Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +18.8%
Unbelievable! If you like hoppy beers, you have to try this.
Appearance: Nice. Quite attractive and sticks to the mug. Consistent almost amber hue.
Smell: Hmmm... can I drink it now. Sweet, hoppy aroma.
Taste: As the name implies, this is all hops. Yet it is not so overwhelming that it affects the complexity. Malt flavor is still distinguishable and pleasing.
Mouthfeel: Good body, good carbonation, good everything.
Drinkability: Addictive. Better with each drink.
Personally I prefer this over Stone, but this one and Stone are top two IPA's in my book. A must try.
07-24-2006 08:07:32 | More by variousartists
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Dunno quite why I bought this six-pack, given all the other choices I had in that well stocked store. Colorful label, and claims of excellence seemed to broadcast from the packaging...
It poured a dark oppery amber and was slightly cloudy, had a rugged, big-bubbled off-white head.
Nose was medium piney hop and slightly yeasty. Pleasant
Taste was piney hops with bitter-sweet dark edges from the malt-hop blend. The alcohol was noticeable, and the finish was bitter. It's a big-flavored brew, but to my taste a little heavy-handed with some malt and reminiscent of stouts and amber ales.
This IPA had a light-to-medium body and develops a little stickiness in the mouth, but not too much. Drinkability is OK, but I probably won't get it again, I guess it's not the flavor or hop-malt balance that I prefer.
07-23-2006 11:24:44 | More by dickroop
4.4/5 rDev +10%
Into a pint glass, pours a real nice amber bordering on copper, a shit ton of lacing all the way down the glass, whitish head to a thin foam. Aroma is reminicent of barleywine, perhaps the higher alcohol coming through, a kind of burnt caramel is what if feels like, with nice piney hop esters. Mouth has kind of the same thing going on, lots of hops, lots of malt. Starts off with a thick layer of resinous malt, with a slightly biting piney hop rising almost mysteriously, like 'woops, theres hop here.' The hops start off citric when rising, becoming floral and piney through the end, and a real nice subtle bitter finish paired with that same malt backing that sneaks back into the picture. Very interesting, and quite tasty. Beautifully smooth and creamy body, exactly right for this beer. So, it sum, I want more.
07-17-2006 21:31:29 | More by objectivemonkey
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours hazy burnt-orange with a thick soapy head and moderate lacing.
Smell is complex toasted maltiness and great herbal-citrus hop.
Taste is strong caramel toasted malt, competing with fruity hop character. Surprisingly balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little chewy.
A very balanced maltiness in this IPA. Caramel and toffee really stand out. Very drinkable session beer.
07-17-2006 00:16:51 | More by Blakaeris
4/5 rDev 0%
Poured a very dark cloudy shade of orange with a very sticky lacy head with good retention.
Smell is very bready and buscuity. A slight bit of citrus hops is there as well.
Taste has a big toasted bread malt flavor up front with a very strong pine hop bitter finish. Some mild citrus flavors as well. Very balanced.
Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a very dry finish.
A nice IPA especially on a hot summer day.
07-17-2006 00:12:55 | More by bashiba
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Very strong floral/citrus aroma. Creamy white head. Decent lacing, but the head vanished eventually. Nice, but not overpowering resin tasate. Could probably keep drinking this one. Amber in color. This was the first Anderson Valley I've had. Nice IPA, but not in my top 5.
07-12-2006 16:29:12 | More by doubleipa
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Overall this was a great beer to drink. The first thing that came to my mind when I opened it up and began to pour it into the pint glass was that it smelled like some weed. Not crap weed, but really "kind" weed. The head floated for a while only leaving its ghostly lacing after a few drinks. I like this beer as its not too overpowering in the hoppy taste, good balance with some really nice fruity aftertastes. I thought it tastes like rasberries or something like that. I have had several of the Anderson Valley tripel and dubbel and like them very much, so this one fits the bill perfect and I am very pleased with this brewery overall as well.
