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Hop Ottin' IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,841
Reviews: 1,194
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 125
Gots: 309 | FT: 0
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

Our Hop Ottin’ IPA is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade. This beer is a showcase of the bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well-balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.
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Ratings: 2,841 | Reviews: 1,194
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

kaPOW!!!

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

Appearance
Garnet and clearwith a moderate head that falls fast

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

Taste
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!

Overall
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

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

Another good offering from Anderson Valley. Nice IPA, very well rounded. Aroma is very floral with a little citrus worked in. Thick copper color, very nice medium sized head. Incredibly smooth, the bitterness from the hops soon fades. Good taste, the hops are immediately upfront then soon mellow out. Could use a touch more malt, but I am still impressed with the nice balance of this IPA. Good choice

Photo of Baileyuk
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the HopCat.

A - Poured with a decent head that held up for a little while. Lacing was excellent around the head but was weaker as I drank until nothing was present almost half way down. Looked a lighter than expected golden color.

S - Lots of malt seemed to confuse the aroma on this one, definate floral tones.

T - Floral hops are heavily present. It gives it a lighter feel that I was not a fan of. Still looking past personal preference it was a good brew. Not as hoppy as I would expect from an AIPA. However it was balanced well with the malts.

M/D - The balance made the beer go down well. It was very drinkable although I probably would not order again. The carbonation was light, but not terribly so. Drinkability was decent, I could feel it a little which I would not have guessed with the taste. It actually felt in the high 5s in alcohol, not 7%.

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

One of the original Cali IPA's this is an exercise in restraint as it is the balance and malt backbone that makes this good rather than insane amounts of hops. Pours a dark brown with a hoppy nose that lack the fruity grapefruit quality. The beer is refined and smooth with no huge flavours to dominate. Nice IPA that shows some class.

Photo of bifrostguard
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber center with yellow edges. Small off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing down the glass.

S - Floral and grassy hops with an underlying citrus and malt sweetness. The earthy tones really separate this scent from the hoards of west coast IPAs.

T - Piney, floral, grassy and bitter. Imbalanced towards bitter with just enough of a sweet malt background to keep this beer from falling apart. Some citrus undertones in there as well. Very crisp and bitter when it is fresh.

M - Moderate thickness with a nice amount of carbonation.

D - This is one of my favorite beers bar none. I am just about always in the mood for one of these and I find it difficult to turn one down when offered. As with all IPAs, it is essential to taste this fresh.

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

This bottle was a gift from my lovely ex-GF. Thanks cupcake. Into my pint glass this one poured a dusky orange-amber color sliding towards copper. The head was huge, a billowing cap of beige foam. The retention was weak and the lacing pretty good. The aroma was a blast of hops, grapefruit in particular with some other semi-sour citrus in there (kumquat?) as well as hints of pine and sap. The flavors were similar, but complex. At first I got the big, bitter hoppiness dominated by citrus. This was followed by some slightly sweet malt that offered nice balance as well as hints of vanilla. As the beer warmed up I began to taste what at first struck me as confusing but was unmistakable - hops famous cousin - marijuana. Kids, don't do drugs, but I'm no kid and I have. That was the aftertaste; I call it like I see it. The mouthfeel was a little watery and the body light but the carbonation perfectly smooth. Though a bold beer I found it quite drinkable after the first shock of hops and I thinks it's a superior example of the style.

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Hop Ottin' IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,841 ratings.