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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,595
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 102
Gots: 188 | 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 Evil_Pidde
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a long-necked brown 355 ml. bottle. The label's got a picture of a great sceenary; a field in a mountain valley with a lake where a bear with great elkhorns looks for fish. I love the label!
The cap's got a sun with the text "Solar powered brewery".

A: The pour is glowing amber with a really large beautiful white thick long-lasting head. A massive amount of lacings and a really nice crater!

S: American piny floral hops, citric notes and caramell malt. Flowery.

T: Bitter and floral hops, citric and piney. A little sweeter caramell malt than I expected, but still very nice. Bready. Complex and well balanced.

M: Longlasting dry bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

D: This is a very nice American IPA, probably one of the best I've tried so far.

Evil_Pidde, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of hophead247
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one that got me hooked..Nice IPA from Anderson valley. Appearance is gold, crystal, and is capped off by a medium bodied head. Nice lacing. Nose is of herbal flowers, dark fruits, fairly hoppy, and citrus bitters. The flavor is plums, oranges, grass, herbs, and some spicy bitterness with a medium hop flavor and finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a slightly vigorous forced the off white head to rise to the top of my pint and forced me to wait to be able to pour the rest. the color is darker than most IPAs and less hazy. the head retention and lacing is good.

S- mostly floral hops with a bit of piney earthiness to it. the malt profile comes in stronger than usual for the style with some caramel sweetness and biscuit. everything is slightly muted, though, not very strong on the nose.

T- again, the hops are mostly piney slightly floral with a load of bitterness. very pleasant balancing sweetness and finishes biscuity and bitter. a nice balanced IPA.

M- fairly full bodied with great crisp carbonation. a nice smooth feel that helps it go down easy

D- especially easy drinking for A 7% IPA. they didn't make it too in-your-face bitter and that really helps in this department. I'm sure to revisit sometime in the future now that Anderson Valley has entered the Alabama market. I'll have to pick up a Barney Flats and Boont Amber soon.

Freethyhops, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of tofulegend
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really blew me away. I actually didn't expect much from this and I bought it mostly for the moose-bear on the bottle. Really quite exceptional and very near exactly how I want a IPA to taste.
Beautiful balance between a sweet mouthfeel and hoppy bitterness. Beer like this is really too good to analyze.

Had it with some blue cheese pasta which turned out to be a really good combination.

tofulegend, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a great big fluffy head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Hops of citrus, pine and flowers backed by malt.

Taste - Very earthy hops, citrus with quite some malt and biscuit presence and a great lingering taste of grape in the finish. A very well balanced IPA!

Mouthfeel - Medium body (though a bit fuller than it usually is) with medium carbonation.

OskarL, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, deep, reddish-amber body with a full two fingers of frothy tan foam on top; solid retention and plenty of spotty lace. A bit dark for the style, but otherwise impeccable.

S: Fairly sharp, spicy hop aroma that's predominately floral. Some biscuity-sweet caramel malt as well. Pungent and balanced, but not too remarkable.

T: Follows the nose closely, with floral and vegetal hops up front, followed by some brown-sugar caramelized malts and bitter hop bite on the finish. Again, good but not quite great.

M: Lightly sticky medium body with an explosion of soft effervescence. Not bad at all.

D: It's a bit too sweet on the palate and bitter on the finish to offer a seamless IPA experience.

Notes: This is a pretty enjoyable beer, but I was hoping for more of a West Coast detonation of hops. Something about the specialty malt presence just kept me from whole-heartedly digging this beer. Still, it's more than worth giving a shot.


woosterbill, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of dqrull
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a one finger high head that has a slightly off-white colour.

Smells of floral and citrusy hops, the citrus is almost reminiscent of oranges and clementines, and a bit of grape as well. Quite a piny-prescense as well, almost resiny, almost.

Taste starts off with a more earthy hop-prifile than expected from the nose, with a robust malt prescense keeping the hops company as they morph into a more citrusy approach, much grape and an accomplished and well balanced bitterness at the end.

