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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 98
Gots: 151 | 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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Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/12/11
*From notes

A: Pleasant , rich amber in color. 2.25 finger head on a reasonable pour. Nice bubbly lacing.

S: Inviting light fruit and pine needles. It comes off extremely fresh.

T: Good hop bitterness up front, and slight tropical hints through the mid. A heavy yet balanced maltiness slides through at the end.

M: Creamier then I'd expected. The carbonation felt natural, something I don't often find with canned beer.

O: A really solid AIPA. Anderson Valley hasn't done anything out of the norm, but they didn't have to; they simply did it right.

Good drinking here.

Serving type: can

03-16-2011 21:06:19 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of JesteR14


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Damn im a sucker for a nice amber IPA. Its got a coffee like head that is a bout a finger and a half for me in a Mellow Mushroom tumbler glass.

S- When i smell this beer, i first smell fresh wheat, malt and some honey. I really enjoy the smell of this beer.

T- defiantly get a nice floral taste like the bottle promises, but isent the hoppiest beer Ive had in the IPA category. Its a fairly
easy drinking IPA which is kind of hard to come by in the beer world.

M- Mellow and smooth. The hop bitter ness lasts on the tongue.

D- Good IPA but not one of my favorite, but a definite strong hop head IPA! Alcohol sticks out to me which also is a factor in this beers grade.

If you like great craft beer, go to your local store and ask for this beer. It deserves some other opinions.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 11:30:12 | More by JesteR14
Photo of PeterLemonjello


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz can

A - lovely head and lacing. Very clear, without the normal hazy/oily look of a beer hop this generously.

S- Not hugely aromatic but smells of spicy hops.

T- very spicy/herbal hop flavors. Makes me think a lot of Columbus late and dry hopping. Very nice. The spicy/herbal tends to dominate any citrus or floral notes but it's still very nice.

M - very good. Nice prickly carbonation and plenty of girth to the beer without being chewy.

D - Could session this beer all day long. I like big hoppy beers and this fills the bill. Very nice

Serving type: can

03-15-2011 00:07:26 | More by PeterLemonjello
Photo of MonkeymooTJ


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA has a very hoppy aroma. It has a citrus taste that lingers long after taking a sip. Overall it is pretty bitter in comparison to IPA's from other regions (such as Bridgeport).

I would definitely recommend to others who enjoy American IPA's with a good bite that tend towards the more bitter side

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 17:44:05 | More by MonkeymooTJ
Photo of Glibber


3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cloudy yellow orange in color with a large 2 finger head that dissipated down to a quarter inch. Not a huge smell for an 80 IBU beer. As advertised the beer has a huge hop kick. Ideal for hopheads, but perhaps a little too much for my likes. It is tough for me to pick out any other flavors. Not too bad going in, and a little floral alcohol tastes with a warming hop feel in the belly.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:16:26 | More by Glibber
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New York

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

Pours hazy ruby amber with a loose white head that rims and speckles the surface, leaving nice sheets. Caramel and strawberry nose with resin underneath. Toffee and red berried for malts with tropical fruit and spice hops. Salty finish and a crisp straight bitterness. Fizzy, light to medium, and a bit of stick.

This is not an amber? Color and malts would make me think so, though too thin and bubbly to be a classic in either style. But nice fruit and hits with the IBUs.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 16:03:23 | More by StJamesGate
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Rhode Island

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

Pours nearly a pure copper with a big, pearl white head. Excellent head and retention for an IPA. Floral hop aroma along with some grapefruit and bready notes. Really hoppy and really bitter. Floral hops are less pronounced than in the aroma, but again lead off the flavor profile. A bit of bitter grapefruit hops followed by absolutely huge pine and grassy hops. Bittering. A small bready malt background is in the beer, but easily dominated by this hoppy beast. Ends a tad earthy. Overly crisp mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:46:39 | More by uustal
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4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, as are many of the Anderson Valley beers. Nice, hoppy flavor that not just bitter, but floral and balanced. Very accessible IPA for those who are looking for a balance of bitterness and other flavors in an IPA. Also recommend the AV Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 06:19:35 | More by OldEngineOil
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very nice copper/amber color. Hazy with a creamy, off white head with decent size and adequate retention. Left a pretty good amount of lacing also. The head looks almost like a creamy eggnog color.

Smell - Nice, solid aroma of grapefruit citrus. Some cracker and bread like aromas. Some caramel sweetness really starts to stand out as it warms. Some floral and piney notes add to the complexity as a good IPA should.

Taste - The taste revealed more of the cracker and bready flavors than the grapefruit citrus. The bitterness is there, but seems to be more relaxed. It's a bit sticky and resiny. A very little bit of alcohol graces the tone.

