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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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90
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2,274 Ratings
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Ratings: 2274
Reviews: 1156
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%


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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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BigHead

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very clear amber orange brew with an off-white head that is about 1/4" thick. A floral hoppy aroma is welcoming along with hints of lemon and honey. Boy, this is a hoppy beer, not that I have a problem with that, it's just that it is more bitter than I care for. Leaves a metallic finish and so far, no showing of the honeysoaked malts as mentioned on the bottle. There is some lemon zing, it just feels like lemon juice squeezed from those little plastic lemons. I guess I want more malt flavor to balance the hop flavor a little. The floral hops dominate, just not the hop flavor I am used to, I guess. Not bad, but I prefer Stone's IPA. The bite does mellow a little further along.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 09:34:42 | More by BigHead
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beerguy101

California

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color, medium head. Aroma is floral and spicy. A Very hoppy IPA. Nice malts flavor. A medium bodied IPA. Nice flavor. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean, very smooth. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter. Very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 17:28:14 | More by beerguy101
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drewbage

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on cask at the 2003 San Diego Real Ale Festival

This might be one of the most surprising beers at the SD Real Ale Festival. Normally, this beer is one that screams with the hops. However, the cask conditioning really brought out the malt.

The brew presents a sandalwood hop and malt aroma. Piney hops start the flavor, but quickly fade out to a caramel malt body that holds off the onslaught of the finishing hops.

Serving type: cask

05-31-2003 23:53:43 | More by drewbage
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far333

Connecticut

2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color with a huge orangey, frothy head that leaves crusty peaks like meringue as it dissipates. Aroma is of hop, citrus, and pine. The taste is a quick hops kick, plus a sharp lemon flavor, reminiscent of Pledge. Crisp and creamy mouthfeel, and here comes that Pledge again. Sharp lemon flavor stabs at the back of the throat. The hops is overpowered by the lemon. Better for polishing furniture than for drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 21:01:47 | More by far333
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber wish a rush of bubbles that makes minimal head, but manages to lace extremely well on the glass. Very floral and citrusy on the nose, 'hop meter, prepare for takeoff...'

Taste has some sweet floral notes up front. more so as it warms, cloverish maybe? The 7% abv helps to give it a little weight in the mouth, providing some very nice smoothness.

Proper carbonation level kind of clears out the malt profile to allow the 'hop ottin' to sweep through and take over. Strong hop grapefruit-like residual on the aftertaste, lingers on the palate to the point where you'll be ready for another drink before the aftertaste subsides. Not for the novice in trying hopped-up beers, you're better off working up to this one. Hear me now, believe me later...

In a sense preferable as a session IPA because it doesn't run you $5 a bomber... :-)

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 14:59:05 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Darkale

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick, foamy, large-bubbled head, on top of a slightly copperish, slightly cloudy beer.

Aroma is definitely hops. Bitter and flowery. No doubt that this is an IPA.

And the taste confirms it. Wow, so that's what hops taste like. Crisp, sharp, slightly sour, and without the expected malt accompaniment (as found in HopDevil, 60 and 90 minute Dogfish Head, Stone Ruination, etc.). I believe this beer is even hoppier than those so often touted as extraordinarily hoppy, because the hops are not escorted by malt; they burst into your mouth like cowboys into a dance hall, looking for your tastebuds and not feeling particularly subtle about their intentions.

You want to show someone a truly hoppy IPA? You could do far worse than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 19:21:38 | More by Darkale
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice yellow/amber colour with a fizzy white head. It smells of hops, hops , malts, earth, and some more hops. Citrus abounds in the nose of this beer, and all is well. The taste is less hoppy than the aromas would lead you to believe. This is a VERY balanced I.P.A. perhaps this bottle was a bit old and the hoppiness has subsided a bit...who knows? The mouthfeel was very full and crisp and the drinkability was great. A great candidate for a session I.P.A. if there ever was one.
Cheers to AV for making this great brew!,
F.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 10:07:45 | More by francisweizen
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fattyre

