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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,617
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 104
Gots: 193 | 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 dbexpert
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Rich golden hue, solid off white head , a persistent 3/4", Getting thirsty looking at this one!
S. Malt gives off sweet fruit notes, mangoish, hops are more subtle, but have a good bright acidity.
T. Expected a heavier mouthfeel. This is a rich well crafted brew. Good carbonation on palate, alcohol helps dry the finish. Hops are quite presistent. Malt is not as sweet as the nose.
M. Medium bodied, alcohol(7%) is well hidden
D. Summer or winter! Definitely a new go to! A well made beer from avbc!!

dbexpert, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of missingsense
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear medium amber w/ a frothy head that forms great lacing. Steady stream of small bubbles keeps the head pretty thick throughout.

S: Floral hops and a berry-like sweetness. Very nice balance.

T: Rounded fruit and toast malt sweetness up front with some hints of honey and strawberry. Finishes with a nice, spicy hop kick that sticks around for a while with a mild bitterness. Flavors are very balanced. Feel is between medium and full-bodied, with a slight oily slickness on the tongue. The alcohol is hidden very well.

D: In spite of its above average hoppiness, it's not too bitter or drying in the finish and I could probably have a couple in one sitting. It does have a strong enough flavor to allow you to sip on it for a while, though.

This is standby IPA that I often have in my fridge, as it relatively cheap and fresh here in L.A. A great beer from a great brewery.

missingsense, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a small off-white head. Smell is primarily sweet malt, with a hint of earthy hops. Taste is also very sweet malt up front, with a woody, earthy hop middle, and a hint of grapefruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, medium carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it does get a tiny bit cloying from the sweetness after you have more than one, but other than that it is a fine beer, that I would get again.

tronester, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, good clarity. Minimal carbonation evident. Thick one finger head that retains fairly well.

smells is clean, hoppy.

Taste is very well balanced for an IPA, nice malty backbone but dominated by sharp, fresh hops, not sure of the varieties, the malt shows up front and the bitterness of the hops lingers making this a refreshing brew to quaff.

What can you say, the Anderson Valley is a ridiculously beautiful place so anything from there has to be good, right? This is a fine IPA.

appenzeller, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of webbcreative
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orange golden color, with 1.5 finger white head that leaves great lacing.

Smells of sweet crystal malt - and earthy hops.

Taste is the same really - sweet crystal malts up front then ends with earthy hops - really thought this was going to be more piney and citrus. But I dont mind so much - I like my IPA's on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is good - med.

Overall this is a good IPA - the malt profile reminds me of Caldera's IPA - although with a very different hopping schedule.

webbcreative, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up some of this at work.

Appearance- amber color, nice head, nice lacing

Smell- hops

Taste- hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Really good IPA. I really loved it. Really good hop flavor, haven't had it on tap but on tap it would be even more awesome

jeffjeff1, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler.

Golden/amber in color. One finger white head that fairly quickly dies down to a layer of foam on top, not too much lacing left behind.

Smells of light sweet malts, lemon citrus, and a hint of pine.

Taste follows smell. Lemon citrus and bitter resin. Slight pine flavor. Light sweet honey malts.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, a slight hop bite.

Drinkability stands out the most.

billshmeinke, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I used to drink a lot of Anderson Valley stuff when I lived out west and want to start giving them more of my time again. This was a bit of a let down now, but my memories are fond enough that I will keep trying other things from them. Review is from notes taken on 5/29/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours the standard medium copper color; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger slightly off-white head with nice retention and becomes pock-marked as it slowly fades to a thick an full cap that lasts throughout the drink; body is quite clear and shows moderate carbonation; nice swaths and washes of foamy lacing are left behind.

Smell: I was a little nervous at first going into this one because the second I cracked it I swear I smelled skunk crawling out of the bottle, but it eventually faded and turned into a piney hop bitterness, but it did taint my nose a bit; grassy/piney hops and it comes across as quite bitter; nose is a kind of weak though overall and I have to pull pretty hard to get much out of it.