Mouthfeel - Strong medium mouthfeel. Leaves plenty on the palate. Smooth, but sharp at the end. Refreshing and crisp. A small bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

Drinkability - This beer is solid all around. Easy drinking and would be a pleasure at any point during the year. If someone offered this to me, I wouldn't hesitate. Worth a try for sure and I could easily put a couple of these back.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 21:19:05 | More by Shrews629
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3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Color is orange-brown and it is slightly hazy. Head leaves trace lacing after quickly dissipating.

Aroma: Malt comes out first, caramel and bread tones. The hops, all over the map as I pick up pine, citrus flesh and citrus rind, are there too and make for a pleasant amalgam in the nose.

Taste: Same as the nose, the malt is what pops out, but it is the balance between the wide variety of hop flavors that make it tasty. The linger is where the oily and resinous qualities of the hop bouquet come out and sink their bitter teeth into the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a full bodied SOB of a beer. It even looks thick when twirled slightly in the glass. I feel like I've had DIPAs that were lighter than this. I don't think it is highly drinkable as the oily and thick nature of the body wear on the palette.

Overall: A good beer that is remarkable in its balance and melding of flavors. However, my personal tastes won't have me going for this one too often as it is rich and almost needs to be drank as an imperial style, not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:25:05 | More by soze47
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange copper body. Light Khaki color head that is a little frothy. Slow moving bubbles.

Citrus, pine, dark fruits and some malt. It has a pretty nice aroma.

Honey, Citrus, pine, some malt and then this really tangy awesome bitterness comes in at the end. Really tasty beer.

Light to approaching medium body. Feels good. Nice going down. Noticable carbonation.

I wish I had a few more of these. Really tasty beer. Easy drinking and I would consider this a session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 06:31:41 | More by 9InchNails
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a slightly cloudy, amber to copper color with. Nice frothy two finger off white lasting head. Ample lacing cling to the glass.

S. Floral hops, fresh cut grass, fruits

T. Sweet malty caramel, then the bitterness hits the tongue. Citrus and spicy, long lasting and very flavorfull.

M. Medium to fullbodied. Decent carbonation, and a great duration.

D. Oh yeah a spot on IPA. Delicious, I believe I will try another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 20:20:26 | More by smibroncos
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3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Strong head and amber color

S - For an IPA, it really didn't jump out at me. Nice sweet malted barley smell with a slight balance of grapefruit hops.

T - Taste was underwhelming. A litte to bitter and a little sweet.

M - Good amount of carbonation

D - Little too bitter, can't drink too much of these.

Would I drink it again? No
Would I recommend it? No
Would I drink it at a party? No
Did my wife like it? "Tastes like a cigar. No and no."

Overall: For a IPA, the best part is the smell and the smell wasn't great. Also, the taste was too bitter to be enjoyed. Eh.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 05:52:00 | More by treehugginslug
Photo of BeerAmbassador


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

Pours a two finger head into a 12 oz glass, good retention and lacing. Orange-amber in color. This beer has a nice piney floral aroma. Hops are persistent and bitter, but there is a good deal of caramel maltiness to stand up to it. This beer doesn't branch out too much from the more traditional IPA style other than the fact that it is a little bigger and bolder than it's English counterparts. All in all I think this is a great example of what Anderson Valley does best, which is make really solid no frills beers that you can drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:58:32 | More by BeerAmbassador
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4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This is a perfect looking IPA. It pours a nice red-amber with three fingers of dense head that retains well and leaves huge sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is grapefruit, pine, and some slightly floral hops. A great, traditional smelling IPA. The taste is also excellent. Nice piney and slightly floral hops along with some prevalent grapefruit, the grapefruit is very persistent without being super strong. Just a well-done IPA.

The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and just a bit drying; the aftertaste leaves some nice hop and grapefruit flavors on the tongue. It's very drinkable, it goes down very easy. It disappeared right before my eyes! This is just a very solid IPA. It doesn't do anything different or special for an IPA, it just does everything very well. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 04:47:16 | More by shand
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy pale amber with a light bead. A rocky lemon-peel tinted cap slowly falls to a patchwork blanket of foam. Leaves good lace.

S: Grapefruit, lemon, pine and a slightly sugary sweetness make up most of the nose. I also picked up a light whiff of pepper.

T: Dry and lightly toasted grain flavors are quickly overtaken by a citrus and pine bitterness. The bitterness level is right on for the style. The beer finishes tart and dry, with a lingering woodsy bitterness that picks up a touch of pepper at the tail end.

M: The medium body is both dry and oily. The carbonation is a bit high.