07-04-2006 18:36:49 | More by Solomon420
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours an amber color with a descent off-white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some nice grapefruit citrus and piney hop character, along with some tangy orange honey sweetness, toasted bread and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar with a nice hop blast upfront with citrusy and piney notes, along with orange marmalade sweetness, biscuity malt and a slight alcohol prescence. Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is very good. A solid IPA, not the hop bomb i expected.
07-03-2006 04:07:12 | More by silver0rlead
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Very nice looking IPA. Creamy white head that fades to a glazing atop the clean and clear burnt orange body.
Malt is the dominating contender in the aroma. Some piney/marijuana smelling hops that smell mostly bitter. A little toffee and honey, but mostly sweet malt.
Very bittersweet. Hop Ottin' reminds me of a very bitter English IPA. Something like La Chouffe Houblen Doublen Tripel IPA, but much more crisp. Piney and grassy hops are the dominant taste. Honey sweetness is definitely adding to the experience. Not the typical west coast IPA, but the uniqueness of it gives it a nice place in my heart.
Not real thick and sappy, but not thin either. Nicely balanced as far as mouthfeel goes. Carbonation is good. A smooth beer despite the mostly bitter taste. Doesn't really get boring either. A solid, and my first, offering from Anderson Valley.
06-28-2006 02:48:05 | More by trep
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Light amber in color with a nice sized head that has an uneven layer, and leaves good lacing along my glass.
S: Citrus, and a good amount of sweet fruity malts. (sour apple, ripe grapefruit...)
T: Crisp, Hoppy, with hints of sweetness, nice balance
MF/D: Alittle heavier i thought to othre APA's ive had, but the texture of this beer makes it a very pleasnig and easy beer to drink. Will please the people who love DIPA's also just based on the short power of the balanced hop presence. A great beer.
06-26-2006 19:14:33 | More by mattpetti
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
There's something really arresting about the maltiness of the Anderson Valley beers, and this one's a great example. It's rich and sweetish, almost like a barleywine, but it's far from overdone, and certainly not as strong. It has a really unique caramelish side that's really quite remarkable. And in this case, it acts as a perfect, soft blanket for the hops to sink down into and lay upon.
It pours a hazy, deep-amber and orange body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. The head retention could be a bit better, as well as the lacing.
In the mouth it's richly malty and dextrinous with a medium-full body and creamy, gently effervescent carbonation.
The nose is decidedly malty and caramelish with gentle notes of piney and gently citrusy hops. It becomes even more fruity and hoppy as it warms with lots of floral notes.
The flavor offers the same rich, caramelish malt well-infused with piney, gently citrusy, and floral hops as well as a bold bitterness. As you progress through the glass the sweet maltiness that you get upfront erodes to leave much more hop flavor and bitterness in the mouth at the end. It's almost like having two beers in one, which greatly lends to it's drinkability. A touch of gentle spiciness is lent by the combination of hops and alcohol towards the end of the pint, but other than that it's remarkably well-cloaked.
It's a really nicely balanced, malty and hoppy IPA. I can't think of any IPA, brewed anywhere in the world, that has such a nice malt base to bounce it's hops off of! Except for the head retention, this is remarkably well-done!
06-24-2006 14:37:33 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Found a glass on tap at the Map Room in Chicago.Served in the proper glass.
A nice Amber color with a big lasting head.
The aroma of floral, sweet tea, and citurs. Mild but impressive.
The taste is what American IPA's should be Very hoppy, thick malty body, fruitty, with a dry nutty finish.
06-21-2006 17:30:14 | More by brushpig
3.45/5 rDev -13.8%
12 oz brown bottle.
Appearance is very impressive with an amber color and very nice head with great retention. The aroma is a little dissapointing with a mild, sweet smell. The taste is a nice balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A nicely drinkable IPA but lacking the kind of intense aroma and hop flavor I want from an IPA.