Taste: Bitter sappy and sticky piney/grassy hops up front, but they're followed by a bitter and biting coppery/metallic taste that really kind of makes me cringe because it's kind of strong and really takes hold and it's rather unpleasant; very slight toasty malt presence in the back once the metal fades; the bitter piney hops really linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong and prickly carbonation; a nice dry stickiness is left covering the mouth and it holds the bitter hop presence well into the aftertaste. Pretty solid and one of the better aspects of this beer.

Drinkability: Meh. Average at best as that skunky smell and metallic bite really turned me off pretty quick. There are nice supporting flavors and the look and mouthfeel are solid, but I doubt I'll be looking to buy this particular IPA again.

bamadog, May 30, 2010
Photo of bdupree
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice color... 14kt gold, pours with a creamy dense head that sticks to the glass like glue. Very impressive.

S: Immediately picked up grapes, almost wine-like aroma. Pine, and citrus wafting in there as well along with melon. It will clear out your sinuses.

T: Just perfect bitterness with a blend of complex flavors. Floral, citrus, and hop all blend together well, but are equally represented.

M: The blend of flavors just makes this one feel spot-on. Not too dry, not too heavy either.

D: I can't believe it took me so long to try this IPA. I always look at Anderson Valley different with a much higher price tag, now I know why. This is one of the best American IPAs I have tried in a long time. I will definitely be back to pay the extra moolah for such a great IPA.

bdupree, May 28, 2010
Photo of boss302
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anderson Valley, Hop Ottin, draft

A Appears to be unfiltered, golden to red in color, thick fluffy head at first pour with nice little dimples in it. The head diminishes, but lasts the whole glass. It looks great!

S Excellent hop aroma, smells like cascade or similar. Flowery and citrusy. Just what I want for an IPA.

T Bitter hit at the start from the hops, then a light caramel/coffee hint comes once the hop hit subsides. Hops are what's on display here, but the malt backs it up nicely.

M Medium body, balance is in the favor of the hops.

O A very good IPA. Definitely recommend, for the IPA lover. I'll have another!

boss302, May 26, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wife picked up a single for me. I forgot how good this is.

Pint glass pour and I am met with a copper colored ale with a nice frothy off-white foamy head with a ton of lacing. The aroma is mainly malty with some tangerine whiffs and slight caramel. The taste is smack dab bitter in the back of your throat with some nice malt upfront. Tangy finish and lingering pleasing grapefruit aftertaste. Full bodied mouthfeel with a slight dry finish and salivating occurring. High drinkability as this went down quickly and I was looking for another. Kind of a double IPA hybrid in an IPA bottle. Great stuff. I see six packs in the future and possibly a "go-to" candidate.

kaseydad, May 25, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is a high level of carbonation, creating a thick head. A sticky layer of foam coates the sides of the glass

Smells sweet and grassy with a little bit of apricot mixed in. It tastes similar, but I taste a lot of grape up front from the malt. Very unique taste, and it works.

This is about as full-bodied as you can go without altering the style. Very warming in the mouth. With this in mind drinkability is excellent.

, May 23, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium orange with thin white head, spotty lace. Smell: spicy, slightly leafy, a little tangerine, bready. Taste: fairly sweet, leafy and tea like, a little lemon and grapefruit. Medium bodied. Not great. Not oxidized or anything, but perhaps not super fresh...no dating readable by a consumer...

babaracas, May 22, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label: "Brewed with the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops, and pristine Boonville mineral water. And hops." And be sure to read the back label, for a brief Anderson Valley dialect lesson.

Burnt orange, sunset and rust come to mind when looking at this beer. Head is an inch and thins to a quarter that size quickly, leaving streaks and spots of lace.

Hop, big hops, both herbal and grapefruit, come quickly to the nose. A bright, fresh aroma, bordering on grassy and hinting at some astringency. Not a ton of malt detected, at least in the nose.

The flavor is big, and luckily brings some malt in with the slammin' hops. Hops, as expected based on aroma, are a combination of citrus rind, fresh green grass and pungent herbs (ok, I'll say it: marijuana). Superbly balanced against the sweet, rich toffee-like malt, and the quite bitter finish, there's nothing to dislike about this beer. If you're an IPA-lover, there aren't many better, brighter, fuller flavors out there than this. I'd put it up there with Bell's Two-Hearted and that crowd.

