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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

2,649 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,649
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 106
Gots: 203 | FT: 1
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 PhageLab
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Hazy orange/copper coloration came with a fingertip's worth of froth that stuck around. Lacing was immaculate.

S - Bold citrus aroma, almost acidic. Lemon and grapefruits perhaps.

T - A wonderfully balanced bitter profile. Smooth and citrusy as well. I was surprised, however, to find this under the American stylization, I had it pegged for an English. Not "hoppy" in the least when compared to Two Hearted or Big Daddy.

M - Medium bodied, great carbonation level, slight oily residue, nice smooth finish. Bitterness lingers for just a few moments after a sip.

D - Pretty decent here, I could do a few before having to move on. To many the bitterness might be a bit overwhelming, but if you like bitters or English IPA's, this will be right up your alley. Warning to hop heads, this one may mislead you. Definitely worth trying regardless.

PhageLab, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My mid-day gueuze was a let down, so I'm going to resort to perhaps the best beer from my mix-six pack to make up for lost ground. Alright, ready...set...POUR!:

This beer forms a massive head, albeit it looks soda-like. Despite the latter, the retention is excellent. Good crisp hop aroma in the nose. A little lemon zest as well. More clean hops in the taste as well. The malt then marches in and brings caramel and honey oat bread notes to the palate. Touches of nutty yeast and phenolic activity, giving it a funny aftertaste when it's all done.

Damn the latter! This would be another good American IPA, but the aftertaste kills it. This didn't make up for the lost gueuze.

DoubleJ, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper color with some pretty good carbonation. 1/2 inch white,thick head. Smell of hops and floral, some piney smell. Tatse like it smells, floral, hoppy and some piney notes with a finishing bitterness. Good IPA overall. Would recpmmend and drink again.

barleywinefiend, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deeep amber color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is loaded with hops in the front (grassy, piney, citrusy) overwhelming alomost any malt character.
Taste has has the hops up front, But a bit more of malt begins to show itself.
Finishes much more dry than sweet.
A nice enjoyable beer.

tgbljb, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly fogged amber. Minimal creme head. Nose is thick and strong piney hops. Flavor is malty, but lacks any firm character to it. No style. No grace. Thick liquid feel. Good carbonation. Overall a good brew. Just doesn't have any pizzazz.

RblWthACoz, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The only thing that keeps this beer from being my favorite session beer is the alcohol. I love everything else about it. Perfect blend of hops/malts, looks great, smells wonderful.

This looks like amber honey with a nice fluffy head to it. Smells hoppy and sweet with maybe a touch of honey or something in there.

Wonderful taste. Nice malty warmth upfront followed immediately by a wave of citrusy hops and finishes bitter. Very nice IPA.

I loved this beer. Loved it.

Tilley4, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A big, thick, foamy, pillow-like two finger head, bone white in color. Leaves big sticky lace rings all the way down the glass. The body is a nice golden amber.

S: Grapefruit and toasted malts. One of the more balanced hop/malt noses I have come across. A mild spruce smell.

T: The malts come across the palate first on this one and then the finish is of grapefruit and spruce, and then malts again. The malts are kind of sweet and give it a different taste. Not very crisp, the cascades have an interesting lingering taste, they usually tend to be crisper. Faint alcohol warmth lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M: Dry and bitter.

D: Suffers a bit, up there in alcohol content

Overall, this beer is pretty solid and deserves to be up there with the everyday IPA's. They use some nice hops to give it a different feel than a typical IPA. The sweetness of the malts are a nice touch.

ColForbinBC, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A solid looking finger of dense eggwhite colored foam rises above a slightly hazy orange-amber brew that looks like it has an almost purple cast at times. The head is small but pretty, and it leaves a little bit of really crusty lace on the glass. Swirling produces more head, and retention is pretty damn good.

S - Mandarin orange is very prevalent, with lively rind/zest notes too. The juicy citrus hop profile is gorgeous, and they are backed up by some solid biscuity malts too. Very nice.

T - Again, this is extremely juicy, fresh, and fruity. The hops take on more complexity in the mouth, and I can pick out mandarin orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit too. This is almost perfectly balanced since the awesome hops are almost matched in intensity with the tight and firm malt flavors.

M - Medium bodied with tons of structure and fairly aggressive carbonation. The finish is extremely bitter and quite dry as well. Damn fine stuff!

D - On of the best IPAs I've had in quite some time. I've been getting a few stinkers recently, and this one has renewed my faith in one of the most common styles in the good beer stores. This is a sipping beer, not really a session brew but I would drink two or three slowly and enjoy every drop. Pour this into a snifter to catch all of the nice hoppy aromatics.

pmcadamis, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin pours with a large head, good retention and lacing. Has a hazy orange color.

