Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,563 | Reviews: 1,176 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev 0%
The beer poured into the glass hazy golden amber with a yellow moderate head which fell slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was fruity, estery and citrusy. Caramel was notable but the emphasis of the aroma was hop based. Citrusy and resinous hops with a bit of grass thrown in for good measure.
The flavor was quite bitter with a strong citrusy grapefruit hop flavor. The bittering was strong and long and was barely kept in check by the malty caramel nature. The flavor was fruity with a strong estery character, mostly from hops which were resinous and piney. A light metallic flavor emerged as the beer warmed.
The finish was dry with lasting piney, resinous and citrusy hops into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and with a moderate level of carbonation had a creamy mouthfeel. As always, a very nice IPA.
12 ounce bottle.
01-11-2007 00:48:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Wow, after the Boont ESB, I had this one. Really, just as good. Great lacing on the oft-golden color beer with high, high, malts. Followed by some awesome alpha hops, possibly columbus. Great head on this beer and smells of pine needles and rich munich malts. A highly recommended IPA and there aren't many better.
01-09-2007 00:45:23 | More by bigdeuce
4/5 rDev 0%
Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from mikesgroove...thanks!
A - Pours an orangish/golden color with a nice creamy, off-white head.
S - Comes across piney at first, but is met with grapefruit. Nice hearty aroma.
T - Hoppy malt is the dominant flavor/blend. Hops come through in the end, with a citrus background. Earthy/floral flavors on the crisp finish.
M - Medium, bubbly body with a nice bitter finish.
D - This is the second time I've tried this beer, and I enjoy (and appreciate) it much more this time around. A good IPA to keep on hand.
12-31-2006 20:35:10 | More by JohnnyM2002
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
I like to keep a sixer of IPA in the fridge for personal consumption, mixed in amongst the singles that are for more special occasions... or not-so-special occasions. This weekend my sixer is the Anderson Valley Hop Ottin'. Not a bad choice.
Pours a nice copper orange color with a fat two-finger head which not only sits there like stagnant river foam (which is meant as a good thing in this case, mind you), but leaves a nice looking lace all around the pint glass as the beer goes down. What a pretty beer. The aroma here is nice and hoppy as one might expect, but otherwise not all that exciting. I'm not getting much else out of it besides the hops, and maybe some pine scent. It's nice, like I said, but not remarkable. But the taste is where it all begins to come together. The citrus in this beer hits you hard up front, under the tongue, and almost immediately. Very nice touch in my opinion. A very pleasant balance with the malt here is also noticeable. Finishes with the classic IPA kick in the back of the mouth and down the throat. I get notes of orange, lemon, and pine. I can also detect a noticeable alcohol presence here, but not so much that it detracts from the rest of the beer. This is a very nice tasting IPA. Sturdy mouthfeel all around. This is quite a drinkable beer, and I could see myself grabbing another sixer next week as well. Another solid effort from the folks at Anderson Valley.
12-30-2006 19:22:19 | More by Atlas1
4.9/5 rDev +22.5%
This is an amazing beer. It pours a clear copper orange color with large carbonation bubbles, conspicuously large. The head lasts forever and leaves scads of thick tan lace ridges and webs behind. The aroma is very floral and sweet, a brilliant blend of hops and malts. The taste is an explosion of hops, and particularly bitter hops at that. Plenty of pine and distilled yellow grapefruit abound in luscious waves of hop juiciness. Raw unadulterated hop bitterness takes charge thoughout, outshining the hop aroma and flavor. On top of the hop maelstrom lies a fresh, biscuity, sticky malt profile shines. The finish is pungently bitter and long lasting. My mouth is numb with bitterness for an hour after the pint is gone.
This is more bitter than the Ruination I had just previously. Not for non-hopheads, no really, if you arent into hops it would be an unpleasant experience. I think this is the bitterest beer I have had the fortune of trying.
12-12-2006 04:11:48 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.4/5 rDev +10%
Beautiful orange/raw honey color, with very stubborn amber-tinged head.
Lots of pine and citrus in the nose.
Bitter hops, pine oil, and just a hint of sweet malt. Delicious.
Feels quite full-bodied, with an oily finish. Carbonation keeps it honest.
Abundant hoppiness might put off the uninitiated, but there's a wonderful well-rounded quality here that makes this one mighty easy to drink.
