1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,789 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,789
Reviews: 1,187
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 119
Gots: 266 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hop Ottin' IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,789 | Reviews: 1,187 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear golden copper color with about a finger of creamy white head. Aroma is dominated by citrusy, piney, and slightly floral American hops. There is a caramel malt undertone to the aroma. Taste is much like the aroma but the flavors here are much more potent. This beer is solidly bitter with a full hop flavor (mostly pine with a bit of citrus/floral) and a surprisingly strong caramel maltyness. This beer is relatively full bodied for and IPA but isn't terribly sweet. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good. I typically like my IPAs to be drier, with less body, a bit more hop aroma and flavor, and with a more subdued malt presence. That being said I still enjoyed this IPA and was glad that I was able to try it.

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice darker copper colour for an IPA, the head was only about a finger in depth,and disapeared quite quickly.

The smell was really subtle, with apricot, hops and a little citrus. Overall very pleasant.

Taste as hoppy, but not overpowering. Could pick up on the fruit and slight citrus easily.

Mouthfeel was a little too gassy for me, but by no means the worst. That also disappeared as the bottle went on

Easily drank the bomber. A very nice beer

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this one up after passing it by way too many times. Definitely a tasty IPA, another good brew from Anderson Valley. Looks nice - a deep copper color with a solid head that leaves minimal lacing as it drains. Nose is hoppy, tons of fruity flavors floating around, as well as some light candy and brown sugar. Maybe a touch of cedar? Flavor's excellent. Hoppy as hell, but somehow stays balanced with just a few malty hints in there. Still - it's hoppy up front, hoppy on that tail end (with a solid aftertaste on there). Feel is nice and full, with carbonation highlighting that hoppiness. A very good beer, one I'll definitely be having again.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper orange color with decent white head. Slight retention, but some very decent lacing.

Aroma is very sweet. Citrus (sweet grapefruit) and slightly floral hop aroma. Not a overpowering aroma but very pleasant.

Good up front hop bite which continues all the way to the back end. While the bitterness is quite assertive and to the point there is a good balance to the brew. Sweet malty bread base complements the hops quite well.

Medium to full mouth feel with a nice dry finish.

Good balance makes this brew very drinkable, quite enjoyable.

Photo of umtox
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has been said about this beer more than once, but balance is it's greatest strength. I think this is the best balanced IPA I have ever had with much more malt flavor than most to balance out the hoppiness.

The smell and appearance or good for an IPA. But the taste and drinkability are exceptional!

Photo of ckaufman
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle to a pint glass...

A nice clear golden orange in color with minimal head even though I poured with some vigor??? Decent lacing, but nothing to brag about. A moderate hop smell from the glass with the floral notes standing out the most. I noticed a even distribution of malts to hops in the nose. In the mouth is where this beer really shines. Great hop taste here... floral and piney with a touch of citrus. Well rounded with perhaps a malted barley influence? Moderately carbonated with a resinous feel in the mouth. Very drinkable even at 7.0 ABV. A good, well rounded Cali IPA.

Photo of TonyT
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Gold, light orange and clear. Head was foamy and leaves lacing that hangs.

S- Average for an IPA. Somewhat hoppy smell, doesn't blow your mind but you know that there are hops in it.

T- A little thin. Has a semi-dry crispness. The hop vs. malt balance is 65/35. The hop taste is a "middle of the road" taste. Alcohol taste is not apparent, which is nice.

M- Front end is mild and the mid does not stand out. The back end is where the hoppiness hits. Nice.

D- Very Drinkable...nothing left hooks you...a nice entry level Calli IPA.

Photo of itcomesnpints
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fuzzy orange haze with a nice head. Could definitely use more lacing though. Has quite a powerful aroma of rich and hearty hops that is offset just a little too much by waves of malt. The hops certainly have a large presence in the taste as well, but again are muffled by the malt character to the overall detriment of the taste. Alcohol plays too large of a role as well. I've tried this IPA on multiple occasions to make sure I wasn't crazy, and each time I ended up struggling to finish the simple 12 oz. A decent beer, just probably not one I will pick up again. I prefer more balanced IPAs with more citrus, smoother hops and less malt.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a clear brown color with a light head.

S: The smell is of hops and some citrus notes. Actually the aroma of this beer is quite faint.

T: The taste is bitter and hoppy. Fruit flavors are present and I find the flavors work well.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and seems quite appropriate.

D: While this beer is interesting, I do find it overly hoppy and without balance.

