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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,713
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 109
Gots: 229 | 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 gubbt
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a thing white head with lots of tiny bubbles.

Interesting nose of biscuits, black pepper, pine resin, and honey.

Good dose of biscuity caramel malts that transitions into and earthy, slightly peppery, and piney hop finish with a firm bitterness.

Creamy medium body.

Very drinkable for a 7% beer. Nicely balanced for a west coast IPA. Very interesting aroma and flavor profile that you won't find in a lot of other beers. Buy it if you haven't had it.

gubbt, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of douggoodavage
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 12oz bottle served at 50 degrees F.

Appearance: Huge head and awesome lace. The head lasts an lasts.

Smell: A bouquet of spring flowers and green leaves. A smooth hop scent.

Taste: A smooth balanced maltiness overthrown by the super hoppiness. More complex than most IPAs.
Pine, citrus, and complex hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body tangy and refreshing.

Drinkability: A great IPA easy to drink yet uniquely complex. Buy this one by the case you wont regret it.

douggoodavage, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of keithricker
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber; good foam, excellent lacing, etc. Hoppy smell; mostly of the citric variety with a hint of pine. Smells like a good, American IPA.

On the first sip, the hops hit you right away, of which the aroma gave no fore-warning. There's no messing around with this one. There's an obvious bitter profile to the hops. It's centennial-like, but my best guess would be Magnum hops for this, as it packs quite the bitter punch. After the initial bite, there's a nice hint of citric and floral hop, mostly of the grapefruit variety, but with some subtle hints of orange/mango (but this isn't a "fruity" beer by any stretch). The bitterness certainly plays a defining role in the taste.

Good mouth feel with ample carbonation which accents some of the citrus qualities, helping to balance things out somewhat.

In summary, I find this to be a very good example of a solid American IPA. It has most of the characteristics one would associate with the style, from the appearance to the hop flavor that contains the key elements, from the pine to the citrus. What really defines this beer is it's high level of acidity. I would not consider it to be out of balance, as there is ample malt and mildly sweet citrus flavors present. But this is certainly an "Alpha bomb," and as such, I wouldn't recommend it to the novice IPA drinker due to the prevalence of alpha acids. The bitterness upstages things, which is either something you're going to love or hate.

When compared to other brews that go for around $10 per six-pack, I would put this way, way towards the top of the heap, and I'm extremely picky when it comes to my IPAs.

keithricker, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of scofielj
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2L growler into a nonic glass.

A: Orange bubbly body with sudsy off-white colored head. Body is just a bit hazy with yellow highlights at the bottom of the glass. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Crisp hop smell of grapefruit and oranges with a slight touch of spice.

T: Nice hoppiness. Has a malty body to it which is nice as it differs from other IPAs out there, but it doesn't take it that extra step for me.

M: Better than average mouthfeel = it has some thickness and weight to it. Not too fizzy.

D: Found this very drinkable. First time with Anderson Valley which came highly recomended. Would without a doubt buy again.

scofielj, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of patobandito
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a thick off white head. Leaves plenty of lacing. Smells great, with citrus and spice accenting the hops. Tastes much the same, heavy hops flavor with good citrus notes. That being said, it could use a bit of malt flavor to balance it out a bit, but I suppose this is a 'hopped up' beer. It has a good aftertaste, and its not too bitter. Goes down pretty smooth. Overall, a damn fine brew.

patobandito, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a spicy sharpness that I believe diminishes what it could be. It pours a fairly clear orangy amber color with a small but creamy off white head and tons of lacing. The nose on the beer is very good with lots of estery and oily hop leaves, some piney notes as well. There are some bready grains in the background too.