12-08-2006 22:26:36 | More by MVassar
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a bright amber color, with an awesome head. Great looking IPA.
Aromas are of pine and citrus like hops. A bit muted, but what I can pick up is nice. There is a touch of sweetness there too.
Flavors remind me a bit of a hopped up amber ale. Hop bite at the front, with some malty tea like qualities and a creamy sweet finish. Well balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is good, a bit sticky... but well rounded.
Thanks for the bottle Mikesgroove, I had forgotten how good this beer was... quite drinkable. A solid IPA that is certainly worth a try.
11-29-2006 02:15:48 | More by flexabull
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
appearance: attractive golden, light orange color with a creamy white head. good head retention and lacing.
smell: grapefruit, orange, pine. classic west coast ipa smell.
taste: fruity (apples, oranges, grapefruits) and hoppy--dryness coats the mouth--with some malt sweetness to balance, though the hoppy bitterness is pretty much outweighing the malt. but that's the style of an american ipa.
mouthfeel: creamy head brings smooth mouthfeel but otherwise carbonation is pretty high, which i personally don't care for. as to whether that's against the style i'm not sure.
drinkability: a great in your face ipa but the 7%abv cuts down on the drinkability a bit.
overall, a great, big, brash american ipa that embraces hops but puts it all together with a malt backbone and just an overall solidly-built structure--a hallmark of beers from anderson valley.
11-29-2006 00:54:13 | More by Riggo
4/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. the liquid is a dark caramel, with nice carbonation. The head is 2 fingers light tan, Fades to some lace.
The smell is quite good, mostly typical IPA, but with a little evidence of malty goodness in the mix.
The Taste follow, the piney hops are complemented by a malt that tries to hold it's own, but the bitter and slightly dry hops win the battle.
The mouthfeel is good , nice body, good carbonation. All in all pleasing to the palette.
The drink ability is good as I might buy this again. Prosit MK
11-24-2006 22:03:07 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
Clear light amber leaning towards golden. Head is medium in size and offwhite in color. Lacing is nothing special.
Quite expressive, even perfumed nose of jasmine, citrus, a hint of tobacco, and malt in the background.
Lively and bright but also fairly rich in the mouth, with a wonderfully pleasant sensation of oranges. A tiny bit of sweet malt keeps it from going off the hoppy deep end. The finish is long and ibtter.
An IPA that really tells you a lot on the nose and does a lot in the mouth. A very satisfying drink.
11-21-2006 00:20:53 | More by tcfishler
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.
A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with a one finger head of meringue-like foam that leaves very sticky lace all down the sides of the glass.
S: Hops! Very piney.
T: Nicely bitter, piney hops. Hops are very dominant with this one. I taste a slightly bready malt flavor lurking in the background (probably afraid to come out 'cause the hops will lay a beating on it!)
M: Oily. Coated everything in my mouth.
D: Deliciously hoppy. This is one that hop heads won't be disappointed by.
11-20-2006 02:09:00 | More by GbVDave
4.4/5 rDev +10%
A- clear, dark straw with a red/orange tint, sports a 1" off white fluffy head, great retent and lacing.
S- floral, piney, hop oils, sweet, citrus
T- some sweetness, overall bitter. starts with pine, finish mainly citrus with a spicy pine bite. sweet honey aftertaste. citrus flavors lingers throughout brew along with a honey and malt sweetness.
M- medium body, smooth and crisp, leaves a tasty light film on gums to lick off later.
D- very yummy, solid, well crafted IPA. This brew is a must.
11-13-2006 01:27:09 | More by tonistruth
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
This IPA poured bright amber with a thick head and great lacing- sticky sweet malt aromas with a bite of citrusy hops rose from the pint glass. Surprisingly sweet on the tongue at first, molasses then very subtle hops which get stronger well into the back end. Very well balanced flavors. Minimal carbonation with a heavy mouthfeel, but very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is present but not a problem- very tasty version of an American IPA.
11-12-2006 14:21:29 | More by kernalklink
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
22 oz. bomber.
Appearance: Pours a pretty, dark caramel amber. A small froth of a head settles just on the top. Lacing is assertive, but dissipates quickly after swirling the glass.
