Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours with a beautiful sticky and frothy egg shell colored head which caps a slightly hazy copper body. Presentation like this makes this beer very inviting.
Rich citrusy hop notes along with a slightly sweet maltiness. Pine resin and slightly herbal note round out the hop profile.
By West Coast standards this is a balanced IPA. Grapefruit notes and some floral character introduce the hops while a strong caramel note make for a strong malt backbone. Definitely still hop-forward but the malt adds more flavor than expected and I"m liking it.
Creamy and smooth texture with a medium body feel makes it just right. Overall, I'm really digging this IPA as it's nice to have one that prides itself on be hoppy but balanced for a change. I don't always need a palate buster to enjoy a hoppy beer.
06-17-2011 19:08:20 | More by Kinsman
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
a: pours a dark orange almost honey color.. big 3 finger of head.. the head actually sticks around & leaves a nice lacing..
s: fresh sliced pineapple, sweet orange zest, pine.. maybe some cracker malt.. just a hop forward aroma.. lovely smell :)
as beer warms, you get a doughy breadiness
t: load of hop bitterness on this one! upfront you get a caramel/toffee sweetness.. mid palate the hops kick in.. full onslaught of grapefruit bitterness & bitter pine needles! leaves a dry, bitter, resinous.. almost spicy taste on the palate.. hop heads delight..
as your palate gets used to the taste, more malt seeps through.. allows for more caramel/toffee flavors.. along with some breadiness qualities.. also some pineapple flavors come through.
mf: smooth medium body with prickly carbonation on the tongue..
o: wow this beer really surprised me.. love the fact its in a can too! solid solid west coast IPA!
06-16-2011 09:09:07 | More by aval89
British Columbia (Canada)
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
A: Massive 1 1/2" cream coloured soapy head with nice lacing over top of a dark amber liquid.
S: Malt and pineapple.
T: Malt, grapefruit, pineapple with a bitter but nice aftertaste.
M: Medium level of fine carbonation, almost creamy.
O: A very nice IPA.
06-16-2011 01:01:45 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.08/5 rDev +2%
A rusty amber with a creamy white head that fades fast but leaves nice seafoam lace. The aroma is of grain, pale malts, caramel, and bright fruity hops. Hints of peach, grapefruit, and tangerine zest. The taste follows with a grainy pale malt background, hints of caramel and lots of bitter grapefruit, peach, and bright lemon peel. Creamy, smooth, but crisp and refreshing. Overall a great IPA.
06-15-2011 20:23:45 | More by JayS2629
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
IPA in a can....Yippee!
A-Pours a rich peach amber with ample, creamy head that laces nicely
S-Caramel and biscuit malts. Floral, pine and grapefruit hops.
T-Nose carries through to the palate and opens with a slightly chewy sweet malt that is very well balanced by the hopping. Fruity, floral, lip smacking rind, grapefruit and pine. Delicious.
M-Medium, slighly sticky and oily, well balanced carbonation.
D-This is an excellent and amazingly drinkable IPA made even better by its availability in a can.
06-11-2011 20:11:37 | More by caddybuyer
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Pours a slightly turbid auburn topped by a head of large bubbles. Retains well and looks lively to the end.
Aroma of caramel and grapefruit pith and hoppiness of an unplaceable kind. Floral and piney I guess.
Taste is tropical, underscored by a metallic lemony bitterness as light toasty caramel slowly comes to the fore. This seems out of balance. I'm not a fan of the flowery metallic bitterness which seems to trounce on the caramel sweetness.
Medium mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation.
Not bad, quite enjoyable, really, but at the same time not what I prefer in an IPA. I like a more focused hop profile than this muddled affair.
06-10-2011 02:05:09 | More by MeisterBurger
3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
Poured into a shaker pint. Nice amber color. Fairly clear. Decen eggwhite head. Nice lacing.
Aroma is kinda malty. Slight hop aroma. Bit of caramel. Not the most aromatic beer.
taste is solid. Decent IPA. More malt than I usually like. Decent hop bite and flavor.
Mouthfeel I like a bit dryer but it's not bad. Nice carb.
Overall a solid IPA. Not excellent but good.
06-08-2011 07:38:13 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
im a sucker for IPAs in cans. 12oz can drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.
A- a hearty pour yields a deep copper body with a high level of clarity. a bright white head forms on top and sticks around for a while. when it finally falls, small rings of lacing are left behind.
S- the nose on this one is all about the hops. tons of floral and grapefruit. a lesser amount of pine. some orange and lemon can be picked out as well. after i make it through all that, i pick up some caramel malt which adds a mild sweetness to this beer.
