Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,757
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 114
Gots: 247 | FT: 0
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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 cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a sticky off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is floral with some biscuity malt and a good dose of piney hops. The taste starts out pretty smooth and malty but the piney hops quickly make their presence felt creating a very nice hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, Hop Ottin' is a really nice IPA that is highly recommended for any hopheads out there. Too bad this isn't available in FL, or it would probably be a staple in my fridge.

Photo of jakekohut
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer right before I went to the Mexico vs Argentina game at Qualcomm in San Diego and was not impressed at all at the time, now I did have a Green Flash Imperial IPA right before hand Iand I feel like my pallet was destroyed from that. I then attended a Blind IPA tasting and ended up rating it the #4 out of 12 beers and it tasted quite good. The 25 the anniversary IIPA is another story but this beer was very enjoyable and I will definitely be drinking more of this very soon.

Photo of ihscout426
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours with almost no head and has a color of weak tea. The aroma is soft, nothing overpowering or taking command. Sublte brtish style hop profile.

Same for the taste; british hops and some flowery esters. There is a sweetness to this one but not a malty sweetness.

Mouhfeel is thin but not watery.

Overall this beer is subtle (maybe I have grown acustomed to hop bombs, so my palate could be looking for something that should not be there) and thus just not memorable. No complaints.

Photo of avaulteriam
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear aged gold color with a nice offwhite head. Very lovely smell, as well. Malts bursting through the ottin hops. The hops smell piney with some citrus notes. Also smells pretty sweet. Taste does not really match the smell, in terms of the hops. Alcohol is also present. Taste is heavily malted with a bitter aftertaste that lasts. As for saying "not completely an IPA," that is totally not true, as this has the character of an IPA, maybe not the overtly aggressive character that some think are outlining the style these days, but matches quite well with the idea. A nice IPA, though nothing to write home about.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gabby for bringing this to me from California. God, I almost hate reviewing this one right now, because it is so good. I took a look at my reviews and saw I had so many high reviews. Next time I swear, I'll review a bad beer. On with the review. It poured orange, almost amber with a thickish off white head. A strong citrus, wet hop aroma. I was not expecting such a strong smell. For some reason I thought Anderson Valley's beers were more subdued. Smells strong anyway. And the flavor was the same thing. Great grapefruit flavor. Great hop bitterness. Nice medium body. This is a solid, solid IPA. I would love to have more, unfortunately this is the only bottle (for now).

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber colored body with a finger and a half of off white head that leaves some lacing around the glass.

Malty nose with some floral/perfumy hops.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Taste is not what i expect. Malt dominates this brew. Some piney floral flavors of hops up front, but sweet caramel/molasses tastes seem more powerful to me. Decent beer, but nothing mind-blowing.

Fairly drinkable, nothing offensive about the flavor to hurt it here.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful slightly hazy orange-bronze with a solid one finger creamy, ivory head that was filled with macro bubbles and stuck to the sides of the glass for dear life leaving a spider web lacing behind. Visible carbonation was extremely light and limited to a few bubbles a second.

S: On the nose was columbus hops abound, a huge wet piney aroma with secondary dry citrus notes. Dry pungent flowery Columbus hops makes this a treat just to smell and makes you feel you are in hop heaven.

T: The initial flavor was full of beautiful fresh sticky pine resin and pungent flowery hop resins and citrus complimenting the creamy caramel sweetness of the malting. It is truly the fresh piney nature and Columbus hops that make this beer stand out against the typical other C hopped ipas. A dry semi-sweet caramel and sticky pine resin, and flowery hoppiness balances nicely in the finish with the rich, creamy caramel nature.

M: medium full, slick in texture and very smooth and creamy with a very soft carbonation. A nice fresh pine needle resin hopping graces the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Definitely one of my favorite ipas and hops of all time. Pungently good aroma with a dry, flowery hop finish makes this a treat to enjoy. Even with its strong hoppiness I find this still a treat and easy enough to drink in multiples and definitely worthy of a recommend. Case worthy by all means.

Photo of swat93
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

A little dark in color for my taste, but clear and nice head. The smell is exceptional -- floral and crisp but also a bit sweet. Seemed to get sweeter as it sat in the glass and I drank more, not sure why. Very tasty but extremely hoppy -- can be a bit sour. Great mouthfeel. Very drinkable though some might find it too sour for a session beer.