Photo of BrewMichigan
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one from a 12 oz bottle

A- Nice and clear, not too cloudy but not too pale
S- At first there was a distinct smell of centennial hops but after it warmed that faded
T- Very smooth but not too "hoppy." Had a slight 'dank' quality to it. I'm not sure if they used columbus hops or not.
M- Excellent mouthfeel
D- I had one of these but could have easily had more. Not too bitter that you can't do more than one. Overall good beer.

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/22/08.

A - Hazy burnt orange body with one-finger creamy white head that receded into a thin film and left sticky lace all around the glass. Very minimal carbonation present.

S - Floral and perfumy hop aroma with some spicy notes. Picking up on some mild ginger perhaps. Sweet caramel and bready notes round out the nose.

T - Starts off on the sweet side with a bit of burnt sugar and caramel malt, but very quickly segues into a bitter floral hop attach with some perfumy notes.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and mild carbonation. Quite a lot of bitterness on the palate that lasts well into the finish.

D - I was expecting more of a West Coast vibe with this brew, but this sucker's floral! Still, it's quite a tasty IPA with a bold hop character and spicy kick.

Photo of Brewlore
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

-Poured from a bomber-

Orange/Amber coloring that lead a big frothy white head that dissipated into a nice lacing.

A nice hop aroma comes in first but is wonderfully met by sweet bready malt. The hops are not as prevalent in the aroma as they are in other IPA's, but the hops that are present bring forth a very herbal/resiny/piney scent. There's a certain sweetness that I can't put my finger on. A leafy sweetness if that makes any sort of sense to you (maybe after finishing a bomber?)

The taste is quite interesting (in a very positive way). Again, the hops come in first with a citrus/piney/herbal taste. It's big on hop flavor but it's paired greatly with a nice sweet malt body. In the end, it's all about the hops. While it's not as bitter as others, the hop flavor is spotlighted. There's a ton of fruity esters to be found.

Full bodied on the palate, almost creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

It's drinkable, just be careful with it. Has a great (and interesting) hop character.

Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA comes pretty highly recommended and I have gotten through most of the others at my local store this summer as the heat becomes increasingly unbearable. It starts off pretty strong with a dark reddish orange hue and a head that dissipates quickly but is already leaving behind, thick, scrawling lace. The nose is fairly balanced but lemon/pine hoppiness is most noticeable.

Thick clots of pine lace the taste, somewhat as expected. The withering blast follows through to the aftertaste. Other flavors include citrus, pepper, and medicine. Faint caramel malt can be detected but is mostly buried under naked hop aggression. alcohol also makes a cameo in the finish. Texture carries the taste well but could stand to be thicker.

It's all a matter of taste but this one for me is a little too one dimensional. I see it more as a DIPA as the hops really are unrelenting. It's a good beer, and some people will be in love but I prefer a more nuanced, balanced taste, at least most of the time.

Photo of Slynger
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Ottin' pours a bright, clear, golden-orange color with an excellent looking lid of , boomingly blossoming, finely fuzzy, lightly creamy, very lightly caramel toned white. Really nice looking.

Smells of a solidly caramel malty base with nice pineapple and orangey fruits and spicy pine hops.

The flavor knows how to back it up, with a good balance of solid caramel sweetness along with fresh pineapples and oranges, peppery-earthy-spicy pine melded together. Medium-full body brings solid lightly creamy, zesty-sharp carb.

Really a very good IPA.

Photo of jeremyd365
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured quite a dark brownish copper with a thick head that stuck around awhile. The smell is a solid mix between floral hops and caramel malts. Oh wow the taste is great--very smooth with the slight bitterness not being too apparent until the end, where there is a sweet but dry hop taste that remains--quite yummy. Very drinkable and perhaps one of the best IPAs I've had.

Photo of WillieMoe
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice orange amber, perhaps copper, color. Thick, foamy head,that dissolves slowly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S- There's a good mix of hops and fruitiness in the aroma. The smell is utterly tantalizing.

T&M- Hops, hops, and more hops! That's what you taste. The malt is earthy, but overshadowed by the hop power. There's a nice mix of hops, with the piney, floral hops being a bit more dominant. It is fairly smooth going down,with a medium body and nice carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. Although very hoppy and not as balanced as some others, it manages to go down smoothly (for me anyway). I do agree that there are better IPAs out there, but this will stay on my list of good IPAs.

Photo of flannelman808
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a nice IPA

not a pungent aroma, but has a nice citrus/malty smell to it.

a little bit metallic in the beginning, then it opens up with a hoppy kick, and a light malty flavor.

