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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
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2,649 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,649
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 106
Gots: 203 | 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 dedrinker
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dude, loved that amber color and nice creamy head.

Smells like a craft brewery tour - tons of malt steeping, mashing, boiling etc. Actually really a lot.

And it tastes that way too - way too much sweet wort-y flavor and not enough hops.

I heard they got bought out by somebody, but I guess they don't care to make a better beer any more than the previous owners did.

OK, so I'm picking up some hop bitterness on the finish. Sigh.

dedrinker, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hmmm...this one fooled me a bit.

Bought a sixer at specs in Northeast San Antonio for 9 bucks.

Impressive looking beer.Vibrant orange, lovely head...good lacing throughout the drink.

Smell was nice. Pungent, dank hops. Fresh pine mixed with some caramel sweetness...looking forward to tasting.

Wow...this one has a bite! Hoppy as hell. A decent caramel malt on first sip, followed byy aggressive piney hops. Quite a dry, bitter finish. It's funny, I expected a bit more balance from the scent. Lucky for me, I like bitter IPAs.

A good representative style of an American IPA.

obrike, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper orange color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light dry citrus and a bit of earthiness. This IPA smells as if it will be on the dry side. The flavor profile confirms what I expected... this IPA is definitely on the dry side, with some nice bitterness, a hint of fruit from the light malt, a touch of sandlewood, and an underlying grain flavor. The beer finishes very well, with a fairly long, bitter finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I pick up no heat whatsoever from the alcohol.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is still a very easy to take IPA from Anderson Valley.

John_M, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of argenti44
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I cracked this last night with a buffalo burger that I had just grilled.

A: Excellent amber with slight orange tint. Creamy rich eggshell colored head that maintained through the entire glass and left an excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Floral smell with a background of a pine forrest. Aromas of sweet citrus.

T: Smooth taste with hints of flowers and grapefruit and a finish of a pine forrest in the sierra nevada.

M: Not too carbonated very smooth.

O: An excellent IPA one of the most well rounded I have tasted in a while. The Hop profile is there but not overwhelming. You know its an IPA but without the chase you away Hop notes of drinking a chemically induced over-hopped attempt at an IPA. I enjoyed this with a nice buffalo burger from the grill and it was an excellent pairing.

argenti44, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always passed on this beer until I saw it in cans. Did not see any date code on the can. Probably going to be fresher than the bottles. Dark amber color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Hoppy aroma of citrus and pineapple. Has the tropical fruit thing going for it. Sweet caramel from the malt rounds things out.

I expected a lot more hop flavor after taking a good whiff of the beer. Turns out to be more balanced with moderate bitterness. The citrus hops are more or less balanced by the sweet malt. Just a little sweet overall. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Pretty substantial body for an IPA. Nicely paired carbonation.

Thanks for putting this great beer in cans. It got me to try it finally. Now I wish we got Anderson Valley beers in my market.

morimech, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of PrivateEquity
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color. Head was not as much as other reviews.

S - Citrusy hops are a little underwhelming for the taste.

T - Definitely has the citrusy hops. I would say even though it has a lot of hops, it is a tad simplistic in it's hoppiness. On the flip side, I like the taste.

M - Dry aftertaste. Body is a good fit with nice maltiness.

O - Definitely worth a taste. Probably will revisit in a while.

PrivateEquity, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of GabrielM
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can into a Bruery tulip.

A - deep golden color with some white foam 'atop.

S - citrus, pineapple, candy apple Jolly Rancher.

T - bold, fresh, crisp hops with a little bite, followed up by an almost perfect amount of creamy sweetness.

M - really nice. Bite up from, smoothness down the back.

O - really nice IPA here, and it gets an extra point for being canned. Will definitely be purchasing more.

GabrielM, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Hop Ottin' is a hazy deep orange color. The head is thick and long lasting with nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with caramel and fruit. It's not so citrusy but more pineapple character.

Flavor is strong but balanced. It's sweet up front with a big malt base. The hops are even more forward but overall it comes across as more of a barleywine style IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a good IPA but not totally my style. Still it's well done.

GilGarp, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold body with a dense white head. Tons of cascading lace.

It's assertively hopped in the nose, mostly pine with citrus and herbal to a lesser extent.

This showcases the resinous pine on the palate. There's light grapefruit, too.

The mouthfeel is superb. It's oily and soft, lightly carbonated. Very clean.

This is a top notch example of an IPA and just a damn fine beer.