Creamy and light in the mouth, a pleasant drink.

dqrull, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of mklinger
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorously poured into a shaker pint glass and managed to pull up just a small half inch head formed of large bubbles that dissipated quickly. Color was a nice pale amber, a bit dark for an IPA but nice looking, clear, with good carbonation.

Aroma is full of grapefruit citrus. Plenty of Centennial/Amarillo/Cascade hops. Quite nice though not as robust as some others. Not much malt in the aroma.

Flavor was much different than I expected from the aroma. More complex than I expected from a good but fairly one dimensional aroma. Really complex hop flavors that I'm having a hard time labeling. Some pine, citrus, cat pee (Simcoe hops?), and other stuff going on. This is balanced out by some really nice biscuit, maltiness, & a bit of caramel. I really like the flavor, and find myself just reaching and reaching for more sips. High drinkability here, too. It's a bit more full bodied than many IPAs, but I really like it. Wow! I didn't expect this out of the appearance or aroma.

mklinger, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is clear rather light amber, the head off-white and leaving lots of lacing.

Smelling of floral citric hops, grapefruit and fresh moved lawn, and a bit of sweet candies.

A sweetness of caramel is complemented with orange acidness and grapefruit peel bitterness.

A medium carbonation, and refreshing mouth-feel.

A very good and typical american IPA.

rarbring, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice honey amber color with about one-two finger head; very decent head retention and lacing

S: Piny, herbal notes with slight malty undertones; I don't get as much of the citrus notes as other reviewers

T: Sweet grapefruit on the front; very nice malt character for an IPA, almost bready; lingering sweetness on the mid-palate; strong bite on the back end

M: Pretty solid body for the style

D: Very drinkable; not the best IPA I've had but I would definitely return to it in the future; the bitterness definitely lingers for quite a while

Poured from a bomber. I would, obviously, be interesting in tasting a fresh pint. Upon a few more sips, the sweet citrus shines through more, but not necessarily complementing the heavy bitter flavor.

WOTO97, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of backfat
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light amber with 2 finger white head. smells citrus, juicy, and outstanding! like a jolly rancher. mmm this one came by surprise. beautifully balenced piney hops and subtle smooth malt. my roommate brought this warlock back from an ohio beer adventure. i could drink this one everyday. this one is on the ohio list.

backfat, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of betterbgood
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the smoothess ipas i've tasted very good the appearance is great with golden orangue hue

smell is great

taste is smooth the malts and hop bitterness is well delivered

mouthfeel is great

i can drink about 3 of them in a night, i recommend this ipa for all to enjoy, at seven percent you can taste the alcohol, but the taste is great.

betterbgood, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber from saulcharlesworth - secret santa '09

a- bomber poured into a pint, full finger of creamy, bubbly head with nice retention, deep honey amber coloring with a slight haze to it.

s- rich caramel malt, juicy citrus hops, earthy, slight vanilla.

t- some metallic notes off the bat, smooth caramel malts blend nicely with tangy citrus hops, grapefruit pith, some herbal earthiness, hugely bittered - i mean HUGE. the finish is crisp, super bitter, and lingers LONG. this is the first 'mouth drier' i've ever had, it's like biting into a grapefruit rind. all that being said, i did enjoy it.

m- medium body.

d- this beer isn't what i was expecting, it's much more bitter but still manages to be drinkable. i'll take off a little bit on drinkability just because it's super bitter and drying. i finished the bomber solo with not too much trouble, i did enjoy, just not as much as i though i would.

thecarster1, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance isn't bad at all coppery-orange with a decent fluffy head that recedes to a ring.

Smell is the first indication that this might not be my IPA. Overwhelmingly sweet fruit smell, caramel, and not a very strong hop presence at all.

Taste is sweeet. Hops are in the after taste, but not a big player in this beer. I don't think this one is really my thing. The sweetness coupled with the surprising lack of hops are detractors.

Mouthfeel is good. Light carbonation, oily,

This beer is drinkable, but the sweetness slows you down a bit. I think this might be a good IPA for someone looking for a beginner's IPA.