The beer is on the hoppy side of balanced which I like, its a good beer, worth drinking.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: orange/gold body, fluffy white head, solid lacing.

s: Piney, citrus hops.

t: Sweet toasted malt, piney hops. notes of citrus and grass. I am sick of writing similar reviews of ipa's, but I love the fact that so many breweries now make a great ipa. Add Anderson Valley to the list.

m: What you expect: medium body, sticky texture.

d: Another good west coast ipa. I am beginning to have a hard time keeping them all straight. This one is well balanced, but plenty hoppy, and very easy to drink.

Photo of schanker21
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a funny looking bear sporting antlers

A- Golden-brown with about a finger and a half head. Moderate carbonation.

S- Smells of citrus and pine

T- It had your standard IPA pine and citrus tastes to it. Hoppy like an IPA should be, but this one just wasn't quite as strong as I was hoping it would be. For me it didn't taste all that great until it got to (literally) room temperature. I would have liked this to be more bitter than it is. Like a previous reviewer said, it was almost more like an APA than an IPA because it just wasn't strong enough.

M- Not too heavy, it went along well with the Italian Sausage I was having on a hot summer evening.

D- It's an easy one to drink. It tastes good, I just wish it was a little stronger (it being an IPA and all). I don't think I'll be buying this one again only because there are better IPAs out there for less money.

Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a tulip glass.

A - Rich golden color with good clarity and a fair but creamy head. Very nice lacing.

S - Floral and fruity hops with some yeast and malt too.

T - The initial impression is of hop bitterness (almost a tartness). It's got a very nice grapefruit flavor and just enough of a malt backbone to support the hops. Some yeast comes through as well.

M - Good body and texture.

D - As a hophead, I think this makes a nice session beer.

Photo of fisherman34
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murkey orange in colour with moderate carbonation. Woodsy aromas dominate, with background notes of nuts and orange blossom honey. Flavor wise, there's a fair amount of citrus-spice-wood C-hop flavor, along with a fairly honey sweet undercurrent of caramel malt notes. Not nearly as bitter as I wanted it to be. Seems to be more of an APA to me, but it's still a fairly good beer overall.

Photo of ralree
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange-red with a nice head, decent retention, good lacing.

S: Grapefruit, grain, malt, and nice strong hops.

T: Lighter on the fruit flavor than most IPAs, stronger on the hops. This is definitely one for the hop-lovers; an absolutely bitter hop flavor permeates the taste. It's backed with a nice subtle grainy flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, non-astringent, carbonation is just right.

D: This drinks very well. I will be buying it again for when I don't feel like drinking a very fruity IPA.

Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This brew was a deep orange-copper color and sported a tall tan head. The head was chunky and dropped slowly to reveal nice sticky lacing down the glass.

S= I detected aromas of slightly sweet, fruity hops, and a nice maltiness under it all. Not much alcohol in the nose despite the abv.

T= The taste of this ale is nearly all hops, all the time. I was pleasantly surprised by this, but also by the fact that the malt did add a slight nutty bread flavor in there too, which helped the hops from going overboard. Not exactly a balanced beer, but a damn tasty one.

MF= This ale had a medium bodied mouthfeel, with decent carbonation and a slight oiliness on the tongue.

D= I would buy this one again and again. As a big fan of American IPAs, I expected a lot of this beer and it did not disappoint!

Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a light orangish copper color with a big soapy two-finger head. A bit of lacing.

Aromas of citrusy and floral hops, and some caramel and biscuit malt. Nothing over the top, but good.

Flavors are similar to the aroma, only kicked up a notch. Starts out with a burst of grapefruity hops then some sweet caramel malt comes in to balance it a bit, along with the biscuity malt flavor. The hops still dominate though as it finishes nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel is really good. Nice and smooth, perhaps a touch too much carbonation that keeps it from being a perfect 5.

This is one fine IPA, another that I picked up out of state. It's quite balanced for an IPA, that is to say it certainly isn't, but the malt flavors come through nicely. One of the best for sure.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out the bomber into my Green Flash Brewing Pint glass. Nice light tan bubbly head. Dark copper clear color. Decent lacing throughout session.

Huge citrus/hop bomb on the nose. Uh oh..

Taste is more of the same. Just sour/bitter hoppiness.. where is the balance?

Nice amount of carbonation, but my palate is still recovering from the unpleasant balance..

Not drinkable. I have about 8 ounces left in the bomber, and I'm thinking about sinking it. I'm all about hops and shredding your palate, but this beer is all sour/bitterness with no malt backbone to redeem itself.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,789 ratings.