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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,657
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 106
Gots: 204 | 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 BedetheVenerable
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber; nice label with a ditty about the beer, no freshness date to be found

Appearance: Dark burnt orange/light copper beer with good brightness, fairly high levels of small beaded carbonation, and a beautiful rocky ivory head with great stick and patchy lacing.

Smell: Almost a cross between an English and an American IPA, though it definitely leans more to the American side. It's got the sweet, buttery, and slightly earthy characteristics and maltiness of an English IPA but with a big dose of sweet orange liqueur thanks to big doses of American hops. Overall, quite nice.

Taste: Nice balance between malt and hops. The malts are reminiscent of buttery cracker and the hops are actually a bit earthier than suggested by the smell. Alcohol peeks through a little more than expected at 7% abv, but in a more warming than aggressive way, and hop bitterness is medium yet assertive. Overall, pretty balanced; it's again somewhat reminiscent of an English-style IPA but with more oomph and kick from the hops.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied; a bit lighter than expected from the abv

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Really tasty, solid American IPA; one of the better one's I've gotten the chance to try. In my opinion this is up there with Goose Island and New Glarus.

BedetheVenerable, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased for $1.69.

A-A normal pour produced a gargantuan head that filled half the glass. Couldn't fit the whole beer in one pour. In fact, this starting foaming as soon as the bottle cap was removed. Otherwise, appearance normal for an IPA. Beautiful golden amber hue.

S-Citrus hops, especially grapefruit. A hint of malt sweetness in aroma. Pleasant, but hops are too faint. Not nearly as robust as the label promises.

T-Hoppy, but not quite enough so. The taste is balanced by a nice malt presence that is faint, but not overly sweet. Bitter up front, but finishes without the taste buds being assaulted. This was good.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Taste improves as it warms.

This was more balanced than typical West Coast IPAs. I probably won't buy this often since my favorite IPAs, Racer 5 and Stone IPA, are just as affordable.

velosuds, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of sictyrannis
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap, served in a pint glass:

Pours a deep, copper color with amber tints. Nice, 2 finger foam head that dissipates to leave a nice lace on the glass.

The best aspect of the beer was how great it smelled. Extremely floral, a great pine smell, and lots of citrus, with a malty backbone. I even held it up to my nose for a while to savor the smell a bunch.

This seems like a pretty average IPA taste-wise, with extra bitterness up front and not much on the backend. The flavor was not very complex--just hoppy bitterness with a weaker pine finish. There wasn't much else to the flavor structure, and although I enjoy my IPAs, I enjoy a bit more complexity and a more bitter/clean aftertaste.

This beer was not carbonated enough and felt like water. Very light-bodied, if you are into that.

I could go for another, but with all the other IPAs around, I'd probably grab one of those beforehand.

sictyrannis, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased to come across this beer after trying their oatmeal stout. This IPA is very average. Nose was spruce with a little orange peel but offered little in the aroma department. Taste was average like a darker IPA that didn't have enough hop character and the mouthfeel didn't match the texture of the beer. Maybe it was on the shelf too long, maybe it's an average example.

natelocc787, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Dspohn
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A. Pours a hazy honey/amber color with a large 3 finger cream colored head. Pretty good lacing.

S. Lots of pine and floral smell with a little grapefruit and a decent amount of sweet bready smelling malt.

D. The malts that were present in the nose are all but overwhelmed by the bitter pine resin hops. Still exhibits the floral character noted in the nose with a slight bready malt body. The aftertaste is quite bitter with oily hops but is nice. Any citrus fruit flavors from the hops seem to be drowned out by the overwhelming piney flavor. If you like your hops floral and piney, definitely give this beer a try.

M. Nice medium body with pretty good carbonation.

D & Comments. Fairly dry and drinkable, hop profile seems a little one dimensional. Solid IPA, recommended especially if you like the earthy-piney side of the hop profile

Dspohn, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of NeutroMan
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a frothy off-white head that sticks around.

Smell: A somewhat mild hop aroma (disappointing, was expecting more), with the typical American hop character that is floral, piney, and somewhat fruity. A very faint hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Medium-high hop flavors that are big-time piney. Much better than the nose. High hop bitterness. The malt backbone is pretty weak and doesn't do much to deflect the hop bitterness, which lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth. Not much carbonation, yet it's still a medium-dry finish, which was rather unexpected.

