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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,601
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 103
Gots: 188 | 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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clean aged copper color with a stillness to it. Head is a sporadic mess of linen colored bubbles.

S: Red apple, apricot and OJ.

T: Begins with a lot of red fruits mixed with caramel. Good amount of orange citrusy flavors come next with necessary nips of sugar for balance. A strong wash of bitterness follows suite, blanketing the palate and killing all the other flavors currently involved. Finishes with some piney bark and earthy bitterness.

S: Medium body, fuzzy mouthfeel.

D: Just another standard IPA on the market

Westsidethreat, May 20, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick dense just off white head on a clear copper body. Great head retention.
S- Big hops fill the nose. Grass, pine, some juice, some hop spice, light pot, and some grapefruit. Kind of sweet caramel body.
T- Pretty nice hop flavors. I don't think they are as big as the aroma suggests but there are still a bunch in there and they leave a nice big bitterness on the tongue. Hop flavors follow the aroma quite closley. Some black pepper is in there too. A nice size malt body to back up all those hops.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I think it is quite good. Looks amazing (can't think of something that would make this look better). I could see me drinking a few more of these.

BlindPig, May 15, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

good looking but oddy orange beer with a big poufy white head. clear beer, appears filtered.

smell is all fresh hops... smells like boiling wort with a lot of hops in it. malty and floral..

it's tasty. balanced. not very sweet, plesently floral. a little tart, which may be the 7% alcoholic bite.

smooth, but a little thin and astringent. drinkable, but not something I would likely want to have several of.

henrysunset, May 14, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance with lots of lacing and a slight head all the way through. The hops profile in the aroma and flavor are strong citrus and grapefruit hops to the point of getting perfume-like. There's a sweet malt element, but the hops dominate like a good india pale ale. I'd say this a good, stand-up example of american hops in an american IPA.

tempest, May 10, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle, poured into Sammy Smith glass. Presents a slightly hazed rich amber; the cloudiness seems to make it glow. Good solid head composed of small bubbles and some rockiness. Settle to no head in the middle but globs around the rim; like a crater.
Smell is herbal and floral hops, some sweet malt and coriander. Ginger seems to creep in there.
Taste is a very nice balance of hops, with just enough malt to keep it tame. Citrus and spice mix around, giving the beer nice complexity.
Crisp, clean, very nice. Perhaps misses the IPA mark a bit, but I really like drinking this> big ups on drinkability

Mebuzzard, May 10, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with overly generous head. Very meringue-like head... oh so nice!

Nose has a pleasant brewery doughy like freshness with some hop tang in the background.

Palate is light bodied with a nice balance of malt to hops. A very balanced IPA for sure. A little tart on the finish and somewhat thin, but overall it is very, very drinkable for an American IPA.

yemenmocha, May 06, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely amber, great head. Anderson Valley excels in x-factor, and this is no exception. Smell is not at all overpowering, warm malt & cool hops. Taste is pure Booneville, with that characteristic toffee flavor. Big, beautiful hops light up the house of caramel and wood. Mouthfeel is satisfying, but a bit sticky. Very damn drinkable. I can't wait to visit this wonderland of special beers.

jeffjfindley, May 02, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful crisp amber with a great frothy head that left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by earthy hops. The taste was also dominated by both citrus and pine hops with a decent sweet malt backbone. The beer was rather light on the palate and the alcohol was very well hidden. This was a very enjoyable IPA.

atsprings, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of onehomesickalien
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPA's! If you are looking for a great beer with a nice edge, I highly recommend the Hop Ottin'

Appearance: Nice copper/golden color with excellent head retention. Lacing is very consistent.

Smell: Hop smell is fairly strong with citrus and floral overtones.

Taste: Bite is strong, but not overwhelming. Perfect blend of malt and hops, not allowing the 7% ABV to override the taste.

Mouthfeel: As good going in as going down.

Drinkability: As stated above, one of my favorite beers. Very few get a 5.0 in any category in my opinion. This one gets it in two.

onehomesickalien, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From NEPA BC Split #1.

Pours a beautiful amber, with a billowing, pillowy beige head. Retains some paper thin head to the last sip, with a lot of sticky lacing. If this were just a bit more clear, this is precisely how an IPA should look.

Big hoppy nose - piney and citrusy and some floral notes. Taste is also hoppy up front, with the pine hops first followed by floral and citrus. Some bitterness starts to take the stage but is quickly checked and balanced by sweet, honey-tasting malt. Very nice and super flavorful. At 7% a big IPA also.

This is an outstanding, top notch IPA. Highly recommended.

number1bum, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, birght copper that seems to have slightly different hues from top to bottom. The one-finger head slowly descends to half the size and remains throughout. Trailing lace, with some broken rings, sticks to glass.

The smell is floral, with citrus and pine. Hints of toffee come through in the background.

