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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,779 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,779
Reviews: 1,185
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 117
Gots: 262 | FT: 1
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Photo of chumba526
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears amber gold in color.

Smells grassy, and citrusy.

It tastes nice there is a nice citrus flavor a bit of caramel malt. A floral flavor is also there.

The carbonation is moderate high

Drinkability is pretty good I could drink a few.

Overall a stereotypical version of a good IPA. It tastes very good better than most. But at the same time it does not seem original.

Photo of samie85
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/05/10.

A-Pours a light amber color with a two finger head white head.

S-Light caramel with some spicy pine and mango with a little grapefruit.

T-Bitter spicy and dry pine with a little grapefruit and light with a lingering bitterness.

M-Light bodied and pretty well-carbonated with a prickly sensation.

D-A little too dry and light bodied for my taste but a very tasty beer.

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

An aggressive, down the center pour yields a couple inches of dense tan head atop a slightly hazed orange-amber colored ale. The head goes rocky and laces up good and sticky. Nice start!

Pungent fruity hops in the nose. Pine spice notes as well, with not a lot of malt balance. Taste is an explosion of fruit and spice from the hops. Not s sharp citrus bite, but more earthy and sweet, which compliments the light malt sweetness for an overall sweet effect. Perfumey in the middle as the bitter bite from the hops takes over. Not a trace of alcohol in the taste that I can detect. Finishes sweet on the tongue and bitter in the back of the mouth. Nice.

A bigger bodied, smooth IPA, harsh from hops but smooth in the feel. I will easily finish this bomber and long for another.

Photo of sjverla
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Piny and outdoorsy, with citrus.

Appearance: Full-bodied gold, with an off-white head that laces nicely. Great clarity to boot.

Taste: A flavor that I haven't noticed in a ton of American IPAs. No questioning the hops that went into this, but they blend so seamlessly with the malt that the bitterness seemed to hit atypical low notes. It sticks to your gums with pleasant, piny resins.

Overall: Bitterness that hits the low notes!

Photo of Keffa
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Columbus Microbrew Fest pint glass.

A: Nice copper/orange with a nice thick head that sticks around in the form of a 1/2 cap, thick, rocky lacing that will not leave the glass. Period. At all. Jeez, this IS lacing.

S: Nice herbal/floral aroma, a little bit of a sweet malt, but mainly hop heavy. A little orange and mango. A little pineapple as well. Very nice start.

T: Holy crap. Bitter off the bat, and a tongue numbing bitter at that. Very herbal, piney, oily hop, a little bit of a pineapple, a little orange, mostly hop in this one. Malt comes out a bit at the end, and after taking a few drinks. First few are nothing but hop until the tongue gets used to the level of bitterness. Malt is semi-sweet, and very laid back. This is the epitome of a hop forward IPA, for sure.

M: Oily, well carbonated, medium body. Nothing super special here.

D: IF, and only IF, you can get past how aggressively bitter this one is, very drinkable. This one is almost TOO bitter for a standard IPA.

For further notice, if someone asked me what is the most hop forward single IPA, this is it for me. Two Hearted is a much more drinkable IPA with the balance that it has between the hops and malt, but this one is just a bruiser. If it's hops you want, and malt be damned, this is a fine choice.

Photo of irishevans
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this today, for yet another miserably hot afternoon here in Kea'au. A bomber, poured into the trusty Monteith's mug from Kiwi Land(thanks again welsh dragon bar, for your unwitting donation).

A- three finger airy looking cream colored head and a relatively clear light caramel/amber colored body. I'm chalking up the large head to a bad pour. the girlfriend's cat decided to come up and nudge my elbow right as I was pouring the beer. retains and laces rather well too. ends up a half finger thick.

N- Not very aromatic, but picking up on herbal hop scents, and some light grain, grapefruit smell in there, and some bready notes.

T- starts off balanced, with some nice malty and bready flavor coming forward. but then... the hops show up in a big way, and linger. more citrus than herbal/floral, the nose had me figuring that it was more of an even mix, maybe even more herbal, but that's not the case. nice bitter hoppy finish. different things showing up at different points in the taste, some overlapping, some at unique points, I really like it.

M- nice, crisp, just what I expect from a yankee IPA. more mellow than I expected from a west coast brewery, but I guess not all the brewers in cali have gone as retarded as those in the Pacific Northwest have with those "rape your palate" over hopped IPAs, don't get me wrong those beers have their place, but not as "all the time beers", at least not in my opinion.

D-Great summer after noon beer, at very sessionable 7%. wish i'd have bought a few more for the rest of the evening.
with no more of this or any other IPA I think I shall go indulge in some of the Hop's First cousin and veg out to some sopranos or aqua teen now.

Photo of jpro
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew picked up from Sam's in Durham. Bottle poured sloppily into a standard shaker pint...

A: Rusty orange with a massive three-finger bone white head; wow, the head on this one is impressive: rocky / milkshake-esque... after a couple minutes, it's still a two-finger head; great retention and awesome lacing (sheets of stickiness all over the place). The only the thing that would add to the appearance of this beer, for me, would be some hop haze / cloudiness.