Smell: Very sweet citrus aromas, a little pine - sort of a skunky-ish hop character. Could just be my bottle, though, and might be my nose confusing the very strong, present, biscuit-like malt backbone pushing its way through to, arguably, slightly dominate the hops. Still, in a world of super-hoppy IPAs, I enjoyed this biscuity malt the aroma presented. It balances well with the rather subdued up-front hops.
Taste: Bitter hops at first, citrusy and grapefruit like, but subdued in flavor, more present in IBUs, apparently. Bready, biscuity flavors next. Goes down smoothly. A little astringent upon swallowing, but not unpleasantly. A nice sweet grapefruit hop oil back end picks up the brew's momentum a bit at the end for me. Almost reminds me of a DIPA toward the end, in fact. Very nice.
Mouthfeel: Found this to be a little too carbonated for my liking. Was a struggle for my tastebuds to adjust to the fizz and assess the actual flavor as a result. Fairly oily otherwise.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Goes down smooth, not overpowering. A well-balanced IPA. Would be a good stepping stone for introduction to the style.
11-07-2006 06:21:12 | More by RidiculedDisplay
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
A - Pours a bright, very clear amber color with a 2-finger sticky off-white head that takes its time settling down. The beer retains a small, off-white head throughout and leaves patches of lacing down the glass.
S - Smell consists of strong, sweet floral and citrus aromas. Very inviting.
T - Resiny, piney hop bitterness up front that lingers till the crisp, biscuity malt finish.
M - Medium body and relatively low carbonation.
D - Quite drinkable for an unbalanced IPA - the ABV might sneak up on you as drinking several of these would be a breeze.
Great beer from Anderson Valley - I wish we could get this in Texas.
11-06-2006 23:47:50 | More by ecooper
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
12 oz single into an East End pint glass. Pours with a big puffy two finger head that falls to a light, very well laced crown of foam. Honey brown and quite clear bodywise.
Smells super fruity and a little floral in the nose. A lot of citrus and even a little apple.
Tastes of cider and honey with a bitter hop finish. Notably malty and balanced nicely with the drying hop finish, the hops here have a floralish taste as well. Not a major hop bomb, but a nice IPA that really showcases some tasty grapefruity hops.
Mouthfeel is good, a little slick at first with that same drying, crisp finish I mentioned above. Drinkability is good, I could drink a few of these, but its not my favorite in this style.
11-06-2006 23:34:42 | More by foureyedgeek
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle this beer had a slightly hazy amber color with a ~one inch, mostly white head of densely packed bubbles which dissapate quickly leaving mild to medium lacing.
The aroma is moderately strong floral / citrus common of IPAs. I noticed a hint of carmel and maybe a little orange too.
The taste is much like the aroma only stronger with a more noticeable carmel background. It has a strong flavor initially - then the carbonation - then a quick transition to the moderately strong bitters which become more obvious after swallowing. The alcohol is well hidden.
It has a mild to medium body with fairly high carbonation. It leaves the mouth very slightly dry but in a good way. Not slimy or sticky.
This beer rates very high for me. Seems like an excellent example of a heavily hopped IPA with mild accessory flavors.
11-02-2006 01:14:05 | More by Willamette
3.25/5 rDev -18.8%
This beer pours a yellowish amber with 1/2 inch head that ligers a little while. The smell is quite mild compared to others in the style. A little piney and clovey is all I get. The taste is much like the smell. The 7% ABV is hidden well. Mouthfeel is smooth with some dryness at the end. Overall I could drink more of these but I will stick with some others that I like much better.
11-01-2006 00:06:42 | More by grego
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
This is one of my favourite IPAs. Pours an amber brown/red with a big fluffy head. the cloud like head and lace linger in the glass while bubles cascade upwards.It is clearly highly hopped(why else would you be drinking an IPA) but you can definitely taste the malt as the beer is well rounded. The first sip is of pine resin with the malt coming through as the aftertaste. The alcohol is subdued which means this beer sneaks up on you. It is however a highly refreshing brew.
This is a hell of a lot cheaper in California, but worth it for the occasional sixer back east. This is my go to sixer as well as my lawnmower beer.
10-25-2006 03:31:45 | More by sleazo
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
Picked up a 6'er at Trader Joes for $6.99. An excellent find. Poured this into a pint and with one look found myself sitting here writing a review.
