Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Thanks to my Mom for bring this back from CA for me :)
Poured slight above 45 degrees into my DFH shaped pint from the 12oz brown bottle.
A - A brilliant copper w/ a light tan head of about 2 1/4 fingers in stature that settles to about a finger leaving moderate amounts of lace above a nice tight bead. A very attractive shade w/ great head retention - excellent appearance.
S - Mellow pine w/ gentle citrus hop aroma that hints at a floral aroma in the nose w/ sweet malt echoes
M - Very mild carbonation which is nice the resinous hops are a little sharp at first, but mellow with the pine-needle like taste getting smooth and slightly acidic. Malt is more of a cushion allowing a sweet tinge as the feel enters the realm of taste.
T - A pleasant citrus and pine tannic element as the hops have solid citrus, but are just shy of grapefruit w/ the sweet malt keeping pace. There is a lasting bitterness in the flavor which is very flavorful. The maltiness is giving this some balance, but not shy on hops by any stretch. Slightly creamy in flavor w/ gentle fruit after a swirl to revive some carbonation. I am enjoying the seemless blend of anchoring malt and fresh hop flavors 1/2 hour into this fine ale. This is easy to swish and allow to slowly glide down It is a great Ipa to me. It just covers all the bases w/ out punishing the taste buds w/ a hop assault. I enjoy the subtle plum and berry w/ excellent slight lemongrass spice as it warms.
D - Very enjoyable and tasty - one I can find locally although my mom brought this back from CA (she didn't know)Bay area. It was especially fresh -I wish they all tasted so good. A definite go-to when in need of IPA satisfaction. I consider this very drinkable even at 7% a great west coast IPA
04-24-2008 15:12:48 | More by Slatetank
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Billowing off-white head, with a dark amber color, along with great lacing in decent clumps and lines throughout the glass.
Smell: Caramel malts, tobacco, major grapefruit rind, lemon zest, mild bitter chocolate, lemon zest and citrus, with much visceral and heavy aromas going on, with, thankfully, a good amount of balance.
Taste: Major citrus and grapefruit-rind hops, backed by grassiness and floral hops, mild chocolate, tobacco earthiness, with a dry finish, long and fairly bitter and very nice.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, with fairly full carbonation, along with being nicely coating.
Drinkability: This is a solid beer, and definitely for the hophead, but there's not as much balance as I'd hoped. It's still certainly worth a shot, and a brew I'd easily try again. Without the balance some might cringe, but the hopheads will rejoice I imagine.
04-24-2008 05:41:25 | More by asabreed
4.55/5 rDev +13.8%
A: A vigorous pour into a snifter yields a short finger of head on top of a burnished copper ale. There are sizable bubbles in the head that cling to the edge of the glass as they pop.
S: The hops up front are almost immediately complemented by a strong malty smell of caramel and fresh grains. The hops add a faint citric aroma with a hint of pineapple.
T: A strong start from the malt is accompanied by a pleasant bitterness from the hops. Additional late bitterness lingers drying out the finish. Excellent balance in this one.
M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel from the malt accompanied by the prickly bitterness from the hops. It doesn't get much better than this.
D: A bit strong to rush through, I'll take my time with this one and wish I had another to follow.
04-24-2008 00:51:45 | More by ewright
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
A- looks nice n thick as it pours into a slightly hazy orange-blossom honey color with bright golden highs. creamy orange tinted ivory porridge looking head is pretty remarkable because it's a real lace maker, but also because it seems as if it's drying on top, or as if there's solid chunks in there, becoming all wrinkly and textured as it settles to a massive chunky disk, like a slowly deflating balloon. as the beer goes down, it breaks up and reforms like half-melted feta cheese
S- fresh pungent hops of the c-bus variety are earthy, herbal, and a little bit citric. floral indeed, as the label says, but not the smell of garden flowers. it's the smell of my second favorite flower. some mineral water/wet dog smells are there too, with wine cask, pineapple upside-down cake, and burnt oranges. a hearty dose toasted caramel malt balances out the aroma.
T- unfortunately, some of that wet dog smell carries over into the taste, a quality that i find to be rather disagreeable in an otherwise solid ipa. lucky for me, less than half way through, as the beers gets a chance to air out, the odor/taste quickly fades away so it won't effect the score all that much. nice herbal earthy hop from start to finish, but i could desire a different variety to better compliment the malt sweetness rather than completely out-balance it. honestly the hop flavor of a burp from this one is a much better example, as it's tropical fruity and white flowers. on the swallow though, its flavor seems to have been cut short to only a sharp (albeit pleasing) bitterness. the malt however, laying in the hop shadow, is as honey sweet as the label suggests, and would make for a great imperial. nice aromatic wood flavors, and some burnt cookie. what may seem complex at first is pretty cut & dry, and in the back there's this old-school "beer" taste, that is for the most part indescribable. maybe it's the solar power.