T- the taste starts out with more of the caramel malt that i could smell, which acts as a sweet malty backbone. after that it quickly becomes all about the hops. floral and grapefruit shine through the strongest. there is a lesser amount of pine and other fruits such as lemon zest and orange peel.
M- the body is a solid medium and the carbonation is done just right. nice and bitter. leaves my mouth feeling dry and begging for more.
O- this is a very solid IPA, and the fact that its in a can makes it that much more appealing. this one will probably be joining my regular rotation.
06-05-2011 23:39:58 | More by jwinship83
3.7/5 rDev -7.5%
12oz can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.
A - Very clear light orangey amber color with 2 big fingers of fluffy cream colored head and excellent retention quality. After several minutes the head does die down and leaves behind tight, foamy webs of lacing on the glass. Very pretty beer.
S - Fresh smelling...quite hoppy - mostly pine with a hint of citrus in there for good measure. Clean and a bit grassy also. Malt is very mild on the nose with a hint of sweetness and grainy aromas.
T - Spicy, grassy and piney hops up front. Heavier dose of malt than the aroma would indicate, but more in line with the color of this beer. Some caramel and toffee, sugar and toasted malts. Crisp bitterness...this beer is fermented quite clean making this pretty refreshing although the malt gives this a bit of weight and lowering my overall enjoyment.
M - Body is medium with a medium level carbonation as well. Sweet malt lingers into the aftertaste eventually overpowering the hops just a bit. Balance overall is pretty good, but it shifts from a hoppy start to a malty finish as it progresses from the glass through to the swallow and beyond.
O - A good, solid IPA that doesn't do much to stand out from the crowd. Well brewed - yes, exciting - not so much. I don't have much to complain about here, and I would definitely drink another of these if they were sitting in a cooler at a party, but I doubt that I'd head to the store and buy more of this one. Too many great IPA's out there to settle for a good one.
06-05-2011 23:37:37 | More by portia99
3/5 rDev -25%
12oz. can served into a pint glass
Pours a light amber color with school-bus yellow undertones. Less than one finger of eggshell head forms, large-bubbled and not very lacy.
Hop Ottin' is a very straightforward IPA. You've got some resiny smells, some pine, and some Mandarin orange. That's all the complexity that this beer's hop profile can muster. A greater-than-expected malt presence gives off lots of crystal malt aromas. It's not bad -- I wouldn't throw rocks at it -- but it's just boring compared to a lot of this beer's competition on the shelf.
Hop Ottin' tastes pretty much as it smells: competent but a bit blase. Caramelly crystal malts, bitter pine hop flavors. Some oily resin flavor, light orange. Some people would call this a balanced beer given all of the malt flavor. I disagree. I think this beer is slightly imbalanced towards the malty side. Lots of malt flavor (for the style) and a lot of bitterness, but less true lupulin flavor than desired. It's not a bad drink, it's just an average IPA.
You'd expect this beer, given my description of its maltiness, to have a medium-full body for the style. You'd be right. It's not offensive to me, but it isn't preferable. Overall, this is a pretty average IPA. If you like malty IPAs then this is a good option for you, especially being packaged in cans. Hopheads can do better, however.
06-04-2011 22:46:48 | More by Reaper16
2.98/5 rDev -25.5%
Pours a clear amber with clear, ringing orange highlights. There is only a low, foamy head. Decent lacing follows down the side of the glass. Not bad, but could be much better.
Smell is of mango, booze, tangerine. Not as pungent as I'd like.
Taste is overwhelmingly of booze. Harsh hops kick in about halfway with a harsh, metallic bite. There's only bitterness here, no hop flavor -- and this from a fan of Ruination. Where is the pine? Where is the tropical fruit, the citrus? The only respite is a little bit of honeyed sweetness mid-sip, but it's a short, brief respite. Not impressive. Too much booze, sloppily organized hops. Proof that great beer needs organization -- and it's sadly lacking here.
Mouthfeel is fine, more seafoam and what have you.
Overall, this is a pretty underwhelming beer. Considering how much I liked their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale, it's an especially surprising result. Hops, booze, and chaos. I'd call it a double IPA, but even then, it's not a graceful one. Not a fan.
06-03-2011 07:40:56 | More by ithacabaron
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate amount of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of sweet malts. The smell becomes a little sweeter as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced; the initial taste has some malty sweetness and notes of caramel while the finish has flavors of citrus from the hops along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because unlike other IPAs, the hops do not completely dominate the smell and taste.