Drinkability: Although it goes down pretty smooth, the high hop bitterness unchecked by a complimentary robust malt backbone limits me to one, two at the most.

NeutroMan, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of claminat420
2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a slight transparent dark amber color. solid off white colored head. medium to thick lacing.

S- just a faint hop smell is all i could pick up.

T- no malt presence at all. light hoppy aftertase. weak and watery.

M- light bodied. medium/ heavy carbonation.

D- glad i bought a single.

Overall- this is one brew i kinda had hopes for. i was going to get a 6 pack which was priced 12.99 and i'm glad i just bought a single. it reminded me of a crap macro lager like bud, coors, etc just hopped alil more. nothing special and totally a overrated beer.

claminat420, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of jbhuxley
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear, copper in color with 3 fingers of frothy off white head. Good retention but hardly any lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus with honey, molasses and biscuits.

Strange taste. The bitterness is present, but not a ton of hop flavor behind it. I can't say much about it, there is just not much going on in the flavor department. Fairly bland.

Very light in body, almost watery. Very little carbonation.

There is nothing offensive about this beer, but at the same time, it has very little going for it. Appearance and smell got my hopes up, but the taste and mouthfeel were a bit disappointing.

jbhuxley, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Clear and copper-colored - like a shiny new penny copper. No apparent carbonation, but the retention is still... okay. As for the head, it started out huge and foamy; it ended up as a small crown. Very sticky; tons of lace.

Smell: Honey, sugar, and rising bread. Lots of malt. A very strange smell for an IPA. Not a fan.

Taste: Caramel malt, pine, and citric Cascade hops. Great balance. The finish isn't as bitter as I would like, but this is a well done IPA. Again, great balance.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is velvety. Lightly dry finish. Medium bodied. Really pleasant.

Drinkability: I'm afraid this beer might be a little old. Wisewoman Liz picked it up earlier from Trader Joe's, a place that's not really known for it's fresh beers. Anyhoo, this was still pretty damn good. Not the hop bomb I was expecting, but I dug it.


Wiseman Justin Reporting (February 16, 2010)

Appearance: Nice, two finger fluffy white head. Dark honey/amber colored; head retention is very very good and lacing is left all the way down the glass as you drink it. You can't really ask for much more from an I.P.A. But I will ask more. (4.5)

Smell: Smell is very hoppy. I can smell it from about a foot away. I get everglades, wet wood, and light alcohol dancing around. This is a good smelling I.P.A. (4.0)

Taste: Hops, wet wood, and everglades. No surprises taste almost exactly like it smells. This is a very good thing. It's chewy (but not as chewy as my personal favorite I.P.A. Union Jack). (4.0)

Mouthfeel: This has a mouthfeel similar to union Jack. It's why I like I.P.A.'s so much. Silky smooth at first then chewy. I really like it. (4.5)

Drinkability: This is a very well done I.P.A. that can take the edge off a hard day. All though all other things being equal (like price... sigh) I'd grab a six pack of Union Jack. (4.0)

ThreeWiseMen, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Heroe's in Fullerton.

A: Hop Ottin' pours a light golden color with a small white foam which leaves excellent lacing on the pint glass.

S: The nose was what you generally look and hope for in an IPA. Lots of floral, pine, and grapefuit hop aromas with a mild malt scent to give some semblance of balance.

T: This is an incredibly bitter IPA. Absolutely tons of resinous pine flavor and very mild on the citrus front. The slight malt aroma does not translate to the palate.

M: Despite the lack of malt character, there is a stickiness about this beer. Moderate carbonation helps out with the incredible bitterness.

D: Being a hophead, this beer is absolutely delicious to me. However, this would be overwhelmingly bitter to many people. The alcohol is not very present, so if you enjoy that intense pine taste, this is a very drinkable IPA.

womencantsail, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of kshankar
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/copper..I can see the carbonation even with the deep color of the beer. Has a good level of foam..which recedes to a thick cap. Lacing as well

Good amount of malt backing with a floral hop aroma

Strong hop profile with some bitterness following, all with a nice malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good carbonation. Drinkability is high..I could have a couple.

