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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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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: 263 | FT: 2
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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 charlesw
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming right on the heels of the southern star, it's easy enough to compare things like appearance. A very clear light amber with medium head of tiny white bubbles. Ridiculously clingy and lasting lace.

Smells sharp and crisp: Pride of ringwood and hallertauer hops, perhaps? Faint earthy tones.

I'm having trouble getting the initial flavor - of nailing it down. It ends in a lingering bitterness. Some citrus, a fair amount of pine, and your mouth just watering - begging you to drink some more.
There's a fair amount of subdued hop to start with. Citrus and gently sweet all around your mouth (finishing, again, with your mouth watering).

It's nice to drink. I'd think that this would make a great lawnmower beer when super fresh and super cold. As in, there would be enough flavor to overcome the cold. And the hops bite through your thirst in a nice way.

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

Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA...on tap at Hop Devil Grill.

Appearance-orange gold with a decent dense head, lots of carbonation, big bubbled as well.

Smell-citrus hop, spicy malt, alcohol, pine and grassy scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-hmmm, a medium level of pine hoppiness up front, biscuit malt flavor as well, heavy flavors but balances well.

Drinkability-I could see this as an ok slow drinking IPA.

Overall-a good IPA, not a standout but it does everything better than ok. I would drink this definitely.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA pours an orange color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and there is a citrusy hop smell as well. The flavor is hoppy in a citrusy and earthy fashion. There is also a strong malt backbone that isn't hiding, it's right up front. I enjoyed this beer, but it's not really the best IPA I've come across. Definitely worth a try.

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

A - One finger of off-white foam on a slightly hazy, amber-copper colored body. The head retention is average and it leaves good lace.

S - Fruity hops, lots of pineapple and lemon with a hint of pine. Some sweet caramel and toffee malt in the background.

T - Distinct bitterness with a balanced mix of hops and malt. Lots of toffee and a hint of roast in the middle that fades to a dark, hoppy, and bitter finish with notes of tobacco and grapefruit.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an interesting and drinkable IPA that borders on barleywine territory with all of the dark malt and caramel flavors.

Photo of hoplover82
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man! This is just a perfect balance of all that an IPA should be. The bitterness, flavor and aroma is just so well balanced, it's incredible.

A-Pours a pretty clear deep golden color with a hint of amber in it. Pours a full medium off white head that has pretty good retention and real good latice work, like a fine fancy oldschool curtain.

S-The aroma is so pungent and unique. It's full of bright floral hop aromas. With a solid balancing caramel malt background. And kind of a foresty pine to it too. As it warms, some toffee comes through as well. This is a very complex and beautiful aroma.

T-And the flavor, wow. That was my first response... WOW, every first sip of this is wow. It's a perfect balance of carmel sweetness, clean hop bitterness, and resenous hop flavor. Nothing shines over the other, it's just balanced. Very nice indeed. The hop flavor is bright and earthy.

M-Very smooth and full bodied. Just a bit dry in the end. With a nice lingering bitterness.

D-If I wasn't carful, I could drink the whole six pack. It's so smooth and easy drinking, but the 7% abv needs to be respected for sure. Two will do you good for sure. Please go and get some if you can find it.

Photo of Shaw
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been years since I had Anderson Valley brews. I'm very happy to see them in Florida.

A deep copper in color with a big foamy head. Nice.

The smell is all hops. Big citrus and floral aromas.

The taste is wonderfully bitter and hoppy. There's a bit of malt balance, but only a token amount. But as I've written before, who cares? Hops, hops and hops. A real depth of hops, likely from several varieties.

A slick and oily body.

Overall this is a great American IPA. It's very much an example of California's love of hops. A must-have.

Photo of BeanBone
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nicely hazy, red-orange body capped by two fingers of creamy, off-white head that endures well and leaves terrific sudsy lacing.

Aroma: A blast of citrusy and piney hops over a substantial toasty caramel base. Well-hopped, to be sure.

Taste: Up front, the same citrusy, piney, and slightly resiny hop character from the nose make a big, nicely bitter splash. But it's not all about the hops though, as the rich toasty caramel base is able to keep everything decently balanced. There aren't many signs of the seven percent alcohol content. The aftertaste is biscuity and still quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: The hops and alcohol content keep it about average for the style.

Verdict: Hop Ottin' is a damn good beer and a great example of a highly bitter, yet balanced IPA. I'm looking forward to seeing what else these guys brew up.

Photo of Squelch
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy. Billowy head that laces nicely. Slightly amber colored

Smell: Malts and hop aromas present. Needs more hop aroma for the style

Taste: Sweet maltiness comes through first, then followed by highly citrus hop flavor dominated by grapefruit. Bitterness is overpowering of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. Medium bodied fits the style perfectly.

Drinkability: Bitterness keeps this from becoming a very drinkable beer.

