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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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2,492 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 98
Gots: 150 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of SteveO1231


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

Grabbed a pint at the Yardhouse in downtown San D.

Poured a dark copper/red color with a fizzy off-white head.

Very nice malty smell, smells pretty hoppy.

This one had a high malty sweetness and a fruity character like raisin. Nice citrus bitterness that sticks to the back of the tongue.

Nice but a little too sweet. Maybe I should pick up a bottle to make sure.


Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2005 08:52:43 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pretty, a dense color somewhere between clover honey and caramel. Very hazy and difficult to see through, which gives it a rather bold, confident appearance. Head is yellow-white and fluffy, with excellent retention. Thick lacing all the way down.

Smell: Smell is fairly innocent. Caramel malts, a touch of diacetyl, a drop of honey. Nice, fresh, fruity edge of hops. Smells of a lush, green valley... kind of like the rustic scene depicted on the bottle.

Taste: Holy crap, these hops are hardcore! Incredibly crisp, with a woody/earthy edge. Carrots come to mind. A subtle citric sweetness is also detectable. Malts are, naturally, somewhat obstructed by the hops, but definitely there. Aggressively dry, kind of nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer awakens your palate. Quite refreshing, but not exactly thirst-quenching.

Drinkability: If you aren't a fan of hops, drinking this could prove to be somewhat trying. But whether you're a hophead or not, you have to admit this beer packs a huge amount of flavor for how light it is. Good stuff!


Shortly after finishing this beer, I went to brush my teeth. Ten minutes later, I could STILL taste the hops. Incredible!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 22:30:20 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of shbobdb


4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I reach for an IPA, this is the kind of beer I want to find in my hand. Yummy, yummy. This was a nicely bitter beer that managed to balance the 7% alcohol and high hop content with that magic quality: good taste. This beer comes highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 17:37:16 | More by shbobdb
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison, only $0.99.

Pours a golden yellow with a creamy white rocky head and good lacing. Nose is floral hops, citrus, and some deep earthy, almost nutty notes. Taste starts off with some mildly bitter grassy hops, light citrus, and again that strange earthiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little light, but very drinkable. The grassy earthiness really take center stage here. This is an interesting IPA here. Not sure if I'd seek it out again, but I would recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 01:04:20 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of dick783

New York

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an excelent cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that clings to the glass while drinking it. Lots of hops in the smell. Mostly an earthy, piney hop smell with some citrus hidden in there. The taste is exceptional. Lots of bitterness but it doesnt overpower the malt. Tastes basically like it smells. Very piney with more citrus in the flavor than in the smell. I even get a bit of a floral taste from this beer. Its got a nice, full mouthfeel and is just a well rounded beer. I'll definitly be picking up more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 20:24:28 | More by dick783
Photo of Naes

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a nice two finger head of white froth sitting on top of this copper colored brew. Lacing is good, leaving many rings to let you know where the beer used to be.
Its aroma is mild, but contains hints of citrus.
The flavor is full of hop bitterness and is a bit piney with just a bit of citrus near the end.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is mildly carbonated.
This is a fine IPA, go get some.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 01:36:09 | More by Naes
Photo of scooter231

New York

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

Cloudy grapefruit juice. That's what this looks like. A creamy, yellow tinged head that leaves clumps of bubbles and a rim of lace around the edges.

Smells citrusy, hoppy- very hoppy- and there's a tich of honey/maltyness to it. Taste is quite jabby- attacks you with a good balance of hops, maltyness, and an orangey zestyness- and then immediately runs away. Leaves you with a very clean palate- no remnants of aftertaste. I appreciate this, but... I kind of like savoring. Oh well. Tastes a bit different than other IPA's I've had- perhaps a different hops is used. Instead of a sour taste, I get more... breadyness. It's calmer, without leaving you wanting for the hops. A mature IPA compared to a young, rebellious, teenager IPA.

Mouthfeel is delicoius- not too bubbly, not too chewy, and a bit slick- very smooth. Highly drinkable- I would try this again- and again. A very well balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 04:11:50 | More by scooter231
Photo of orsulacp


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a nice slightly off white head. Left some nice lacing on the way down. Piney hops dominate, with some citrus and a bit of the malt with a deep pull. The taste doesn’t mess around, quick malts then right to the hops, bitter and somewhat piney. A real earthy beer here. I had this beer several years ago on a trip to Cali and it tastes as good as I remember. The only thing I don't like, and it is minor, a bit too much of a bitter aftertaste that drops the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 01:11:40 | More by orsulacp
Photo of Bumpon10s


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

A - Pours a very deep riddish amber, but very clear. One of the biggest heads I've seen in a beer that receded quickly, but still left a cloud in my glass.

