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Hop Ottin' IPA | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good
1,215 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,215
Ratings:
3,065
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
19.3%
 
 
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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Reviews: 1,215 | Ratings: 3,065
Photo of trumick
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with thin head that disapates quickly. There is a huge amount of lace all around the glass

Scent is great, it is sweet, fruity, malty, and nice citrus hops.

Taste, aaaa, well, not what I expected. Very sweet up front, kind of watery with an almost chemical taste. It does finish with hops and again che-m-i-cal (oooo, I hate to say that, but that is what I taste).

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp.

Drinkability is ok, but the taste is just not what I expected from an IPA. I won't buy this one again.

This beer will fool you with the lable and the scent but it is not what a good IPA is all about.

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Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with a nice fluffy off white head that lasts with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is mostly grapefruity hops with floral hints on top of light malt. Taste is sweet malt hints of caramel then hops floral citrusy flavors with the patented tounge coating of pine resins. Next something strange happens it might be my imagination but drank this in two different sessions to make sure, feels like and tastes like someone slipped a shot of water in after the hops get this cleaning water like finish? Might just be me lossing my mind but swear thats what it feels and tastes like . Anyway hurts my impression of this IPA try it most people seem to like it. Think I will stick to Avery for good regular IPA.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. The bottle has a fun description on the back and uses ANderson Valley, CA slang, which is a nice touch.

The beer pours with a frothy white head that thins slowly. A nice golden color to it. Aroma is thick with hops as well as a malty nose and great floral scents. Smells a bit rosy.

The flavor is hops hops and more hops. Nice floral hops dominate but are not overpowering or offputting. The flavor is tangy and sweet. Smooth palate with a crisp bread ending.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium brown with a huge head that lasted forever. great lace. Smells of citrus and floral hops, hops, hops. Taste is similar the the smell, citrus, floral and hops everywhere. Mouthfeel is good - not too heavy at all. To me its drinkability is OK, only because I am not a huge hop head. Nice bitter aftertaste. This is a very good IPA and well worth the price. Pick some up if you can.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, good sized head.

Aroma full of citrus hops, bitterness, and a light caramel like sweetness.

Medium bodied, lots of citrus hops up front, mixing with a strong bitterness midway through. A light flowery sweetness is present the whole way through. It finishes up with a pleasant bitterness and nut like flavor.

A very well crafted IPA. Wish I'd bought more than one.

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Photo of bruachan
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with a nice finger or two of head, superb lacing frosts inside of the glass. taste definitely reminded me of AV's boont amber ale. nice fruity/citrusy hops ("hard working" according to the bottle's translation of "Hop Ottin"). malts were tasty and a little sweeter than other AIPAs, but certainly nothing to object to

definitely one of the finer IPAs around. delicious and very nice to look at

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Photo of donnebaby
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, cloudy, 50% opaque amber orange body, very nice, very nice. Feathery light tan orange foam powders up against the wall of the glass. Lots of "stickin" around.

Fruity fermenting tropical orange apple hop stench blows away. Very fruity hops here, especially holding up the background.

In the mouth, the rich fruity hops stop, fizzle out creamily, and then start up again in the aftertaste. Rich, rich taste, almost a little over the top, especially as the alcohol notes kick in. That said, although it's on the bubble perhaps of being out-of-control, there seems to be an excellent malt/hops balance. Fresh fruit hops don't go away, ever.

Felt like one of these would probably be enough for its intensity.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ambery/copper color with a fluffy light beige head. Piney, grassy and malty aromas paired with some light citrus notes. Floral and perfumy. For how aggressively hopped this beer is, it's surprisingly malty, too. It touches on caramel malts and the grapefruity citrusness shines in it's dry finish. Full bodied and drinkable. One of the better American IPAs I've had.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a light amber color with a small off white head that leaves a nice lace. There is a distinctive grapefruit hop aroma. A sharp grapefruit flavor jumps all over your tongue with a hint of malt in the middle. Then an smooth bitter hop finish. An enjoyable hoppy beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light reddish-brown body is topped by a medium, dense, yellowish head that lasts nicely. The aroma is distinctly fresh, leafy hops. There's a lot of centennial like almost grapefruit. The malt in the flavor is a bit of caramel and really not quite up to the level of the hopping, but this is a well-hopped beer. Lingering bitterness is strong but not overwhelming, harsh or unpleasant.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hazy light brown beer had a frothy head that almost looked like it was borrowed from a root beer. A sweet brown sugar aroma offered an interesting contrast to the subtle hop notes and foreshadowed the beers emphasis on balance. It was an incredibly sweet ale with just enough parallel hop intensity to keep interest and drink ability. After trying some other Hop Monsters at the Throwdown, this brew seemed tame and perhaps too drinkable. I will definitely seek it out again, and further explore the products of this brewery.

