Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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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
4.08/5 rDev +2%
Poured a dark golden color with a half inch head. Aroma was very floral with plenty of citrus and pine notes in the nose. Taste was quite hoppy with a bitter finish. Biscuity malt flavors were there but hops take center stage here. This beer was medium bodied but quite easy to drink even with a fairly high alcohol level. Drinkability was high for me since I enjoy hoppy beers. A pretty solid IPA that I plan on drinking regularly.
09-20-2006 14:48:12 | More by rodrot
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured into pint glass.
A: Light amber color; a hazy orange/red. Head is abundant, and is red-hued. Terrific staying power, and there are loads of sticky trails left behind.
S: Hops. Sweet malt, and a grapefruity, piney hop presence.
T/M: Up front there's some malt, and a bunch of citrus flavor (grapefruit, mostly) and some ripe fruit flavor, as well (peach?). Middle has some faint tea flavor, some pineyness, and an initial bitter kick. Finish is malty-sweet with a long, bitter tail. This is a serious beer.
D: There is absolutely no way I could drink more than one of these. It's good, but it's really overwhelming. I'm not much of a hophead, but this is on the short list of IPAs I can drink. It's big on flavor, well-balanced, and satisfying.
09-19-2006 20:52:39 | More by rarevos
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a nice coppery color with a touch of haziness. Huge creamy head, tan, doesn't overstay its' welcome but lingers for a few minutes and leaves copius amounts of lace around the glass and a raft floating on the top.
Smell is hoppy, floral, citrus, woody, grass, malt and a hint of evergreen.
Taste is hoppy, floral, citrus with light amounts of grass and malt. Resin-like bite comes on a bit strong in the aftertaste (tho not unexpectedly) wihich the hops dominate (again, duh). Alcohol just present not strong.
A touch astringent, fairly crisp in the finish and some noticeable dryness after swallowing. Lightly effervescent with some alcohol floating up to the sinuses.
A good quaffable brew. Refreshing. Kudos to the folks in Boonville.
09-08-2006 17:45:52 | More by PorterLambic
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
This beer kind of through me for a loop. Just being a standard IPA I was not expecting such an abundance of hop flavor. Alsmot a little too much in my opinion. However, as the beer got a little warmer in my hand, all these new flavors started to peek. A little more citrus here, a little more pine taste there, it was really complex for just a simple IPA. Definetly worth a try.
09-05-2006 14:48:28 | More by TrickKnee
4.2/5 rDev +5%
A. Pours clear with an apricot brownish color looks like honey with loads
of carbonation bubbles shooting to the top even well after I poured. Had
small head after poor but quickly dissipates. I could smell the hops
right after I uncapped the bottle this one is going to be good"
S. Floral and fruity, all I smell is hops, smells heavily dry hopped
with lingering sweetness after you get through the hops.
T. Freaking hops all up in this mofo. Followed by a slight honey after
tasted and some toasted flavors
M. Medium in body, this beer has the mouth feel that there are hop
pellets crushed in it mixed in with the beer , slight dry aftertaste.
This is a great beer it is hopped to high hell, after one however you may
want to move onto something a little lighter.
09-04-2006 23:40:10 | More by martymoat
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
* Labor Day weekend 2006 *
Pours a bronze colored amber brown with a fluffy head on top. Marvelous trails of sticky lace cling to the sides of the pint glass.
Floral nose with strong whiffs of fruity hops. Whiffs of concord grapes, oranges, limes and pine.
A thick, syrupy and heavy caramel malt backbone provides the base for an impressive unleashing of West-coast hop bombs galore. Big time hop punch on the finish with flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon and pine. I can feel the hop resin working overtime on my teeth. Incredibly, this brew is balanced extremely well with the amount of hops used.
An excellent West coast style IPA and a personal favorite. Way more complex than most India Pale Ales that are on the market. Nicely done and recommended without a doubt.
09-04-2006 21:09:54 | More by Hibernator
4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
this is one great IPA. It pours a nice orange amber color with a small head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.
The smell is fantastic, with strong notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, lemon and a bit of malt. very nice, clean, delicious.
The taste is a great elaboration of the smell, with lime, pine, grapefruit, orange rind, pineapple and a bit of malt and a ton of bitterness. Intense but fantastic. Not for the non hophead. Some spicy heat that I can only guess is from the alcohol and maybe the hops.
The mouthfeel is creamy and rich with lively carbonation. Medium but full body.
Drinkability is good, but the intensity of the flavors and the high ABV makes this a bit tough to drink a lot of.
Overall: Benchmark California IPA. Fruity, piney, bitter and creamy. Absolutely a knock out. It competes with my hometown Masala Mama.
09-03-2006 01:44:06 | More by sacrelicio
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Appearance: Pours a deep amber, with a thick head that sustains throughout the quaff. Heavy lacing. A beautiful beer.
Smell: Piney hops and citrus, followed by a strong floral bouquet.