Vonerichs, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

A – She is slightly cloudy deep golden color on pour. About one finger of white head that settles down to a nice cover. Sticky lacing.

S – Hops baby with plenty of citrus to go along for the ride.

T – The hop taste is right there but less subtle then the smell. I thought it would be a hop bomb but no indeed. Nice. Citrusy grapefruit right there. Just a little bit of sweetness that balances the flavor.

M – Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Just a bit drying at the end. No ABV felt at all.

O – Very nice brew here. The smell is great and the flavor is actually mellow compared to some. Has a nice sweetness that really balances this well. Great all around.

GallowsThief, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour is awesome; nice strong foamy head. Brew is nice clear amber with lots of orange. Some good bubbles rising too.

S - Very Cascade! Lots of dryness with very little fruity tones. Nice sweetness

T - Very smooth and delicious! I would love to try this brew FRESH at the brewery. Lots of great earthy esters. Lots of pine. "Damn that's good"

M - Dry and lots of great bitterness. Very chewy and robust.

O - Great brew, I wish it had more flowers to help savor the flavor, but an awesome brew. Keep rockin it AVBC!!!

chugalug06, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of STKPICR0720
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew had everything I was looking forward to in it. I was hoping for the piney, floral outside looking at the mountains feeling and taste when I opened this brew. Like someone else had mentioned this is a very good IPA that highlights the piney side of hops, rather than tropical grapefruit, citrusy notes.

This brew is highly drinkable and truly a hop heads dream. Truly an amazing brew and I would easily pick up a sixer any day of the week.

Cheers

STKPICR0720, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up from a 12-oz can into a Delirium snifter on 7/23/11.

A: Cloudy dark orange with nice amount of khaki head and delicate lace.

N: Citrus-like pine.

T/M: Spicy pine with a bitter citric punch that lingers. Biscuit and honey malt sweetness in the middle. Body is on the heavy side for the style (medium-heavy).

This is a very good IPA that highlights the piney side of hops, rather than the tropical notes. It is well balanced, which helps to compensate for the heavier earth and pine notes it features.

peacebone116, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of shanblur
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on a recent trip to Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Nice orange hue with a thick head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Combination of citrus and piney hops with a faint malt backbone.

T - Hops forward with mostly piney hops flavors with a minimal sweetness.

M - Smooth medium body with minimal carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer. One of the better american IPA's I have had.

shanblur, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from the case, the day it as delivered.
Had this one last year out the bottle and It just tasted stale.
Giving the can a chance.

12oz->Marshall Pint

A ~ Amber/copper with great clarity. Cream colored head. Soda Pop carbonation with spider web lacing that turned very sticky.

S ~ Peppery/Grassy hops and a whiff of biscuits

T ~ Grass follows through in a major way, as well as bit of leafy/herbaceous hops, black pepper & lemon peel. Buttered biscuit shines throughout as a good backdrop to the hops. Bit of bitter bark & toffee as well.

M ~ Tastes like a completely different beer from last year. Fresh.
Interesting medley of hops take turns being spicy, herby & sticky.

D ~ Great offering for a can as it will hopefully solve the freshness problem I previously had. Very different IPA that sets itself apart from other breweries. AVBC is rock solid for putting out cans.

chocosushi, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Lookin' for a new source o' hops recently, and my local TJ's provided me this li'l ditty. It pours a clear copper topped by nearly a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, honeydew, cantaloupe, mild caramel, and a pinch of cinnamon. I'm not sure why, but I find this aroma to be extremely inviting. The taste holds notes of grapefruit, orange rind, lemon peel, light cantaloupe, light watermelon, light caramel, very light greens, and that same tiny shaving of cinnamon. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, something I could easily see drinking pretty often.

TMoney2591, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley IPA pours a very attractive orange amber color with an ample head of foam. The head is beige in color and posses both excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is a bit off of the classic American IPA with some fragrant grapefruity hops, plenty of earthy notes, a touch of pine and a nice doughy and caramely malt backbone. It is a well balanced aroma as opposed to a really hop laden one.

The flavor is also quit balanced with the hops being well tempered by that bready, doughy and caramel tinged malt. The flavor remains citrusy and earthy with a bit of floral spice, but it could have used perhaps a couple more helpings of hop flavor to go along with a bitterness that is well balanced by the malt.

The mouthfeel is quite nice with a medium body and lively carbonation. It is just carbonated enough to be able to retain a bit of smoothness that helps give the beer a fairly unoffending finish.