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Photo of oracle
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrived looking pretty much like your typical american IPA. Medium amber color, dense head, moderate lacing.

The smell was a little unsual with a much more floral sweet smell than I expected, although the strong citrusy hops did annouce their presence quite firmly.

Taste was simply outstanding, lots of hops, but with fruity sweetness that was more raison than anything else.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle. Pours a rich, slightly hazy (clears up quick) amber crowned with an amazing 3-fingered creamy white foam head that settles with a very respectable lace with plenty of stick on the glass; clingy and rocky.

Light malts. Resiny, herbal citric hop aroma. Pine. Perfumy.

Smooth. Near full-bodied. Sweet malty base with notes of caramel, grain, a touch of bread crusts and toffee edges. Mild fruitiness of green raisins. Wonderful hoppy character with a resiny grip of hop oils, notes of wood, smack of dulled citric rind, herbal, soft pine sap, prickly spice. Drying nutty finish with a leafy coarse feel on the palate with faint notes of toffee.

A superior American IPA. Balanced, but hoppoliciously aggressive. Highly drinkable, but complex. Oh yeah ... I dig this beer.

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Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on tap (than you Redbones) and now in the bottle. A very consistent beer across both. It pours great, one of the better heads I’ve seen recently. The smell is a nice balance of citrus and hops. I like a bee to walk up and slap me, and this delivers. It has a good sharp bite when first sipped that sticks with you. The hop bite stays around for a while, so this is a beer that you can enjoy for a long time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been on a hop frenzy as of late and with a name like Hop Ottin IPA I couldn’t pass this one up even with a sixer of Smutty Nose IPA in hand. What the hell is up with the bear with the antlers? This one comes out a nice amber orange color with a tremendous off white head that comes billowing out the glass is you are too careless. The giant pillow of a head eventually falls to a quarter inch head that stays with you thru the consumption of the beer and leaves and excellent coating lacing all around the glass that seems to cling of indefinitely. Hell there is even the head in the bottom of the glass after the beer is gone and I drank it fairly slow. Aroma is full of citrus hops kicking about and a bit of a sweet malt balancing out all the hop ottin going on in the nose. Up front in the taste is the sweet caramel flavor of malt before the grapefruit and orange citrus hop flavors come through. These hops defiantly dominate after showing up on the palette and don’t relent until minutes after you’ve swallowed. A nice dry bitter after taste is present that is a bit citrus in nature. Excellent mouthfeel with a creamy coating flavor and good carbonation. This is defiantly a sessionable beer as I could easily sit and drink the 6 I have and want more afterwards. Very good IPA that I recommend to all and especially the hopheads, maybe I will figure out the antler bear after a few more.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in a pint glass with an inch and half of yellowish-off white head and a rich amber colored body.

Smell: Ahhh. A very prim and proper american IPA with loads of pine and citric "juice" from the hops. Not overdone, but obviously more accentuated than the malts.

Taste: This is just one solid IPA. It has a lot of sweet hop flavor with exceptional citrus notes of orange and grapefuit. There is some nice pine in the finish that tastes of freshly cut hops. The malt is rich and sweet, yet finishes dryly with a biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced, this offers a great blend of body and viscosity with enough lightness to quaff it endlessly.

Drinkability: This is a true session beer, not overloaded with palette crushing bitterness, but not fizzy and weak either. Absolutely great for drinking, but not the "best" IPA I've had either. A nice one to try, and maybe buy a case of.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Anam Cara:

Appearance: This beer came out a nice clear copper without any haze. A fluffly lacy head appears and sticks to the glass briefly.

Smell: Hints of caramel and strong hop aromas, also some biscuit and breadlike smells hit the nose. also some wet grass notes and slight spices. Smells yummy.

Taste: Upfront tones of good malt character. Bread, biscuit, and caramel smack the pallate. This beer finishes with a nice bitter hop flavor and a final dryness which goes quite well.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice body, and carbonation is just right. A well balanced beer that combines hops and malts quite well.

Drinkability: This is a nice IPA which goes down nicely. The 7% ABV is unnoticeable due to the nice combination of hops and malts.

Overall a nice IPA that isn't too powerful, but is perfectly balanced..

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought home a 12 oz. bottle from my recent trip to Seattle. Attractive label doesn't provide much in the way of real information, but the text in the back implies that honey is an ingredient. No freshness info.