Fair bit of creaminess in the flavor...yet with pretty light body, which increases drinkability. Some resiny stick bulks it up a bit; carbonation is ample but not intrusive.

Big flavor without a huge ABV...this makes Hop Ottin' IPA a completely, utterly drinkable beer and one that would work wonders as a daily go-to, if available to you. Nice one.

Metalmonk, May 06, 2010
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A darker crimson/brownish color with a tan or ecru colored head. Retention is fair and it does lay down a nice lattice pattern of sticky lacing. Not quite as insane as some of the better IPAs out there, though.

S: Caramel and bready malt aromas blended with big time citrus and a hint of pine. Maltiness enhances the citrus aromatics with a great deal of sweetness. A very pleasant smelling beer.

T&M: Cracker-like malt flavor lays down a nice backbone to the bold citrus and pine flavors contributed by the hops. More hop flavor than bitterness in this one, and the big maltiness really does balance things out very nicely. Balance really comes in later as the beginning very hoppy. Body is medium to full with a light carbonation for an IPA. It's got big hoppiness without being abrasive or harsh, which is always a good thing. There may be just a touch too much malt for my liking, but that's the only minor complaint I have.

D: Full and malty body reduces drinkability somewhat, but it's still a rather tasty IPA.

BamaBeerBuff, May 03, 2010
Photo of mdcrouser
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's a great looking beer - copper golden, with a milky head that rings and rings - one of those you can watch all the way down the glass.

Highly floral, with a great amount of hoppy bitterness that pervades the nose, and illuminates the senses.

Really great in the mouth - huge to the tongue with what some would call bitter - I call it awesome. The floral character comes through big as well, releasing with a bit of oiliness, but not so much that there's a slick on your tongue.

Crisp, with a lasting impression on the tongue. Leaves the mouth sloppy wet with little need for a quick drink to follow.

Really great, but it really almost exceeds the IPA label it's so big. More than two might push your mouth over the edge.

mdcrouser, May 02, 2010
Photo of gks5004
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Golden copper color, fluffy white head slight color, leaves nice lacing.

S: Big hop aroma, citrusy, very appetizing hoppy smell

T: Bitter alpha acids, hoppy bitter aftertaste, malts are surprisingly thin and overpowered by hops, bitterness stays present all the way through

M: surprisingly light, good carbonation

D: very bitter, i'm just not in the mood today to tackle this much bitterness

not a bad IPA, would prefer a bit more of a malt backbone to up the mouthfeel and give more balance, very hoppy but surprisingly 1 dimensional, overall a solid beer, will definitely try again when I have the cravings for hops

gks5004, May 01, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why oh why do I not drink more from these guys? Pours a dark copper with a great white foamy head. Crazy rings down the glass, light chill haze. Terrific.

Pine/citric notes in the nose with a backbone of toasted malt. Great.

Big hop flavor that just outshines the tasty toasted and lightly sweet malt. The hop heavy thing works here, but is just enough out of balance to keep this from a higher rating. Some light fruit and a firm citric bitter finish. Great American IPA.

Medium body, good carbonation to clear the palate.

Overall, a drinker and a winner. Bought as an overstock single. I could literally drink this all night. A great domestic IPA. A touch hop heavy, but not enough to make it a flaw. Great beer.

OtherShoe2, May 01, 2010
Photo of Burl41
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- An amber color with a great two finger head with decent retention.

Smell- Great hop character with a sweet malt note at the end. Not as powerful as many other American IPA's however quite nice overall.

Taste- Citrus, some resin, a range of hop notes, without an overpowering bitterness. Balanced well with a strong malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- I'd say only slightly above average, not watery not heavy

Drinkability- This reminds me of early craft beer in 90's. Not an assault of an IPA but a balanced wonderful brew with nothing to dislike. This is one IPA that all beer fans must try.