Solid IPA..recommended

kshankar, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully, huge tan head, lots of lacing.
Love the nose on this beer, big huge hit of pine hops.
Surprisingly balanced on the palette, and while i do tend to gravitate to balanced beers, this one is a bit of a disappointment to me. The malt does not mesh with the hops. The initial taste is of pure piney c-hops. The mid palate is hops with a lot of butterscotch caramel malt. Now this sounds great as i write it, but its disjointed,. What i mean my that is that the front and mid-palate are not cohesive. Its a bit off putting. Now having said all that, i do like the beer an awful lot. Its very good, and highly drinkable. If the brewers had turned up the hops a bit more, it would have been perfect beer.

redneckchugger, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Soonami
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a reddish hazy brown with a dusty, off-white head that had great sustain

S - Toasty, biscuity with a hint of butter. Herbal hops provide an earthy fragrance

T- Caramel, sweet bread with a fruit juiciness followed by hop/grapefruit bitterness

M- Chewy and thick

D- highish abv for an IPA, very flavorful. I finished a bomber, but could not imagine any more than that

Soonami, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with no date. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a medium white head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Nice aroma of citrus and doughy malt. Very floral.
Grapefruit like bitterness yielding slightly to caramel malt. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol burn and a long lasting bitterness.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Has "prickly" mouthfeel due to carbonation and bitterness.
I consider this a quality beer but I would prefer more malt to balance out the bitterness. This was a tad "harsh" for my taste buds.

seanbhudson, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of dstc
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a big, light tan head. Falls to a small head with thin lace.

Hoppy aroma. Fruity and flowery. Toasty malts in the nose as well.

Big hop taste. Sweet malt undertones. Rather clean finish but lingering bitter aftertaste.

Rather full in the mouth with decent carbonation.

Very nice IPA. Drinkable and delicious.

dstc, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Lasered bottling Julian date on neck of 10/16/09. Was a slightly hazy orange color. Lots of carb and sticky white lace. It had a good sized beige head that slowly settled into a collar and foam.

The aroma was floral hops, pine, grapefruit and caramel malt. Aroma is on the bitter side but not overly. The taste followed the aroma. Not overly bitter hops from start to finish with some malt to offset it. Pretty much a bitter hop show. Needs some more c-hop or malt balance for me. Mouthfeel was creamy with good carb but had a long lingering hop oil feel.

Overall, a good but not great AIPA for me. Needed some c-hops and malt to offset the bitterness. Was a little one dimensional for me. If you love really aggressive bitter then you might like this one. Rotation: did re-sample and modified the review. Avail here in TX. The rare 6 pack unless I start liking the really bitter ones more. [OR;O;HT]

TexIndy, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to d0b for tossing me one of these. Served in a Red Hook pint glass.

A - Good looking IPA here - big three fingers of dirty light blond foam that has amazing retention and tons of lacing. Slightly hazed golden orange-red color with a few stray bubbles lazily rising to the top.

S - Good piney hop smell, with some orange zest and a touch of dankness. Doughy malt backbone that is present but subdued. Smells pretty fresh in any case.

T - Starts with some light citrus and caramel sweetness and then transforms into strong pine and earthiness. The taste has some strong bitterness to it that lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation is a little higher than I like, but the finish is pleasantly dry and there are lots of residual hop resins. Thicker body than one would expect for a 7% IPA.

D - The bitterness gets a little intense, and the beer feels a touch heavy. I don't think I'd want more than a couple of these in a session.

MasterSki, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of crossovert
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a 12 oz purple adorned bottle with a moosebear drinking some water. 7% abv, nice for an IPA.

Pours into my pint glass with a small foamy off white head that takes quite a bit of time to dissipate and leaves a little bit of non-dissipating foam leaving a little bit of lacing behind. Color is amber-orange.

Smell is of hops, piney and citrusey. The hops seem pretty vibrant so I'm assuming its fairly fresh.

Taste is smooth and hoppy. Very bitter finish. Hops on the tounge are mostly citrus, grape fruit up front and predominant with a hint of lemon in the background. Slight malt reminiscent of bready pilsener malt. This one is mostly hops though, great for anyone who likes their hops on the edge. But for a one-dimensions ipa I would like the hops to explode even more. That being said this one is easy to suck down and has a decent mouthfeel like any other IPA.

