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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

2,749 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 115
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 TheBierBand
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown 12 oz. bottle into my pint glass to form a perfect 1" head of rocky, off white foam over the top of an orange hazy liquid. The head had great stickage.

Nose: A little faint, but i could pick up some pine and citrus.

Taste: Now THAT's what I'm talkin' 'bout!... RIGHT on style... a nice floral/citric hops balanced out by a nice toasted malt. Bitterness prevails in the end.... but it's nice.... not too astringent.

MF: Creamy goodness. Thick and robust... just like I like it.

Drinkability: Go for it.... NO this is NOT a dounble IPA... it's an American IPA.... and a FINE EXAMPLE of that!

Photo of LittleDon
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a healthy off-white head which quickly dissipated into a thin layer with lace. It was amber and slightly hazy. There was only a slight indication of carbonation. Nothing special about the aroma, only mild hops and hints of barley. The taste made up for the lack of aroma. Nice amount of hoppiness with a pleasing bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of nc41
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing about this brew moved me in the least. A decent drinkable IPA, but after wading thru some heavy weight dIPA's the last two weeks this one just dies in comparison. If I want a nice lighter bodied IPA I'll stick to Two Hearted or Lagunitis. Also expensive in comparison to 2H.

Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ipa pours a hazy medium brown,orange color with a good head and lacing til the end,,the smell is pine and grapefruit with an earthy, peat/malt smell.... the malt smell winning..the taste is the same a hop/pine slight hit with some grapefruit taste then a big malt earthy finish.. the mouth feel is good not so bitter or to hoppy pretty well balanced just not a wow...drink ability is good but not my type of ipa..too much malt and not enough floral, citrus, pine and hops...there are so many great ipas out there that this one for me just gets stuck in the middle.. i will recommend trying it and you be the judge

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

A - Medium amber color, accidentally fell out of ground level fridge when I went to open it and as such had a slightly large head from being stirred.

S - Pine scent with some grapefruit and amber malt smell

T -Strong Pine presence with Amber taste and some grapefruit. I picked a bomber up in a grocery store and had never heard of Anderson Valley brewing and was delightfully surprised by this from the beer section. Would drink again

M - Nice and smooth, good carbonation.

D - A nice clean drinking IPA, balanced well

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

Pours a medium amber color with moderate off-white head. Good lacing throughout. Someone used the term "dusty hoppy" and that is a very good description of the aroma. Citrus and floral notes, with hints of caramel malt on the nose. Bitter throughout with dry finish. Bitterness is lingering long after taste. Good offering of an American IPA - Cheers!

Photo of Jmoore50
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The overall feel of this beer is great. Just wanted to state my personal opinion first.

The appearance once poured is real good. Has a nice golden brown color and produces a nice frothy off-white head that got up to two fingers. A beautiful color, really, because when left to sit and gain temperature, the golden brown color really stands out and gives off a great homebrewed look.

The smell is nice, flowery hops is the first smell. I also get a nice sugar smell, sweetness that most likely came off of the hops.

The taste, like all good beers is the best part. Not to be captain obvious but this beer has a hop flavor. Not only does it do well with the hops, as it should because it is an IPA, but the smoothness of the mouthfeel helps it overall also. It dances nicely and also goes down smooth. I had it at three different temperatures. Ice cold, which was refreshing and gave the best mouthfeel. A warmer temperature as it was left to sit gave the smell a more distinct hop aroma. Then at room temperature where it was enjoyed at its highest quality. Overall a very drinkable and sessionable brew, deff. worth a repeat buy.

J

Photo of klevelandrocks
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Decent pour. Had a nice color with an off white head.

S: Hops were a little less present than what I would like to see in an IPA. More towards a pale ale.

T: A small amount of a hops taste. Could have used more malt to make it a more pleasant brew.

Overall: Had a good mouthfeel and carbonation. Not anything I would pass up others for, if not for the affordable price

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours a copper body with a decent sized off-white head with okay retention and no lacing.

S: Not very bold. Strong hops with lots of dark fruit and some weak caramel.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell, not very strong but hoppy with dark fruit and a touch of caramel finishing again in bitter hops.

Overall: Mouthfeel was good, well carbonated and medium in body. Pretty drinikable, however overall it really wasn't anything special. On the plus side it was only around $3

Photo of chilly460
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium amber color, no real head with a somewhat aggressive pour.