Pours a cloudy light orange under a 1.5 finger tan head with good body, nice sticky lace and good staying power. The nose is fiarly mild and floral - all hops. The mouth is very prickly and quite heavy or thick. The taste is one dimensional - strong espresso bitter from the beginning, dry and almost harsh. There's a touch of floral sweetness, but it is much too weak to provide a counter to the almost choking harshness. This brew is too sharp, unpolished, unbalanced. The aftertaste is long, but too bitter, rather like chewing on coffee grinds. There are much better.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, apricot colored body with a large, fluffy, ivory colored head that hangs around forever. Lots of patch lacing is left around the glass.

Aroma is all hops, all the time. Lemon, lemonrind, orange, grapefruit, pine, and honeysuckle serve up a major bouquet of fruity and floral hops, with a touch of bitter pine.

Mouthfeel is grabbing, as hop resins coat the entire mouth. Medium bodied, and carbonation is medium to high.

Mostly hops in the taste, as well. Grapefruit and orange zest bitterness here, with a hint of sweet caramel malt on the undercard. The hops take over completely midway through, and this finishes bitter and dry, with a grapefruit rind aftertaste.

The drinkability is just fine, as the 7% abv gets buried in all the hops. Definitely an IPA for hop lovers.

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

Pastoral, colorful purple landscaped label with BA brownie points for the secret write-up on the side that says “brewed with the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops, and pristine Boonville mineral water. And hops” but the label is lacking any freshness info.

Super cloudy all orange hazy pour with bushy foamy head that descends to a scant beige coating, turning into slight lacework to the sides. Little flakes are suspended in this brew.

Stand up scents of ever present fruity hops and yeast. A sweet floral bouquet of hoppy & piney resins pervade.

Robust fruity mix of grapefruit slices, citrusy lemons, and some caramel malts to balance out somewhat, but not too much, of the hop til ya drop hoppiness. No real depth in the flavor department, but some nice acidic tongue sizzle.

Last swigs: A good one dimensional IPA. Missing some flavor complexity, but decent. Maybe this Mendocino CA brew is attempting to compete with Stone IPA, but Hop Ottin is a competitor on the heels, and at 7% no slouch. Reminds me of Stone IPA somewhat,but more candy in the flavor.

Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

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Photo of budsboy
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours the typical medium amber orange with a fairly large white head that leave some lacing.

Hop nose is understated for an IPA and sweet malt is apparent. A faint spicy scent as well.

Taste is bitter from the onset, hops are again understated. An unpleasant sourness is present, but fleeting. Bitterness hangs on well after this one passes the gullett.

It has a stingin, biting mouthfeel and fairly light.

I'll pass on this for a better IPA. This might be a good starter IPA for those who aren't ready for a hop-o-rific beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Hop Ottin' pours a hazy golden-orange with a large, frothy white head that has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is appealing floral hops with some subtle, almost caramel sweetness.

The taste is some slightly sweet caramel malts initially, and then bang! come the bitter hops. It follows with a strong, bitter, lingering aftertaste. It's medium bodied and the bitterness coats your mouth.

Overall, a decent IPA. I thought it could have used more balance. I tend to prefer IPAs with more citrus tones and less of a bitter aftertaste. This was much more bitter in the bottle than I remember from drinking it on tap.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap: at Papago's Scottsdale, AZ - Color is semi clear, dark goldish bronze color with a thin off-white cap, lacing in thin webby stings. Aroma is quite fruity and floral with hops, mildly so, determined yet subtle with malty fruitiness closing in on some melon and apple. Taste is fruity with apply notions and pear, floral herbs much like a tea are fairly dominant. Bittering is in check by alot due to the overwhelming amount of sweetness that actually isn't overwhelming. This has a unique balance, but the flavors stay fruity throughout. Feel is a solid medium body, creamy and smooth and lightly crisp with just the right amount of bite. Yummifingly drinkable stuff.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a hazy, cloudy glowing orange-caramel, forming a large sticky, soapy dark beige head with excellent retention and wonderfully sticky lacing. Aroma is ripe with wonderful piney and citric hops, with a distinctly juicy amarillo twang, caramel cookies, and a large malt body. Carbonation is medium. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium body and hop astringent finish. Taste is great...Begins with the mentioned green, oily, leafy and juicy amarillo hops, but it's not overwhelming, balanced by a toasty and substantial amber and pale malt body with caramel overtones. The bitterness is medium with a pleasant toasty malt and juicy hop dryness and sustained hop notes. There is a touch of raw clover honey, herbal spiciness and a touch of skunky marijuanna that might distinguish it from other IPA's, but this is one of the top 10 IPA's out there as far as I'm concerned. Alcohol is imperceptable, no off flavors. Finish is spicy and dry.

Wonderfully done...rich and full with hop flavor, yet never abrasive. This is a nice balance between a Midwest IPA and a West-Coast IPA. Full of flavor and satisfying...I think this is great stuff...probably the best I've had from this brewery.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.