A: The first thing I noticed about this beer was how crystal clear it is. The color is very nice too. Dark for an IPA. A glowing gold and red honey-amber. Very nice. Head is very light and frothy, just about perfect. Holds well at 2 fingers for a few minutes and then recedes leaving a fluffy, thick lace.
Note: I made sure to really scrub my glass and wet it before pouring this beer. I suspect that this is the culprit if you found this beer to have a flat, thin head..or maybe you got a bad batch?
S: Hoppy. My favorite cascade grapefruit bitter hop.
T: Wow. Even more hoppy than the nose. It overwhelms the pallate a bit and definitely takes center stage, maybe a little too unrefined but I'm down. Bitter but there's some sweet and sour notes too. Citrusy without been too malty, a very nice touch.
M: Good bod. Full and just about perfectly carbonated, although it doesn't look it.
D: A very drinkable IPA if you like lots of california grapefruit hop. I don't taste the booze at all. The head is easily churned up and leaves a foamy mustache that deserves a cheerful lick. A well rounded beer with a great value.
10-14-2006 03:08:40 | More by uberabr
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
A: Pours a dark ruby red, with a small, soapy head. Small bubbles of carbonation present.
S: Smells of caramel and honey, with piny hops on the finish.
T: Wow! Hops, hops, and more hops! This is an honest to goodness IPA, thought the malt could have been a little more pronounced.
M: Really chewy, and really good. The alcohol and hops finish off the palette nicely and almost beg for another sip.
D: Great ale. If you don't like hops, don't buy this ale!!! I love hops so this is a great buy as far as I'm concerned...
10-09-2006 22:14:33 | More by cerveza5150
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours hazy copper in color, light and fluffy head leaves thin lacing.
Pretty complex aroma, you get pine, citrus mainly grapefruit and floral hops.
The taste is piney with grapefruit and some spice I cannot place. Sarts smooth and crisp, then onto a sharp hop bite, hint of sweetly carmelized malts in the finish. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy.
Very drinkable if you like hops with some extra stuff thrown in.
10-07-2006 20:47:42 | More by hungryghost
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Beer pours a dark amber/orangish hue with a good finger of head that doesn't quickly leave. Carbonation looks good. Smell is mostly fruity and hoppy, but a smooth malt sweetness reaches the nose as well. There's apricot, pineapple, pine, tea, and orange peel.
Taste has a good kick of bitterness that's just right to compliment the herbal, earthy, citrus flavors of the hops. This is the kind of balance of flavors I like to see in an IPA, things just come together well here. Damn tasty.
Mouthfeel is smooth, good for style, and drinkability is excellent. I really enjoy this beer, one is never enough.
10-05-2006 04:29:05 | More by Pooba001
4.65/5 rDev +16.3%
Pours bright orange amber with just a touch of haze. Delicate head with lots of sticky lace left behind. Big, citrusy hop nose with delicate malt sweetness underneath. Sweetness up front (strawberries?) that gets its ass immediately kicked by citric hop bitterness of the classic American style. Still, there's enough of a malt backing here to create balance. Very nice mouthfeel that has balance like the body does -- there's a nice interplay between the acidity of the hops and the slickness of the malts. Overall, a highly drinkable, very well executed IPA. If you're not looking for an extreme IPA, but rather an excellent drinkable IPA that still delivers a hop fix, this is a good choice.
10-03-2006 01:51:42 | More by geexploitation
4.6/5 rDev +15%
I picked up a couple of bottles of Hop Ottin IPA at an upscale grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.
Pours an orange/copper color and is hazy. A rich foamy two-finger offr-white head forms and is quite resilient. The head dissipates slowly, leaving islands of foam on the surface and heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell is strong and floral. There are some evergreen notes, and some orange blossom fragrances.
The taste is sweet and flavorful. There is a bit of a biscuit flavor up front, with some sweet citrus fruit and honey flavors, then a stinging hop finish. The flavors are well balanced and complex. Very nice tasting beer indeed.
The mouth feel is crisp and clean. It is a very tangy and refreshing brew.
This is a drinkable beer, and an excellent representation of the style. One of the best IPAs Ive had, and Ill definitely have it again.
10-01-2006 23:40:54 | More by RJLarse
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.