Smells of grassy hops, a bit of citrus, caramel malt. Rather floral and I like it.

On the palate there is lots of bitter floral hops, caramel malt to add some balance and a dry bitter finish.

irishkyle21, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out an amber colour with reddish tints. thin tight head, sticky and clinging. the lace adheres nicely, making for a nice looking brew. ripe fruitish smell...malty with a underlying spicy hop nose. the hop profile really comes through on the tongue, though. but first a wave of rich maltiness is forefront, fruity and a bit spicy from the alcohol...a bit yeasty, also. then a slow, creeping bitterness sneaks up making for a long lingering, intense, juicy end. this is a really malty brew. the hops pretty much balance out the sweetness perfectly, but don't add a lot above and beyond the big juicy bitterness. the ample body of this offering makes it seem like a bigger beer. the mouthfeel is rich and sassy, with a tremendous tongue thrashing from the hops. drinkability is good...the overall feel seems a bit rough, but i'm sure anyone looking for a hop fix need not look any further than this.

hop head's delight if you like unabashed bitterness.

budgood1, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Solomon420, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, citrus and a light amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste is on the malty side as opposed to the hoppy side for an IPA and starts with flavors of caramel tea and citrus. There’s a pale hops presence that comes in next, provides a good balance, causes the sweetness to fade and leaves a slightly bitter after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is one of those beers that gets better as it warms a bit, but since it doesn’t really have the high hops profile that endears me to the American IPA style, I consider it a decent beer, but not my first choice when I’m looking for an IPA.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of buzzworthy
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' IPA is a beautiful sight in the glass, with a rich, full head atop an amber-orange body. The head laces the glass all the way to the end. The beer is nicely balanced between maltiness and piney, citrus hops. The smell is faint to me but the taste comes alive with this balanced array. It won't satisfy the true hophead but works well for me.

buzzworthy, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this at a Yoke's supermarket in the Tri-Cities for the very decent (for we Canucks) price of $1.50. The label gave me a little cultural and linguistic education on the Anderson Valley in California.

Poured into a pint glass, this IPA produces a glassy, dark golden amber colour, with a rather puffy, foamy, and rocky creamy ecru head, which leaves some nice random webbed lacework around the glass as it lazily beats it outta town.

Upon first sniff, I get lots of floral and citrus rind hops in the aroma, with an almost sweet, balancing caramel maltiness muscling in. The taste is pastry-heavy malt right up front, with the citrus and pine hops coming at you soon after, enveloping the malt sweetness with a somewhat acrid zestiness.

This beer is smooth, with very sedate carbonation, and goes down much too quickly, especially given my lack of ability to get any more of it any time soon. Any alcohol warming is solely in my head, from having read the label, because it was well-hidden overall.

A well-crafted and balanced brew, with the hop-head quotient duly present, but not at all overbearing. Were that I could be Bahl Hornin' whenever I chose, but then there's always the impetus to travel.

biboergosum, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for a pricey $1.70... enjoyed from a standard shaker pint. Just got off work.... need to veg for a while.

Big tan head .... pillow that leaves long sticky lacy all the way down the glass. Glowing orange amber with a little hop haze.

Aroma is earthy with floral American hops ... still with a nice malty backbone.. not actually as hoppy as would be expected.

Flavor is along the same rung ... but with a good bitterness balanced by quite a bit of caramel and toasty malts. Mouthfeel is good... descent carbonation helps break up the malt leaving a good floral hop finish.

I really like Anderson Valley, and as such, this is a pretty good American IPA. It is not overwhemingly hoppy.. just simply balanced... but be aware... 7% will sneak up on you. I am partial, I really do like Columbus hopped brews. And a great example of an IPA that doesn't need to beat you to death with the IBU's.

JohnGalt1, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of TheTrevor
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a reddish amber with very little head. The scent is citrusy with a bit of pine and some floral hops. The taste has a definite citrus element to it, and with the hops bitterness it's almost like taking a bite out of the side of a grapefruit except in a really refreshing way. The mouthfeel is very crisp and a little dry. I definitely enjoy this beer and wouldn't be surprised if I found myself picking it up in the future.

TheTrevor, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was rather taken aback by how good this beer was, not having heard or read about it previously. Dark amber, it has a considerable head and requires careful pouring. Immediate rush of hoppy bitterness and malt on the nose. You know it isn't just another IPA when you read the 7 % alcohol level. Plenty of body, good citrus fruit freshness, but lingering bitterness carries the day. Quality, concentration and value for money.

