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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Hop Ottin' IPAHop Ottin' IPA

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Ratings: 2,821
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 124
Gots: 291 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 04-23-2001

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Photo of JoshuaCain
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a crystal-clear light golden amber with a thick foamy off white head. nice retention, good lacing.
was surprised to get malt as the top note in the aroma. very citric and grassy in the middle, with a piney base.
tastes of really nice, grassy hops with a big floral hit, grapefruit and orange blossom with a mild maltiness for balance, but a little bitter on the finish.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.
overall a very nice, mild IPA. if you are looking for a super-hoppy tongue scorcher, this aint it. but if you want a clean, refreshing, sessionable IPA, this is a great brew.

Photo of jayfarley3
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear rich amber color with a white head that dissipated to a small ring fairly quickly. Smells of piney hops and some malt sweetness. Tastes delicious, hoppy and bitter but overpowering. This beer is medium bodied and very drinkable, I would definitely recommend this to anybody.

Photo of colts9016
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a mug, about 40 degrees.

Appearance: A nice 2 finger head that dissipated to a foamy bubbly one third of an inch head. The color is a nice light reddish copper color with orange tinting. There is some carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly cloudy, it looks like an unfiltered dry hopped beer that is the culprit of the haziness.

Nose: The hops stands out in on the first sniff. It is a nice citrusy with some pine. and a note of grass. There is some malt in the foreground and a touch of sweetness.

Taste: The hops is prominent and then there is malt in the foreground. There is a nice citrusy, pine, grass, with a hint of sweetness trailing behind.

Overall: This is a good IPA. I guess I am used to a more hopped up beer. It is very drinkable beer. I also will note that is well made, although it lack a bit of head retention, but there is lacing on the glass. The mouth feel is astringent and the finish is bitter. The beer lingers on the palate after you get done drink a couple of sips.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.94/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/22/2008 (Tap @ Yardhouse, Glendale, AZ):

Pours a filtered clear amber brown color body. Very creamy white head, big and lasting. Somewhat nutty bitter aroma, some grapefruitiness. Some strawberries. Bitter dry taste Watery palate. Not a harsh aftertaste. Mostly bitterness. Pretty balanced. Sweeter taste as it warms up.

Photo of JollyToper
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

A - Hazy amber color. Excellent head and lacing. Few bubbles.

S - Prominent smell of hops but not nearly as much as Stone IPA, for example.

TM&D - Really hoppy with citrus notes. Good aftertaste. Wouldn't know it was 7% alcohol. Nonetheless, for the hoppiness I couldn't drink more than one of these in a row.

Photo of Natural510
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter orange-amber color with good head.
Has that citric-grapefruit hop scent of a quality American IPA.
Tastes decidedly bitter with a sweetness in the background. But unlike others of the style the oils and hops themselves, never mind the malts, are not distinctive within, they simply create the bitter character which overwhelms the palate.
Nice carbonation, and solid bitter edge to the brew.
Not bad at all, but not a standout among the West Coast IPAs either. Perhaps if I had it fresher it would carry more individual character, but til then it serves as a quality backup of the style.

Photo of olmatty
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Slightly clouded orange tinted amber color, tall head that gradually settled to nil with thin lace clinging

Smell- Blast of aromatic brandied alcohol flled the air as I poured; this scent was present, but dimished once in the glass. Pleasant nose of oak wine barrel and a sour maltiness and more things I wish I could identify.

Taste- Dried fruit, perhaps prunes or dried cherry fruitiness against a backdrop of maltiness and a strong citrus hop which carries on and on changing as it goes. So complex, so balanced. Alcohol aroma does not translate to strong alcohol flavor, no doubt buried under so many wonderful layers of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel- Full mouthfeel. No space on the palate remains unoccupied.

Drinkability- So rich, one or two will be enough for any session. If you're having a few beers drink your lighter bodied beers before you pour this beauty. After this one, most beers will taste like water.

Photo of tadowdaddy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Lightly clouded amber with huge head that retained better than any I've ever seen. Lacing was big, thick, spider web like.

S- Lots of citrus hops and also smell a bit of a malty, maybe toffee, background.

T- Very hoppy initially. Get floral and citrus hops, most espcially grapefruit. Upon swallowing, you are left with a bit of a mixture of hops and caramel malts which balance this beer tremendously. It is very bitter, and delicious.

M- Thick and chewy with a bit of a creamy feeling as well. Coats the mouth well.

D- Not a session beer but tremendous for someone enjoying a few while watching the game. Love it!