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

Reviewed from notes, consumed 7/17/09

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized wine goblet. Split with GF. Firm pour conjures up a 1/4 inch of very fine off white head that falls very quickly but leaves a nice lace. Color is extremely interesting for an IPA. Almost brown orange and super cloudy.

Nose- Very strong caramel and over-ripe orange. Caramel dominates.

Palate- Slight bitterness initially, followed by over-ripe orange. Lots of very deep caramels, some honey and vanilla. interesting, brown sugar, maple flavors. Slightly sweet. A very nice bitterness kicks in. Long finish. This is a very nice IPA, I usually don't go for the caramelly IPA.

Mouthfeel- Very nice carbonation, slightly dry.

Drinkability- Great, not overbearing, interesting with plenty of malt backbone.

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

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber body with a small, white head with pretty good retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, earthy smell with some orange peel and grapefruit undertones seemed quite enticing.

T: An earthy taste with a sweet, orange peel malt undertones. Hints of bitter grapefruit were evident as well in the aftertaste. Made for a fairly well-balance beer.

M: A fairly smooth mouthfeel that was slightly thin, but still pretty nice and medium-bodied.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer very drinkable. Very easy going down as the hops aren't too overbearing and the orange peel/grapefruit notes do well to balance.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a hazey burnt orange with a nice two finger white head that sticks around, leaving good lacing. As always, my nose can't find any good scents (my noses fault). The taste however is very hoppolicious. Lots of bitter bite on the front of the tounge. The backend mellows into both a carmel malted sweetness followed by a grass like flavor. The carbonation leaves good bubbles in the glass but doesn't agrivate the mouth. Very smooth.

Photo of aubuc1
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a glass.

pours a clear light brown amber with a very fluffy off white head.

smell is sweet citrus and biscuity malt.

taste is a mild bitter with a malty finish. sort of a chalky malt.

very easy drinking and nice mouthfeel.

with no date, I am assuming this beer was not fresh. it tasted like an esb but other reviews talk about it being very hoppy.

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

This beer has a medium amber color and a nice dense white head on top of it. The aroma is a nice old-school American IPA: hugely citrusy hop aroma, maybe a hint of malt in the distance. To taste, more of the same as the nose: a load of citrusy hop flavor, though bitterness is not as high as many IPAs. Modest malt rounds things out, with a dry finish.

Not an IPA to get hugely excited about, but it's quite drinkable, and hoppily pleasant.

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

poured from a 12oz into a schnifter. pours a darker amber with one finger of tan white head. nice lacing.

the smell is terrifically balanced. usually in an ipa i judge based on hop smell. but this one has a slight malty scent to it which leads smoothly to a big hop smell. very nicely done.

taste is mostly the flavor hops and could be a bit more bitter (for my taste). however, the flavors that are present are very nice. a few citrus notes as well as a touch of the fruity, floral hops.

mouthfeel is a bit odd but not in a bad way. doesnt leave your mouth dry by any means but does give you sort of that "oily" feeling left in the throat from the hop flavor.

drinkability is great. for ipa fans this one is a must. for people who dont like the overwhelming bitterness of hops this is a must try as well. a bit expensive here in texas, but worth shelling out the extra dollar fifty or so more for a sixer of a good ipa. im very excited to have these beers coming to texas now and am looking forward to trying their other offerings (im lookin at the brother davids belgian tripel right now).

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

Poured a light copper color from a 22 oz bottle producing a nice 2 finger cream color head that made for some nice lacing.

Nose is full of floral tones

Taste is a balance of malts with some nice pronounced hop bitterness. Like a good IPA, the hops win out over the malts.

Very drinkable even for 7% ABV, which is well hidden.

A very solid IPA from the always solid Anderson Valley.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA and a perfect example of my type of IPA

appearance: golden amber hues, almost red

smell: loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: like hops of course, this beer is loaded with it. One of my tops!

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. and goes great with spicy snacks or meals.

Photo of froghop
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is semi-cloudy dark amber with a small bubbly light beige head, and good lacing.

smell is sweet fruit, caramel, and some orange.

taste is crisp, light grapefruit, grassy, some citrus, caramel, and orange peel, ends bitter.

overall a very nice brew with a good taste.

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

Poured from a cold 750ml bottle into a large mug.

A=Transparent orange-amber with a thin head, and lacing throughout.

S= Citrusy and floral.

T= Strong citrus and floral flavors rounded out by a bit of malt sweetness.

M= Medium to light and slightly dry in the finish.

D= Very refreshing on a hot day, but complex enough to keep things interesting.

Overall, a strong contender in the IPA world. It is easy to find in the So. Cal. area and not hard on the wallet. But beware. It is not for the faint hearted light beer drinker.

