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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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2,431 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,431
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 91
Gots: 136 | 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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ceeman

Wisconsin

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

A- Hazy. Dark orange copper color with thick lacing
S- Not much of a smell compared to other IPA's I've had. Not bad, just a little disapointing compared to it's reputation.
T- Redemption. Floral, with slight citrus undertones. Very tasty. The hops pummel your tongue into submission.
M- Medium bodies with a hoppy kick for an aftertaste
D- Not as drinkable as most, but I'll do my damndest to make it happen.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 04:36:03 | More by ceeman
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: An orange pour with a thick, steady head. Faintly cloudy, just the way i like my beers

S: Pine and floral hops dominate the nose. A sweet malt background comes out but there definitely a solid hop bitterness here

T: Briefly floral with a massive blast of bitterness coming through. Face it - this is what we drink IPAs for. The initial bite recedes with a wonderfully balanced malt backbone taking the forefront - touches of caramel and biscuit finishing long and bitter. Very good.

M: Smooth and well carbonated

D: Bring it on!

I'm glad i picked this up. This is a way-above-average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 03:29:30 | More by DefenCorps
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wheelinshirt

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz brown longneck bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem. I have seen this around a few places, but i have been holding out for one that i knew was fresh. It was worth the wait.

Poured a very clear copper with a nice rocky white head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass. Very nice.

Smell is hoppy, but not overly so. Citrus notes are absent or downplayed, which is a nice change of pace for an AIPA. Taste is moderately bitter with a nice hop flavor and just a touch of malt for balance.

Medium-bodied with a good dose of carbonation, it also had just a bit of oilyness from the hops that i really enjoy in an IPA.
Kind of a 'back to the basics' IPA, but in a good way. Really well crafted, and while it isn't a homerun, it is a nice, solid beer that i could see myself enjoying everyday.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 21:45:18 | More by wheelinshirt
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a hazy golden orange with thin white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Aroma was a very pleasant hoppy citrus, and mouthfeel of this full-bodied beer was tangy and biting. Flavor was more of the hoppy citrus fruit at first, but the 7% abv and a touch of sweet malt entered in at mid-glass. This all led to a pleasant finish of medium duration that was nice and bitter, yet subtly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 22:03:47 | More by kimcgolf
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pirate252

Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice clear copper/amber color, been sipping on it for 20 minutes or so and still has some white head on it, some pretty nice lacing down the side of the glass as well.

Smell: Could be better sadly, not as floral as I was hoping, pretty malty smell to it actually.

Taste: Wonderful, crisp and clean, leave a slight bit of bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Great for an IPA, not one I could drink a six pack of, but for sitting here at my desk as a sipper, wonderful!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 07:38:49 | More by pirate252
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adamks

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness date.

pours a nice gold/copperish color with a two-finger fluffy offwhite head.

smells of hops, some other flowers, maybe citrus, almost no malt.

tastes more malty than it smells, but balanced well by the greenery/citrus flavors. great overall balance.

mouthfeel is medium-body that keeps carbonation fairly well.

a very good overall IPA for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:33:47 | More by adamks
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: What a pretty IPA! Deep golden pour sporting a rich, pale amber, 2-finger head.

S: Mild hops, a hints of honey, and floral nose. Malt aroma.

T: Not the same kind of 'in your face bitterness' that I am used to from many American IPAs. It's certainly a bittery, hoppy flavour, but seems somehow 'deeper.' A resin like hops, and a little bit sweet through and towards the finish. A nice, malty roundness that balances it better than many I have tried. Quite a nice IPA.

M: A little on the heavy side... coats the mouth, but that allows that intense flavour to linger

D: A bit intense, and a tad high in ABV... this is more a sipping beer, and would be a little tough for me to have more than a couple at a time. A good beer otherwise, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 00:44:08 | More by Proteus93
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Hazy orange/copper coloration came with a fingertip's worth of froth that stuck around. Lacing was immaculate.

S - Bold citrus aroma, almost acidic. Lemon and grapefruits perhaps.

T - A wonderfully balanced bitter profile. Smooth and citrusy as well. I was surprised, however, to find this under the American stylization, I had it pegged for an English. Not "hoppy" in the least when compared to Two Hearted or Big Daddy.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation level, slight oily residue, nice smooth finish. Bitterness lingers for just a few moments after a sip.

D - Pretty decent here, I could do a few before having to move on. To many the bitterness might be a bit overwhelming, but if you like bitters or English IPA's, this will be right up your alley. Warning to hop heads, this one may mislead you. Definitely worth trying regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 14:26:16 | More by PhageLab
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DoubleJ

California

3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My mid-day gueuze was a let down, so I'm going to resort to perhaps the best beer from my mix-six pack to make up for lost ground. Alright, ready...set...POUR!:

This beer forms a massive head, albeit it looks soda-like. Despite the latter, the retention is excellent. Good crisp hop aroma in the nose. A little lemon zest as well. More clean hops in the taste as well. The malt then marches in and brings caramel and honey oat bread notes to the palate. Touches of nutty yeast and phenolic activity, giving it a funny aftertaste when it's all done.