Photo of b3barron
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've passed on this beer so many times and I have no idea why. Looking forward to giving it a shot. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Rowland's pint glass with a with a warning saying "Micro brewed beer has a lot of flavor and may cause you to actually taste your beer". Lets hope so!

A - Aggressive pour yields a creamy, one finger off-white head with pretty good retention. Leaves some frothy lacing down the glass. Rusty copper color with good clarity.

S - Fresh citrusy hops and some sweet malt that takes a backseat. Sweet grapefruit and some floral notes.

T - Wow! Loaded with hops. Citrusy with notes of orange rind and becoming more spicy on the back end. Malt presence (caramel?) is there but this one is all about the hops. Bitterness lingers for a while.

M - Medium-bodied leaning toward the full side. A good amount of carbonation but I wouldn't say it is overdone.

D - Good drinkability. Not as high as some other IPAs for me but I could throw back a few. Would be a good option to drink while snacking on chicken wings or some other fatty food.

I liked this beer. Were it not for the $11.99 price of the sixer I would probably be back for more soon.

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


Good lord. Hops. Hoppity hop hop hops!!! If you are looking to get kicked in the tongue by a horse, save your jawbone, and drink this beer instead. Pours a bit hazy, huge, nuggety head with nice retention and lacing.

Lots of sharp citrusy elements on the nose. once again, hops hops hops. Flavor is like wrapping a stick of dynamite in hop cones, and holding it between your teeth. Then it blows your face apart. There are also some other flavors in there, but who the hell cares? When you drink something that is named "hop ottin" you know what you're in for, which is a load of hops. All in all however, it balances out very nicely. Just watch out for the bitter finish....

This is a re-review. Before, I was a little overwhelmed by the hops. I think I might have gotten a stronger batch that time or something, because this time around, it's a lot more balanced. An EXCELLENT example of the style. Way to go AV.

Photo of callmescraps
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one off the tap at Publick House. The best part of this beer was the freeness (thanks, Ari!).

Appearance - An orangish amber color. A solid little inch or inch and a half of head.

Smell - The citrus and pine hopiness, with a little more sweetness than expected.

Taste - A little grapefruit, and a little pine, but sweeter than expected (or desired). It seems to be missing a layer. It has some depth, but the stops.

Mouthfeel - Good, solid body, without being troublesome.

Drinkability - Really pretty good. That said, not a bomb IPA. Just a smooth, well made one.

The freeness was awesome, but the beer was certainly pretty good as well.

Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color with a nice two finger off white head and lots of little particles floating around. Nice citrus pine mixture in the nose with a solid sweet maltiness in the background, but nothing overwhelming. Taste is slightly sweet, a mild bittering of the hops, some grapefruit and lemon flavors with just a light pine. Pretty well balanced but there isn't enough depth or complexity to it. Medium bodied, a nice bit of carbonation. This beer is very drinkable for 7% ABV as it goes down smooth without a lot of bitterness in the way. Unfortunately, I like bitterness and flavor so I can find much better IPAs than this. Still tasty though.

Photo of skrib09
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got a bomber of the hop stuff. poured to a nice hazy copper with a great, light colored, lacy head.

smells hoppy! resins, pines, citrus. i feel like i'm whiffing a pine tree.

what a hit of hops. and it's great. not surprisingly the smell and taste go hand in hand. i'm trying to get the malt but the piney stuff keeps pushing through.

good mouthfeel. i may have the beer too cold right now. i do get a touch of malt at the back of my palate.

pretty drinkable... above average.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased for me by a friend of mine at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, OH. Review transposed from notes when I had it at my friend's house.

A: Copper color with a frothy white finger thick head with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet malty aroma with piney hop notes. Good but nothing special in the aroma.

T: Well balanced taste profile. Only issue is a bit of a metallic after taste. Hopefully I will be able to try this again at some point to see if this might have been a bad bottle.

M: Medium body. Smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable due to balance, but once again losing out here due to the after taste.

Photo of SerieDNo3
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into an American pint glass

A: Pours a rich amber, with a bright white, one-finger head that quickly recedes to a thin film. Leaves generous lacing down the glass.

S: Floral bouquet, with fresh hop aromas and a hint of grapes.

T: Fresh hoppy flavors mingled with some caramel and a slightly fruity taste.

M: A pleasant compromise between crisp and chewy; this beer feels substantial and refreshing at once.

D: It's a bit harsh when cold, but as it warms up, this goes down much more easily. The hoppy bite is refreshing. This would make an excellent autumn/early spring beer to have on a cool day.