S - Not much hops aroma, more of a malty scent. Bit of pine perhaps.

T - Solid malt on the front of the tongue, but then some really nice and unexpected pine and resin hops. Bit of spiciness. Much more powerful then the scent would indicate.

M - Nice and smooth, good carbonation.

D - A nice clean drinking IPA, no aftertastes, very balanced.

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

A- Clear, medium amber colored. Starts off with a nice one finger head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Mostly earthy and malty aromas, with some resin-y hops. Less hop aromas present than you would expect from an IPA.

T- Initial malty sweetness gives way to wonderfully complex floral and resin-y hop flavors. In different sips I get earthy, sweet, herbal, and bitter flavors. Really, really well balanced flavor.

M- A very satisfying medium body, with medium carbonation.

D- Very drinkable while maintaining a high level of complexity in the flavor.

This is one of the better balanced IPA's I've ever tried. I really recommend this one even if IPA's aren't usually your thing.

Photo of Rippeddisc
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - nice amber color. pours solid 1 finger head that dissipates. lacing present.

S - subtle fragrence. fruity hops, some biscuit notes

T/M - Nice full body feel. Definitely an IPA. Having problems picking out the subtleties but just hop fruity hopness, malt up front with well balanced sweetness.

D - solid hoppy brew. though this bottle wasnt overly impressive. would drink again

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

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem and poured into my standard shaker glass. Appears a clear rich apricot color with about two fingers of dense off white foam. The head leaves a minimal lace on the glass. Smells and tastes of citrus such as grapefruit, lemon, resinous pine, sweet, lightly toasted grains. Very clean tasting with a medium body and ample carbonation. I need to pick this one up more often.

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

This beer pours a nice orange/copper color with a slight haze to it. A bubbly light tan head sits on top of this fine ale. It has some nice sticking properties to it as well.

Smell is somewhat mild for an Ipa, slight citrus aroma from the hops and some whiffs of sweet grainy malts are detected.

Taste is very balanced between the hops and malts. Somewhat tame as far as West Coast Ipa's go. Not nearly as hoppy as Green Flash.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight chewiness.

Drinkability is pretty good. I could see myself doing a sixer of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: Everything about this beer is good, but nothing jumps out as great (hence the 4's straight across the board). Would definitely buy this again though.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Smells of bready malt and hops.
Taste is decent. Nice hop profile of somewhat citrusy, earthy hop. The malt takes a back seat, and also there is a slight twang in there too,no alcohal bite. Grapefruit at times.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
This is a decent IPA right here, and has the ABV to back it up. Alcohal is barely noticable in this one. Drinks very easily. Solid.

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

A: Thick two fingers of creamy, off-white head over a relatively clear amber and dark copper brew. Great retention and sticky lacing all over.
A: Good hoppy presence on the nose with some florals and pine standing out. Discernible malty backbone.
T: A hoppy kick to the mouth, rich in that pine I love so much. Sip mellows out to a balanced brew with a malty backbone offering support but not taking away from that perfumy hop bitterness.
M: Barely medium-bodied with good carbonation. Leaves an oily residue of bitters throughout.
D: This is a solid IPA from one of my favorite breweries. Right up there with Torpedo (in the extra IPA sense).

Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber-ish color with plenty of head. Lots of lacing.

S: Piney hops with some citrus there as well. The hops are not completely overpowering, but definitely outdo the malts.

T: The malt comes out more in the taste with some caramel/toffee-type flavors, but this one is still dominated by the hops. A "balanced" West Coast IPA.

M: Pretty heavy for an IPA, although quite smooth.

D: Very drinkable. A little bit heavy, but oh-so-delicious.

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

Picked up a 12oz bottele of this today at SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Surprisingly, this is the first time I'm tasting this beer. It's easily available here and I've been busy trading for other beers but now I want to try some of the locally available beers.

"Ask the man for Boont" under the cap.

Pours a fiery copper color with a rocky, massive, head that almost overflowed. Excellent retention with some soapy lacing.

Wonderful notes of citrus fruits. Orange and grapefruit zest, fleshy pink grapefruit too, lemon, lightly toasted malts, and hints of caramel. There's also a good dose of pine but I'm mostly detecting some sweet and juicy citrus hops. A bit of crackers and dry biscuit. Good balance between the hops and malts, even the malts get a little more intense as the beer settles. Unfortunately, as the beer sits the hops become less intense.

