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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,712
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 108
Gots: 229 | 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 boudreaux
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a deep golden/light amber semi-opaque; about a 2.5 finger thick creamy offwhite head; looks beautiful

S: major hop aroma; strong whiffs of fresh, crispness and a bitter bite to the nose; a touch of grass and floral citrus round out the smell

T: Surprisingly busy flavors; at first, strong biting hops; next, floral notes; also, crisp citrus; the flavor gets more complex as deep honey sweetness lessens the dry-hopped bitterness

M: Creamy and medium-heavy body; surprising for such a hop-heavy beer; somehow starts fresh, moves toward creamy, and finishes crisp; I love it

D: At the beginning of the first bottle, I thought I'd only want one; by the end of it, I was begging for another; despite the 7% ABV, it goes down smooth and easy; the crisp finish tricks you into thinking you just finished a low-ABV beer

This may be my favorite IPA I've had. Ever.

boudreaux, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light side of copper, leaning toward golden around the edges. Head is fairly white, fairly tall, and fairly sticky. Not a bad look at all. Aromas include notes of pine, orange, lemon, and metal. Too faint to bump the score.

The flavor of Hop Ottin is marred for me by a metallic twinge that intrudes significantly on the taste. I got the sampler pack, and this is the third IPA I've had with the same off-note, and my wife's as well. Quality control issue, one-off, I'm not sure. Just saying.

The hops are fairly bitter without being overly assertive or flavorful. Full carbonation and light body means that it's not too sticky in the finish. Easy to drink. Not too challenging. Light toasted note on the hop side with a hint of caramel or toffee, but quite faint.

Introductory IPA, in my opinion. Not bad when you just want a hit of hops.

BretSikkink, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an American pint glass. Pours a beautifully hazy copper, orange color with a nice creamy head that leaves good lacing.

Possesses some nice piney and citrus hop aromas, but not too overwhelming from an IPA.

Has a nice assertive bitterness without going overboard. Has a slightly malty sweetness and a bready taste though the bitterness lasts on the back of your tongue.

Good mouthfeel as it coats your mouth nicely and has a lasting taste. It's a shame this isn't distributed in Louisiana because it was a very enjoyable beer.

3rdRowTailgater, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of kinupanda
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep amber with a noticeable and frothy one-finger head that coats the glass nicely while drinking. The nose is good balance of woodsy and hoppy, with some citrus sweetness. The beginning of the taste allows some malt to shine through, but soon after it gives way to the hops. The hop character would be more aptly characterized as "tart" than "bitter," possibly due to the strong carbonation, but this is quite welcome, and makes the high ABV almost unnoticeable. The finish is crisp with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

FourthBeer potential: HIGH. A well-made IPA that doesn't try too hard to be snooty or complex.

kinupanda, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For several years now, this has been one of my usual drinks when I go to the Beachland Ballroom, an outstanding concert club in my area. They do not have beer on tap in the ballroom (they do in the tavern, and it is usually good), but they have a good assortment of bottles. I think today is only the second time I have purchased this for carry out, but I have probably had this brew 20 or more times (and I intend to continue drinking it).

It's a hoppy old friend. Extremely drinkable, but just a little over the top on the hops, just the way I like it. You will not forget that you are having a craft brew, but you probably could have several and not get tired (I guess you would get wasted, though).

Everything works. The lacing is purdy. The aroma gets better as you go! The bite is a nibble, not a mauling. It's nice to have an old friend. It makes me want to get out to a concert.

schoolboy, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of aepb1
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent amber body with some haze, and an airy off-white head

S- A little citric hops, malty belly

T- Caramel malts, some sweetness in the middle and finishes wtih some spiciness and piney hop bitterness

M- Medium body and it's a bit confusing as the first sip was kind of a rough edgy mouthfeel, then when you swallow it's smooth...

D- Very good IPA, an excellent example of the style

aepb1, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of gskitt
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Referred to me by my beer guy. Pours a golden cascading color, tiny bubbles, lots of lacing. Smells of hops and piney resins but overpowering, some citrus. Taste of the hops is understated but is a nice balance of bitter, sweet, and sour. This IPA has some tartness at the end as well. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and sticky, liked it. This is a fairly drinkable IPA. Nice job Anderson Valley.

gskitt, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Hopalong29
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wifey hooked me up with an assortment last night so this is the first to try.
Definite upper level IPA with all the characteristics found in quality IPA's.
Not as hoppy or citrus aftertaste I prefer, but definitely fits this criteria.
Bitter but not mouth puckering.
Will put this on the won't let you down list.

Hopalong29, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a honey color w/ nice foamy head and decent lacing. This one has a piney taste and feel to it w/ it grapefruit and citrus notes in the mix; very floral. The flavors are straight forward, but enjoyable. Finishes dry, but not too dry; alcohol is well masked; slightly thin and over carbonated. This is just an all around good IPA, makes for good drinkability.