Photo of nomomentwasted
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a sixer of this just today out in the yard, doing some work. Poured the reviewing beer into a pint glass.

Appearance: Standard IPA look. Amber golden profile with a pretty solid lacing, but nothing especially amazing.

Smell: Different than I expected. There are definitely hops present in the nose, but I smelled a light citrus but more than anything there was an apple juice-like smell.

Taste: Again, not a very expected taste. It was kind of inside-out IPA, with the hops taste hitting the palate quick and fading fast to a more malty finish with big notes of sweeter honey-citrus in the main flavoring. Upon further review, I just don't love the lack of hops here. I find myself wishing for more and feeling like the maltiness, while enjoyable, needs more of a hop partner.

Mouthfeel: Not very dry like an IPA, even though the alcohol is 7%. The masking is pretty effective, as it tastes a bit lighter than say Stone or Green Flash's West Coast IPA, but still carries the 7. It's more creamy than dry, which is just a bit different from my standard IPA.

Drinkability: Again, it's light for a 7, and I've had more than 3 today just throughout the afternoon. Certainly sessionable and a nice IPA for a summer day.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle onto my tulip glass.

A- Amber in color with an off white creamy head. The head stuck around for a good while, and left quite a bit of sticky residue up and down the sides of my glass.

S- On the nose it is definitely floral, citrus, caramel, and sweet malt.

T- Caramel and malt, combined with citrus and orange blossom honey. I didn't find this IPA bitter at all, as a matter of fact it reminded me of a Dogfish 90 Minute IPA...very similar in profile.

M- Very clean and thirst quenching. The finish is quite long...I finished this beer about 15 minutes ago and it's still kicking...love it!

D- Ok...IPA's are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles, especially after my buddy Steve hooked me up with the hops. I never thought I'd be saying this, but oh well...it is what it is. This beer is very easy to drink and dangerously smooth!


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

A: Rich amber color with no real head and thus
a lack of lace. Nice active carbonation.

S: Sweet malts and piney hop nose

T: Sweet piney flavor with undertones of citrus
and graininess.

M/D: Smooth and even bodied, lacking the dryness
of the stronger AIPAs.

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

On cask, this is a very goo, tasty, well-rounded and well-balancd beer. However, I suspect that, due to grapefruit notes and other elements I find, I probably wont' like it nearly as much on tap or in a bottle. In part, this is due to a (rather subjective) antipathy of mine for grapefruit taste in beer (can be good if not too much, but it's iffy) and I feel it is likely to be more grapefruity and less balanced if not cask-conditioned.

Anyway, from the cask it is a nice copper amber, practically the same colour as Fuller's ESB which my wife drank contemporaneously, and ever-so-faintly hazy. It has a medum, creamy, pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin top and leaving nice rich rings of lace.

The aroma is grapefruit up front but this i not too strong, and there is also light resin-pine, some raisiny-winey-fruitiness, a light general caramelly toastiness.

The taste is good, well-balanced and well-rounded with some light complexity and subtlety. It has grapefruit but this isn't overdone, honey, light raisiny-winey-sweetness, light buttery caramel, and toasty grain in the finish along with spiciness. It has sweetness with light balancing bitterness and sweetness. It's very drinkable, and has good hoppy and malty flavour if fiarly light in body. It doesn't seem as high in ABV as it is, aside from the noticeable sweetness.

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

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a decent head retention

Smell: Malt, Sugar, mild hops, banana

Taste: Malt, Bread, turns to citrus hops - very hoppy - fresh hop bitterness - citrus, lemon, coriander

Mouthfeel: Smooth hop bitterness

Drinkability: Nice sipper - a lot of flavor for an IPA great hop profile

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

12 oz. bottle poured into my Short's Impeial Pint Glass.

A: Pours a dark amber with one finger of cream colored head that leaves very nice sticky lace.

A: I notice the bready, biscuity malts the most. This is a very malty IPA. Although I was expecting a much more pronounced hop profile, the grassy hops do show up.

T: Again, not what I was expecting. Much maltier, this almost has a feel of an American Ale not an IPA. Bread, caramel, and some light citrus come through.

M: Medium body, caramel and malts give it a sticky mouthfeel. Good levels of carbonation give it a sting on the back end.

D and overall impression: Low ABV and decent mouthfeel make this an easy one to drink. But if I am reviewing to style (which I am) I don't think this measures up. As an IPA, this is just slightly above average. Good not great. But if I'm in the mood for an IPA, I'll be choosing something else. Skal.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber with a teensy head--but I blame my lazy pour for that.

Grapefruit zest on the nose. Earthy and malty smells to back it up.

Huge malt character cuts through the strong hop presence, making the brew moderately sweet and nicely bitter. Caramel and bread and complemented piney hops that ring through the finish. The dominance of malts or hops, comes in waves, a thoroughly pleasant experience.

This is a winner.

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