Damn the latter! This would be another good American IPA, but the aftertaste kills it. This didn't make up for the lost gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 04:12:40 | More by DoubleJ
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with some pretty good carbonation. 1/2 inch white,thick head. Smell of hops and floral, some piney smell. Tatse like it smells, floral, hoppy and some piney notes with a finishing bitterness. Good IPA overall. Would recpmmend and drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 22:33:26 | More by barleywinefiend
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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

Poured a deeep amber color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops in the front (grassy, piney, citrusy) overwhelming alomost any malt character.
Taste has has the hops up front, But a bit more of malt begins to show itself.
Finishes much more dry than sweet.
A nice enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 19:51:19 | More by tgbljb
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a very slightly fogged amber. Minimal creme head. Nose is thick and strong piney hops. Flavor is malty, but lacks any firm character to it. No style. No grace. Thick liquid feel. Good carbonation. Overall a good brew. Just doesn't have any pizzazz.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 06:19:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The only thing that keeps this beer from being my favorite session beer is the alcohol. I love everything else about it. Perfect blend of hops/malts, looks great, smells wonderful.

This looks like amber honey with a nice fluffy head to it. Smells hoppy and sweet with maybe a touch of honey or something in there.

Wonderful taste. Nice malty warmth upfront followed immediately by a wave of citrusy hops and finishes bitter. Very nice IPA.

I loved this beer. Loved it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 14:40:49 | More by Tilley4
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A big, thick, foamy, pillow-like two finger head, bone white in color. Leaves big sticky lace rings all the way down the glass. The body is a nice golden amber.

S: Grapefruit and toasted malts. One of the more balanced hop/malt noses I have come across. A mild spruce smell.

T: The malts come across the palate first on this one and then the finish is of grapefruit and spruce, and then malts again. The malts are kind of sweet and give it a different taste. Not very crisp, the cascades have an interesting lingering taste, they usually tend to be crisper. Faint alcohol warmth lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M: Dry and bitter.

D: Suffers a bit, up there in alcohol content

Overall, this beer is pretty solid and deserves to be up there with the everyday IPA's. They use some nice hops to give it a different feel than a typical IPA. The sweetness of the malts are a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 04:22:29 | More by ColForbinBC
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A solid looking finger of dense eggwhite colored foam rises above a slightly hazy orange-amber brew that looks like it has an almost purple cast at times. The head is small but pretty, and it leaves a little bit of really crusty lace on the glass. Swirling produces more head, and retention is pretty damn good.

S - Mandarin orange is very prevalent, with lively rind/zest notes too. The juicy citrus hop profile is gorgeous, and they are backed up by some solid biscuity malts too. Very nice.

T - Again, this is extremely juicy, fresh, and fruity. The hops take on more complexity in the mouth, and I can pick out mandarin orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit too. This is almost perfectly balanced since the awesome hops are almost matched in intensity with the tight and firm malt flavors.

M - Medium bodied with tons of structure and fairly aggressive carbonation. The finish is extremely bitter and quite dry as well. Damn fine stuff!

D - On of the best IPAs I've had in quite some time. I've been getting a few stinkers recently, and this one has renewed my faith in one of the most common styles in the good beer stores. This is a sipping beer, not really a session brew but I would drink two or three slowly and enjoy every drop. Pour this into a snifter to catch all of the nice hoppy aromatics.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 23:54:03 | More by pmcadamis
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Hop Ottin pours with a large head, good retention and lacing. Has a hazy orange color.

Smells of grassy hops, a bit of citrus, caramel malt. Rather floral and I like it.

On the palate there is lots of bitter floral hops, caramel malt to add some balance and a dry bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 22:44:51 | More by irishkyle21
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budgood1

Minnesota

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

pours out an amber colour with reddish tints. thin tight head, sticky and clinging. the lace adheres nicely, making for a nice looking brew. ripe fruitish smell...malty with a underlying spicy hop nose. the hop profile really comes through on the tongue, though. but first a wave of rich maltiness is forefront, fruity and a bit spicy from the alcohol...a bit yeasty, also. then a slow, creeping bitterness sneaks up making for a long lingering, intense, juicy end. this is a really malty brew. the hops pretty much balance out the sweetness perfectly, but don't add a lot above and beyond the big juicy bitterness. the ample body of this offering makes it seem like a bigger beer. the mouthfeel is rich and sassy, with a tremendous tongue thrashing from the hops. drinkability is good...the overall feel seems a bit rough, but i'm sure anyone looking for a hop fix need not look any further than this.