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

This is an awesome IPA with a lovely piney aroma with a hint of sweet honey. It pours a clear golden amber color with a thin white head. The flavor is full of piney and citrus hops with a touch of honey and lemon. The sweetness of the honey mellows the bitterness of the hops, which lasts long into the finish. Its texture is smooth and a little bit oily with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

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

Thanks to dyan for getting me this brew in a trade.

A - Dark copper bordering on some amber. Hazy/ semi-cloudy with a thin less than one-finger head. The head dissipates into a thin layer that sticks around nearly through the whole pint, but not much lacing.

S - Fruity and sweet hops but definitely some maltiness in the nose too.

T - Sweet malts start and about halfway through the sip/swallow is the when hops show. There is a lot of flavor in all directions in this one... pretty complex. Closer to the end when the beer warmed some I even detected some applely notes.

M - Medium bodied bordering on full bodied. I will also go as far as saying a bit syrupy. Carbonation was good on this one too

D - Overall good solid beer. However I must say overly malty front would stop this from being my everyday IPA. But I surely would not send one away.

Photo of deepsouth
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a clear golden amber with a straw colored head that left lots of lacing.

the smell is is hoppy sweet.

the taste is of citrus and fruit hops.

the mouthfeel is medium and above average for the style.

this is a beer i would drink if i could get them on the regular.

Photo of iceball585
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden copper color, semi-cloudy, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin layer that lasted well, some rising carbonation bubbles throughout

S- Strong citrus hops, earthy, flowery, herbs, light malts

T- Flowery hops, lemons, sweet, caramel, light malts, grains, bready, hint of pine

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, full of flavor, heavy oily finish

D- Worth buying again

This is what I would consider a well-rounded IPA. The flavors last well and doesn't fade too quickly like a lot of other IPAs.

Photo of Ig0r
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour gave a shallow white head of small bubbles that dissipated into a sparse layer. Color is clear dark straw. The smell is sweet honey with floral background.

The feel is a little syrupy with a good amount of carbonation. The flavor starts out with a sweetness which evolves into a strong hoppy finish. The aftertaste is very strong and long-lasting (as the beer's name implies).

Overall, a good drink with a very strong flavor and aftertaste that reduces the drinkability somewhat.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields a clear, dark copper body with 2+ fingers of creamy off-white head that recedes to a fluffy mat with sticky little towers on it. I am tremendously impressed as it leaves the inside of my mug coated-- coated, I say-- with lacing.

Smell is strongly floral and piney with undertones of sweet clover honey.

Richly malty, earthy, and sweet with a tangy hop presence; floral honey flavor; finishes with a nice lingering bitterness, but overall, way, way too sweet.

Smooth and slick; lingering bitter stickiness; too sweet to be easy to drink.

Photo of drxandy
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz into a standard pint glass, nicely carbonated slowly pouring a 3 finger head, which retained for a while and clinged to the glass while sipping it down.

citrus peel and light piney/floral hop flavors, definitely an american ipa - the bitterness feels appropriate and quite refreshing to me after work.

thick mouthfeel and nice use of malts @ 7%

very nice coloring, a hazy red orange

not a very unique ipa to me, but not in a bad way - more of a standard that i would want for a session, as this beer is quite drinkable!

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

A - Pours a clear copper with a huge, solid head.

S - Some light pine and a big grapefruit aroma here. Grassy.

T - Juicy, sweet grapefruit in the forefront and a solid bitter finish. Good balance of hop flavour and bitterness. Nice smooth malt in the middle.

M - Smooth, medium body.

D - Very nice, well balanced IPA. Still hop centered mind you, but not over-the-top.

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

I typically pick-up a few Hop Ottin IPA's by Anderson Valley Brewing Company of Boonville, Ca when I go to a State booze/brew store in Utah. This is one very delicious bottle; If you love a flowery yet smooth brew that'll have you bowing before the hop gods, then get ya some Hop Ottin'!

Hop Ottin' is a darker IPA, but it carries an orange color. It pours a bit syrupy which is a pure hint of the mouth feel; you'll enjoy rocky head that'll paint your glass with come basic lacing. This one pours a large and creamy head. Very nice IPA head.