Burl41, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of belgaridub
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

amber with a small off whit e head that dissipates quickly

smell is all pine and resin - deep and almost earthy - citrus layered in with the pine as well - aroma doesn't really jump out at me, but smells potent like an IPA should

very bitter, but definitely has some sweetness to back it up - the resin continues on the tongue much more than any citrus - the bitterness almost sticks in your mouth

mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly light carbonation so it kind of sits in the mouth - a slightly syrupy sweet finish that i don't like very much - it almost coats your mouth at the end so that i imagine if i drink anything after it will taste like this

would i want to have three or four of these? no
do i want to finish this one? definitely

belgaridub, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Pint

A - Orange/copper color with a 2-finger head, it's white & kinda dense. Retention is great. You can see lite-moderate Co2, left some very nice looking lacing.

S - Tree sap like aroma with fruity pineapple/grapefruit combo. A little sweet with soft notes of cracker & caramel undertones. Pretty big on the citrus fruitiness & rind.

T - Big rind & tree sap like flavors upfront, fruity pineapple/grapefruit follow with a bit of citrus that cuts through the pretty big bitterness on the finish. I got a bit of toast & cracker mixed up somewhere beneath the barrel of hops, about it for the malts in this beer. A bit of alcohol as it warmed. Long lingering rind/burnt kinda bitterness.

M - Around medium bodied, moderately crisp, actually feels a little thin.

D - A pungent IPA with around average drinkability. I could drink a couple pints & be cool with that before the big hop bitterness becomes overpowering. This is great IPA, solid, Ive got my favorites over this one, but it really comes down to preference with such a full flavored brew. I recommend it. Cheers!

PintOHops, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an english-style pint glass, gives about a 1 finger head that quickly faded to a thin rim of white around the top. The color is somewhere between gold and orange with the transparency being fairly high, maybe slightly cloudy at best.

My first impression on the smell is that it was very sappy leading me to believe the body would or will be somewhat oily. A little bit of pine and tropical fruit is there with just a hint of malt. It has somewhat of a juicy factor that is typical of west coast IPAs.

A notch above medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The taste is dry and has a sappy pine-like flavor up front and throughout the middle. Finish is noticeably burnt-like, bitter and with a doughy malt character. The Somewhat fruity aroma did not follow through in the taste for me.

Overall, this is not a beer i would have more than one of because of the dryness in taste. I believe that it doesn't matter what region a beer is from, the brewery can produce whatever they like. I went into this beer thinking it would be more of a west coast-style beer and just didn't get that juicy, tropical fruit i expected.

JosiahS, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a coppery amber color with a 2 finger head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a balance of malty sweetness and herbal hops with just a hint of grapefruit.

The taste followed the aroma --- but lighter on the malt. The taste was stronger on the grapefruit as well then followed with floral and herbal hops. Slightly bitter with a dry finish.

Medium-bodied with a sticky hop resin middle as it warmed.

Very cold, this is a quite drinkable.

BuckeyeOne, Apr 20, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a bright, clean, clear coppery amber color with an inch of light tan head that good retention and lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose, nice citrus notes with some pine. The taste is very similar just bolder, lots of hops built upon a foundation of malt.

Body is full and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a beer this hoppy. Having several is enjoyable and easy with this beer.

Overall, this is one of my favorite regular, go-to IPAs. Worth your time and worth seeking out.

beertunes, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of ghostee
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper color with 2 fingers worth of head. The head recedes with time, but a nice layer stays on top the entire way down.

Smells of sweet malt and hops. Not an overpowering smell at all, very smooth.

Tastes of sweet malt with some floral and grassy hops. Has a very slight grapefuit citrusyness to is. Finishes with a slight bitterness, but not too much.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied. Doesn't bruise the tongue.

Drinkability is high. This is a good tasting IPA that's not too strong on the hops. An earlier reviewer mentioned "It reaches the edges on many attributes but never steps over." which I completely agree with.

Overall, this is a solid beer, one I wouldn't hesitate to have again. Not nearly as good as some of my favorite IPAs, but I got more than I was expecting after never having heard of the brewing company.

ghostee, Apr 14, 2010
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,617 ratings.