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden red color with a moderate off white rocky head. The mouthfeel is slightly firm. The smell is crisp floral and citrusy hops-very strong. The taste is sweetish malt start with over the top citrus rind hoppy finish. An intensely bitter hoppy IPA with a long lasting bitter aftertaste. I love hoppy beers but if hops aren't your thing you should probably stay away.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 17:06:44 | More by fattyre
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goz

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden, maybe copper, with creamy white head, slowly dissolving into a nice lace. Aroma is almost all hops - a lot floral, pine and citrus on the nose, backed with a slight maly presence. Initial taste is a little sweet, some caramel present, middle is smooth and light, end is full of hop goodness. Medium body, dry ending.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 08:56:14 | More by goz
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley's reputation preceded my impression of their beers, as this is my first tasting. Everything I have heard is true, at least in this beer.

Color is ruby hued-light orange heavy brown color. Head is off-white, small, and leaves a moderate lace. Fragences of citrus and flowery; it greatly interested my nose and pulled my mouth to the glass subconsciously til the glass emptied. Very bitter flavors similiar to grapefruit and a light aftertaste that are semi sweet and extremely refreshing are prevelant in this beer. Carbonation is extremely light. The taste will keep any hop head's palate interested all night and keep them wanting another all night. I can say so by example.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 20:46:25 | More by allboutbierge
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this. Others had said they really enjoyed this. It was my first time catching it on tap (when there weren't other things I was more interested in), so I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did.

A very well balanced IPA! Meaning the hops are there, you can taste them, but not so bitter as some other highly hopped beers! And it left a beautiful lace in my galss, full foam rings which meant you could count how many sips it took me to finish.

Will drink again, no question! Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2003 18:38:08 | More by PatandDavid
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to catch this beer on tap. Has an apple cidery look with a creamy head. Whoah, look out for the hops in the odor! I'm instantly excited by this beer. You are overwhelmed by the hops on contact then it slides in a few fruity notes when you don't expect it. Just when you think the ride is over, wham, you're reminded of the prominent hops in the finish. A joyride of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2003 19:16:27 | More by Hhawk06
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Brewzzle

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this IPA oversteps the original recipe by quite a bit in the hop department, it does however rank up there with best of the modern IPA's.

Starts out with a huge rocky head which lasts and lasts. The aroma is all hops, touch of sweetness though. Taste is more hops with a strong honey flavour and a tea like bitterness to finish things off. Malt is somewhere in the background holding it all together.

Definetely way out of wack but excellent drinking nonetheless, might be a bit much for more than one during a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 17:24:38 | More by Brewzzle
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating. $9.49/6-pack at Carytown Wine & Beer.

Appearance: Lovely brightly-colored copper appearance. Beefy white head simmers down to a fluffy layer with pronounced lacing of the glass.

Smell: No brainer here. It's hops. Like a bouqet of flowers for the nose. Also some citrus aromas along with a honey-like sweetness.

Taste: Long live the hops! While the hops certainly dominate the flavor, particularly at the end, there is a certain malty sweetness that does a tolerable job of standing its ground against the eventual onslaught of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium amount of carbonation and the bitterness from the hops make for a mouth-puckering finish. Very enjoyable.

Drinkability: Slight "oily" residue on the palate and lips add character to this brew. The very dry finish only slightly detracts from a satisfying experience. Consider yourself warned when you read the back of the bottle: This beer is for devout hop-lovers only.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 15:23:12 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, golden red IPA with an off-white, moderate, rocky head. The smell is "tilt your head back hoppy" (to quote myself). The taste is a creamy malt to start, then grapefruit, with a very bitter finish. The body was slightly firm in my mouth. Overall, a very strong and bitter IPA. A bit too hop intense for me though, but I'm working up to it.

Per the label: "Hop Ottin' " is Boontling (the local Anderson Valley dialect, developed in the late 1800's) for "hard working hops". "Hop Ottin' bites like a cankicky bluetail"...translation..."Hop Ottin' bites like a rattlesnake looking for a fight."