MF- body is pumped up thanks to malt and has a nice smooth texture to it, as if i were drinking clumps of foam from the head. the dry hopping, i assume, is what also gives it the feeling of alpha oils, or hop resin, and an intense dryness. very natural, very green feeling.
D- it's good, but i'd opt for another of an old favorite if i could. this was a good buy, but there are many others that are better suited to my preferences.
04-23-2008 17:15:39 | More by hustlesworth
4/5 rDev 0%
Bought a 12oz bottle from Merchants in Dearborn.
Appearance - Pours a golden amber with a moderate head that disapates quickly.
Smell - There is the obvious floral and citrusy smell of hops, but was surprised to notice the pronounced sweet smells of the barley.
Taste - The first sip starts with the sweet, roasted barley at the front of the palate. However, the bitternes of the hops quickly barges in and takes over like an overbearing drunk pushing his way through a line to the bathroom. The hops finish strong and leave the taste buds content with their flavor.
Mouthfeel - There is a small bit of lacing that lines the cup. The mouthfeel is good for the style but not spectacular.
Drinkability - At 7% abv this is a beer that rides the fine line between session and "one-and-done". What helps is the awesome balance/transition between the barley and hops. IMO, this isn't a killer hop-bomb, but it will definately relinquish a hop fix. Not the bestof the style, but will look for this one in the future.
04-20-2008 02:33:02 | More by wadds
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
A - pours a slight haze golden/orange with a dissapointing lack of head, quarter inch that quickly left to only leave a thin layer that stuck around the entire time. There was not so much a sticky lace but a film on one side of the glass.
S - As soon as the beer was poured I was slightly confused by a metalic aroma, NOTE - Poured from glass bottle, into my favorite glass stien, no metal anywhere close by. I let the beer sit and warm a bit than then I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet and sharp amount of hops. There is a mild sweetness to the nose with floral hints, citrus and fruits, and just a touch of carmel.
T - Just like the nose but lacking that wierd metalic smell. The sweetness of the malts and floral hits first with the bitter hops and citrus following closely behing. Nice and balanced, has a fresh clean taste.
M - Light bodied, med corbonation and clean crisp finish.
D - Extremely easy to drink would be great on a warm summer night to sit back and unwind with. Haven't found anything from AV thats not great.
04-18-2008 15:43:18 | More by trackstar1043
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
Decent cloudy orange pour, but the small head disipates early but sticking around until the end.
Beautiful citrus/floral/hop aroma.
Taste is a very nice toasted malt with a nice honey sweetness. Hops are very prevelent as I mostly get the pine and citrus out of them.
Nice creamy mouthfeel for an IPA and this is an extremely drinkable IPA as it is very well balanced.
04-16-2008 17:52:05 | More by mnstorm99
3.68/5 rDev -8%
Hazy dark orange color with a beige head that leaves some scattered lacing. Aroma is piney with some grainy sweetness. Flavor is pretty typical west coast IPA. Lots of pine with a dose of citrus on top of a caramel malt backbone. Great carbonation, fairly dry on the palate, easy to drink.
04-14-2008 04:53:18 | More by illidurit
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a nice golden retriever color with a small but persistent head. Smells fantastic! Fruity, citrus, & some serious hops. One of the better smelling beers I've had.
Taste very good as well. There's a dryness in it that's a little weird on the back of the throat, but the hops come blazing through. You can definitely catch the taste of the alcohol, too.
Another good drinker. This was a solo picked up as part of a build-your-own six-pack, & I think I'll grab the whole six next time I see it. Good beer!
04-12-2008 00:04:58 | More by maximum12
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard American pint glass.
A: Poured a beautiful amber colour with a nice head, which faded after a minute or so, leaving some nice lacing.
S: Citrusy, mixed with piney hops, touched with a slight sweetness.
T: Wow - different IPA. Sweeter than I expected, and the hops are kinda sneaky. They're not as apparant at first, but build slowly as you work your way through your beer.
MF/T: This is an excellent beer! It's well bodied and thick enough to give you a slight oiliness, with just the right amount of carbonation to take that off. It's more complex than I expected, and highly recommended!
04-08-2008 23:32:03 | More by ubermick
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
I was at Whole Foods and I noticed that somehow Hop Ottin was only $2.99 per 22oz bottle. I asked the clerk how if could be right, and he said that it was indeed a pricing mistake, but that I was welcome to buy all I wanted at that price. Being the hop head that I am, I bought four of them.