06-02-2011 02:24:10 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
A: deep orange/amber body, 2 finger white fluff, quality lacing
S: orange peel, hint of grain, malt, lemon grass
T: sweet lemon, grass, pine, bready malt,
long slow bitter semi-oily finish
M: med body, slick/oily mouth
O: Maybe I'm insane, but this taste almost like an
ESB meets an IPA...wild, still quite good. I want
to gulp it, but the ABV sneaks up on you. Great
to try another Anderson Valley brew and in a can;
GOOD, WORTH TRYING!
06-01-2011 19:05:06 | More by BeerLover99
4.28/5 rDev +7%
12 oz can into a snifter...it's a little light on head but decent lacing and the body is an excellent bright orange-brown color. Strong hop profile in the nose, although I can think of a few that are hoppier (in the single IPA category). Tons of hop bitterness on the tongue...this puppy is chock full of hop goodness and quite bitter, especially for a single IPA. I dig it. Great mouthfeel, very clean. Pretty affordable in the cans, cheaper than most good IPAs. Highly recommended.
05-29-2011 03:13:34 | More by chicagoabbot
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Holiday Wine Cellar
A deep auburn with some slight haze. A thick, pillowy tan head sits atop and leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. A dark, thick looking IPA.
Not a particularly aromatic beer. What's here is very pleasant, though what I can smell most is a bready malt character and a slight sweetness. Very little citrus elements. What's here is fine, but comes off disappointing for a beer named "Hop Ottin'."
This is a boldly bitter IPA. This is perhaps the most bitter IPA I've had. It's backed up nicely by a bready malt backbone and a touch of caramel sweetness. A delicious beer.
Relatively thick in the mouth and even a touch chewy for an IPA, but it plays well with the bitter tone of the beer and is incredibly drinkable, even refreshing.
An incredibly good IPA; incredibly drinkable; incredibly bitter, yet highly delicious. It all comes together exceedingly well and in this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of my favorites!
05-27-2011 17:32:27 | More by ehammond1
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Hop Ottin' on a can, bought at Whole Foods Bowery in New York City for $2.99 (pricey)
Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, the Ottin' comes with quite the head, over two fingers and lasting. Great retention and lacing too.
Smell: Mild citrus and tropical aromas with some sweetness. Pungent hops, as if they had been leftover overnight at a mildew-infested warehouse somewhere in Washington State (but not in a bad way). Pineapple and orange juices, cooked. A tad of crystallized sugar. Spice, booze at the end (somewhat uncommon for an IPA). Biscuit comes through the nose as the beer warms.
Taste: Follows nose, with juicy tropicalia and mild sweetness. Bready/cookie feel, plus a good dose of malts. Very refreshing, but a tad watery at the end, despite a sharp bitterness that stings the back of the throat at the very end of the sip.
Mouthfeel: Disappointing. Thin body, medium flavor and carbonation. The whole thing just dissipates and dies at the end like tap water.
Overall: I've had Hop Ottin' on tap and I suspect the canned version is inferior. Thinner, less spectacular, but nevertheless a solid and very drinkable IPA. Nothing groundbreaking here, but nice for sure.
05-27-2011 04:58:00 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.7/5 rDev +17.5%
A: Medium dark amber color, with a decent head.
S: Very citrus-like, and a bit of candy-like sweetness.
T: This is an IPA as advertised = hop forward, and we'll talk malt afterwards; I've been having a lot DIPAs that aren't nearly as hoppy in practice. The beginning is all strong hops with a definite "bomb" effect on the tongue, and is somewhat soapy, but not in a bad way. The malt finish is subtle, yet very complex; there's some caramel, toffee, and some nuttiness here, and these flavors become more pronounced and enjoyable as the glass warms.
M: Very biting hops numb the tongue quickly, so make sure this isn't the first beer in a session. The carbonation is nice, but not too present, and the head is a bit creamy. Very nice.
O: This is one of my favorite easy to get IPAs. It would be nice to get some freshness dating, but so far I haven't had any problems with this beer and freshness, even when I keep a bottle in the fridge for a bit too long. So if you love hop-forward IPAs, this is one to add to the list.
05-24-2011 20:47:10 | More by fox227
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Crystal clear, like a tangerine orange clor with a fluffy tan head. No visible carbonation.
S: Scents of sweet citrus, maybe some pineapple, and a little lemon.
T: I get a lot of citrus with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. Some grassy-ness in the finish. Sweetness is there too, it is quite well balanced.
M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
D: Good drinkability, though not session-able.
05-22-2011 00:15:59 | More by tlazaroff
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
A: Poured this beer from a bottle that has been sitting in the basement for a while. Possibly because of this, the head retention is poor. None the less the glass is laced nicely.
