Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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90
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2,755 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,755
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 244 | 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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of JEdmund
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Garnet and clearwith a moderate head that falls fast

Smell
Sharp pine jumps out of the glass--nice and assertive like an IPA should be; hints of fruit, like strawberry, are there too

Taste
Good flavor with a strong burst of hops; malts are there enough for me to keep this from being overly bitter; body is a tad too thin for me, but the carbonation level feels just fine; flavor drops off a bit in the back end, which, combined with the body make it seem like a smaller IPA; it's by no means small on flavor, and I very much like the flavor here...good hops choices!

Overall
Aside from a few complains, I like this IPA quite a bit. I like the hops used and it's an enjoyable brew.

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

Pours clear, brand-new-penny copper. Fluffy white head. Oranges, grass, some ethyl and dust, but mostly a floral aroma. Crisp, biting hops. Peppery and resiny, without the malt getting in the way. A bit of honey as well. Hard bite, even for hop heads.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12 oz.

Poured dark amber color with a medium off-white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good complex aroma of hops and citrus. Medium body. Good bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of long duration.

Very good IPA.

Photo of praufs01
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Grapefruit rind and floral notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew with a decent amount of small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Sweet grapefruit taste upfront with a nice chewy caramel middle that finishes with a bitter bite.

Overall - Well balanced and smooth with a good amount of bitterness in the finish

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

A - Dark, dark orange peel colored body with a frothy light tan half inch of sticky looking head... I was right, very nice lacing.

S - Citrus, hops, wheat, candy, and even prunes.

T - Complex hops flavors move throughout. It starts out somewhat bitter and slowly planes out to a mild hop taste. Then it goes away nearly completely before and aftertaste of dry hops kicks in and begs for another sip.

M - The feel is a bit coarse to start and then lightens up. The finish matches the taste with its dry appeal.

~ This is a good beer, no doubt about it. I had never heard of Anderson Valley Brewing Company before sampling this lovely IPA but I can assure you I will be looking for more of their craft in the future.

Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A long-time favorite of mine, this IPA has been very consistent over the past 10 years and if anything has improved slightly in the past few years.

Pours an orange-amber color with an eggshell head that holds some sticky lace until the end. The nose is slightly sweet, spicy citrus rind with some wisps of doughy malt. Grapefruity hops unfold to a medium-full bodied, deeply hoppy mid-palate that shows some soft, bready malt. Hints of tea and candied lemon come through as the beer warms slightly. The mouthfeel is delicate with soft carbonation. It finishes long, with full citrus rind hops and a fleeting hint of sweetness.

At one time one of the hoppiest beers available, AV IPA has since been surpassed by products of the IPA boom in pure hoppiness, but it remains one of the most balanced, drinkable, and consistent CA IPAs. This beer has fresh, bright hop character and a sturdy yet very refined, soft malt profile.

Photo of Taverner420
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly this beer deserves an A rather than an A-
It's Anderson Valley's best, hands down.

A - nice straw color - clear and minimally foamy

S - Full of grassy hoppy notes. You can smell grass, pine, redwood and cedar in there

T - Bitter and dry, exactly as a West Coast IPA should be

M - Definitely wakes the palate up. Grabs your tongue and doesn't let go

D - I could drink this all day. Nice hop bomb of an IPA without the ABV that puts you on the floor.

Photo of BDTyre
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not as good as I hoped. The appearance and scent are spot on for a good American IPA, but the taste is marred a litte by an ever-present metallic taste. Nice hop profile, and good, bready malts. But it tastes like I'm drinking it from a tin can.

Nice carbonation, but the metallic taste really makes me slow down on drinking this one. Could be an off bottle or batch, as every other beer from Anderson Valley that I've had has been great.