The taste is overly tart and spicey. The beer has a nice hop presence, some acerbic grapefruit like tang, some nice oily hops and piney notes, but yet there is a spiciness that doesn't complement the hop as it might. The beer has a caramel and raisiny hint or two, has a bready grain in the background. The acerbic spicey bite is the deal breaker for me. The beer is medium bodied, sweetened slightly by some orange rind and orange burst, but the beer dries by the finish. The aftertaste lingers on too long. There is a mouthpuckering acerbicness on the palate as well.

albern, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Comet.
Pours a dark amber color with a very nice two inch head forming.
Smell is hoppy. Some grassy, some piney, some funky. More juicy hops in the taste. I've had this on bottle before and wasn't too impressed. This pint on tap is very good. I could drink a lot of this and enjoy every bit of it. Taste is crisp and refreshing. A solid, good IPA.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden tangerine bubbly body with sudsy off-white colored top. Body is just a bit hazy with yellow highlights at the bottom of the glass. The initial pour had a wonderful presence on golden bubbles swirling, gathering, and climbing to the top. This brew also boasted stringy blobs of lace for a little extra added character. I am very excited about this one, Anderson Valley is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries

S: well let me start by saying that hops are of grapefruit and oranges, otherwise it boasts floral, tea-like notes. Hops are augmented by sweet brown sugar and soft malts. Sweeter smells seem to be hiding some alcohol notes

T: the first sip threw me off a bit. I was thinking of a hop bomb and was slightly disappointed. No doubt hops are in the mix, however it is mostly the floral type as noted earlier and is missing out on the citrusy type hops. This beer leaves little for a hop finish that I was ever so hoping for. Now my palate shifts to a husky malt profile after not finding much for strong hops. Malts are softly roasted and mixed with brown sugar and drizzled with buttery caramel. All in all I must say that I am getting enjoyment out of this one. I guess I was expecting an over the top west coast IPA, this guy has a good dose of tea, leafy, grassy type hops. For what flavors there are balance it nice

M: body gets good marks. In and around the mild to medium category. Finishes rather well and as it warms the hops make a little bit of a stronger showing. Turning out to be quite nice

D: fairly well balanced even though malts have the upper hand as far as I am concerned, especially for an IPA. You know what, I would buy this again and plan to do so. I give it solid marks!

Magpie14, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of Troyone
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Noticed this at Trader Joes in the past however always bought the Barney Flats.

Pours an amberish copper color with a thick off white, almost biege, two" head. Swirled the last bit around and topped it off and can see a little yeast suspension and lots of carb action.

Lots of esters in the aroma, florals and pine with some grapefruit evenly balanced. There is some caramel malt in the mix.

Took a big gulp and right away notice the crisp grapefruit and pine with a hint of alcohol flavor in the balance. The malt is sweet and well balance allowing the hop flavors to dominate. The finish is not quite moderately bitter with the hop flavors and malt smoothness.

Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with a balance of a crisp carbonation feel. There is a hint of an alcohol warming effect throughout.

Drinkability is good for those of us who like bitterish IPAs.

Troyone, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - copper in color with a very froathy head

S - very sweet - citrus/grapefruit with a touch of pine to round out the hops. Bready malts are also detectable

T - very grapefruity hops and some sweet, bready malts. Leaves a piney metallic aftertaste. Very bitter.

M - full and nicely carbonated

D - this is a pretty decent IPA. Not my favorite, but not the worst. I think the grapefruit kind of overpowered this one, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just not my particular cup of tea (or glass of beer).

birchstick, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy amber, with nearly 3 fingers of beige/off-white head. Retention is great, with some great lacing to match.

S - Sweet, perfumey, floral aromas are most evident. Citrus peel and some grainy notes are there as well, albeit in a minor role.

T - Immediately the huge floral components hit; this is the most flowery beer I can remember tasting in quite some time. Bitter herbs and touches of lemon peel stand out also. Some fruity sweetness, almost like a sweetened green tea, makes a small appearance mid palate intermingled with modest grainy notes. Bitterness grows throughout and peaks late palate with a very citric and herbal flavor. The bitterness is quite high on Hop Ottin' carrying long into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The body is a little heavier than most IPAs allowing some of these very interesting hop flavors to pull through and linger quite easily.

