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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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2,468 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 2,468
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 95
Gots: 142 | 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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Wonka

Maryland

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
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jakester

Pennsylvania

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

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. Can't find a date on the bottle anywhere.

Pours a pretty hazy dark orange with a tight, one finger head of cream colored foam. Head drops to 1/8" and sticks right there. You can count every sip on the way down. Great!

Fantastic smells of old grapefruit and orange peels, over ripe lemons, newly mown grass, toffee apples, brown sugar, and alcohol. Estery as hell. Can't wait to dig into this!

The very first flavor is caramel malts, but that's quickly blown away by a huge blast of hop bitterness, and then over ripe citrus peels and other flowery type hops. Strong toffee and caramel fight their way back to the fore, but the aftertaste is definitely floral/citrusy hops, with a dash of heat from alcohol thrown in for good measure. Really good example of style!

Mouthfeel is creamy sweetness, decent zing from carbonation and bittering. Finish is actually more crisp than you might think. Great burps!

As an American IPA, this has to be tough to beat. It has it all. Hops, malt, hops, alcohol, and hops! Drive far for this one!!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 18:11:15 | More by jakester
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Wasatch

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange with alot on carbonation. A one-finger head, with ton's of lacing through out the glass. Scents of plenty of hop's present. A nice sweet taste with a nice bite at the end. Light-Medium body. A great session brew at 7%, but watch out, LOL I will be buying more of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 18:39:50 | More by Wasatch
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

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

reddish orange beer with minimal carbonation and a slight surface coat of random bubbles and microscopically thin foam. bright. gives off a perfumed bouquet of hops. taste reeks of hoppy pale ale, pushing malt and sweetness to the background. welcome hint of bitterness in the finish but overall light. mildly chalky but evoking berries in the end.. you're left with a fruity zing. decent and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2005 15:55:41 | More by goodbyeohio
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful orange-hued, amber body with a head that looked like it came off a bad ass vanilla malt. Intense lacing left all over the glass.

Smell: There was some serious dry hopping on this one. The piney, citrusy notes kick you right in the grill.

Taste: The bitterness takes a second to kick in with this. Although compared to other regular IPAs, this one has some bite that will ward off the weary.

Mouthfeel: The body may be a little thin. I would have liked a little more malt to come through. Still, a lot going on in the mouth.

Drinkability: An amazingly awesome IPA that can sure kick your ass in a hurry if you don't respect its power. I am betting that a fresh bottle of this off the line or on tap would be on the verge of amazing. Tough to go wrong with this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 22:13:22 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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baiser

Massachusetts

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

Pours a copper orange colour, with a soapy white head. Fruity and floral aroma, very well controlled. Extremely well balanced IPA. Lots of hop flavours, piney, citrusy, bitter, dry and very delicious. Good malt base. Full bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Not overly hopped like other IPAs in Cali. Just an extremely well done ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 08:08:13 | More by baiser
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bronze color with a off whit head. Minimal carbonation bubbles that make this beer look kind of dead is the only knock i can give it. Great hops floral/cirtrus smell. Nice bitterness bite to the taste. A nice IPA - certainly good but tough to compete with all of the great ones available. Would certainly drink again but not sure it will make the cut when i'm comparing it to others and deciding which one to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 14:59:30 | More by beermanbrian
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

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

Pours a dark orange color with a solid off-white head with good retention. Nice citrusy, grapefruit aroma. Plenty of hop bitterness in the taste. Lots of bite, the hops really cut thru this brew, as they should with any IPA. Not too rough on the palate and definitely hides the 7% ABV very well. A very good IPA that went well with some BBQ on July 4th and I will definitely be purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 03:47:11 | More by Jacobob10
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thinkbreakfast

New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a deuce of the Hop Ottin' to celebrate the fact that Pedro is pitching today.

App: I could not possibly ask for any more or any less. Right on target. Thick, off-white head. Lingers and then fades to lacing.

Smell: Combo of sweet malts and heavy hops. Thick smelling. Hops are of the citrus school of bitterness.

Taste: Deep grapefruit bitterness. No citrus sourness, just the bitter part. Hops give way to thick, dark chocolate bitter-sweet. Aftertaste is all dull grapefruit. The entire taste is dull; there is no sharp flash of citrus or sourness at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Thick, chalky mouthfeel. It actually feels like you just ate a grapefruit. Drinkability suffers due to the fact that after a few you would not be able to taste anything ever again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 19:44:27 | More by thinkbreakfast
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DogFood11

California

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

This is a good beer...Highlights:

Smell !! The smell is ultra hops. Its like your right there at the brewery. Glorious. This beer gets right to the point with the taste and blasts the tastebuds then finishes bitter and lasting. The slightest knock I could give it is the mouthfeel was more towards the average american IPA. Fine with me.