Overall a solid IPA for hopheads everywhere.

crossovert, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a very dark dark gold that is surprisingly clear with a huge chunky white head and lots of carbonation. Lacing is one of the better ones I've seen.

The aroma is rather unique, of course you get some nices hops, almost honey laced hops and nice arrangement of flowers.

The tatste is very smooth with floral throughout and a nice bitter touch at the end. Ending needs a bit more bitter to be an upper echelon IPA.

jrallen34, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Attained through a trade

Appearance: Pours a copper amber color with a finger of head at the top. Looks like a fair bit of carbonation coming out of this. A generous amount of lacing going from the top to the bottom of my glass.

Smell: This is an IPA? Alright, maybe I'm being too harsh. It's got a hop presence, but not an enormous one as I expected from a west coast IPA. The nose brings out some earthy hops with an all too balanced malt backbone (at least for this hop head)

Taste: As the nose revealed, an all too well balanced IPA. Not a citrusy aftertaste at all, mostly grass and pine, which is still pleasant, but not what I was looking for. The caramel malts play well with the hops, but I was after something different.

Mouthfeel: A little high on the carbonation in my opinion. It really explodes on the tongue once it hits. A little chewy, but a medium bodied beer. The alcohol is making its appearance, but it's fairly well hidden.

Drinkability: Not that I have easy access to this beer anyways, but I don't think I'd pick this up again. It's a good beer, worth trying, but didn't live up to my expectations given the great reviews it's gotten on BA.

Ek0nomik, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Chill-hazed light amber with a supremely solid bone-colored, big, two-finger head. Great retention! As it slowly went down while becoming lumpy, it left stages of lacing in rings on the glass.

S - Delicious heavy pine and citrus hop aroma that has a fruity hint to it with some strong grapefruit. Well balanced with a malty backbone with a light caramel touch to it.

T - The immediate presence of a hearty malt backbone became evident as it flooded my mouth with sweet pale and light caramel malt notes. Instantly changed to a very grapefruit-like fruitiness with lots of pine and a citrus burst at the end. Dry and moderately bitter to the finish.

M - Borderline full-bodied, the residual sugars and alcohol fill it up a bit. Smooth with a crisp and refreshing dry finish of hops. Moderately bitter.

D - A bit heavy for an IPA. Could be lowered a bit to be more drinkable to fit an IPA, not almost resemble a DIPA. Would bring out the hops a bit more but the balance is good and it's a solid brew!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of benclimbs
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours pretty amber, a bit darker than most ipas...lots of visible bubbles, huge head that lasts the entire drink....thus leaving thick lacing

Smell is citrus almost soapy, floral perfumy hop beauty, great nose

Taste is refreshing and balanced between caramel Malts and a lingering, creamy but bitter hop finish and at the end there is a bit of tea like taste

Such a drinkable, nicely done ipa... Not too much of anything, but. Has about everything - a very good beer that is more fruit than pine

benclimbs, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a pint glass with two fingers of off-white, slightly orange tinted head. Wife describes the color as "cooked pumpkin" which I wouldn't have ever thought of, but would also find as an apt description.

S: Extremely floral hops.

T: Very sweet pale malts intermixed with floral hops. There is a mix of light spice and bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation. Interesting interplay between the malty sweetness which coats the tongue and the hop bitterness on the outside of the mouth.

D: A nice, flavorful IPA. Definitely preferable on tap, though the malty sweetness is too much for me. Could drink one of these at a time and would need something to offset the sweetness before I could continue. Overall, a quality beer.

Florida9, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky amber color with a finger of head that dies down to a collar fairly quickly.

Floral hops dominate the nose, a bit waxy but overall not too bad.

Taste is big caramel malts, a bit of front end bitterness to accompany a weak floral hop profile. Very average. Mouthfeel is fine, but there are so many better IPA's out there why drink this?

alcstradamus, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/amber hue with a rising rocky white head. Little to no lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and herbal hops with some malty bread notes.

The taste is of the hops upfront with a good balancing of bready malts. The hops have a more earthy flavor and less citrusy. There are also some fruity esters that add to the mix.

The mouthfeel is a medium with a slick, oily finish that leaves a little bitterness.

This is very drinkable.

ocelot2500, Aug 29, 2009
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,657 ratings.