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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,473
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 95
Gots: 142 | 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 almychristopher

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden amber color with an off white head that sticks to the side of the glass as it recedes to patchy lace. the aroma brings the citrus hops right up front with the malt just a hint of sweetness in the back. the taste brings the hp flavor home in full with the citrus up front with some nice floral notes just barely balanced by the malt in the back. a nice medium-light body and good co2. a good drinking beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:57:47 | More by almychristopher
Photo of homebrew311


2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: appears a slightly cloudy orangeish amber with a bright white and sticky head, heavy lacing

S: pine needles and earthy hops dominate the aroma with some underlying caramel malt character

T: the front starts out with a touch of malty sweetness and quickly become spicy and bitter from the piney hop character. The finish is a bit sharp. I'm not really digging the hop profile on this. Detectable booziness on the finish.

MF: high carbonation...maybe too high, medium body

D: not a bad brew, but with so many superior IPAs out there, I don't see my self drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 07:03:31 | More by homebrew311
Photo of jj311


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden Amber color with a slight haze. A thick, frothy, 2 finger head with good retention. Lacing is thick, and sticky.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, fruity pear, tea, citrus and floral hop. A bready, yeasty aroma is present.

Taste: First initial taste detects sweet malt for just a fraction of a second, before a sudden and unexpected pungent, hop bite burst hits the taste buds like a flying brick. Fruity, earthy, and grainy flavors. VERY HOPY. A nice warming sensation from the alcohol. A bitter, tea like finish that lingers on the palate for a LONG time.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, oily, Slick, slightly chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very, nearly exceptional, drinkability.

Overall, this is one damn good beer that most hop-lovers would truly appreciate. I found myself thoroughly pleased at the complexity. I am adding this to my list of regulars.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 10:03:37 | More by jj311
Photo of fourplayed


4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and lite golden amber, 1 finger off white head leaves lots of sticky lacing throughout.

Smells a nice sweet maltyness, some citrus and bitterness, a bit of bread.

Tastes are citrus and earthy hops up front, nice lite sweet malt backbone and some bread/yeast notes.

Crisp and fresh lite to med body, medium carbonation, dry finish with mild alcohol warmth.

A good hop forward brew with a decent amount of creamy and sweet malts to balance. very nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 17:49:53 | More by fourplayed
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours orange/amber. with a nice long lasting offwhite head. Aroma of floral hops and some citrus notes. Taste is bitter spicy floral hops. Palate is full body with good carbonation. Hops dominate with a slight maltiness at the end as it warms up. Overall a nicely balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 20:15:20 | More by Samp01
Photo of argon


4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slight haze, not brilliantly clear/golden orange. Good thick meringue head stand. Great head retention and lacing down the glass.

Aroma: not as strong as expected. A little underwhelmed in comparison to other AIPAs i've had. Some pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body with a slight carbonic bite.

Taste: Again not as bitter as expected. But reasonable. Well rounded and balanced. Quite sessionable for an AIPA.

Overall: pretty good example of an AIPA. Good fruity hoppiness and decent malt presence. This IPA is all about the balance I think. Will come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 06:08:17 | More by argon
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into beer glass -

Poured a cloudy light amber with one finger head that quickly dissipated ,lacing hung around for a minute then slowly diapered.

Smell - light citrus with heavy pine and hops.

Taste was very good - nice citrus notes with a bitter hoppy goodness that follows ,

Drinkability - A very enjoyable IPA , Just enough bite but finishes smooth.

Overall I would buy it again , very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:11:01 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of diamondc


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

A: Insane head on this one. Hazy. A lot of lacing on this one. Looks great in a Duvel glass.

S: Little bit of caramel & pine. For some reason I'm not getting much here.

T: Heavy on the pine, then some wood & grapefruit flavors. Dank-like. This beer is really damn bitter. Malt is just barely there, getting some caramel. Tastes a lot better warmed up when the pine subsides and the more subtle citrus flavors come out.

M/D: Medium body & carbonation. Another good West Coast IPA ... doesn't really distinguish itself from the rest, but worth the $11 a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 07:31:36 | More by diamondc
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


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

A - Pours cloudy copper into my pint glass with two fingers of head, moderate retention and nice lacing.

S - Sour dough bread, caramel malts, grapefruit and honey.

T - Nice hop front, grapefruit and malts, followed by a lot of pine and resin aftertaste, strong bitterness as well which can be a bit of an acquired taste, but a very enjoyable quality in my opinion.

M - Well balanced and creamy, medium body and very well balanced.

D - Glad I finally picked this one up, definitely on the top of my IPA list and will be sure to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 00:06:19 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of DrDemento456


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at my local Gateway Grill (Monreville)

A - Pours darker than expected with an inch of fluffy head.

S - I get bread, which is weird for an IPA but mild hops and slight pine

T - Well it was OK at best. It reminded me of an old Unearthly By ST that I had which was lighter and MALTY! I don't know the age of the beer but it wasn't as hoppy as expected.