This is an IPA you don't hear much about, but after finishing my stash, I'm going to call this one a well-kept secret. To me, this is a perfect West Coast IPA. Wonderful citrus/grapefruit aroma, filtered, and clean hop taste. The alchol presence is also just about right. At 7% ABV, it packs a punch but will not slow you down.
Hop Ottin is every bit as good as better known Stone IPA or Green Flash.
04-06-2008 22:37:32 | More by bretseeley
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
Hop Ottin' pitches a slightly cloudy orange-brown body with two fingers of white froth, amply lacing the pint glass--well done. Plenty of hops and fruit accost the nose, particularly berry and orange. I really enjoy the taste, full of hop bitterness and offset by fruit. This is better than I expected, my first from Anderson Valley. Overly bitter aftertaste somewhat diminishes from the mouthfeel, but this on the whole is a very good IPA, one that hop lovers will thoroughly enjoy. Very well done.
04-01-2008 01:38:32 | More by Gehrig
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
I was lusting over this beer for so long. Unfortunately, the only place in Indiana that carried it stopped carrying it before I could try it. Surprisingly I found it in a small liquor store in Cincinnati, and bought this and 3 other Anderson Valley offerings. Although not the most remarkable IPA, it was definitely high up there within price range. Hops are a bit unruly without enough malts to back them up and balance things out, but this only magnifies the piny and grapefruit hops that comprise this IPA. If you're able to try this brew, I highly suggest it!
03-29-2008 17:02:03 | More by thebarnesbomb
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottle into pilsner glass.
A - Hazy amber with a thick bubbly off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S - Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose but are not overwhelming. A faint biscuity aroma lingers in the background.
T - A light toasted maltiness up front quickly overcome by a citrusy and piney hop blast. The hops dominate the palate with the piney hops becoming stronger through the drink. Finishes with a very strong bitterness.
M/D - Medium bodied and somewhat chewy. The bitterness is a touch strong to be very drinkable, but a damn fine tasting IPA.
03-27-2008 14:51:33 | More by ckeegan04
4.58/5 rDev +14.5%
Anderson Valley: Hop Ottin' IPA (Tasted 03/12/08)
12 oz. Bottle: Poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Rich hazed golden with amber hues. Pours out with a two finger sticky foam head.
Odor: Resinous, dank, & pungent herbal/citrus hops, honeysuckle, orange zest, some toasted grains.
Consistency: Chewy full body, huge hop bitterness kind of prevents this beer from being smooth, but that's not really a bad thing for the style.
Taste: Big citrus hop flavor with hints of pine, toasted malt is big as well, everything about this beer is big, really. Malt holds strong enough to balance, and adds a bit of depth of the hops. Malt shines a bit in the finish, some subtle honey flavors to go along with the lingering, strong herbal hop flavor.
One of my favorite IPA's. Big, bad & bold with a tame sweet streak.
03-24-2008 23:52:08 | More by Walken
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
A - clear and amber copper in color. Lots of head and I nearly made a mess of my glass. There's still more to pour. Head settles in good time so I can finish my pour.
S - a little bit of pine and a little bit of citrus hops. I think the pine comes out more.
T - Much like the smell; a balance of citrus and pine hops. again, I think in the taste the pine hops come out on top. More bitter than sweet, but not over the top.
M - No big alcohol taste. Not drying. Some aftertaste of pine hops and bitterness. Medium body and some carbonation. Doesn't have too sharp of a carbonation feel, but still not smooth either.
D - A very enjoyable beer. Maybe a little more complex than you'd want to have on your pallet all nite. Not too big on abv. Easy to drink.
03-23-2008 08:52:15 | More by Tolann
3.6/5 rDev -10%
This beer is crystal clear with a lot of head. The color is what you would expect; I feel like I am really repeating myself since all that I have been reviewing has been IPAs from my HalfTime Gift. They all look very similar of course, light copper... dark gold. This one has a nice head, which could be a bit thicker. If it was, this would be a 5 in appearance.
Smell is nice, sweet like hops. Not as citusy as some, I expect a nice balance of american hops... more than just centennial and cascade.
Taste is great. Balanced a lot better than the last (Butte Organic IPA). This one has nice malt freshness at the beginning and a great lingering hop finish.
Mouthfeel is average. Although it looks very carbonated when being poured, it isnt. It is actually quite creamy and not very poppy on the tongue.
I'd have a couple; not too many, the bitterness will get to you and kill your taste buds after a while.
Enjoyable... I'd recommend this guy; maybe the best out of the bunch so far. It is a solid B, not the best IPA that I've had.
03-21-2008 00:20:56 | More by Jbino34
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
Appearance: It's clear and golden brown in color. Head is off white and a massive three fingers deep. Retention and lacing were excellent.