I'd buy this beer again and again. Not that pricey either...another bonus.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2005 04:49:32 | More by DogFood11
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gbontrag

Colorado

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

51.5F
That looks nice; a bright tangerine which reluctantly yeilds a large, thick beer meringue that holds so well it could give the WONDERbra a run for...
Smells like reduced citrus juice over lemon scone drizzled with orange blossom honey whipped with a pine stick.
Real good lemon bite rolls over grapefruit skins; grapefruit filled with lemon-cranberry curd. Served with toasted honey-wheat wafers. Umm, Kudos on a great IPA that verges on a double.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 01:18:14 | More by gbontrag
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board45

New Jersey

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

12oz. bottle

Hopheads this one might be a daily drinker for you. This warm amber w/ a red hugh beer has a large laceing head to it. The smell of this beer isnt to strong though you can almost taste the fruity hops. The taste isnt overly powering of hops, but starts and it dosnt release that pine till the end. It is there and strong, and it lasts. Orange is present in the middle and finishes with some malt and pine. Be body is thin though full. Thin texture but a full flavor. This is a great every day drinker for hopheads. Wish i could get case loads of this just to have around. Thanks Anderson Valley for leaving me with a great first impression.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 20:04:55 | More by board45
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Dmann

California

4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a near perfect IPA. The beer looked great with a very nice amber color and great head and lacing. This has to be one of the best smelling IPA's as well. Usually all you can smell is the onslaught of hops but this one was different. The hops were there no doubt, but there was a great underlying carmel and toffee scent, and some fruity scents in there as well.
The flavor was complex as well. Hops were present of course, but they did not drown out the nice carmel malt flavors and the light honey sweetness in the finnish. This is a great beer and the best Anderson Valley product that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 01:06:12 | More by Dmann
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Billolick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o Freshness dating included. Pours a rich shade of coppery, amber, almost red and shimmering. Tan head sticking around, leaves loads of lace and sheeting. Nose is the expected resinious hop load. Fine, fine stuff. Loads of oily, citric, herbal hops, smoothest of mouthfeels, well rounded and lovely. My favorite from AVBC. Seek out and enjoy this tasty creation. Hop heads rejoice.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 02:18:34 | More by Billolick
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BeerFink

Ohio

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

Pours clearer and darker than I expected. Golden amber hues fill my glass, topped with a sticky white head. Caramel, clean citrous, and some alcohol arrive at my nostrils and are interpreted as goodness. Pleasant bitter citrous pricks the tongue while sweet caramel forms a lifevest for your tastebuds. Finish is warming alcohol mixed with bitter hops. Big malts make for a big mouthfeel. Good offering from Anderson Valley. Not the best IPA I've had, but hopheads will enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 00:55:32 | More by BeerFink
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

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

I had this on tap the other day. I thought I had this one before, but upon drinking it I was sure that I hadn't. This beer pour a crisp orange to red. The head with substantial and left a thin lacing on the glass. The overall sweetness was the biggest suprise. I have had other Anderson Valley brews, but was suprised at how this one stepped out of stylistic box. As I drank this one, I couldn't help but notice the malts and hops dancing back and forth in my mouth. It was a near perfect balance. What a great IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2005 21:13:02 | More by Maestro
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light tan, very bubbly three fingers of rocky, whipped froth sits atop a clear orange body, with just a bit of chill haze. Good lacing right from the edge of the glass down. Inviting.

The invitation is extended with a fresh piney aroma, with some citric mixed in as well. Makes you just want to dive into the glass.

A strong malty, caramelly center, strong enough to build a solid foundation. A moment of sweetness, refreshing not overwhelming. Then come the hops, arising along the inner cheeks, rolling toward the back of the throat, until they have securely locked down the whole mouth with a crisp, sharp bite, and a pleasant lingering tingling finish which floats right along.

Appropriate mouthfeel, solid, medium-to-full. Wonderful drinkability.

One of the classic west coast IPAs, always a joy to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 04:01:03 | More by RonfromJersey
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

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

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Great red-orange color with a pillowy off-white froth in an irregular shape.

Nice mellow toffee tinged malts get bashed over the head by sweet resinous pine and citrus notes. Alcohol is noticable along with floral tints.

Medium but spritzy mouthfeel. Sharp hop assertiveness fades into strong, bitter citrus finish. Malts are rich and tasty, but also well hidden. Booze warms the gut as it goes down.