D: This beer is a nice example of a style that I'm honestly a little burnt out on. It checks all the American IPA boxes and is quite well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:37:42 | More by Rayek
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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep yellow/amber color with a moderate head and good retention and lacing. Smells floral, hoppy and has a mild citrus & malt under-layer. A crisp, bitter hoppiness permeates throughout. Has a fizzy mouthfeel with a bitter hops bite. Moderately drinkable. The bitterness of the hops always makes bold IPA's a little tough. More floral and citrus notes come out as it warms up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 00:46:29 | More by djaeon
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beauty is a hazy golden-amber with a dense, fluffy white crown 1 1/2 fingers high. There's plenty of activity in here and the light really strikes this beer beautifully. Sticky rings of lacing are left around the top of the glass before being left in thick patches the rest of the way.
The nose is light, surprisingly so given the strength of the flavor. Flowery and citric hops flavors are present with a leafy aroma along with a nice balance of malts.
The flavor imparts a soft but raw, leafy floral hops in abundace with pine and earthy notes alongside, balanced by a gentle malts presence that's enough to let the hops rule without getting messy. Fairly complex, a touch more and this is just perfect.
This beer has a medium body, rich and smooth with light carbonation. The body and finish are dry.
This is a delicious, hop-forward IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 21:33:04 | More by Brenden
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Orange/gold in color, with a big fluffy head of foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops, a whiff of toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malt, citrus fruit, orange-rind bitterness, a bit of a mineral "tang" in the background. Overall, full of flavor and character, with a bit more of a toasted malt nuance that I find more prevalent in the "North Coast" IPA's of Michigan that tend to have a little more body, in my opinion. Good stuff. Certainly worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 14:15:18 | More by hosehead83
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely opaque orange/gold. White marshmallow fluff looking head that gets thin and uneven over time. Larger bubbled carbonation.

S: Smells like lilies and hops. Some cedar and citrus.

T: Pronounced grapefruit taste with siome classic hop bitterness. I would love it if not for the grapefruit notes. Malt and another taste thats almost meaty.

M: Didn't care too much for it but it wasn't bad by any means. A little too thick for the style in my opinion.

D: I enjoyed it a lot but that grapefruit taste hung around for too long to me. That was the only downside to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:15:38 | More by Jemonster
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big foamy head. Color was light copper and crystal clear.

S - A very bright hop smell came across with citrusy aromas and a touch floral as well. Some delicate spice smells coming across too.

T - Great fresh piney hop taste that was very well balanced with the malt taste. A touch of a floral finish. A little surprised that it has an ABV of 7%, as I didn't find anything in it that would suggest that it's that high.

M - Decent body with medium carbonation. Dry on the finish with a touch of lingering bitter aftertaste.

I thought this was actually pretty decent. Not anything specifically unique about this beer, but it makes a great all around IPA that can be enjoyed most any time. I'd get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 14:17:18 | More by gopens44
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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for forgetfu for this bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very chunky two finger head. Head settles in a few minutes to a nice layer of white bubbles on top and leaves a good bit of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: A light citric aroma with a hint of pine. Definitely on the floral side. Grainy malts fill out the rest of it.

T: Has a very nice malt sweetness. Has a nice hop presence with mild grapefruit and orange rind. Has a caramel/grain malt flavor and a dry finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with great carbonation. Overall a nice IPA, a get a slight alcohol hit at the end that is slightly off-putting. Besides that very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:53:18 | More by mdaschaf
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle of this into one of my glass mugs...

The beer is dark amber, light copper, with a thick foamy white head that hugged the glass.

Smells of pine grapefrut, sugar, sweet malt and honeydew.

There is a sharp, bitter, citrus bite, then some pine, grapefruit and caramel malt.

It has medium thickness, with a full body that invigorates your mouth and leaves it very dry.

This is a wonderful IPA, it is bold but subtle, makes you want to cherish every drop.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:01:16 | More by JMad
Photo of IronLover


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a nice dense white head that left a misty white cap. Lots of sticky white lacings on the glass. Citrus orange hop aroma along with a grainy, malty aroma. The heavier side of medium bodied with tight, tangy carbonation. Resinous hop and grain feel that leaves your mouth moderately dry. Big hoppy citrus flavor in the the front, balanced blend of hoppy pine and grainy malt in the middle. Finishes with a pine hop bitterness. Nice complexity and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 14:19:58 | More by IronLover
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- clear amber with small head that didnt stick around for long, very little carbonation
s- herbal/grapefruit and sweet toasted malts
t- nice amount of grapefruity hop bite and maybe a touch of honey and sweet malts
m- medium thin mouthfeel with a nice amount of creamy/oily feel
d- very drinkable ipa, i could easily put down a sixer of these in a night

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:03:05 | More by wallaceandvomit
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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