Photo of naterock
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pokel

thick foamy head, nearly three fingers. deep copper hue with a slight cloudiness. very sticky head.

smells of pine and slightly apricot. a very sweet and delightful nose. a very strong malt background that even comes through in the smell.

tastes so incredibly balanced, definitely piney hops, not so much citrus in the taste but a very well balanced flavor. Once again a strong malt background and definite good use of some bittering hops. centennial and magnum it tastes like.

mouth is oily and thick, but oddly refreshing. drinks very easy and has a wonderful aftertaste. Definitely re-thinking all the things I've said about the expectations from Anderson Valley.

Photo of JEdmund
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Garnet and clearwith a moderate head that falls fast

Sharp pine jumps out of the glass--nice and assertive like an IPA should be; hints of fruit, like strawberry, are there too

Good flavor with a strong burst of hops; malts are there enough for me to keep this from being overly bitter; body is a tad too thin for me, but the carbonation level feels just fine; flavor drops off a bit in the back end, which, combined with the body make it seem like a smaller IPA; it's by no means small on flavor, and I very much like the flavor here...good hops choices!

Aside from a few complains, I like this IPA quite a bit. I like the hops used and it's an enjoyable brew.

Photo of magictrokini
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear, brand-new-penny copper. Fluffy white head. Oranges, grass, some ethyl and dust, but mostly a floral aroma. Crisp, biting hops. Peppery and resiny, without the malt getting in the way. A bit of honey as well. Hard bite, even for hop heads.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12 oz.

Poured dark amber color with a medium off-white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good complex aroma of hops and citrus. Medium body. Good bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of long duration.

Very good IPA.

Photo of praufs01
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Grapefruit rind and floral notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew with a decent amount of small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Sweet grapefruit taste upfront with a nice chewy caramel middle that finishes with a bitter bite.

Overall - Well balanced and smooth with a good amount of bitterness in the finish

Photo of cdkrenz
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark orange peel colored body with a frothy light tan half inch of sticky looking head... I was right, very nice lacing.

S - Citrus, hops, wheat, candy, and even prunes.

T - Complex hops flavors move throughout. It starts out somewhat bitter and slowly planes out to a mild hop taste. Then it goes away nearly completely before and aftertaste of dry hops kicks in and begs for another sip.

M - The feel is a bit coarse to start and then lightens up. The finish matches the taste with its dry appeal.

~ This is a good beer, no doubt about it. I had never heard of Anderson Valley Brewing Company before sampling this lovely IPA but I can assure you I will be looking for more of their craft in the future.

Photo of bcm119
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A long-time favorite of mine, this IPA has been very consistent over the past 10 years and if anything has improved slightly in the past few years.

Pours an orange-amber color with an eggshell head that holds some sticky lace until the end. The nose is slightly sweet, spicy citrus rind with some wisps of doughy malt. Grapefruity hops unfold to a medium-full bodied, deeply hoppy mid-palate that shows some soft, bready malt. Hints of tea and candied lemon come through as the beer warms slightly. The mouthfeel is delicate with soft carbonation. It finishes long, with full citrus rind hops and a fleeting hint of sweetness.

At one time one of the hoppiest beers available, AV IPA has since been surpassed by products of the IPA boom in pure hoppiness, but it remains one of the most balanced, drinkable, and consistent CA IPAs. This beer has fresh, bright hop character and a sturdy yet very refined, soft malt profile.

Photo of Taverner420
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly this beer deserves an A rather than an A-
It's Anderson Valley's best, hands down.

A - nice straw color - clear and minimally foamy

S - Full of grassy hoppy notes. You can smell grass, pine, redwood and cedar in there

T - Bitter and dry, exactly as a West Coast IPA should be

M - Definitely wakes the palate up. Grabs your tongue and doesn't let go

D - I could drink this all day. Nice hop bomb of an IPA without the ABV that puts you on the floor.

Photo of BDTyre
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not as good as I hoped. The appearance and scent are spot on for a good American IPA, but the taste is marred a litte by an ever-present metallic taste. Nice hop profile, and good, bready malts. But it tastes like I'm drinking it from a tin can.

Nice carbonation, but the metallic taste really makes me slow down on drinking this one. Could be an off bottle or batch, as every other beer from Anderson Valley that I've had has been great.

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

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium amber in color with an average sized, off white head. Hoppy floral and piney aroma. Nice hoppy, piney taste with some floralness. Nice bitter finish with the alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 5/6/04

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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