Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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90
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Reviews: 1,190
Hads: 2,932
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 135
Gots: 366 | 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 bigjohn
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer was a hazy amber color, very rich and pleasing with about an inch of head. The lacing on the side of the glass was thick and stuck around throughout the beer. The smell was strong hops, tough to pick out anything but those hops. The taste, as the smell predicted was pure hoppy goodness. There were some slight traces of malt, but the hops dominate this one. Mouthfeel was solid. The alcohol is well hidden, I had no idea it was 7% until I looked at the bottle a little more carefully. Not the easiest brew in the world to drink, I would say one or two of these is plenty. Excellent IPA, one of my favorites to date. (674 characters)

Photo of abents
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light reddish brown with a thick white head and great lacing.

Smell: Lots o' hops. Citrusy aroma present as well as some sweet malty notes.

Taste: A first burst malty sweetness makes the contrast of citrusy sour hops stand out even more. Then the beer bitters out and provides one wallop of a bitterness to it. Dries out in the end and leaves your mouth tasting of bitter and spices.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium brew medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very bitter so drinking a lot might be tough. But it goes down pretty smooth.

A nice IPA, probably not one of my top 5, but still quality. (615 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a light brown color with a bubbly tan colored head. Pretty nice lacing. The scent is a delicious sap/oil/hop smell. This beer's taste is all about the hops. Other flavors are a bit tough to pick up on, but you can notice some alcohol in this brew. Its a very sticky brew, i have the mental image of sticky sap all over the brewery when they make this one. (368 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy orangey amber, like dark honey. An impressive off-white head, dense and bubbly, expands instantly, then dwindles rather slowly. Expansive cobwebs of sticky lacing wind around the inside of the glass.

The aroma has two initial pillars: the toffee sweetness of malt, and the piney citrus of hops. A flirty note of creamy vanilla surfaces and sounds quickly, followed by a muted perfumey air at the finish.

At first taste, a sturdy caramel malt sweetness is quickly subverted by a dusty-dry juicy grapefruit presence. After that 180, the grain character re-establishes itself, along with an almost resinous pine undercurrent. A bready yeast note meanders in toward the end, then fades to a spicy dry bitterness at the finish. The ambitious malt profile leavens well the beefy malt spine.

Medium bodied, the prodigious hops grant an oily but appealing perception. The hops also leave a luminous glow across the tongue.

These are indeed some hard working hops, and their labors pay off by buoying up the healthy malt presence to provide a well-rounded and saucy flavor. The grain bellies up to the bar and lends nice body, while the hops grasp your attention and refresh brightly. If hops are your bag, and they are certainly mine, then drinking this is a pleasurable and rewarding pursuit. As I said, this beer works hard, and that makes enjoying it quite easy. (1,390 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

Awesomely girthy, tall, pizza-crust-bubbly, reddish tan head on the pour -- almost fell out of the glass -- and slowly descends. Some nice streaks of lace hold to the glass.

Color is deep, brilliant orange.

Smell is a suave wallop of hops -- pine cones, grapefruit peels, a faint edge of pineapple juice. A great nose here.

Taste opens with a strong, sharp bolt of cheek-puckering hops. Some more citrusy notes appear in the middle. The finish is of singed lemon grass, pine resin -- and lasts long.

Malts are barely noticeable behind the slam dance of hops. But I can almost pick up on a thin backbone of malt sweetness -- far afield as it is -- throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel: a mild amount of carbonation, and a smooth, very drinkable body.

This ranks high on the chart of west coast IPA's. (881 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (516 characters)

Photo of KingSlender
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley's Hop 'Ottin has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This IPA is great in every way. It pours a golden yellowish-orange and is quite creamy for a beer of this style. A thick off-white head foams up quickly and the nose is a potpourri of hops and citrus. The hop leaf bites the tongue as you take the first sip. It's followed by a pine and orange-like surge that flows smoothly out of the glass. As this beer warms the citrus characteristics become a little more pronouced. I have to reiterate the fact that this beer is very hoppy and will please hop heads alike.

The King recommends drinking this beer with a bag of Snyders Jalapeno Pretzel bites. (672 characters)

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

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy, deep amber color. A two-finger, off-white head rose up easily to and took a very long time to settle back down into the beer. As it did so, it became dense and fluffy and left a good portion of itself behind, stuck to the side of the glass. There was always some amount of foam present floating on this beer for the entire time that it was in the glass. Lots of lace left behind.