S: Sweet malt / caramel; citrus hops; pineapple and mango; a little earthy. Smells delicious.

T: Hmmm, taste seems to not be quite on par with the aroma... caramel malt, backed up by a nice citrus / pine (slight) / herby hoppiness; puckering grapefruit rind, post-gulp. For some reason, it just doesn't seem as tasty as the nose would imply. Weird.

M: Medium-bodied and slick; kind of like the taste, there's just something that seems a tad incomplete.

D: Looks great, smells great, tastes pretty good! A good west coast IPA (that seems to me to have a little more east coast character, for some reason - maybe the fact that its not super hop forward).

I have another one in the fridge, and I'm looking forward to having it again.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass while relaxing at the Comfort Inn in San Diego's Hotel Circle.

A-Beautifully celar amber brew. Orange-tinted and off-white head, 2-finger and attractively frothy with nice sustaining.

S-Herbal, earthy hops. Slight biscuity malt, with a bit of bready spice.

T-Spicy bread malt is surprisingly forward in the flavor, followed quickly by the immense (as promised) hop flavors, sticky-herbal in character and simply very thick. This hoppiness perseveres well into the finish, along with a never-ending hop bitterness.

M-I am intruiged by how the carbonation interplays with the body and the hop flavors. It's as though one enhances the other, which in turn enhances the other. Overall, the body seems pretty spot-on.

D-I think this beer's drinkability is strong, with only a bit too much hop bitterness to be quite strong.

Photo of berley31
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small-moderate-sized, off-white, creamy head that exhibited good lacing and pretty fair lasting power. Body is dark orange, copperish, and hazy.

S: Fairly strong hop aroma... citrusy hops are definitely dominant (orange and lemon). Hint of malt character.

T: Very fruity hop flavor, with a touch of malt sweetness in the background. A bit of pine character is in there as well. Moderate-to-high bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation, and fairly creamy.

D: Quite a nice American IPA... I like the touch of pine in the flavor with the citrus dominating.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Light copper with a slight rosy hue in the light. The head is big and lumpy with some big bubbles. Crystal clear

S- Clean mineral water infused with delicious, herbal hops that spice up the sweet, sticky malt body

T- The flavor is well-rounded but definitely hop-forward. Malt comes with notes of honey and biscuits while the hops are a bouquet of flowers sprinkled with orange zest.

M- Pretty thick body with bubbly carbonation make for a savory snack in a glass

D- Complex and balanced with a spotlight on the herbal/floral hops. Nice

Photo of alleykatking
2.1/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a amberish brown color. One and a half finger white head shows great retention. Thick clumpy lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink this one down.

S- Interesting. Caramel bready malts with a little bit of toffee to it. Some light piney bitter hops in the background. Malt driven and I'm curious if this is a old bottle...

T- Light citrus hops in the front of this beer almost get crushed by a sea of caramel malts. Some light bready toffee flavors in the middle give way to a caramel filled hop bitterness in the back. Something is wrong with this picture I think. I am starting to think this is a old beer. Light metallic off flavors as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style I think. Flavors are mostly one sided with caramel malts being left on both my palate and long into the aftertaste. Alcohol very drying on the palate.

D- This was a half drank beer which turned into a drain pour. I was not impressed at all with this beer and to be honest either got a bad bottle or else this one was long past its prime. Will review again once I can get another bottle.

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

Anderson Valley IPA is one of the darkest IPAs I have seen yet. It's golden glow is disturbed by an oily orange redness. The thick head is at least two fingers and seems to be melting down the side of my pint glass. It has a strange but good peppery nose with an earthy grass note. When I took the first sip all I could think about was some very bitter hops. Then the pepper from the nose followed with some citrus. Finally a warm felling of alcohol. What a wonderful trip through the taste buds. This is not a beer for your average beer drinker but if you want an IPA that doesn't follow the rules or cling to the typical IPA style check this one out.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Memphis and Cumberland in the streets of Philadelphia.

A- GOlden with some small bronze hints with a bright white head. A nice cap afterwards but not much stick.

S- For a fresh IPA (I asked the bartender whom I trust) this seems pretty muted. Hardly any hop aroma and strong on the pale malts. Small citrus hints with a touch of grass.

T- Mimicks the smell in that the taste is for the style is muted. Im thinking str8 pale ale but the small amount of alcohol and the malt presense leads towards IPA. Faded C-hops with small citrus, light pineapple, grapefruit. Pale malts lead the pack. It's not as sweet as most East coast IPA's though so there is that.

M- A step down from medium, nice malt build, not very bitter, carbed up well, what more do you want to know?

D- I drank it quick because it was not doing anything for me, I did not care for it.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Golden amber-hued with a touch of red. Big white head shrinks down in minutes, leaving behind quality lacing.

S - Caramel, some citrus hops

T - Sweet caramel mixed with pine starts this off. The malts rule the middle section, but there is always a hop presence at least partially offsetting this. The end remains sweet, but a good amount of grapefruit bitterness appears and lasts for minutes.

M - Average-sized body for an IPA, and pleasantly crisp. Slightly undercarbonated.

D - Good drinkability - a bit too malty to be stellar, but hopped enough to be good.

