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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
outstanding

2,662 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,662
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 106
Gots: 205 | 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 eberkman
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep reddish amber with a thick off-white head leaving plenty of lacing. The nose was dominated by big, floral hops. The nose definitely previewed the taste, which was also hops, hops, hops. Big, bitter hops at the start and at the finish -- hugely bitter tastes lingered afterward. Some fruity malt presence but not as much as I typically look for. Not as balanced as some others, like Stone and Mojo. Mouthfeel was carbonated and oily. Drinkability was decent, but I typically look for an IPA with just a little more balance. But that's just me. This beer is a hophead's dream.

eberkman, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ipa ipa ipa... a grreat example of the style... perfect mix between the modern american ipa and the old school english style... beautiful nose - very floral - great taste with a little bitterness... more than your average american... long time fan i am... go go mendecino

timtim, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber

A: Gold-amber, with off-white head, great lacing.

S: Floral American hops, with a good amount of malt considering the style.

T: Oustanding, citrus grapefruit jumps onto the palate, with delightful biscuit toasty malt coming up the rear. A hophead's delight.

M: Creamy, pretty good for a IPA, a tad thin, but I can deal with that. Carbonation is pretty low.

D: Oustanding, a dangerously drinkable IPA, an excellent choice from Anderson Valley, and not that expensive to boot.

Halcyondays, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown, little head when poured.

S - Citrus, bittering hops, slight malty scent.

T - Dark fruit. Very bitter, and it lingers for a while.

M - Full bodied, verging on too thick, but it rides the edge nicely.

D - Very drinkable. I could enjoy several of these on a weekly basis.

enfield249, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the AVBC taproom.

Pours a rich deep yellow with a small white head.

The aroma is of intense citrus fruits and sappy pine resin.

The flavor of the beer has an assertive hop character that's both resiny and citrusy (grapefruit). The maltiness of the beer was lightly sweet and biscuity.

The mouthfeel was light, which aids to the drinkability of this great beer. The carbonation was tight and dialed in.

This beer is a very solid IPA and a great go-to beer. This was also the first big American IPA I had about 12 years ago. I'm thankful to AV for beefing up the style from the English IPAs it was originally modeled after. Historically, this beer helped define the American IPA style.

SacoDeToro, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of tommy78
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper colour with some head. The head settled after a while, but the copper remained.

Smell - Very floral. At times, I could pick up some pine as well. It certainly had an organic aroma to the beer.

Taste - At first, it was light on the palate. I could taste a tinge of honey in the mix. Quickly, it became very hoppy on the follow-through.

Mouthfeel - Medium amount of carbination.

Drinkability - I could easily have 2 or 3 in one sitting. It is good to have with chicken panini, which my wife said went well with the beer.

tommy78, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of goschool
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The newly remodeled Ralph's might be freezing cold, but they have Anderson Valley beers.

Appearance: The pour is copper/orange with a slightly smaller than average sized white head.

Smell: The nose has pine, citrus, and floral hops in front of caramel malts. It's more balanced than the hop assault you get from a lot of IPAs.

Taste: The flavor profile has all kinds of bitter hops- citrus, pine, and floral. A bit of toffee and sweet caramel comes in, not to balance the bitterness, but to add complexity.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied with a chewy texture and nice carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one on the best IPAs. It doesn't blow you away with bitterness, it's just a solid, tremendous brew. Still an ugly label though.

goschool, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light amber with a one finger off white head. Exceptional lacing. Aroma is relatively mild citrus hops with a definite orange presence and lack of pine. Taste is bitter hops up front with lots of earthy citrus flavors behind it. A little on the harsh side. Medium body is nice. Not my preference for an IPA, although I understand why fans of harsh bitter IPAs would love it.

Duster72, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third of the three AVBC beers that have popped up in my local liquor store. The first two have not disappointed. Here goes.

12 ounce bottle. 16 ounce shaker pint glass.

A - A very nice murky golden color with about two fingers of bubbly white head. Head looks rocky in places but stays nicely.

S - Some floral smell along with some kicks of citrus. Not a HUGE hop aroma, but definitely a "hops forward" IPA.

T - Much as the smell would let on, hops come at you. Some citrus mixed in with an initial bitter rush. Some sugary malts come through in the middle and give way to a bitter finish.

M - A nice medium body that coats the mouth with hoppy goodness.

D - A nice hoppy IPA. Goes down fairly smooth but still smacks you in the head with hops.

EStreet20, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, fresh from California

First off, I have had this beer more times than I can count, but I've always noticed some off flavors, which I attributed to lack of freshness. So I had a buddy send me a bottle straight from California, and boy howdy, did it make a difference.

Smell, very citrus-ey hops in the nose, little sweetness, big orange and mild grapefruit smells

Taste, Huge hop bill starts smacking you around, and I'll beg for more. Notes of those delicious citrus hops, bit of twang from the alcohol, but that really helps keep the sweetness from the malts in check. Not a totally balanced brew, but damn, I love the hop profile so much I couldn't care less.

Overall, I've always thought of this beer as "middle of the road", but upon trying a fresh bottle, I wish I could have it all the time. While I've always loved their Oatmeal Stout, and rank it (in my mind) as one of the best ever made, this IPA really gives it a run for it's money. If you love a hoppy wet dream, this beer is for you.

leftmindedrighty, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of Illinick
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Classic fair here-deep amber in color with a slightly off white, medium thick head that sticks around nicely. Retains as a 1/4" inch layer throughout. Above average lacing as well.
S: Grass and pine resin up front followed by some citrus hop aromas and citrus pulp scents. The scents come together at the end in a citrusy, grassy, piney hop smell.
T: Pleasantly surprised here. Follows the nose with grass and pine resin up front followed quickly by some citrus pulp and rind flavors mixed with generic hop bite. Towards the middle a nice malty flavor arises to off-set the hop and citrus bite with the just the right kick of "sweetness." Ends with some pine resin and a nice citrus hop bite.
MF: Medium with the right amount of hop and malt kick.
Overall: I'm really glad I gave this one a shot. An above average IPA to say the least. Great flavor profile with just the right kick of malt to balance it out. But do not be fooled, the hop and citrus pulp flavors dominate and they do so exceptionally well.

Illinick, May 28, 2007
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
Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.