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

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium amber in color with an average sized, off white head. Hoppy floral and piney aroma. Nice hoppy, piney taste with some floralness. Nice bitter finish with the alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 5/6/04

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

Another good offering from Anderson Valley. Nice IPA, very well rounded. Aroma is very floral with a little citrus worked in. Thick copper color, very nice medium sized head. Incredibly smooth, the bitterness from the hops soon fades. Good taste, the hops are immediately upfront then soon mellow out. Could use a touch more malt, but I am still impressed with the nice balance of this IPA. Good choice

Photo of Baileyuk
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the HopCat.

A - Poured with a decent head that held up for a little while. Lacing was excellent around the head but was weaker as I drank until nothing was present almost half way down. Looked a lighter than expected golden color.

S - Lots of malt seemed to confuse the aroma on this one, definate floral tones.

T - Floral hops are heavily present. It gives it a lighter feel that I was not a fan of. Still looking past personal preference it was a good brew. Not as hoppy as I would expect from an AIPA. However it was balanced well with the malts.

M/D - The balance made the beer go down well. It was very drinkable although I probably would not order again. The carbonation was light, but not terribly so. Drinkability was decent, I could feel it a little which I would not have guessed with the taste. It actually felt in the high 5s in alcohol, not 7%.

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

One of the original Cali IPA's this is an exercise in restraint as it is the balance and malt backbone that makes this good rather than insane amounts of hops. Pours a dark brown with a hoppy nose that lack the fruity grapefruit quality. The beer is refined and smooth with no huge flavours to dominate. Nice IPA that shows some class.

Photo of bifrostguard
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber center with yellow edges. Small off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass.

S - Floral and grassy hops with an underlying citrus and malt sweetness. The earthy tones really separate this scent from the hoards of west coast IPAs.

T - Piney, floral, grassy and bitter. Imbalanced towards bitter with just enough of a sweet malt background to keep this beer from falling apart. Some citrus undertones in there as well. Very crisp and bitter when it is fresh.

M - Moderate thickness with a nice amount of carbonation.

D - This is one of my favorite beers bar none. I am just about always in the mood for one of these and I find it difficult to turn one down when offered. As with all IPAs, it is essential to taste this fresh.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from my lovely ex-GF. Thanks cupcake. Into my pint glass this one poured a dusky orange-amber color sliding towards copper. The head was huge, a billowing cap of beige foam. The retention was weak and the lacing pretty good. The aroma was a blast of hops, grapefruit in particular with some other semi-sour citrus in there (kumquat?) as well as hints of pine and sap. The flavors were similar, but complex. At first I got the big, bitter hoppiness dominated by citrus. This was followed by some slightly sweet malt that offered nice balance as well as hints of vanilla. As the beer warmed up I began to taste what at first struck me as confusing but was unmistakable - hops famous cousin - marijuana. Kids, don't do drugs, but I'm no kid and I have. That was the aftertaste; I call it like I see it. The mouthfeel was a little watery and the body light but the carbonation perfectly smooth. Though a bold beer I found it quite drinkable after the first shock of hops and I thinks it's a superior example of the style.

Photo of sloppysocks
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours strong reddish orange hue. Minimal head. Not overpoweringly bitter but you know it's an IPA! Strong yet un-offensive malty aroma. Malt taste overpowers the taste of the hops
in this brew which makes it an exceptional ipa. Smooth and easy to drink with no bite which is rare in a big beer. Well worth the price of admission!!!

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

As a brewery owner, I feel that credit should be given to those that consistently strive for making great beer. Hats off to Anderson Valley for continuing to make a great example of a drinkable IPA. Not over the top, not to anything, just a nice balance of all things that make this style a favorite. Keep up the good work.

Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear golden copper color with about a finger of creamy white head. Aroma is dominated by citrusy, piney, and slightly floral American hops. There is a caramel malt undertone to the aroma. Taste is much like the aroma but the flavors here are much more potent. This beer is solidly bitter with a full hop flavor (mostly pine with a bit of citrus/floral) and a surprisingly strong caramel maltyness. This beer is relatively full bodied for and IPA but isn't terribly sweet. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good. I typically like my IPAs to be drier, with less body, a bit more hop aroma and flavor, and with a more subdued malt presence. That being said I still enjoyed this IPA and was glad that I was able to try it.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice darker copper colour for an IPA, the head was only about a finger in depth,and disapeared quite quickly.