Smell: At first, the aroma was very light and, surprisingly enough, not very hoppy. There were some grapefruit-like notes of hops that flitted about, but they were in no way the dominating smell. Nice, roasted malt, reminescent of both bread and crackers, was the main component of the aroma. This was combined with a sharp fruitiness that smelled kind of tart, but thickly sweet as well. However, as the beer sat in the glass, the aroma developed into what I have come to expect from an IPA. A good, sharp, grapefruit hops smell balanced well against some nice, roasted malt. Ah, that's much better.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good, heavy feel on the back of the tongue. Nice and smooth, as well, with just a light carbonation tickle when it hit the back of the throat.

Taste: Upfront was some lightly sweet, lightly roasted malt. Then, in the middle came a decent dose of hops. They were definitely citrusy, becoming more herbal and menthol-like as the flavor progressed into the finish and on into the aftertaste. Also on the finish was a continuation of the sweet malt flavor that appeared earlier, but as time went on, it developed into a deeply roasted flavor that balanced out and complimented the hops very well.

This is a solid, well-balanced IPA. It was not the hops powerhouse that I (for some reason) thought it was going to be. Very nice.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut. (You know that the local beer scene sucks when you have to have someone from Connecticut bring a beer to you in Kansas that was made in California.) (2,034 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-gold with hints of red, two finger pillowy tan head, lasts as a floating mushroom cap. Bits of lace form partial rings. Highly carbonated.
Very hoppy aroma, woody and citric, quite floral.
Lemon and orange rind taste, toasted malt, a buttery honey note.
Nice bitterness level, not too obscene. Medium feel, smooth with a bit of a bite. (345 characters)

Photo of MobBarley
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is legend in Northern CA, so I picked some up for old times sake. Pours a rusty pumpkin color with a mysterious yeasty haze that suggests a formidable brew. The head is thick and resembles freshly whipped cream.

Hops dominates the nose up front, and there is some creamy honey-sweet maltiness lurking in the background. Complex smell for an IPA.

The taste is heavenly and as expected quite hoppy. Rindy hops dominate up front, with notes of pine, live hops, and bready yeast synchretising in the middle before a finish that combines citrusy sourness with fresh honey. A peristent bitterness clings to the roof of the mouth. A fine, fine IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little thin on this one, perhaps because of the lack of hops/malt balance. Could use more carbonation in my estimation, but refreshing still.

Drinkability here is lower than that for most IPAs because of the imposing ABV. However, it is worth drinking two for the taste alone. More of a sipping ale for a drinker of my ilk. (1,004 characters)

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber poured from a scenic bottle that sports a horny bear. Interesting aroma. At first it reminded me of hints of nail polish remover. It was slightly medicinal in alchohol aroma with bold malt and floral hops mixing in the smells. Tastes of boald toasted malt with floral hop bite finishes with fruity (perhaps plum/raisin sweetness. Bold and full mouthfeel. This drinks well for one or two but not more in my book (430 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

being a fan of the pale ale, i nabbed this in need of a hop fix. pours a clear amber with a patchy head. aromas of big citrus hops, piney ones too. some alcohol in the nose as well as some tea and a slightly medicinal note. basically it smells like a tough ass IPA. taste wise? it tastes like a tough ass IPA. big citrus hops, grapefruit, a good smack of alcohol, fruity and tart, i love it. smooth slick mouthfeel, just a well rounded big IPA. this maybe the king of west coast big hoppy brews IMO. good shwaithe.

$3.49 for a bomber. (537 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tarnished copper hue with an impressive sticky head. Huge citrus hop aroma with hints of toffee underlying. The first taste screams of bitter, citrusy hops with earthy undertones paired with a sufficient malt presence. This big brew makes a statement in the wide-world of California IPAs. The finish is thick and floral, unable to escape the raging hop presence that defines this ale. (397 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold with a thick fluffy head. Nice floral hoppy aroma with fruit notes, Crystal? Very similar to Rogues Brutal Bitter. Flavor has good grainy malt blended well with lots of hops that really make this a bitter IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and wet. Finishes bitter that lingers. Nice retention. (314 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This IPA poured a clear, reddish-amber color with good, off-white foam the clung to the glass and left some lace. The smell was dominated by floral hops but with some malt (hint of sweetness), and traces of butter and oak. The taste was bitter and resinous hops fairly well balanced with malt but with a bit of oakiness. The finish and aftertaste were very hoppy. The mouthfeel was a bit harshly hoppy with medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this IPA was very dry. The drinkability was OK. (531 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Generally don't mention the bottle, but this one features a uniquely cool metallic purple border framing a pen-and-ink mountainscape, complete with a moose drinking from a reflecting pond--it's pretty neat.

A normal pour produces a thick tan head that lasts for a moderately long time.Very thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Beer is a clear, glowing golden amber. Very nice.