Sixofsigmas, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, dark orange color, chill haze, thin white head. Smells like a cousin of Big Foot, strong malt balance with loads of citrus. The taste is likewise almost barley-wine like. The caramel malts are strong with this one, too strong. Some bitterness in the aftertaste but overall too sweet for my preference in this style. Reasonable carbonation, mouthfeel was OK, but the flavors were not a win for me.

TurdFurgison, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of DougBrew
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale with a red-ish/amber hue. This beer poured crystal clear with the fluffiest of off-white head, which laced down the glass in a very pleasing way.

S- A little piney, not a lot of aroma here.

T- Typical West Coast hop notes of grapefruit lead into delicate honey and maple flavors. Not a very complex beer but perhaps I'm missing something.

M- Slightly astringent, but effervescent enough to quell it before it becomes an issue. This leads to a perception of imbalance, but give it time (a moment, a moment or two) and you'll be pleased with the sweet profile that follows.

D- This beer is not stellar example, but I would happily drink a few with friends on a brisk Autumn day in Anderson Valley. A good sesh IPA that is worth a pint or two.

* I would note the previous review to mine. I had one the other night and remember being far more impressed than I am tonight. This may be due, in part, to inconsistent packaging procedures./???

DougBrew, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle, this brew pours a clear amber with a thick white head that settles in due time. It leaves a nice film on the glass, and retains some of it's luster.

S: Balanced on the nose, with hints of caramel and bread, alongside piney, herbal hop aromas. There is also a hint of bark in the backround.

T: Flavors of pine, some citrus, and cedar are dominant, along with a spicy, herbal character. Hops are balanced by sweet toasty malt. Shows notes of caramel and dried fruit. Fisnish is crisp and dry, but long-lasting.

M: Medium to full-bodied, Hop Ottin' has alot going on. Mouthfeel is very silky, and flavors remain on the palate for some time after swallowing.

D: One of the most easily consumable IPAs I have had in quite a while. Very hoppy, yet malty enougn to keep the taste buds in check. Overall an excellent beer!

WYVYRN527, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of prg1976
2.23/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear darker amber in color. Decent head, fades quickly with good lacing.

Smells of malts more than hops. A little sweet smelling. Not much there really.

I don't taste the hoppiness that the labeling implies.

Sour tasting, slightly metallic. No hop flavor, not bitter. Not very good, imo.

Maybe an older batch, or not stored properly. May have to give it a second chance.

prg1976, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark amber color. Golden/brown. Huge white head. Pretty sweet spider web lacing.

S- Hops and a certain metallic scene. Malt and bread.

T- Standard IPA, but I was completely turned off by the medicinal quality. The metal/nickel flavor was hard to get past. Their was also a grainy/earthy tone to it which didn't sit right with me.

M- Medium bodied and sleek. Resiny and oily.

D- Nice IPA, not my favorite. Some flavors I were not into.

DavidSeanNJ, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of bark
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is clear; the colour amber. The finger thick off white head leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with lots of woody notes: Wood, turpentine, resin. But there are also some perfumed notes of fruit candy. Metallic hints in the background.

The bold taste got notes of turpentine, wood and resin. Metallic bitter flavours with a spicy (black pepper) note. Medium bodied. The bitterness is sour-bitter, I noticed that it tastes more on the middle of the tongue than on the back. The aftertaste is bitter with a growing sour note of lemon acid. Sour hints of detergents in the finish.

The carbonation is strong; the bubbles medium-sized. The liquid is light to mid-smooth.

An American IPA that focuses more on sharp bitter flavours than anything else. The aftertaste is surprisingly short.

bark, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of NicholasSchell
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a less than clear light copper/medium amber hue, due to somewhat vigorous pour achieved a glorious 3 finger head which slowly shrinks into a dense pillowy mass leaving splatters of lacing around the entire perimeter of the glass.

S- Resins, piney, citrusy, honey, light malty undertones.

T- Sweet, reminds me of green raisins, resin, honey, just a bit of pine.

M- Medium body with the lightest stickiness, medium carbonation.

D- Easy on the palate, and a decent ABV make this fairly drinkable.