The taste is a plethora of hops. Floral, citrusy, piney. Nutty and woody characteristics also emerge, especially in the finish along with a rounding honey sweetness. Hops control, but honey sweetness in the balance gives it more depth, complexity and some balance. It has a long, dry finish.

Chewy, thicker side of medium body. Smooth with a bite. Alcohol mixes with hops to give it a bit of a bite, though the alcohol is well-covered for the abv.

This is a hop-head's delight. Drinking this begs for more. A nice hop profile with a honey sweetness mixed in. It has depth and complexity. Delicious!

jwc215, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of bosco7
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful pale copper color with creamy off-white head.

Huge hop aroma. Spruce and orange juice come to mind.

Flavors include grapefruit rind, slight metalic note, spruce, it's tastefully resinous, caramel, bread, and ends with some alcohol on the tongue. Big bitterness from this IPA; very nice.

Heavier body than most IPAs with a delicate carbonation. Slick mouthfeel from hop oils. Very chunky.

I can (and often do) drink this beer all night. This is a permanent resident in my refrigerator. Classic West Coast IPA.

bosco7, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bomber thanks to Solomon 420!
Pours a clean toasted orange colour, substancial head that left big bubbles sitting over top all through the sitting. Hops make no effort of hiding. Upfront hop presence offering tones of citruis, well balanced by a strong bready malt base. The alcohol started showed up in the picture fairly soon in, before the beer even warmed too much. Hops impart a good deal of bitterness, seems slightly out of balance actually. The flavour seemed to offer only the malt, becoming overly bready after little time. The hops seemed absent from the taste, while still imparting an almost unpleasant of bitterness to the mouthfeel. Reminded me of some of the better IPA's I've tried, but certainly didn't live up to them...by all regards this was a considerably well made beer, but it just didn't seem to work for me.

biegaman, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date.

Pours with a huge, huge head, it's hard to pour all of it at once. Head is very thick and lingers around for a long time. Smell has a sweet, (maybe raspberry?) scent to it that was very surprising and very nice. Taste is very good, lots of hops and very balanced, and as an added bonus that little bit of fruit comes through on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is maybe a little over carbonated and slightly acidic, but otherwise good. Very drinkable. The more I taste this the more I like it, there's tons of complexity in the taste and that fruit on the aftertaste puts a smile on my hophead face. A definite buy-again beer.

theWrkncacnter, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Gold in color with soft orange hues. Fluffy off white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus juice. Floral. Pine resin. Herbs. Yeast.

T: Tastes of grapefruit are foloowed by soft floral and pine hops that give off a nice bitter bite. Malts kick in to balance this beer out somewhat, but are taken over by a sweet peach wave of flavor. Beer finishes with a fresh baked bread taste and herbal or tea like flavors.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: A hophead's session brew. Plenty of West Coast influence is added to this beer. This beer did'nt blow me away, but it did'nt disappoint either. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear honey amber pour with a lasting head of wheat colored froth w/ moderatre lace and good retention.

Aroma is on the milder side of IPA's, with a clean caramel malt note and fruity citrus and evergreen hops.

Flavor has a bit more bite than the nose, chewy caramel and wholegrain bread malt notes lead to a bitter snap of grapefruit, pine needles, and fruity hops. The pine and citrus flavors match well w/ the solid malt base.

Body is nice and chewy for an IPA, with a smooth and slippery texture providing above average drinkability.

AlexJ, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice, smooth honey-colored look. Thick, foamy head. Quite clear. Thin layer of lace.

Nice aromatic hosp with a swell biscuity malt base. Hops have a first citrus/ester whiff with pine at the end. Very nice; sweet but also bitter.

Nice bitterhop flavor. Quite strong actually. Punishes the front of the tongue. Almost an Imperial IPA, truthfully. Delicious but very STRONG.

Very thick, bubbly and creamy. Fizzy on the tongue. Formidable. It's a delicious beer, but maybe just a bit too strong. Hard to repeat.

williamherbert, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of longarm
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had an IPA at the Anderson Valley brewery (maybe it the Buckhorn Saloon back then) maybe 10 years ago? It could have been this beer, but honestly I can't remember. Still I recall a great afternoon sitting outside downing a pitcher of their malty brew, so I'll just pretend it was this one, since I recently discovered it here on the east coast.

Pours a deep amber with excellent head and long-lasting carbonation. Sticky lacing coats the side of the glass.

Pine and citrus hops galore mix with caramel malty sweetness and raisins for a delightful aromatic contrast typical of great American IPA's.

Very well balanced maltiness with loads of hops. It's not an especially complex beer, but it's so well balanced I have a hard time knocking it. While some IPA's can be a little sticky sweet or overhopped to compensate, this production leaves little to criticize. Very clean finish.