M - Light to medium body. Not skunked or offending

D - As of now I am having a Dogfish head IPA and I can detect more hops so even if the beer was old it comes off more as a brown IPA or even brown ale not an IPA. Not the best or worst (Green Flash IPA) I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 04:02:14 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Buggabeer


3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an Iron City 12oz glass.

A. Nice orangish amber in appearance with a nice foammy head, little to no lacing as I drink.

S. heavy bread smell to it, quite nice. I pick up very little hop flower smell. After my forth smell I still smell fresh dough.

T. Quite disappointed hear. I was hoping for more. Nice taste as you swallow but the after taste is like having a big bite of pineneedles. Not my favorite IPA. By far not the worst.

D. For me one is enough. But I do see where others would like this beer better than myself.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 00:43:21 | More by Buggabeer
Photo of drabmuh


3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unremarkable landmark review, 100th American IPA review. Beer is copper and clear with a thin white head and a lot of lacing. Head breaks, low carbonation.

Pine hops and lots of malt.

Beer is medium bodied and really malty at the start. Gives way to some mild hop character. This is on the best of IPA list and I can personally list about 70 IPAs I'd rather have than this one. What a mediocre crappy beer. 7%!?!?!?!? Serioiusly? Wow, pretty drinkable for that.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 03:26:20 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times but just now got around to reviewing it.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is pretty fruity. I get some grapefruit, orange and papaya as well as some bready malt. The flavor is bitter oranges with some bread. I also get a little bit of caramel malt and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 05:02:28 | More by Mora2000
Photo of bernardus1212


3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this little number up on a whim. Poured a deep orange color nice white head. The smell brings a slightly astringent floral front with some dense fruit and hops after. Nice balance on the tongue. a bit of a tingle. A slight alcohol burn in the front but it is quickly balanced out with some nice tamgerine and hops. Nice middile of the road IPA Would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 04:12:56 | More by bernardus1212
Photo of SDtastentune


4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Golden translucent amber with great head and lacing, filtered looking.

S- Hops wheat and kinda musty grapefruit.

T - Very vibrant and strong tasting, nice balanced after taste of hops and grapefruit bitterness but nicely balanced into great IPA flavor.

M - Lower/medium carbonation that suits the balanced flavor, not to bitter but almost perfect.

D - Very drinkable IPA for the price ($3.50), better then some that cost double. Goes down smooth without the crazy aftertaste that works into a nice drinking IPA, could drink a few & want more. Anderson Valley does it again with there Mendo IPA! Thumbs way up and very recommended to the hop head!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:50:10 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of Kiwano

New York

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

A - opaque orange and light tan with frothy head that fizzles away leaving a nice set of lacing

S - Wheat, perfume, citrus and fruit with hop

T - great hops with a sweet hint of brown sugar but the hop and bitterness comes through quickly - nice depth of flavor around the hoppiness. The bitterness lasts for a long time in between sips. A little bit of citrus comes through as well when you first sip. Nice balance

M - tight fizz - very nice and refreshing

D - Well done. really enjoyed the balance, flavor, bitterness supported with flavor that stays through

(chilled bottle poured into a glass)

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 03:43:48 | More by Kiwano
Photo of livewire78


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

This review will be a departure for me. All the typical IPA sights, smells and tastes are there. Hoppiness, maltiness and the rest. This is better than my usual standard review would bear and to be fair to the brewers I'm just saying that it's goood! I'd take it again and again. This one deserves better than a standard boring review because it's not a standard boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 00:30:26 | More by livewire78
Photo of Poppleton


3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- burnt amber coloring, slightly cloudy with thin lacy head.

S- floral nose with hints of honey

T- very bitter bite that lingers. mildly grapefruitish in regards to bitterness (not citrus flavor). I felt like the hoppy bitterness overpowered everything else. Taste seemed to improve as it warmed up.

M- crisp, sharp almost puckering

D- I think this beer may be a true representative of the IPA style, however I felt like the hoppiness was a little too strong. I will say it did seem to improve as it warmed up and I hope to review this one again some day and see if my opinion changes.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 00:07:52 | More by Poppleton
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3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears amber gold in color.

Smells grassy, and citrusy.

It tastes nice there is a nice citrus flavor a bit of caramel malt. A floral flavor is also there.

The carbonation is moderate high

Drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few.

Overall a stereotypical version of a good IPA. It tastes very good better than most. But at the same time it does not seem original.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 02:49:34 | More by chumba526
Photo of samie85


3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/05/10.

A-Pours a light amber color with a two finger head white head.

S-Light caramel with some spicy pine and mango with a little grapefruit.

T-Bitter spicy and dry pine with a little grapefruit and light with a lingering bitterness.

M-Light bodied and pretty well-carbonated with a prickly sensation.

D-A little too dry and light bodied for my taste but a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 04:50:28 | More by samie85
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

An aggressive, down the center pour yields a couple inches of dense tan head atop a slightly hazed orange-amber colored ale. The head goes rocky and laces up good and sticky. Nice start!