S - Not very heavy in the nose, but very bitter hops shine through.

T - Probably the most bitter IPA I've had, zero citrus in this, for some who don't like the sour IPA's this is for you. I get a little alcohol in the end, but nothing big.

M - Potent in the mouth, such a bitter taste make makes you squirm a little bit, it bites very sharply in the back.

D - I take IPA's down very quickly, but this is a slow drinker, and won't be apt to grab for another. It is too bitter and too sharp to be an average drinker, if you love barebone's hops, you're in the money.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 00:59:23 | More by Bumpon10s
Photo of roan22

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks and smells pretty decent, and even tastes good when you first you swallow a sip. But, wait a second, then it hits you...the disgusting aftertaste of this beer's caramel malts. I was told that's what they were, but to me the aftertaste tastes like a cross between gasoline and caramelized onions that have been sauteed too long, gross! I even tried two additional bottles out of the same case to make sure it wasn't just that one bottle, but they all tasted this way. This is a misstep for Anderson Valley but their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is awesome, 1000 times better so give that a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 21:04:29 | More by roan22
Photo of karengarys


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nice rich hazy amber, leaving a bit of head which is actually retained across the top.

Smells very lemony, but unfortunately I picked up a bit of a skunk. Not much, though.

Taste is extremely hoppy. Bitter bitter bitter. Pine hops, and some dry hops. There are lemon peels in the flavor, along with a dark malty undertone. (Note: my personal tastes give the taste rating a 3.5. I don't like IPAs, though, so judging it for the style, it really is good!!!)

Mouthfeel is quite good. Creamy.

Finish is bitter bitter bitter pine. It leaves a bit of an unpleasent aftertaste, enough for me to knock down the drinkability rating a half point.

If you are a major hop head, look for this brew!!!! It is over the top. If you aren't an IPA kind of person, you should try this to see what it is all about anyway. You probably won't like it, but it is worthy of the experimentation.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 19:54:51 | More by karengarys
Photo of TheBungyo


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a big nearly two finger in width head and a gorgeous body that was colored with lovely amber. One sniff proves this is all about the hops. It comes at you like a prize fighter, the left hand sends piney hop goodness at your nose followed up by just a hint of sweetness and lemon with the right. The taste kicks off with piney hops, a hint of sweet grapefruit and lots of wonderful bitterness. There's also a bit of lemon making it's presence felt but it tries to masquerade a bit behind the mask of the other hop flavors. The body is voluptuous and the carbonation tickles the top of your mouth with ever sip.
Although its a bit high in the abv (for me anyway), this is one you should consider yourself lucky to drink one after another. A true treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 08:00:35 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of rousee


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

This is a beer I could really debate my scoring on. Am I giving too high a score because it is fairly new to downtown Boston (on-tap) and a bit of a novelty?? Who cares? I am yet to try anything from Anderson Valley that I didnt think was decent.

Smooth orangey amber w/ a nice thickly bubbled cap of 4mm that holds remarkably well. Very nice lace--upgrading to 5 on appearance. For this style, this is about as perfect an appearance as you get. Smell is malty with cedarry hop elements. The woodiness takes over and is musty in the middle but it finishes extremely clean and dry. This is a well-balanced IPA, and I like it, I like it a lot. Dry tingly mouthfeel that is pleasant A nice American IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2005 02:15:39 | More by rousee
Photo of neonbrown82


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice and well-rounded IPA. Pours to a clear orangish red color with a thin white foam which quickly recedes to a film. Carbonation is apparant at first, but quickly disappates along with the head.

Smells very floral and citric hoppy with some fruity esters. Good, but not much else to say about it.

The taste is blended quite nicely. Starts off with a nice malt which is quickly overrun by a bitter hop presence, though it soon washes away once again revealing the malt flavor but leaving a lingering bitterness. Fruity, sweet, bitter, bready and earthy. Has a bit of a kick from the alcohol. Very sharp on the palate.

As good as it is, and as well blended, this is far from my favorite IPA. It lacks the insane drinkability of some other IPAs, such as DFH. Highly recommended for at least a single serving, but I prefer more hop flavor and less lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 05:53:21 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of ClearDog


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

Served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance -- Great head . . . three fingers. Nice light amber color. I like my IPA's a little cloudier. Nice lacing.

Smell -- Nice and hoppy. Wonderful smell. It's intoxicating.

Taste -- Floral and hoppy. Great bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel -- Medium feel

Drinkability -- Quite drinkable. A very good California IPA. One could easily throw back a couple bottles in one sitting. Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 02:17:59 | More by ClearDog
Photo of woemad


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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.39. I'm surprised at how long it's been since I had this. This was the first IPA I ever tried, and it was love at first taste. No freshness date on the bottle. "Brewed from only the finest hops, malted barley, hops, yeast, hops, and pristine Booneville mineral water. And hops."

