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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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2,749 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 241 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of ithacabaron
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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;
well done.

GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

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

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

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!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fox227
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of nastley3
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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

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

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.

Photo of soughtbygod
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of bbeane
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

CHEERS!!

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - slightly dark brownish amber. Tad bit cloudy. Nice one finger brownish head with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell - Hops, greenery and perhaps more hops.

Taste - very hoppy, aftertaste of hops and some evergreen maybe a tad bit of juniper.

Mouthfeel - not a lot of carbonation, strong aftertaste again of hops.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer after work on a warm So Cal day. This beer is quite refreshing and I would definitely buy it again if and when I see it.

Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly in my book. Lots of off white head that is two fingers thick and an off white color, and has a nicely colored body of clear copper.

The aroma is perfume, citrus, and toffee.

Well balanced in the taste between caramel and a good amount of piny hops.

Oily and well carbonated some up the feel.

This is a great and well balanced brew. Not good for a hot pre summer spring day, but a great specimen foe the style.

Photo of iguenard
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 39/50, 7% alc/vol, Home, relaxing after a hard day) When careful not to pour the lie, the drinker's eye is treated to a slightly hazed brass color. Its head is rocky and frothy, lacing and limming down to naught but a tiny disc at the center of the glass. Creamy, light orange-lemon aromas. Smells like a crème brûlée. Blueberry muffins. Nice alcoholic nose. Damn, reminds me of something… but what? A little light, but gets better every minute. I cant get blueberry muffin out of my nose. Delicious malted grain abundant in the palate. Slightly metallic acidity brings with it poignant bitterness of floral, dandelions and grapefruit, quite strongly. Very lasting and complex flavours. Second flavours shows a tad more sweets once the mouth is used to the powerful bite of hops. The hops reminds me of Alesmith and Stone californian hops: a little sea salt in there. The mouth is treadted to a nice fresh hops, strong and acidic, enough to warrant some Tums. The experience is calmed down by a much-stronger-feeling alcohol. Good, but not great. Tends to overstay it's welcome. One of the hoppiest IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. Tries to balance things out with what I call barleywinesque sugars, but ultimately, the hoppiness, although being it's main attraction, is overly present and tends to detract from the overall enjoyment of the drink.

Photo of robbrandes
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle.

pours a nearly clear, amber color. nice, dense head of tiny bubbles, recedes to a thin (but resilient!) layer of foam.

smell is the only less-than-very-good aspect of hop ottin'. it's better than average, malts are a subtle but pleasing mix of aromas; the drawback for me is a somewhat underwhelming hop punch for an IPA.

taste is nicely assertive. big piney shot of hops, some lesser citrus-floral hints. the malt comes through in the middle, and a big, dry finish. classic west coast ipa. nice mouthfeel, the carbonation is excellent and this beer is very drinkable.

always enjoy hop ottin', +1 for the solar power!

Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour, solid finger of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice and sweet, though a touch mild, presenting a floral earthy hop alongside some sweet caramel malts.

T - Sweet and bitter hops off the top, earthy indeed with a bit of a resiny flavour. Bitterness is prominent on the finish, though the floral hops do linger nicely. A solid IPA indeed.

M - Medium bodied, though does come across a tad thin, but finishes nicely with only a touch of dryness.

O - Super tasty IPA and a solid example of the style. Earthy hops and sweet caramel malts are nicely balanced, and easily drinkable at 7%. A hop heads delight.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A thick amount of head with a golden/copper color with a lot of bubbles running up the glass. The aroma is a faint amount of floral/lemon with a lot of grass. The malt nose was also absent with only a subtle amount extremely pale/almost adjunct aroma. Taste was a quick amount of surprisingly tasty citrus hops but quickly changes to a let down of a backing body by the malt (a sweet water flavor) and a very dry and pungent lemon/orange rind bitterness. The hops were not supported by the body of this beer and the balance of hop characteristics did not match up.

Photo of Azurescens
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/28/11

A: Pours a clear copper color with light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Plenty of citrus and herbal hops but not overpoweringly strong. Some bitterness and sweet malt linger behind the hops with a hint of herbal earthy aromas and alcohol.

T: Tastes quite a bit different than it smells. Not very bitter and not nearly as much hops as in the nose. The dominating flavor is sweet caramel malt with herbal hop resins and a hint of tropical fruits coming in second to the malt.

M: Well below average on the IPA bitterness scale, sweet medium body and moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty malt forward for an IPA, the hops do have a main role in the flavor but can't really hold up to the sweet malt backbone. Still a very drinkable brew.

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

Pour - bright golden in color with a nice clean look with a decent sized stark white head. Things are looking good in this glass. I'm ready to dive in, both figuratively and literally...who wouldn't want to swim in a big glass of IPA!

Aroma - a little grassy, some nice citrus aromas, a bit of sweet caramel and maltiness as well. Not a huge amount of fresh hops in the nose, it's a lot more subtle.

Taste - a big swig from the glass and my mouth is flooded with both maltiness and hoppiness in equal parts. I think my palate is a little confused as its trying hard to focus on whether this is super hoppy or if its super balanced. In the end it finds a happy medium. It's sort of both. There are a lot of nice citrusy, resiny hoppy notes that are well paired with the sweetness that a significant grain bill offers. Their is a slight bit of butteriness that I catch, not sure if that's the yeast or not. Finishes sweet but dry with a lasting bitterness that stays on the tongue.

Overall - very well rounded IPA. Love this on tap and love it from the can. Plenty of hoppy bitterness but well balanced and extremely refreshing. At 7% this one will sneak up on you!

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This would be perfect for camping or a round or two of disc golf. I love that they've started canning their IPA!

Photo of juhl31
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-light gold color with a good white head that sticks around for the ride as well as sticking around the glass

-sharp hop smell of the citrus and pine variety. some sweetness on the nose as well

-a bit of citrus hops up front and a good even keeled bitterness on the back end. has a bit of a sweetness to it that reminds of a single version of hop slam (which i had about 4 days ago for maybe the 4th time). that same kind of honey sweet taste. good overall balance

-carbonation is just right, not too heavy and a hint of oiliness

-this beer gets lost among the large number of very good northern california IPA's, but it is very good and very underrated. it comes in both cans and bottles too which is nice. i keep forgetting how much i like this beer

Photo of ncfranklin
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Hop Ottin', in a can, into a tulip.

A: Orange with golden highlights. Nice creamy finger thick khaki head.

S: Sweet sugary notes, some grapefruity citrus.

T: Right after the nose with sweet sugar, followed by a big bitter and light grapefruit.

M: Thinner than I expected, barely medium bodied.

D: Dissapointing brew. Not potent enough in flavor, but most disappointed with the light body. Overall, blah.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,749 ratings.