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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,787
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 118
Gots: 265 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +2.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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
3.97/5  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
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +12.8%
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 +2.8%
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.

Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date, hops have faded a little but it's pretty good. A sexy looking IPA for sure, gorgeous lacing. The aroma hops are there but not where I'd expect from an American made IPA. Resiny pine goodness, would've loved to try this fresh. The malt is catching up with some definite caramel undertones creeping up. Bitterness is nicely in check and finishes tight. A good IPA I'd love to have again but probably won't because of the ridiculous prices we pay here for American beers.

Photo of californiakulak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle of this beer in to my Anchor Steam pint glass.

A. Orange like color. Thin head with quite nice lacing, off white. Beer is crystal clear.

S. Spicy, sharp scents of floral hops. Pine and cirtus. Nice aroma.

T. Good citrus hop flavor, slightly astringent. Nice malty caramel flavors as well.

M. Bitter, high carbonation and dry. Somewhat oily sensation also.

D. Very drinkable ipa. Alcohol is well hidden and it goes down smoothly.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, light orange/copper color with a nice off-white head that hangs around for a bit. Right after opening I got a nice whiff of hops. I'm getting lots of citrus notes...mainly orange and lemon, followed by a sweet malt scent blended with melon. A very nice balance to this. The taste is not quite as good as it smells though. Initially you get sweet malts and sugars, but it's not really followed by all the citrus I get in the nose. The hops are more bittering than fruity and citrusy. As it warms up you get a bit more of the citrus notes and the beer begins to taste more well balanced (the bitterness mellows out). The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is quite nice...no real complaints in this department. And the drinkability can be considered quite high IMO.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A brilliant orange-amber color.

floral hops, clove, and pine.

The tongue picks out a dry bitterness, plenty of pine, some bite, and an underlying bread malt. It's a decent IPA, and feels balanced enough, but I don't much like the dry bitter taste.

Photo of aeminter
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clean clear copper color with about two fingers worth of off-white foamy head and great lacing.

S - Fruity, resinous hops, very herbaceous.

T/M - Medium carbonation, high hop bitterness, pungent...malt flavors are very subdued.

A very solid beer and a good representation of the category.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in to Duvel tulip
Couldn't find a bottled on date...

A - Hazy amber colour with a half finger of thick white head.

S - Sweet malts and bitter hops form a well balanced beer. The hops have a slight floral nose with some citrus and the malts are caramel and bready.

T - A very sweet malt taste up front that dominated the overall palate. Bitter hops are prevalent as well with some floral notes and they leave a lasting bitterness in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with light carbonation.

D - Good IPA but not one of the best I've had.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. The label says the brewery is solar powered, which is pretty cool. Gotta respect that. Pours a nice burnt sienna with a full head that leaves lots of lace. The lacing really sticks to the glass. Loads of floral and pine hops in the nose with some caramel lurking in the background. Enticing smell. Taste is sweet, and really well balanced for an IPA. Crisp finish. As you drink it you get a pretty strong caramel malt presence in the body of the beer, though it never gets syrupy. The beer leaves you with a nice bitterness thanks to the hops at the end, if you're in to that sort of thing. Pretty solid mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation. You don't get any real heat from the alcohol despite the ABV. If you like IPAs, this one is pretty easy drinking. I may have to make it part of my regular rotation.

Photo of nickadams2
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours hazy orange with a thick , sticky off white head. Nice retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Strong,sweet floral aroma.Pine and grassy hops.

T_Strong hops upfront.Nice floral bouquet but not as strong as the smell.Grassy earthy hops give this beer a good kick.

M_Full bodied and sticky.

D_Pretty drinkable but for some reason I have a hard time putting down a lot of beers with a strong floral aroma or taste. Easily session-able though.

Photo of rwf08
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A: Fairly standard IPA color, light amber. Good soft thin head with some lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Honey like aroma. Floral and citrusy hops.

T: Not too sweet on the malt but good hop flavor. Earthy, floral, and some citrus on the hops.

M: Thin, crisp, and dry. The way it should be.

D: Very good. This is a beer that I had brought back to me by the girlfriend about a year ago and I was very sad I liked it so much. Now we have it in Tx so it is one of my go to beers.

Photo of kwjd
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with thin white head and nice lacing down the glass. I smell citrus and floral hops and mild sweetness. Bitterness seems to be a bit higher than the hop flavour should imply. Still has citrus and pine flavour though. I think this falls a little bit flat for me in that I either expect IPA's to have a bigger malt balance or for the hops to hit harder. It still tastes good, just not up with the top tier of IPA's. Carbonation is spot on for the style.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Thanks to monsterfat for the bottle.

Been wanting to try this one for a while now. I seem to remember reading about what a delicious hoppy treat it was on LNBA or something like that and added it to the ol' Wants list.

Amber orange pour. Shocker. "Amber orange" and "Orange amber" should be renamed as IPA and DIPA. I honestly can't come up with any creative ways to describe identical pour after identical pour. Off white foam reaches two fingers, and is quite fluffy. Good retention; it hits that nice happy medium between "monster head that fizzes away instantly" and "monster head that never leaves." It works for me, because I didn't want to wait half an hour for the foam to die down. Wonderful lacing stuck to the glass.