Smell: Very sweet mix of citrus scents (grapefruit and mango) and big, piney hops. Caramel malts add another layer of sugary scents. Smells a little earthy and yeasty. Relatively complex and excellent smelling beer.
Taste: Initially, citrus flavors and caramel malts are very sweet tasting. Grapefruit flavor is a little bitter. Hops emerge and add a nice, piney bitter twist. It's not overly bitter and is actually pretty well balanced. Slightly yeasty and grainy. Dry, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Extremely smooth and drinkable. At 7%, it's somewhat strong, but not so much that drinkability is limited in any way. This is a very good IPA. Truly a gem. Definitely recommended.
03-18-2008 02:19:13 | More by prototypic
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
I had about 12 bottles of this truly remarkable IPA. This is a very drinkable IPA with fresh floral and grassy hops that start from the aroma and continue to persist through the aftertaste. If this beer wasn't so expensive compared to the rest of the Colorado IPA's I'm surrounded by, I would probably by this IPA the majority of the time.
03-15-2008 18:39:32 | More by Norsebrew
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Picked this up at Trader Joe's...finally some good beers at TJ's!
A- Pours a crystal clear orange/amber. I mean i can literally read through it. Nice fluffy white head, with scalloped lacing clinging to the sides.
S- Clearly piney hops are abundant, but then there is a layer of sugary malt hidden in there, then once again dominated by some grapefruit. Smells very fresh.
T- Smooth creamy toffee notes hit my tastebuds first, which quickly give way to some mingled pine-citrus hops...a bit sharp, then leaving a dry bitterness.
M- Clean and crisp, leaves my mouth dry, not like tannins though.
D- I haven't had a bad beer from Anderson Valley yet. I enjoy this one as well.
03-04-2008 04:06:09 | More by m1ked
4/5 rDev 0%
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer before now!
I have to say, when I want a good, solid IPA, Hop Ottin' delivers 100% of the time.
Pours a beautiful, rich amber, with a creamy, delicate off-white head.
The aroma, while subtle, is woodsy and citrusy, with a bit of pine in the nose.
Taste is absolutely what you'd expect from a good, solid IPA - a balanced bitterness with a peppery bite. Not aggressive, nor arrogant - just an assertive IPA with a smooth mouthfeel.
02-26-2008 06:08:54 | More by TheLiterati
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured into a pint glass with a small off white head. Nice floral and citus smell. The taste was good but not as nice as the smell. Seemed a little flat. Maybe purchasing single bottles is not the best idea without seeing a date code. My guess is that the beer was past its' prime although the carbonation was good. Overall a nice IPA, but I was glad to have a Sweetwater IPA to follow to get the nice grapefruit hoppy flavor.
02-24-2008 02:06:05 | More by pacothrash
3.23/5 rDev -19.3%
Rich honey pour with a light head. Smell was very big soapy hops. Taste was equally well hopped, with only a very light sweetness to it. Medium bitterness to it that lingers a while. A quality, definitely far hoppier than average IPA. A lot of beers mellow out or change a bit as it warms, but to me this one was just as bitter and big on hops from the 1st to the last sip. This was good, but 12oz of this is about my limit.
02-22-2008 05:39:43 | More by JDV
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
12oz bottle, courtesy of Wasatch.
Pours a deep slightly hazed amber with a creamy fluffy head and generous lace.
Smells of sweet sticky juicy hops with a nutty malt support. Nose is full of scents, but not overly strong. Slightly floral, slightly bready. There's a definite funky hint of fresh paint.
The first sip didn't quite hit the note I expected from the hops, but then, somewhere by the third sip BAM! there they were, as if the oils have to build up on the palate to get the full effect. Nice subtle caramelly roasted malts add fullness and light sweetness to flavor, followed by by an ascension of hops, juicy and fruity at first, then drying out to a bitter wash in the back. Bitterness rises slowly and hangs around a while.
Feel is medium bodied and characteristic for heavy hops, with an oily sticky feel. Somewhat dry finish with plenty of carbonation throughout.
Overall drinkability is pretty good. Great taste that balances strength with a slight understatement of overall character. Maybe not my first choice for an IPA, but I would drink more.
02-22-2008 01:57:28 | More by lightindarkness
4/5 rDev 0%
This one I just picked up at a local store this afternoon. The appearance is an orange gold color. Little bit of haze. Smell is pretty sweet and mild. Taste is very nice. It is thick and creamy and oh so hoppy delicious. The mouthfeel is very creamy. This is an excellent mild tasting ale for 7% ABV. It is good but not great.
02-19-2008 22:42:18 | More by slvrmon82
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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