but lighter.
Taste gets better as you go along. A great food beer, as well as a great meditation beer.

M- I enjoy the texture of this beer: starts creamy, but has a lighter weight. lovely and refreshing, yet, not as much gravity as a STONE IPA, TITAN, or even a 21st Amendment.

O- A must try, original ipa. Lighter smell, fresh, not over whelming, with no cliche, very original, outdoorsy, cascade hops.

Very exciting beer!

Photo of FLima
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with lots of thick off-white head with good retention and leaving laces, actually almost a curtain on the glass.
Good citric aroma from its hops with notes of grapefruit and a bit of passion fruit, and hints of pine.
Nice bitter and flavorful taste, slightly toasted malts with a citric and fruity taste with hints of grapefruit. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with good carbonation and tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7% ABV is simply not felt.
Quality beer and very well balanced American IPA. Very drinkable for its style.

Photo of ckollias
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish-amber hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Citrus – Malt – and hops aroma.

T: Sweet malt up front followed by a solid hop punch to the face. Finished slightly dry and tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid IPA – well balanced and hoppy.

Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - This is the second can out of a six pack that immediately gushed all over the counter. I managed to save two thirds of the contents. Obviously, I had a glass full of tan foam. It settled rather quickly to reveal a cloudy, orange beverage with golden highlights.

S - I stick my nose in the glass and get some grapefruit and orange aromas. There is also a fair amount of bready malt. It kind of reminds me of honey on a biscuit.

T - The citrus aromas translate to citrus flavors. It starts out with orange and grapefruit. Then it gives way to a sweet bread taste. The finish is bitter grapefruit.

M - It is kind of full bodied for and IPA with less carbonation than I would say is normal. Probably due to the massive release of CO2 when I cracked it open.

O - This is a balanced IPA with a bitter finish. It is not my style of IPA though. Hopefully, I remember to open the others over the sink.

Photo of TheMarkE
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Nice copper shade with a very good head and amazingly sticky lacing.

Smell: Orange peel, pine, and a touch of malt.

Taste: Bitter citrus hops and sweet hops, with some spice and herbal flavor thrown in. Very good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with a moderate bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Excellent. Good balance between sweet malts and bitter hops, this is everything an IPA should be.

Photo of strimpf
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass clear amber with a fluffy, white head. The nose is very flowery pine notes with some slight astringent smell I can't describe any better..
There wasn't much front-end flavor, just the piney taste of hops. Seems like the malt took a holiday. The finish was fairly strong and lingering with bitter pineyness.
I don't want to use the word 'slimy' to describe the feel, but it was kind of like that. Slight tingle of carbonation on the tongue. Not unpleasant but less than expected.
With the pretty pour and flowery smell, I was hoping for some complex flavors and crispness, but was left a little disappointed. That said, this is not a bad IPA. Don't let the can fool you.

Photo of 3beerdudes
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought single 12oz bottle. Poured into tulip pint glass. Clear, deep amber/rust color with two finger head. Smelled pine with a hint of citrus in the background. First sip was good, not overbearing. Second taste was better than the first. There is not any undesirable aftertaste; drinkable, not overly hoppy, I could definitely drink another without feeling weighted down. This is a solid IPA that would appeal to those who like IPAs that don't punch them in the face. (Beer dude #3)

Photo of mxchap
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber (almost exactly like a Bass). Surprisingly creamy head.
Aroma: Fairly subtle hop aroma (citrusy). Bit of pale malt.
Taste: Somewhat bitter, mostly citrus flavor (cascade and centennial?). Somewhat stale taste
at the end.
Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation and resin from hops.
Overall: Middle of the road IPA.

Photo of charlzm
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Consumed on March 14th, 2013 in a 12 oz. Samuel Adams "perfect" beer glass. Served at 50 degrees F.

Beer pours a clear, brilliant yellow. Plenty of head on this one: three fingers of meringue-like, nearly-pillowy yellowish foam. It eventually settles down into a super-sheeting layer of foam.

Aromas are present but not especially amazing: orange peel, some dank, musty almost-funk, traces of pine.

Flavor is a touch skunky off the bat. Some biscuity malt but mainly aspirin-like bitterness. A touch of bitter orange peel as well. Not really all that well-put-together.

Mouthfeel is prickly and dry while at the same time managing a creaminess. Neat trick.

Overall, this one works well enough, I suppose, but it's far from one of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of lunarbrew
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very good looking beer. Head retention is very impressive. The head is light caramel color and very creamy. The lacing is strong and sticky. The beer pours clear with a rich amber color.

S- Definitely a clear hop presence, although the aroma is not terribly rich. There is a pretty fruity citrusy scent of grapefruit and lemon.

T- The nice subtle hop aroma leads to a pretty smooth and balanced ipa. The beer is relatively sweet (mostly honey) with a bitter, but not overwhelming finish. The finish is mostly floral with lingering grapefruit. Definitely fits the style.

M- I really enjoy the texture of this beer: very creamy, heavy, and full-bodied. I may expect a lighter mouth feel from an ipa like this with larger bubbles and less carbonation, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

O- A very enjoyable ipa. I would prefer a fuller and richer cascade aroma, but the flavor and texture were exciting and well executed. Will drink another...Soon.

Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled-on date in sight.

A: a brilliant orange/copper hue. bubbly, slightly off-white head. great retention. tons of lacing.

S: slightly floral, mostly malty. a little bit of apple juice. some orange juice too. nothing in your face, aroma-wise.

T: sweet and citrus. great blend of hops and caramel malt here. a little bit of bitter orange peel. a little bit of bubblegum too. not too shabby.

M: average/full carb. medium body.

D: a good IPA for sure, but nothing great. maybe this isn't as fresh as it should be, but LABEL YOUR bottles! I would love to know how old this was...otherwise drinkable for sure.

Photo of SerialHiker
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a sunny light orange to copper…very bright…thick, whitish head formed about a finger width thick and remained…transparent in nature, I can see some bubble action in the middle…a good lookin’ brew…(4.25/5)

Smell: Pineapple, orange citrus hops notes balanced with plenty of grassy/bready/barley malt aroma…some earthy hops spice bite, but very malty for an IPA overall…has a touch of cheap beer bitterness to it…some light floral tones in there as well…good, but not pungent…(3.5/5)

Taste: Earthy, piney, mildly robust hops up front and throughout…it really does run the garden as far as hops flavors go: earthy, piney, mildly citrus, mildly floral/herbal…earthy/grassy/bready/barley flavored malt that does compliment well and is noticeably different that the traditional sweet caramel malts most brewers are using in their IPA’s these days…the more I drink, the more the grassy/floral hops show and leave any piney/citrus hops flavor that may have been present earlier…something though for me is off…(3.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation…fluffs up bringing light, grassy bitterness to the palate…has a cheaper beer (a cheaper beer with tremendous mouthfeel) taste when this happens, but it isn’t necessarily a turnoff…wet, smooth, mildly robust…tons of earthy/grassy bitterness on the palate in the after taste that lingers…the carbonation and bitterness are as expected, I just don’t prefer the grassy tinge that comes along…(3.25/5)

Overall: This is a good beer, but now that I’m reading the bottle, I know why I don’t necessarily find it to be a “great beer” and that’s the Northwest hops…I should have known that this was a NW IPA by the copper color, but the taste really is identifiable…there’s an earthy robustness to this beer that I do like but the addition of roses and bergamot have added a floral/grassiness that turns me off a bit…it’s definitely worth sticking in a mix-a-six for experimentation, but I would have a hard time finding room in my heart (and fridge) for an entire sixer…if you like the NW hops flavor, this one is for you, otherwise, venture elsewhere…(3.5/5)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml purple can. Pours out a hazed yet bright copper hue, lots of carbonation culminating in a tall frothy ivory head with excellent retention. Sticky coral-like lacing.

Slightly bready malt on the nose, lemon and grapefruit rind present as a citrus element. Some grassy and pine notes as well.

Sweet bready malt up front in the flavour, herbal, citrusy, spicy hops on the back end. Well-balanced.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, velvety smooth texture, with moderate carbonation.

A clean and well-balanced IPA, that's where the strength of this one lies, making it a very drinkable example of the style without being a lopsided hop-bomb.

Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a wonderful cloudy amber color. Just a beautiful looking beer. There isn’t much head nor aroma. I smell some hops, but it’s gentle.

There are some grapefruit flavor in a fresh bright tickle. There’s that West Coast piney flavor that IPAs over there have.

There isn’t too much of a body and unfortunately, the flavor falls off the tongue all too fast. There’s a bit of bitterness at the end, but that’s it. It has some spot on West Coast IPA IPA flavors, but it lacks a bit of depth. I would surely love it to just session as you can keep going in for more. Then again, there's something about that, which so attractive.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can with no apparent canned on date present. Interesting that this beer is also packaged in bottles, as I have only seen the cans available here in Illinois. My fifth review of a beer coming from a can!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy burnt sienna orange color with a finger of doughy off-white head. Very appealing scattered lacing.

S - Can smell it from a distance. Juicy citrus grapefruit / orange hops, and a healthy dose of pine.

T - Lightly bitter / fruity hops and sweet bready malts in the foreground. Nicely balanced, to be sure, although I would have thought it would have been more bitter judging by the smell. Sweet tea leaf taste in the finish. Very nice light bodied feel and wonderful balance. Extremely tasty.

M - Some sticky hop resins lingering, but all in all, a smooth, clean, creamy feel. More bitterness present in the aftertaste, than when I was drinking it almost.

Overall, a delicious beer, my first offering from Anderson Valley Brewing Co., definitely looking forward to trying more. Highly drinkable stuff, with a nice 7.00% abv that isn't noticeable at all. I would be interested in having this beer from the bottle also, and seeing how it differs from the canned version, if at all. Regardless, it's a beer I will definitely try again.

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA ---4/5.

Photo of Mojo
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle -> Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This beer pours up an amazing clear deep gold with a very fluffy off white two finger head. Retention was unbelievable. I sipped this one and even an hour later there was still a visible head. Lacing rings stuck to the glass in beautiful ringlets. Nose is citrus, earthy pine, and resin. Taste is a powerful malt well balanced with a wonderful citrus hoppiness to finish. Mouthfeel is amazing with just the right amount of carbonation. This one needs to be sought out if you have never had it before.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,913 ratings.