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 15:34:55 | More by Bunnyhop
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper color with a good-sized tan head that sticks around for a while and laces nicely. Active effervescence is evident as well. The crisp, hoppy smell is strong and pleasant with complementary floral hints. Not surprisingly, hops strongly dominate the taste of this beer. Floral flavors are present too toward the start, as are grains toward the end. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but not unpleasant, in this pleasantly drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 15:32:13 | More by BitteBier
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elmocoso

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a glorious hop smell - that is by far the greatest characteristic of this beer.

It pours a cloudy cooper, with little head that soon dissipates to a slight off-white ring around the edge of the glass and a few islands of active carb patches

Smell? Excelent! Like you have you nose stuck in a bag of fresh Cascade hops! Its a beautiful thing.

taste - I would enjoy a little more maltyness to help balance the bitterness. I would NOT even consider lowering the hopps though.

overall, one good IPA - though the boquet easily outshines all other characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 20:03:22 | More by elmocoso
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2002 23:35:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! this is an in your face beer that is hopped like you couldn't imagine. the bottle of hop ottin' that i had will still be knocking me around with its flavor for months i'm sure.

the pour is wonderful with a massive head of foam atop a golden colored brew. you get the hop aroma almost before you even open the bottle. then, you take a whiff, and .....more hops.

this beer kicks you in the face with an incredible mass of bitter hops that is just incredible. this an IPA plain and simple. what a piece of beer-crafting genius.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 05:46:38 | More by ElGuapo
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LarryV

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep copper color with a nice foamy head that lasts a bit. Smell is tantalizing, hoppy, floral, citrusy, inviting. Nice creamy body caresses the tastebuds in a hop bath, but the maltiness balances it out nicely. The hop flavor lingers for a long time. When it's gone, the glass shows the lacy descent of the beer quite clearly. I really enjoyed this IPA, it was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 12:51:24 | More by LarryV
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doho95fu

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper color with a medium off white head. The smell is obviously hoppy with some floral and citrus hints as well. The taste is hoppy - it has a nice bite but is not overpowering. It allows you to enjoy the hoppy flavor without just noticing the amount of hops. Good feel in the mouth with a perfect level of carbonation - not fizzy or flat. I will pick up a sixer next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2002 07:07:04 | More by doho95fu
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at Redbones and was very impressed. I love good IPA's and this is definetly top notch. Copper in color with a small head that lasted. On to the important part, the hops. You smell and taste hops from the beginning to the end. Not overpowering but perfect, with a hint of citrus. If you have the chance to try this on tap do not pass it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 16:29:31 | More by CharlesRiver
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maxpower

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light amber-yellow in color, huge crazy foamy head, nice lacing, fresh citrus aroma, clean medium body, this is one very hoppy beer, yet has a nice malt balanced, this is my favorite from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 08:17:15 | More by maxpower
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with a medium orangish-white head. Spice and citrus in the aroma. Dry, biting hops present through the entire glass. Not the strongest hops I have encountered but enough to keep my attention. Even so it was not too bitter. Rather enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 07:35:08 | More by Dogbrick
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Ottin' IPA is a copper colored beer with amber highlights that pours with a large head that almost spilled over the top of my pint glass. it has a nice hop floral aroma with a hint of sweetness. The initial taste hits you heavily with hops, leaving a decidedly citrus/grapefruit taste behind. After overcoming the blast of hops during the initial few sips, the malt of the beer can be discerned, although the hops still dominate the flavor. As the beer warms (or my tastebuds numb from the hops) the malt becomes more evident and the citrus notes are more subdued. Don't drink this one too cold! The overall carbonation of the beer seems slightly lower than normal, which gives it a slightly silky mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Due to the high hop levels I don't consider this to be an easy drinking beer, but it is definitely a good IPA and a great beer for "hopheads".

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2002 09:45:40 | More by aaronh
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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