06-21-2006 15:13:27 | More by AaronHomoya
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
Poured a clear copper color with a foamy two finger head. Floral, piney aroma, really nice. Excellent IPA. Very strong hop presence. The balance of malts slightly hides the high alcohol (7% ABV). Crisp hop bite on the finish. This is a hop overs dream. A really awesome brew. I have been trying to branch out as of late by trying pilsners, wheats, dopplebocks, etc., but is good to come back home to an IPA. I would definitely put this up with the ranks of Great Divide's Titan, and Stone's IPA, especially after half a bottle when the malt taste begins to balance it nicely. A little pricey at $8.99 but I'm very happy I made this choice tonight...
06-10-2006 03:48:04 | More by ChrisA
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
On tap, the beer has a better meldedness than from the bottle. The bittering is more pronounces and starts to venture from the citrus and fruity hops to extreme bittering. The malts are suppressed a bit in it's sweetness and body, though remaining firm. Hops cause the beer to dry considerably and leave a bitter 'bite' in the back of the throat. Though I like it best on tap, I'm liking this beer less and less, the more I drink.
06-09-2006 14:13:02 | More by BEERchitect
4.63/5 rDev +15.8%
first off, not meaning to skirt some conventional method, but I am drinking straight from the bottle since I do not have a mug within reach. in other words, I am lazy!
the smell is aromatic, with a hint of rose.
the mouthfeel is electrifyingly tart with a good bite of hops, which is topped off with a kick of dryness. this in turn creates a flavorful kick of citrus and a generous amount of hops (can it get any more generous?).
at the back wash, it ends on a nicely mellowed out finish. it is a real compliment to the tongue and throat.
06-09-2006 01:30:50 | More by MarkBeer
4.58/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured an undated 12 oz. bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Received a moderate, tan head with some lacing. Crystaline amber body-- beautiful. So nice I kept holding it up to admire it's clarity and warm hue.
Smell was of crisp hops. Bread with honey. A whiff of metal. and grassy tones.
Taste was of juicy hops! Multidimensional interplay of pleasantly bitter hops and (understated) sweet carmel-y malts. A lingering red grapefruit rind finish.
Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A very well-built IPA. I will return again.
06-04-2006 01:10:54 | More by Cresant
3.2/5 rDev -20%
Pours a burnt orange color with a massive head that doesnt seem to want to go away, its also leaving some nice lacing. Smells of hops, various spices and a hint of lemon. Wow again very strange taste for an IPA, its got a citrus flavor accompanied by a very slight metallic taste (bad bottle?) ending with a fairly bitter pine taste. Not too bad but not something Ill probably go out of my way to pick up.
06-03-2006 04:27:26 | More by ChillMike
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
A: Pours a hazy amber color with an initial one finger white head that dissipates a bit, but retains very nicely. Nice lace on the glass.
S: Aromas of floral and fruit hops with a pine bite. Slight malty smell also. Very fresh smelling beer.
T & M: Tastes of fruity hoppyness up front with a huge bitter bite on the tongue. Lip smackingly bitter. Stronger malt profile than I thought--a bit of caramel possibly? Well balanced hop and malt profile blend perfectly like their dancing together at the roof and back of the mouth. Crisp and slick in the mouth due to the hoppy bitterness. This is a great IPA.
D: Drinkability is high. First time I had this one and I could drink a few of these and be very content. Definately will buy this again and get it on tap when I can.
06-02-2006 22:46:30 | More by bjohnson
3.08/5 rDev -23%
A - Hazy copper with one finger of head that lingers for minutes. A thin ring of lacing formed around the top of the glass.
S - A sweet floral odor with a touch of pine.
T - Sweet toffee malt with a pine hop profile. The aftertaste is a sweet floral taste meshed with an ascerbic bitterness that has a touch of background pine. Not a pleasant mixture there.
M - Medium viscosity, a little harsh and only slightly refreshing.
D - Alright. More than one of these wold be a challenge on account of both the bitterness and the sweetness. Also the aftertaste gets really tiring.
