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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
outstanding

2,750 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,750
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 241 | FT: 0
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 OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why oh why do I not drink more from these guys? Pours a dark copper with a great white foamy head. Crazy rings down the glass, light chill haze. Terrific.

Pine/citric notes in the nose with a backbone of toasted malt. Great.

Big hop flavor that just outshines the tasty toasted and lightly sweet malt. The hop heavy thing works here, but is just enough out of balance to keep this from a higher rating. Some light fruit and a firm citric bitter finish. Great American IPA.

Medium body, good carbonation to clear the palate.

Overall, a drinker and a winner. Bought as an overstock single. I could literally drink this all night. A great domestic IPA. A touch hop heavy, but not enough to make it a flaw. Great beer.

Photo of Burl41
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- An amber color with a great two finger head with decent retention.

Smell- Great hop character with a sweet malt note at the end. Not as powerful as many other American IPA's however quite nice overall.

Taste- Citrus, some resin, a range of hop notes, without an overpowering bitterness. Balanced well with a strong malt flavor.

Mouthfeel- I'd say only slightly above average, not watery not heavy

Drinkability- This reminds me of early craft beer in 90's. Not an assault of an IPA but a balanced wonderful brew with nothing to dislike. This is one IPA that all beer fans must try.

Photo of belgaridub
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

amber with a small off whit e head that dissipates quickly

smell is all pine and resin - deep and almost earthy - citrus layered in with the pine as well - aroma doesn't really jump out at me, but smells potent like an IPA should

very bitter, but definitely has some sweetness to back it up - the resin continues on the tongue much more than any citrus - the bitterness almost sticks in your mouth

mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly light carbonation so it kind of sits in the mouth - a slightly syrupy sweet finish that i don't like very much - it almost coats your mouth at the end so that i imagine if i drink anything after it will taste like this

would i want to have three or four of these? no
do i want to finish this one? definitely

Photo of PintOHops
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Pint

A - Orange/copper color with a 2-finger head, it's white & kinda dense. Retention is great. You can see lite-moderate Co2, left some very nice looking lacing.

S - Tree sap like aroma with fruity pineapple/grapefruit combo. A little sweet with soft notes of cracker & caramel undertones. Pretty big on the citrus fruitiness & rind.

T - Big rind & tree sap like flavors upfront, fruity pineapple/grapefruit follow with a bit of citrus that cuts through the pretty big bitterness on the finish. I got a bit of toast & cracker mixed up somewhere beneath the barrel of hops, about it for the malts in this beer. A bit of alcohol as it warmed. Long lingering rind/burnt kinda bitterness.

M - Around medium bodied, moderately crisp, actually feels a little thin.

D - A pungent IPA with around average drinkability. I could drink a couple pints & be cool with that before the big hop bitterness becomes overpowering. This is great IPA, solid, Ive got my favorites over this one, but it really comes down to preference with such a full flavored brew. I recommend it. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an english-style pint glass, gives about a 1 finger head that quickly faded to a thin rim of white around the top. The color is somewhere between gold and orange with the transparency being fairly high, maybe slightly cloudy at best.

My first impression on the smell is that it was very sappy leading me to believe the body would or will be somewhat oily. A little bit of pine and tropical fruit is there with just a hint of malt. It has somewhat of a juicy factor that is typical of west coast IPAs.

A notch above medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The taste is dry and has a sappy pine-like flavor up front and throughout the middle. Finish is noticeably burnt-like, bitter and with a doughy malt character. The Somewhat fruity aroma did not follow through in the taste for me.

Overall, this is not a beer i would have more than one of because of the dryness in taste. I believe that it doesn't matter what region a beer is from, the brewery can produce whatever they like. I went into this beer thinking it would be more of a west coast-style beer and just didn't get that juicy, tropical fruit i expected.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass a coppery amber color with a 2 finger head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is a balance of malty sweetness and herbal hops with just a hint of grapefruit.

The taste followed the aroma --- but lighter on the malt. The taste was stronger on the grapefruit as well then followed with floral and herbal hops. Slightly bitter with a dry finish.

Medium-bodied with a sticky hop resin middle as it warmed.

Very cold, this is a quite drinkable.

Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a bright, clean, clear coppery amber color with an inch of light tan head that good retention and lacing.

A bold hop aroma greets the nose, nice citrus notes with some pine. The taste is very similar just bolder, lots of hops built upon a foundation of malt.

Body is full and satisfying. Drinkability is very good for a beer this hoppy. Having several is enjoyable and easy with this beer.

Overall, this is one of my favorite regular, go-to IPAs. Worth your time and worth seeking out.

Photo of ghostee
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper color with 2 fingers worth of head. The head recedes with time, but a nice layer stays on top the entire way down.

Smells of sweet malt and hops. Not an overpowering smell at all, very smooth.

Tastes of sweet malt with some floral and grassy hops. Has a very slight grapefuit citrusyness to is. Finishes with a slight bitterness, but not too much.

Mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied. Doesn't bruise the tongue.