Overall this is yet another excellent American IPA. While this is not a standout in a crowded category, it is a very tasty beer that I would have no problem drinking a few of. It really is impressive how many great examples of this style are brewed. Then again, it is also pretty sad that a lot of breweries can’t make a decent one.

zoso1967, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a beautiful deep amber that is slightly hazy with a nice amount of head that is quite foamy and leaves nice lacing
S: beautiful citrus hop scent
T: great citrus hop taste, nice sweetness
M: slightly dry to begin with, smooth on the palate, medium carbonation
O: highly drinkable, really like this one

BigPlay1824, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of isaacpopp
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: good head and lacing, about 2 fingers. The beer is golden and slightly reddish.

S: not too much. A little malt, a little hops.

T: I found this beer to be a little on the bitter side though I am starting to try more hoppier beers. The malt was overpowered by the hop bitterness. I wanted more hop flavor than was present.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer was light to medium body.

O: The beer is good but, like I said, it was a bit too bitter for me. I would prefer more balance or at least more flavoring and aroma hops to the large amount of just bittering hops. Other than that this is a great IPA.

isaacpopp, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA is sweet, slippery, and not bitter.

It poured a very nice cloudy dark amber with a short one-finger head. Very little clung to the glass. The smell and taste were very sweet caramel, with no citrus or earthy flavors of which to speak. The feel was slippery smooth and fleeting. There was no bitterness whatsoever.

Hop Ottin' is tasty and was very enjoyable pool-side on a 90 degree day; however, it did not leave a lasting impression and had none of the bitterness expected from an IPA. It was a good Pale Ale but a pale IPA.

MetalHopHead6, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours clear amber-tinted copper with two fingers of dense off-white head. Head has good persistence and leaves a nice trail of lacing behind.

S - rather subtle blend of bready malt and floral hops

T - nice hop bite up front. Grassy and piney with some florals as well. Hops are nicely balanced by a solid malt backbone. Finish is very herbal, bitter and dry.

M - medium mouthfeel is slightly oily. Finishes clean and dry with lingering bitterness.

O - very nice ipa with a much deeper flavor profile than the aroma suggests. Would love to have this on a regular basis. And the cans make this a great one to have while
camping.

warnerry, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' pors a nice amber gold with a big firm rocky head of foam that stick around leaving scads of foamy lacing. Nice looking beer!

The aroma fresh from the can is that, incredibly fresh and strong smelling grassy hops with a touch of pale malt in the background.

The flavor mirrors the aroma in freshness, big fresh piney hops right in your face building a respectable bitterness backed by a bready pale malt with just a touch of caramel that hangs out in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium, firm and smooth, leaning toward creamy and very nice.

What a great IPA, being in a can and only just arrived at the store I felt assured it was fresh and it certainly was. Definitely a recommended beer!

BlackBearForge, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of bump8628
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA in a can, the world needs more.

Perfectly clear and glowing penny-copper. Not much more can be expected of the uber-sticky, clumpy, pearl white head.

Columbus heavy with a hard hit of herbal bitterness, grapefruit rind, pine needle, and some woodiness too. The essence of grass is coming in waves, and I don't mean the kind that grows in suburban front lawns. Malt is sturdy with a dry caramel edge. Clean and classic with a big resinous finish.

I love this stuff. Not bright and juicy like the IPAs I've been drinking lately, but a grizzled, coarse, West Coast classic.

Boo ya.

bump8628, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours an exceptionally lustrous hue of bronze-amber and is capped with long-lived antique-white froth, depositing spotty lace. The nose is quite understated and offers little more than vague cannabis and evergreen notes; it is pleasant, but perhaps overly mild. The flavor is more well-rounded, featuring catty and woody hop notes atop a caramelized but unsweet malt. The bitterness increases on the finish. Feel-wise, the brew is just about medium-bodied and has a texture that is eminently drinkable; I've crushed my glass in no-time-flat. Overall, a decent and easy drinking IPA.

ktrillionaire, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a bright hazy yellow color. The head with thick and white. The smell of hops flooded my nose with ease. The other aromas are citrusy and perhaps a touch of pine. The taste of the beer is good, The tropical citrus aromas carry over to the flavor nicely leaving a nice sweet and bitter finish to the beer. The mouthfeel has just a little bit of a bite to it. Overall I think this beer is pretty good and worth trying. I would choose this over a lot of other normal IPA's out there.

Knapp85, Jul 13, 2011
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,649 ratings.