06-01-2006 23:38:14 | More by mrasskicktastic
3.45/5 rDev -13.8%
Pours a crystal-clear honey color, faintly amber in the center. A thick white head forms quickly, four fingers high, and will *not* fade. As it oh-so-slowly recedes into the beer, it leaves a thick webbing of lacing behind as it goes. No visible carbonation.
Smell is faintly of grapefruits and cedar, with a faint finish of honey.
Taste is bitter hops all the way. The honey and raisin flavors have just a fraction of a second to introduce themselves, and then are steamrolled by bittering hops. Grapefruits all the way here, with more bitter than flavor. Body is thin and slightly flat (oops, guess my pour was *too* aggressive). Finish is slighty acidic.
Very smooth and light, it would be easy to sit down and move through several of these, just sitting around on a hot day.
05-31-2006 07:23:39 | More by waldowin
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Light copper hue with slim head. Not much retention. The aroma of sweet orange hops presents itself fairly strongly. The taste starts out slowly with a light and sugary malt flavor, before tangy, nectary hops begins to dominate. The finish leaves a nice lingering bitterness that is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel starts out a bit watery in first part of the experience, but ends up with a fair thickness and smoothness. Nice carbonation to boot. The drinkablilty is fine with this brew, although with the abundance of American IPA's this might not be top of the line. Either way if you love hops it will do the trick...
05-30-2006 05:30:06 | More by bennetj17
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
a- This beer poured a gorgous amberish orange color with a HUGE fluffy white cream colored head. This is one rocky bastard that kinda remidnds me of a rootbeer float head. it is creamy and wavy, fucking crazy. The body is slightly hazy and there are some gigantic horizontal mountains of lacing from the head that cling to the glass.
s- The aroma is sweet and earthy with a blast of hops. There is definately some sweet honey aroma as the label says there will be.
t- Taste is soo complex. Very hoppy(fruity, citrusy, piney) and yeasty. heavenly and as expected quite hoppy. Kinda musty.
mf/d- Mouthfeel is slick and sticky. Moderate to light but still nice. it kinda dries the mouth. This is not that drinkable when it comes to multiple at a time. But for one it is great. This is pretty complex but it isn't toobalanced. There isn't enough malt flavor. But the head saves this one. It is so WEIRD!
05-26-2006 04:23:55 | More by kbnooshay
5/5 rDev +25%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that eventually receded to a one finger head that lingered all the way to the end !Amazing ! Excellent lacing all the way to the end. There was even a one finger head at the bottom of the glass when there was nothing left of the body ! Color was a translucent orange amber.
Smell - Pine and citrus. Hops, hops, and a caramelly malt.
Taste - exactly like the smell indicates. Pine, resin, some grapefruit and lemon followed by caramelly malt with some breadiness. Finishes with good piney bitterness. This is really well balanced in spite of aggressive Pacific Northwest hoppiness. The caramel malt more than holds own to the hops in its roll as backbone - seriously, this is somehow perfectly balanced while being aggressively piney hopped at the same time. Simply a deliciously bitter IPA - American style.
Mouthfell - full, and smooth. Some hop oil slickness. Low carbonation. Not drying in spite of bitterness.
Drinikability - Excellent beer !! Give me another one, and the next one !
05-21-2006 21:41:29 | More by ultralarry2006
4.4/5 rDev +10%
Clear amber with a thick, frothy cream-colored head - good retention leaving sticky patches of lace. Smells of hefty pine resin at first but other aromas quickly surface: deep floral hops meet creamy, nutty caramel malts and grain. Earthy, fruity, rich hop oil taste - moderately sweet malts and a woody spiciness seem to balance out the flavor just fine. Finishes with nutty grains and a little tea. Mmmm...this is really growing on me. The hoppiness certainly increases the longer it sits in my glass. Smooth, medium mouthfeel - dry, solid bitterness.
This is a well balanced hoppy treat. Leaves a great variety of hop flavors lingering of the tongue. Really an excellent IPA.
05-18-2006 22:05:13 | More by wedge
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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