So, I totally expected this beer to be a hop bomb...and with a label that boasts "Hop Ottin' bites like an angry rattlesnake," I feel like that was a fair assumption on my part. However, I'm smelling mostly sweet caramel. It smells rich and sweet, very malty. Balance, on the West Coast? Never. After some digging (and some warmth), I begin to smell some hop aromas - sweet oranges and earthy, herbal bitterness. They blend in really well with that sweet malt/caramel smell, so the hop aromas are pretty well masked. I can't really say that I like that.

The flavor, like the aroma, is surprisingly balanced. It's not that it's a bad thing, necessarily, but it's...weird. I just don't expect this from a West Coast IPA. Now, I do like both the sweet orange and earthy/herbal hop flavors. I just wish they were more aggressive. However, Hop Ottin' is still a finely crafted IPA. Balance may not be to my liking, but it's still a good quality. Seriously, though, how weird is that? I can't stress this enough. In Hop Ottin's defense, there's some nice bitterness in the finish, enough to remind you that you're dealing with more hops than you realized, and not enough to keep it from being immensely drinkable. It's not flashy, or glamorous, but, damn, it pretty much does everything by the book.

Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate. Would like this one to be a little more creamy, but it's still a very nice texture. Actually, I change my mind. This is medium-heavy, and it feels pretty damn close to full bodied. Surprisingly chewy at first, but, I guess given the big malt presence, it shouldn't be. Drinkability is off the charts. I polished off the bomber faster than I'd like to admit. It may not be a full-on hop assault like I expect (and like) from West Coast IPA's, but it's really, really well done. Nothing about this beer takes away from its drinkability.

Hop Ottin' somewhat reminds me of my top-rated beer, Masala Mama. It's like Masala Mama Jr., or the JV version. If it were a little more forward with the citric hop flavor, this would rank right up there with the best beers I've had. But, it falls just a tad short, which sets off a serious domino effect as far as ratings are concerned. It's a great beer, and honestly, I'd keep this in the fridge constantly if it were locally available, for myself and for my non-beer geek friends.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass:

A - Clear copper color, decent head, fine lacing

S - Fruit and floral scents. Smells great.

T - Well balance tough malt backbone with a complex mix of fruity, floral, and hoppy tastes.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D - Loved this beer. An excellent IPA. Will have again.

Photo of dbexpert
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Rich golden hue, solid off white head , a persistent 3/4", Getting thirsty looking at this one!
S. Malt gives off sweet fruit notes, mangoish, hops are more subtle, but have a good bright acidity.
T. Expected a heavier mouthfeel. This is a rich well crafted brew. Good carbonation on palate, alcohol helps dry the finish. Hops are quite presistent. Malt is not as sweet as the nose.
M. Medium bodied, alcohol(7%) is well hidden
D. Summer or winter! Definitely a new go to! A well made beer from avbc!!

Photo of missingsense
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear medium amber w/ a frothy head that forms great lacing. Steady stream of small bubbles keeps the head pretty thick throughout.

S: Floral hops and a berry-like sweetness. Very nice balance.

T: Rounded fruit and toast malt sweetness up front with some hints of honey and strawberry. Finishes with a nice, spicy hop kick that sticks around for a while with a mild bitterness. Flavors are very balanced. Feel is between medium and full-bodied, with a slight oily slickness on the tongue. The alcohol is hidden very well.

D: In spite of its above average hoppiness, it's not too bitter or drying in the finish and I could probably have a couple in one sitting. It does have a strong enough flavor to allow you to sip on it for a while, though.

This is standby IPA that I often have in my fridge, as it relatively cheap and fresh here in L.A. A great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of tronester
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a small off-white head. Smell is primarily sweet malt, with a hint of earthy hops. Taste is also very sweet malt up front, with a woody, earthy hop middle, and a hint of grapefruit in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, medium carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it does get a tiny bit cloying from the sweetness after you have more than one, but other than that it is a fine beer, that I would get again.

Photo of appenzeller
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, good clarity. Minimal carbonation evident. Thick one finger head that retains fairly well.

smells is clean, hoppy.

Taste is very well balanced for an IPA, nice malty backbone but dominated by sharp, fresh hops, not sure of the varieties, the malt shows up front and the bitterness of the hops lingers making this a refreshing brew to quaff.

What can you say, the Anderson Valley is a ridiculously beautiful place so anything from there has to be good, right? This is a fine IPA.

Photo of webbcreative
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orange golden color, with 1.5 finger white head that leaves great lacing.

Smells of sweet crystal malt - and earthy hops.

Taste is the same really - sweet crystal malts up front then ends with earthy hops - really thought this was going to be more piney and citrus. But I dont mind so much - I like my IPA's on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel is good - med.

Overall this is a good IPA - the malt profile reminds me of Caldera's IPA - although with a very different hopping schedule.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,787 ratings.