Taste: Similar to its smell, the heavy hops and citrus show up first and are gradually backed and finished by the floral flavor. Very complex for an IPA, I thought, and quite enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: A little heavy and syrupy.
Drinkability: This is a tasty, highly involving IPA, and for that reason I can't see having more than two in a sitting.
08-31-2006 19:35:45 | More by hermesch
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a nice creamy white head that is dissipating slowly.
Smell: Citrus, Piney, and a slight malt.
Taste: Very hoppy. Citrus flavors hit the tounge first and then the beer ends with a nice malt backbone which balances out the hops. There is also a piney, resinous flavor from the hops also present.
Mouthfeel: Good body with the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Good example of an IPA. I could have a few of these in a session.
Good work Anderson Valley.
08-31-2006 00:54:31 | More by bahumutx
3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
Apperance: Pours a orange and copper hue. Good sized, two to three finger head rises up with above average lacing. Small beading is also noted.
Smell: Piney and resinous from the get go. No citrus hop character to speak of. Very slightly peppery with the malt coming through in flashes. No alcohol is percieved.
Taste: This one is all about the pine needles. Very bitter and peppery for an IPA. Im not a fan of this hop profile. Rather shallow in its malt bill as well. If you like bitternes in it's pure form this beer is for you.
Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium carbonation. Alcohol is dominate along with the pines finish.
Drinkability: Not a bad IPA to speak of, but not one of my favorites. Just an overall good IPA to try and say i've had.
08-30-2006 23:30:08 | More by cheers2beers
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
12 oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at the local Trader Joe's for $6.99.
Pours a rich dark golden with a decent looking head.
Aroma is of hops, yes, this is a hoppy IPA all way round. To be honest, not much else to day about it. Hops, Hops, Hops. Slightly citrusy, definitely oily and piney, decent enough, but not my favorite hops profile (and that's what it's really all about, isn't it). I like it well enough, and will gladly finish the rest of the sixer, but not my favorite.
08-26-2006 01:40:31 | More by Dukeofearl
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +10%
A: Copper-amber; off-white head, some retention, nice lace.
S: HOPS! Citrus (grapefruit), floral & pine. Some underlying pale malt manages to shine through (biscuit/bread, toffee, light caramel). Plenty of nose.
T: Pine, citrus (grapefruit, orange & lemon), toffee, candied fruit, grass, biscuit, light caramel. Pleasant bitter balance. Very hop-forward, but nice mixture of hop flavours (it's not just grapefruit juice or pine). Alcohol is fairly well hidden.
M: Moderate body is well attenuated and only slightly acidic; moderate carbonation.
D: "Hop-heads, your dreams have come true!"
08-25-2006 21:11:05 | More by Derek
4.08/5 rDev +2%
This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.
This beer pours a copper color with a frothy white head that holds and laces nicely.The smell is all citrusy and piney hops. The taste is all about the hops, piney and citrusy. There is also a strong sweetness from the malt. The body is nice along with a mellow carbonation. Overall, a good IPA.
08-24-2006 00:47:53 | More by MSchae1017
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
A fine lil hammer of a brew, noticed the 7% abv on the label towards the end of the bottle it was very well hidden. This one could easily pass as a DIPA.
Good clear amber pour, the tan head sheet laced the glass all the way down. A floral bouquet in the aroma, but not overpowering in the quaff. The Hop Ottin was well balanced with a strong malt backbone.
Slightly oily, but still crisp in the finish. In summary, a solid IPA, and Ill be having more in the future. Not a bad deal at $9 for a sixer.
08-21-2006 12:45:16 | More by Vancer
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
The beer poured a lovely copper color with a slightly off white head that disipated quickly into a rocky film across the top of the beer. The smell was largely of hops that gave it an evergreen aroma. The taste followed closely, at first taste all I could detect was the evergreen-esque hops. The the after taste hit and I got a big taste of grapefruit flavored hops. The body of the beer was of medium thickness and had a long lingering dry finish. It was easily drunk and a beer I would get again easily.
08-21-2006 00:45:17 | More by cproioi
3.35/5 rDev -16.3%
So I'm seriously considering to note drink IPA's anymore. They are all tasting the same, and that's a problem.
Appearance: Pours a nice orange amber with about a 1/2 finger white head. It settles quickly, but stays around the edge of the beer.
Smell: There's a light malt character on the smell, but the hops were overpowering. Floral smells and grapefruit dominate, with a hint of oranges taking up the rear. Overall the smell isn't too powerful. I would appreciate more presence.
Taste: Again the grapefruit come into play, as do the floral hops. What brings this beer above average is that their is a distinct flavor of rosemary that becomes present with a sweet malt flavor. It's interesting, but only a small piece of the puzzle.