This IPA easily holds its own with any of the great and more well known American IPAs with less fanfare. During one tasting, it provided a great palate scrubbing complement to super spicy sausages. My taste buds are alive!! Once again I owe Garrett Oliver thanks for the advice. Fortunately I have the better part of a case left to enjoy.

longarm, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip snifter glass, thanks to my buddy Jeepers

A: Pours a rich mahogany shade of burnt siena/orange, with a very luscious, thick off-white head, which immediately begins to leave sticky lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the surface from what looks to be a semi-cloudy carbonation.

S: Bam! Smells wonderfully balanced, strong NW hop aroma, some definite grapefruit & piney zest coupled with a nice underlying biscuity maltiness.

T/M: Big, and I do mean BIG hoppy bitterness smacks your palate upside the head right from the get-go, and it is goood. But lest you think this guy is one-dimensional, think again. Though the flavoring is far more juniper & pine than the scent, and the maltiness is far more subdued, this is a deliciously refreshing beer. Feels perfectly oily swirling around on the tongue as well.

D: I only knocked this down a peg for the massive hoppiness; it would most likely make ME not want to put back a ton of these in a sitting. But the beer is very good and in a pinch, it wouldn't be hard to do so.

markgugs, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer has a wonderful hazy burnt orange/copper hue with a very generous off white bubbly head. Lace sticks very well throughout entire tasting. I love the smell of this IPA. The most powerful scent to this to me is of flowers. Then follows with the citrus and pine. Very hoppy taste, but not as citrusy as it smells. Definitely more of a pine flavored IPA with a bit of a chewy bread-like background to it. Aftertaste is somewhat nutty. Carbonation remains constant throughout. This beer is quite balanced with an aggressive hop character. Mouthfeel is very chewy with a drying sensation which clearly comes from the powerful hop body. Drinkability is surely there, very good work with this IPA, delicious!

BeerTruth, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear Amber with good head and lacing.

Smell: Piney with some citrus.

Taste: Slight breadiness before a huge astringent bitterness overwhelms. Piney and strong grapefruit flavors take over and dominate.

Mouthfeel: Strong lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Bordering on a DIPA in more ways than one. I think I will get this again.

Decided to pick this one up on a recent trip to Wiscoland. It is probably the most bitter IPA I've had so far. The bitterness gets quite astringent at first, but slowly becomes less asprin-y and more piney and citrusy. Doesn't seem particularly balanced to me, but that's all right. Hops rule.

Mdog, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of instrumentality
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more available California IPA's I haven't tried, I'm hoping this one will be a refreshing departure from the 85 degree heat that's melted my brain today.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Stone IRS tulip glass, this brew has a light, transparent, goldish color with a ton of fluffy white head that dissolved only slightly, leaving behind a bubbly uneven surface similar to a bubble bath.

The smell is fantastically potent, a mix of pine, grapefruit, and golden raisins.

At the first sip, the flavor is unusual: a mild alcohol burn dominates at first, then fades into a bitter mix of grapefruit and phenol, uncharacteristic of an IPA. The finish is a ghost of honey sweetness. Further sips expand that same faint honey flavor so that it is experienced throughout consumption.

This brew is fairly easy to drink, but it's definitely not what I'd consider one of the better tasting IPA's. Perhaps it's not as fresh as it should be (although there's no noticeable dating on the bottle). I wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me, but given the choice between this and just about any other IPA, I'd choose another.

instrumentality, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a nice clear amber, decent lacing, aroma was not as fragrant as one would expect for a beer of this style and body, i detected pine and some light nutty bread aromas. flavor was bitter upfront followed by bitter. now, i love bitter but for a 7% beer i thought there would be some malt backbone or sweetness to balance it out but there was none. seems barely medium-bodied. as a result the mouthfeel is very dry, with a black tea astringency. i expected to like this beer being very fond of their amber and esb but was somewhat disappointed.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA has an amber orange color. There are no visible particles in the ale but the haziness is unmistakable. The head has a nice ring that leaves hints of lacing.

S: The ale has a citrusy hop aroma that is matched, strength-wise by a grainy malt base.

T: The ale is a well-balanced brew, allowing the hops and malts to shine in equal parts. The first hop flavors to register are citrusy grapefruit elements, somewhat restrained but nonetheless present. The finish is a hoppy bitterness that lacks a bit of focus. The malts are grainy, thick with chewy sweetness, and match well against the hops.

M: The mouthfeel is enjoyable with a bitter hoppiness that finishes long.

D: The ale is an easy drink, full of strong flavors that make you want another.

akorsak, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of xymyl
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky and dark copper/amber in color with an off white head.

Aroma is caramel and faint hops.

The taste is caramel and mostly bitter hops (not too much in the aroma range at all). The caramel and hops duke it out, caramel wins in the beginning, then the hops jump the caramel while it isn't looking and start driving for a while. Eventually they both aggree to disagree and start holding hands and learning to love each others differences.

This is quite drinkable and medium bodied.

xymyl, Mar 08, 2007
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,601 ratings.