Pungent fruity hops in the nose. Pine spice notes as well, with not a lot of malt balance. Taste is an explosion of fruit and spice from the hops. Not s sharp citrus bite, but more earthy and sweet, which compliments the light malt sweetness for an overall sweet effect. Perfumey in the middle as the bitter bite from the hops takes over. Not a trace of alcohol in the taste that I can detect. Finishes sweet on the tongue and bitter in the back of the mouth. Nice.

A bigger bodied, smooth IPA, harsh from hops but smooth in the feel. I will easily finish this bomber and long for another.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 16:54:15 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of sjverla


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Piny and outdoorsy, with citrus.

Appearance: Full-bodied gold, with an off-white head that laces nicely. Great clarity to boot.

Taste: A flavor that I haven't noticed in a ton of American IPAs. No questioning the hops that went into this, but they blend so seamlessly with the malt that the bitterness seemed to hit atypical low notes. It sticks to your gums with pleasant, piny resins.

Overall: Bitterness that hits the low notes!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 02:29:13 | More by sjverla
Photo of Keffa


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

Served in my Columbus Microbrew Fest pint glass.

A: Nice copper/orange with a nice thick head that sticks around in the form of a 1/2 cap, thick, rocky lacing that will not leave the glass. Period. At all. Jeez, this IS lacing.

S: Nice herbal/floral aroma, a little bit of a sweet malt, but mainly hop heavy. A little orange and mango. A little pineapple as well. Very nice start.

T: Holy crap. Bitter off the bat, and a tongue numbing bitter at that. Very herbal, piney, oily hop, a little bit of a pineapple, a little orange, mostly hop in this one. Malt comes out a bit at the end, and after taking a few drinks. First few are nothing but hop until the tongue gets used to the level of bitterness. Malt is semi-sweet, and very laid back. This is the epitome of a hop forward IPA, for sure.

M: Oily, well carbonated, medium body. Nothing super special here.

D: IF, and only IF, you can get past how aggressively bitter this one is, very drinkable. This one is almost TOO bitter for a standard IPA.

For further notice, if someone asked me what is the most hop forward single IPA, this is it for me. Two Hearted is a much more drinkable IPA with the balance that it has between the hops and malt, but this one is just a bruiser. If it's hops you want, and malt be damned, this is a fine choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 04:46:19 | More by Keffa
Photo of irishevans


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this today, for yet another miserably hot afternoon here in Kea'au. A bomber, poured into the trusty Monteith's mug from Kiwi Land(thanks again welsh dragon bar, for your unwitting donation).

A- three finger airy looking cream colored head and a relatively clear light caramel/amber colored body. I'm chalking up the large head to a bad pour. the girlfriend's cat decided to come up and nudge my elbow right as I was pouring the beer. retains and laces rather well too. ends up a half finger thick.

N- Not very aromatic, but picking up on herbal hop scents, and some light grain, grapefruit smell in there, and some bready notes.

T- starts off balanced, with some nice malty and bready flavor coming forward. but then... the hops show up in a big way, and linger. more citrus than herbal/floral, the nose had me figuring that it was more of an even mix, maybe even more herbal, but that's not the case. nice bitter hoppy finish. different things showing up at different points in the taste, some overlapping, some at unique points, I really like it.

M- nice, crisp, just what I expect from a yankee IPA. more mellow than I expected from a west coast brewery, but I guess not all the brewers in cali have gone as retarded as those in the Pacific Northwest have with those "rape your palate" over hopped IPAs, don't get me wrong those beers have their place, but not as "all the time beers", at least not in my opinion.

D-Great summer after noon beer, at very sessionable 7%. wish i'd have bought a few more for the rest of the evening.
with no more of this or any other IPA I think I shall go indulge in some of the Hop's First cousin and veg out to some sopranos or aqua teen now.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 04:13:02 | More by irishevans
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew picked up from Sam's in Durham. Bottle poured sloppily into a standard shaker pint...

A: Rusty orange with a massive three-finger bone white head; wow, the head on this one is impressive: rocky / milkshake-esque... after a couple minutes, it's still a two-finger head; great retention and awesome lacing (sheets of stickiness all over the place). The only the thing that would add to the appearance of this beer, for me, would be some hop haze / cloudiness.

S: Sweet malt / caramel; citrus hops; pineapple and mango; a little earthy. Smells delicious.

T: Hmmm, taste seems to not be quite on par with the aroma... caramel malt, backed up by a nice citrus / pine (slight) / herby hoppiness; puckering grapefruit rind, post-gulp. For some reason, it just doesn't seem as tasty as the nose would imply. Weird.

M: Medium-bodied and slick; kind of like the taste, there's just something that seems a tad incomplete.

D: Looks great, smells great, tastes pretty good! A good west coast IPA (that seems to me to have a little more east coast character, for some reason - maybe the fact that its not super hop forward).

I have another one in the fridge, and I'm looking forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 05:17:49 | More by jpro
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,473 ratings.