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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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2,816 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,816
Reviews: 1,189
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 123
Gots: 289 | FT: 1
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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 AdmiralDiaz
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.08/5  rDev -23%
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
2.91/5  rDev -27.3%
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
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of originalsin
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a sweet dark orange, pretty clear too. A nice looking head laces quite well and doesn't dissipate.

S: There's some citrus on the nose, but also a lot of floral notes. Nothing at all overwhelming, though. It's got a great nose.

T: Now I remember why this was my go-to Monday night beer earlier this year...The hop profile is just awesome. Initially it might be a little much but as the beer works it's way down your throat the taste really grows on you.

M: It's got a light, smooth mouth feel. Nothing unexpected.

D: A drinkable beer, to say the least. 2 of these with dinner. Maybe one for dessert. or 3.

General Thoughts: For a somewhat alcoholic brew, this isn't in the least bit overwhelming. 7.0 abv and I could probably drink this all day. Also, this beer aims to please--it's a tasty tasty offering born of the hop gods---pliny, etc etc etc.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Golden color with a thick head that settles down but remains solid throughout.Good lacing.

Faint hops aroma, perhaps too faint. Either that or I'm so used to the hop bombs. Taste is pretty spot on for the style. A little bit thin.

It's nice to drink an IPA that is not in your face but still quite tasty.

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

A: pours a clear, dark, burnt amber color. Huge frothy head, off-white in color. Outstanding lacing and head retention.

S: very fragrant nose. Huge floral and earthy hop aromas. Like pine meets grapefruit. Some nice pale malts provide somewhat of a sweet nose.

T: nice crystal and pale malts. Big hop notes, some grapefruit. Delicious palate. Very solid flavors for an IPA.

M: full bodied IPA. Solid carbonation level. Very sharp hop palate. Great bite.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy in the glass like the low flocculation IPAs homebrewers make colored gold to orange. Nice foamy 2 finger head leaves a ring of lace.

Smell is light fruits like apple and white grape with some caramelized malts too, well balanced for a smell.

Taste is really good. It's like half of a double or imperial IPA. I know that's exactly what it is but this actually has a malt profile that most IPAs cut back on to favor the hops. As with the smell this is pretty well balanced. Mild spicy hop bitterness is a speed bump about 2/3 of the way through the sip. Solid but subtle malt is ever present and ever pleasant.

I suspect that since I bought this as a single from a store that likely does not sell too much of this that it may be slightly aged since I'm not getting a lot of fresh hop character in the nose or in the taste. I really like the taste as-is but I just think that it's not the same beer that others, especially on the west coast, are reviewing. Bottle stamp reads 08289/2484/35. Best guess is September 28, 2008 which would put this at just about the six month mark; the turning point for hoppy-fresh tastes.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick up front but the stickyness of the hop profile and malt body make it substantial toward the end. The finish is not as clean as I would have hoped but I like a lingering bitterness in this style.

Drinkability is not even a question, in fact, I'm wishing I had not just bought this one as a single.

This is a great six-pack to bring to a party that BAs will appreciate but anyone can enjoy.

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

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Upland, CA.

A- A clear dark orange, a little darker than I like an IPA, but the off white head is phenomenal and has great retention and lacing.

S- reminds me a lot of Ruination. It's floral,

T- A very nice hoppy flavor to this. Pine is dominant. There is a sweet malty and floral aspect in the finish. Nice bitterness that lasts a few seconds after the sip.

M- Medium body, slick, a little too much so that it masks some of the carbonation. Not really how I like my IPA's to feel.

D- Good hop flavor, it definitely delivers in that aspect.

Photo of mjl21
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottled poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 7%.

A-Pours amber, very clear, with a one finger head that leaves a fluffy ring around the edge. A cloud of foam remains in the middle of the glass.

S-After opening the bottle, the initial smell is of citrusy hops wih some sweet malt. The citrus goes away quite fast and some muted floral hops remain.

T-Not as citrusy in taste as the initial smell. Bitterness hits fast on the front and the sweet malt does a good job on the back.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Alcohol is well blended in here. Different type of bitterness than I am used to in my WC IPAs, but still a good drinking beer.

A good offering from a brewery that for no particular reason I don't buy their offerings. Would like to try this fresh on tap.

Photo of bfields4
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark murky gold a very appealing body with a frothy head that fades fast.

A very light smell of hops almost refreshing aroma with tobacco and herbal notes.

Tastes extremely crisp and very refreshing so well balanced for an IPA. Grapefruit hits me hard right in the begging. The soft malts then coming through nicely. Citrus and herbal spices are light very pleasant.

Wow. A very nice offering from Anderson Valley, so glad they made their way to Kansas. By far one of my favorite IPA's right up there with the likes of stone and dog fish head's offerings.

Photo of Hornet2003
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650mL bottle purchased at Steamworks Liquor Store, W. Vancouver.

Appearance: Cloudy amber.

Smell: Piney, citrus hops and burnt caramel.

Taste: Brown sugar maltiness fronted by orange, grapefruit hops. Sweet at first, then a bitter aftertaste from the obviously high IBUs.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and syrupy, but not heavy. It's just a great, smooth feeling beer.

Drinkability: This is really drinkable. The alcohol is 7% so it's kind of high, but for what it is, I could drink a few pints before calling it a day.

Overall: The viscous stickiness and almost funky aroma of Hop Ottin is just a bold punch in the face like a good West Coast IPA should be.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,816 ratings.