Smell: Booming hops produce an array of floral and citrus notes, a great IPA aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderately high alcohol and hop oils blend with fine carbonation to produce a wonderful, tongue-coating mouthfeel--good stuff here. Malt and a bit of grain are beaten senseless by huge hop flavors. If you're a hop lover, you'll love this one.

Drinkability: At 7%, a bit hefty for a session beer. Still, I'd be willing to give it a shot. This is terrifically satisfying, substantial IPA. Definitely one of the better IPAs out there, it's awesome. (950 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer pours a deep and clear amber color with a majestic creamy off white head that produces a fine curtain of lace to seal off the glass. Large hop floral nose that is crisp and sweet, backed up my a earthy malt tone, a real treat to sniff, start is rich in malt, sweet and the top middling in its feel. Finish is all hops, robust, pleasantly bitter, with the sweet malt backing it all up, carbonation is delightful and the aftertaste dry and bitter sweet, what a treat, and a favorite beer in any form. (525 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy copper with a great deal of head that lasted...left nice lacing too...

Aroma was of citrus and malt...

Taste...citrusy hops mixed nicely with some malty flavor...dry throughout...ends slightly bitter...

Mouthfeel is nice and filling...

Drinkability...very good...i could drink many of these in a sitting (329 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured out a nice amber orange color with a pretty creamy and dense white head. Slightly hazed. Nice lemony citrus hop aroma. There’s some sweet malt in the body, but the hop bitterness makes the beer dry. This reminds me of a lighter bodied Hop Devil. It’s very tasty and is highly drinkable. I detect some sweet apples and a pleasant fruitiness. There’s also an oaky, woody character hiding in there, too. Finishes dry with a tang of grapefruit. I really like this beer. (484 characters)

Photo of winomark
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep copper hue with a thick foamy head.

Aroma: Nice hop spiciness. Citrus notes also. A hophead's delight.

Taste: Strong hop bitterness. Malt in the background. Quite dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Coating upfront, wht good hoppiness. Somewhat short on the finish, IMO.

Drinkability: Easy-drinking IPA, with good balance. Will definitaly try again. (382 characters)

Photo of soilguy
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hophead alert! Let me start by saying that the IPA is one of my favorite styles, but this is a beer that I found to be totally dominated by hops. I strained to attempt to detect some hint of malt or even alchohol peeking through, but the aggressive hops squashed all attempts. While this type of beer may be appealing to some, I found it to be just too one-sided. It had a very pleasant grassy-citrusy aroma, and the hop flavor itself was not unpleasant. It should be labeled a "hop tea", and not a beer. Malt, where are you? (525 characters)

Photo of Lafe
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this beer revealed a beautiful amber and exceptionally clear beer. The aroma immediately assaulted my sinuses, and I breathed in a heady PNW hop bouquet. The pour left a quarter-inch, tight, white head.

Upon tasting, I notice a strong spicy/citrusy character from the hops firmly backed with a sweet malt profile. The mouthfeel is heavier than expected in an IPA, almost leaving a "coated" feeling on the tongue. The after-taste is predictably bitter and surprising in its lack of harshness. The head dissapated rather quickly, leaving only a tracing of lace on the glass, but the beautiful amber color kept up appearances.

Over all, I would say that this is only a session beer for hop heads, but that any serious beer drinker should give this beer a try, as it is an excellent example of the style. (814 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bear with antlers, oh this oughta' be good. Pours a beautiful dark amber or copper. Beautiful head. The head lasted through the whole beer. Hoppy and malty nose. Taste comes across as strong grapefruit and a hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good leaves a thick coating feeling on the tongue. Very heavy bodied. Strong alchohol content. This is a fine beer. I would say this is a one at a time beer though. One of the finest American IPAs. (436 characters)

Photo of oldgrowth
2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper color. Small head. Dissappeared quickly. Hints of vanilla, carmel, floral. Kinda medicine scent. Took a while to come through, little stronger as it warmed up. Wicked bitter, green hops and honey. Clean crisp in mouth. Drinkable, though very one dimensional. Would hardly call it "Complex" as the label does. I like bitter, but I would bring up the malts some. (381 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hop Ottin' has a translucent amber color with a foamy, sticky whitish head. Decent lacing and pretty durable.
Smell was pretty typical for a West Coast IPA, mild caramel with strong floral and pine notes.
Taste was a pretty one-sided affair with a strong citrusy grapefruit taste to lead off. As it hits the back of the palate there's a powerful piney bitterness that lingers well after you've swallowed it.
Feel was medium-bodied, smooth and slick.
Hop Ottin' is just too bitter for my taste. I really can't put it any plainer than that. Maybe this would have rated higher if I'd had it before Hop Devil, but I doubt it. I'll leave Hop Ottin' for the hopheads out there. (675 characters)

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.