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: 353 | 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 MJR
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale copper with golden edges. The body is perfectly clear, almost abnormally (Abby Normal?!?) clear... A foamy tan head starts out huge and slowly shrinks down to a thick cap, with lots of fantastic lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rough and ragged with tons of Columbus goodness. The hop smell is very flowery with a touch of grapefruit. A hint of malt cleverly hides underneath the hops.

Taste: The flavor is hops, hops, and more hops. Flowery, grapefruit rind-soaked hops run ragged over the poor malt, offsetting the balance. The malts barely even make an appearance, showing up with a slight malty, fruity sweetness, but are thrown off the stage by the Columbus hops. Finishes bitter with a slighty burnt character. I think it's a bit one-dimensional, but it's a good dimension to be stuck in.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. There's a brief swipe of alcohol towards the end that serves to cleanse the palate.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This is an extremely solid IPA. I'd like to see a bit of Chinook or Centennial thrown in as a dry-hop to give a bit more complexity, but it's still a damn good brew.

Photo of TheDM
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Initial pour formed a nice head of small to medium, bubbles in a white head that slowly but surely decreased in size. It has a nice amber brown colored body with some yeast floating in it. Its aroma was just tolerable and smelled a bit off. Its taste was initially not to my liking with a taste of clove and bitterness and with a aftertaste that I did not prefer. All in all not a brew I would recommend.

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

Fine example of a well balanced IPA without going overboard i.e. Dreadnaught. Hop Ottin' poured a foggy dark amber with a sizable, fluffy, off-white head with many vallys and crags and delicate lace. The head retention itself was very long lasting. The smell was ridden grapefruit competing with a syrup/honey malt flavor, which was interesting considering the style. The taste was very bitter in the front with plenty of hops(my guess is a little bit of Chinook and plenty of Cascade, perhaps visa versa), There was also a little bit of malts(The smell being the place where the most malts appear), but this beer really showcases a very well rounded hop character. The mouthfeel was full and creamy without too much carbonation. Nothing from the beer could have indicated that this was 7% ABV until it had reached almost the bottom where some serious alcohol flavors kicked in, which is both nice and dangerous. Wonderful effort from Anderson Vally, too bad its so expensive.

Photo of BigHead
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.91/5  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.

Photo of drewbage
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of far333
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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... :-)

Photo of Darkale
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of fattyre
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Hhawk06
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of Brewzzle
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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)

Photo of BitteBier
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of elmocoso
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of LarryV
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of doho95fu
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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