The smell was really subtle, with apricot, hops and a little citrus. Overall very pleasant.

Taste as hoppy, but not overpowering. Could pick up on the fruit and slight citrus easily.

Mouthfeel was a little too gassy for me, but by no means the worst. That also disappeared as the bottle went on

Easily drank the bomber. A very nice beer

Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this one up after passing it by way too many times. Definitely a tasty IPA, another good brew from Anderson Valley. Looks nice - a deep copper color with a solid head that leaves minimal lacing as it drains. Nose is hoppy, tons of fruity flavors floating around, as well as some light candy and brown sugar. Maybe a touch of cedar? Flavor's excellent. Hoppy as hell, but somehow stays balanced with just a few malty hints in there. Still - it's hoppy up front, hoppy on that tail end (with a solid aftertaste on there). Feel is nice and full, with carbonation highlighting that hoppiness. A very good beer, one I'll definitely be having again.

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

Pours a hazy copper orange color with decent white head. Slight retention, but some very decent lacing.

Aroma is very sweet. Citrus (sweet grapefruit) and slightly floral hop aroma. Not a overpowering aroma but very pleasant.

Good up front hop bite which continues all the way to the back end. While the bitterness is quite assertive and to the point there is a good balance to the brew. Sweet malty bread base complements the hops quite well.

Medium to full mouth feel with a nice dry finish.

Good balance makes this brew very drinkable, quite enjoyable.

Photo of umtox
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has been said about this beer more than once, but balance is it's greatest strength. I think this is the best balanced IPA I have ever had with much more malt flavor than most to balance out the hoppiness.

The smell and appearance or good for an IPA. But the taste and drinkability are exceptional!

Photo of ckaufman
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass...

A nice clear golden orange in color with minimal head even though I poured with some vigor??? Decent lacing, but nothing to brag about. A moderate hop smell from the glass with the floral notes standing out the most. I noticed a even distribution of malts to hops in the nose. In the mouth is where this beer really shines. Great hop taste here... floral and piney with a touch of citrus. Well rounded with perhaps a malted barley influence? Moderately carbonated with a resinous feel in the mouth. Very drinkable even at 7.0 ABV. A good, well rounded Cali IPA.

Photo of TonyT
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Gold, light orange and clear. Head was foamy and leaves lacing that hangs.

S- Average for an IPA. Somewhat hoppy smell, doesn't blow your mind but you know that there are hops in it.

T- A little thin. Has a semi-dry crispness. The hop vs. malt balance is 65/35. The hop taste is a "middle of the road" taste. Alcohol taste is not apparent, which is nice.

M- Front end is mild and the mid does not stand out. The back end is where the hoppiness hits. Nice.

D- Very Drinkable...nothing left hooks you...a nice entry level Calli IPA.

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

Pours a fuzzy orange haze with a nice head. Could definitely use more lacing though. Has quite a powerful aroma of rich and hearty hops that is offset just a little too much by waves of malt. The hops certainly have a large presence in the taste as well, but again are muffled by the malt character to the overall detriment of the taste. Alcohol plays too large of a role as well. I've tried this IPA on multiple occasions to make sure I wasn't crazy, and each time I ended up struggling to finish the simple 12 oz. A decent beer, just probably not one I will pick up again. I prefer more balanced IPAs with more citrus, smoother hops and less malt.

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

A: This beer poured a clear brown color with a light head.

S: The smell is of hops and some citrus notes. Actually the aroma of this beer is quite faint.

T: The taste is bitter and hoppy. Fruit flavors are present and I find the flavors work well.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and seems quite appropriate.

D: While this beer is interesting, I do find it overly hoppy and without balance.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,755 ratings.