Mouthfeel: Like an other IPA there is a bitterness that compliments the thin consistency. However, the consistency is a little thicker than a standard IPA. This however, isn't a major bonus considering it lacks the malt backbone to substantiate it.l
Drinkability: It drinks like any IPA, which is why I wouldn't have another unless it was the only craft brew available.
08-14-2006 03:17:09 | More by dbalsock
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
This beer pours an orange amber with a large foamy tan head. An absolute work of art to look at, this beer is darker,more reddish,than other IPA's. The smell is citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. My only complaint with this is the smell isn't as strong as I hoped. The taste is a rich creamy hop explosion. The citrus hops along with the creamy texture make this beer something special. The m/f is light and perfectly balanced between bitter hops and malt sweetness. An absolute delicious beer.
08-12-2006 22:31:16 | More by jmz62565
4/5 rDev 0%
Pours a resiny amber. A decent amount of bubbling for an IPA. A little lacing and a litle foam went nicely with the look of this brew. nice resiny hop smell starts of at first witha wel 30% malt character developed as well. A little sweet to with hints of pommegranite. The tase starts out with some syrupy and resiny hops mixed with sugary malt sweetness and citrusy hop presence.
08-11-2006 03:56:50 | More by scruffwhor
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
very carbonated looking, lots of bubbles, light amber, clear, huge lumpy head of bright tan foam. lines of lace all down the glass.
smell is strong hops, fruity and piney at the same time. great smell.
a touch of malt starts off before strong hop dose kicks in, with a huge bitering hop presence in the back of the mouth, so much that it almost knocks out all other flavors. stays very bitter, very sharp for a while, then a hint of sweet malt sneaks in mid bottle.
medium in the mouth, above average carbonation, zing all along the tongue. a great ipa, but i don't think i could drink this all night. it would ruin my tastebuds for any other brews.
hop heads who love that very bitter finishing presence will love this beer; a true american ipa, there's nothing english about this one.
08-05-2006 22:59:36 | More by NClifestyle
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
On tap at Madison's Come Back In.
Appearance: Amber orange, with low to medium visibility. 1/4 inch head
subsides to a few sudsy smudges on the top of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.
Aroma: Pine, grapefruit hops - strong, aggressive onset, with just a little fruit in the background. Oranges, kiwi, and a hint of lemon.
Taste: Impressively hoppy, with a pine front palate, grapefruit middle palate and dry raspy finish. Oranges, honeydew melon and kiwi in the background - fruity, with almost no caramael malt presence at all. Malts poke through as the beer warms. Some tea tannins present. Nonetheless, despite aggressive hops, this remains refreshing and light.
Mouthfeel: Lighter body, with a balanced hops-and-malt aftertaste. Slightly aggressive carbonation increases the dry finish.
Drinkability: Hopheads will no doubt like this as a session IPA, and the dry finish remains refreshing and pleasant. Even though I don't normally go for hoppy beers, this was an oddly drinkable monster. Great in the sun after some time outdoors - really cleansing. Definitely an IPA I'll drink again.
08-05-2006 16:33:03 | More by expatsteve
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
A really pretty deep golden, almost red body. Unfortunately, the head was pretty dull looking, with not much going on.
Piney hop smell blended with thick, sweet but roasty malts.
The taste is a really nice and interesting one. The piney hops get you at first, then are counteracted by a thick base of sweetish malts. Then the hops come back. Almost abrasively, but not really. For almost using the word 'abrasive', it's actually rather well balanced. Well hidden 7%, too.
Mouthfeel's on the heavier side, with light carbonation. I love the carbonation, but the mouthfeel itself is a little heavier and sticky than I would hope for.
Drinkability is a bit slow. But that's not a knock on the brew. This is a big, complex IPA.
08-03-2006 02:56:33 | More by DaveFL1976
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
This is a fantastic approachable IPA. Thanks to froggyfrog for this beer.
Appearance: Pours a orange-ish color with a foamy off white head and decent lacing.
Smell: I liked this aroma so much I accidentally snorted it up my nose LOL oops! A fruity aroma of orange and a drip of pine oil sit on top of a sweet malt aroma. Very enticing.
Taste: This is only the 3rd beer I have ever had from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. All I have to say is *Where have you been all my life!* Three for three have been spot on fantastic!
To start this beer is super smooth. It enters the mouth fruity and juicy. It has a nice balance citrus orange drink flavor and pine hop grapefruit bite. It is balanced with a sweet candy malt undertone. The aftertaste is the best of all. The grapefruit clings to your palate relentlessly but not obtrusively. mmm. It just begs you to take the next sip. I *LOVE* this fruity hop flavor. WOW!
Mouthfeel: The beer has a brilliant solid malt backbone in addition to the Hop-Heads dream bite.
Drinkability: You would *never* know this beer is 7% ABV. It just goes down so easily. I finished my beer before I could finish writing these words. This beer was a generous gift from a great friend. Next time I will buy much more than one! =)
Hope this is helpful.
07-29-2006 03:55:30 | More by Phatz
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,541 ratings.