D - A unique IPA with much more emphasis on the floral qualities than the citrus and pine that I'm used to. A refreshing change to be sure, but the uber bitterness coupled with 7% ABV that I'm already feeling 3/4 through the glass leave a little to be desired (or undesired, as it may be).

PatrickJR, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of shivtim
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solar powered beer? Isn't everything solar powered when you get down to it? Except for geothermal vents. Anyways.

Nice bottle. Looks nature-y. Poured into a pint glass. Ruddy dark tang, some vibrant orange hints, and a dense tan head that floats and gradually fades to nice lacing.

Nose is strong west coast hops. One-note but nice.

Taste is bitter hops that are musty and grainy. Kind of a big clash of hops and malts, with no clear winner and a lot of confusion. Not subtle. Slight paint thinner / alcohol dry aftertaste. Not a good thing, but not horrific. Decent mouthfeel.

shivtim, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of unionturf
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my DFH pint glass. Looks amber/gold & clear with nice 1" head popping out the top of the glass... nice.

Smell is caramel and hops, taste is well balanced with the hops dominating the aftertaste. Leaves nice lacing rings with every sip, is a very good tasting IPA with excellent drinkability. I would recommend this to anyone and could have quite a few

unionturf, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass

Beer is a clear light amber colr. Head is offwhite. Small bubbles are coming up.

I get a fruity smell with a hint of sweet carmel

Very bold and strong tasting IPA. A little carmel sweentess that finishs nice and bitter. The hops are blended very nicely. A touch of some fruitness but not a whole lot. Really good beer.

Carbonation is what you would expect from a good IPA.

I could drink these all day. Very good.

mattffrost, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Grandwazoo
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden brown with creamy brownish head

Nose of hops and nutmeg with some malts

Spicy ipa...strong nutmeg and cinnamon presence with a hint of apple and lemon. Finishes with a little cappucino cream. The hops are noticeable but don't overwhelm the beer.

As I drank it the fruit came through even more. A very satisfying drink.

Grandwazoo, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow-amber coloration, vibrancy erases much of the cloudiness, thin head which exits stage left with rapidity, leaves some pretty lacing behind though. The nose presents an excellent interplay between the hops and malts, never excessively sweet nor bitter (yes, neither is an apt descriptor for scents), honey, beeswax, sweet lemon tea, tree sap, graham cracker, wheat all intermingle peaceably. Full-bodied, same level of harmony in the mouth, the hops poke and jab but then dance backward to allow the mixed white citrus and hard caramel candy to come out. Yeast, resin and bitters with an herbaceous streak act to return the pendulum in the other direction. Carbonation level allows for crests and troughs. Each sip just different enough to keep you, umm, sipping. An IPA to respect, even for those not in luv with the category.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my sister pick up a couple bottles of this when she was in Asheville a few months ago and I have just now gotten around to trying it out. Pours a slightly murky amber color with a good amount of lacing. Smell is sweeter than I was expecting with some floral notes, bits of citrus. Taste is fantastic! Very complex, as it starts it starts off with hops and floral notes, moves onto citrus flavors and finishes very malty. Good mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellent IPA. I wish I could get this one regularly.

jdubjacket, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of JoshuaCain
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a crystal-clear light golden amber with a thick foamy off white head. nice retention, good lacing.
was surprised to get malt as the top note in the aroma. very citric and grassy in the middle, with a piney base.
tastes of really nice, grassy hops with a big floral hit, grapefruit and orange blossom with a mild maltiness for balance, but a little bitter on the finish.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.
overall a very nice, mild IPA. if you are looking for a super-hoppy tongue scorcher, this aint it. but if you want a clean, refreshing, sessionable IPA, this is a great brew.