Drinkability is high. This is a good tasting IPA that's not too strong on the hops. An earlier reviewer mentioned "It reaches the edges on many attributes but never steps over." which I completely agree with.

Overall, this is a solid beer, one I wouldn't hesitate to have again. Not nearly as good as some of my favorite IPAs, but I got more than I was expecting after never having heard of the brewing company.

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

A-Pours a cloudy amber/gold with a moderate sized slightly off white head that has fair retention but leaves nice lacing.

S-Noticeable, but not "slap you in da face" floral, and to a lesser degree citrus, hops with a grassy undertone, some sweet malt lurking in the background.

T-Up front is a semi sweet maltiness then some floral hops. The bitterness of the hops comes through in the middle and finish. Some spice comes into play at the back end.

M-Medium bodied IPA, carb level seems to be right on par with a majority of IPAs. Slightly oily.

D-Drinks easily. Could be a session beer without question.

Overall, this is a good solid IPA. Not outstanding, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a big tall glass, cuz that's how I roll when I shop at the grocery store. Appearance was a medium amber color. Poured a finger and a half of head. Very piney nose. A bit spicy. Mouthfeel was a decent creamy carbonation. Very piney, hoppy, quite bitter. Went well with the Red Baron I had. I told you, grocery store.

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

Pours a beautiful honey amber, really shines in the light. translucent with a fair bit of tiny bubbles traveling up the side of the glass. Airy white head that sticks around, leaves moderate lacing.

I get a powerful sweet-bun smell in the nose immediately, followed by citrusy hops.

Really nice taste. There is pine and some citrus, sweet up front fading into the hop bittering, the cascade hops really come out in this beer. Nice and hop forward, strong flavor.

medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. really refreshing in the mouth with the bite of the hops on the tongue.

Highly drinkable, I bought a single and will probably be returning for a six pack in the future.

Photo of stephens101
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fizzy with a fairly thick and huge off-white head which recedes in a patient fashion and leaves a consistent lace all around before settling into one finger of craggy covering. On the nose some oily hops mix with some subtle malts. Initially a bit sweet and malty on the palate with a quick spicy hop hit at the back end. A slight fruitiness exists. Comparatively speaking it goes down smooth, with no chalkiness or rough edges. A lingering alcohol heat is noticed throughout. Highly carbonated with an airy, medium mouth-feel. A great session IPA to help with a hop jones without heading into "extreme" territory. Glad to have this one in Oklahoma.

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of AdamGarcia poured into a tulip.

Pours amber with a slight haze underneath a big thick creamy head that sticks aggressively to the sides leaving excellent lacing.

The aroma is hoppy with a dominant herbal and grassy aroma with some pine resin thrown in. There is also some sweet caramel malts.

The taste is an amped up version of the aroma with a highly herbal character to the hops throughout. Very interesting taste as there is very little in the way of citrus, just tons of floral, grassy hops with a big caramel malt underneath. The finish is dry and almost spicy.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for an IPA, sticky with herbal hops with lots of carbonation.

I always tend to like brighter more citrus-forward IPAs but this one was really good with one of the biggest herbal spice characters I've had in an IPA.

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

Big dark amber, brown almost pour. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is a wet hop grass floral type.

Big malt bill, heavily roasted for an ipa with grapefruit resin type of hop character. They don't make too many of ipas like this anymore. A great dry finish on tap. Big difference comparing this beer in the bottle v. tap. Bottle feels woodier. Tap feels crisper, hoppier.

Drinkability suffers from continued price increases every year for this stuff for some reason. No bottle dating either. Score continues to trend downward. . .

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color crowned with a thin rimming of creamy white foam that settles to a moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy malts. Brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel and pine.

T: Sweet malty base with notes of brown sugar, butterscotch and gooey caramel quickly yields to an aggressive front of hoppy goodness that results in a sustained and lingering bitterness. Biscuit and toffee surfaces as it warms. In the end, hops prevail over malts with a crisp and satisfying finish.

M: Full-bodied with a coarse feel that runs roughshod over the palate.

D: Complex yet balanced, both sweet and bitter. Hop Ottin' is an outstanding American IPA that's as intriguing as it is drinkable.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a logoless US Pint

A: Nice orange-ish tan, good chunky offwhite head, active carbonation

S: very bready and yeasty, sugary sweet, hops are fairly floral but not as strong as i had expected, maybe woodsy

T: toffee, hops ride a good line between spicy and fruity, a good bit of bitterness in the middle that is defrayed with sweetness in the finish, nice ride.

M: remarkably full bodied and smooth but it doesn't have any stickiness, carbonation did it's job, excellent.

D: This is a nice middle of the line IPA. It reaches the edges on many attributes but never steps over.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I do not see any date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours into my glass a light copper color, a thin film of head just covers the top of the beer, leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The most potent sent is that of a floral Willamette-like bitter hop smell, followed by the slight aroma of a sweet malt finish, Good smell overall.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, a good earthy slightly citrus hop taste with a clean finish that wraps it up rather nicely.

Mouthfeel: O.K. I think it could benefit from some additional carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, I wouldn't mind having a few of these in a night.

Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA ABV: 7%

A: golden, orange with a hint of red color to it. Leaves a very minimal head that falls to a soap like foam on top of the beer. Decent lacing that stays on the glass throughout the enjoyment of the beer.

S: To me, it doesn't have much of a smell. Therefore, that is why I graded it kind of low. From what I can smell, it has a scent of floral/grassy hops and sort of a citrus scent.

T: The taste is pretty hoppy, but not overwelming. Leaves a bitter aftertaste. Can taste minimal malts. Not much of a citrus taste like the smell, but can definitely taste the floral hops.

M: The flavors go together fairly well. I am enjoying the mouthful of the beer. Not too overpowering and not underpowered either (more of in taste)

D: I will drink this beer again. I almost bought a six pack of it. However, never trying it, i wanted to make sure I would like it. Next time I may buy the six pack.

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

A: Deep orange and crystal clear. Massive fluffy white head and good lacing. could be a little creamier in my opinion

S: All floral, all american, all hops. no real malt character coming through but it smells great

T: You get some more malt in the taste than in the aroma, but the hops are definitely the profile of this beer. There is a nice hop complexity with earthy, floral notes. there is some subtle citrus that seems to go well with the caramel background

M: Medium body that finishes with the hops sucking your mouth dry. its not overwhelming though and its rather enjoyable.

D: This is a solid IPA, and I can definitely say that AVBC is quickly becoming one of my go to breweries

Photo of climax
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The easy pour yielded a somewhat darker than expected caramel/amber with a fairly.... er definitely huge head. It cratered nicely and left some good webby lace.

The aroma was a bit more minty than most, bright and well balanced. Juicy grapefruit and orange added the crispness to a pretty sweet and toasty malt mattress.

The flavor had the resiny pine bill that wasn't as detectable in the nose. The balance was good enough to almost (but not quite) lean on the malty side. Very sweet toastiness was no wallflower behind the nice and easy citrus and pine hop bill.

The body maybe a bit on the light side, perhaps emphasized by a very slick feel. Not watery, but it lacked an interesting feel. The carbonation was quite mild, easy to drink nonetheless.

Photo of biggred1
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish, copper with a creamy light tan head that leaves plenty of sticky lace on the glass. Nice resinous herbal hop aroma with a whiff of caramel malt. Nice, herbal hop oily flavors up front with malty toffee like flavors to balance. Some candied grapefruity flavors and plenty of bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. A decent IPA for sure.

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

Poured into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful two finger head right to the brim of the glass. Copper, amber, and orange transparent colors here. Lacing develops immediately.

S: Lots of piney hops. Can also smell a malt sweetness. Some fruity hops here as well. Excellent smelling IPA.

T: Grapefruit, pine, and citrusy hops all create a nice bitter, crisp taste. A decent malt backbone to back off the bitterness a bit. Very good tasting IPA - would maybe like a few more pronounced hops.

M: Sticky, resinous. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Nothing special here.

D: Very drinkable IPA. Happy our state finally started to get some new and tasty IPAs.

Photo of niklas0770
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber to light red-brown fluid with a 2 finger head that quickly fades to a thick lid.

I smell lots of dry hops, just as I expected. Some sweetness from honey or syrup, lots of fruits as well, apricot maybe... A very rich and warm smell.

As for the taste is starts out with the sweetness and a warm feeling. It's a lively and very enjoyable sweetness, it's fruity but I'm not so sure about the apricot any more...
At the end the bitterness of the hops hits you, but they get less intense as the beer gets warmer. It ends up with a dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is warm, kind if "round" thick. Very well balanced and It feels very exclusive I must say.

This is a very high quality beer and there for I wouldn't like to have it to often. I want it to be one of those beers you pick up when you want to treat yourself to something special. But I would never say no to this brew.

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

Tried this beer on special @ European Street Jax Beach, 2/2010 Grib Crawl. On special for $2 a bottle.

Orange/amber in color. Evident hop aromas on a solid malt backbone. Tastes as it smells with a more malt forward profile for an IPA. Never heard of this IPA, and it was a nice surprise @ $2 a bottle. I would drink it again.

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

A: Pours a translucent burnt orange color. The tall head has a similar tint and a fairly dense, frothy texture. Retention is very good, and a decent amount of lace sticks to the glass in an irregular lattice.

S: Some whiffs of juicy citric hops give off an orange character. Fruity and a bit earthy. There are ample notes of caramel sweetness, especially for a West Coast IPA.

T: A moderate malt backbone - doughy, with hints of caramel sweetness. A dose of citric (bitter grapefruit) and piney hop flavor quickly takes over, contributing to a strong bitter bite into the finish. There's a slight touch of alcohol evident as well.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation achieves an excellent result - tingly throughout but never overdone. A thoroughly dry, somewhat alcoholic finish.

D: While this is a very good IPA, its bitterness and alcoholic heat slightly ding its drinkability for me. Make no mistake though, this is a pleasant, tasty IPA that any hophead can appreciate.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,750 ratings.