Bitter orange and grapefruit upfront with bitter and dry toast following next. Dry and resiny pine finish. Dry and what tastes like Centennial hops in the finish, kind of metallic and spicy. Flowery bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit of burnt caramel flavor in the end.

Medium bodied and fairly easy to drink considering the 7% alc. Good IPA, solid, and wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, hazy copper. Plenty of head and lacing down the glass. Nose doesn't speak of the usual IPA hoppiness. The smell is more malty/musty than anything else. No floral or citrus notes despite what the back of the bottle says. The taste is very nutty and bitter without any of the floral notes or citrus that make American IPA's so much fun. The mouthfeel is OK and the drinkability is low for me: too harsh without any acidity that makes me thirsty for more. This one is not for me, but all tastes are subjective.

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

Pours a very hazy/cloudy golden/ruby color with wide thin pure white head.
Smell is like a bouquet of fresh flower petals. A bit of citrus note hidden inside a flurry of hoppy smell.
The taste has the hops upfront and accounted for. Very crisp with a light caramel malt finish, barely there, but there.
Our finish is refreshing and crisp, our bitter hops stays around nicely and is not overpowering or offensive.

Photo of MisterClean
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at homebrew club meeting

A - Poured golden with a 1-fingered, white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left little lacing.

S - Toffee and caramel. Hmm, no hops. Is this an IPA?

T - Toffee, caramel, and bittering hops.

M - Dominated by bittering hops, and thin. The malts and hops do not mesh in the mouthfeel. Almost as if they are completely separate!

D - This is less than what I expect from AV. No aroma or flavor hops were apparent in this example.

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

Aroma: Complex with prominent floral aroma, malt, piney and grassy notes.

Appearance: Deep copper with white creamy head with thick lacing. The head persist providing a little head with every swallow.

Flavor: The initial taste whacks you in the pallet with hoppy goodness, I could taste the hops. As the beer is drank the strong malt back bone surfaces, providing the canvass that showcases the American hops.

Mouth feel: Full body with a bitter finish that leaves the impression of a crisper body

Overall Impression: It's the classic American IPA. Big hops with a strong malt back bone that compliment the other. This is beer that has a strong well balanced flavor, and drink-ability. I plan to try others beers from the brewery.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into dimpled mug:
A - Dark golden amber in color; clear with thin off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.
S - Malty aroma at first, followed by grass and pine.
T - Big golden malt flavor followed by piney hops. Some faint notes of citrus. Aftertaste of pine.
M - Medium mouthfeel. A bit slick. Not a lot of carbonation. Long on the finish.
D - At 7% ABV this big bottle is enough for me. This is definitely a well crafted ale. Worth a try for anyone that's into IPA's.

Photo of peck95
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a shiny copper with a nice thin head and good lacing

aroma is a strong alcohol sent followed by yeast, malt, and hops.

the taste is solid a great hop bite complimented with some alcohol and a hint of sweet bread flavor.I love it

mouthfeel is full and fairly carbonated

the alcohol is not hidden well in this brew and although in some areas it aides things like the hop flavor, the alcohol also detracts from the overall enjoyability of this beer.
this is def. one of my new favorite ipa's. wish i could get it more often

Photo of bwd110
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into SA Perfect Pint Glass

A: Pours a deep orange / golden honey. Nice, fluffy white head that yields to sudsy lacing down the glass. Looks like an IPA you drool over.

S: Nice hop nose - real citrusy, little bit of yeasty funk, little bit of alcohol fume. Overall has that signature Anderson Valley pungent smell which I've come to know and love.

T: This one perplexes me a bit. The Winter Solstice and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, I loved from the get go.... Not so sure here. I think this one is a little out of balance. The citrusy hops hit you at once, but the malts have little time to work over the palate before the piney, bitter finish takes over and ends it all. Overall, a good tasting brew, and fits the style of a West Coast IPA quite well - I maybe am more in tune with big hops should = big malts.

M: Medium to thin, carbonation is a touch on the high side - just a tiny carbonation zap. Crisp, no real issues here

D: Very good! I could see myself drinking quite a few of these. The high abv is hidden well

The more I drink this one the more it grows on me. Definitely an Anderson Valley product, not sure if they use the same distinct yeast strain or hop variety in all their brews, but it is easy to tell you are tasting an AV beer. Quality brewer here.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,749 ratings.