Poured a cloudy but still transparent copper amber color. Big, creamy white head; took some time to subside and left lots of lace sticking to the sides. Glorious.

Smells glorious too. Lots of hoppiness on display here. Oily, piney hops. Citrusy hops. Herbal hops. It's all here.

Big, sharp hoppy blast on initial taste, followed by more subtle hoppiness. This is accompanied by an extremely meek maltiness. This maltiness has it's head in it's hands and is rocking backwards and forwards while sobbing, "I'll be good daddy. Please don't hurt me." As it warms up, the malts get a little braver, exhibiting a caramel sweetness, but they are still in fear of their lives, and hang back accordingly. At the swallow, there's a big dryness that can be felt long afterwards. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel is correct for the style. Medium bodied, with lots of carbonation.

This is a very tasty IPA, and I'm very happy to make it's acquaintance once again. I'll try not to go so long without another one. While not a true hop bomb, this is definitely one of the more hoppy bottled examples out there. This is not for the Bud drinker who's suddenly adverturous - they'll need to work up to this one, at least mentally. A hophead should be fine with this one, and not feel like they're slumming. Some day I'd love to try this on-tap or, dare I say it, cask. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 19:19:02 | More by woemad
Photo of pjwilson


4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i haven't spent anytime reviewing the classics here on BA. this is a classic, if there ever was one. this is one of the best IPA's i've had the pleasure of consuming. The fact that an Indian owned liqor store carries this fresh for 6.99 a sixer less than a block and a half from house makes me realize that there are many worse beer locations to live in than Sacramento, despite it's lack of a beer bar of any sort.

appearance: ok so it's not exactly pale. it's more of a light amber...between a standard pale ale and a typical amber. The head won't quit on this one and lacing is amazing. just absolutly top notch.

smell: when you just sit and smell for 2 minutes without even taking a sip you know it's a great beer. just an awsome hop smell with the malts chilling in the backround. Anderson valley keeps the hop bill a secret...but i noticed a strong similarity to Scape goat pale in the aroma. They list their hops as Kent Goldings and Crystal....so take my sherlock homes work at face value. I think i've figured out that i'm not the biggest cascade fan and to me this is one of the best smelling ipa's.

Taste: really, really, really balanced. West Coast balanced at 2:1 hops to malts ratio.This isn't overly hoped or bitter by any means. Nice carmaly malts hit up front. Then over the next 10 seconds a strong bitter aftertaste puckers you right up, as if you bit a lemon. (bitter beer face!) Then you want to take another sip. I don't think i'd call this one overly complex...but you taste mulitple layers of hops...2 or mabey three different kinds. but again you don't need to think to much. If it has a fault, it's being too balanced towards the malts....i would like it just a notch more hoppy.

mouthfeel: pretty solid. not watery like some ipa's
drinkability: well when a beer taste's this good i can drink it all nite. but this is a medium paced beer...not a slow sipper but not a pounder or anything.

thoughts: in my mind this beer and Stone IPA should bare knuckle fight it out for California king of IPA's. An IPA shouldn't be gimmickly, it shouldn't be underhoped. Half the Ipa's i try are bullshit...slap the ipa label on with no consept of style. This beer only breaks the mold by being slightly too amber, but really who cares? It's a classic Ipa through and through. While breweries like Russian River and Moonlight(and every other brewery) bust out with triple ipa's....it's nice to have a beer to drink that won't destroy your palete for 3 days. This is one of the best beers to grace the earth.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 03:48:04 | More by pjwilson
Photo of Ricochet


4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Second IPA in a row. Again, gotta love the beer store where I buy these from, let me build a sample pack, and that lets me try different tastes, and different beers. Trouble is, I find so many good beers that I want to have again, that means less of the samplers as I buy some of the beers I've tried. I've resisted thus far, but Brooklyn Chocolate Stout was too much, and I've bought more. So, anyway, here's another IPA....

Amber as I'd expect, head small with good lacing that diminshed, smelled like an average pale. The mouth was different that the last ipa, little more foamy, little more body, a little more hoppy, and a slight licorace finish. Well, I was ready...

Taste was top notch, even better than the Centennial I just rated. It was a pale, but had the extra note of hops, but that's where the similarities ended. Perhaps it was in the strain of hops used, but this one seemed like an excellent pale with a seperate flavor that enhanced the beer. The grapefruit and the alcohol blended nice, but there was something extra, the bitterness was spot on, but the licorace note, that little something extra, makes this top notch.