Now for the good stuff; the hops in this Anderson Valley offering are scrumptious. The flavor and mouth feel that you'll get from this beer is much more than you may expect after simply giving it a whiff. There's just enough malt to make it a pleasant drink, but this one's about the hops and the brew master didn't try to hard to make it an overly complex beer and made a beer that you'll want to actually drink. The moderately strong carbonation leands itself nicely to this hoppolicious drink. The acid and alcohol are nicely balanced as well.

Final word - make yourself one of the lucky ones and getcha some!

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

Pours a translucent, tawny orangeish color, bordering on mahogany. 2-finger head, good stick and retention.

Fragrance is predominantly floral up front. Hints of dried fruit, specifically, apricot and fig. Lingering grass and honey-textured malt. A pinch of pineapple is also present.

Hip-Hop. This one charismatically verbalizes its forceful hop character in iambic pentameter. Caramel apple and butterscotch man the 1 and 2 while the hops control the crowd. An exceptional marriage of key elements, the malt character lends the necessary support, but it's the pungency of the hops that dominate in poly-syllabic fashion. A true Master of Ceremonies. The only negative critique I can offer is the less than assertive citrus flavors, from a production standpoint.

Intensely bitter, somewhat creamy feel that wanes to resinous hop oil. You might need a tongue scraper for this one.

A nice work of art. Detected the 7% ABV a bit as it warmed, but overall, exceptionally done. If hops do it for you, grab a single or 6-pack, and push play.

Up jump the boogie.

Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. Great dark amber appearance with some patchy lacing. Strong malt aromas with grainy supplements wrapped around my nostrils in delight. Taste-wise, this was pretty malty, leading to a bittersweet punch. Even though the malts did lead to a caramel-like sweetness, the overall hoppy flavors were able to stay balanced and appreciated. Medium body helped it remain almost syrupy sweet without being as thick as syrup. Overall, an enjoyably malty IPA.

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Mom for bring this back from CA for me :)
Poured slight above 45 degrees into my DFH shaped pint from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - A brilliant copper w/ a light tan head of about 2 1/4 fingers in stature that settles to about a finger leaving moderate amounts of lace above a nice tight bead. A very attractive shade w/ great head retention - excellent appearance.

S - Mellow pine w/ gentle citrus hop aroma that hints at a floral aroma in the nose w/ sweet malt echoes

M - Very mild carbonation which is nice the resinous hops are a little sharp at first, but mellow with the pine-needle like taste getting smooth and slightly acidic. Malt is more of a cushion allowing a sweet tinge as the feel enters the realm of taste.

T - A pleasant citrus and pine tannic element as the hops have solid citrus, but are just shy of grapefruit w/ the sweet malt keeping pace. There is a lasting bitterness in the flavor which is very flavorful. The maltiness is giving this some balance, but not shy on hops by any stretch. Slightly creamy in flavor w/ gentle fruit after a swirl to revive some carbonation. I am enjoying the seemless blend of anchoring malt and fresh hop flavors 1/2 hour into this fine ale. This is easy to swish and allow to slowly glide down It is a great Ipa to me. It just covers all the bases w/ out punishing the taste buds w/ a hop assault. I enjoy the subtle plum and berry w/ excellent slight lemongrass spice as it warms.

D - Very enjoyable and tasty - one I can find locally although my mom brought this back from CA (she didn't know)Bay area. It was especially fresh -I wish they all tasted so good. A definite go-to when in need of IPA satisfaction. I consider this very drinkable even at 7% a great west coast IPA

Photo of asabreed
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Billowing off-white head, with a dark amber color, along with great lacing in decent clumps and lines throughout the glass.

Smell: Caramel malts, tobacco, major grapefruit rind, lemon zest, mild bitter chocolate, lemon zest and citrus, with much visceral and heavy aromas going on, with, thankfully, a good amount of balance.

Taste: Major citrus and grapefruit-rind hops, backed by grassiness and floral hops, mild chocolate, tobacco earthiness, with a dry finish, long and fairly bitter and very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, with fairly full carbonation, along with being nicely coating.

Drinkability: This is a solid beer, and definitely for the hophead, but there's not as much balance as I'd hoped. It's still certainly worth a shot, and a brew I'd easily try again. Without the balance some might cringe, but the hopheads will rejoice I imagine.

Photo of ewright
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A vigorous pour into a snifter yields a short finger of head on top of a burnished copper ale. There are sizable bubbles in the head that cling to the edge of the glass as they pop.