AylwinForbes, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Charlie Jewells in Redlands for five dollars

Color was golden orange/yellow with an impressively large soapy head, right about an inch thick, left lots of sticky lacing too

Smell was floral hops and citrus, particularly grapefruit and lemon, could tell this one is quite hoppy

Taste was dry and bitter just like I prefer them, citrus finish gave this one another dimension, bitterness lasts a long time, floral all the way through, and smooth for hop bomb, this is a damn good beer for the usual seven dollars a six pack that I see it, almost sweet enough to be a double, but lacks the syrup and higher ABV

Lots of carbonation and nice body for an IPA

Could drink lots of this if I wanted to, light and easy to drink even though it is seven percent alcohol, taste is good enough to keep you coming back, goes well with a burger, which are very tasty at this establishment

Have almost bought this ten different times at different Trader Joe's locations, decided to finally have it when I saw it on tap today, one of my favorite Anderson Valley brews I have had

Floydster, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Sleestak
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I cracked the cap on this and it immediatly overflowed with foam. Good start hehe. Typical hazy orange IPA color. Lots of piney hops and some citrus in the smell. Same in the taste only the citrus-y taste really stands out. A good deal of caramel sweetness to balance it out... well somewhat, this is an IPA after all, lol. The mouthfeel on this beer is oh so creamy and succulant. Drinkability is HIGH, wish I got a six pack of this instead of just one. This is a good IPA with tons of hops yet no harshness.

Sleestak, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy deep amber hue with a two finger head that doesn't quit. Light tan in color, it leaves a film of sticky lacing in its place as it settles. Eventually it becomes a thick pillowy cap.

The aroma is filled with sharp hops that make up most of the smell. There is a smooth malt base, and a hint of diacetyl.

The flavor is sharp citrus hops with a biscuity malt base. There is a little bit of diacetyl in the flavor as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The alcohol isn't that detectable until the beer warms up a good amount. The finish is sharp lingering hops.

This is a pretty good IPA, I really enjoyed it. It's probably best fresh, like any IPA. Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep golden. Fluffy white head,with excellent retention,and lacing. Aroma is of floral hops,citrus,and a bit of pine. Body is medium to heavy,with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is bittered, with a nice balance of floral hops,and grapefruit. Good stuff!

riversider76, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of genog
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with a creamy, fizzy 1 inch off white head. Lingers around for a while and leaves a good amount of lacing all along the glass. Smell is of herbs, and citrus, I smell grapefruit on this one. I can also smell some grape wine aroma at first. Initial taste is sweet with a moderate bitter finish. Mouthfeeling is watery with some soft carbonation.

genog, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it 'is' an IPA, so when i saw it as a selection at the Bend Brewfest, I began to salivate.

Pours a dark golden, not too clear. Pretty standard for an IPA. Good carbonation and retention. Actually the gal poured it a little hard, had a bit to much foam to deal with, but it's hardly the beers fault the brewfest worker didnt know how to pour : /

Tastes like an IPA should, lots of floral hops, pine, grapefruit. However, I think this more of an entry level contender. I expected just a few notches better from Anderson Valley. Flavors are just a tad to bitter and sticky. Coated my teeth.

I rated this one good, I really did enjoy it, its just that my IPA exposure is vast and perhaps a bit to picky.

Good job Anderson Valley.

SurlyDuff, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Remarkable?! Not at first, but I was quickly changed in mind. Decent balance but not plesant at first. big floral hop aroma. Yellow with slight ruby hue. Collared rings with lacing that stuck. Medium mouthfeel. Slick/resinous palate. Soft conditioning but has a bite afterwards. Thin head diminishing to a sheen. honey yellow head. Drinkability only ok at first. nuttyness undertone. Alcohol barely detectable. Addictive when it comes to the hoppiness. Tried 1-2; the last 3 were awesome, maybe the weakness of it is what makes it so drinkable?

TechMyst, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of colinsk
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is available in lots of places in Northern California. It is my goto IPA when I just need a beer in a hurry. It is a little dark for my liking at a light copper color but not out of style. It has a strong aroma of hops that is pleasant and not too purfume.

colinsk, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear wood stain brown in color. A few streams of bubbles rushing to the top. Thick white spongey head resting on top that left behind layered lace all around the edges of the glass. Nose is full of wet hops but is dulled by a watery mellowness.

Flavor is not quite a typical CA IPA because the flavor seems to be lacking the malt backbone I associate with this style from that region. Hops outwiegh the mats quite a bit with the balance towards the bitters. Medium to full mouthfeel with a dry finish. Some tannins as well. Would pick this up again but would not be my first choice.

MuddyFeet, Sep 08, 2007
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,649 ratings.