S: Hoppy, piney smell. Very good.
T: Very dry, flavorful ipa. I taste more of a piney flavor and less of a fruity flavor.
M: Very dry, medium carbonation.
O: Very good beer. Solid IPA that is worth having. I live on the east coast but hope to try this on tap when I get the chance.
05-18-2011 22:02:32 | More by nastley3
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint - exceptionally clear, copper colored with a one finger head that was almost latte colored, enough carbonation to keep plenty of lacing and a little bit of a head until the end.
Subtle hops but no real prevalent aroma
Hops and malts are in the background allowing candy, wood and orange to initiate; changing to a floral, fruity midway with a very subtle hop finish.
Mouthfeel was consistent with the clarity and taste.
Overall a well-crafted but not overpowering AmIPA
05-18-2011 02:40:05 | More by smbslt
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
A- Orange-amber body with a fluffy white head. It builds to about two fingers and retains quite well. Huge coat of lace down the glass.
S- A good balance of hops and malt. The hops give off a juicy peach (very distinct), citrus zest and pine feel right away. Malt rounds it out with some caramel and yeast gives bread hints.
T- Has the same elements as the nose but not in a similar balance. The peach and citrus fruit take a back seat to pine, floral hops and caramel malt sweets. Yeast bread rounds this out.
MF- Light body that fills the mouth with a substantial creamy feel. High carbonation and a pretty high bitterness.
Nothing overly complex or mind-blowing but another solid CA IPA, brings a lot of different flavors to the table and balances out nicely.
05-17-2011 00:34:19 | More by cbutova
4.63/5 rDev +15.8%
This is a great amber colored beer with a light foam. An aggressive pour released a great nose. The smells were Apple, citrus, and papaya. I thought that it might be too sweet for me but upon tasting it I was surprised to find a deep complex piny IPA with strong notes of simcoe hops. This is a very well rounded beer that has a lot of hop characteristic. with just enough malt to balance it out.
05-14-2011 23:10:16 | More by soughtbygod
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Recommended by one of my local bottle shop guys who knows I love IPAs, especially in cans. No dating on the packaging or can. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Beautiful clear amber body with a huge three-finger light tan head. Nice head retention and lots of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is not strong, but solidly representative of hops. The citrus notes are a light blend of grapefruit and tangerine. A small amount of floral tones follow, with a decent amount of sweet, caramel malt.
Not a hop bomb by any means, but pleasantly hop bitter. The taste is a little more bitter than the aroma would suggest, as the sweeter side of the hops are not as present in the taste as they are in the smell. The sweetness of the taste is attributable to the malt, for sure. Decent IPA flavor balance.
Medium to light mouthfeel, that is pretty easy to drink overall. Not the best IPA I've had, but solid overall.
05-13-2011 21:20:43 | More by FanofHefe
3.2/5 rDev -20%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper, with nearly 3 fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a frothy finger, absolutely drenching the sides of the glass with a rich sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells floral and leafy, with notes of earth, spice, and bitter fruit. Toasted bready grains sits along the back of the nose, along with just a touch of light alcohol warmth.
The taste has a fresh bitter citric bite to it, with a leafy feeling edge to it that leaves notes of gritty earth and spice in the finish. This is moderately balanced by some sweeter fruit character, while the malts have more of a tight and grainy presence to them. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and prickly feel to the carbonation, which then gets a little smoother on the edges. There is a touch of alcohol in the body, which unfortunately helps bring some of the harsher aspects of the hops out here.
This was a decent canned IPA for the most part but I think that the bitterness here got a little too raw and aggressive at times to really keep this as approachable as I would have liked.
05-12-2011 13:30:33 | More by Kegatron
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Let me start off by saying that someone gave me this one so I was unsure of the freshness of it. After some further inspection, I found a date of 344th of 2010. Not sure if thats the best by or the bottled on date... regardless, not the best date either way you look at it...
A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a nice off white head with decent retention and a nice trail of lacing spiderwebbed on the walls of the glass. Beer is a crisp amber color with a decent amount of activity
S- Not overly pungent... some floral hop aroma, maybe a touch of malt
T- Very one sided. Has a nice hop flavor, but lacks that sharp bite that other IPAs have, though it does linger for a fair amount of time in your mouth. All in all, enjoyable from start to finish
M- Medium body with light carbonation
O- So... despite the slight amount of age on this bottle, I feel it held up pretty well. Had it been fresher, perhaps it would have had a bit more intensity to the hop flavor. This one deserves some *edits* should I ever get my hands on a fresher bottle
05-11-2011 02:06:11 | More by bbeane
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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