S: The hops up front are almost immediately complemented by a strong malty smell of caramel and fresh grains. The hops add a faint citric aroma with a hint of pineapple.

T: A strong start from the malt is accompanied by a pleasant bitterness from the hops. Additional late bitterness lingers drying out the finish. Excellent balance in this one.

M: Smooth creamy mouthfeel from the malt accompanied by the prickly bitterness from the hops. It doesn't get much better than this.

D: A bit strong to rush through, I'll take my time with this one and wish I had another to follow.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- looks nice n thick as it pours into a slightly hazy orange-blossom honey color with bright golden highs. creamy orange tinted ivory porridge looking head is pretty remarkable because it's a real lace maker, but also because it seems as if it's drying on top, or as if there's solid chunks in there, becoming all wrinkly and textured as it settles to a massive chunky disk, like a slowly deflating balloon. as the beer goes down, it breaks up and reforms like half-melted feta cheese

S- fresh pungent hops of the c-bus variety are earthy, herbal, and a little bit citric. floral indeed, as the label says, but not the smell of garden flowers. it's the smell of my second favorite flower. some mineral water/wet dog smells are there too, with wine cask, pineapple upside-down cake, and burnt oranges. a hearty dose toasted caramel malt balances out the aroma.

T- unfortunately, some of that wet dog smell carries over into the taste, a quality that i find to be rather disagreeable in an otherwise solid ipa. lucky for me, less than half way through, as the beers gets a chance to air out, the odor/taste quickly fades away so it won't effect the score all that much. nice herbal earthy hop from start to finish, but i could desire a different variety to better compliment the malt sweetness rather than completely out-balance it. honestly the hop flavor of a burp from this one is a much better example, as it's tropical fruity and white flowers. on the swallow though, its flavor seems to have been cut short to only a sharp (albeit pleasing) bitterness. the malt however, laying in the hop shadow, is as honey sweet as the label suggests, and would make for a great imperial. nice aromatic wood flavors, and some burnt cookie. what may seem complex at first is pretty cut & dry, and in the back there's this old-school "beer" taste, that is for the most part indescribable. maybe it's the solar power.

MF- body is pumped up thanks to malt and has a nice smooth texture to it, as if i were drinking clumps of foam from the head. the dry hopping, i assume, is what also gives it the feeling of alpha oils, or hop resin, and an intense dryness. very natural, very green feeling.

D- it's good, but i'd opt for another of an old favorite if i could. this was a good buy, but there are many others that are better suited to my preferences.

Photo of wadds
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle from Merchants in Dearborn.

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with a moderate head that disapates quickly.

Smell - There is the obvious floral and citrusy smell of hops, but was surprised to notice the pronounced sweet smells of the barley.

Taste - The first sip starts with the sweet, roasted barley at the front of the palate. However, the bitternes of the hops quickly barges in and takes over like an overbearing drunk pushing his way through a line to the bathroom. The hops finish strong and leave the taste buds content with their flavor.

Mouthfeel - There is a small bit of lacing that lines the cup. The mouthfeel is good for the style but not spectacular.

Drinkability - At 7% abv this is a beer that rides the fine line between session and "one-and-done". What helps is the awesome balance/transition between the barley and hops. IMO, this isn't a killer hop-bomb, but it will definately relinquish a hop fix. Not the bestof the style, but will look for this one in the future.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slight haze golden/orange with a dissapointing lack of head, quarter inch that quickly left to only leave a thin layer that stuck around the entire time. There was not so much a sticky lace but a film on one side of the glass.

S - As soon as the beer was poured I was slightly confused by a metalic aroma, NOTE - Poured from glass bottle, into my favorite glass stien, no metal anywhere close by. I let the beer sit and warm a bit than then I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet and sharp amount of hops. There is a mild sweetness to the nose with floral hints, citrus and fruits, and just a touch of carmel.

T - Just like the nose but lacking that wierd metalic smell. The sweetness of the malts and floral hits first with the bitter hops and citrus following closely behing. Nice and balanced, has a fresh clean taste.

M - Light bodied, med corbonation and clean crisp finish.

D - Extremely easy to drink would be great on a warm summer night to sit back and unwind with. Haven't found anything from AV thats not great.

Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,757 ratings.