You know, what I said in my last review does not apply. I'd love to have this fresh from the source. It's the best IPA I've had to date. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 04:18:40 | More by Ricochet
Photo of beersarang


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange with some slight haze. Big creamy white head holds strong over the top of the beer, and leaves thick chunks of lace on the glass.

Huge piney aroma comes from the top of this beer carried along with a floral honey sweet aroma underneath, but the pine resin is strong and good.

Take a sip and experience a pretty firm malt background consisting of caramel grain, and honey. The malts however, are no match whatsoever for a good long hard smack with the sizable hop bitterness. While enduring the bitterness pine and grapefruit work their way across the palate and into the nose again. Finishes dry and crisp with more pine all the way down. Alcohol does not warm, but it's presence is felt a tiny bit later.

Medium to full bodied, just how I like, with a light carbonation that isn't fizzy at all.

I would buy this again for sure, a very solid IPA for only 6.99 a Six pack at Trader Joes. Glad I finally tried it!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 15:02:41 | More by beersarang
Photo of macpapi


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant amber-orange color with a full half-inch head. There is highly visible bubble activity through out the glass. Also, an impressive lacing. The aroma is dominated by an initial rush of hops right off the bat. This is followed by a noted citrus and floral smell. The taste is crisp and sharp. Hops again are pre-eminent, followed by a citrusy presence. Quite a bitter aftertaste. Really a likeable quaff. Hop Ottin is relatively full in the mouth, and well carbonated. The strong taste and pleasantly bitter kick remain present for quite a while. Overall this is a highly flavorful and impressive I.P.A. Its hoppy bite makes it somewhat of a sipper. Eminently enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 21:36:28 | More by macpapi
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish copper with a finger of loose head that quickly fades away. Spotty lacing on the glass. Smell is a great strong dose of hops -- juicy grapefruit dominating with a resinous pine scent coming through as well. Taste starts off with a sweet caramel malt which is quickly overrun by piney/floral hops and finishing with a strong lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Very nice flavorful hops presence without an overwhelming bitterness. Medium bodied with a slightly oily coating mouthfeel. Overall this is a really easy drinking IPA, something I could easily drink in a session, and really hides the 7% alcohol suberbly.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 22:28:47 | More by cubedbee
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sell the hell out of this IPA and I figured I'd give it a whirl.

The aroma is nice and sharp with a good amout of hops bite.

The pour gives you a good red-amber color with an everpresent lace-like head,

The taste is sweeter han I expected with a good hop blend. The hops feel good and dry with a smooth body. Ultimately, This is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Pick it up if you like strong hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 03:21:04 | More by murrayswine
Photo of SwillBilly


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

12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep copper color with about 1/2" to 3/4" head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a nice wispy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops dominate the aroma, loads of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: Lots for grapefruit flavor in this IPA, as the hops dominate. Mildy sweet, malty beginning but finishes with a nice, hoppy bitterness that leaves the mouth a bit dry.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium mouthfeel. Not oily or slick, but neither chewy or thick.

Overall, this one fine IPA. I could drink this all day. Very refreshing and the 7% abv is well hidden. Hop Ottin is very underated in my opinion and is well worth seeking and enjoying. Would make a great a session IPA and one that will always have room in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 21:09:31 | More by SwillBilly
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish copper with a big off-white frothy cap of a head. Smells of floral and citric hops mixed with banana and fruity esters and a sort of biscuity malt aroma. The first flavor sensation is bitter piney hops mingling with some grapefruit and a nice spicy quality. Very hop forward with just enough malty sweetness to attempt a semblance of balance. Medium to full body, some carbonation tickle. Seems to be your run of the mill IPA. I am a true hophead but this leaves me a little wanting in the complexity department. Style points for all those hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 22:25:44 | More by gimmehead
Photo of Wonka


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

12 FL. OZ.
7 % ALC. BY VOL.

Appearance – light orange with a touch of brown for the body; head is about a thumb thick at pour with not the best life; lace is acceptable

Smell – predominant grapefruit rind with a touch of caramel; solid for an IPA but not 90 Minute solid; I’d give it a 4.25 if available

Taste – aggressive hops; an underlying caramel tone is at times unwrangled, especially midway; big grapefruit rind aftertaste coats the top of the mouth just as I like in an IPA

Mouthfeel – one sample had a great moderate feel with a slight rise in the middle while a second felt a touch too crisp; dry at close

Drinkability – nothing about any component drags down the experience appreciably but its not remarkable

I have 4 left of a sixpack in the fridge. If there’s a chance there will be a return to Hop Ottin but I have a good group set above it in the land of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 22:59:59 | More by Wonka
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.