hop head's delight if you like unabashed bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 00:36:18 | More by budgood1
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus and a light amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste is on the malty side as opposed to the hoppy side for an IPA and starts with flavors of caramel tea and citrus. There’s a pale hops presence that comes in next, provides a good balance, causes the sweetness to fade and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is one of those beers that gets better as it warms a bit, but since it doesn’t really have the high hops profile that endears me to the American IPA style, I consider it a decent beer, but not my first choice when I’m looking for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 03:31:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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buzzworthy

New York

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

Hop Ottin' IPA is a beautiful sight in the glass, with a rich, full head atop an amber-orange body. The head laces the glass all the way to the end. The beer is nicely balanced between maltiness and piney, citrus hops. The smell is faint to me but the taste comes alive with this balanced array. It won't satisfy the true hophead but works well for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 05:19:16 | More by buzzworthy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this at a Yoke's supermarket in the Tri-Cities for the very decent (for we Canucks) price of $1.50. The label gave me a little cultural and linguistic education on the Anderson Valley in California.

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA produces a glassy, dark golden amber colour, with a rather puffy, foamy, and rocky creamy ecru head, which leaves some nice random webbed lacework around the glass as it lazily beats it outta town.

Upon first sniff, I get lots of floral and citrus rind hops in the aroma, with an almost sweet, balancing caramel maltiness muscling in. The taste is pastry-heavy malt right up front, with the citrus and pine hops coming at you soon after, enveloping the malt sweetness with a somewhat acrid zestiness.

This beer is smooth, with very sedate carbonation, and goes down much too quickly, especially given my lack of ability to get any more of it any time soon. Any alcohol warming is solely in my head, from having read the label, because it was well-hidden overall.

A well-crafted and balanced brew, with the hop-head quotient duly present, but not at all overbearing. Were that I could be Bahl Hornin' whenever I chose, but then there's always the impetus to travel.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 08:02:18 | More by biboergosum
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for a pricey $1.70... enjoyed from a standard shaker pint. Just got off work.... need to veg for a while.

Big tan head .... pillow that leaves long sticky lacy all the way down the glass. Glowing orange amber with a little hop haze.

Aroma is earthy with floral American hops ... still with a nice malty backbone.. not actually as hoppy as would be expected.

Flavor is along the same rung ... but with a good bitterness balanced by quite a bit of caramel and toasty malts. Mouthfeel is good... descent carbonation helps break up the malt leaving a good floral hop finish.

I really like Anderson Valley, and as such, this is a pretty good American IPA. It is not overwhemingly hoppy.. just simply balanced... but be aware... 7% will sneak up on you. I am partial, I really do like Columbus hopped brews. And a great example of an IPA that doesn't need to beat you to death with the IBU's.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 07:51:53 | More by JohnGalt1
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TheTrevor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish amber with very little head. The scent is citrusy with a bit of pine and some floral hops. The taste has a definite citrus element to it, and with the hops bitterness it's almost like taking a bite out of the side of a grapefruit except in a really refreshing way. The mouthfeel is very crisp and a little dry. I definitely enjoy this beer and wouldn't be surprised if I found myself picking it up in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 18:22:06 | More by TheTrevor
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

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

I was rather taken aback by how good this beer was, not having heard or read about it previously. Dark amber, it has a considerable head and requires careful pouring. Immediate rush of hoppy bitterness and malt on the nose. You know it isn't just another IPA when you read the 7 % alcohol level. Plenty of body, good citrus fruit freshness, but lingering bitterness carries the day. Quality, concentration and value for money.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 02:26:49 | More by AylwinForbes
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Floydster

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Charlie Jewells in Redlands for five dollars

Color was golden orange/yellow with an impressively large soapy head, right about an inch thick, left lots of sticky lacing too

Smell was floral hops and citrus, particularly grapefruit and lemon, could tell this one is quite hoppy

Taste was dry and bitter just like I prefer them, citrus finish gave this one another dimension, bitterness lasts a long time, floral all the way through, and smooth for hop bomb, this is a damn good beer for the usual seven dollars a six pack that I see it, almost sweet enough to be a double, but lacks the syrup and higher ABV

Lots of carbonation and nice body for an IPA

Could drink lots of this if I wanted to, light and easy to drink even though it is seven percent alcohol, taste is good enough to keep you coming back, goes well with a burger, which are very tasty at this establishment

Have almost bought this ten different times at different Trader Joe's locations, decided to finally have it when I saw it on tap today, one of my favorite Anderson Valley brews I have had

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2007 01:04:09 | More by Floydster
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Sleestak

California

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

I cracked the cap on this and it immediatly overflowed with foam. Good start hehe. Typical hazy orange IPA color. Lots of piney hops and some citrus in the smell. Same in the taste only the citrus-y taste really stands out. A good deal of caramel sweetness to balance it out... well somewhat, this is an IPA after all, lol. The mouthfeel on this beer is oh so creamy and succulant. Drinkability is HIGH, wish I got a six pack of this instead of just one. This is a good IPA with tons of hops yet no harshness.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 08:08:34 | More by Sleestak
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,431 ratings.