Great Divide's Titan is my favorite to date, but this is a close second in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 01:59:27 | More by Shultzerdugen
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SupaCelt

Michigan

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

This stuff is an orange copper colour. A fluffy, off-white plume rose up quickly and sank back into the hazy underbody. Carbonation keeps the surface nearly full of white froth. Sticky lace adornments encircle the rim of the glass.

The smell is very pungent and floral. Citrus grapefruit appeal to the maximum. The label lays claim to a honey drenched malt flavour, and you can surely pull honey out of the nose. But this baby also has hops galore.

The taste throws a slight malty sweet honey ( the label is accurate ) notion into a hop onslaught. This sucker is a bitter beast. The drying effect of the finish just keeps intensifying after the swallow. Wow. The body is resinous and thick feeling. I think the bitterness does wonders at masking the alcohol flavour, but the warmth be lettin ya know. This one would definitely deserve another, but I only got one. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 19:07:20 | More by SupaCelt
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, slightly red bright pour with a nice sticky white head on top. I can already smell the hops...citric, grapefruit peels and sticky pine sap resin. A sweet, sugary caramel nose hits me as well. Inticing....smells big and fresh.

First sip has a big punch of grapefruity, citric hops along with some pine sap and needles. A sweet crystal/caramel maltiness rounds out the body and tries to stand up to the bitterness...however the bitterness wins on the way down and lingers on after each sip. Hints of honey and bread as well. Just an awesome IPA that makes me smile at each sip.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good bubbles. Good hop oils in there. Wow...I could easily drink a six pack of this stuff...I can't believe I didn't try it sooner. Easily one of my new favorite IPA's...highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 03:58:50 | More by orbitalr0x
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

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

on tap at Redbone's

A slightly hazy fresh-pressed cider color with a tight off-white beeswax-tinted head.

Yummy citrus scent.

This is all about the hops, very brassy, full of grapefruit and orange with pine resin and grass in the finish. Creamy sparkly mouthfeel. Long long sticky resin even after you think it's finished.

Yeah, it's good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2005 19:31:26 | More by gentlebubbles
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loganmule

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple for lovers of IPA's, if a bit on the pricey side (in Indiana anyway), this beer pours well, but the head is short of creamy and rapidly dimishes. The scent of this amber brew doesn't overwhelm...floral but mostly citrus, but gently so, when compared with the taste.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth and thick...definitely not a Bud Light in there.

Taste is exceptional for hopheads, in an in your face way. Citrus and malt give way to and quickly are virtually overwhelmed by the hops. The finish is dry with characteristic bitterness, which lingers a while. Some will want a drink of water to clear the palate...I needed another sip. Very good IPA, especially for those who have a craving for hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 04:16:40 | More by loganmule
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Stimack

New York

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

This brew was poured to a nice copper color with a little cloudiness and a nice thick fluffy off white head that broke down slowly and left a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aromas of this brew are mostly of floral and citrus hops, the floral seem to be more dominant but I am able to pick up both. Able to sense some malt in the nose but definitely takes a back seat. The taste is nice, I am able to pick up the malt even though it seems to show up and then disappear just a quick as the hops taste takes over and you can notice a slight alcohol taste. Over all this is a very nice brew, not my favorite IPA but very solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 01:52:46 | More by Stimack
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

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

Bright and somewhat hazy orange hue, thick soapy head. A large aroma of floral hops and grapefruit rinds. Very clean and slick; an initial come and go blast of floral hops. Clean palate for the style; creamy hops give way to some orange peel and grapefruit tastings. A decent and session-able offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 02:29:46 | More by GeoffRizzo
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droomyster

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle itself is a work of art. Rich and dense head, aroma is a powerful blast of hoppiness, with an inviting earthiness and honey sweetness detectable through the bitter pine. Pours a clear ruby gold color, plenty of carbonation bubbles taking their time as the float to the top. I can't wait to taste this. I've just been admiring its appearance and smell for about 5 minutes now and the head is still rich and thick. Here goes the sip. This IPA is an extra bitter boy. It would be incorrect to say that the sweetness balances the bitterness of this brew, but after such a floral, hoppy smell and such a hoppy taste, my senses zero in on an underlying sweet citrus. Medium to full bodied, not very smooth. Kinda sticky and oily all at once. Beautiful clumpy lacing left all over the glass. Overall terrific drinking experience, but I wouldn't have two in row after such a big hoppy punch.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 06:11:18 | More by droomyster
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,468 ratings.