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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,588 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,588
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 101
Gots: 185 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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4/5  rDev 0%

slavall, Oct 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

hirliman, Sep 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

wertschy, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Prestonlegal, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Beeradelphia, Sep 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

hockey23kp, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

reviticus, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%

Bottle pour into large, chilled mug.

A...pours a pretty clear

orange with a perfect, pillowy, off white, 2 finger head.

S...Pleasant aroma, not quite as strong a smell as I would expect. A bit more earthy or even mossy than the citrus or fruit I would expect.

T...Fantastic. from the first sip it is just right. A malty sweetness right up front. I'm getting some fruit elements, apricot and some background citrus. Then the hops kick in with a smack in the face bitterness that cuts everything else off. Clean finish.

M...Again, just right. The carbonation is just right when you can't explain it. Its not high carbonation or flat. Not sticky but just thick enough. Heavy but not too much.

O... This is a winner. Full bodied, packed with complex flavors. I am a huge IPA fan and this would be in my top 5. If you like IPA you could not be disappointed with this brew.

Hopheadjnr, Sep 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

hollywood_15063, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

beerbellydaddy, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of kjyost
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%

12 oz bottle acquired newly from the MLCC with a date stamp on teh neck that us too small and smudged to be read. Poured ~6C into a beer mug.

Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a frothy head that leaves tons of gorgeous lacing the whole way through. The nose is muted with light pine notes along with some maltiness. A nice body with a good amount of malt flavours not normally in an IPA, including bread, crackers and caramel. That said, the body lacks a substantial hop presence. Mainly pine and earth come through with hints of citrus fruit. Body is well carbonated and has a biting bitterness, though somehow comes across as watery.

For a supposedly top shelf IPA this beer has the IBUs and a great malt backbone for it, but is lacking the quality I love most of an IPA (especially one that is 7%!): HOPS! Where are the hops? Muted aromas and weak flavours make me think that the MLCC brought in a pallet of really old IPA. Shame on you MLCC & Anderson Valley for pawning off old product

kjyost, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of hoppytobehere
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%

Poured some a 12 oz can into a standard pint glass.

A: Amber body with generous 2 finger head. Great looking beer.

S: Oof. Smells like rotting fruit in a gym sock. Wasn't doing anything for me.

T: Luckily it tastes better than it smells. But this is way too fruity for my tastes.

M: Pretty balanced overall. Not too sticky like some IPAs.

O: Wasn't really impressed with this one, and I doubt I'll seek it out again. So many other better Californian IPAs, IMHO.

hoppytobehere, Sep 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

discdueler, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Altrurian
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%

Respectable high head, interesting bubble-size variety, slow pullback, textbook cling. Amber, tending slightly to orange, with a very slight haze.

The aroma is an indistinct, unexciting but unobjectionable vegetable/hops amalgam, prefacing a nice, earthy, hoppy taste that, while not complex, goes down well. This is a stalwart, if not stellar, IPA. What's not to like?

Altrurian, Sep 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

12oz can (code 2 05 24 B 1 B D) into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a frothy off-white head, lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is floral and fruity, earthy and tropical.

Taste follows nose. Some citrus and pine, balanced by sugary fruits like mango and peach. Caramel and pale malts give it ample body.

Mouthfeel is about right for an IPA, just clean and drinkable with a sharp bitter finish.

Overall a good IPA but with so many better ones to choose from, I won't be looking for this one again.

draheim, Sep 18, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a beautiful hazy amber orange color with a massive and rocky thick white head. The head had amazing retention, lasting for around 5 minutes. After slowly fading it heaves an incredible level of lacing.

Smell – Big and fruity. Sweet aromas of a tangerine nature are mixed with some tropical smells of mango and pineapple. Mixed with these fruit smells are some light caramel notes as well as some citrus hop and a light herbal aroma. Overall the aroma is most delicious.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and fruity with some lighter notes of citrus hop. The fruit flavors are as would have been surmised from the nose; a nice tangerine and mango. The citrus, while initially of a lemon and grapefruit nature, are upfront light but gains in strength toward the middle of the taste. All the while a lighter bready taste is present. More toward the end, the sweetness begins to fade with the hoppiness getting stronger and the breadiness remaining constant. The hop while growing stronger at the end ,brings on flavors of an earthy and grapefruit nature, which leave a bitter bite to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is average to a little bit below average. The creaminess is quite nice on the tongue and nice for both the sweeter fruit flavors initial to the taste as well as the bitter hop flavors that come at the end.

Overall – The brew is a pretty nice IPA. Its look and aroma are incredible with a pretty nice flavor profile and feel. Some of the flavor transitions are a bit to abrupt, but beyond that it is really quite fantastic.

Darkmagus82, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Btr73, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

circus_cat, Sep 17, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

This brew poured with about two fingers of tan head that left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear copper color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose presented with definite pine hops with a bit of malt and citrus on the background. On the first sip, I got definite pine to it, but it was quickly followed up with caramel malt with some toffee notes. The pine especially came through at the end with some citrus as well. The body of the brew was medium thickness and the carbonation was well matched. I was surprised that the 80 IBUs were so balanced by the malt. The alcohol on this was dangerously hidden. This was an incredibly enjoyable beer and one that really surprised me. I would definitely have this again. Great beer!

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

tfsimpkins, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mdillon86, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

BeerTruck, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours a finger of creamy yellow eggshell head, body is a slightly hazy deep orange copper, leaving some great glass-coating lacing.

Smell - Just a ton of bready malt, fresh yeasty bread dough, over-ripe sweet citrus, whiff of grapefruit and a good amount of floral hops.

Taste - Oh is this good, opens with huge semi-sweet floral hops, mild citrus of ruby grapefruit and blood oranges, huge semi-sweet bready malt, touch of yeast, finishes with an almost lightly spiced pumpernickel bread with crusts, nice bittering green floral hops, and some grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium with all of these wonderful full bodied flavors, carb is medium and begins smooth, but gets a little prickly with some nice edges towards the back of the tongue, just enough cleansing to usher in the more bitter, savory and drying hop characteristics.

Overall - This is definitely a unique ipa, but it is one that i must try again - really great flavors here, great depth, complexity and balance. Has flavors found in good apa's, pil's and wheat beers too - definitely try this and see what you think. I like this alot.

blackcompg, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

desperado28, Sep 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Pugs78, Sep 15, 2012
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,588 ratings.