NicholasSchell, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Pecorasc
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into oversized tulip glass. Bought from Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, OH. Don't know how long its been on the shelf.

"Hop Ottin' bites like a can-kicky bluetail."

And apparently, Bears from Boonville grow antlers.

A- Orange to red in color, with fantastic clarity. Pours with a massive cream colored head. Head has a mixture of soapy and creamy consistencies with huge bubbles that leave giant craters when popped. Actively carbonated in several sports throughout the glass. The great head leaves pumice like lacing all over the glass and a giant mountain of frothy foam in the middle.

S- The hop aroma is citrusy and piney, almost reminiscent of tree bark. The malt backbone shows lots of carmel and butterscotch. The combination strangely reminds me of dark cherries...

T- Nice up front with citrus hops, candy and butterscotch: sort of like a hop flavored fun-dip. However, after the initial reaction, an unpleasant dustiness, possibly the unpleasant result of time. Leaves a sweetened bitterness in the front of the roof of my mouth and all 7.7% is detectable. Overall a little too sweet.

M- Smooth with great carbonation that elevates the hop bitterness. Big enough body for 7.7%, but subtraction by addition = big body leaves beer too sweet.

D- Fresh- this may be really good. But with this particular bottle, I'm comfortable stopping at one. Falls right in the middle of a sipper and a session beer.

Pecorasc, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of nelson4
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours nice slightly hazy orange. Head is thick and dissipates with a nice lacing.

S - Malty and sweet. I didn't get the hops that the label claimed, but i love malty sweet smelling beers.

T - Wow, the balance of hops and malt is amazing. I am used to getting hit over the head with hops or only getting small sweet malt. The malt at the beginning quickly gives way to a strong bitter hop that lingers at the back. It is a great balance.

M - This beer is perfectly carbonated. The 7% alc does not come off as astringent or harsh, but does offer an interesting mouthfeel. The malt offers just enough heaviness at the beginning but it doesn't get chewy like a stout or port. Perfect for the style.

D - I bought a six pack and I am excited to open the rest. Most CA IPA's knock you over with bitter and it is hard to keep moving through them. This one has the nice malty balance that makes me look forward to the next. At 7%, it would be easy to finish a few too many. :)

Overall, I was extremely impressed. This is one of my favorite IPA's that I have tried. I was hesitant to purchase due to the nature pictures and the 'country' feel, but I am thoroughly impressed. I will certainly be buying more of Anderson Valley.

nelson4, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of bosox941827
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First a note on the bottle - love it when a brewer - as Anderson Valley does on this one - puts a lot of info on each individual bottle; reminds you you're drinking something unique and give you some background on the region/brewery/beer. Kudos.
12 oz bottle (duh) into an imperial pint glass. Poured cold, finished warm.

A - A bit darker than some of the IPAs I've tried recently, but still that dark orange/brown/amber IPA look to it. Rough pour yields rocky head that lingers down the glass.
S - Don't get too much on the nose, more toasted malts than anything to be honest.
T - Toasted/caramel malts - but just very quickly - at the front, quickly changing into hops, then some malty sweetness comes back again before finally resolving into a pleasant bitterness that lingers for quite a while - will really dry your tongue out. Actually prefer my IPAs with a bit more hop-punch, but this has more of a sustained hop-taste rather than a punch. Also, am shocked that this is a 7% ABV beer - alcohol seems to be indetectable in the taste.

M - Medium bodied, and very smooth.

D - Could drink these forever I think. The lack of the hop-punch would head off tongue-fatigue and the balance is pretty good. 7% ABV could sneak up on you....

Ended up liking this quite a bit. Again, prefer the hops a little more "in your face" but the sustain is quite nice. Will definitely pick this up again.

bosox941827, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of DanielDavis421
2.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decsent brew with little to offer, I did not get the hoppy sensation I was looking for, and for an IPA the flavour was pretty blaned! not a bad beer but from what everyone was telling me about it I found it to be very over rated!

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

DanielDavis421, Dec 24, 2009
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,595 ratings.