JoshuaCain, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of jayfarley3
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear rich amber color with a white head that dissipated to a small ring fairly quickly. Smells of piney hops and some malt sweetness. Tastes delicious, hoppy and bitter but overpowering. This beer is medium bodied and very drinkable, I would definitely recommend this to anybody.

jayfarley3, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a mug, about 40 degrees.

Appearance: A nice 2 finger head that dissipated to a foamy bubbly one third of an inch head. The color is a nice light reddish copper color with orange tinting. There is some carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly cloudy, it looks like an unfiltered dry hopped beer that is the culprit of the haziness.

Nose: The hops stands out in on the first sniff. It is a nice citrusy with some pine. and a note of grass. There is some malt in the foreground and a touch of sweetness.

Taste: The hops is prominent and then there is malt in the foreground. There is a nice citrusy, pine, grass, with a hint of sweetness trailing behind.

Overall: This is a good IPA. I guess I am used to a more hopped up beer. It is very drinkable beer. I also will note that is well made, although it lack a bit of head retention, but there is lacing on the glass. The mouth feel is astringent and the finish is bitter. The beer lingers on the palate after you get done drink a couple of sips.

colts9016, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/22/2008 (Tap @ Yardhouse, Glendale, AZ):

Pours a filtered clear amber brown color body. Very creamy white head, big and lasting. Somewhat nutty bitter aroma, some grapefruitiness. Some strawberries. Bitter dry taste Watery palate. Not a harsh aftertaste. Mostly bitterness. Pretty balanced. Sweeter taste as it warms up.

jujubeast6000, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of JollyToper
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

A - Hazy amber color. Excellent head and lacing. Few bubbles.

S - Prominent smell of hops but not nearly as much as Stone IPA, for example.

TM&D - Really hoppy with citrus notes. Good aftertaste. Wouldn't know it was 7% alcohol. Nonetheless, for the hoppiness I couldn't drink more than one of these in a row.

JollyToper, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter orange-amber color with good head.
Has that citric-grapefruit hop scent of a quality American IPA.
Tastes decidedly bitter with a sweetness in the background. But unlike others of the style the oils and hops themselves, never mind the malts, are not distinctive within, they simply create the bitter character which overwhelms the palate.
Nice carbonation, and solid bitter edge to the brew.
Not bad at all, but not a standout among the West Coast IPAs either. Perhaps if I had it fresher it would carry more individual character, but til then it serves as a quality backup of the style.

Natural510, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Slightly clouded orange tinted amber color, tall head that gradually settled to nil with thin lace clinging

Smell- Blast of aromatic brandied alcohol flled the air as I poured; this scent was present, but dimished once in the glass. Pleasant nose of oak wine barrel and a sour maltiness and more things I wish I could identify.

Taste- Dried fruit, perhaps prunes or dried cherry fruitiness against a backdrop of maltiness and a strong citrus hop which carries on and on changing as it goes. So complex, so balanced. Alcohol aroma does not translate to strong alcohol flavor, no doubt buried under so many wonderful layers of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel- Full mouthfeel. No space on the palate remains unoccupied.

Drinkability- So rich, one or two will be enough for any session. If you're having a few beers drink your lighter bodied beers before you pour this beauty. After this one, most beers will taste like water.

olmatty, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of tadowdaddy
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Lightly clouded amber with huge head that retained better than any I've ever seen. Lacing was big, thick, spider web like.

S- Lots of citrus hops and also smell a bit of a malty, maybe toffee, background.

T- Very hoppy initially. Get floral and citrus hops, most espcially grapefruit. Upon swallowing, you are left with a bit of a mixture of hops and caramel malts which balance this beer tremendously. It is very bitter, and delicious.

M- Thick and chewy with a bit of a creamy feeling as well. Coats the mouth well.

D- Not a session beer but tremendous for someone enjoying a few while watching the game. Love it!

tadowdaddy, Jan 02, 2009
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,713 ratings.