I don't find this one to be a standout, just a solid example of the style, one I know I can rely on. Nothing offensive at all going on. Recommended.

BB1313, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of AHNUBIS
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first smelled this beer when I was 6 months sober at a campout and I wasn't drinking. One of my buddies had this. If yall know how much your sense of smell kicks in when you get sober you'll know what I'm talking about. This beer is FLORAL. I smelled this and though I was hittin a bouquet of fruit and flowers. About 3 months later I started drinking again and picked some up at the grocery. D@MN YO!!! This has like wine conocisour aftertastes and hints of this and dat. This wouldn't be a go-to drink at all for me cuz its too funky. This is by all means an "A" beer though and is something everyone should experience.

AHNUBIS, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of MNRon
4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Great nose, great taste. This has become our annual pinochle beer of choice among a hit list of top beers. Four guys that spend the same on beer as 25yrs ago but now drink MUCH better beer. We bring ~200 beers (dozen different types) for a long weekend annually and this has become THE beer demanded most.

MNRon, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of rembrant
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange amber. 2 finger cream color head.

Aromas of grainand caramel,some citrus,a bit of a surprise after a run of IPA's that are heavy on the citrus hop side.

Flavors are in line with the nose. This does lead in with the caramel,an indirect yeast influence,a "beer" taste with the hop side smoothly coming in a moment later,some of both citrus and pine. The finish isn't long and lingering but ios nicely refined. The folks at Anderson have bottled this for I'm sure,over 20 years now and since then the typical IPA has become more hopped up,less balanced. I've not had this beer in quite a long time and evidently forgot how finely crafted it is. In current terms it seems almost more a APA or a hoppy mber but since it's been around longer than most,I can't fuss over definitions. Born in the region where the countries best wines live,this,typical of this brewery,is looking for a mellow and flawless refinement,not a snappy zap of In Your Face.
That subtle grace is very nice.

Mouthfeel is where this really is notable as it brings a good backbone and feel. The aftertaste is very good,rather complex,yet not very extended. From a broad pint glass,I felt I'd like a tad more fizz, but having a swig from the bottle-it was perfect. I've found a few beers that may spend energy in making a head in a broader glass,only to seem just a shade under carbo,but,from the bottle are just right. My bad for a too aggressive pouring.
Drinkably very good that lovely caramel lead in is just special,then the hops ease in and do a well rounded "hops" that's not TOO grapefruity. A refreshing,interesting brew,with grace and balance if you care to look for it.

rembrant, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of sbauer
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Nice light amber. Good lacing.

S: Strong pine and bright hops. Apricot.

T: Balanced hops and malts on first palate. Later piney hops and a strong/slightly unbalanced bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied.

D: Quite drinkable, but a bit too strong of an unbalanced, bitter finish for me. Would definitely drink again.

sbauer, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy orange golden color with a thick foam head. Nice lacing left behind.

S- Hoppy nose with scents of pine and grain. Not picking up any citrus really but there is a bit of must.

T- Strong bitterness upfront with a piney aftertaste. The alcohol shows up in the finish. A bit astringent and soapy.

M- Medium/light bodied with decent carbonation.

D- I was hoping for a bit more out of the flavor profile but this was still a pretty decent brew.

projectflam86, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
2.2/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, off-white, medium looking, noisy head with good retention. Safety orange in color, perfectly clear with zero carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A slight wisp remains until the end and leaves touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pales malts, bready malts, and some spicy, yeasty qualities. Fainter floral hops and some grainy notes. More of a Belgian pale nose actually; not as hoppy as expected for the style.

TASTE: Pale malts, bready with some earthy spices from the yeast. Some floral notes through the middle, but finishes quite bready and grainy with lots of pine and hop bitterness. Bold piney and bitter aftertaste lingers and lingers. Grainy and bitter, without much real flavor. There are definitely better in the style.

PALATE: This is the best part of the beer. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry on the palate, but not quite astringent. Could be a little oilier, but a decent feel.

OVERALL: A disappointing effort really. Bitter for the sake of being bitter, and not much in terms of flavor. The nose was off for the style as well, reminding me more of a Belgian strong pale ale than an IPA. Needs to be re-worked, or perhaps even scratched in favor of a different hop profile. Not something I'd recommend.

Jeffo, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of almychristopher
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.

almychristopher, Dec 13, 2010
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.

homebrew311, Dec 06, 2010
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.

jj311, Dec 02, 2010
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!

fourplayed, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Samp01
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.

Samp01, Nov 22, 2010
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.

argon, Nov 19, 2010
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.

InebriatedJoker, Nov 13, 2010
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.

diamondc, Nov 09, 2010
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.

StoneBrewFanatic, Nov 09, 2010
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.

DrDemento456, Oct 27, 2010
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,712 ratings.