My first Anderson Valley brew, Hop Ottin' didn't disappoint. The flavors are pretty complex, and there's enough malt and (almost) hops here to almost call it a double, but it's still easy to drink. Nicely done.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is quite strong and quite hoppy with a citrusy undertone. It pours a beautiful clear orange amber with a fairly thick off-white head that sticks around for a bit. Flavor is firmly hoppy with a nice bitter bite and whispers of orange and sweetness. Texture is fizzy and lively, leaving a nice hoppy tingle along with both bitter and sweet hints.

Photo of geryeb624
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a DFH Signature Glass. A extra from Kala1073, mad thanks!

A- Pours a gorgeous dark amber with several fingers of creamy off-white head. Leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Grassy, floral, citrusy. Tons of bitter hop aromas. A little malt sweetness peeks through, but this smells like a hop bomb.

T- Wow, grassy bitter hops just like in the smell. A bitter, citrusy punch in the face. A bit of malt balances the finish, but hops take center stage without a doubt.

M/D- Nice and smooth with perfect carbonation. Could put several of these away, definitely no problems with the bomber. Great stuff.

My first Cali IPA and I thank you for the opportunity Kala. Delicious IPA, good choice for hopheads.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a two finger head that sinks into a thick fluffy layer. Body is more on the copper side, showing a bit of malt backbone in this one.
S: A great hop aroma, a bit on the weak side for the hops that come through in the taste. Shows a typical, Cali citrus hop aroma.
T/M: A hop blast in the mouth. A good bit of carbonation, fills the palate with a bold hop taste, that does justice to the lingering effects that a true IPA should hold. A bit of spice on the finish. A smooth, full bodied mouthfeel.
D: A true IPA, one that I could drink often. A solid brew.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $5. I had this once years ago but could not remember it so I bought this bomber. Nice dark orange color with a decent head. It smelled slightly like grapefruit but really not much and I was not impressed. The flavor was very bitter and had some citrus qualities but they just weren't pronounced enough. Overall this was not bad but when I want a West Coast IPA I will get some Pliny or Racer 5 or Sculpin if I'm lucky.

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large goblet

Pours orangish amber with a big head. Head fades slowly, leaving a big frothy ring that clings to the glass. Smell is surprisingly sweet and malty, with a lot of pleasant floweriness.

Taste is rich with a sour, damp bitterness. Lots of grapefruit bitterness, maybe a little date providing the sourness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is solid, pleasantly heavy without being too thick or sticky. All things considered, quite drinkable.

Photo of adam42381
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/orange color with a 2 finger off-white frothy head. Nice head retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Caramel along with floral and piney hops with hints of bitter citrus.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine up front followed by a hint of roasted malt in the middle. The finish is pure hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is more bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Has a bit of an oily feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few of these without any trouble.

Overall: Very solid IPA overall. This one is for serious hop lovers. Give it a try.

Photo of dgilks
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, rounded earthy, piney, resinous hop aroma.

Nice, gold colour with a bit of hop haze. A biggish white head dissipates somewhat quickly.

Tasty, good balance between the malt and the hops. Plenty of bitterness with a resinous, piney hop character.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A tasty beer with nothing in particular wrong with it.

Photo of DNICE555
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the dirty truth with Zapps, Jlynn, and Cpie.

A - Orangey amber body with a generous white head and lacing.

S - Citrus, Pine, Floral, Bready notes.

T - Love the citrus and pine hops notes. Malt backbone to balance this one out.

M - Medium carbonation and bitterness. Feels smooth. Was able to dominate this pint after a Yeti, Green flash imperial ipa, and a Sierra Nevada almond marzen on tap.

D - First one from this brewery. Would love to try some more. Very solid.

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I reviewed this in the bottle and said:

In spite of this beer's strength it's actually a very drinkable ipa. great hop aroma, good color, excellent drinkability and available in 12 ounce bottles. I think this is one of the standards for india pale ale and a good one to have on hand if it's available where you are.

The draft version is as good I guess but maybe not as outstanding. Really another IPA, good but not outstanding. I've been drinking it a bit while it's on draft at the Amsterdam Ale House and will probably continue to do so.

Photo of brendan13
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an orange hued clear amber with a 2cm dense white head hat falls leaving a thick lace.
S - Dominated by citrus & pine hop notes with some floral touches. A Light bready malt touch is also present.
S - Again dominated by wonderful citrus, pine & floral hops with a slightly sweet bready malt quality to balance it.
M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a lingering but smooth bitterness.
D - A very tasty AIPA that I'll be drinking again.

Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a deep orange/copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and sticky lacing everywhere a very enticing looking AIPA,the smell is just what you would expect from a nice AIPA with aromas of resinous pines,citrus and floral all coming thru,it has a nice above average mouthfeel which suits it perfectly and makes for more than one of and has tastes of resinous piney hops,some light citrus and finhishes with a slightly bittersweet tinge of a caramel undertone and some piney bitterness,overall this is the third beer i have tried from this brewery and so far its the best in my eyes as its a nice easy drink that is simple yet very sessionable and would drink again.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,779 ratings.